Vol. 40, No. 3 ~ May/June 2022

Cover of May/June 2022 Buckeye Guard Online Publication. Airmen guide C-130 on tarmac while fire fighters spray aircraft.

179th AW’s “Flying Legacy” tribute ceremony celebrates more than 70 years in Mansfield

After being selected to become the nation’s first Air National Guard cyberspace wing, the 179th Airlift Wing marked its upcoming transition by honoring its heritage as a flying unit, dating back more than 70 years the ceremonial final formation flight of two C-130Hs during the its “Flying Legacy” tribute ceremony this spring.

Chief Warrant Officer 5 Richard Kerwood raises hand to take his oath of office with Brig. Gen. Thomas E. Moore II.

State command chief warrant officer fully immersing himself in new role

As the fifth Ohio Army National Guard state command chief warrant officer, Chief Warrant Officer 5 Richard Kerwood is now charged with leading the OHARNG Warrant Officer Cohort, as well as recruiting new candidates into the ranks.



Man and female airman take measurment on aircraft.

121st ARW helps 'shape' new standards for aviation career fields

The 121st Air Refueling Wing is the only National Guard unit that is part of an Air Force-wide study to modernize height and body composition standards for enlisted aviator career fields, something that has not been done in over 50 years.

A Day in the Life: Ohio National Guard historian

Meet Sgt. 1st Class Josh Mann, who for nearly the last 20 years has been charged with preserving the history and artifacts of the Ohio National Guard, ensuring the organization's history and the stories of its Soldiers and Airmen continue to be told.

Sgt. 1st Class Joshua Mann places ribbon on table for photographing.
Leadership Message

Honoring America and the Americans who serve

Maj. Gen.
John C. Harris Jr.
Ohio Adjutant General

The benchmarks of the summer season include two uniquely American holidays that, while different in what they represent, celebrate and honor the United States and its citizens who have fought and sacrificed throughout history to create and maintain America as the “land of the free and the home of the brave.” Maj. Gen. John C. Harris Jr., Ohio adjutant general, shares his 2022 Memorial Day and Independence Day messages.

Memorial Day 2022: In a video message to the force, Maj. Gen. Harris reflects on how current world events should serve as a reminder to us all to honor the men and women who’ve paid the ultimate price in service to our great nation.

Independence Day 2022: In his Fourth of July message, Maj. Gen. Harris honors all Americans who have served their country since its beginning in 1776. ~ READ MESSAGE


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

Three members of the 178th WING gathered around monitor system.
178th Wing Airmen's readiness put to test during Agile Rage 22
Guard members wearing camo with medals around their necks pose for photo.
Buckeye Soldiers on winning team at Lincoln Marathon Rucksack Relay
Army veteran shakes hands with Mag. Gen Harris.
Governor hosts 42nd Annual Holocaust Commemoration
Guard member hands box officer from back of truck.
Prescription Drug Take Back Day strives to make safer communities
ONG leadership poses with sword to cut cake.
Ohio National Guard celebrates Army’s 247th birthday
2 men pose with ATAG for air and female airman holding award
Ohio Hospital Association recognizes ONG for support during COVID-19

In this 1975 photo, Sgts. Robert Maloy (from left) and Dean Bower of Battery B, 1st Battalion, 136th Field Artillery, prepare to fire a 105 mm howitzer during training exercises at Fort McCoy, Wisc.

Battery A, 1st Battalion, 134th Field Artillery Regiment

HOME STATION:  Delaware, Ohio
PARENT UNIT:  Company C, 237th Support Battalion
DATE AND PLACE OF BIRTH:  7 May 1884, Bucyrus, Ohio

To destroy, neutralize or suppress the enemy with cannon fire.

Historical Highlight text

'Remember the Maine!':
Mobilizing for the war with Spain

On April 25, 1898, the United States declared war on Spain following the sinking of the USS Maine, an American battleship, in Havana Harbor. By 5 p.m. that day, the State of Ohio had received orders from Washington to muster its units for volunteer service.

Black and white photo of troops marching down street with people and carriages lining the road.