Ohio National Guard Commemorative Days/Events

Video by Stephanie Beougher, Ohio National Guard Public Affairs

Women's History Month

In celebration of Women's History Month, we honor women who have served in the Ohio National Guard and their historic contributions to the organization.


Resilient Legacies of their Soldiers' Service and Sacrifice for our Nation: Gold Star Spouses' Day April 5, 2019 - graphic with flag in background and images on dog tags.

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On Gold Star Spouses’ Day, April 5

America pays respect to the spouses of fallen members of the U.S. Armed Forces. The military community, including the Ohio National Guard, is indebted to Gold Star husbands and wives, as they are the legacies of their spouse’s ultimate sacrifice and service to the nation. Ohio National Guard Survivor Outreach Services helps more than 2,700 survivor Families on an annual basis, among all service branches and components.


Male Soldier/Nurse takes blood pressure of female civilian.

Photo by Sgt. Joanna Bradshaw, Ohio National Guard Public Affairs

Celebrating National Nurses Day May 6

National Nurses Day celebrates the important role nurses play in society and marks the beginning of National Nurses Week, which ends on May 12, the birthday of Florence Nightingale, who is known as the founder of modern nursing and came to prominence for her coordination of wounded British soldier care during the Crimean War. The Ohio National Guard honors our Soldiers and Airmen who serve in these critical health care roles in their military and/or civilian jobs. In this photo, Sgt. First Class Dustin Hartman, a medic with the 285th Medical Company and registered nurse, performs a medical assessment on a civilian patient Oct. 27, 2017, in Jayuya, Puerto Rico following Hurricane Maria.


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Photos by Senior Master Sgt. Beth Holliker, 180th Fighter Wing Public Affairs

Celebrating National Teacher Appreciation Day May 7

First Lt. Ashley Chapa, assigned to the 180th Fighter Wing as the director of equal opportunity, has pursued both of her career goals — to serve in the military and work in the education field. A member of the Air National Guard since 2004, Chapa has served for the past five years as an intervention specialist at Liberty Center Elementary School in Northwest Ohio, where she works with kindergarten and first-grade students with disabilities. The Ohio National Guard salutes all of our Airmen and Soldiers who balance work in the education field with serving their communities, state and nation.



Airmen greet wives on tarmac with c130 in background.

Photo by Tech. Sgt. Joseph Harwood, 179th Airlift Wing

A day to show our spouses how much they’re appreciated

On Friday, May 10, we celebrate National Military Spouse Appreciation Day. The Friday before Mother’s Day has been a day to honor the contributions and sacrifices made by military spouses. They are the backbone of our families during missions, training and deployment. Please tell your spouse or significant other “thank you” for supporting you during your time in the Ohio National Guard. They are essential to the strength of our organization.


Collage of service members. Reads: Honoring our Past and Present. Armed Forces Day, May 18, 2019 ~ #KNOWYOURMIL

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The Ohio National Guard celebrates Armed Forces Day May 18

Armed Forces Day, traditionally celebrated on the third Saturday in May, is a day to pay special tribute to the men and women of the armed forces serving in all branches of the U.S. military. The Ohio National Guard is proud of all of our Soldiers and Airmen, both past and present, who have served their communities, state and nation with honor.