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									             Ohio fields only Air National Guard unit at AMC Rodeo
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                                                                                                                 MAGAZINE OF THE OHIO ARMY AND AIR NATIONAL GUARD
                                                                                                                 FALL/WINTER 2005

                                                                                                                                                                    PROVIDING A
                                                                                                                                                                    RAY OF HOPE
                                                                                                                                                                           Ohio National Guard
                                                                                                                                                                      Soldiers and Airmen help
                                                                                                                                                                      Gulf States recover from
                                           SSgt Douglas Nicodemus / 121st Air Refueling Wing Multimedia Center                                                          hurricanes’ devastation
                                                                                                                                                                                  See pages 14-16

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                                                                                                                                              Fall/Winter 2005
Volume 28, No. 3
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                         Spring, January 15                                                                                              19 From Start to Finish
                           Summer, April 15
                              Fall, July 15                                                                                                 Ohio National Guard plays large
                          Winter, October 15
                                                                                                                                            part in 2005 Columbus Marathon.
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                                                                                                                                         21 Showcasing ONG Assets
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violation is corrected.                                                                                                                  Battalion work on a CH-47 Chinook
                                                                                                                                         helicopter during this summer’s
ADJUTANT GENERAL’S DEPARTMENT                                                                                                            deployment to Arizona along the
State Commander-in-Chief                                                                                                                 U.S.-Mexico border. See page 20.
Gov. Bob Taft                                                                           Dan Simon / Fort Huachuca Public Affairs

Adjutant General
Maj. Gen. (Ohio) Gregory L. Wayt

Assistant Adjutant General, Army
                                                                          D E P A R T M E N T S
Brig. Gen. Matthew L. Kambic

Assistant Adjutant General, Air                                            2 Command focus
Maj. Gen. Harry “A.J.” Feucht
                                                                             Living these identified core values is
Command Sergeant Major, Army
Command Sgt. Maj. William L. Gilliam
                                                                             key to success, says Maj Gen Feucht.
Command Chief Master Sergeant, Air
Command Chief Master Sgt. Christopher Muncy
                                                                           3 Feedback from the field

                                                                           4 National news
Director, Government and Public Affairs                                    6 Citizen spotlight                  SSgt Douglas Nicodemus / 121st ARW Multimedia Center
Dr. Mark Wayda
                                                                             Soldier looks to continue past              TSgt Jamie Burr of the 121st
                                                                                                                Security Forces Squadron scales a
Editor                                                                       achievements, keeps Olympic hopes.
Mr. Steve Toth                                                                                                     log obstacle during an endurance
                                                                                                                      course, one of the many events
Associate Editor                                                          24 Buckeye briefs
Maj. Nicole Gabriel                                                                                                         comprising the Air Mobility
                                                                                                                 Command Rodeo competition held
                                                                          26 All about people
Contributors                                                                                                      at McChord Air Force Base, Wash.
Army/Air National Guard Photojournalists
ANG Multimedia Specialists                                                28 Guardmember benefits                                        See pages 12-13.
Unit Public Affairs Representatives

                                                                                                                                 A B OUT THE COVERS
                                                                                               FRONT: SFC Barry Stiverson, a                           BACK: TSgt Jeff Morgan and TSgt

                                                                                               member of Company C, 112th                              Kevin Cartright compete in the cargo

                                                                                               Engineer Battalion, hands a lollipop                    load event at this year’s Air Mobility

                                                                                               to a girl at a distribution point for                   Command Rodeo competition, held

                                                                                               essentials in Sulpher, La. Photo by                     at McChord Air Force Base, Wash.

                                                                                               SPC Chad Menegay / 196th                                Photo by SSgt Douglas Nicodemus

                                                                                               Mobile Public Affairs Detachment                        / 121st ARW Multimedia Center

                       State of Ohio
                     Bob Taft, Governor                                                 on the web @
                                                                                                  Total copies printed: 19,000   Unit Cost: $.67       Publication Date: 12/05
    Command focus                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Feedback from                    the field
                                                                                                                                                                                                    been for us. My warmest thank you to        State command sergeant
                                                                                                                                                   O H I O NAT I O NAL G UAR D
                     Embracing core values leads each of us to success
                                                                                                                                                                                                    all the great people of Ohio, and their
                                                                                                                                                                                                    great Guard units.                          major weighs in on ACU
                                                                                                                                                  Historical Highlights                                                   THOMAS JONES             Recently all of the Ohio National

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            SULPHER, LA.        Guard’s general officers and the state
                                                                                                                                                                        aj. Gen. George B.                                                      command sergeant major received a
                                                                                                                                                                       McClellan was comis-                                                     complete set of the new Army Combat
                                                                                                                                                                                                       I had the pleasure of being involved
                                                                                                                                                             sioned Major General of Volun-                                                     Uniform.
                                                                                                                                                                                                    with a company (I do not know which
                                                                                                                                                            teers and commander of Ohio’s                                                          The ACU replaces both the temper-
                                                                        within the organization and seek feedback from all directions. A                                                            one) of the 437th Military Police Bat-
                                                                                                                                                           militia by an act of the Ohio Legis-                                                 ate and enhanced hot weather battle
                                                                        person of integrity is sobered by the awesome responsibility of                                                             talion during the crisis in lower Mis-
                                                                                                                                                           lature on April 23, 1861. He became                                                  dress uniform (BDU) in the clothing bag
                                                                        defending the Constitution of the United States of America. I                                                               sissippi. The distribution point they
                                                                                                                                                           “General in Chief” of the entire                                                     and the desert camouflage uniform
                                                                        encourage each of you to practice integrity both on a personal                                                              were manning (VFW Post 58, on High-
                                                                                                                                                           Union Army on Nov. 1 of that same                                                    (DCU) as an organizational clothing and
                                                                        and organizational level. It should show in the treatment of our                                                            way 603 North of Kiln, Miss.) was run
                                                                                                                                                           year. RETIRED JUDGE (COL.)                                                           individual equipment (OCIE) item. The
                                                                        people and our words must be followed by actions.                                                                           in an efficient manner, and they made
                                                                                                                                                           ROBERT D. WALKER / 37TH            IN-                                               ACU was initially fielded in February

                                           am honored to serve in the                                                                                                                               it a point to see that everyone who
                                                                                                                                                           FANTRY DIVISION                                                                      2005 as an OCIE item to units support-
                                           Ohio National Guard as a       Service Before Self is the second core value. As members of                                                               showed up had all the essentials.
                                           member of the Joint Force    the Ohio National Guard, you are all too familiar with this core                                                                This unit is a credit to the state of   ing Operations Iraqi Freedom and En-
                                       Headquarters and as the          value. You may have heard this concept described as selfless-         Many Gulf Staters grateful                        Ohio, and should be treated as such.            during Freedom.
                                       commander of the Ohio Air        ness, serving above and beyond the call of duty, helping                                                                                      PATRICK G. MARTIN            The phase-in period for the ACU uni-
                                       National Guard. This is an       others and giving 110 percent. Many talk the talk, but it is
                                                                                                                                              for Ohio Guard’s assistance                                                                       versal camouflage pattern is from May
                                       organization that understands    those who walk the walk who put those words into action.                 The eye of Hurricane Katrina passed           EDITOR’S NOTE: Mr. Martin was refer-             2005 until May 2008. During this pe-
                                       service and duty at the          Each time you answer the call to duty you put service before          over my sister Carriere’s home, with 150         ring to the 838th Military Police Company,       riod, Soldiers will have a mix of camou-
                                       community, state and national    self. Many of you have missed birthdays, anniversaries,               mph winds. She told me that the Ohio Na-         Youngstown.                                      flage equipment. Commanders can au-
    BY MAJ GEN HARRY “A.J.” FEUCHT                                                                                                            tional Guard was in the area and that they
    ASSISTANT ADJUTANT GENERAL, AIR    level. The success of this       weddings or the funeral of a loved one because you were                                                                                                                 thorize the wear of BDU and DCU cam-
                                       organization is directly         serving others. Your commitment, your sacrifice and your              came to her home to check on them and to            My name is Stan Warren and I live in          ouflage equipment with the ACU until
    attributed to your professionalism, dedication and selfless         dedication are what set you apart from others and your service        see if they had any needs. Thank you for         Poplarville, Miss. I wanted to drop a short      those items are replaced. The ACU will
    answer to the call to duty.                                         on behalf of your community, state and nation is appreciated.         leaving your families to care for mine. I        message and express our gratitude for the        be placed in the Federal Fiscal Year 2006
       I continue to be impressed with your excellence, competence                                                                            appreciate the sacrifices you made.              Ohio National Guard, who supported our           clothing bag, and next April will be avail-
    and character. When I travel throughout the state to visit units,      Excellence In All We Do is the third core value. Excellence is                                  MARY DUKES          town following Hurricane Katrina.                able at both Army military clothing sales
    I continue to see high-powered teams that take pride in their       the difference between simply getting by and striving for                                          DELTA, COLO.           The individuals of your group were very       stores and the Kentucky logistics op-
    mission and contributions to the defense of our homeland. That      perfection. It is your personal satisfaction and the thrill you get                                                    professional and courteous at all times;         eration center.
    pride translates into a level of performance and excellence that    from performing your best. If you live your life with a passion          I live in Moss Bluff, which is just out-      they are what makes America such a great            In order to maximize the service life
    few organizations can equal.                                        for excellence you can contribute tremendously to the success         side of Lake Charles. We had a National          place to live.                                   of the uniform, Soldiers will not starch
       The U.S. Air Force has three core values that are applicable     of our members. As a professional you promote mission                 Guard unit here assisting with ice, water           Let your guys and gals know somehow           the ACU under any circumstances. The
    to all of us in the Ohio National Guard. These values provide       accomplishment not just to the minimum standard but to the            and food. They were working from the             that they are in our hearts and will always      use of starch, sizing and any process
    stability to organizations in an ever-changing environment and                                       achievement of excellence.           “old” Wal-Mart location here. Hopefully,         be remembered by the Warren family. Also         that involves dry cleaning or a steam
    can affect the behavior and culture of                                                               When you put your head on            my husband obtained the correct informa-         tell them that our lives are getting back to     press will adversely affect the treat-
                                                                                                                                              tion for me: 112th Engineering—Aloha                                                              ments and durability of the uniform,
    an organization. They are values by            This is an organization that                          your pillow at the end of a
                                                                                                                                              Camp. If that isn’t correct, maybe this is
                                                                                                                                                                                               normal more every day.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                and is not authorized. It is recom-
    which I have tried to live my life and                                                               productive day, you should be                                                                 THE WARRENS (STAN, DEBORAH,
    that have guided me throughout my         understands service and duty at the                        able to say to yourself, “I could    enough information to know who I am talk-                        KIRSTEN AND LORRIE)              mended that to clean the new uniform,
    career.                                                                                              not have been more productive        ing about.                                                         POPLARVILLE, MISS.             you will wash it in cold water and tumble
       As Citizen-Airmen and Soldiers, and       community, state and national                           or given any more.” Some settle         This group was so kind, polite, gener-                                                         dry at low heat. Sleeves on the coat
    with the support of our families,                                                                    for less than their best and are     ous and every good word available! I               As a resident of the Moss Bluff Commu-         will be worn down at all times, and not
    employers and communities, we                level. The directly                        convinced that excellence is         know they were away from their families,         nity just north of Lake Charles, La., I wish     rolled or cuffed.
    sustain our force by embracing the                                                                   negotiable. It is not. Excellence    friends and homes. Please give them a “pat       to personally thank all your fine National          Maj. Gen. Gregory L. Wayt, Ohio ad-
    core values of: Integrity First, Service
                                              attributed to your professionalism,                        is a commitment to constant          on the back” for us. They truly deserve          Guardsmen for coming to our aid. Every-          jutant general, Brig. Gen. Matthew L.
                                                                                                                                              one. Also, please tell them thank you for all                                                     Kambic, assistant adjutant general for
    Before Self and Excellence In All We       dedication and selfless answer to                         improvement. Excellence is a
                                                                                                                                              they do and have done.
                                                                                                                                                                                               one who assisted me were all very friendly.
                                                                                                                                                                                                  On behalf of our little community, we         Army, and I agree that the uniform is
    Do. Allow me to detail each of these                                                                 value that we must nurture and
    values, to provide a greater under-                  the call to duty.                               promote throughout the Ohio                                  THE COLE FAMILY
                                                                                                                                                                        MOSS BLUFF, LA.
                                                                                                                                                                                               hope that they all made it back home safe        Hooah! The feel and comfort of the new
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                uniform is outstanding. It was designed
    standing of these guiding principles.                                                                National Guard. There are only                                                        and sound and in the arms of their families
                                                                        two directions to move in life, forward or backward. Maintain-                                                         who missed them.                                 by Soldiers, for Soldiers.
       Integrity First is the most important of the three values.       ing the status quo means you are actually falling behind.                Just a short note from southwest Loui-                                 LINDA S. MANUEL                   CSM WILLIAM GILLIAM
    Integrity is a character trait. Simply put, it is what we do when      I believe several key elements make members and organiza-          siana to say thanks to Ohio and their Na-                                LAKE CHARLES, LA.         STATE COMMAND SERGEANT MAJOR
    no one is watching. It is our moral compass – our inner voice;      tions successful. Effective communication through positive            tional Guard units that helped here. The
    the voice of self-control and the basis for the trust imperatives   leadership and the promotion of values and goals are essential        engineer battalion dispensing food here                                                             RIGHT: CSM William Gilliam
    of today’s military. As a person of integrity, you act on convic-   to success. Encouraging improvements to existing norms is             in Sulphur were wonderful people. It re-                                                            (from left), state command
    tion and control impulses and appetites. A person of integrity      essential for effective organizational change. I encourage each       mains a mystery how they did it in the                                                              sergeant major; MG Gregory L.
    possesses moral courage and does what is right even if the          of you to be a team player and to be a proactive, positive voice      heat and confusion, but they re-                                                                    Wayt, Ohio adjutant general;
    personal cost is high. A person of true integrity is responsible    for the continued promotion of values and goals within our            mained friendly, efficient and very                                                                 and BG Matthew L. Kambic,
    and acknowledges his or her duties and acts accordingly.            Ohio National Guard. I am proud of all of you and your great          helpful through it all.                                                                             assistant adjutant general for
    Professionals of integrity encourage a free flow of information     contribution to our nation, state and community.                         Words alone will never say enough                                                                Army, show off the new Army
                                                                                                                                              of the great help your people have                                                                  Combat Uniform (ACU).

