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Medal of Honor history: Member of Ohio National Guard predecessor was first recipient



Army implements new physical fitness standards for recruits, reclassifying Soldiers



Soldiers of 1st Battalion, 148th Infantry Regiment honored during call to duty ceremony



Digital Buckeye Guard Vol. 35: No. 1 ~ January/February

•  Leadership: We are the Guard
•  1-145th Armored Regiment spend month training in “THE BOX”
•  Outstanding Airman of the Year: Staff Sgt. Jennifer D. Masters, 178th Wing
•  Ohio Home to nation's first female tank mechanic
•  Ohio and the Republic of Serbia: 10 years and going strong
•  ONE Air Force: 180th Fighter Wing builds foundation for continued path toward total force integration
•  A look back at 2016: The year in photos
•  Lineage Linkup: 812th Engineer Company
•  Recruiting: Become and Officer
•  Historical Highlight: Maj. Gen. Charles Dick and the Militia Act of 1903

Cover of January/February Buckeye Guard digital magazine.


Video Buckeye Guard ~ January 2017 (8 minute video)

•  The Ohio National Guard celebrates a 10-year partnership with Serbia
•  The 200th RED HORSE Squadron conducts its annual field training
•  Wings provide fun-filled day for children and young adults living with chronic or life threatening illnesses
•  Wright State University establishes a graduate scholarship for members of Ohio National Guard
•  Army warrant officer candidates partner with the Columbus Division of Fire to install smoke alarms
•  Cpl. Emma Briggs: one of the first women to graduate from 91A Abrams Tank System Maintainer course
•  Lineage Linkup: Medical Detachment

Cover of Video Buckeye Guard.


Soldiers of 204th Engineer Detachment heading home after successful deployment



Soldiers of 204th Engineer Detachment honored during welcome home ceremony



Ohio National Guard Scholarship Program makes college an affordable pursuit for Guard members



Video Buckeye Guard ~ February 2017 (8 minute video)

•  The Ohio National Guard's ties to Presidents Day
•  Retired Ohio National Guard member is honored with induction into the Ohio Veterans Hall of Fame
•  CBRN Task Force conducts training to prepare for an unpredictable catastrophe anywhere in the Midwest
•  121st Air Refueling Wing's Tech. Sgt. Mitchell Corbin supports the mission in aerospace ground equipment
•  Army implements new physical fitness standards for recruits, reclassifying Soldiers
•  Sgt. 1st Class Richard Wright spends his off-hours as a professional on the national walleye fishing tour

Cover of Video Buckeye Guard.


In their own words: Integration of the 372nd Infantry



In their own words: Medal of Honor recipient 2nd Lt. Robert M. Viale



Ohio National Guard's newest general officer holds unique status



Ohio Army National Guard engineers ready for all challenges



Ohio Army National Guard engineers work to improve Camp Ravenna



In the right place, at the right time: Guard member helps reunite missing child with family



Newest generation of Army Black Hawk utility helicopters to by flown by Ohio National Guard pilots



The Ohio National Guard's ties to Presidents Day



179th Airlift Wing goes to Africa to participate in Exercise Flintlock



Diversity & Inclusion: Speaker talks about how diversity, inclusion make an organization stronger



Top 8 things to know about the new Blended Retirement System



Always Ready: Maintaining Equipment Plays Critical Role



180th Fighter Wing to Test Response Capability



Ohio National Guard Biathlon Team competes in Chief, National Guard Bureau Biathlon Championship



Digital Buckeye Guard Vol. 35: No. 2 ~ March/April

•  Leadership: Guard 4.0, Building, sustaining readiness critical to Guard's role in the national defense
•  Gender Integration: The next step
•  Outnumbered & Thriving
•  The Congressman and the General
•  Ohio Air NationalGuard Airmen and NCOs of the Year
•  Lineage Linkup: Battery B, 1st Battalion, 174th Air Defense Artillery Regiment
•  ETS-ing Soon?
•  Historical Highlight: Female Firsts

Cover of March/April Buckeye Guard digital magazine.


