May 2019 Gallery
Buckeye Guard online publication recognized by Defense Department
The Buckeye Guard digital magazine has earned first place in the 2018 Department of Defense (DOD) Media Merit Awards (DMMA) for online publications. The DMMA program recognizes excellence among public affairs professionals assigned to combatant commands, joint task forces, defense agencies and DOD field activities, including the Defense Media Activity. It is the second consecutive year the Buckeye Guard has earned the honor, winning most recently for its annual people issue, which featured the top human interest stories from the previous year about Ohio National Guard Soldiers and Airmen.
Honoring Holocaust Remembrance Day May 2
Maj. Gen. John C. Harris Jr., (left), Ohio adjutant general, presents a plaque of appreciation to Sandy Hackman, a child of Holocaust survivors, for her support as the featured speaker during a Holocaust Days of Remembrance presentation entitled “Beyond Religious Boundaries: Learning from the Holocaust,” April 29, 2019, at the Maj. Gen. Robert S. Beightler Armory in Columbus, Ohio. Hackman shared a detailed account of what her mother’s family went through while growing up in Trochenbrod, Poland during the Holocaust, then later fleeing to the nearby forest and surviving for 2 1/2 years until the war was over.
Buckeye State represents at 42nd annual Lincoln National Guard Marathon
More than 180 National Guard Soldiers and Airmen representing 48 States and two territories participated in the 42nd annual Lincoln National Guard Marathon May 5, 2019, in Lincoln, Neb. The Ohio National Guard Marathon Team consisted of: Staff Sgt. Jerrod Able, who finished 35th overall with a time of 3 hours, 16 minutes, 49 seconds and made the All Guard Marathon Team as one of the top 50 finishers; Sgt. William Collins, who finished 53rd overall in 3:24:55 and earned third in the 45-49 age group among Guard runners; and Master Sgt. Tony Walker, who finished 116th in 4:01:42.
Celebrating National Nurses Day May 6
National Nurses Day celebrates the important role nurses play in society and marks the beginning of National Nurses Week, which ends on May 12, the birthday of Florence Nightingale, who is known as the founder of modern nursing and came to prominence for her coordination of wounded British soldier care during the Crimean War. The Ohio National Guard honors our Soldiers and Airmen who serve in these critical health care roles in their military and/or civilian jobs. In this photo, Sgt. First Class Dustin Hartman, a medic with the 285th Medical Company and registered nurse, performs a medical assessment on a civilian patient Oct. 27, 2017, in Jayuya, Puerto Rico following Hurricane Maria.
On this day in Ohio National Guard history, May 7, 1884
Battery A, 1st Battalion, 134th Field Artillery Regiment is organized at Bucyrus, Ohio as Company A, 8th Infantry Regiment. The company adopted the designation of the Finley Guards, in honor of Ebenezer B. Finley (pictured), a Bucyrus native who served as Ohio adjutant general in 1884. The battery has served in the War with Spain, World War I, World War II and the War on Terrorism, where the unit earned the Meritorious Unit Commendation in 2011-2012 during its mobilization to Afghanistan.
Celebrating National Teacher Appreciation Day May 7
First Lt. Ashley Chapa, assigned to the 180th Fighter Wing as the director of equal opportunity, has pursued both of her career goals — to serve in the military and work in the education field. A member of the Air National Guard since 2004, Chapa has served for the past five years as an intervention specialist at Liberty Center Elementary School in Northwest Ohio, where she works with kindergarten and first-grade students with disabilities. The Ohio National Guard salutes all of our Airmen and Soldiers who balance work in the education field with serving their communities, state and nation.~ READ STORY
On this day in Ohio National Guard history, May 8, 1875
Battery B, 1st Battalion, 134th Field Artillery Regiment is organized in Gettysburg, Ohio as the Gettysburg Guard. The unit moved to Piqua, Ohio in 1903, where it remains today, earning campaign credit in both World Wars and the War on Terrorism. During World War II, while serving as Headquarters Battery, 987th Field Artillery Battalion, the unit landed at Normandy and was later cited in the order of the day of the Belgian army for action at St. Vith, Belgium. The photo shows members of Battery E, 135th Field Artillery in 1922 (a designation the unit held from 1922 to 1937).~ ONG HISTORY | 37th INFANTRY BRIGADE COMBAT TEAM
