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

Photos by Bill Pierce, Ohio National Guard Public Affairs
Video by 1st Lt. Aaron Smith, Ohio National Guard Public Affairs

Veterans from as far back as World War II joined current members of the 37th Infantry Brigade Combat Team to celebrate the Ohio National Guard's 229th Birthday, and the 100th anniversary of the 37th IBCT, also known as the Buckeye Brigade. Video by 1st Lt. Aaron Smith.

Color Guard representing the different eras of the 37th Division/37th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, from World War I to the present.

Maj. Gen. Mark E. Bartman, Ohio adjutant general, Edgar Moorman, a World War II veteran of the 37th Division, and Pfc. Gabrielle Babbitt, a heavy vehicle driver with Company A, 237th Support Battalion, 37th Infantry Brigade Combat Team cut the celebration cake.

Maj. Gen. Mark E. Bartman (center), Ohio adjutant general, is assisted by Edgar Moorman (left), a World War II veteran of the 37th Division, and Pfc. Gabrielle Babbitt, a heavy vehicle driver with Company A, 237th Support Battalion, 37th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, in making the first cut in the cake.

Color Guard representing the different eras of the 37th Division/37th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, from World War I to the present.

Color Guard representing the different eras of the 37th Division/37th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, from World War I to the present.

Maj. Gen. Mark E. Bartman stands at podium.

Maj. Gen. Mark E. Bartman, Ohio adjutant general.

Columbus singer-songwriter Barefoot McCoy performing with guitar.

Columbus singer-songwriter Barefoot McCoy performs songs from World Wars I and II, including the “Ballad of Rodger Young,” which honors one of eight Medal of Honor recipients from the 37th.

Veteran appaluded by audience for service. Veteran stands to be recognized for service.

Group photo of Alumni, retirees and current members of units representing the 37th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, its subordinate units and predecessors.

Alumni, retirees and current members of units representing the 37th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, its subordinate units and predecessors.

Group photo of past and current commanders and command sergeants major of the 37th and its legacy units.

Past and current commanders and command sergeants major of the 37th and its legacy units.


COLUMBUS, Ohio — Veterans from as far back as World War II joined current members of the 37th Infantry Brigade Combat Team and other Soldiers and Airmen to celebrate the Ohio National Guard’s 229th Birthday, and the 100th anniversary of the 37th IBCT, also known as the Buckeye Brigade July 25 at the Maj. Gen. Robert S. Beightler Armory, a facility named for the commander who led the 37th Division through its campaigns in the Pacific Theater during World War II. This year’s celebration paid special tribute to the 37th IBCT, which across its century of service has answered the call for World War I, World War II, the Korean War, Kosovo and the War on Terrorism as well as countless responses to the citizens of Ohio. The brigade headquarters recently returned from Kosovo, where it led a NATO peacekeeping mission and will return home later this summer. Alumni and veterans of the 37th representing several eras including World War II were in attendance. Columbus singer-songwriter Barefoot McCoy performed songs from World Wars I and II, including the “Ballad of Rodger Young,” which honors one of eight Medal of Honor recipients from the 37th.

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