Ohio National Guard Photo Gallery - February 2018

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Maj. Gen. Stephen E. Malkovich (left), the commander of the Ohio Air National Guard, passes the ceremonial guidon to Col. Allison Miller at her assumption of command ceremony Feb. 3, 2018, at the 179th Airlift Wing in Mansfield, Ohio. Miller is the first female commander of an Ohio Air National Guard wing.

Airman 1st Class Christi Richter, ONG

Close up of female Airman with other members in additional bays donating blood on mobile unit.

Members of the 179th Airlift Wing volunteer to donate blood at the Red Cross Bloodmobile Feb. 3, 2018, in Mansfield, Ohio. The Bloodmobile travels to different locations throughout various communities to make collecting blood easier and efficient. According to the Red Cross, 80 percent of the blood donations it receives annually are collected at mobile blood drives such as this one.

Airman 1st Class Christi Richter, ONG

Firefighters in gear.

Firefighters from the 179th Airlift Wing practice rapid intervention team training rescues Feb. 4, 2018, in Mansfield, Ohio. Rapid intervention training allows firefighters to learn proper techniques to rescue downed firefighters who are in harm’s way during a fire call or emergency.

Airman 1st Class Christi Richter, ONG

Staff Sgt. Eric Piime gives a "thumbs up" to camera.

The Ohio National Guard celebrates African-American/Black History Month.

Staff Sgt. Eric Piime, a boom operator with the 121st Air Refueling Wing in Columbus, Ohio, performs his duties during an aerial refueling mission. Piime emigrated from Ghana to the United States and became a U.S. citizen so he could serve in the Air National Guard and contribute to the country he calls “a beacon of hope.”

Senior Master Sgt. Ralph Branson, ONG

Spc. Griffin Nyachae hosts event in traditional African attire.

Spc. Griffin Nyachae, a wheeled vehicle mechanic assigned to Company E, 1st Battalion, 137th Aviation Regiment, hosts the very first Afro-Deliciouz event in Columbus, Ohio. In his civilian life, Nyachae organizes events designed to exhibit African culture, and hopes to eventually build sustainable housing for the less fortunate in his native Kenya.

Courtesy photo

Maj. Gen. Mark E. Bartman (left), Ohio adjutant general, presents a plaque to retired 1st Sgt. Ronald Edwards, adjunct instructor at The Ohio State University and Sinclair Community College, for his support as the featured speaker during a Black History Month presentation entitled, “African Americans in Times of War,” Feb. 7, 2018, at the Maj. Gen. Robert S. Beightler Armory in Columbus, Ohio. As part of the ongoing Ohio National Guard Leadership Development Series, Edwards discussed the roles and contributions of African-Americans in the military from World War I to the present day.

Bill Pierce, ONG

C-130H Hercules covered in snow.

Master Sgt. Jason Amert instructs Airman First Class Austin Carpenter how to safely refill the C-130H Hercules with liquid oxygen, during a snow storm Feb. 7, 2018, at the 179th Airlift Wing in Mansfield, Ohio. LOX, shorthand for liquid oxygen, is used by the Air Force to provide breathing oxygen for pilots, and is 300 degrees below zero in liquid form. Winter Storm Liam dropped an average of 3-5 inches of snow on parts of Central and Northern Ohio Feb 6-7, but it did not stop the wing's maintainers from performing their duties.

Tech. Sgt. Joe Harwood, ONG

Four U.S. Air Force F-16C Fighting Falcons (left) and four Swedish Air Force JAS 39 Gripens fly in formation together behind a U.S. Air Force KC-135 Stratotanker during aerial refueling training in Swedish airspace, Feb. 8, 2018. The training was in conjunction with a rotational deployment of F-16Cs from the Ohio Air National Guard's 180th Fighter Wing to Amari Air Base, Estonia, as part of a Theater Security Package, and allows the U.S. and Sweden to strengthen interoperability and increase readiness.

Airman 1st Class Luke Milano,
U.S. Air Force

More than 40 Airmen at the 180th Fighter Wing participated in the first-ever speed mentoring event Feb. 10, 2018, during their monthly unit training assembly, giving them the opportunity to learn from more experienced Airmen from across the wing, including senior noncommissioned officers and officers. Speed mentorship allows participants to network with mentors in various career fields and varying stages of military career development.

Staff Sgt. John Wilkes, ONG

Brig. Gen. Gordon L. Ellis receives the 38th Infantry Division flag during the unit’s change of command ceremony Feb. 11, 2018, in Indianapolis. Ellis came to the 38th Infantry Division headquarters in December 2014, where he’s served as the deputy commanding general for sustainment, and previously led the Ohio National Guard’s 37th Infantry Brigade Combat Team in Afghanistan in 2011.