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                 National news
                                                                                                                                                                               SOLDIERS/AIRMEN OF THE YEAR                                                              MANSFIELD

      National Guard spreads                      sponded were veterans of at least a year                                                                        The best Soldier, Airman and noncommissioned officers for 2004 were
      positive image, says chief
                                                  ‘boots on the ground’ (in Iraq or Af-                                                                         selected and announced earlier in 2005. These six individuals represent                                 Command profile
                                                  ghanistan) if they were Army National                                                                         the best resource that the 15,000-member Ohio National Guard has to
         Performing its mission around the        Guard and at least one, two or more Air
      world in 2005 has allowed the National                                                                                                                    offer—men and women able and willing to respond, when called and ready
                                                  Expeditionary Force rotations overseas.
      Guard to spread a positive message          They brought those same skills to Mis-
                                                                                                                                                                to do the job required of them, whether at home or overseas.
      about the military, the chief of the Na-    sissippi and Louisiana, and they were
      tional Guard Bureau said.                   invaluable.”                                                                                                      SOLDIER OF THE YEAR                                   AIRMAN OF THE YEAR
         With almost 80,000 Citizen-Soldiers         Blum said he is immensely proud of                                                                                                     Spc. Paul A.                                       Senior Airman
      deployed overseas in the Global War         the National Guard response to Katrina,                                                                                                                                                   Patrick M. King has
                                                                                                                                                                                         Kaperak is a member
      on Terrorism and thousands more re-         because it was on target, on time and                                                                                                  of Company C, 112th                                been a member of the
      sponding to natural disasters in the        more than sufficient. All the U.S. gov-                                                                                                Engineer Battalion,                                178th Fighter Wing
      United States and abroad, it has been       ernors agreed the troops were needed,                                                                                                  Columbus. While de-                                Communications
      an unprecedented year for the Guard.        and not one doubted the mission at all,                                                                                                ployed for two years                               Flight, Springfield,
         “Nothing has happened this year          he said. “It should make every Ameri-                                                                                                  in support of Opera-                               since his induction into
      that the Guard hasn’t been part of,”        can immensely proud of their National                                                                                                  tion Noble Eagle,                                  the Ohio Air National
      said Army Lt. Gen. H Steven Blum in a       Guard and of their military,” he said.                                                                                                 Kaperak provided                                   Guard in August 2002.                       Col Mark L. Stephens
      Pentagon Channel interview Nov. 30.                                                                                                                                                force protection and                               King was the quickest                                179th Airlift Wing
                                                  SGT SARA WOOD /AMERICAN FORCES
      “The best part of it is, when we’re re-                                                                           MSgt Efrain Gonzalez / U.S. Air Force                            security at Springfield                            in the history of his
                                                  PRESS SERVICE                                                                                                                                                                             unit to complete Air
                                                                                                   Airmen show off different combinations of                                             Air National Guard
      sponding to these kind of disasters,                                                                                                                                                                         Force “5-level” requirements related to his
                                                                                                   the new Air Force physical training uniform                  Base, home of the 178th Fighter Wing. He                                                                                                 Age: 48
      everybody understands why you’re
      needed. Everybody supports what
                                                  Servicemembers can get                           while jogging during the wear-test phase                     played an important role in several security       training as a computer technician. He was rec-                            Full-Time Position:
                                                                                                                                                                force responses, which included a civilian he-     ognized for his overall computer hardware sup-
      you’re doing; nobody questions how          reimbursement for gear                           conducted earlier this year at Lackland Air
                                                                                                                                                                licopter medical evacuation, a downed power        port to the entire 178th Fighter Wing. He is                commander, 179th Airlift Wing
      you’re doing it. When you’re out there        Some servicemembers who bought                 Force Base, Texas.                                           line and a major vehicle accident.                 currently attending Wright State University.                  Hometown: Lexington, Ohio
      saving lives instead of taking lives, it    their own protective gear will get reim-                                                                                                                                                                                    Family: married, two sons, one
      makes those that you’re saving feel         bursed for the purchase under a new policy
                                                                                                      Air Force sets physical
                                                                                                                                                                        NCO OF THE YEAR                                     NCO OF THE YEAR                                  daughter and two grandchildren
      very, very good about you.”                 approved Oct. 4.                                    training uniform wear date                                                                                                                                          When I was younger, I wanted to:
         In disaster relief efforts for Hurri-      The order covers the period between                  The Air Force Uniform Board established                   Sgt. Matthew J.                                    Tech. Sgt. Dean                                                                  be a pilot
      canes Katrina and Rita and the earth-       Sept. 10, 2001, and Aug. 1, 2004. Pentagon          an Oct. 1, 2006, mandatory wear date of the               France was a member                                Butler is a member
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Most recent achievement: making it
      quake in Pakistan, the National Guard       officials said “relatively few” servicemem-         physical training uniform, or PTU, for unit               of Joint Force Head-                               of the 180th Fighter
                                                                                                                                                                quarters, Columbus.                                Wing, Toledo, as a se-                                 past my 23rd wedding anniversary
      is sending a significant message, al-       bers are affected by the order.                     fitness activities.
                                                                                                                                                                He since has been                                  curity forces crafts-                                     The last good movie I saw was:
      beit unintentionally, about the quality       In the early days of the Global War on               The board also released additional guid-
                                                                                                                                                                commissioned as a                                  man in the wing’s SF                                                              The Aviator
      of America’s military, Blum said.           Terrorism, there was a shortage of inter-           ance for Airmen wearing the uniform for per-
                                                                                                                                                                second lieutenant, and                             squadron, and also                                               The book I’m reading is:
         “When (people) see the uniforms          ceptor armor. The services issue body ar-           sonal workouts. Airmen may wear the PTU                   now is a member of                                 serves as the training
      and they see the military equipment         mor to those most in need of it; however,           during personal workouts given the follow-                                                                                                                                               Leading Change
                                                                                                                                                                Battery B, 1-134th                                 noncommissioned of-
      being used as a force for good, it sends    some servicemembers—both active and re-             ing conditions:                                           Field Artillery Battal-                            ficer. Butler was mo-                                My favorite recreational activity is:
      a very positive message to them about       serve component—bought their own pro-                                                                         ion, Alliance. During                              bilized for both Op-                                                                    skiing
      what’s right about this country,” he        tection.                                                T-shirts may be worn out or tucked in;                the time for which he                              erations Noble Eagle                                    The one thing I treasure most is:
      said.                                         Reimbursement is limited to the actual                Jackets may be zipped, unzipped and                   was recognized as NCO of the Year, France          and Enduring Freedom, and also was tasked to                              family and friends
         The National Guard’s response to         purchase price, plus shipping, of the equip-        worn with civilian clothes;                               worked full-time for the National Guard as a       deploy to Shaw Air Force Base, S.C., to
      Hurricane Katrina was the largest, fast-    ment, and servicemembers must have the                  Black or navy blue leggings or stretch                personnel clerk. He was honor graduate at both     supplement security forces personnel there.
                                                                                                                                                                his infantry (11B) and administrative (42A) ad-    In his civilian capacity, Butler works full-time                           Founding Fathers
      est response of the U.S. military to a      receipts.                                           shorts may be worn under the uniform
                                                                                                                                                                vanced individual training courses.                as a City of Perrysburg police officer.                                   Nobody knows I’m:
      natural disaster in the country’s his-        Under the legislation, those claiming             shorts;
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             an introvert at heart
      tory, Blum said, and it really was amaz-    reimbursement must turn in their privately              White socks of any length and small
      ing in its scope.                           purchased gear. The services will destroy           conservative trademarks are authorized;                     SENIOR NCO OF THE YEAR                           FIRST SERGEANT OF THE YEAR                                  I’m better than anyone else at:
         “It is a difficult thing to do, but it   the equipment, as it may not meet govern-               Any athletic shoes may be worn;                                                                                                                                 getting along with almost anyone
      didn’t look difficult,” he said. “The way   ment standards. Under the policy, reim-                  Safety items such as reflective belts,                                           Senior Master                                      Master Sgt. Rob-                      I’d give anything to meet:
      the states responded, it actually looked    bursement cannot exceed $1,100 for any              camelbacks and fanny packs are authorized;                                         Sgt. Tony L. Jones is                              ert S. Kinion is the                           George Washington
      rather effortless.”                         one piece of equipment.                                 Hats or knit caps are authorized pro-                                          a member of the 121st                              first sergeant of the                     My biggest pet peeve is:
         One phone call with the states’ ad-        The services can request to add items             vided they meet military image requirements;                                       Air Refueling Wing in                              178th Fighter Wing                                          laziness
      jutants general was all it took to gen-     to the list. The list includes the complete             Headphones are still authorized;                                               Columbus, where he is                              Logistics Readiness
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        The three words that best describe
      erate 50,000 guardmembers to respond        outer tactical vest or equivalent commer-                Bandanas and other similar head                                               security forces super-                             Squadron, Springfield.
                                                                                                                                                                                         intendent. He is a vet-                            In that capacity, he                              me: down to earth
      to the disaster, Blum said.                 cial ballistic vests. The components of the         scarves are not authorized unless Airmen                                                                                                                                         If I could leave today’s
                                                                                                                                                                                         eran of Operations                                 provides advice to the
         The concerns people had about di-        vest—the groin protector, throat protec-            have a medical waiver; and                                                         Desert Shield/Storm,                               squadron commander            guardmembers with one piece of
      saster response being affected by over-     tor, yoke and collar assembly, collar pro-              Saluting is not required.                                                      Northern       Watch,                              on a wide range of en-                           advice it would be:
      seas deployments were legitimate,           tector, ballistics inserts and small arms pro-                                                                                         Noble Eagle and En-                                listed issues, including
      Blum said, but were not realized.           tective inserts—are covered individually.              For more information, Airmen should con-                                                                                                                           Don’t rule out career or personal
                                                                                                                                                                                         during Freedom. With                               esprit de corps, per-
         “As a matter of fact, the deploy-        The list also includes the Kevlar helmet,           tact their commander’s support staff, mili-               more than 20 years in law enforcement, Jones       sonnel management, retention, awards and pro-            goals because you think they are
      ments did have an effect on our re-         ballistic eye protection and hydration sys-         tary personnel flight or personnel office at              is also a published author, having written more    fessional development. Kinion has experience          beyond your reach. If you don’t, you
      sponse— they made it better,” he said.      tems. JIM GARAMONE / AMERICAN                       deployed locations. AIR FORCE PERSON-                     than 10 books and 200 articles, technical docu-    in construction equipment operations as well        will probably be surprised where you
      “Over 60 percent of the people that re-     FORCES PRESS SERVICE                                NEL CENTER NEWS SERVICE                                   ments and lesson plans focusing on law en-         as avionics, and has an associate’s degree in            end up and what you accomplish
                                                                                                                                                                forcement, security and corrections.               electronics engineering technology.

