20 years later: How 9/11 changed the Ohio National Guard

The 20th anniversary is an occasion to honor the victims and to express gratitude to all U.S. service members who’ve deployed since then to defend the homeland. Ohio National Guard Soldiers and Airmen reflect on the events of 9/11, the impact on them, and how that day changed Ohio National Guard operations.


ONG Biathlon Team:
Do you have what it takes?

The 2021 Ohio National Guard Biathlon Team has completed a successful season, highlighted by Duarte being named to the National All-Guard Female Biathlon Team — only the second athlete from the Ohio National Guard to ever qualify for the honor.


Maintaining mission readiness: Taking a pause to discuss extremism

Units conducted stand-downs in the first half of 2021 to address extremism in the ranks. Training focused on what brings members of the military together, reinforced the shared values represented by the oath of service, and identified the spectrum of behaviors and reporting procedures for extremism, whether on or off duty.


179th AW selected as preferred location for Air National Guard’s first cyber warfare wing

The Department of the Air Force has identified Ohio’s Mansfield-Lahm Air National Guard Base as the preferred location for the first ANG cyber warfare wing in the country. The transformation will support Air Combat Command’s future requirements and result in operational mission changes.



Ohio Air National Guard Tech. Sgt. Jordan Hopson in uniform.

Tech. Sgt. Jordan Hopson ~
121st Airman is Ohio Air National Guard
Recruiter of Year

Spc. John Owen provides overwatch security at window.

Spc. John Owen ~
Living the American Dream: Military has provided
family, friends, career for South Korean immigrant

Senior Master Sgt. Mark Schneider with construction equipment in background

Senior Master Sgt. Mark Schneider ~
200th RED HORSE member is senior
NCOof year for Air National Guard

Davis family outside

Staff Sgt. George Davis ~
Brick by Brick: Father, Soldier
builds family and career

Sgt. 1st Class Kindra Elder standing by tree.

Sgt. 1st Class Kindra Elder ~
Longtime victim advocate answers
calling to help her fellow Soldiers

Senior Master Sgt. Jacob Bridges.

Senior Master Sgt. Jacob Bridges. ~
Airman’s personal story motivates him
as victim advocate

Master Sgt. Aaron Foy in uniform by tree.

Master Sgt. Aaron Foy ~ Formerly in
military police, Soldier now trains others
in sexual assault awareness, prevention

Senior Master Sgt. Brianne Forrester in uniform

Senior Master Sgt. Brianne Forrester
Air Guard victim advocate strives for
safe space for those who need help

Brig. Gen. Rebecca O’Connor speaks with medai from stands of arena.

Brig. Gen. Rebecca O’Connor
Dual-status commander unifies forces

Butler poses with mask at convention with stage in background.

Lt Col. Thomas Butler
Career paths contribute to diverse
journey for Guard member

Airman superimposed portrait on top of backdrop of fires in  California mountains.

California wild fires: 178th Wing sensor
operator’s support saves hundreds of
lives during California wildfires

Collage with Staff Sgt. Kathryn Dobbs standing in front of VFW marquee and holding food to veteran in vehicle line.

Staff Sgt. Kathryn Dobbs
180th FW Airman holds leadership post
in BGSU student veterans chapter

Amsden in full gear, rifle in hand, doning an orange vest with the number 24, running on road during competition.

Sgt. Aaron Amsden
1-145th Soldier earns ARCENT NCO
of Year title on deployment

Nemec leans on vehicle in row while on an overseas deployment.

Staff Sgt. Nemec
Soldier’s path to service began
in Argentina

Second Lt. Colleen O’Callaghan stands with arms crossed.

Second Lt. Colleen O’Callaghan
Ohio’s first female infantry officer serves on
the front lines during COVID-19 pandemic

Spcs. Gabriel Kirk and Javier Roman stand in uniform and masks posing at food drive up tent.

Spcs. Gabriel Kirk (left) and Javier Roman
Ohio Guard members build bridges over
language barriers at food bank

Head shot of Pfc. Dal Sum with mask in hospital lobby

Pfc. Dal Sum
Guard member helps family friend, pregnant
COVID-19 patient at Columbus hospital

Spc. Jacque Elama stands in warehouse

Spc. Jacque Elama
Ohio National Guard Soldier shares story
of becoming U.S. citizen

Hailey and Lexi Ireton with fall decorations.

Hailey and Lexi Ireton
Sisters embark on NG carareers together

Bah accepts award in front of Soldiers standing at attention.

Capt. Sulaiman Bah
A commander's uncommon journey

African-American Soldier in front of US and Ohio flags.

Sgt. Kouami Honkpo
Freedom and Opportunity

Tucker stands with TAG and Lt Gov holding award.

Master Sgt. Ryan K. Tucker
A Lifesaver: Right Place, Right Time

OU footbal player in uniform on field with super imposed image of him in military uniform.

2nd Lt. Devin King
Excelling on the gridiron

Man and woman capture fox and man and woman release eagle.

Maj. Gwendolyn Hoogendorn
Giving Back: Wildlife Warrior

Before and after pics of guy who lost 145 pounds

Spc. Matt Logsdon
A case study in motivation

Staff Sgt. Michael Ginikos, in Air Guard camo, stands in front of firetruck.

Staff Sgt. Michael Ginikos
ANG Firefighter of the Year

Staff Sgt. Ken Keller with wife and 6 adopted children sit for photos on farm.

Staff Sgt. Ken Keller
Celebrating Adoption

Brandt in uniform with young daughters.

Capt. Chris Brandt
Cherokee heritage sets life�s foundation

Col. Kimberly Fitzgerald at podium.

Col. Kimberly A. Fitzgerald
Leading the way at 178th Wing

Portrait of Lovelace in front of Cincinnati enforcement flag.

Tech. Sgt. Chel sea Lovelace
Finding purpose through tragedy

Stearns poses with Maj. Gen. Harris while displaying her belt

1st Lt. Valerie Stearns
Challenging herself in order to grow


In Through the Lens, a group of Filipino children honor the 37th Infantry Division following their country’s liberation from the Japanese during World War II; in Week in Review, the 178th Wing, 179th Airlift Wing and 180th Fighter Wing are allotted to the Ohio Air National Guard in 1962; and Connecting to the Collections features the 37th Division’s Camp Shelby souvenir pennant.



Inside the August Video Newscast

Cover of Vol. 39, No.4 - July/August 2021


Hispanic Heritage Month ~ Sept. 15-Oct. 15