Video Buckeye Guard ~ March 2017 (8 minute video)

•  Meet the 179th Airlift Wing's first all-female loadmaster crew
•  How the Family Readiness Group supports Families while Soldiers are away on deployment
•  The Ohio National Guard's support to community events
•  180th Fighter Wing deployed Airmen and fighter jets to MacDill Air Force Base, Florida to conduct training
•  U.S. Rep./Brig. Gen. Steve Stivers discusses his dual role as a general officer and a sitting member of Congress
•  Ohio Army National Guard Lineage Linkup: 216th Engineer Battalion

Cover of Video Buckeye Guard.


Always Ready: Combined Support Maintenance Shop



Getting them ready for deployment: Instructor stays motivated, realizes importance of setting the example



Focus on Families: Military service runs in Family; roots in both Army, Air National Guard



Meet the 179th Airlift Wing's first all-female loadmaster crew



Ohio National Guard military child wins national award



FRG supports Families back home when Soldiers are away



Ohio National Guard Employment Enhancement Program connects employers and members



Brig. Gen. Dana McDaniel Retirement Celebration



Soldiers of 2nd Battalion, 174th Air Defense Artillery Regiment to deploy



Resource fair, student roundtable aim to support veterans in transition



Commemorating the centennial of the U.S. entering World War I; many connections to state of Ohio, Ohio National Guard



Becoming a pilot in the Ohio Army National Guard



Inventor, Entrepreneur, Airman: 180th Fighter Wing Airman embraces innovation with invention to assist aircraft mechanics



Video Buckeye Guard ~ April 2017 (8 minute video)

•  The Ohio National Guard Biathlon Team competes in the Chief, National Guard Bureau Biathlon Championship
•  A boom operator with the 121st Air Refueling Wing discusses the KC-135 refueling mission
•  Ohio is home to one of the largest collections of battle flags in the country
•  The Ohio National Guard partners on a veterans'' resource fair in Erie County

Cover of Video Buckeye Guard.


Registration continues for 2017 Ohio National Guard Youth Programs



Looking back: 5K color run/walk helps bring awareness to importance of sexual assault prevention



Before, during, and after: coping with deployments



Ohio Air National Guard offers a variety of high-tech career paths



Ohio National Guard's 371st Sustainment Brigade deploys



Always Ready, Always There: CBRN Task Force



Looking Back: 2017 State Best Warrior Competition



Video Spotlight: Staff Sgt. Jamie Matheney



Several Guard members among 2017 inductees into Ohio Military Hall of Fame for Valor



Military Spouse Appreciation Day



Digital Buckeye Guard Vol. 35: No. 3 ~ May/June

•  Leadership: Embracing opportunities to innovate, use technology, necessary for our improvement
•  Ohio Takes Innovative Approach to Cybersecurity
•  180th Fighter Wing Airman Embraces Innovation With Invention to Assist Aircraft Mechanics
•  Innovative Technologies prep Soldiers, Airmen for today's missions
•  Ohio Air National Guard Offers a Variety of High-Tech career Paths
•  RQ-11B Small Unmanned Aircraft Sustem Aids Soldiers on the Modern Battlefield
•  Lineage Link Up: 211th Maintenance Company
•  Recruiting & Retention: Interested in becoming a helicopter pilot for the Ohio Army National Guard?
•  Historical Highlight: The Ohio National Guard in the Mexican War

Cover of May/June Buckeye Guard digital magazine.


Video Buckeye Guard ~ May 2017 (8 minute video)

•  164th Airlift Squadron tests its operational capabilities in harsh environments across Africa
•  37th Infantry Brigade Combat team, based out of Columbus, Soldiers continue peacekeeping mission in Kosovo
•  2017 Ohio Army National Guard Best Warrior Competition
•  Ohio National Guard pilots fly the newest generation of Army Black Hawk utility helicopters
•  Battery A, 1-134 Field Artillery Regiment

Cover of Video Buckeye Guard.


Dublin Taiko Group performs during Asian-American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month program



Exercise Load Diffuser 17 begins, two Ohio Air National Guard wings participating



Ohio National Guard Community Relations Program supports citizens, events throughout the state



Ohio Battle Flag collection connects to state's military history



Video Buckeye Guard ~ June 2017 (8 minute video)

•  Airmen and Soldiers get high-tech training using virtual reality
•  Shooting competition at an Ohio National Guard training facility attracts national and international participants
•  Simulated disaster puts members of the Homeland Response Team to the test
•  How a small unmanned aircraft is helping Soldiers on the modern battlefield

Cover of Video Buckeye Guard.