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                 Citizen spotlight
                                                                                                                                                             Two Ohio Guardmembers fall while serving in Iraq
     Soldier grappling for chance at Summer Olympics
                                                                                                                                                             ‘Hollywood Out’
                                                                                                                                                                                                        emy was involved in, he went at it full bore.”
                                                                                                                                                                                                        On the streets of Rushsylvania you couldn’t
     Story By Spc. Michelle Morgan,                                                                    peted in Greco-Roman wrestling—a style of
                                                                                                                                                             was 612th Soldier’s
                                                                                                                                                                                                        miss Jeremy’s Dodge Ram 4x4 pickup truck; it
     Joint Force Headquarters-Ohio                                                                     wrestling that focuses on throwing your op-                                                      was larger than life, with oversized tires and
                                                                                                       ponent to the mat using only your arms and
                                                                                                                                                             signature sign-off
                                                                                                                                                                                                        chrome wheels. Jeremy replaced the “Dodge”

             t one point in their lives, a lot of                                                      upper body.                                                                                      logo on the windshield with “Hodge.”
             kids dream of growing up and                                                                  Taylor traveled the world from 1999 through                                                    Mike and Jeremy communicated via e-mail
             starring in the Olympics. They                                                            2001, competing for the Marines in the 50 kilo-                                                  often. They would spend time chatting about
     see their favorite athlete on the front of                                                        gram class (under 110 pounds). But all that ex-
     a cereal box and want to be just like
     them. For most, once the two-week
                                                                                                       perience and training could not quite prepare
                                                                                                       Taylor for the biggest challenge of his career
                                                                                                                                                             T    here are things that fathers “just family and friends and Jeremy’s plans for when
                                                                                                                                                                  know.” They know when their son he returned. “He’d been deployed since Janu-
                                                                                                                                                             is ready to take his first step; they know ary and we were counting the days until he
     Games are over, they go on with the rest                                                          to that point—the 2000 Olympic Trials in San          when it is time to take the training came home… he had 74 days left,” said Mike,
     of their lives.                                                                                   Antonio, Texas.                                       wheels off his bike; they know when his gaze focusing on nothing in particular.
        But not all.                                                                                       “It’s huge. There are American flags every-       he is ready for his first driving lesson; Each time they ended their e-mail session Jer-
        While the 2008 Olympics in Beijing,                                                            where. It’s so intense I was sick,” Taylor said.      and sometimes … fathers know that the emy would sign off with: “Hollywood Out.”
     China, are a few years away—and the                                              Courtesy photo
                                                                                                       Though all the Marines on the team went, only         men in uniform on your front porch are       For Vince Gillfillan, Jeremy’s best friend and                                     Courtesy photo
     odds of him making the team may be             Corey Taylor competes in an                        10 of the 13 qualified to try out in different        the bearers of bad news.                   fellow Soldier, the loss is especially painful.       SFC Daniel J. Pratt was a 16-year
     slight—Sgt. Corey Taylor has never             international meet while a member of               weight classes. In 2000, one Marine made it to           When Mike Hodge, an 11-year Air They were just like brothers throughout high                  member of the National Guard.
     been one to back down from a challenge         the All-Marine Wrestling Team.                     the Olympic team; unfortunately, for Taylor, it       Force veteran, went home on his lunch school. They lived close to each other and
     and hard work.                                                                                    was not him.
        When he was in high school in Mis-          from going to state. However, his senior
                                                                                                           He left active duty in 2001 and joined the
                                                                                                                                                             break, men were standing on his front were inseparable. Whenever you saw one, you                Husband’s final gifts
                                                    year, in 1995, just after the state champi-                                                              porch. “I just knew. I didn’t want to knew the other was not far behind. “I treated
     souri, Taylor wanted to play basketball.
                                                    onships, the Amateur Athletic Union
                                                                                                       Ohio Army National Guard, where he is cur-            know, but I did,”                                                        them both as my         indicative of character
     He loved the game, was the fastest on                                                             rently the administrative noncommissioned of-
                                                    (AAU) Nationals were held in Missouri;                                                                   Hodge said from                                                          sons and I know           Linda Pratt received a gift Nov. 4 that
     the court and had a great jump shot.                                                              ficer for the Joint Force Headquarters chief of
                                                    Taylor was determined to compete.                                                                        his home in                                                              this is tough on       temporarily brought sunshine into one
     But Taylor was cut from the team, not                                                             staff in Columbus. He also attends college at
                                                       “Everyone said I was wasting my time. I                                                               Rushsylvania, a                                                          Vince too,” Mike       of the darkest moments of her life.
     because of his lack of skill, but because                                                         Ohio State University, where he is on the
                                                    hadn’t even placed in state. I couldn’t pos-                                                             village located                                                          said. “They were          Flowers and candles decorated with
     of his lack of stature. He was told to                                                            cheerleading squad. His full-time job is no
                                                    sibly compete,” Taylor said. “But not only                                                               about 50 miles                                                           together in the        heart-shaped soap arrived just a few
     “come back next year after you grow a                                                             longer wrestling, but he still lifts every day to
                                                    did I compete (in the AAUs), I won.”                                                                     northwest of Co-                                                         same unit, in the      hours after military officials visited her
     few inches,” by a coach even shorter                                                              stay in shape and still competes, though now
                                                       In 1997, after his high school gradua-                                                                lumbus.                                                                  same convoy.”          Youngstown home to inform her that
     than his 5-foot 6-                                                                                it is ultimate fighting.
                                                    tion, Taylor joined the Marine Corps. It                                                                    The uniformed                                                           Teachers and         her husband, Sgt. 1st Class Daniel J.
     inch size.                                                                                            “Ultimate fighting is basically where two
                                                    was not until he was at his first duty as-                                                               men told him that                                                        coaches remember       Pratt, 48, had died of a non-combat-
        After Taylor                                                                                   guys get in a cage and anything goes but we
                                                    signment in Washington, D.C., that he                                                                    his son, Spc. Jer-                                                       Jeremy as some-        related injury the previous day, while
     was cut, the                                                                                      can’t hit below the belt, bite or scratch,” Tay-
                                                    learned about the All-Marine Wrestling                                                                   emy Michael                                               Courtesy photo one who was al-        serving with the 211th Maintenance
     wrestling coach                                                                                   lor said.
                                                    Team.                                                                                                    Hodge, died Oct. Ohio Army National Guard SPC Jeremy ways offering help                         Company on a one-year tour in
     asked Taylor to                                                                                       But the wrestling bug is still there as well.
                                                       “The idea is that the military offers mem-                                                            10 in Baghdad, Hodge, pictured above serving in Iraq, was to others. In high                    Nasiriyah, Iraq.
     try out for the                                                                                   Taylor says he will begin competing in regional
                                                    bers the sports and educational opportu-                                                                 Iraq, when an posthumously promoted to sergeant.                         school, Jeremy            Sgt. 1st Class Pratt sent the gifts to
     team. The coach                                                                                   wrestling matches throughout the United
                                                    nities that a college would,” Taylor said.                                                               improvised ex-                                                           sang in the choir      his wife in advance of the couple’s
     liked Taylor ’s                                                                                   States, beginning in 2006, in preparation for
                                                    And he planned to take full advantage of                                                                 plosive device (IED) exploded near his and played football and baseball. He was a               20th wedding anniversary, on Nov. 7.
     competitive na-                                                                                   the 2008 Olympics. And, while his future in
                                                    all of those opportunities.                                                                              vehicle.                                   tough competitor on the track, football and             “I was just overwhelmed and
     ture and prom-                                                                                    wrestling may not be certain—there is no doubt
                                                       When Taylor asked his chief warrant                                                                      Jeremy Hodge, 20, joined the Ohio baseball field but was not afraid to stand out             touched and just felt his goodness
     ised to make him                                                                                  about what his wrestling past has taught him.
                                   Taylor           officer about trying out for the team, he                                                                National Guard shortly after graduat- in choir or during musicals. He was also a coun-          again come through,” said Linda Pratt,
     a      champion.                                                                                      “Wrestling is just like life: at some point you
                                                    was told that the only way he would be                                                                   ing from Ridgemont High School in try boy at heart who loved the outdoors.                      who lived with her husband and their
     Knowing nothing about wrestling, Tay-                                                             will either be down or at worst flat on your
                                                    allowed to try out was if he could beat                                                                  2003, and was assigned to Company B,         “I remember when he shot his first deer, he        two children in Austintown. “He has a
     lor declined.                                                                                     back, but with hard work and determination
                                                    him. The chief figured that the scrawny                                                                  612th Engineer Battalion, Tiffin.          kept yelling, ‘I got it…I got it,’” Jeremy’s         kind and good soul. He loved his fam-
        That summer, most of the basketball                                                            you can fight back and overcome those ob-
                                                    little guy could not take him. So out on                                                                    He, along with 450 other Soldiers of cousin, Dustin, recalls. But his mood turned            ily. He just had a zest for life.” AGOH-
     team grew even taller, but not Taylor.                                                            stacles,” Taylor said. “After I graduate college,
                                                    the parade grounds—in front of the Com-                                                                  the 612th, deployed in November 2004 sour when he got to the buck and saw that                  PUBLIC AFFAIRS AND WIRE REPORTS
     Once more, the wrestling coach asked                                                              I plan to coach and instill those same values in
                                                    mandant of the Marine Corps’ house, no                                                                   to support Operation Iraqi Freedom. part of its 6-point antler had broken off.
     Taylor if he wanted to join the team. Feel-                                                       my wrestlers.”
                                                    less—a 120-pound dynamo from small-                                                                      “We both understood why he wanted            But if you ask anyone what Jeremy’s true         and to provide words of comfort to a griev-
     ing that wrestling was better than noth-
                                                    town Missouri took down 6 feet of scoff-                                                                 to enlist and that he might end up go- passion was, they will tell you that it was            ing family. In the small town of Rush-
     ing, but probably not much, Taylor de-
                                                    ing chief warrant officer. Taylor packed                                                                 ing to Iraq,” Mike said. “If you knew NASCAR racing. He loved the sport ever since            sylvania, people young and old lined the
     cided to give it a try.                                                                               Citizen Spotlight is a feature aimed at high-
                                                    his duffel bag and never looked back.                                                                    what kind of kid Jeremy was, you would he was old enough to watch it on television            streets to pay tribute to their fallen Soldier.
        With dedication and determination,                                                              lighting the unique civilian occupations,
                                                       “Wrestling and everyone associated                                                                    understand that serving others was part and dreamed of someday becoming a                     As the funeral procession made its way
     Taylor learned to wrestle to win. Ten                                                              hobbies, endeavors and other off-duty in-
                                                    with the sport has taught me values, skills                                                              of who he was,” he added.                  NASCAR driver. His favorite driver was Mark        through town, Mike Hodge led the way in
     years later, Taylor is still wrestling and                                                         terests of Ohio National Guardmembers.
                                                    and lessons that you can’t find in any                                                                      Once he arrived in Iraq, the best of Martin, driver of the No. 6 car.                      the “Hodge” Ram.
     has won many titles, proving his                                                                      These types of stories call attention to
                                                    classroom, book or job,” Taylor said.                                                                    what Jeremy had to offer came out. “I        “He didn’t just talk about it, he pursued his       “I want everyone to remember Jeremy for
     coach’s boast was not idle.                                                                        the well-rounded Citizen-Soldiers and Air-
                                                       Taylor was one of 13 wrestlers and wres-                                                              could tell by our conversations that he dream with the same fire that he went after           the way that he was and the passion he
        “My first season (in high school), I                                                            men who make up the organization, and are
                                                    tling partners on the All-Marine Wrestling                                                               believed in what he was doing and he everything else with,” Mike said. While in Iraq          lived his life with,” Mike said, pausing to
     had 25 wins and only two losses. All of                                                            balancing family, work, life and their military
                                                    Team. They lived, breathed and ate to                                                                    was always looking for opportunities he was accepted to a NASCAR driving school               gather himself.
     my wins but five were by pins in the                                                               commitments.
                                                    wrestle. They ran, lifted and practiced—                                                                 to lead.” So his father was not sur- and planned to enroll when he returned.                      “I will miss my son for the rest of my
     first period,” Taylor said.                                                                           Please e-mail story ideas to
                                                    five days a week, every week, except                                                                     prised that Jeremy was the lead driver       Friends, family, fellow Soldiers and class-      life,” he said. “... Hollywood Out.” JAMES
        Bad luck and broken bones kept him                                                    , or call (614) 336-7003.
                                                    weeks they competed. Taylor mostly com-                                                                  of the armored convoy. “Whatever Jer- mates went Oct. 19 to say goodbye to Jeremy             A. SIMS II / AGOH-PUBLIC AFFAIRS

