Vol. 39, No. 1 ~ January-February 2021

Cover of Buckeye Guard online publication - January-February 2021

From a young Soldier playing the flute in the band, to an experienced Airman responding to the COVID-19 pandemic, to a civilian leading cybersecurity for a presidential debate, Lt. Col. Thomas Butler’s career, both civilian and military, has been diverse, with each experience building toward the next. Butler, whose current civilian role is as director of cybersecurity intelligence for the Cleveland Clinic, was integral to establishing a network specifically created to monitor and thwart possible cyber threats during the first 2020 debate (pictured), held last September in Cleveland.

Pfc. Tremaya Montgomery-Gadison in mask.

Camaraderie, mentorship and lasting friendships: Guard members welcome new teammate during COVID-19 warehouse mission

For Pfc. Tremaya Montgomery-Gadison, a unit supply specialist assigned to the 1485th Transportation Company based in Coshocton, Ohio, the camaraderie she has developed with her brothers and sisters in arms, while on duty to support COVID-19 relief efforts, has made a lasting impact on her life.



Col. David Rhoads sitting on sofa with Afghan National Army Col.

Stepping up when needed:
Rhoads reflects on time as JTF Fox commander

Ohio Army National Guard Col. David Rhoads led the joint task force headquarters that provides management and oversight to all Ohio National Guard and State Defense Force COVID-19 support missions requested through the governor’s office. He reflected on his rotation as JTF Fox commander: "What we’re doing is something worth doing, and I’m glad to have been able to help shape it.”

178th Wing sensor operator’s support saves hundreds of lives during California wildfires

Senior Airman Andrew , a sensor operator with the 178th Wing in Springfield, Ohio, provided critical support to firefighters and rescue crews during the historic wildfires in California during the summer of 2020, helping save hundreds of lives.

This is My Squad: A Personal Pronoun

Ohio Army National Guard Command Sgt. Maj. Sheldon Chambliss talks about the sergeant major of the Army’s “This is My Squad” initiative, which was launched in 2020 to empower noncommissioned officers and reinforce the lost art of Soldier care.


A look at some of the Soldiers, Airmen and civilians who make up the Ohio National Guard Family.

MG Camp swearing in.
Assistant adjutant general for Air promoted to major general
Capt. Jill Hoffman addressing Soldiers.
945th Engineer Company introduces first female commander
Staff Sgt. Joshua Prater and Staff Sgt. Michael Mauldin stand in front of firetruck.
Ohio Air Guard members provide lifesaving aid
Man taking photo of family on porch.
Airman uses photography to raise spirits and donations
U.S. Air National Guard Lt. Col. Scott Notestine, a pilot with the 166th Air Refueling Squadron, 121st Air Refueling Wing, and Staff Sgt. Cody Notestine and Staff Sgt. Nick Notestine, aircraft metals technology specialists with the 121st Maintenance Squadron, 121st ARW, pose for a photo in front of a KC-135 Stratotanker on the flight line at Rickenbacker Air National Guard Base.
Flying in their father's footsteps
Retired Master Sgt. Doug Reed, who was severely wounded by a rocket propelled grenade in Afghanistan in 2010 shares his story of recovery.
Purple Heart recipient now a motivational speaker

Ohio Army National Guard 323rd Military Police Company insignia

THE OHIO NATIONAL GUARD LINEAGE LINK UP featuring 812th Engineer Company

PARENT UNIT:  Headquarters Company, 73rd Infantry Brigade
DATE AND PLACE OF BIRTH: 2 February 1926, Akron, Ohio

To conduct mobility, counter mobility, survivability tasks and provide support of general engineering missions, in support of Brigade Combat Teams (BCTs) and supported units.

Ohio Army National Guard 323rd Military Police Company insignia
Soldiers on the docks waiting to board ship.
Historical Highlight text

Stow armory named for U.S. Colored Troops hero during Civil War

First Sgt. Robert Pinn (1843-1911), Company I, 5th United States Colored Troops, earned the Medal of Honor during the Battle of New Market Heights, Va. on Sept. 29, 1864. A native of Stark County, he was the first Black Soldier to have an armory or readiness center named after him in the state, in the early 1970s, when the new Ohio Army National Guard Armory in Stow was opened.