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Silhouette of F-16 and pilots on tarmac at sunset.

Photo by Staff Sgt. Kregg York, 180th Fighter Wing Public Affairs

180th Fighter Wing trains with ‘Sun Downers’ in Sunshine State

Staff Sgt. Benjamin Preston (right), an F-16 crew chief, and Senior Airman Allison Garcia, a munitions specialist, stand next to an F-16 Fighting Falcon, assigned to the 180th Fighter Wing, before morning training flights Nov. 3, 2022, at Naval Air Station Key West, Fla. Airmen with the 180th FW traveled to Key West to train with Fighter Squadron Composite (VFC) 111, the Navy’s premier adversary squadron, which provided realistic training scenarios to help prepare the Swanton, Ohio-based Air National Guard unit for homeland defense and contingency operations around the globe.



Leadership stand in font of American flag.

Photo by Tech. Sgt. Wendy Kuhn, 121st Air Refueling Wing Public Affairs

Holesko assumes command of 180th Fighter Wing, DiDio retires

Col. Chad Holesko (second from right), new commander of the 180th Fighter Wing, stands at attention during a change of command ceremony Oct. 15, 2022, at the Toledo Air National Guard Base in Swanton, Ohio. Holesko assumed command from Col. Michael DiDio (second from left), who retires with more than 25 years of military service. Also pictured are Brig. Gen. Gary McCue (left), Ohio deputy assistant adjutant general for Air and presiding officer for the ceremony, and Chief Master Sgt. Daniel S. Baumert, 180th FW command chief master sergeant.



Guard member inspects F16 on tarmac in snow.

Photo by Senior Master Sgt. Beth Holliker, 180th Fighter Wing Public Affairs

Snow storm doesn't stop maintenance at 180th FW

Tech. Sgt. Jacob Hancock, an F-16 Fighting Falcon mechanic assigned to the 180th Fighter Wing, braves the cold and snow to close up panels on the jet to prevent damage from inclement weather, Jan. 24, 2022, in Swanton, Ohio. The 180th FW performs daily training, conducted in realistic environments and circumstances, ensuring the wing’s Airmen maintain the highest levels of proficiency and readiness for worldwide deployment.



Airmen in air working on tower.

Photos by Senior Airman Kregg York, 180th Fighter Wing Public Affairs

Conducting preventative maintenance at the 180th Fighter Wing

Airman 1st Class Joel Ackerman (right), a cable and antenna systems technician, and Airman 1st Class Joshua Honan (also in inset), a radar airfield and weather systems technician, both assigned to the 220th Engineering Installation Squadron, conduct a preventive maintenance inspection on antennas Nov. 15, 2021, at the 180th Fighter Wing in Swanton, Ohio. Periodic inspections like these help identify any issues with the antennas before they negatively impact wing operations.



Group enlistees with hand up taking oath outside.

Photo by Tech. Sgt. John Wilkes, 180th Fighter Wing Public Affairs

Maj. Gen. Camp presides over oath of enlistment ceremony at 180 FW

Maj. Gen. James R. Camp, Ohio assistant adjutant general for Air, administers the oath of enlistment to a group of Airmen and new recruits Oct. 2. 2021, at the 180th Fighter Wing in Swanton, Ohio. The oath is administered by a commissioned officer, and a new or extended enlistment contract usually incurs a commitment of four to six years of active service.



Airmen marching at dawn carrying American flag.

Photo by Senior Master Sgt. Beth Holliker, 180th Fighter Wing Public Affairs

180th FW Airmen ruck to remember 9/11, POW/MIA Day

Airmen assigned to the 180th Fighter Wing participate in a 24-hour ruck march at the wing, Sept. 11, 2021, in Swanton, Ohio. Nearly 90 Airmen marched more than 250 miles during the 24-hour ruck in remembrance of those killed during the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks as well as America’s prisoners of war and those still missing in action to honor National POW/MIA Recognition Day on Sept. 17.



Capt. Travis Dancer exits his aircraft.

Photo by Tech. Sgt. Peter Thompson, U.S. Air Force

112th Fighter Squadron takes part in GIDE 3

Ohio Air National Guard Capt. Travis Dancer, an F-16 Fighting Falcon pilot with the 112th Fighter Squadron, exits his aircraft after landing July 10, 2021, at Alpena Combat Readiness Training Center, in Alpena, Mich., in support of Global Information Dominance Experiment 3 (GIDE 3). North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) and U.S. Northern Command, in partnership with all 11 combatant commands, led the third in a series of GIDE events, which combine people and technology to innovate and accelerate system development for domain awareness, information dominance, decisional superiority and global integration.



F16s flying outside KC-135 window

Photo by Spc. Jessica Silhavy, Ohio National Guard Public Affairs

Ohio Air National Guard wings work together: KC-135 refuels F-16s

Airman 1st Class Tristen Miller, a boom operator with the 121st Air Refueling Wing, closes the over-wing hatch of a KC-135 Stratotanker June 29, 2021, at Rickenbacker Air National Guard Base in Columbus, Ohio. Multiple aircraft, including an F-16 from the 180th Fighter Wing with Maj. Gen. John C. Harris Jr., Ohio adjutant general, aboard, were refueled mid-air during the training flight.