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               180TH FIGHTER WING                                                                                                                                                               JOINT FORCE HEADQUARTERS
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                nally intended for shooters who had not
                                                                                                                                                                   Soldiers develop weapons fundamentals                                                        qualified at their unit’s range. Beamhit was
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                dropped this year because of the large num-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                ber of personnel expected and the units en-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                suring their Soldiers were properly in-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                structed before attending this event. This
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                eliminated the slowest portion of the event.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   This year Soldiers shot the Alternate
                                                                                        gressional District; Diane Miller, representing U.S. Sen. Mike                                                                                                          Qualification Course “C” instead of the pop
                                                                                        DeWine; Dennis Fligore, representing U.S. Sen. George                                                                                                                   up targets for the M-16 shooters. This meant
                                                                                        Voinovich; state Rep. Mark Wagoner (R-Toledo); Toledo Mayor                                                                                                             that they could zero, qualify and conduct
                                                                                        Jack Ford; and Col. Thomas E. Schart, 180th Fighter Wing com-                                                                                                           Nuclear Biological and Chemical (NBC) war-
                                                                                        mander.                                                                                                                                                                 fare qualification firing, all at the same range.
                                                                                           “We were there for you when you left and our hearts re-                                                                                                                 The engagement skills trainer (EST) was
                                                                                        mained with you while you were gone,” Kaptur said during the                                                                                                            used for simulated night fire by both M-16
                                                                                        ceremony. After her speech, Kaptur presented Schart with an                                                                                                             rifle and M-9 pistol shooters. After a short
                                                                                        American flag that flew over the U.S. Capitol.                                                                                                                          transition from the pleasantly warm, sunny
                                        SSgt Beth Slater / 180th FW Multimedia Center
                                                                                           In addition to the AEF deployment, other unit members have                                                                                                           day outside, they lined up in the darkened
      Airmen of the 180th Fighter Wing take their places Nov. 6 in                      recently participated in several Expeditionary Combat Support                                                                                                           indoor simulated range. Here they used spe-
      the aircraft maintenance hangar at the Toledo Express                             deployments, in various locations including Iraq, Germany,                                                                                                              cially modified weapons that simulated the
      Airport, prior to a welcome home ceremony honoring them.                          Kuwait and the United Arab Emirates.                                                                                                                                    sound and feel of real range fire while actu-
                                                                                           “Like your fathers and grandfathers before you, you have               Ohio Army National Guardmembers attempt to qualify on the 9 mm pistol range.                  ally engaging a computer screen with laser
      Toledo-based ANG unit                                                             liberated millions from oppression,” Wayt said at the ceremony.
                                                                                           Exemplary of today’s Air Force—with elements always on                 Story and photos by                             large portion of this support was per-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                pulses instead of bullets.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Through most of the training year, the
                                                                                        the go—the 180th has members who are currently deployed,
      returns from overseas                                                             and more Airmen who are preparing to deploy in the near fu-
                                                                                                                                                                  Lt. Col. Craig J. Clark
                                                                                                                                                                  Camp Perry Training Site
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  formed by officer candidates and TAC
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  (Train-Advise-Counsel) officers from the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Soldiers of Camp Perry provide customer
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                support to units that come to use the facil-
      Story by Senior Airman Janet Dougherty                                                                                                                                                                      Ohio Army National Guard Officer Candi-       ity for various training activities including
      180th Fighter Wing Public Affairs                                                     “I want us all to remember those who are still deployed or are           PORT CLINTON—On a pleasantly cool            date School, 1-145th Regiment, Regional       range fire. This one weekend a year, Sol-
                                                                                        getting ready to deploy,” Schart said. “Please hold them in               September morning, the sun rises on the         Training Institute (RTI), who received both   diers can hone and demonstrate their skills
        SWANTON—With the Thanksgiving holiday, many Americans                           your thoughts and prayers until we get them home.”                        North Coast, where a low-lying layer of fog     valuable range operations training and        at professionally-run ranges. Thus, they
      reflect on what they are thankful for this year.                                                                                                            obscures the view of the waves lightly lap-     first-hand experience.                        provide positive examples of how to run
        However, none may be as grateful as the family, friends and Air-
      men who attended a welcome home ceremony Nov. 6 in the 180th
                                                                                        Unit supports several missions                                            ping at the beach near the clubhouse.
                                                                                                                                                                     By 8 a.m., as if on cue, the sun burns off
                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Guardmembers arrived continuously
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  starting Friday through midday on Sun-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                ranges, while getting to share the best North
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Coast training weather of the year with Sol-
                                                                                            More than 300 members of the 180th Fighter Wing served on the
      Fighter Wing’s aircraft maintenance hangar at the Toledo Express                   most recent Aerospace Expeditionary Forces (AEF) deployment,             the fog and the sound of 40 M-16 rifles         day to qualify with their assigned weapon.    diers from all over the state of Ohio.
      Airport.                                                                           which spanned Aug. 1 to Sept. 30. In addition to the AEF deploy-         splits the morning calm, heralding the start    They represented
        More than 300 members of the 180th took part in the most recent                  ment, other 180th Airmen have participated in several Expedition-                                                        all the major subor-
                                                                                         ary Combat Support (ECS) deployments during 2005, including:             of the annual range fire make-up, hosted                                PFC Paul Kilbane
      Aerospace Expeditionary Forces (AEF) deployment, which                                                                                                      by the Training Site Detachment at Camp         dinate commands         (left) receives
      spanned from Aug. 1 to Sept. 30. On this deployment, the 180th—                    • Security Forces personnel who deployed to Iraq in support of           Perry.                                          in the state. Sol-      ammo from SPC
                                                                                         Operation Iraqi Freedom, and to Kuwait in a U.S. Central Command
      working with units from the Iowa and Oklahoma Air National                         (CENTCOM) support role;                                                     About 500 Ohio Army National                 diers who previ-        Shane Williams.
      Guard—fulfilled a U.S. Air Force Aerospace Expeditionary Forces                                                                                             Guardmembers attended the range fire, with      ously failed to
      (AEF) rotation in Southwest Asia. Personnel provided aerial sup-                   • Fuels personnel who deployed to Balad, Iraq and also to Rhein Main     408 qualifying on either an M-16 rifle or       qualify received re-
                                                                                         Air Base, Germany, where they provided more than 9 million gallons
      port to military operations throughout the U.S. Central Command                    per month of jet fuel to transport aircraft in their area of responsi-   M-9 pistol. Much of the lower-than-             medial instruction
      region, in support of the Global War on Terrorism.                                 bility;                                                                  planned attendance was due to the very          on basic marks-
        “The 180th provided close support for ground forces directly                     • Military Personnel Flight members who deployed to Moron Air            rapid deployment of the always ready Ohio       manship skills at
      engaged, and used the sound of their aircraft to put fear into the                 Base, Spain, where they provided a Personnel Support Contingency         National Guard Soldiers who went to sup-        their units.
      enemy,” said U.S. Air Force Col. Stanley Kresge, base commander                    Operations (PERSCO) Team;                                                port the response to Hurricane Katrina.             Beamhit, a basic
      while the unit was overseas.                                                       • Services Flight personnel who deployed to Southwest Asia, where           A total of 88 guardmembers ran the com-      rifle marksmanship
        The 180th and its pilots completed 2,600 flying hours and 370                    they supported more than 7,800 U.S.-led coalition forces at the          bat pistol range, four M-16 Alternate           training aid, was a
      sorties with the unit’s F-16 “Fighting Falcon” jet aircraft.                       second-largest food services operation in the Air Force while            Course “C” ranges, the engagement skills        required station for
                                                                                         monitoring more than 16,000 morale calls on a monthly basis; and
         Ohio National Guard leadership and many public officials were                                                                                            trainer (EST) and various support elements.     all shooters in the
      on hand to pay tribute to 180th Airmen who deployed, including:                    • Firefighters and Civil Engineers who deployed to Balad Air Base,       While 100 percent of the detachment was         past. This require-
      Maj. Gen. Gregory L. Wayt, Ohio adjutant general; Maj. Gen. Harry                  Iraq, where the first Hazmat Safety program was initiated, and the                                                       ment was based on
                                                                                         largest, most complicated Hazmat incident—with 500 gallons of            fully engaged in this operation, an addi-
      “A.J.” Feucht, Ohio assistant adjutant general for Air; U.S. Rep.                  sulfuric acid—was mitigated without injuries.                            tional 48 Soldiers from the three major sub-    the idea that this
      Marcy Kaptur (D-Toledo), congresswoman for Ohio’s ninth Con-                                                                                                ordinate commands provided support. A           range was origi-

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             AT A GLANCE:
                                                      DESTINATION: GRAYLING                                                                                                                                                                                              ANNUAL TRAINING ‘05
                                                                                                                                                             Leadership focus drives cavalry training                                                                   PHOTOS BY SSG JOSH MANN / JFHQ-OHIO

                                                                                                                                                             Story and photo by Spc. Parker Steele            make sure everyone does risk management.”
                                                                                                                                                             196th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment             According to Braun, junior leaders develop
                                                                                                                                                                                                              basic skills regardless of what training task

                                                                                                                                                             T  roops take cover behind their vehicle while they are assigned.
                                                                                                                                                                it takes the impact of enemy fire. A sergeant   Braun’s squadron served as a support ele-
                                                                                                                                                             devises a plan that might turn the tables in his ment for the 37th Brigade Combat Team dur-
                                                                                                                                                             Soldiers’ favor. They work together and use ing AT ’05.
                                                                                                                                                             the skills they gained at annual training to        “Most of our Soldiers were cross-leveled
                                                                                                                                                             overcome their challenges.                       with other elements to support their annual
                                                                                                                                                                Soldiers under the leadership of Capt. Devin training,” Braun said.
                                                                                                                                                             A. Braun, commander of Headquarters and            One of the many different tasks assigned to
                                                                                                                                                             Headquarters Troop, 2nd Squadron, 107th Braun’s Soldiers was to help run the Multi-
                                                                                                                                                             Cavalry, located in Kettering, took advantage Purpose Range Complex (MPRC).
                                                                                                                                                             of their mission to support other units by         It is very important to use safe weapons-
                                                                                                                                                             building their own leadership skills in prepa- handling procedures on this range and it takes
                                                                                                                                                             ration for combat. The focus of the 2-107th at good leadership skills for in the Soldiers to
                                                                                                                                                             Camp Grayling’s annual                                              maintain that safety, ac-
                                                                                                                                                             training this year was on                                           cording to Staff Sgt. Larry
                                                                                                                                                             Warrior Task Training.                                              E. Hollie, MPRC operations
                                                                                                                                                             The skills they capitalized                                         sergeant.
                                                                                                                                                             on were basic troop lead-                                              “Although Soldiers
                                                                                                                                                             ership and weapons                                                  might think weapons train-
                                                                                                                                                             safety, according to                                                ing seems like a small part
                                                                                                                                                             Braun.                                                              of (overall) training, it’s es-
                                                                                                                                                                “Our goal at AT was to                                           sential to form the neces-
                                                                                                                                                             be safe and to provide a                                            sary habits Soldiers need
Riding in a humvee convoy, 237th Forward Support Battalion Soldiers react to small arms fire from an “insurgent” role player.                                meaningful event for our                                            to become proficient in
                                                                                                                                                             Soldiers,” Braun said. “At                                          weapons clearing proce-

Ohio convoys thunder through Michigan                                                                                                                        the same time we devel-
                                                                                                                                                             oped individual combat
                                                                                                                                                             skills. The junior enlisted
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 dures and muzzle aware-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 ness,” Braun said.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    “Everything we do when
Story and photo by                       ing convoy missions.                   for Ohio National Guard Sol-         signed to cause confusion, ham-         will become more profi-                                             we put on this uniform is
Spc. Chad Menegay                           IEDs normally consist of one        diers.                               per communication and increase          cient in basic leader skills                                        important, because it’s de-
196th Mobile Public Affairs Det.         or more artillery shells and a trig-      “We’re going to hit them like     stress levels, blared over the loud     that will prepare them to                                           veloping habits and the

