Ohio National Guard Photo Gallery - March 2017

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MARCH 2017 EDITION
Pilots and maintenance personnel of the Ohio Air National Guard’s 180th Fighter Wing test their skills during simulated combat missions. Watch them in action in the new episode of the Buckeye Guard.

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In celebration of March as
Women's History Month:

The Ohio National Guard honors the achievements, leadership, courage and strength of our female members throughout the organization's history who help us to be “Always ready, Always there!” for Ohio and the nation. Today, women now serve as leaders at every level and can serve in every military career field. These achievements make the Ohio National Guard an even stronger and capable force.

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In celebration of March as
Women's History Month:

We look back at some "Female Firsts" in the Ohio National Guard, in honor of the achievements, leadership, courage and strength of our female Guard members throughout the organization's nearly 230-year history.

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Spc. Kristopher Fries maintains protective masks.

Spc. Kristopher Fries, a logistician with the 637th Chemical Company, is responsible for maintaining protective masks as a member of the Ohio National Guard’s CBRN (Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear) Task Force. Maintaining individually assigned weapons, equipment and military clothing is essential for Ohio National Guard Soldiers and Airmen to be “Always ready, Always there.” Maximizing Equipment Readiness and Optimizing Fiscal & Property Responsibility are two of the four critical objectives that make up the Ohio National Guards Strategic Plan.

Staff Sgt. George B. Davis, ONG
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Maj. Gen. John C. Harris Jr., Ohio assistant adjutant general for Army, discusses “the way ahead” for the Army National Guard at a force-wide training event.

Maj. Gen. John C. Harris Jr., Ohio assistant adjutant general for Army, discusses “the way ahead” for the Army National Guard at a force-wide training event for the Recruiting and Retention Battalion March 2, 2017, at Defense Supply Center Columbus in Columbus, Ohio. He praised members of the full-time Active Guard Reserve force for their continued ability to meet and exceed mission requirements, noting that Ohio continues to be ranked No. 1 against all other “big states” in the nation. Several job postings have recently been published for qualified Soldiers willing to serve as recruiters.

Staff Sgt. Sean Mathis, ONG
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In celebration of National Employee Appreciation Day March 3:

The Ohio National Guard thanks our Soldiers, Airmen and civilians whose service, teamwork and reliability allow the organization to be “Always ready, Always there!” for Ohio and the nation. We are also grateful to our Guard members’ employers, whose support is critical to mission success.

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A U.S. Air Force MC-130J Commando II with the 9th Special Operations Squadron approaches a KC-135R Stratotanker with the Ohio Air National Guard’s 121st Air Refueling Wing for refueling during a training sortie March 7, 2017, in support of Emerald Warrior 17. Emerald Warrior is a U.S. Special Operations Command exercise during which joint special operations forces train to respond to various threats and scenarios.

Senior Airman Ashley Williams, ONG

Ohio Army National Guard Spc. Lisa Roberts competes in the relay race event.

Ohio Army National Guard Spc. Lisa Roberts (left) competes in the relay race event March 7, 2017, during the Chief, National Guard Bureau Biathlon Championships at Camp Ethan Allen Training Site, near Jericho, Vt. More than 120 athletes from 23 states competed in the annual sporting event, which combines cross country skiing and precision target shooting.

1st Lt. Aaron Smith, ONG

The morning sunrise emerges behind the fallen service member memorial March 8, 2017, at the Maj. Gen. Robert S. Beightler Armory in Columbus, Ohio. The memorial sculpture, also referred to as a battlefield cross, is part of a monument plaza dedicated in 2008 that honors all Ohio National Guard members who have been killed in action throughout the organization’s nearly 230-year history, spanning 10 wars and more than 80 campaigns. The battlefield cross, composed of a rifle with bayonet attached, helmet and boots, started during the Civil War as a means of identifying the deceased on the battleground before they were removed.

Bill Pierce, ONG

Members of the Clemens Family on front porch- 2014.

Members of the Clemens Family, with more than 120 years of military service, stand in front of the Family home in Port Clinton, Ohio after three of them returned from overseas deployments. Pictured are retired Senior Master Sgt. Ken Clemens (clockwise from front row, left), Col. Barb Herrington-Clemens, Capt. Chelsea Migura, Staff Sgt. Rich Clemens, Staff Sgt. Drew Clemens and Sgt. 1st Class Zach Migura.

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Sgt. Sarah Covert (center) observes Soldiers during a class on crowd control operations

Sgt. Sarah Covert (center) observes Soldiers during a class on crowd control operations, March 11, 2017, at Camp Atterbury, Ind. In her role as Pre- and Post-Mobilization Training (PPMT) instructor, Covert’s job is to make sure Soldiers are ready for the rigors of deployment.

