Black History

The observance of African American / Black History Month was established by Public Law 99-244. This observance runs through the month of February and celebrates the contributions of African Americans to our nation.

Black Soldiers listening to instruction in 1950.

JULY 18, 1881: The 237th Support Battalion is organized as the 9th Battalion of Infantry.
The battalion was organized as a segregated, all-black unit, until the Ohio National Guard was integrated in 1954. During World War I, as the 2nd Battalion, 372nd Infantry, the unit earned the French Croix de Guerre for its heroic charge on German defensive positions near Montois, France during the Meuse-Argonne campaign.

Commanding general  presents the guidon to the battery commander.

OCTOBER 30, 1947:
Company B, 638th Support Battalion

Company B, 638th Support Battalion is organized in Columbus, Ohio as Headquarters and Headquarters Battery, 183rd Antiaircraft Artillery Automatic Weapons Battalion. When the unit was organized, it was a segregated, all-black unit that served with the 37th Infantry Division on active duty from 1952 to 1954.


Ohio National Guard Equal Opportunity/
Diversity and Inclusion Program

SNAPSHOTS

Master Sgt. Aaron Foy in uniform

04.15.2021
Master Sgt. Aaron Foy

Gadison in mask in front of pallets of masks.

01.22.2021
Pfc. Tremaya Montgomery-Gadison

Airman stands in front of school.

01.22.2019
Staff Sgt. Patrick Williams

Commanding general  presents the guidon to the battery commander.

01.21.2019 ~ Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. breakfast

Black and white pic of soldiers at a control range.

1950s
137th Anti-Aircraft
Artillery Battalion

Black and white pic of soldiers eating out of back of vehicle.

1950s
137th Anti-Aircraft
Artillery Battalion

Black and white pic of soldiers at attention.

1950s
372nd Infantry Battalion

Black and white pic of soldiers loading weapon.

1988
Howitzer Battery, 3rd Squadron, 107th Armored Cavalry Regiment.

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Master Sgt. Aaron Foy in uniform Gadison in mask in front of pallets of masks.
Airman stands in front of school. Commanding general  presents the guidon to the battery commander. Black and white pic of soldiers at a control range. Black and white pic of soldiers eating out of back of vehicle. Black and white pic of soldiers at attention. Black and white pic of soldiers loading weapon.

Lt. Jonnierah Smith