Battery B, 1st Battalion, 134th Field Artillery Regiment is On this day in Ohio National Guard history, May 8, 1945
Pfc. Anthony Krotiak, a member of Company I, 148th Infantry, 37th Infantry Division, is killed after jumping on a grenade during action near Balete Pass, Luzon, Philippine Islands. His heroic action saved the life of four Soldiers in his squad and led to him posthumously being awarded the Medal of Honor.~ ONG HISTORY |  37th INFANTRY BRIGADE COMBAT TEAM |  READ CITATION
Celebrating Asian-American/Pacific Islander Heritage Month: Airman balances many roles
Lt. Col. (Dr.) Peter Lee, a surgeon at the 179th Airlift Wing, has always had a love for science, engineering, medicine and space. This combination of interests led him to become a physician, surgeon, professor, Airman and researcher who flies experiments in space. In this photo, Lee holds a mission patch and challenge coin that were designed by elementary school students in Dublin, Ohio, who participated in a three-month after school program, led by Lee, which taught the students about the space environment and how to design experiments.~ 179TH AIRLIFT WING |  READ STORY
OSU graduate student project helps in fight to retain Soldiers
Col. Daniel J. Shank, Ohio assistant adjutant general for Army, presents Ohio State University graduate student Matt Rosebaugh a plaque recognizing his participation in a 14-week study project, Hacking 4 Defense Team “Green Grass,” May 9, 2019, at Defense Supply Center Columbus in Columbus, Ohio. Rosebaugh and two other OSU students, Laura Walker and Emma Wenckowski, provided critical analysis and recommendations to improve the Ohio Army National Guard’s Soldier retention program, under the mentorship of Lt. Col. David Swisher, OHARNG Recruiting and Retention Battalion commander.
39th annual Governor’s Holocaust remembrance ceremony
Maj. Gen. John C. Harris Jr., Ohio adjutant general, was one of the featured speakers at the 39th annual Governor’s Holocaust remembrance ceremony May 9, 2019, at the Ohio Statehouse in Columbus, Ohio. Harris introduced Donald Jakeway, 96, a highly decorated World War II veteran who talked about his role in liberating a Jewish family of five found hiding in an attic in Holland’s Den Heuvel Woods. The theme of this year's commemoration was “Works of Compassion: Stories of Rescue.”
Representing the Buckeye State during Region IV BWC
Sgt. William Collins (left), of Company B, 237th Support Battalion, and Spc. Adam Pinkerton, of Company D, 1st Battalion, 148th Infantry Regiment, stand for a photo prior to the ruck march event during the Army National Guard Region IV Best Warrior Competition, May 7-10 at Fort Custer Training Center in Augusta, Mich. Collins and Pinkerton represented the Ohio Army National Guard in the noncommissioned officer and Soldier categories, respectively, during the Region IV BWC, a grueling three-day test of a Soldier’s endurance, mental toughness and military skills through a series of events.
A day to show our spouses how much they’re appreciated
On Friday, May 10, we celebrate National Military Spouse Appreciation Day. The Friday before Mother’s Day has been a day to honor the contributions and sacrifices made by military spouses. They are the backbone of our families during missions, training and deployment. Please tell your spouse or significant other “thank you” for supporting you during your time in the Ohio National Guard. They are essential to the strength of our organization.
Ohio National Guard team prepares to defend critical infrastructure
A team of 10 Ohio National Guard cyber warriors has been selected to participate in a pilot program designed to protect critical infrastructure that services Department of Defense installations. The Ohio National Guard Cyber Mission Assurance Team (CMAT) participated in a network and industrial control systems threat assessment exercise to test their capabilities this spring as part of Cyber Shield 19 at Camp Atterbury, Ind. The National Guard is standing up CMATs as part of recent DOD initiatives to develop partnerships with industry, as well as local and state government, to address vulnerabilities in the nation’s critical infrastructure.
On this day in Ohio National Guard history, May 13, 1920
Company A, 1st Battalion, 137th Aviation Regiment is organized in Delaware, Ohio as the Sanitary Detachment, 4th Infantry Regiment. The unit first became a flying unit in 1959 when it was reorganized as the 37th Aviation Company. Company A has seen mobilizations to Kosovo, where it earned the Army Superior Unit Award and Iraq where it earned the Meritorious Unit Commendation in 2009. The photo shows a UH-60 Blackhawk of Company A flying over a mountain in Iraq in 2009.
