Ohio National Guard Photo Gallery - January 2018

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The U.S. Uniformed Services Blended Retirement System cover page

Blended Retirement System Offers
New Way to Plan for Future.

Jan. 1, 2018, marked the start of the military's new Blended Retirement System — mandatory for new enlistees and an option for current mid-career service members. Learn more in the latest digital Buckeye Guard magazine about how the new program works, and the decisions that all eligible service members must make by Dec. 31, 2018.


Closeup of airmen on top of aircraft wing and on lift.

Master Sgt. Anthony Oprean (left) helps Senior Airman Mason Frasher install the elevator panel on the tail of a C-130H Hercules as it is being reattached following repairs Jan. 5, 2018, at the 179th Airlift Wing in Mansfield, Ohio. Airmen with the wing's maintenance group regularly inspect all facets of their aircraft to maintain mission readiness year-round.

Tech. Sgt. Joe Harwood, ONG

Col. Richard Tatem stands in front of classroom presenting the Enhancing Human Capital (EHC) course to class of airmen.

Col. Richard Tatem (standing), the Reserve Advisor to the Director of the Profession of Arms Center of Excellence (PACE), presents the Enhancing Human Capital (EHC) course Jan. 5-6, 2018, at the 178th Wing in Springfield, Ohio. The EHC course helps service members gain a better understanding of how professionalism drives individual member behavior and the importance of positive leadership to an organization.

Tech. Sgt. Elisabeth Gelhar, ONG

Group photo of Airmen of the Year recipients, senior leaders and attendants at honor banquet.

The 178th Wing hosted the 2017 Ohio Air National Guard Outstanding Airmen of the Year awards banquet to honor the nominees from units across the state, Jan. 6, 2018, at the Courtyard Marriott in Springfield, Ohio. The OAY awards honor Airmen in six rank tiers, recognizing those who go above and beyond their daily duties and exhibit strong work ethic, community involvement and leadership.

Airman Amber Mullen, ONG

New 178th Wing commander, talks in front of  first-term Airmen in classroom setting.

Col. Gregg Hesterman (standing), the new 178th Wing commander, held a commander’s call with first-term Airmen to communicate his goals for the wing, Jan. 7, 2018, at Springfield Air National Guard Base in Springfield, Ohio. Wing leadership discussed their priorities and answered questions from Airmen.

Tech. Sgt. Elisabeth Gelhar, ONG

Open end of a C-5 Galaxy cargo plane.

U.S. Airmen get ready to receive the supplies from a C-5 Galaxy cargo plane that were delivered in support of Theater Security Package 18.1, Jan. 8, 2018, at Amari Air Base, Estonia. This TSP highlights the U.S.’s ability to deploy fighter aircraft to support its partners and allies in the European theater and around the world.

Petty Officer 3rd Class Cody Hendrix, Department of Defense

Shepherd and Milakovic shaking hands/exchanging coin.

U.S. Army Command Sergeant Maj. Steven Shepherd (left), NATO Headquarters Sarajevo's senior enlisted leader, coins Command Sergeant Maj. Dusko Milakovic, 6th Infantry Brigade of the Armed Forces Bosnia and Herzegovina's senior enlisted leader, Jan. 11, 2018, at Kozara Barracks, Banja Luka, Bosnia-Herzegovina. Shepherd, who served as the Ohio Army National Guard's 16th Engineer Brigade command sergeant major from 2011 to 2017, has been on a tour at NATO Headquarters Sarajevo since October.

Staff Sgt. Amber Sorsek, U.S. Air Force

Group of ONG memebrs pose for pic at the MLK breakfast

Ohio Army National Guard Lt. Col. Jeffrey Watkins (third from left) was among a group of Ohio National Guard Soldiers and Airmen who attended the 33rd annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Birthday Breakfast Jan. 15, 2018, at the Greater Columbus Convention Center in downtown Columbus, Ohio. Event organizers say it is the largest of its kind in the U.S. to honor the legacy of the civil rights leader, who was friends with Watkins’ Family in the 1960s.

Staff Sgt. Michael L. Carden, ONG

Airmen adjust a wheel chock under the tire of a C-130H Hercules during bitter cold temperatures.

Airman First Class Sophia Marshall (right) adjusts a wheel chock under the tire of a C-130H Hercules during bitter cold temperatures Jan. 16, 2018, at the 179th Airlift Wing in Mansfield, Ohio. Airmen with the wing’s maintenance group regularly inspect all facets of their aircraft to maintain mission readiness year-round.

Tech. Sgt. Joe Harwood, ONG

Ohio Army National Guard Sgt. Trevor Hale, of the 737th Support Company in Stow, Ohio, dips steel into water during the Allied Trade Specialist Course 30 class instructed by the New Jersey National Guard’s Regional Training Support-Maintenance, Jan. 17, 2018, at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, N.J. Army allied trade specialists supervise and perform the fabrication, repair and modification of metallic and nonmetallic parts.

Master Sgt. Matt Hecht,
U.S. Air National Guard

Animated snowfalling  in rural Ohio during 1978 blizzard.

The “Blizzard of '78” was one of the most devastating natural disasters in Ohio history, causing massive damage, knocking out power grids and leaving people stranded in their cars and others without heat. The Ohio National Guard was ready to play an integral role in the recovery.


Airman Brown with network cables in front of him.

Airman First Class Zachary Brown, a cyber transport systems specialist, configures a network switch while working with the 179th Airlift Wing Communications Flight, Jan. 26, 2018, in Mansfield, Ohio. The unit was recently awarded the U.S Air Force Lt. Gen. Harold W. Grant award for best communication flight in the entire Air National Guard.

Tech. Sgt. Joe Harwood, ONG

Capt. Lauren Weber skiing downhill through wooden underpass.

Capt. Lauren Weber, a member of the Ohio National Guard Biathlon Team, competes in a sprint race Jan. 26, 2018, at Camp Ethan Allen Training Site, in Jericho, Vt. Athletes from 24 states participated in the National Guard Eastern, Western and Central Regional Biathlon Competitions, with qualifiers advancing to the Chief, National Guard Bureau Biathlon Championship Feb 23-March 2, 2018, at Camp Williams, Utah.

Sgt. Avery Cunningham,
U.S. Army National Guard

Group photo of members of the Ohio Army National Guard Warrant Officer Candidate School with Kidd's widow in center.

A room at Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Ohio, across from Nationwide Children's Hospital in Columbus, Ohio, is rededicated Sept. 29, 2017, in honor of Chief Warrant Officer 3 Emmanuel Kidd, who died of cancer in January 2015. Members of the Ohio Army National Guard Warrant Officer Candidate School raised funds to continue sponsorship of the room in memory of Chief Kidd. Ronald McDonald House Charities provide low-cost or free housing to families of seriously ill children while they are in the hospital.

Sgt. Andrew Kuhn, ONG