From immigrant to Citizen-Soldier:
A commander’s uncommon journey

A native of Sierra Leone in western Africa, Capt. Sulaiman Bah originally came to the U.S. in August 2002 on a scholarship to finish his master’s degree. With a favorable impression of the United States and U.S. military from witnessing humanitarian missions in his native country, Bah pursued becoming a U.S. citizen and joined the Ohio Army National Guard in 2010.


A Lifesaver: Airman earns Ohio Cross for heroic rescue

Master Sgt. Ryan K. Tucker of the 178th Wing was presented with the Ohio Cross during the Ohio National Guard Joint Senior Leaders Conference Feb. 14, 2020, in Columbus, Ohio. Tucker received the state’s highest military award for lifesaving actions he took to help rescue a woman at a gas station after she had been critically wounded.


New benefits for Guard members in federal funding plan

The 2020 version of NDAA approved by Congress and signed by the president includes several provisions affecting National Guard members and their Families. For nearly 60 years, the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) has charted a course for U.S. defense policy and provides funding to raise and support the U.S. military forces.


Ohio Air National Guard honors outstanding Airmen of Year

Airmen from all over the state gathered this January in Columbus, Ohio for the Ohio Air National Guard Outstanding Airman of the Year awards ceremony. With six categories, the Outstanding Airman of the Year awards are used to recognize members who go above and beyond demonstrating leadership, strong work ethic and commitment to giving back to their communities.



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. Chelsea 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




Cover of Vol. 37, No.6 - Nov/Dec 2019


DEOMI poster for Black History Month.