Ohio National Guard Photo Gallery - July 2018

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Ohio National Guard members affiliated with award, stand on stage to be recognized.

The Ohio Army National Guard was named the gold winner earlier this year in the 2018 Army Communities of Excellence competition among all Army National Guard submissions. The accomplishment was celebrated during a July 2, 2018, ceremony at the Maj. Gen. Robert S. Beightler Armory in Columbus, Ohio, where key contributors (pictured) to the award submission were recognized by Maj. Gen. Mark E. Bartman, Ohio adjutant general. The annual ACOE competition measures and recognizes the best performing installations and communities in the Army, based on assessment criteria including leadership, strategic planning, customer focus and results. It is the sixth time Ohio has won since 2003.

Staff Sgt. Michael Carden, ONG

The Ohio National Guard wishes everyone a happy Independence Day, and gives thanks to our current and former Soldiers and Airmen who have helped Americans to enjoy more than 240 years of freedom. As we celebrate our nation's 242nd birthday this Fourth of July, please take time to remember the brave men and women who, from the Revolutionary War to the Korean War to the present, volunteered to serve. These Citizen-Warriors have sacrificed to protect the freedoms we are celebrating.


An Ohio National Guard joint color guard marches in the Red, White & BOOM! Parade July 3, 2018, in downtown Columbus, Ohio. More than 100,000 spectators lined the
1-mile parade route to celebrate Independence Day and to catch sight of, and thank, military service members and veterans. Ohio National Guard support to the parade also included the 122nd Army Band and military vehicles.

Sgt. Joanna Bradshaw, ONG

Col. Allison Miller, commander of the 179th Airlift Wing, throws the ceremonial first pitch before the Columbus Clippers vs. Toledo Mud Hens baseball game July 4, 2018, at Huntington Park in Columbus, Ohio. The Clippers saluted local military heroes during the Fourth of July holiday, including honoring women in the military by having several service members and veterans stand on the first- and third-base lines with Clippers team members during the first pitch.

Capt. Jordyn Sadowski, ONG

Spc. Ceaphrael Benson, a vocalist with the Ohio National Guard’s 122nd Army Band, sings the national anthem before the Columbus Clippers vs. Toledo Mud Hens baseball game July 5, 2018, at Huntington Park in Columbus, Ohio. Benson, who is the Ohio Army National Guard's first qualified solo-singer, received a standing ovation for her performance during the Clippers' military appreciation night festivities.

Sgt. Joanna Bradshaw, ONG

Maj. Gen. Mark E. Bartman (at lectern), Ohio adjutant general, speaks during a ceremony to celebrate the newly renovated Hough Auditorium, July 9, 2018, at Camp Perry Joint Training Center near Port Clinton, Ohio. The facility’s $1.6 million renovations to entranceways, seating, restrooms and lighting encompassed over 13,600 square feet, and is part of more than $3.5 million in improvements at Camp Perry.

Sgt. Joanna Bradshaw, ONG

Elaine Farabee (right), deputy supervisory contract specialist with the U.S. Property & Fiscal Office for Ohio, is recognized by Cynthia S. Tolle, director of acquisitions and head of contracting activities for the National Guard Bureau, for outstanding achievement in mission accomplishment during the fourth annual Excellence in Contracting Awards Program ceremony July 12, 2018, at Fort Belvoir, Va. During federal fiscal year 2017, despite staff shortages, Farabee oversaw the completion of more than a thousand contracting actions worth more than $31 million and also volunteered to assist the Minnesota USP&FO to complete $2.3 million in contracts.

Tech. Sgt. Erich B. Smith, NGB

Maj. Gen. John Harris Jr. (center), Ohio assistant adjutant general for Army, hugs Maj. Gen. Gordon L. Ellis (right), commanding general of the 38th Infantry Division, during his promotion ceremony July 13, 2018, in Indianapolis. Ellis, who took charge of the division in February, has served in the military for more than 30 years and is the Brown County, Ohio sheriff in his civilian occupation.

Master Sgt. Jeff Lowry,
Indiana National Guard

Women Airforce Service Pilots Frances Green (from left), Margaret “Peg” Kirchner, Ann Waldner and Blanche Osborn, leave their B-17 Flying Fortress aircraft, called the 'Pistol Packin' Mama,” during ferry training at Lockbourne Army Airfield, Ohio, 1944. Lockbourne, which is now known as Rickenbacker Air National Guard Base, was a training site for the WASP program in 1943-44, and the 121st Air Refueling Wing recently dedicated one of its KC-135 Stratotankers to the WASP.

U.S. Air Force photo

The 251st Cyberspace Engineering Installation Group has earned the 2018 Gen. Mark A. Welsh III One Air Force Award at the National Guard Bureau level, for integrated efforts and contributions to the U.S. Strategic Command (USSTRATCOM)'s command and control facility military construction project at Offutt Air Force Base, Neb. The largest such project in Air National Guard engineering installation history, it also involved efforts from the active duty, Air Force Reserve and other unified combatant commands.

Ohio National Guard photo

M88 Hercules Armored Recovery Vehicles sit on train beds July 19, 2018, at Fort Knox, Ky. The equipment was transported from Orchard Combat Training Center in Idaho, and now will be kept and maintained at the Kentucky National Guard's Maneuver Area Training Equipment Site (MATES) facility.

Kentucky National Guard photo by
Staff Sgt. Benjamin Crane

closeup of boom operator with chin in harness operating the joystick onn on a C-130H.

Senior Master Sgt. Paul Emler, a boom operator with the 121st Air Refueling Wing in Columbus Ohio, operates the boom on a KC-135 Stratotanker July 20, 2018, somewhere over Michigan. During the mission, Emler reached the milestone of 9,000 flight hours. In addition to handling in-flight refueling of U.S. and allied aircraft, boom operators are responsible for a variety of additional duties during a mission including load planning, cargo handling, in-flight maintenance and passenger transport operations.

Airman 1st Class Tiffany A. Emery, ONG

Illustration of balloons spelling out Happy Birthday - Ohio National Guard Celebrates 230 years.

The Ohio National Guard celebrates its 230th birthday Wednesday, July 25. Originally established as the Northwest Territory Militia on July 25, 1788, in Marietta, the Citizen-Warriors of the Ohio National Guard have responded when natural disasters have struck our communities, deployed across the world to defend our freedoms and protected the front lines during major conflicts. Always Ready, Always There!

Ohio National Guard graphic

Members of the Ohio National Guard state command team, including Maj. Gen. Mark E. Bartman (third from left), Ohio adjutant general, are joined by Josie McCue (left) and Garrett Baldwin (right) to cut the cake in a ceremony celebrating the ONG’s 230th birthday July 25, 2018, at the Maj. Gen. Robert S. Beightler Armory in Columbus, Ohio. McCue and Baldwin are the newest enlistees into the Ohio Air and Army National Guard, respectively.

Sgt. Joanna Bradshaw, ONG

Solider kneels on floor next to child playing with basketball.

Col. Terri Williams, chief information officer with the Ohio National Guard plays basketball with Anwar, a three-year old student with Dublin City Schools on July 31, 2018, at Wright Elementary School in Dublin, Ohio. Approximately 10 Soldiers and Airmen from the Ohio National Guard volunteered their lunch hour to spend quality time playing with kids at Wright Elementary as part of the Dublin Free Summer Lunch Program, which provides food and social activities for kids in the Dublin area four days a week over a two-month period.

Capt. Jordyn Sadowski, ONG