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.
Master Sgt. Aaron Foy ~
military police, Soldier now trains others
in sexual assault awareness, prevention
Senior Master Sgt. Brianne Forrester
Air Guard victim advocate strives for
safe space for those who need help
California wild fires:
178th Wing sensor
operator’s support saves hundreds of
lives during California wildfires
Second Lt. Colleen O’Callaghan
Ohio’s first female infantry officer serves on
the front lines during COVID-19 pandemic
Spcs. Gabriel Kirk (left) and Javier Roman
Ohio Guard members build bridges over
language barriers at food bank