February 2019 Gallery
Senior Airman Dionna Sims stands for a photo in front of the Security Forces building at the 179th Airlift Wing in Mansfield, Ohio. The month of February is nationally observed as African-American/Black History Month, dedicated to recognizing the struggles and achievements of African-Americans throughout the nation’s history.
Staff Sgt. Joseph Langston stands for a photo in the gymnasium at the 179th Airlift Wing in Mansfield, Ohio. Langston, who works in services, says he has developed into a better Airman and person during his time in the Air Force, partly due to the standards and accountability inherent with being a member of the military.
Senior Airman Tyrell Shaw stands for a photo in the dining facility at the 179th Airlift Wing in Mansfield, Ohio. Shaw, who works in food services and is a first-term Airman, says his positivity has made a world of difference in both his personal life and Air Force career.
The 251st Cyberspace Engineering and Installation Group has won the Lt. Gen. Harold M. McClelland Award for the unit’s commitment and dedication in handling cyberspace operations and supporting missions. The Ohio Air National Guard unit provides engineering support and extended communications capabilities worldwide.
When Ohio Army National Guard Spc. Adam Slabodnick reported for his first day of basic training last summer, he was nearly twice the age of most of the new recruits. Slabodnick, who is a health and physical education teacher as well as the tennis coach at Avon Lake High School, took a nontraditional path to joining the military.
Educating civic leaders about the OHNG mission
Civic leaders and Ohio National Guard Airmen stand for a photo in front of a KC-135 Stratotanker Feb. 7, 2019, at Rickenbacker Air National Guard Base in Columbus, Ohio. Representatives from the Ohio Department of Agriculture, the Ohio Department of Aging and Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities flew on a KC-135 Stratotanker during a refueling mission as part of the Ohio National Guard’s Civic Leader Orientation Flight program, which aims to educate civilian leaders and government officials about the missions and capabilities of the Ohio National Guard.
New governor visits 179th Airlift Wing
Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine tours the 179th Airlift Wing Maintenance Squadron during a visit Feb. 8, 2019, in Mansfield, Ohio. DeWine met with 179th AW leadership and Airmen, toured facilities and learned about the C-130 Hercules, a versatile aircraft that can be used for personnel and cargo airlift for domestic missions in the U.S. and to support the warfight worldwide.
ONG Celebrates Black History Month
Zayne Harshaw, guitarist for Columbus, Ohio-based blues band Blue Spectrum, plays during the Ohio National Guard Equal Opportunity, Diversity & Inclusion Office’s African American/Black History Month observance Feb. 12, 2019, at the Maj. Gen. Robert S. Beightler Armory in Columbus. Harshaw played a set of jazz, blues and classic rock during the program.
637th Chemical Company trains with Kuwaiti military
Staff Sgt. Dustin Bowshier of the 637th Chemical Company (Area Support) explains the self-contained breathing apparatus that is worn with chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear protective (CBRN) protective suits to members of the Kuwait Weapons of Mass Destruction Defense Command Feb. 14, 2019, at Camp Arifjan, Kuwait. The 637th is currently assigned to Kuwait as the CBRN defense response force for the U.S. Central Command area of responsibility, helping to strengthen defense relationships and build partner capacity.
Her first, his last: Ohio ANG father and daughter deploy together
Chief Master Sgt. Ralph Chandler and Staff Sgt. Madison Chandler, both Airmen with the 179th Airlift Wing in Mansfield, Ohio, stand for a photo in front of a C-130 Hercules at an undisclosed location in Southwest Asia. Their recent deployment together was Madison’s first and likely Ralph’s final one of several in his career, but their memories of serving together overseas will last a lifetime.