Vol. 37, No. 2 ~ March/April 2019

Black and white photo of Guard members cleaning up damage from 1974 tornado in Xenia.

Survivors and Guard members remember deadly Xenia tornado on 45th anniversary

Ohio National Guard Soldiers and Airmen on state active duty assisted in the cleanup efforts in Xenia, Ohio after an April 3, 1974, tornado. The F-5 storm that destroyed or damaged thousands of homes, businesses and schools was responsible for 33 deaths, and hundreds more injured.




Silhouette of airmen scanning tarmack at sunrise with F-16s in background. 180th Fighter Wing flies south for training

180th Fighter Wing flies south for training

During the cold winter months, the Swanton, Ohio-based 180th Fighter Wing is able to maintain its mission-ready capabilities by training in locations with better weather conditions, such as Patrick Air Force Base, Fla. More than 130 Airmen from the 180th FW deployed there earlier this year to conduct dissimilar air combat training, defensive air counter tactics and tactical intercept missions.


Governor Mike DeWine stands with Serbian Prime Minister Ana Brnabić.

Ohio-Serbia State Partnership

Serbian Prime Minister Ana Brnabić led a delegation that met with Ohio National Guard, political, academic and business leaders to promote mutual relations and discuss areas of potential economic cooperation during a visit to Ohio’s capital. The Ohio National Guard and the Serbian Armed Forces have been partnered since 2006, under the U.S. Department of Defense’s State Partnership Program.



Maj. Gen. John C. Harris, Ohio Adjutant General stands with 1st Lt. Valerie Stearns sporting her Best Warrior Competition belt.


Citizen-Soldier steps out of comfort zone for growth opportunities

Meet Ohio Army National Guard 1st Lt. Valerie Stearns, who was one of the first females integrated into combat arms and the first female platoon leader at the 812th Engineer Company (Sapper). Stearns, who is also a licensed elementary school teacher, says that “it’s important to step out of your comfort zone and challenge yourself in new ways. It’s how you become better.”



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Leadership Message

Our Families make it possible for us to be 'Always Ready, Always There'

Chief Master Sgt. Thomas A. Jones, the state command chief master sergeant for the Ohio Air National Guard, attributes the success in his military career to the strong support of his family, who he said serve beside him. He says the sacrifices made by Military Families allow service members to focus on their duty to defend the nation.




The Ohio National Guard: Always Ready, Always There
Sgt. Whitney Schalk (NCO of the year) stands with Spc. Adam Pinkerton (Soldier of the year).
Ohio Army National Guard’s top Soldier, NCO named
Historic firsts for women in the Ohio National Guard
U.S. Air Force Col. Dave Johnson assumed command from Col. James Camp, Ohio assistant adjutant general for Air.
121st Air Refueling Wing welcomes new commander
Stage with American flag backdrop as seen from back of the auditorium.
Aviation support company deploys overseas to Kuwait
Emily poses in her office.
179th Airlift Wing Family Readiness program manager earns recognition

Support Company, 216th Engineer Battalion

HOME STATION: Cincinnati ~ Date and Place of Birth: 27 March 1911, Cincinnati, Ohio

To increase the combat effectiveness of the support brigades or Engineer Brigades at Division and Corps level by accomplishing mobility, counter-mobility, survivability and general engineering tasks.

Women welcome home National Guard Soldiers returning home after WWI
Historical Highlight

100 years ago: Ohio Soldiers return from World War I

Following the end of World War I, Ohio National Guard units returned from France to Ohio in the spring of 1919, making stops in various cities around the state for homecoming parades prior to demobilization at Camp Sherman in Chillicothe, Ohio.