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52nd Civil Support Team must always be ready for real-world missions aiding civil authorities

Members of the 52nd Civil Support Team (Weapons of Mass Destruction) recently participated in a validation exercise at the Fairfield County Airport in Carroll, Ohio. Each of the nearly 60 congressionally mandated civil support teams across the country is evaluated and validated every 18 months to ensure the team’s skills are up to the task of helping keep communities safe and protecting the homeland.


Earning the Green Beret: Becoming a National Guard Special Forces team member

Two Ohio Army National Guard Soldiers passed the Special Forces Assessment and Selection (SFAS) earlier this year, qualifying them to attend the 53-week Special Forces Qualification Course (SFQC). The two spent about six months with 19th Special Forces Preparatory Detachment (SFPD) conducting physically demanding training including running, ruck marching, pushups, situps and land navigation as part of their assessment and then endured the strenuous 21-day SFAS course.


Guard members play role in conservation of Northeast Ohio training facility

The Ohio National Guard, Ohio Division of Wildlife and Camp James A. Garfield Joint Military Training Center environmental office work together to facilitate controlled deer hunts at Camp Garfield, located near Newton Falls, Ohio, as a conservation effort to preserve the training facility’s natural resources. The controlled hunts have been a yearly tradition at the Ohio National Guard facility in Portage County since 1955, helping to manage the deer population on the more than 22,000-acre facility.


Health of the Force:
Air National Guard builds resilience via meaningful communication

The Air National Guard is working to build resilience in its force with a conversation-based approach designed to build connections and strengthen relationships. The Air Force’s fall 2019 Resilience Tactical Pause was used as a driving force for suicide prevention program development in 2020.



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
Celebrating National Hispanic Heritage Month
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


ONG members on steps.

Through the Lens: Jan. 18-24

In Through the Lens, the 1486th Transportation Company cases its unit guidon at the conclusion of a deployment to Afghanistan in 2013; in Week in Review, the Militia Act, sponsored by Congressman and Ohio National Guard Maj. Gen. Charles Dick, creates the modern National Guard; and Connecting to the Collections features a Civil War-era flag staff of the 42nd Ohio Volunteer Infantry, which was commanded by Col. James A. Garfield, who later became the 20th U.S. president.



Cover of Vol. 38, No.5 -November/December 2020


MLK jr. Graphic

Dr. MLK Jr. Commemorative Celebration on Ohio Channel