Vol. 38, No. 2 ~ March-June 2020

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There have been more than 900 Ohio National Guard and Ohio Military Reserve members who have served their communities during the state’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Missions have included everything from supporting humanitarian efforts at 14 local food banks and regional warehouses to collecting personal protective equipment, collaborating with regional partners to identify and develop alternate care sites to expand medical capacity, and augmenting medical and operational staff at prisons.

Soldier and man stand at foodbank sign.

Guard members find Southeast Ohioans have always been #InThisTogether

For nearly three months, about 500 Ohio National Guard members have been deployed to various food banks across the state to help with food packaging and delivery during the COVID-19 pandemic, seeing the impact of food insecurity up close for the first time. For Ohio Army National Guard Pfc. Jayden Rutter, who is supporting his regional food bank, it hits much closer to home — in more ways than one.



Members of Joint Task Force Red Med pose in front of Pickaway Correctional Institute wearing scrubs, masks and holding signs of support.

Ohio National Guard medical team augments staff at state prison

A rise in COVID-19 cases, among both inmates and staff, led the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction to call on the Ohio National Guard for assistance. Like with several other prisons in the state, a team of nearly 30 Ohio National Guard Soldiers and Airmen came to the aid of the Pickaway Correctional Institution, supporting the onsite medical staff during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Spc. Jacque Elama stands for photo at food bank.

#KNOWYOURMIL ~ From relying on food to delivering it: Soldier shares story of becoming U.S. citizen

Meet Spc. Jacque Elama, who was born in a refugee camp in Africa’s Democratic Republic of Congo and immigrated to the U.S. at age 9 with his four siblings, parents and his uncle, with hopes for a better life and to pursue the ultimate American dream. Elama, along with his family, spent half of his life relying on community donations to survive, but today he is on duty supporting his local food bank and serving his fellow Ohioans in need.


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Leadership Message

Adjutant general provides update on COVID-19 response efforts

Maj. Gen. John C. Harris Jr., Ohio adjutant general, talks about the multitude of support provided by members of the Ohio National Guard and Ohio Military Reserve during the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as the way ahead.

Ohioans serving Ohioans ~
Always ready, always there!



A look at some of the Soldiers, Airmen and civilians who make up the Ohio National Guard Family.

Gen. Joseph L. Lengyel (from left), chief of the National Guard Bureau, and Maj. Gen. John C. Harris Jr., Ohio adjutant general wearing masks talk with officer while other Soldiers wait in background - also wearing masks.
Chief, National Guard Bureau visits Ohio: Trip includes meeting with personnel supporting food banks during COVID-19 pandemic
Members of the 52nd CST and members of the Ohio Department of Health pose for a portrait.
Ohio National Guard COVID-19 lab operators: On the front lines from behind the scenes
Airman inspects water heater.
Ohio National Guard’s Joint Engineer Assessment Teams evaluating potential alternate medical care facilities
We Are All #InThisTogether
Row of black and white curtained areas inside buiding
Ohio National Guard’s Task Force Honor trained for worst-case scenario during COVID-19 peak
Hartzell poses for a photograph with medals.
Ohio Military Reserve helping collect PPE, medical donations during COVID-19 pandemic

1192nd Engineer Company

HOME STATION: Newton Falls ~ Date and Place of Birth: 19 June 1875, Youngstown, Ohio

Conducts horizontal and vertical construction tasks with emphasis on horizontal construction to establish and maintain the infrastructure required to conduct and sustain activities across the range of military operations.

Ohio Army National Guard 112th Engineer Battalion insignia
75th Anniversary graphic of V-E Day
Historical Highlight text

V-E Day at 75: The Ohio National Guard in the European Theater

May 8, 1945: Victory in Europe, or V-E Day, marked the end of World War II in the European Theater of Operations where 11 Ohio National Guard units served during the war.