Mission Statement

The Ohio National Guard Counterdrug Task Force provides support through highly skilled personnel to Law Enforcement Agencies and Community Based Organizations in order to enhance their efforts to counter the drug threat and anticipate, deter, and defeat the threat of illegal substances, trafficking and violence in Ohio.

Vision Statement

We, the Soldiers and Airmen of the National Guard Counterdrug Program, will become the catalysts for synchronized cooperation between and among DoD and federal, state, and local agencies across the full spectrum of counterdrug homeland defense operations. By leveraging our unique military capabilities, national resources, and community focus we will play a central role in shaping our nation's response to drug and associated transnational security threats.

Who we are

Since 1989, National Guard Counterdrug Program, along with Law Enforcement Agencies (LEAs) and Community Based Organizations (CBOs), have performed interdiction and anti-drug activities in the fight against illicit drugs.

Across the nation there are approximately 2,297 Soldiers and Airmen that support local, state, and federal agencies preventing illicit drugs from being imported, manufactured and distributed.

Here in Ohio, the ONG CDTF is made up of approximately 50 Soldiers and Airmen around the state that support 49 federal, state and local agencies within the state border in their fight to eliminate illicit drug abuse and educate the youth on healthy choices and living a drug-free life. Through these partnerships with local, state and federal law enforcement agencies, the Ohio National Guard directly supports criminal investigations connected to the illegal drug nexus.
The counterdrug (CD) program is executed by governors of 54 states/territories; supports strategic goals of Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) and the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense (DASD-CN&GT).


What we do

The Ohio National Guard Counterdrug program supports the fight against drugs through two primary efforts, criminal analysis and civil operations.

Criminal Analysts are located statewide and partner with local, state and federal law enforcement agencies and support criminal investigations connected to the illegal drug nexus.

Nearly 50 Criminal Analysts combine their unique civilian skills with the broad spectrum of capabilities gained through their National Guard military service to help support the CDTF. This allows them to pursue investigations related to all drugs, especially those involving opiate abuse. The analysts perform analysis, document exploitation, link analysis and case support to help them achieve their mission objectives combatting illegal drugs on the streets.

Counterdrug Task Force Civil Operators provide support to community-based organizations and drug free coalitions throughout the state.

CDTF Civil Operators are the perfect partner to help focus communities on strategies to educate youth and their parents about the dangers of all drugs, especially Rx drugs and Heroin. They embody the respect, discipline and potential of all kids who choose to make good life decisions and serve as positive role models for Ohio youth.

In addition, ONG CDTF provides aviation support. Using ONG helicopter assets, the Ohio National Guard Counterdrug Program supports the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigations in aerial spotting of illicit outdoor marijuana grows.

Ohio National Guard Counter Drug Task Force –

In FY 2017, Counterdrug Criminal Analysts supported the seizures of

• 52 Pounds of Heroin

• 31 pounds of Fentanyl

• 20,143 Prescription Opiate Pills

• The aviation support mission led to the eradication of over 2,000 plants across the state of Ohio.

• Civil Operators supported over 2,000 youth led prevention leaders, 2 Rx Drug takeback events that resulted in removing 12,576 pills from Ohio households.

• CDTF supports “National Red Ribbon Week” where they visit around 40-50 schools annually and deliver approximately 40,000 red ribbons delivering the drug-free messages to students.


Links to read more about us

• Guard aviators help law enforcement weed out illegal marijuana grow operations

• ONG Airman recognized for efforts during 2016 OSU terrorist attack

• ONG Counterdrug Task Force marches with Ohio youth to celebrate drug-free lifestyle

• Celebrating Red Ribbon Week Oct. 23-31: Ohio National Guard Counterdrug Task Force supports Red Ribbon Campaign event in Delaware

• Recoding the Fight on Drugs

• Ohio National Guard Counterdrug Task Force Marches with Youth We Majority Rally (video on DVIDS)

Fighting Opioid Abuse Drives Airmans Passion Counterdrug Task Force- Career (Video)