1-134th Field Artillery Regiment Live Fire Exercise



Spouses of adjutants general tour, volunteer at food bank



Planning underway for Combined Medical Engagement in Angola with Ohio, Serbia



Funeral honors conducted for missing ONG Soldier who died during World War II



Video Buckeye Guard ~ July 2017 (8 minute video)

•  ONG is bringing together more than 100 public and private entities to take an innovative approach at strengthening cybersecurity
•  Meet the Citizen-Airman who flies the skies as a pilot for the Ohio State Highway Patrol
•  Soldiers of the 1st Battalion, 134th Field Artillery Regiment hit the range for training exercises
•  Members of the media get a first-hand view of an in-air refueling mission
•  Lineage Link Up: The 37th Infantry Brigade Combat Team’s century of service

Cover of Video Buckeye Guard.


Ohio National Guard celebrates birthday, honors 100th anniversary of 37th Infantry Brigade Combat Team



Ohio National Guard's 37th Infantry Brigade Combat Team returns home from Kosovo



Focus on Cyber: Ohio team takes part in premier National Guard cyber defense exercise



Digital Buckeye Guard Vol. 35: No. 4 ~ July/August

•  Leadership: Leading in a multinational mission Soldiers are soldiers, regardless of flag on their shoulders
•  Ohio Battle Flag Collection connects to state's military history
•  LOAD DIFFUSER 17 helps U.S., ONG strengthen partnerships with allied nations
•  PLATINUM WOLF 17: Ohio works with SPP partners, other countries during PLATINUM WOLF 17 CLS training affords look at different countries' medical techniques
•  Two sets of Guard siblings reconnect during unlikely overseas visit
•  Ohio Soldiers, Serbians learn non-lethal weapons tactics

•  KFOR ~ A UNIQUE MISSION: Ohio's 37th IBCT leads Multinational Battle Group-East rotation Ohio's assistant adjutant general goes back to Kosovo
•  Lineage Link Up: Troop C, 2nd Squadron, 107th Cavalry Regiment, Xenia, Ohio
•  Recruiting & Retention: The job of a bilateral affairs officer – A view from the chair of an Ohioan in Hungary
•  Historical Highlight: 37th Infantry Brigade Combat Team “BUCKEYE” ~ A Century of Service

Cover of July/August Buckeye Guard digital magazine.


Ohio National Guard gives back to residents in two Central Ohio counties



Children of Ohio service members enjoy week of activities at Camp Kelleys Island



180th Fighter Wing leads Smoky Mountain Medical IRT; provides care to 5,800 citizens  


Warrant Officer Candidate School class ‘furnishes’ community outreach for its class project  


Video Buckeye Guard ~ August 2017 (8 minute video)

•  Soldiers from the 1192nd Engineer Company support the city of Youngstown by tearing down condemned houses
•  Members of the 180th Fighter Wing Special Forces Squadron took to the range for weapons qualifications training
•  Soldiers train with their active duty counterparts and engineers of the Hungarian Defense Forces
•  The 2nd Squadron, 107th Cavalry Regiment take to the skies suspended more than 300 feet from a helicopter
•  Ohio National Guard celebrates its 229th birthday
•  100th anniversary of the 37th Infantry Brigade Combat Team

Cover of Video Buckeye Guard.


Ohio National Guard supports Columbus Clippers' festivities to celebrate National Aviation Day



Ohio assistant adjutant general for Air reflects on three-decade career



Soldiers from across state do battle during 2017 Ohio Army National Guard Combatives Tournament



178th making a difference in Texas



16th Engineer Brigade, 371st Sustainment Brigade celebrate a century of service in 2017



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Ohio National Guard aids Texas in response to Hurricane Harvey



178th making a difference in Texas



269th Combat Communications Squadron deploys in support of Hurricane Irma efforts



269th CCS continues to provide hurricane support to Virgin Islands



Answering the Call - Message from TAG



Ohio Guard members deploying to provide medical care to storm-ravaged Puerto Rico 



Medical equipment sent to Puerto Rico for ONG unit’s support to hurricane relief efforts



