Vol. 39, No. 4 ~ July-August 2021

Pfc. Trey Risner prepares to operate the Avenger Air Defense System in the field.

1-174th ADA Soldiers train in Guam during Exercise Forager 21

Soldiers with the 1-174th ADA traveled to Guam and Tinian to train during Forager 21, which tested participants’ ability to conduct strategic deployment and joint operational maneuver of forces into and across the Indo-Pacific Theater.

Airmen assigned to the 180th Fighter Wing, package food bundles May 29, 2020, at the Seagate Food Bank in Toledo, Ohio. More than 400 Ohio National Guard members were activated at the time to provide humanitarian missions in support of COVID-19 relief efforts, continuing the Ohio National Guard’s long history of supporting humanitarian efforts throughout Ohio and the nation.

Ohio National Guard, State Defense Force to scale back
COVID-19 response

The Ohio National Guard and Ohio State Defense Force have transitioned from the emergency COVID-19 response that began in March 2020 to a smaller, yet flexible, response force of about 40 personnel, who will continue providing logistics and vaccination support.



Graphic of Air Guard uniform with headline and nbinary code.

179th AW selected as preferred location for Air National Guard’s first cyber warfare wing

The Department of the Air Force announced Aug. 25 that it has identified Ohio’s Mansfield-Lahm Air National Guard Base as the preferred location for the first ANG cyber warfare wing in the country, which will lead to 175 more Airmen and increased infrastructure at the base.

Ohio Air National Guard Tech. Sgt. Jordan Hopson in uniform.

121st Airman is Ohio Air National Guard Recruiter of Year 

Meet Tech. Sgt. Jordan Hopson of the 121st Air Refueling Wing — the Ohio Air National Guard’s Recruiter of the Year — who facilitated 79 enlistments in federal fiscal year 2020, the most in the entire Air National Guard.

Leadership Message

Governor Mike DeWine
July 31, 2021

“I’ll be forever grateful to members of the Ohio National Guard for all their work to help fellow Ohioans during the #COVID19 pandemic.”



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

Airman holds daughter with crowd in background.
Last rotations of 179th Airlift Wing return from overseas deployment
3 Col. Matthew Woodruff (from left), outgoing 37th Infantry Brigade Combat Team commander, Brig. Gen. Thomas E. Moore II, Ohio assistant adjutant general for Army, and Col. Michael Flaherty, incoming 37th IBCT commander, arrive for the 37th IBCT change of command ceremony June 25, 2021, at Fort Polk, La. The ceremony was conducted near the end of a monthlong training rotation for the 37th IBCT at Fort Polk’s Joint Readiness Training Center, which trains BCTs to conduct large-scale combat operations on the battlefield.
37th IBCT conducts change of command during monthlong training at JRTC
Marathon team group photo.
Marathon team finishes 2nd at 2021 National Guard Marathon Time Trials
Ohio Air National Guard Capt. Travis Dancer, an F-16 Fighting Falcon pilot with the 112th Fighter Squadron, exits his aircraft after landing July 10, 2021, at Alpena Combat Readiness Training Center, in Alpena, Mich., in support of Global Information Dominance Experiment 3 (GIDE 3). North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) and U.S. Northern Command, in partnership with all 11 combatant commands, led the third in a series of GIDE events, which combine people and technology to innovate and accelerate system development for domain awareness, information dominance, decisional superiority and global integration.
112th Fighter Squadron takes part in GIDE 3
Soldiers create new cover and concealment for their M777 howitzer.
37th IBCT conducts monthlong training rotation at JRTC
2021 Ohio National Guard Biathlon Team does O H I O
ONG Biathlon Team: Do you have what it takes?

Graphic of organization of 5694th Engineer Detachment on July 17, 1884

5694th Engineer Detachment

HOME STATION:  Mansfield
PARENT UNIT:  Company H, 17th Infantry Regiment (Plimpton Guard)
DATE AND PLACE OF BIRTH:  17 July 1884, Plimpton, Ohio

Provides planning, supervision, and coordination for firefighting teams conducting rescue and firefighting operations for aircraft crash incidents, vehicle emergencies, natural cover fires, building/structure fires, and emergency response to hazardous material incidents.

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Ohio Air National Guard pilot wins cross-country jet race

“Slow F-84 Jet Wins Dash Across U.S.” was the newspaper headline that announced Lt. Col. James Poston of the 166th Fighter-Interceptor Squadron as the winner of the 1955 Ricks Memorial Trophy race that took place on July 2, 1955. Poston raced the 1,945 miles from Ontario, Calif. to Detroit in 3 hours, 32 minutes at an average speed of 546 miles per hour in a F84E “Thunderjet.”

Lt. Col. James A. Poston is shown emerging from his F-84E Thunderjet -inset of Poston holding trophy