Vol. 40, No. 4 ~ July/August 2022

Cover of July/August 2022 Buckeye Guard Online Publication. Airmen guide C-130 on tarmac while fire fighters spray aircraft.

Prepare for the worst, hope for the best: Ohio Homeland Response Force trains for variety of disasters

About 260 Soldiers and Airmen of the Ohio National Guard Homeland Response Force traveled to Muscatatuck Urban Training Center this summer to hone their skills and refine their processes if they are ever activated to respond to a real-life natural or man-made disaster.

Soldiers fire their M119A3 Howitzer.

Soldiers gain invaluable experience with multicomponent, multinational operations during Northern Strike 22

Soldiers of the Ohio Army National Guard’s 37th Infantry Brigade Combat Team took part in Northern Strike Aug. 6-20, providing them an opportunity to further sharpen their warfighting skills in a large-scale, realistic training environment.



Maj. Gen. John C. Harris Jr. with Hungarian Defence Force commanders.

ONG senior leadership visits Hungary for annual capstone event

An Ohio National Guard delegation visited Hungary this summer to mark another successful year during the annual State Partnership Program capstone event, with meetings between key members from the ONG and Hungarian Defence Forces.

Senior Airman Kristina Schneider in front of fire engine at the 179th Airlift Wing.
Senior Airman Kristina Schneider in front of fire engine at the 179th Airlift Wing.

Senior Airman Kristina Schneider

Air Force names Ohio ANG member one
of 12 Outstanding Airmen of the Year

Meet Senior Airman Kristina Schneider, a fire protection journeyman at the 179th Airlift Wing in Mansfield, Ohio,who  has been named one of the Air Force’s 12 Outstanding Airmen of the Year for 2022.

Leadership Message

Chief Master Sgt. Heidi Bunker

State command chief bids farewell after over 30 years in Ohio ANG

Chief Master Sgt. Heidi Bunker, the 11th command chief master sergeant of the Ohio Air National Guard, retires after 31 years in the military including serving since January 2020 as the state’s top enlisted Airman. In her farewell message, Bunker says she has “immense feelings of awe and gratitude for having the great pleasure of serving” alongside her fellow Airmen.


Bunker speaks to unit standing at attention outside base.


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

Three members of the 178th WING gathered around monitor system.
122nd Army Band marches in return of Red, White & BOOM! Parade
Guard members with bowed heads in rows
Cyber protection, medical units honored during call to duty ceremony
Families meet with guard members in parking lot.
Battery C, 2-174th Air Defense Artillery returns home
Guard members wrestling on mats during competition
Soldiers compete in annual combatives tournament
Media group pose in front of helicopter
Media members spend day learning about Ohio National Guard
Members in masks stand in line with families.
Engineer advisor team deploys in support of U.S. Indo-Pacific Command

In this 1975 photo, Sgts. Robert Maloy (from left) and Dean Bower of Battery B, 1st Battalion, 136th Field Artillery, prepare to fire a 105 mm howitzer during training exercises at Fort McCoy, Wisc.

112th Fighter Squadron

HOME STATION:  Swanton, Ohio
PARENT UNIT:  112th Aero Squadron (U.S. Army Air Service)
DATE AND PLACE OF BIRTH:  18 August 1917, Kelly Field, Texas

To achieve the capability of worldwide deployment and to be prepared, upon implementation, to deploy, destroy enemy forces and facilities through the delivery of all types of tactical weapons compatible with the weapon system possessed in support of the roles of counter air, interdiction and close air support and to provide combat ready aircrews capable of deploying anywhere in the world within 24 hours of notification.

Historical Highlight text

145th Armored Regiment’s coat of arms gets approval by War Department

On July 17, 1928, nearly five years after the approval process was initiated, the Secretary of War approved the design and symbolism of the coat of arms for the 145th Infantry Regiment, the ancestor of today’s 145th Armored Regiment.

Soldiers stand at attention outside bearing flag.