Ohio National Guard Photo Gallery - March 2018

Photo Gallery

The Ohio National Guard celebrates Women's History Month

 

Col. Tracy Ringo

Tracy Ringo joined the Ohio National Guard 30 years ago as an enlisted medic and today she is a field surgeon and a colonel, making her the highest-ranking African-American woman in the Ohio Army National Guard.

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Col. Jennifer Mitchell

Ohio Army National Guard Col. Jennifer Mitchell has experienced major career milestones in the past year. Last June, Mitchell became the first woman to take command of the 16th Engineer Brigade and she was appointed chief of the joint staff for the Ohio Joint Force Headquarters. In a recent interview, she talks about influences and experiences that have shaped her 26-year career in the National Guard.

Sgt. Andrew Kuhn, ONG
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Four top ranking airmen (women) on airstrip with aircraft in background.

179th Female Airmen

The top two each highest-ranking officers and enlisted Airmen in the 179th Airlift Wing are Chief April R. Gunnoe (from left), 179th Material Management Flight chief; Col. Allison C. Miller, who recently became thefirst female wing commander in Ohio Air National Guard history; Col. Patricia L. Barr, 179th Mission Support Group commander; and Chief Master Sgt. Dana M. Togliatti, 179th Force Support Squadron superintendent. In celebration of March as Women's History Month, the 179th AW is highlighting several of its female Airmen who do their part to contribute to the wing's success.

Tech. Sgt. Joe Harwood, ONG
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First Lt. Elena Ruiz-Krause

First Lt. Elena Ruiz-Krause (left), a platoon leader with Battery B, 4th Battalion, 1st Field Artillery Regiment, Division Artillery at Fort Bliss, Texas, and Capt. Alan Bauerly, Battery B commander, watch their Soldiers prepare an M109 Paladin artillery system for firing Feb. 14, 2018, at Oro Grande Range Complex, New Mexico. Ruiz-Krause, a former member of the Ohio Army National Guard, earned her commission through Army ROTC and is serving on active duty as a field artillery officer.

Spc. Gabrielle Weaver, U.S. Army
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Lt. Col. Ludwig

Dr. Jennifer Ludwig evaluates the bite of new patient, Isaac Chubb, during an orthodontic consultation at one of Ludwig’s three civilian practices, Feb. 22, 2018. As chief of dental operations for the Ohio Air National Guard’s 180th Fighter Wing, Lt. Col. Ludwig is responsible for the dental health and readiness of the more than 1,000 Airmen assigned to the wing, ensuring the force is ready at a moment’s notice and fit to fight.

Senior Master Sgt. Beth Holliker, ONG
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Students at computers.

During a daylong cyber capture the flag event March 6, 2018, at Westerville High School in Westerville, Ohio, students from Central Ohio school districts and colleges worked in teams of two to solve a series of real-world scenarios to test their technical skills and knowledge of cybersecurity. Teams could retrieve virtual flags when they successfully solved the challenges, and trophies were awarded for first-, second- and third-place finishers.

Staff Sgt. Michael Carden, ONG
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The Ohio National Guard's collaboration with the city of Delaware and the YMCA to build and operate a combined training and community center was recognized by the Ohio City/County Management Association (OCMA) during its annual awards ceremony March 8, 2018, in Columbus, Ohio. The Delaware Readiness Center opened in April 2015 and is used by Ohio National Guard Soldiers and members of the local community. Pictured with the OCMA award are YMCA District Executive Director Matt Bruns (from left), Delaware City Manager Tom Homan, Delaware Mayor Carolyn Kay Riggle and retired Col. Richard Willinger, assistant quartermaster general for the Ohio National Guard.

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Boys hold signs while they wait for their Dads to arrive from deployment. One sign reads "Who's excited Majoy Dancy id home? This Guy (photo of boy)!!

Family and friends of the 371st Sustainment Brigade wave flags and signs at the unit’s welcome home ceremony March 10, 2018, in Springfield, Ohio. About 280 Soldiers returned home from an almost yearlong deployment to Southwest Asia. The brigade headquarters managed sustainment operations in support of security cooperation, joint exercises and training in the U.S. Central Command Area of Responsibility.

Staff Sgt. Michael Carden, ONG
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Group shot outside of 180th Airmen with F-16s in back.

For the first time in Ohio Air National Guard history, all four wings and six geographically separated units, or GSUs, in the state have been awarded the Air Force Outstanding Unit Award for the same time period, for their significant achievements between 2014 and 2016. In this picture, Airmen assigned to the 180th Fighter Wing stand for a group photo Oct. 21, 2017, after a ceremony marking the 100th anniversary of the 112th Fighter Squadron.

Senior Master Sgt. Elizabeth Holliker, ONG
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Staff Sgt. Tara Zuber, a command post controller assigned to the 180th Fighter Wing, stands in front of an emergency vehicle March 6, 2018, in Swanton, Ohio. Three months earlier, Zuber stopped at the scene of an accident to provide emergency medical care for a pedestrian who had been struck by a car.

Staff Sgt. Shane Hughes, ONG
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Ohio Air National Guard Master Sgt. Daniel Petry (center) oversees new Base Honor Guard Team members as they perform a flag-folding detail during training in October 2015 at Rickenbacker Air National Guard Base in Columbus, Ohio. The Base Honor Guard Team serving the Wright-Patterson Air Force Base Area of Responsibility comprises about 115 National Guard, Air Force Reserve and active-duty Airmen who live in and serve Ohio, Indiana, West Virginia, Kentucky, Pennsylvania and Michigan, and performs more than 5,000 funerals a year for veterans and other eligible service members.

Senior Master Sgt. Ralph Branson, ONG
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Djerdj Matkovic (second from left),  Serbian ambassador to the United States, meets with David Goodman (fourth from right), director of the Ohio Development Services Agency, and Ryan Burgess, director of the Ohio Office of Workforce Transformation, during a visit to establish bilateral relations between the Republic of Serbia and State of Ohio agencies. The Ohio National Guard has maintained a relationship with the Republic of Serbia since 2006 as part of the National Guard’s State Partnership Program.

Staff Sgt. Michael Carden, ONG

Maj. Gen. John C. Harris Jr. (left), Ohio assistant adjutant general for Army, presents a plaque of appreciation to Col. Rebecca O’Connor, joint director of intelligence for the Ohio National Guard, for her support as the featured speaker during a Women’s History Month presentation entitled “Nevertheless, She Persisted” Mar. 28, 2018, at the Maj. Gen. Robert S. Beightler Armory in Columbus, Ohio. As part of the ongoing Ohio National Guard Leadership Development Series, O’Connor discussed her upbringing in a Military Family and the challenges she faced as a woman in order to get to where she is today.

Bill Pierce, ONG

Family and friends welcome home a Soldier with the 2nd Battalion, 174th Air Defense Artillery Regiment during a ceremony March 31, 2018, in McConnelsville, Ohio. The 2-174th was deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan, where the unit’s primary duty was to operate systems that detect and/or destroy incoming artillery, rockets and mortar rounds in the air before they hit their ground targets, to protect coalition forces.

Staff Sgt. Michael Carden, ONG
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