Vol. 40, No. 5 ~ September-December 2022

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

180th Fighter Wing trains with ‘Sun Downers’ in Sunshine State

Airmen with the 180th FW traveled to Key West to train with Fighter Squadron Composite (VFC) 111, the Navy’s premier adversary squadron, which provided realistic training scenarios to help prepare them for homeland defense and contingency operations around the globe.

Gen Harris and Serbia leader hold plaque.

Ohio, Serbia celebrate spirit of cooperation during annual capstone event

The 16-year partnership between the Ohio National Guard and the Serbian Armed Forces was celebrated during an Ohio delegation’s visit this fall to Serbia, which included meetings with Serbia’s president, prime minister and SAF senior leadership.



Maj. Gen. John C. Harris Jr. with Hungarian Defence Force commanders.

1137th Signal Company helps modernize Ohio National Guard’s network infrastructure

Soldiers with the 1137th Signal Company (Tactical Installation and Networking-Enhanced, or TIN-E) conducted a major computer network infrastructure improvement project earlier this year at Rickenbacker Air National Guard Base, in Columbus, Ohio.

Closeup of Taylor smiling

State command chief leads through strong support from family, fellow Airmen

Meet Chief Master Sgt. Troy Taylor, the 12th state command chief master sergeant of the Ohio Air National Guard. He attributes his success to the support he has received from his family, fellow Airmen and mentors who have helped mold him into the leader he is today.

Leadership Message

Adjutant general presents his 2022 Veterans Day message

In a video message, Maj. Gen. John C. Harris Jr. honors and thanks all veterans, past and present, who’ve served their communities, state and nation in a variety of ways, including Ohio National Guard Soldiers and Airmen who’ve answered the call. Veterans of all generations share a common bond to serve and are part of “maintaining that long line, that tradition of excellence that makes our country what it is today.”
~ Video by George B. Davis and Staff Sgt. Aven Santiago, Ohio National Guard Public Affairs

Gen Harris at desk


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

Soldiers march into room past color guard.
37th Infantry Brigade Combat Team hosts call to duty ceremonies
People unveil building name in front of facility with inset of Crabtree.
SF readiness center now bears name of unit member killed in Iraq
Senior Airman Kristina Schneider in front of fire engine at the 179th Airlift Wing.
Immigrant's life goals lead to becoming Soldlier, U.S. citizen nurse
African-American Air commander raises #1 sign while holding microphone.
Command chief of the Air National Guard visits the 178th Wing
Air command stand at attention in front of American flag.
Holesko assumes command of 180th Fighter Wing, DiDio retires
Group poses for photo on brigde in between rock walls.
Soldiers immerse themselves in Ohio’s Civil War history during visit

On this day in Ohio National Guard history, Sept. 26, 1947: Company B, 3rd Battalion, 238th Aviation Regiment is organized in Columbus as Battery A, 183rd Antiaircraft Artillery Battalion.

Company B, 3rd Battalion, 238th Aviation Regiment is organized in Columbus, Ohio as Battery A, 183rd Antiaircraft Artillery Battalion

On this day in Ohio National Guard history, Sept. 26, 1947:
Company B, 3rd Battalion, 238th Aviation Regiment is organized in Columbus, Ohio as Battery A, 183rd Antiaircraft Artillery Battalion. The battery was a segregated unit and was called into federal service in 1952 for the Korean War as part of the 37th Division. It was converted to an aviation unit in 1959 and later moved to the Akron-Canton Airport. The company was reorganized under its present designation in 2006 and has multiple deployments in support of the War on Terrorism flying the CH-47 Chinook helicopter. In this photo, members of Battery A, 137th Antiaircraft Artillery Battalion are shown working on their .50-caliber Quadmount gun system, circa 1955.

Soldiers stand at attention outside bearing flag.  
Historical Highlight text

Army artillery branch turns 247

Ohio National Guard lineage goes back to Civil War

On Nov. 17, 1785, the Continental Congress created the artillery branch in the U.S. Army. Since then, Ohio’s artillery units have earned campaign credit in the Civil War, World War I, World War II, Korean War and War on Terrorism.