                                         gering device. Soldiers are be-        we got hit in Iraq,” said Sgt. Ri-   speakers on wooden buildings.           deploy and potentially go                                           perception of our junior
           s part of convoy training     ing taught to look for specific        chard Householder, a truck           Some convoys were road-blocked          to combat.                                                          soldiers. Whether we’re
           operations conducted at       signs indicating the presence          driver for the 1485th Transpor-      and forced to halt in the village             Braun continued,                                              doing ranges or something
            Camp Grayling, Mich.,        of an IED, based on Soldiers’          tation Company, located in Do-       where individuals in Middle East-       “Safety is always a big During a class on weapons of a higher collective level,
Ohio Army National Guard vehicles        deployment experiences. IEDs           ver. Householder’s unit was          ern garb approached the vehicles        concern. During the initial safety, SPC Curtis Haffey of it’s all building skill sets,
rolled over hardball (paved road-        allow small groups of insur-           called up for a year of duty in      and antagonized Soldiers to test        phase of the AT we were Troop A, 2-107th Cavalry and it’s all building hab-
ways), gravel, sand, narrow roads,       gents to select when and where         Iraq in February 2003. Members       the troops’ understanding of the        very concerned with pre- Squadron, demonstrates the its—we want to build the
bridges and hills.                       they want to attack, and also          who served in Operation Iraqi        rules of engagement.                    combat checks and pre- proper technique to fire the M-2 right ones for our Sol-
   Soldiers overcame heat and fa-        permit them the opportunity to         Freedom provided experience-            While in a village, the instruc-     combat inspections. We .50-caliber machine gun.                     diers,” Braun said.
tigue to survive the mock exercises      blend into society without face-       driven training as they served       tion was to maintain an interval of
and, when the situation dictated,        to-face combat. These weap-            as OPFOR during a six-day, 40-       one to one-and-a-half humvees
destroyed Opposition Forces              ons have been the cause of             mile lanes training exercise.        apart and not to engage unless
(OPFOR) with M-249 Squad Auto-           about half of U.S. servicemem-             Soldiers were required to        engaged first. Outside of a road-       units are deployed overseas,      units all over the country, led   structors commented on how
matic Weapons, M-16 rifles and .50-      ber deaths in Iraq.                    safely navigate the supply           blocked village environment, con-       they must carry out assault       the training of the 237th FSB     well the 237th performed and
caliber machine guns from turrets           Soldiers assuming the role of       route. The emphasis was on           voys focused on getting from one        convoys to maintain supply        and gave detailed blocks of       absorbed information.
atop humvees and trucks, also            OPFOR during the training ex-          communication and awareness.         point to another without stopping.      route security. Soldiers of the   instruction on field communi-        For the culminating live-fire
known as “guardian angels.”              ercises at Camp Grayling placed            “On a convoy, you have to           “They’re going to keep the con-      237th carried out one such        cation, mounting and dis-         exercise, members of the 237th
   Lanes and Ground Assault Con-         dummy IEDs alongside routes            watch everyone around, be-           voy rolling as much as possible,”       convoy operation, at times, di-   mounting a vehicle, check-        FSB navigated six engage-
voy (GAC) exercises at the expan-        and hid them in the engines and        cause any civilian can also be       said 1485th Staff Sgt. Bryan Cole,      rectly assaulting insurgents.     point procedures, 360-degree      ments. The majority of the Sol-
sive training grounds located in         frames of vehicles in the motor        an insurgent,” Householder           noncommissioned officer in charge       The GAC exercise consisted        security, tow bar usage and       diers had not fired live rounds
northern Michigan were designed to       pool. Through the use of items         said.                                of OPFOR for his unit at Camp           of a 15-mile route, repeated      breaching a suspected IED.        from a moving vehicle before.
reflect conditions that Soldiers are     including blank ammunition,               Soldiers learned how to           Grayling. “A rolling target is harder   three times, on the first day        The two-day exercise was          “Obviously, the situations
facing when deployed overseas to         hand grenade simulators,               travel through a simulated vil-      to hit than a stopped target.”          and a live-fire exercise on the   packed full of techniques and     change every day overseas,”
places like Iraq, where the possibil-    smoke canisters, flour bombs           lage using proper tactics, and          The 237th Forward Support Bat-       second.                           situations, and although a few    Householder said. “These Sol-
ity of encountering improvised ex-       and pseudo rocket-propelled            how to identify civilians on the     talion, headquartered in Spring-          The 2-337th Training Sup-       team members commented to         diers are going to be more pre-
plosive devices, also called IEDs, are   grenades (RPGs), OPFOR made            battlefield.                         field, normally would conduct sup-      port Battalion from Selfridge,    one another that it was a lot     pared (for the conditions in
a constant concern while conduct-        the training even more realistic          Middle Eastern music, de-         ply convoys, but sometimes when         Mich., which helps mobilize       to juggle all at once, the in-    Iraq) than we ever were.”

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                                           AIR MOBILITY COMMAND RODEO                                                                                 wide operations. Rodeo tested the flight and ground skills of air- role. “We have never been more prepared to make Ohio and the
                                                                                                                                                      crews and aeromedical evacuation personnel as well as the related Guard proud,” Cameron said.

                                                                                                                                                      skills of ground support teams like security forces, aerial port opera-     Serving in the military for 36 years, Master Sgt. Martin Frey was
                                                                                                                                                      tions and maintenance. It also provided valuable joint and com- honored by his co-workers by receiving the 121st ARW mainte-
                                                                                                                                                      bined training for all participants.                                      nance Knuckle Buster award for his all-around great performance
                                                                                                                                                         A team made up of two security forces members of the 121st Air and teamwork.
                                                                                                                                                      Refueling Wing placed second at the Rodeo. Tech. Sgt. Jamie Burr            The youngest member of the team, Senior Airman Colin Gallagan,

                                                                                                                                                      and Staff Sgt. Troy Taylor out-performed 29 other security forces said, “I didn’t want to let anyone down due to my lack of experience
                                                                                                                                                      teams from around the                                                                       so I hit the books pretty hard. It was a great learn-
                                                                                                                                                      world and were the only                                                                     ing experience for me and all of my fellow team
                                                                                                                                                      representatives of the Air                                                                  members and I look forward to going back as a
                                                                                                                                                      National Guard unit to                                                                      ‘veteran.”’
                                                                            121ST AIR REFUELING WING ONLY AIR NATIONAL GUARD UNIT TO                  compete. Burr and Taylor                                                                       Boom Operators Tech. Sgt. Jeff Morgan and Tech.
                                                                                TAKE ON CHALLENGE OF INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION                        competed in the Combat                                                                      Sgt. Kevin Cartwright were responsible for com-
                                                                                                                                                      Endurance, Weapons                                                                          posing the 121st ARW tent for “Tent City.” Thanks
                                                                                                                                                      and Tactics tests.                                                                          to the scarlet and gray flag, and the specially con-
                                                                                                                                                         For months prior to the                                                                  structed bar, the unit was known as “the Guard
                                                                                                                                                      2005 Rodeo, Burr and                                                                        from the Buckeye State.” This tent drew multitudes
                                                                                                                                                      Taylor engaged in an in-                                                                    of Buckeyes from all over the country to visit. Of-
                                                                                                                                                      tense one-on-one com-                                                                       ten, visitors would start singing the Ohio State
                                                                                                                                                      petition. The one who fell                                                                                  University fight song or alma mater
                                                                                                                                                      short at practice did the                                                                                   as a greeting, and everyone else
                                                                                                                                                      push-ups. After all the                                                                                     would join in. The tent was very well
                                                                                                                                                      training, and at least a                                                                                    received and provided a very wel-
                                                                                                                                                      six-year friendship, they                                                                                   coming and memorable Air National
                                                                                                                                                      knew each other well enough to cue off of                                                                   Guard presence at the event.
                                                                                                                                                      each other’s body language. When quick                                                                        “I am really proud of the outstand-
                                                                                                                                                      decision-making and prompt action was                                                                       ing performances of each team mem-
                                                                                                                                                      needed in a scenario which required the                                                                     ber and what we learned,” said Maj.
                                                                                                                                                      duo to secure a C-130 on foreign soil from                                                                  Dave Johnson, team commander.
                                                                                                                                                      civilian protestors, hostile military and a                                                                 “Security did great, bringing home
                                                                                                                                                      sniper, this immediate, nonverbal commu-                                                                    second place. Maintenance worked
     TSgt Jamie Burr (left) secures an intruder on the flightline as SSgt Troy Taylor returns fire on another approaching intruder.                                                                                                                               hard, as always, and showcased
                                                                                                                                                      nication produced ideal
                                                                                                                                                      teamwork and results. “We                                                                                   how much they love what they do.
                                                                                                                                                      (were) ready to push the                                                                                    And, our aircrew got the highest air
     Story by Lt. Col. Kathy Lowrey                                                                   Photos by Staff Sgt. Douglas Nicodemus                                                                                                                      refueling score on one day of the
                                                                                                                                                      envelope and bring home

     121st Air Refueling Wing Public Affairs                                                     121st Air Refueling Wing Multimedia Center                                                                                                                       competition. We came together and
                                                                                                                                                      some trophies,” said Burr,
              19-member team from Columbus’ 121st Air Refueling Wing        The 121st ARW last participated in 1998. The international event has      the security forces team                                         ABOVE, TOP: KC-135 Stratotanker            did our best,” he said.
               was the only Air National Guard unit in the               been on hold since it was last conducted at Pope Air Force Base in           leader.                                                          crewmembers perform hourly                   Gen. John W. Handy, commander
               2005 Air Mobility Command’s Rodeo competition, con-       2000, due to the increasingly important role air mobility professionals                                                                       post inspection on the flightline          of U.S. Transportation Command
                                                                                                                                                         “I am really proud of
                                                                                                                                                                                                                       at McChord Air Force Base, Wash.           and Air Mobility Command, said he
     ducted June 18-25 at McChord Air Force Base in Tacoma, Wash.        have played during the Global War on Terrorism. Rodeo 2005 allowed           them. This result is a great
                                                                                                                                                                                                                       ABOVE: Maj Dave Johnson knocks
       “Just remember what we did there,” said Master Sgt. Jerry         AMC professionals to take a pause from the very real, very demanding         way for our security forces                                                                                 believed it was important to hold Ro-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                       out push-ups during the physical
     Locke, a 121st ARW jet engine technician, as soon as the team       war, and come together in an intense but friendly competition that al-       to showcase their strong                                                                                    deo 2005 to allow competitors to test
                                                                                                                                                                                                                       fitness evaluation portion of the
     landed back home after the intense, fun-filled week. To him and     lowed competitors to honor the “best of the best.”                           ongoing commitment to                                                                                       their abilities against peers, while
                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Rodeo competition. LEFT: TSgt
     the other members of the team, this meant seeing the best in each      Rodeo 2005 boasted more than 900 competitors from seven coun-             Ohio and the U.S. Air                                                                                       sharing knowledge and building
                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Jamie Burr of the 121st Security
     other, forming friendships, gaining corporate knowledge and ex-     tries: Brazil, France, Germany, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, the United King-     Force,” said Brig. Gen. Tom                                                                                 bonds that strengthen joint commit-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Forces Squadron removes a
     periencing the pride they felt as the only Citizen-Airman team at   dom and the United States. It featured more than 40 aircraft from U.S.       Botchie, 121st ARW com-                                                                                     ments for peace and security across
                                                                                                                                                                                                                       simulated casualty dummy from
     Rodeo.                                                              and foreign air forces, ranging from the C-21—which is about the size        mander.                                                          a hostile environment as part of
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  the international landscape.
       “It is our honor to be here and further the tradition of the      of a Lear Jet—to the gigantic C-5 Galaxy. France and Germany flew the           The 121st ARW placed                                          the combat tactics course.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    The 121st ARW, which has 18 air-
     Citizen-Airman and Citizen-Soldier,” said Maj. Dave Johnson,        C-160, a twin-turboprop cargo aircraft. Other foreign nations flew the       third of all the KC-135                                                                                     craft and about 1,400 people, is the
     121st ARW team commander. “We are proud to go shoulder-to-          C-130 Hercules, a four-engine turboprop cargo aircraft. Aircraft the U.S.    teams in attendance. This ranking included air refueling, arrival time, second largest Air National Guard unit in the United States. Located
     shoulder against the ‘best of the best’ in air mobility and show-   Air Force teams flew included the C-17 Globemaster III, C-5 Galaxy, C-       cargo loading, fuel servicing, preflight inspection, daily observa- at Rickenbacker Air National Guard Base, the primary mission of the
     case our strong commitment to the total force and Ohio.”            130 Hercules, KC-10 Extender and the KC-135 Stratotanker (the refuel-        tions and home station check scores. The unit received perfect 121st ARW is to provide aerial refueling to the U.S. Air Force, Navy,
       The AMC Rodeo is the international military competition of air    ing aircraft flown by the 121st ARW), along with smaller aircraft like the   scores for on-time arrival and fuel servicing. On the first day of the and Marine Corps and allied aircraft. The unit’s Airmen perform world-
     mobility professionals that tests security forces teams in three    C-21 and the T-1.                                                            competition, the 121st ARW received the highest air refueling score. wide refueling and transport missions on a daily basis during times
     categories: combat arms, security tactics and an obstacle course.      Nine other countries participated as observers. In 2000, there were       The aircrew, headed by aircraft commander Maj. Chris Fuller and co- of peace as well as during times of international conflict.
     Air Force active-duty and reserve components, as well as inter-     2,500 attendees, more than twice the participants of this year. The de-      pilot 1st Lt. Nick Hupp, ranked fourth. Of the 11 tankers participat-       About 220 wing personnel have been mobilized in support of
     national security forces teams, compete in the three categories     crease in turnout for 2005 is the result of an increase in operations        ing, the 121st ARW placed fifth.                                          Operation Iraqi Freedom, during which time they have performed 27
     while providing an opportunity to share the best practices and      tempo and funding restrictions.                                                 The 10-member maintenance team, led by Master Sgt. Kevin percent of all the refueling missions, flown more than 3,788 hours
     lessons learned since the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.           The Rodeo showcased airdrop, air refueling, aeromedical evacua-           Cameron, placed sixth. Bringing 160 years of combined military main- and 797 sorties.
       Rodeo’s roots began in 1962 as a combat skills competition        tion, security forces procedures, short-field landings, related ground       tenance experience gained from worldwide deployments, this im-              In 2004, the 121st ARW was recognized as the best ANG wing in
     designed to develop and improve how air mobility forces oper-       operations and for the first time—physical fitness. The world’s best         pressive team was tireless in their efforts. Cameron, who has spent Ohio, and also received the 2004 ground safety award for Ohio.
     ated and to promote esprit de corps. In 1979, Rodeo expanded to     aerial refuelers and airlifters demonstrated their capabilities, improved    his entire 22-year career on the KC-135 airframe, consistently dem-         “Leading this group of fine citizen-warriors has been the highlight
     include international air mobility partners.                        procedures, compared notes and enhanced standardization for world-           onstrated his wealth of knowledge and expertise in his leadership of my military career,” Johnson said.

