Vol. 39, No. 2~ March-April 2021

Cover of Buckeye Guard online publication - March-April 2021

March 23, 2021, marked the one-year anniversary of the Ohio National Guard’s first mission as part of the state’s response to COVID-19. Since then, a total of 5,600 Soldiers, Airmen and members of the State Defense Force — nearly a third of Ohio National Guard personnel — have answered the call to help their communities during nearly 70 COVID-19 support missions in the state.

F-16 in the clouds.

Soaring to Success: Air Force recognizes 3 Ohio ANG wings for outstanding achievement

Three Ohio Air National Guard wings — the 121st Air Refueling Wing, 178th Wing and 180th Fighter Wing — have been recognized again with the Air Force Outstanding Unit Award. The award is given to units that demonstrate exceptional meritorious service, accomplish specific acts of outstanding achievement and/or excel in combat operations.



Pfc. Vincent Doran, a Soldier with the Ohio Army National Guard’s 323rd Military Police Company, holds the unit guidon during a formation at the Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur Readiness Center.

323rd MP Company returns from D.C. mission:
Toledo unit keeps pace with multiple deployments in past year

The Ohio Army National Guard’s 323rd Military Police Company, based in Toledo, Ohio, has been busy in 2020-21 with five different short-notice deployments to support state and federal missions, including a recent deployment to the Washington D.C. area to assist with security at entry points to the U.S. Supreme Court building.

Brig. Gen. Rebecca O’Connor speaks with medai from stands of arena.

Dual-status commander unifies forces:
Ohio National Guard general leading mass vaccination efforts in Cleveland

Meet Ohio Air National Guard Brig. Gen. Rebecca O’Connor, who has been appointed as the dual-status commander in charge of Ohio’s Community Vaccination Center at Cleveland State University. The site is manned by a team of about 540 Ohio National Guard and active-duty service members, as well as personnel from local, state and federal agencies and is capable of vaccinating more than 6,000 people per day.

Leadership Message

Ohio National Guard senior leaders discuss sexual assault awareness and prevention

April is Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month in both the civilian and military communities. In this video, Ohio National Guard senior leaders talk about the importance of “Protecting Our People Protects Our Mission,” which emphasizes the important role all Soldiers, Airmen and civilian employees have in preventing sexual assault. We want to focus on fostering a culture to eliminate sexual assault, and that requires a personal commitment from all personnel at every level.


Video by Sgt. 1st Class Thomas Vega, Ohio National Guard Public Affairs


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

Vehicles loaded with sticks along road.
ONG completes cleanup mission in Southern Ohio
Airmen from the 179th Airlift Wing, Mansfield, Ohio, depart their home station in a C-130H Hercules, Feb. 21, 2021. 164th Airlift Squadron and 179th Maintenance Group will be flying and maintaining the C-130H aircraft in support of Operation Spartan Shield.
179th deploys to Middle East
Airman at sonar.
123rd ACS realigns with the 178th Wing
Wife pins star on Brig. Gen. Lusk's uniform.
Buckeye pins on stars while serving in senior 38th ID leadership role
Soldiers watch video conference with Governor Mike DeWine.
Public affairs unit deploys in support of U.S. European Command
Staff Sgt. Jordan Sheppard, a weather specialist with the 164th Weather Flight, 121st Air Refueling Wing, Columbus, Ohio, poses for a photo at Rickenbacker Air National Guard Base
164th Weather Flight supports Homeland Response Force

Graphic of Battery C, 2nd Battalion, 174th Air Defense Artillery Regiment organized day April 19,1900.

THE OHIO NATIONAL GUARD LINEAGE LINK UP featuring Battery C, 2nd Battalion,
174th Air Defense Artillery Regiment

HOME STATION:  McConnelsville
PARENT UNIT:  Company B, 7th Separate Infantry Battalion
DATE AND PLACE OF BIRTH:  April 1900, Marietta, Ohio

To provide air defense for an Army Headquarters, and when assigned, the corps or division headquarters and brigade combat team (BCT) forces, areas or installations against cruise missiles, unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV)/unmanned combat aerial vehicles (UCAV), and rotary- and fixed-wing aircraft.

Soldiers on the docks waiting to board ship.
Historical Highlight text


In 1990, Congress designated March 25 annually as “National Medal of Honor Day.” The date for the holiday was chosen to honor the anniversary of six Ohio Soldiers who were the first to receive the Medal of Honor from Secretary of War Edwin Stanton in 1863 during the American Civil War. Since first being awarded, 3,526 Medals of Honor have been presented to American service members, with 254 being credited to Ohioans.