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.

‘Mission first mentality’: ONG, State Defense Force members complete corrections mission

Ohio National Guard members stand for a photo March 15, 2021, during the last shift providing staffing support at the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction’s Franklin Medical Center in Columbus, Ohio. From September 2020 to March 2021, Guard members augmented staffs at 23 of the state’s 28 correctional institutions, providing support where critical personnel shortages arose due to COVID-19-related health issues and concerns.


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.



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


Look in the Attic graphic

From Ohio Army National Guard Historical Collections


In Through the Lens, the 37th Infantry Division opens the 1952 baseball season at Camp Polk, La.; in Week in Review, Pfc. Anthony Krotiak, Company I, 148th would earn the Medal of Honor posthumously for his actions to save his fellow Soldiers from a Japanese grenade in 1945; and In Their Own Words looks back at the 14th Infantry Regiment’s preparation for the War with Spain in 1898 — many residents of Columbus, Ohio and from all over the state would come watch the troops conduct their training drills, which also drew great media attention as well.




Cover of Vol. 39, No.1 - March/April 2021 2020


DEOMI poster

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