Ohio National Guard sends signal company to help rebuild communications in Puerto Rico



Ohio Guard members postpone college pursuits to serve their fellow Americans



Ohio National Guard transportation company deploys to Puerto Rico



200th RED HORSE Airmen helping provide safe water in Puerto Rico



Ohio National Guard transportation company deploys to Puerto Rico to aid hurricane relief efforts



1483rd Transportation Company helping with Puerto Rico recovery


Operation Scarlet Hurricane: Ohio National Guard continues hurricane relief efforts by providing field medical care in Puerto Rico


From Katrina to Maria: Previous experience on natural disaster missions invaluable for Ohio National Guard medics helping in Puerto Rico


137th Signal Company returns from Puerto Rico


Soldier, Nurse, Dad: Ohio National Guard Soldier sets standard while serving in Puerto Rico


Soldiers of 285th medical company return from supporting hurricane relief efforts in Puerto Rico


3 Ohio National Guard members, 2 units to be honored during annual NGAUS Conference



Video Buckeye Guard ~ September 2017 (8 minute video)

•  Guard members help residents in two Ohio counties with free health care during annual GuardCare event.
•  Airmen from the 180th Fighter Wing joined more than 200 other service members from across the country to provide no-cost medical care to North Carolina residents.
•  The 200th RED HORSE Squadron teamed up for an Innovative Readiness Training mission in Hawaii.
•  Soldiers work with engineers of the Hungarian Defense Forces to build a bridge across the Danube River

Cover of Video Buckeye Guard.


Ohio National Guard works with Serbian partners during Cyber Tesla 2017 exercise



Ohio National Guard members provide support to Ohio State-Army game



269th CCBS provides support to Tech Warrior exercise



Ohio National Guard Soldier uses school project to combat suicide



OHIOcares website revamped to assist Ohio National Guard members, Families



Revised Ohio law provides new opportunity to apply military training to civilian job market



Digital Buckeye Guard Vol. 35: No. 5 ~ September/October

•  Leadership: Disciplined leaders set the standards for their units to follow, be successful
•  TAG Reading List
•  Ohio's 200th RED HORSE teams with Navy, Marines to help Hawaiian community
•  OHANG Wing Medical Groups balance training with real-world medical care in Hawaii
•  Aviation Soldiers on the mark during aerial gunnery
•  MPS hone skills build cohesion during annual training
•  Saber Guardian 17: Szentes Axe 17 & Brave Warrior 17
•  Lineage Link Up: 135th Military police Company, Chagrin Falls
•  Recruiting & Retention: Filling the ranks
•  Medal of Honor Citation for Lt. Albert Baesel

Cover of September/October Buckeye Guard digital magazine.


Former members of 147th Infantry Regiment hold annual reunion



National Fire Prevention Week, Oct. 8-14
Ohio Army, Air National Guard firefighters continuously hone skills
5694th firefighters train at Air Force Reserve facility in Youngstown for AT
178th Wing firefighters train with fellow Airmen at Rickenbacker



323rd Military Police Company returns from overseas deployment



Ohio Air National Guard member earns Latino Military Service award



Retiring ATAG’s career celebrated during ceremony at 178th Wing



Ohio National Guard Soldier takes on competitive bodybuilding, finds outlet for stress relief, post-deployment



Ohio National Guard Counterdrug Task Force supports Red Ribbon Campaign event in Delaware



Video Buckeye Guard ~ October 2017 (8 minute video)

• It takes a team to prepare the 1-137th Aviation Regiment for gunnery practice from a UH-60 Black Hawk.
• Ohio Air National Guard’s 180th Fighter Wing dedicates a 9/11 memorial with artifacts from the crash sites
• O-H-I-O: Ohio National Guard Soldiers and Airmen play a special role in the Ohio State football game against Army
• Sgt. First Class Megan Simpson uses competitive bodybuilding as a way to relive stress and stay physically fit

2017 October Buckeye Guard video magazine image.


Oh, say can you … Sing! Guard members lend voices to perform national anthem at various events



Hesterman takes over command of 178th Wing



Ohio National Guard, active-duty Soldiers work together to protect fellow service members, civilians using C-RAM



National American Indian Heritage Month: 180th Fighter Wing Celebrates Cultural Diversity