On this day in Ohio National Guard history, May 14, 1921
The 684th Medical Company is organized in Westerville, Ohio as the 134th Ambulance Company. The unit has spent its entire 98-year history as a medical organization. During World War II, it served in the Pacific with the 37th Infantry Division where it earned two Meritorious Unit Commendations. The photo shows members of Company A, 112th Medical Battalion loading a simulated casualty into an ambulance during annual training, circa 1960.
On this day in Ohio National Guard history, May 14, 1821
The U.S. Army Ordnance Corps was established as the Ordnance Department by an act of Congress. The Ordnance Corps’ mission is to support the development, production, acquisition and sustainment of weapon systems, ammunition, missiles, electronics and ground mobility materiel for the Army. The photo shows Lt. Earl V. Carlin (left) and Pfc. Thomas M. Barnes of the 737th Ordnance Company demonstrating how to fire a rifle grenade from the kneeling position in October 1943, when the unit was stationed at Guadalcanal in the Solomon Islands during World War II.
Against the odds: Airman battling rare cancer found in less than 25 people worldwide
Profile of Master Sgt. Charlotte Ortiz, the assistant recruiting and retention superintendent for Headquarters, Ohio Air National Guard in Columbus, Ohio, who is fighting Extramedullary Granulocytic Sarcoma with Central Nervous System Involvement (EGS/CNSI), an extremely rare form of cancer.
The Ohio National Guard celebrates Armed Forces Day May 18
Armed Forces Day, traditionally celebrated on the third Saturday in May, is a day to pay special tribute to the men and women of the armed forces serving in all branches of the U.S. military. The Ohio National Guard is proud of all of our Soldiers and Airmen, both past and present, who have served their communities, state and nation with honor.
Making a difference by serving her Military Family
Sgt. 1st Class Kellie King Feciuch, an equal opportunity advisor assigned at Ohio National Guard Joint Force Headquarters in Columbus, Ohio, is a psychological health coordinator for the Ohio Army National Guard in her civilian career and also co-founded a veterans support group called Veterans in Recovery in 2014. She credits the support of her husband of 19 years, James Feciuch, for allowing her to have successful military and professional careers.
Partnering with Attorney General’s Office during ‘Two Days in May’
Maj. Karisa Myers, sexual assault response coordinator for the Ohio National Guard, talks with participants in the Two Days in May Conference May 21, 2019, in Columbus, Ohio, during a workshop about the Ohio National Guard’s Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Program. The Ohio National Guard was a partner for the Office of the Ohio Attorney General’s Two Days in May, an annual training event that provides professional development opportunities for sexual assault victim advocates from around the state.
Preparing new Soldiers to start off with success
Soldiers of the Ohio Army National Guard Recruit Sustainment Program (RSP)’s Golf Company are put through their paces during a recent drill weekend at the Maj. Gen. Leo M. Kreber Armory in Kettering, Ohio. Once a month, the RSP Soldiers drill with recruiters to progress through several phases of the program that include classroom instruction and hands-on training in basic soldiering skills, to help prepare them for the stresses and rigors of Army basic training.
On this day in Ohio National Guard history, May 22, 1951:
Troop A, 2nd Squadron, 107th Cavalry Regiment is organized in Greenville, Ohio as Battery B, 180th Antiaircraft Artillery Battalion. The troop deployed to Kosovo in 2004-2005, earning the Army Superior Unit Award. This photo shows troopers conducting training in Kuwait prior to their movement to Iraq in 2006.
Honoring the fallen with new monument at veterans museum
A quote from President Harry Truman is part of the soldier’s cross memorial on the grounds of the National Veterans Memorial and Museum in Columbus, Ohio: “Our debt to the heroic men and the valiant women in the service of our country can never be repaid. They have earned our undying gratitude. America will never forget their sacrifices.”
Jamie Hannon helps her son Evan place replica dog tags on the soldier’s cross memorial at the National Veterans Memorial and Museum in Columbus, Ohio in honor of her husband, Ohio Army National Guard Master Sgt. Shawn Hannon.
Pamela Mitchell (left) and Jan Rozanski, parents of Ohio Army National Guard Capt. Nicholas Rozanski, take a moment in front of the soldier’s cross memorial at the National Veterans Memorial and Museum in Columbus, Ohio during a dedication ceremony on Memorial Day, May 27, 2019. Private donations and fundraising efforts provided funding for the monument in honor of Rozanski, Master Sgt. Shawn Hannon and Master Sgt. Jeffrey Rieck, Soldiers with the 37th Infantry Brigade Combat Team who were killed in 2012 while deployed to Afghanistan.