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Modern-Day                                                                                                                                                                         antry
                                                                                                                                                                 Ohio’s 1-148th Infantry Soldiers
Minutemen                                                                                                                                                        shine in New Orleans’ muck
Answer Call
By Maj. Nicole Gabriel, AGOH-Public Affairs

M      aj. Rob Fenstermaker got the call as he
       arrived home from work on a Friday, ready
to enjoy the Labor Day weekend.
   A phone call from a sergeant awakened Spc.
Ricky Robinson early that Saturday morning.                                                                                                                      ABOVE: A 1-148th Infantry Battalion Soldier
On Sunday, these two 21st-Century “minute-                                                                                                                       keeps a watchful eye over the activity around
                                                                                                                                 CPT Steve Alvarez / U.S. Army
men” boarded an Ohio Air National Guard C-                                                                                                                       the New Orleans Superdome. RIGHT: LTC
130 aircraft with 340 Soldiers from the 1-134th       White Cypress Lakes, Miss., resident Shirley Lott hugs SGT William Martin of
                                                                                                                                                                 Gordon Ellis (center), 1-148th Infantry
Field Artillery Battalion and headed to the Gulf      Company B, 1-137th Aviation Battalion, when Martin and other aircrew members
                                                                                                                                                                 Battalion commander, met two of his officers
Coast. They joined the Ohio National Guard            delivered supplies to her community after Hurricane Katrina struck.
                                                                                                                                                                 from the Franklin, Ohio Police Department
task force that had been arriving throughout          Robinson said. On Sunday, Robinson met          the 121st proved vital to our success.”                    who were also supporting relief efforts.
the week in Mississippi and Louisiana to sup-         up with the battalion’s advance party of           Those C-130s and KC-135s enabled the artil-                                                                                                                                                  Courtesy photos
port the national relief efforts in the aftermath     about 10 Soldiers who had arrived in            lery battalion to quickly set up operations.               By Maj. Nicole Gabriel, AGOH-Public Affairs                                 said. “There were all types of military helicopters. Crew chiefs ran

of Hurricane Katrina.                                 Poplarville, Miss., the day before.                Robinson spent his first days in Mississippi                                                                                        out the doors saying, ‘Give me 10, 20 50 pax (passengers). We
   In the tradition of National Guard—which              During the days immediately following        at the battalion headquarters monitoring the                   nitially, Lt. Col. Gordon Ellis thought his unit, the 1-148th Infan- were loaded and in the air in about 30 minutes. It was the most
traces its history to the colonial militia or “min-   the hurricane, C-130s from the 179th Airlift    radios. He said he was anxious to go out and                    try Battalion, was headed to Mississippi to assist with Hurri- amazing thing.”
utemen,” who were ready to defend the home-           Wing in Mansfield flew Soldiers and Air-        help at one of the food and supply distribution                 cane Katrina relief efforts. About an hour into the planning             During the 20-minute flight from the air station to the Superdome,
land on a “minute’s” notice—Fenstermaker and          men to the affected states, while other units   sites. “Things are not as bad here as in the               process, however, Ellis was called by Brig. Gen. Jack Lee, com- Ellis viewed the devastation that was New Orleans. Below him a
Robinson, were among the 1,600 Ohio National          made three-day convoys in humvees and           other areas, so in some ways, I feel like I am not         mander of the 73rd Troop Command and Joint Task Force Buckeye.              building burned and as the helicopter descended through the
Guardmembers who quickly and efficiently an-          military trucks down south.                     doing as much as I should,” Robinson said. “I                 “He wanted to know how quickly we could get about 300 Sol- smoke, the Superdome came into view. He saw several thousand
swered the call to support their fellow Ameri-           Ohio’s Air National Guard played a criti-    am glad to be here, though. I wanted to come. I            diers to move by air to New Orleans,” Ellis said. Within 13 hours of people milling around the building, but they did not appear to be
cans in a time of crisis.                             cal role in getting Soldiers, Airmen, sup-      volunteered. I know if I was a citizen down here,          starting the battalion recall, 315 of his Infantrymen were aboard rioting.
   Like their 18th-Century counterparts, these        plies and equipment on the ground so            I would expect the help.”                                  Ohio Air National Guard aircraft heading to the Gulf Coast. As                As the world watched the images of the helpless citizens being
modern-day minutemen dropped what they                quickly, said Maj. Gen. A.J. Feucht, assis-        Less than a month later, Mother Nature let              they boarded the planes, the Soldiers grabbed body armor, shot- rescued from roof tops and heard reports of horrendous crimes
were doing, left behind families, jobs and col-       tant adjutant general for Air. “Obviously,      loose another punch to the Gulf Coast—Hurri-               guns and ammunition—last-minute sup-                                                                      taking places in the Superdome, not
lege to answer the call.                              aircraft can get people and equipment there     cane Rita—and the Ohio National Guard pro-                 plies that would prove critical to the mis-                                                               many knew that the professional Sol-
   Fenstermaker, the battalion operations and         in a matter of hours versus the three days      vided an additional 1,100 Soldiers and Airmen              sion they faced at the New Orleans                                            “It was surreal....         diers of Ohio’s 1-148th were on the
training officer, packed a few last-minute things     it takes to ground convoy. Having our C-        to the relief efforts. The assistance was pro-             Superdome, Ellis said.                                                                                    scene, quietly and efficiently re-es-
Friday night before saying goodbye to his wife        130s from the 179th and our KC-135s from        vided under the Emergency Management As-                      The Soldiers landed that night at Belle            The garbage was up to your knees.                   tablishing order and moving the
and two children on Saturday. He postponed a                                                          sistance Compact (EMAC), a national mutual                                                                        There was every type of bad smell
                                                                                                                                                                 Chase Naval Air Station in Mississippi to                                                                 evacuees out of the building to await
family cookout and put his wife’s “honey-do”                 OHIO’S SUPPORT:                          aid and partnership agreement that allows state-           extremely austere conditions. There was no                                                                transportation out of the city.
list on hold indefinitely. “I reported Saturday              BY THE NUMBERS                           to-state assistance during states of emergen-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                           you can imagine... human waste,
                                                                                                                                                                 power, no sanitation, nothing. “Imagine                                                                      The battalion, which returned from
morning to my unit and started working on the         Soldiers deployed: 2,479                        cies declared by the governor or president.                trying to gather people and equipment with
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    rotten food and dead body              peace support and peace keeping op-
plan to get the battalion down there,” he said.       Airmen deployed: 191                               “The quick response of our Citizen-Soldiers             no lights except the lights from the air-                                  all mixed into one.”           erations in Kosovo less than six
   About the same time, Robinson received a           Meals distributed: 4,481,168                    and Airmen was amazing,” said Maj. Gen. Gre-               craft,” Ellis said.                                                              —Lt. Col. Gordon Ellis   months earlier, was well-prepared for
call from his Army supervisor. “He told me I          Gallons of water distributed: 3,164,042         gory L. Wayt, Ohio adjutant general. “We had                  They spent the first night in a gymna-                        1-148th Infantry Battalion commander     this type of mission, Ellis said. That
had to come in ASAP (as soon as possible),”           Pounds of ice distributed: 4,444,080            more than 350 Soldiers and Airmen on the                   sium at the air station knowing they would                                                                mission could not, however, prepare
Robinson said. A resident of Carlisle, located        Tons of cargo moved by air (OHANG): 352         ground in about 36 hours after the hurricane               be moving to the “Dome” sometime the                                                                      them for the conditions they encoun-
southwest of Dayton, Robinson is a communi-           Distribution points supported: 185              struck. Another 1,000 were on their way within             next day, Sept. 1. “About 7 or 8 a.m., a ma-                                                              tered upon entering the Superdome.
cations specialist for Headquarters Battery, 1-       Citizens evacuated: 8,052                       48 hours and we continued to respond with                  jor at the reception station said: ‘There’s a riot at the Superdome.          “It was surreal,” Ellis said. “The garbage was up to your knees.
134th Field Artillery Battalion, Columbus.            Black Hawk helicopter missions flown: 128       ready units in the days following as the situa-            We need your people there as quick as possible.’” Within a half
   “I called my mom to get her to help take care      Chinook helicopter missions flown: 52           tion unfolded. This is a testament to our readi-           an hour, the 1-148th Soldiers arrived at the airfield.                                                                  —continued on next page
of some personal affairs. I packed up all I could     Baby supplies delivered: 1,300 pounds           ness, as well as to the sense of selfless service             “It was like a scene out of the movie Apocalypse Now,” Ellis
and then headed to my unit in Columbus,”                                                              inherent in our guardmembers.”
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                                                                                                                                                                   Vigilant Guard: an exercise in preparedness
                                                                                                                                                                Story by Sgt. 1st Class Nancy McMillan                              ment entities and build trust during a simulated crisis in order
                                                                                                                                                                196th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment                              to identify shortfalls in current plans and to develop innovative