Pfc. Vincent Doran holds the unit guidon during a formation.

Photo by Senior Airman Kregg York, 180th Fighter Wing Ohio National Guard

323rd MP Company returns from D.C. mission: Toledo unit keeps pace with multiple deployments in past year

The Ohio Army National Guard’s 323rd Military Police Company, based in Toledo, Ohio, has been busy in 2020-21 with five different short-notice deployments to support state and federal missions, including a recent deployment to the Washington D.C. area to assist with security at entry points to the U.S. Supreme Court building.



Family members embrace returning airmen inside airport.

Photo by 180th Fighter Wing Public Affairs

180th Fighter Wing Airmen return from overseas duty

Airmen from the 180th Fighter Wing are welcomed home by loved ones upon their return from deployment in late December 2020. Several members of the unit, based in Swanton, Ohio, returned in the timeframe from around Christmas to New Year’s Day.


F-16s on tarmak in dark of morning.

Photo by Senior Master Sgt. Beth Holliker, 180th Fighter Wing Public Affairs

180th Fighter Wing deploys F-16s in support of U.S. Central Command

Airmen assigned to the 180th Fighter Wing prepare F-16 Fighting Falcon fighter jets for an Aerospace Expeditionary Force deployment in the early morning hours, Oct. 12, 2020, at the 180th FW in Swanton, Ohio. The F-16 deployment is part of a 300-Airman aviation package to combat zones within the U.S. Central Command area of responsibility, and is in addition to the 100 members of the wing who are currently deployed to six countries around the world.



Brig. Gen. James Camp presents the U.S. Air Force Lt. Gen. John P. Flynn Inspector General Award to Lt. Col. Jennifer Beale.

Photo by Senior Airman Kregg York, 180th Fighter Wing Public Affairs

180th FW inspector general team earns prestigious USAF, ANG awards

Brig. Gen. James Camp (left), Ohio assistant adjutant general for Air, presents the U.S. Air Force Lt. Gen. John P. Flynn Inspector General Award to Lt. Col. Jennifer Beale, director of the 180th Fighter Wing complaints and resolution program, Sept. 14, 2020 in Swanton, Ohio. The award is presented to an IG team whose wing-level complaints and resolutions program most demonstrates six fundamental leadership characteristics of integrity, justice, compassion, loyalty, courage and spirit. In addition, the 180th FW has recently earned the Air National Guard’s Maj. Gen. Junius W. Jones Inspector General Award as the ANG’s best wing-level command inspection program, highlighting performance and program execution, above and beyond day-to-day mission requirements.



Airman swims under an open parachute.

Photo by Senior Airman Kregg York, 180th Fighter Wing Public Affairs

180th Fighter Wing conducts water survival training

Capt. Kyle Russell, an F-16 fighter pilot assigned to the Ohio Air National Guard’s 180th Fighter Wing, swims under an open parachute during water survival training in Aug. 8, 2020, in Waterville, Ohio. The training simulates what a pilot may experience if they eject over water. Training for diverse, real-world scenarios ensures the wing’s Airmen are fully trained, qualified, prepared and ready to deploy worldwide at all times.



F-16s flyover Miami Valley Hospital

Photo by Staff Sgt. Amber Mullen, 178th Wing Public Affairs

America Strong: 180th Fighter Wing conducts appreciation flyovers

Two F-16 Fighting Falcons from the 180th Fighter Wing, based in Swanton, Ohio, fly over the Miami Valley in support of America Strong May 7, 2020, in Dayton, Ohio. The America Strong campaign is a collaborative salute of aircraft flyovers conducted by Navy and Air Force units nationwide to recognize health care professionals, first responders, military service members and other essential personnel working on the front lines during the COVID-19 pandemic.



Bynum stands in front of F16 with toolbox.

Photo by Senior Master Sgt. Beth Holliker, 180th Fighter Wing Public Affairs

180 FW member excels in, loves challenges of avionics field

Staff Sgt. Mario Bynum is an integrated avionics technician with the 180th Fighter Wing in Swanton, Ohio, ensuring that the unit’s F-16 pilots are able to receive necessary information through high-tech communication systems and flight controls. Avionics technicians maintain more than 10 integrated systems including attack control radar, infrared and laser instruments and displays, flight controls, navigation, radio and satellite communications, as well as defensive and offensive identification and electronic warfare systems.



Collage with Staff Sgt. Kathryn Dobbs standing in front of VFW marquee and hnding food to veteran in vehicle line.

Photo by Senior Master Sgt. Beth Holliker, 180th Fighter Wing Public Affairs

Serving her fellow veterans: 180th FW Airman holds leadership post in BGSU student veterans chapter

Staff Sgt. Kathryn Dobbs, an aerospace medical technician assigned to the 180th Fighter Wing, is vice president of the Bowling Green State University chapter of the Student Veterans of America organization, which is committed to supporting the university’s nearly 700 military-affiliated students through educational, financial and career support programs.



Collage of Chapman in hall, with children and in uniform.

Photo by Senior Master Sgt. Beth Holliker, 180th Fighter Wing Public Affairs

A Teacher at Heart: Airman Educates and Advocates for Youth and Airmen

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.



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