PSgt. Diana Richardson,
38th Infantry Division


In celebration of African- American/
Black History Month

Airman 1st Class AnnAleada Whitehead, a personnelist, or human resource specialist assigned to the 180th Fighter Wing, is profiled and talks about the challenges she has faced and how the military’s embracement of diversity has made all the difference.

Airman 1st Class Hope Geiger, ONG

Staff Sgt. Brice Patterson inspects the auxiliary power unit of a C-130H Hercules during an isochronal inspection Feb. 14, 2018, at the 179th Airlift Wing in Mansfield, Ohio. The 179th Maintenance Group was performing a full inspection of the recently acquired C-130H from Yokota Air Base, Japan, an aircraft historically known throughout the U.S. Air Force as “Damien” for its unique tail No. 666.

Tech. Sgt. Joe Harwood, ONG
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The Ohio National Guard command team presents Maj. Millard Rife (fourth from left) of the 174th Air Defense Artillery Brigade and Lt. Col. Clarence Maynus (fifth from left) of the 179th Airlift Wing with the Maj. Gen. Gregory L. Wayt Visionary Leadership Award during the ONG’s annual Joint Senior Leader Conference Feb. 16, 2018, in Columbus, Ohio. The award is presented annually to members of the Ohio National Guard for demonstrated exemplary, forward-thinking leadership.

Staff Sgt. Michael Carden, ONG

Four U.S. Air Force F-16C Fighting Falcons (left) and four Swedish Air Force Sonya Goulet (center), cyber range operations manager for Merit Network, Inc., shows observers the scoreboard during the Ohio Cyber Collaboration Committee’s (OC3) Cyber Range capture the flag event Feb. 19, 2018, at Findlay High School in Findlay, Ohio. Merit facilitated the daylong event, during which 40 high school and college students solved cybersecurity challenges to capture virtual flags and compete for prizes. Learn more about the expanding OC3 partnership on our website.

Stephanie Beougher, ONG

Bridge with rising waters.

Rising flood waters carry debris down the swollen Ohio River Feb. 19, 2018, in Portsmouth, Ohio. With flood levels rising to more than five feet over flood stage during Presidents Day weekend, members of the Ohio National Guard’s 1191st Engineer Company were called out to erect floodgates in the event the rising waters threaten the city.

Kevin Craft, Courtesy photo

Soldiers of the 1191st Engineer Company erect a floodgate Feb. 23, 2018, in Portsmouth, Ohio. The 1191st erected four floodgates at breaks in the city’s floodwall along the Ohio River, a precautionary measure in response to rising flood waters on the river.

Capt. Jordyn Sadowski, ONG

Ohio National Guard Capt.  Stephanie Lafratta ascends the steepest part of the course, aptly named “The Wall,” while competing in the Chief, National Guard Bureau Biathlon Championships course Feb. 25, 2018, at Soldier Hollow, Utah. It is the first time the Beehive State has hosted the event, which concluded March 1. See more photos of ONG biathletes in the competition on the Defense Video Imagery Distribution System website and the Utah National Guard Facebook page.

Sgt. Tim Beery,
128th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment

Col. Greg Betts (left), commander of the 371st Sustainment Brigade, and Command Sgt. Maj. Scott M. Barga, the brigade’s senior enlisted advisor, case the 371st’s colors during a transfer of authority ceremony Feb. 26, 2018, at Camp Arifjan, Kuwait. The 371st, which turned over the mission to the Indiana National Guard’s 38th Sustainment Brigade, is returning home after conducting sustainment operations in support of security cooperation, joint exercises and training in the region.

Sgt. 1st Class Chad Highland, U.S. Army

Construction site of simulator inside large empty building with pallets of concrete block all around.  Men working with concrete block.

Contractors construct the foundation and the building to house a KC-135 Stratotanker flight simulator Feb. 26, 2018, at Rickenbacker Air National Guard Base in Columbus Ohio. The project at the 121st Air Refueling Wing is scheduled to be completed this summer, with the simulator slated to arrive in early 2019.

Senior Master Sgt. Ralph Branson, ONG

Airman profile from cockpit.

Airmen with the 178th Wing team up with the aviation department of the Ohio State Highway Patrol to help provide flood relief to affected areas in the southern regions of Ohio, Feb. 27, 2018. About10 Airmen provided bird's-eye view imagery to analysts on the ground who coordinated with emergency relief agencies and civil authorities.

Senior Airman Rachel Simones, ONG

Guard memners launch Javelin weapon.

Looking back:

Soldiers from the 812th Engineer Company (Sapper) conduct live-fire exercises during their annual training at Fort Knox, Ky., last summer. Training events included demolitions, urban breaching, mine-clearing line charge (MICLIC), crew-served weapons and the Javelin weapon system (pictured) — a one-man-portable, anti-tank, guided munition and surveillance weapon system.

Staff Sgt. Michael Carden, ONG