Staff Sgt. Michael Carden, ONG
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Soldiers from the Ohio Army National Guard’s 1st Battalion, 148th Infantry Regiment.

Soldiers from the Ohio Army National Guard’s 1st Battalion, 148th Infantry Regiment assume control of the Jordan Operational Engagement Program during a transfer of authority ceremony March 12, 2017, near Amman, Jordan. The 1-148th Soldiers will spend the better part of a year conducting joint training alongside Jordan Armed Forces-Arab Army personnel. The JOEP is a demonstration of the U.S. commitment to advising and assisting Jordan in the defense of its country against any violent extremist organizations that may threaten the safety of its people.

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Chaplain William Patrick O’Connor.

The Ohio National Guard celebrates
Irish-American Heritage Month
and St. Patrick’s Day:

Chaplain William Patrick O’Connor was an Irish Catholic priest from Cincinnati who served as a chaplain in the Ohio National Guard. Following the U.S. entry into World War I in 1917, Father O’Connor became the first priest in Ohio to enter the Army and was commissioned as a chaplain with the 136th Field Artillery, 37th Division, remaining in the Guard after the war and eventually serving as the 37th Division chaplain until his retirement.

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Molly Frey, a senior at Pickerington North High School in Pickerington, Ohio.

Molly Frey, a senior at Pickerington North High School in Pickerington, Ohio, stands for a portrait at Dawes Arboretum Oct. 23, 2016, in Newark, Ohio. Frey recently was named the 2017 National Guard Military Child of the Year award from Operation Homefront, a national nonprofit serving America's Military Families.

Senior Master Sgt. Ralph Branson, ONG
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Civilian employers of Ohio National Guard members exit a CH-47 Chinook helicopter.

Civilian employers of Ohio National Guard members exit a CH-47 Chinook helicopter during a 2016 Ohio National Guard joint employer event at Camp Perry Joint Training Center near Port Clinton, Ohio. Soldiers and Airmen have the opportunity to invite their civilian employers to these periodic events, which include presentations, equipment static displays and training demonstrations, in an effort to better educate employers about the important contributions they make by supporting the military careers of their Citizen-Soldiers and -Airmen.

Tech. Sgt. Joe Harwood, ONG
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Senior leaders of the Ohio National Guard stand with panel members

Senior leaders of the Ohio National Guard stand with panel members (front row) who took part in the Women’s History Month panel discussion, “Weaving the Stories of Women’s Lives,” March 22, 2017, at the Maj. Gen. Robert S. Beightler Armory in Columbus, Ohio. The discussion was part of the ongoing Ohio National Guard Leadership Development Series, which focused on why diversity and inclusion matter not only in the workplace, but in our daily lives.

Bill Pierce, ONG
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Maj. Gen. John C. Harris Jr., Ohio assistant adjutant general for Army, presents Brig. Gen. Dana L. McDaniel with a National Guard minuteman statue.

Maj. Gen. John C. Harris Jr. (left), Ohio assistant adjutant general for Army, presents Brig. Gen. Dana L. McDaniel with a National Guard minuteman statue during a retirement ceremony March 24, 2017, in Dublin, Ohio. McDaniel served in the military for 35 years, culminating with his last position as director of the joint staff for the Ohio National Guard.

Staff Sgt. Michael Carden, ONG
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Staff Sgt. Nathan McKenzie (left) and Spc. Tyson Montgomery (right) stand with Ohio Army National Guard State Command Sgt. Maj. Rodger M. Jones after winning the 2017 Best Warrior Competition.

Staff Sgt. Nathan McKenzie (left) and Spc. Tyson Montgomery (right) stand with Ohio Army National Guard State Command Sgt. Maj. Rodger M. Jones after winning the 2017 Best Warrior Competition March 25, 2017, at Camp Ravenna Joint Military Training Center, near Newton Falls, Ohio. McKenzie, a member of the Recruiting and Retention Battalion, and Montgomery, a member of Headquarters and Headquarters Battery, 1st Battalion, 134th Field Artillery Regiment, triumphed over their peers in the noncommissioned officer and Soldier categories, respectively.

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An F-16 Fighting Falcon sits on the flight line during a spring storm.

An F-16 Fighting Falcon sits on the flight line during a spring storm March 30, 2017, at the 180th Fighter Wing in Swanton, Ohio. The F-16 is a compact, multirole fighter aircraft that is highly maneuverable and has proven itself in air-to-air combat and air-to-surface attack.

Staff Sgt. Shane Hughes, ONG