Vol. 40, No. 1 ~ January/February 2022

Female Airman poses in uniform with aircraft and firetruck behind her.

Airman tops in her class at DOD Fire Academy

For Airman First Class Sophie Tridico, a member of the Fire Protection Unit at the 179th Airlift Wing, her military career has gotten off to a big start, as she graduated Basic Military Training with the distinguished “First Airman” award and the Louis F. Garland Department of Defense Fire Academy as the top student in her technical school.

Spc. John Owen provides overwatch security at window.

Living the American Dream: Military has provided family, friends, career for South Korean immigrant

Spc. John Owen, a chaplain’s assistant with the 37th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, was born in South Korea and raised in an orphanage until he was 7, when he was adopted and eventually came to America. Owen credits the military with helping him find family, friends and a career.



Female Airman poses in uniform by tree.

121st ARW Airman: A passion to serve

Serving others seems to be second nature for Staff Sgt. Cherelle Hines. She stands out in her community, and even though she was not looking for recognition, she recently received an award for her dedicated involvement.

Soldier poses with certificate.

Haitian immigrant joins Ohio National Guard, fulfills quest for U.S. citizenship

Meet Ohio Army National Guard Spc. Matthieu Henry, a radiology specialist with the 285th Medical Company who was born in Haiti, moved to the U.S. and eventually joined the military and became a U.S. citizen. During the COVID-19 pandemic, Henry served his fellow Ohioans by working at the largest regional food bank in Central Ohio and also provided support for vaccination and testing efforts throughout the state.

Leadership Message

COVID-19: Ohioans serving Ohioans

Maj. Gen. John C. Harris Jr., Ohio adjutant general, talks about how Airmen and Soldiers have stepped up to help in their communities since the pandemic began two years ago, including the recently concluded hospital staff support mission. Gov. Mike DeWine also provides a special thank you video message to Guard members for their service to their fellow Ohioans.



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

Bowden family: Son and Father in uniform, Daughter and Mom
178th chief serves community as both Guard, Civil Air Patrol member
Tech. Sgt. Joshua Curtis, an Aviator assigned to the Ohio Air National Guard's 178th Wing in Springfield, Ohio, poses for a self-portrait with his nephew during a flight on his personal plane.
Airman uses military training to save nephew's life
Portrait of Female Airman.
Serving is the family business
Female Airman poses with Academy certificate in fron t of building.
Mansfield Airman accepted into Air Force Academy
Male Airman poses with mask in front of aircraft.
Wing rallies around member following tragic house fire
Firefighters putting out fire of simulated car with super-imposed image of Wysong.
Firefighter trains with Germans while deployed

196th Public Affairs Detachment

HOME STATION:  Columbus, Ohio
PARENT UNIT:  196th Public Affairs Detachment
DATE AND PLACE OF BIRTH:  1 February 1972, Worthington, Ohio

To provide direct Public Affairs support to units deployed in support of Army, joint, interagency, intergovernmental and multinational operations.

Historical Highlight text

Marking the 175th anniversary of the Battle of Buena Vista

On Feb. 23, 1847, American forces defeat Mexican troops at the Battle of Buena Vista. The 2nd and 3rd Ohio Volunteer Infantry Regiments were active in the battle, guarding supply depots and escorting wagon trains that were rushing needed supplies to the battle.