COVID-19, Ohioans helping Ohioans

News, photos and videos on what your Ohio National Guard is doing to support government and civilian health organizations during the pandemic.

Ohio Cyber Reserve member deployed in cybersecurity response

For the first time, a member of the Ohio Cyber Reserve (OhCR) was deployed on state active duty under the authority of Gov. Mike DeWine to assist in mitigating a recent cybersecurity breach of an undisclosed government agency. The deployment occurred just 16 months after passage of Ohio Senate Bill 52, which established the OhCR under the Adjutant General’s Department as part of the State Defense Force.


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.


Marking a year of COVID-19 mission support: Ohio National Guard continues to answer the call

Since March 23, 2020 — the one-year anniversary of the Ohio National Guard’s first mission as part of the state’s response to COVID-19 — a total of 5,600 Soldiers, Airmen, and members of the Ohio Military Reserve and Ohio Naval Militia — nearly a third of the entire Ohio National Guard force — have answered the call to help their communities during nearly 70 missions, which have included providing vaccinations, collecting personal protective equipment (PPE) for frontline workers and providing staffing support to state prisons and long-term care facilities.


Soaring to Success:
Air Force recognizes 3 Ohio ANG wings for outstanding achievement

Three Ohio Air National Guard wings — the 121st Air Refueling Wing, 178th Wing and 180th Fighter Wing — have been recognized again with the Air Force Outstanding Unit Award. The award is given to units that demonstrate exceptional meritorious service, accomplish specific acts of outstanding achievement and/or excel in combat operations.


#knowyourmil ~ April is Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month (SAAPM)

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


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From Ohio Army National Guard Historical Collections


In Through the Lens, Soldiers with the 416th Engineer Group deliver supplies at a school in Afghanistan in 2004; in Week in Review, The Great Locomotive Chase, also known as Andrews’ Raid, takes place in northern Georgia, when about 20 volunteer Soldiers from the 2nd, 21st and 33rd Ohio Infantry go behind enemy lines to steal a train and damage vital Confederate rail and telegraph lines; and In Their Own Words recalls the mustering of troops in Columbus, Ohio for Civil War service.




Cover of Vol. 39, No.1 - Jan/Feb 2021 2020


April is Sexual Assault Awareness & Prevention Month

DEOMI poster