March 2019 Gallery
Women's History Month
In celebration of Women's History Month, we honor women who have served in the Ohio National Guard and their historic contributions to the organization.
Equal Opportunity / Diversity and Inclusion Program
Maj. Gen. John C. Harris Jr., Ohio adjutant general, presents a plaque of appreciation to Ronette Burkes-Trowsdell, deputy warden for the Ohio Reformatory for Women, for serving as the keynote speaker during the Ohio National Guard Women’s History Month observance program March 21, 2019, at the Maj. Gen. Robert S. Beightler Armory in Columbus, Ohio. A new video, produced by the OHNG Public Affairs Office, highlights significant achievements by women throughout the organization’s history.
Citizen-Soldier routinely steps out of comfort zone to grow
First Lt. Valerie Stearns stands with Maj. Gen. John C. Harris Jr., then-Ohio assistant adjutant general for Army, after she won the lightweight division championship at the 2018 Ohio Army National Guard Combatives Tournament Aug. 19, 2018, at the Maj. Gen. Robert Beightler Armory in Columbus, Ohio.
Celebrating Women’s History Month: Motherhood in the Military
Senior Airman Patrice Brown, a member of the 178th Force Support Squadron in Springfield, Ohio, smiles as she holds her daughter, Zoe. Brown, who enlisted in the Ohio Air National Guard in 2012, said she learned over time how to balance her role as an Airman with that of a mother when Zoe was born in 2017.
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Medical caregivers support troop readiness
Capt. Rachael Wheeler, a nurse practitioner at the 179th Airlift Wing in Mansfield, Ohio, enlisted in the Air National Guard in a maintenance position while she went through nursing school at The Ohio State University. After getting her degree, she transitioned into a medical position where she uses her skills to help keep members ready to serve. She says the opportunity to assist service members with their medical needs is what keeps her in the military.
Propelling the Fleet
Senior Airman Haelie Egbert is an aerospace propulsion technician assigned to the Ohio Air National Guard’s 180th Fighter Wing in Swanton, Ohio. Her role as an F-16 jet engine mechanic is to maintain the wing’s Pratt & Whitney 229 engines through time-sensitive inspections, repairs and test runs, providing the highest quality engines for the mission while ensuring the safety of the wing’s pilots.
Senior Airman Sienna Krise is an airfield manager assigned to the Ohio Air National Guard’s 180th Fighter Wing. Her role as an airfield manager is essential to the safety of the wing’s flying mission by ensuring that airfields are safe and clear of debris and wildlife, as well as confirming pilots meet all requirements necessary to fly.
Maj. Devin Conway, a clinical nurse at the 179th Airlift Wing, has served in the Air Force in the medical field for the past 19 years. In the civilian world she is a registered nurse and does perinatal education and lactation, helping families learn how to care for babies.
Tech. Sgt. Sarah Lewis, health services administrator with the 179th Airlift Wing Medical Group, uses her medical knowledge and experience to help ensure the health and readiness of the unit’s Airmen, so they are deployable for missions at home and around the world. Lewis is currently working on earning her bachelor’s degree in social work, and wants to specialize in aiding service members with trauma.
A panel discussion on women in the military celebrated Women’s History Month during a March 22, 2019, event at the Ohio History Connection. Taking part in the panel were Maj. Gen. Deborah Ashenhurst, former Ohio adjutant general and current director of the Ohio Department of Veterans Services, and Brig. Gen. Rebecca O’Connor, Ohio Air National Guard Chief of Staff. The Ohio National Guard celebrates its women Soldiers and Airmen throughout the organization’s history in this video.
Senior Master Sgt. Joseph Carter, an occupational safety and health manager assigned to the 180th Fighter Wing in Swanton, Ohio, spent two months in Antarctica on a mission to improve safety procedures for the Airmen of the New York Air National Guard’s 109th Airlift Wing, giving them a better chance to survive and operate in the most inhospitable place on Earth. The Airmen in Antarctica support Operation Deep Freeze, the military component of the U.S. Antarctic Program, managed by the National Science Foundation.
Airmen from the 179th Airlift Wing are greeted by their family members as they return to their home station March 7, 2019, in Mansfield, Ohio. While deployed to Southwest Asia in support of Operation Inherent Resolve, the wing’s C-130H Hercules aircrews completed over 49,000 bundles dropped, 16,500 passengers safely delivered and 3,200 flight hours
Soldiers prepare to fire M4 carbines and M9 pistols for the stress shoot event as part of the Ohio Army National Guard Best Warrior Competition March 2, 2019, at Camp Sherman Joint Training Center in Chillicothe, Ohio. The objective of the competition was to determine the best, most competent Soldier and noncommissioned officer to represent the state in the Army National Guard Region IV BWC, scheduled for May 7-10 at Fort Custer Training Center near Augusta, Michigan.
For the first time in the history of the quarter century State Partnership Program pairing between the Ohio National Guard and Hungary, members of the Hungarian Defence Forces competed in the annual Ohio Army National Guard Best Warrior Competition. Ohio and Hungary have been paired since 1993 through the Department of Defense SPP, which aims to foster civil-military relationships between U.S. National Guard states and militaries from nearly 80 nations around the world.
Soldiers of the Ohio National Guard’s 37th Infantry Division defended the Island of Bougainville from Japanese army attack during the Battle of Hill 700, March 8-12, 1944. What had been a relatively quiet and routine defensive operation turned into some of the bloodiest and most fiercely fought days the Buckeyes saw in their nearly 600 days in combat during World War II.
U.S. Army Soldiers, including those from the Ohio National Guard's 174th Air Defense Artillery Brigade, stand for a photo March 25, 2019, following the closing ceremony for the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system deployment to Israel. The ceremony marked the conclusion of the first-ever deployment of a THAAD battery, along with other supporting troops and equipment, to Israel under the Department of Defense’s Dynamic Force Employment concept.