                                                                                                                                                                       olumbus—These days, the threat of explosive-                    During the first week of the exercise participants received
                                                                                                                                                                       laden zealots detonating themselves in vehicles, build-      simulated streams of Indications and Warning (I&W) intelli-
                                                                                                                                                                       ings and other high-traffic public areas is not unimag-      gence information, as well as a series of state and federal
                                                                                                                                                                inable. Injury and death is one half of the destructive plot;       injects that portrayed a heightened awareness of credible ter-
                                                                                                                                                                lasting fear and uncertainty completes the radical feat. The        rorist threats.
1-148th Infantr y Soldiers Shine
        Infantr                                                                                                                                                 capacity for Ohio National Guard Soldiers and Airmen to                Intelligence sources indicated that working through associ-
                         —continued from previous page                                                                                                          quickly respond to an incident in Ohio is essential. At times       ates in a foreign country, a secular terrorist purchased mate-
                                                                                                                                                                it can mean the difference between life and death.                  rials for making “dirty bombs.” Utilizing sleeper cells within
     There was every type of bad smell you can                                                                                                                     “Ohio is transforming from a strategic to an operational         the United States, the radical’s intent was to transport the
     imagine...human waste, rotten food and dead                                                                                                                force,” said Maj. Gen. Gregory L. Wayt, Ohio adjutant gen-          component and detonate devices in four major cities, killing
     body all mixed into one.” The smell was so                                                                                                                 eral. “One important aspect of transformation is ensuring           200-500 people and contaminating 20,000 more.
     horrible, Soldiers had to wear masks. There                                                                                                                that the readiness level of Ohio National Guard’s Soldiers             As the terrorist’s plans started to unfold, participants con-
     was no electricity or plumbing. The dome roof                                                                                                              and Airmen is at the highest level possible, a must in today’s      tinued to respond to previously received I&W information, as
     was damaged, there was little lighting and the                                                                                                             world where a fast response to a mission means hours, not           well as new injects dispensed during morning Joint Task Force
     temperature hovered around 95 degrees plus                                                                                                                 days,” Wayt added.                                                  Commander’s and shift change briefs.
     humidity. To compound the problem, many of                                                                                                                    With such terror present throughout the world, the na-              Throughout the week, the participants, including represen-
     the evacuees were in dire need of medical care.                                                                                                            tion is taking measures to                                                                               tatives from various Defense
     The battalion’s medical team treated many                                                                                                                  become better prepared                                                                                   Department, federal and
     medical emergencies from heart attacks to in-                                                                                                              for the ongoing violence                                                                                 state organizations such as
     sulin shock.                                                                                                                              Courtesy photo   that jeopardizes freedom                                                                                 U.S. Northern Command, the
        Despite the adversity, the Soldiers restored            While visiting Ohio National Guardmembers supporting Hurricane Katrina                          and peace. One such                                                                                      Department of Homeland Se-
     order quickly. Ellis said a few people who were            recovery efforts near Kiln, Miss., Ohio Gov. Bob Taft (second from left), along                 measure in Ohio included                                                                                 curity, Joint Terrorism Task
     intoxicated caused some disruptions and they               with BG Jack E. Lee, Task Force Buckeye commander, and MG Gregory L.                            the hosting of a multi-                                                                                  Forces and Emergency Man-
     seized multiple weapons, but the Soldiers were             Wayt, Ohio adjutant general, talks with a Salvation Army relief worker.                         state series of training ex-                                                                             agement Agency, discussed
     well-received and treated with respect. Ellis,                                                                                                             ercises designed to en-                                                                                  operational challenges, is-
     who serves as the City of Franklin’s police
     chief, attributes his unit’s success to having             Governor visits Ohio troops, helps                                                              hance readiness in per-
                                                                                                                                                                forming state roles and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         sues and proposed actions
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         associated with each new
     the right equipment to do the job, namely
     body armor and shotguns. “When you show                    distribute supplies to evacuees                                                                 responsibilities associated
                                                                                                                                                                with Homeland Defense
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         development. “This is a great
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         training event and the first
     up with the demonstrative ability to use force,
     you don’t often have to use it. We had the
     ability to use force, but we never had to use it
                                                                G    overnor Bob Taft traveled Sept. 13
                                                                     to Southern Mississippi to tour the
                                                                devastation caused by Hurricane Katrina
                                                                                                              lice Company, (Middletown); and Airmen
                                                                                                              from the 269th Combat Communications
                                                                                                              Squadron, Springfield.
                                                                                                                                                                and Defense Support to
                                                                                                                                                                Civil Authorities. “Vigilant
                                                                                                                                                                Guard, ” a three-day, single-site, multi-state training exer-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         of its kind,” Wayt said. “Cri-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         ses of this magnitude bring
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    together many organizations who do not meet on a regular
     because (the Soldiers) were perceived as pro-              and visit Ohio troops assisting with re-         On Aug. 31, Taft authorized 1,500 Ohio         cise involving a period of heightened alert, was followed by        basis. The scenarios that were presented helped better pre-
     fessional and nobody challenged that.”                     covery efforts near Kiln, Miss.               National Guard Soldiers and Airmen to as-         a mock Chemical Biological Radiological Nuclear Explosive           pare us to perform our jobs in a real-life mission.”
        Besides securing and clearing the                         Taft visited with several Ohio National     sist in the rescue and recovery efforts for       (CBRNE) attack on a major city in the Great Lakes region               The exercise ended with the participants, through strategic
     Superdome, the group that went to New Or-                  Guardmembers supporting Joint Task            the Hurricane Katrina victims. Within 36          which included participants from Indiana, Illinois, Michigan,       and operational analysis and quick reaction, thwarting much
     leans received many “short-fuse” missions                  Force Buckeye.                                hours of the call-up, 320 Ohio National           Minnesota and Wisconsin.                                            of the terrorist’s plan, saving hundreds from immediate death
     around the city, such as rescuing people who                  “I am proud that our Ohio National         Guard Soldiers were in New Orleans.                  Conducted in August and sponsored by the National Guard          and preventing consequential suffering and destruction for years
     were under small arms fire from looters as well            Guard (provided) much-needed support             Maj. Gen. Gregory L. Wayt, Ohio adju-          Bureau, in cooperation with state adjutants general, “Vigi-         to come.
     as conducting neighborhood patrols, going                  for the families and communities that are     tant general, thanked Taft for spending           lant Guard” provided National Guard personnel an opportu-               “It was a very productive exercise,” Wayt said. “Our No. 1
     from house to house, often in boats because                trying to recover from the devastation        time with the Soldiers and Airmen.                nity to explore cooperative relationships with other govern-        priority is the security and defense of our homeland.”
     of the flood waters, searching for the living              caused by Hurricane Katrina,” Taft said.          “When the (state) commander-in-chief
     and the dead.                                                 Joint Task Force Buckeye was respon-       arrives in theater, it shows the men and
        The Soldiers themselves endured miserable               sible for security operations in parts of     women he commands that he is proud of
     conditions, yet put aside their own well-being
     to help their fellow Americans. When they
                                                                Mississippi and Louisiana and provided
                                                                support to local law enforcement. The
                                                                                                              them, and that he appreciates their effort
                                                                                                              and their sacrifice. That means a great deal
                                                                                                                                                                  Timing of homeland defense exercise proves to be uncanny
     completed their mission, 22 days later, the
     Soldiers had evacuated 8,000 people from the
     Superdome, conducted 363 patrols and res-
                                                                units also were involved in missions in-
                                                                cluding search and rescue, evacuation
                                                                and delivering supplies to the local popu-
                                                                                                              to a Soldier or an Airman,” Wayt said.
                                                                                                                 Joint Task Force Buckeye drew person-
                                                                                                              nel from many units of the Ohio National
                                                                                                                                                                  S   hortly after the “Vigilant Guard” ex-
                                                                                                                                                                      ercise in August, about 2,700 Ohio Na-
                                                                                                                                                                  tional Guard Soldiers and Airmen deployed
                                                                                                                                                                                                                dent. The agreement provides a respon-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                sive and straightforward system for the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                National Guard in unaffected states to
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              so quickly, Operation Vigilant Guard was
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              the best preparation for the Guard’s
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              support mission in response to Hurricane
     cued 52 people from their homes.                           lations.                                      Guard, both Air and Army, utilizing people          to assist in the Hurricane Katrina and Rita   send personnel and equipment to help          Katrina a mere two weeks later, and to
        “Always etched in my mind will be the will-                The governor thanked Ohio troops aid-      from all over Ohio to aid in Hurricane re-          rescue and recovery efforts.                  disaster-relief efforts in affected states.   Hurricane Rita, three weeks after that.
     ingness of these Soldiers to do whatever was               ing in the Hurricane Katrina relief efforts   covery efforts.                                       The assistance was provided under the       Soldiers and Airmen from Ohio provided          “You saw the results (of the exercise)
     asked without reservation,” Ellis said. They               and helped the troops distribute supplies        However, more than 80 percent of the             Emergency Management Assistance Com-          security assistance and general support       with Katrina and Rita,” Wayt said. “(The
     climbed through garbage and put themselves                 to evacuees outside Kiln, Miss. Taft vis-     Ohio National Guard’s assets remained in            pact (EMAC), a national mutual aid and        in Mississippi and Louisiana.                 response to the hurricanes) was the Na-
     at risk to pull people out of flooded homes.               ited Soldiers from the 73rd Troop Com-        Ohio, ready for missions closer to home,            partnership agreement that allows state-         Although there was no way of know-         tional Guard’s finest hour. The entire
     “No doubt, the best of America resides in those            mand, Columbus; 371st Corps Support           if the need arose.     GOVERNOR’S COM-              to-state assistance during states of emer-    ing that the lessons learned from the         Ohio National Guard was ready to re-
     young Soldiers.”                                           Group, Kettering; and 324th Military Po-      MUNICATIONS OFFICE                                  gencies declared by the governor or presi-    Joint Staff exercise would be employed        spond.” AGOH-PUBLIC AFFAIRS

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                             RANGE ROVERS
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      An Ohio Air National Guard C-130
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      cargo airplane from Mansfield’s
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      179th Airlift Wing flies over
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      downtown Columbus to kick off
                    Annual weapons qualifications help Soldiers                                                                                                                                                                                       the 2005 Columbus Marathon.
                    maintain one of the most vital warrior skills
     Story and photos by Spc. Brian Johnson                                                           Company A, 216th Engineer Battalion

                                                                                                                                                    ABOVE: COL Debbie Ashenhurst (No. 6186) finishes her two-
                                                                                                                                                    person team’s relay at the Columbus Marathon Oct. 16.
                                                                                                                                                    Ashenhurst teamed up with SSG Joshua McKee after the
                                                                                                                                                    two served together in Mississippi during hurricane relief
                                                                                                                                                    efforts. BELOW: Soldiers of the Ohio Army National Guard’s
                                                                                                                                                    237th Personnel Services Battalion, Columbus, pose for a
                                                                                                                                                    photo Oct. 15 after a 5-kilometer race that was conducted at
                                                                                                                                                    Camp Doha, Kuwait, in support of the Columbus Marathon.
                                                                                         LEFT: From the range control tower at Camp
                                                                                         Sherman, SSG Richard Wright gives instructions
                                                                                         to troops on the firing line. ABOVE: A Soldier
                                                                                         takes aim at a target with his M-16 rifle while
                                                                                         firing from the “prone, unsupported” position.

                    embers of Company A, 216th Engineer Battalion, per- Washington Court House. Added Sgt. Patrick Wolfe: “This
                    formed their annual individual weapons qualification in was an adrenaline rush. It was good hands-on training. This
                    August at Camp Sherman, an Ohio National Guard train- was one of the reasons why I joined the Ohio Army National
     ing site just outside of Chillicothe.                                     Guard.”
        The unit, headquartered in                                                                      Spc. David Whaley, also a resident
     Chillicothe, has more than 100                                                                  of Washington Court House, had a
     members who perform various                                                                     slightly more humorous observation. He
     engineering jobs including car-                                                                 was a gunner on a humvee through most
     pentry, plumbing and electrical                                                                 of the 216th’s deployment in support of
                                                                                                     Operation Iraqi Freedom. “I miss my 50-
     work. The unit also has Soldiers
     who operate heavy equipment in-                                                                 cal(iber machine gun). This really is a        From Start to Finish: ONG helps make Columbus Marathon a success
     cluding bulldozers, backhoes,                                                                   change for me.”                                Story and photos by Sgt. Kimberly Snow            About 200 additional Air and Army Na-       ter with activities ranging from rock climb-