On this day in Ohio National Guard history, May 23, 1921:
The 211th Maintenance Company is organized in Dresden, Ohio as Battery F, 135th Field Artillery. During World War II the unit served as Battery C, 140th Field Artillery Battalion in the Pacific with the 37th Infantry Division. The 211th earned the Meritorious Unit Commendation in Iraq during its 2004-2005 mobilization. This photo shows members of Battery F, 134th Field Artillery with their 75 mm howitzer in the Coshocton armory in October 1940 as they prepared to enter active service for World War II.
Celebrating Asian-American/Pacific Islander Heritage Month
Chaplain born to troubled home utilizes his personal adversity to help strengthen Military Families
Maj. Nicholas Chou, the 73rd Troop Command brigade chaplain, oversees the Ohio National Guard’s Strong Bonds Program. Strong Bonds is a chaplain-led Army-wide program that seeks to develop strong relationships for Military Families, marriages and even single Soldiers. Chou, who grew up in a troubled home, is now devoting his life to strengthening Military Families through his service as an Army chaplain.
Governor’s Wreath Laying ceremony honors fallen Ohio service members
Maj. Gen. John C. Harris Jr. (from right), Ohio adjutant general; retired Maj. Gen. Deborah Ashenhurst, director of the Ohio Department of Veterans Services; Jim Groves, a Gold Star father; Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine; Ohio First Lady Fran Dewine; and Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose stand and render respect after emplacing a wreath at the Ohio Veterans Plaza, during the annual Governor’s Wreath Laying Ceremony, May 22, 2019, on the grounds of the Ohio Statehouse in Columbus, Ohio. The observance honors the memory of Ohioans who lost their lives in military service to their country.
On this day in Ohio National Guard history, May 24, 1881:
The 811th Engineer Company is organized in Lancaster, Ohio as Company E, 6th Infantry Regiment (Mount Pleasant Guards). The company fought in Puerto Rico during the War with Spain, in France during World War I and earned the Valorous Unit Award and Meritorious Unit Commendation during its 2004 mobilization to Iraq. This photo shows the commissioned and noncommissioned officers of Company G, 166th Infantry on the steps of the Lancaster Armory in 1933.
Brothers serving in 38th Infantry Division deploying together
Spc. Atticus Murphy (left) and Spc. Jackson Murphy (right), both Soldiers with Detachment 1, Operations Company, Headquarters and Headquarters Battalion, 38th Infantry Division, stand for a photo with their family members following the unit’s call to duty ceremony May 24, 2019, at Pontifical College Josephinum in Columbus, Ohio. The Murphys will join about 600 other Soldiers of the 38th ID Headquarters in Kuwait to provide command, control and in-depth staff analysis for Task Force Spartan.
On this day in Ohio National Guard history, May 25, 1900
Company B, 837th Engineer Battalion is organized in Spencerville, Ohio as Company F, 2nd Infantry Regiment. The company has campaign participation credit for World War I, World War II and the War on Terrorism. The company earned two Presidential Unit Citations during World War II on Bougainville and Luzon; the Valorous Unit Award in Iraq in 2004-2005; and the Meritorious Unit Commendation in Afghanistan in 2011-2012. This photo shows the officers of Company K, 148th Infantry in late 1944, including 2nd Lt. Robert M. Viale (left side, back row) who posthumously earned the Medal of Honor in February 1945 in Manila.
Military Appreciation Day at the Memorial
Second Lt. Jennifer Woods (center), a civil engineer with the 200th RED HORSE Squadron, serves as a military caddie for PGA Tour player Tiger Woods (left) and two-time Super Bowl champion Peyton Manning (right), at the 16th hole of the Nationwide Invitational at the Memorial Tournament May 29, 2019, at Muirfield Village Golf Club in Dublin, Ohio. The Birdies for the Brave Military Caddie Program gives service members the opportunity to caddie for a hole during the Pro-Am event of a PGA Tour tournament.
Honoring fallen service members during Memorial Day
This Memorial Day weekend is an opportunity to pay tribute to the legacy of all of our fallen military heroes. We must never forget that because of their sacrifices, our democracy thrives and freedom endures. Read the full Memorial Day message from Maj. Gen. John C. Harris Jr., Ohio adjutant general.READ MESSAGE FROM THE OHIO ADJUTANT GENERAL