     rollers and semi trucks.                                                                           The 216th was mobilized for service         196th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment         tional Guardmembers volunteered time and       ing to a recruiting display with the National
        But on this particular weekend,                                                              in December 2003, and after train-up at                               C-130 airplane roared   expertise Oct. 14-16 to help support their     Guard’s NASCAR show car, the No. 16 racer
     everyone, regardless of their job                                                               a stateside location, Soldiers of the bat-                            over building tops      community and to celebrate the Guard’s         driven by Greg Biffle.
     skill, had the requirement to try                                                               talion spent 11 months serving in the                                Oct. 16 in downtown      partnership with the Columbus Marathon.           Members of the Guard also provided
     and qualify their assigned small                                                                area around Tikrit, Iraq, hometown of                                  Columbus as about      Ohio Adjutant General Maj. Gen. Gregory        support to the Red Nose Run at the Franklin
     arms weapons. This requirement                                                                  former Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein. The        5,000 runners prepared to race 26.2 miles      L. Wayt coordinated Guard support with         Park, which focused on youth fitness and
     enables Soldiers to maintain fa- Two Soldiers from Company A, 216th Engineer unit returned last February.                                      in the 26th annual Columbus Marathon.          marathon officials and sounded the air horn    offered a wide variety of activities for kids
     miliarity with their weapons, Battalion “zero” their weapons under the watchful                    “Weapons qualification is a basic skill       The fly-over, courtesy of the Mansfield-     beginning the race. Wayt credited State        of all ages. At the Expo Center the Ohio
     should they ever be called upon eye of a range safety noncomissioned officer.                   that each Soldier is required to perform       based 179th Airlift Wing, helped to bring      Command Sgt. Maj. Bill Gilliam and State       National Guard’s Counterdrug Task Force
     to use them.                                                                                    at a moment’s notice,” Westfall said. “By      an element of celebration and excitement       Command Chief Master Sgt. Chris Muncy          set up a rock wall for climbers of all ages
        Weapons qualification consists of a Soldier trying to hit at least 40 running a qualification range, we ensure that each Soldier is         to the event said Mike Collins, the            with organizing all aspects of the Guard’s     and ability levels.
     targets at a specified distance with 40 rounds of ammunition within a familiar with his weapon and can perform the job if required.”           marathon’s executive director.                 involvement, which began with a meeting           On Saturday, there was also a “dual mara-
     limited amount of time. The minimum required score for an M-16 rifle                                                                             “I was warming up for the race when the      with Marathon Board President Cynthia          thon” in Kuwait, with about 60 runners from
     on a range with stationary targets is 26 hits out of 40 shots. As easy as
     this may sound, the targets are of varying distances from 50 meters to
                                                                                This was done by a UPAR!                                            C-130 flew over,” said 1st Lt. Buddy           Lazarus months before the event.               the 237th Personnel Services Battalion run-
                                                                                  Ohio Army and Air National Guard Unit Public Affairs Repre-       Longhenry from A Battery, 1st Battalion,          In addition to the fly-over, the Ohio Na-   ning a 5-kilometer race in an attempt to bring
     300 meters. Soldiers also have to qualify wearing their protective mask                                                                        134th Field Artillery. “There were a bunch     tional Guard provided both pace and sweep      a piece of home to the desert. The Colum-
                                                                                sentatives, or UPARs, are a critical element in telling the great
     and at night.                                                              Ohio National Guard story.                                          of guys near me who didn’t know about          vehicles, staffed two water points and pro-    bus-based unit ran the mini-marathon wear-
        “The Soldiers of the unit ran a very efficient and effective range,”      UPARs are encouraged to submit articles and photos meant          the fly-over and they looked up and said,      vided an honor guard to open ceremonies        ing official Columbus Marathon race shirts,
     said Capt. Donald Westfall, Company A commander. “I feel very com-         to inform, educate or entertain our readers, including stories      ‘Oh man! I used to jump out of those!’”        on race day. The 122nd Army National           which were donated by the marathon’s ex-
     fortable with the results of this range and the Soldiers who qualified     about interesting Guard personalities and unique unit train-          Longhenry was one of about 50 Ohio           Guard Band also performed in front of the      ecutive council.
     today. This is just another example of why we are the best (company)       ing. Submissions also may be utilized on the Ohio National          Air and Army National Guardmembers who         Ohio Statehouse.                                  “This is a great event to show that we’re
     in the battalion.”                                                         Guard website,                           took advantage of a registration fee waiver       The three-day calendar of events, culmi-    in shape and that we care about our com-
        Soldiers held varied views about the weapons qualification. “I re-         For information on article and photo specifications, or to
                                                                                                                                                    offered to guardmembers by the                 nating in Sunday’s 26-mile race, began on      mitment to the community,” Wayt said. “It’s
     ally look at the weapons qualification differently now since I have        submit completed stories and photos, you can send an e-mail
                                                                                to .
                                                                                                                                                    marathon’s board of trustees.                  Oct. 14 at the Columbus Convention Cen-        a fantastic partnership.”
     returned from Iraq,” said Spc. Christopher Wysong, a resident of
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     Ohio Army National Guard aviators assist with border security
     Story and photo by Dan Simon                       Some 30 barriers were placed by Ohio the flyers Digiacomo said.
     Fort Huachuca Public Affairs                    Army National Guard Chinook helicopters           “We have to have a lot of pilots,” he

             embers of the Ohio National Guard and crews. The twin-rotored aircraft are explained. “About two hours of such an
             helped plug another gap in America’s each capable of hauling between 18,000 to intensive flight is about all they can take
             border with Mexico this summer as 26,000 pounds of a cargo from as many as before we need to rest them.”
     their CH-47 Chinook helicopters positioned three hooks located on the helicopter’s un-            The project came about when Digiacomo
     vehicle barricades in the Coronado National derbelly.                                          received a phone call from Joint Task Force
     Memorial in Arizona.                               The aircraft used two of their three hooks North, a Defense Department agency that
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     LEFT: Visitors to the OSU Airport Open House get up-
       The effort—part of a joint project between for the 1,600- to 2,200-pound barricades. acts as a facilitator for homeland security
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     close to the Ohio National Guard’s UH-1 Huey helicopter
     the Ohio Army National Guard’s Company Besides creating a more stable load, it made and drug interdiction support efforts. The
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     (foreground) and the C-130 Hercules cargo aircraft.
     G, 137th Aviation Battalion, National Park Ser- it easier for the pilots to land the barriers organization doesn’t have any forces of                                                                                           ABOVE: SFC John Beltran (left) of Company B, 2-19th
     vice, Joint Task Force North, National Guard with the pinpoint precision required.             its own, but specializes in finding military                                                                                     Special Forces Group, answers questions about the
     Bureau, Bureau of Land Management and              It’s a tricky load for us,” said Maj. An- units interested in participating in home-                                                                                         Green Berets and the equipment they use.
     U.S. Border Patrol—showed what can hap- thony Digiacomo, the company com- land security support missions.
     pen when government agencies work to- mander. “The pilots have to place these                     The task force makes things happen by
     gether on a mutually beneficial mission.        loads down on the ground using 40-foot footing the bill for all mission related costs,                                      Army,
                                                                                                                                                    Airport open house showcases Army, Air Guard capabilities
        For the Soldiers, the project represented a slings, plus or minus 6 or 8 inches. It takes except for the costs of materials needed for      Story by Maj. Ed Mikula                                                                                       on the infield grass.
                                                                                                                                                                                              rade in a combat operation.      178th Fighter Wing located in
     real-world training opportunity to prepare for a tremendous amount of coordination and the project. These are provided by the re-              Joint Force Headquarters-Ohio                                                                                   Once the jump team was safe
                                                                                                                                                                                              Once the Special Forces Sol-     Springfield—performed two

     the kind of conditions                                                                                             questing government                                                                                                                       on the ground and accounted
                                                                                                                                                              amp Grayling, Mich.,            diers established themselves     fly-by exhibitions, showing the
     and challenges they                                                                                                entity.                                                                                                                                   for, Herc-93 and its crew con-
                                                                                                                                                              wasn’t the only training        on the ground and quickly sta-   crowd maneuvers such as
     might face in Iraq or                                                                                                 Company G members                                                                                                                      ducted various fly-bys and
                                                                                                                                                              site for high-speed joint       bilized the wounded Soldier,     steep banks and vertical climbs.
     Afghanistan. For the                                                                                               were eager to take on the                                                                                                                 demonstrated a combat landing
                                                                                                                                                    military operations this past July.       they “popped” smoke—set             The final joint National
     National Park Service it                                                                                           project because it rep-                                                                                                                   and takeoff.
                                                                                                                                                       Members of various Ohio Army           off smoke grenades for con-      Guard operation was an air-
     means fewer places                                                                                                 resented a strong train-                                                                                                                    Other activities and displays
                                                                                                                                                    and Air National Guard units de-          cealment from enemy view-        borne demonstration by the
     where motor vehicles                                                                                               ing opportunity.                                                                                                                          included the Recruiting
                                                                                                                                                    scended upon the Ohio State Uni-          ing—and the UH-60 Black          Ohio Army National Guard’s
     can penetrate the U.S.                                                                                                “This is an air move-                                                                                                                  Command’s rock climbing wall,
                                                                                                                                                    versity Airport in northwest Colum-       Hawk helicopter immediately      Special Forces unit. Once the
     border within the memo-                                                                                            ment operation,” Digia-                                                                                                                   a weaponry display by the Spe-
                                                                                                                                                    bus in support of their biennial open     returned to the landing zone,    C-130 took off and after a brief
     rial grounds.                                                                                                      como said. “That’s one                                                                                                                    cial Forces, and booths with in-
                                                                                                                                                    house last July.                          also known as the “LZ,” for      climb to altitude, the Herc-93
        “We were getting                                                                                                of our mission essential                                                                                                                  formation on how citizens
                                                                                                                                                       The Airport Open House proved          quick extraction.                approached the airport. Just
     people who were com-                                                                                               tasks. Refueling is an-                                                                                                                   could join the Ohio Army and
                                                                                                                                                    to be a great venue for Soldiers and        About an hour later, two F-    before it crossed the airport’s
     ing across the open                                                                                                other one of our mis-                                                                                                                     Air National Guard.
                                                                                                                                                    Airmen to interact with the public        16 jet fighters came screaming   infield, the plane’s crew opened
     lands of Mexico,” said                                                                                             sion essential tasks.
                                                                                                                                                    while demonstrating their skills and      out of the western skies for a   its back door ramp, and the
     Kym A. Hall, Coronado                                                                                              What this allows us to                                                                                                                    EDITOR’S NOTE: Photos by
                                                                                                                                                    displaying their unique equipment.        high-speed pass over one of      Special Forces Soldiers para-
     National Memorial su-                                                                                              do is try all our mission                                                                                                                 Maj. Ed Mikula, Jo McCulty
                                                                                                                                                    While there were more than 40 air-        the airport’s runways. The two   chuted en masse out of the
     perintendent. “Be-                                                                                                 essential tasks along                                                                                                                     and Bob Mullins
                                                                                                                                                    craft on display, the most popular        “Fighting Falcons ”—from the     back of the aircraft and landed
     cause of the way the                                                                                               with mobilizing and de-
     topography was in that                                                                                             ployment which is our       exhibit on display seemed to be the
     particular part of the SGT Joseph Russo gives an approaching helicopter a “go” signal.                             third. They are perfectly   Ohio Air National Guard’s “Herc-93,”
     park, it was a pretty                                                                                              dovetailed.                 a C-130 from the 179th Airlift Wing
     open shot.”                                     therein lies the difficulty in the way the        “This mission is a perfect match to what     located in Mansfield.
        The memorial shares a three-and-a-half barriers are set up.”                                we need to do in the real world in a wartime       The Open House began with the
     mile border with Mexico and much of the            The rugged landscape made it impracti- environment.”                                        Don Scott Trot—a 5-kilometer race
     approach from America’s southern neighbor cal to use heavy equipment to position the              Preparations for the mission began more      on the airport’s runway. The OSU
     is across hot, flat desert. Once near the me- barricades Digiacomo said, making airborne than six months in advance of the unit’s              Airport closed the runways so 394
     morial, though, the terrain becomes challeng- delivery the only option. This put a strain July mission in Arizona.                             race participants could participate in
     ing. Near the park edge the ground lifts and on his pilots, but also provided an exquis-          “Every month, from January (2005) on,        a charitable run-walk in support of
     is marked by small ridges and washes. Still, ite test of their training and preparation.       we would do sling loading,” said Staff Sgt.     Angel Flight-Mid Atlantic.
     an aggressive driver in a sport utility vehicle    “It (the barrier) has to be positioned pre- Jonathan South. “We would do it at the             Once the 5-kilometer run-walk
     could often find a way over the ridges and cisely,” he said. “The reason we’re out here (Akron-Canton Airport) where we’re from.               concluded and the runways opened,
     through the washes.                             is because ground people can’t access this We would get the pallets and practice mov-          the aerial demonstrations began
        The solution to the problem has been to area because of the terrain and how rough ing them like we’re doing here.”                          with the 1-137th Aviation Battalion
     place several types of barricades in strate- it is. It’s too dangerous for ground crews           Hall said the project was a success for      and B Company, 2-19th Special
     gic locations to bar access to the park by to try to jockey the barrier as it comes both the Guard and the park service.                       Forces Group, both headquartered
     vehicles. These barricades ranged from ver- down. The aircraft has to place it in a pre-          “It meets their need to have specialized     at Rickenbacker Airport, Columbus.
     tical posts, to post and horizontal bar com- cise manner. That’s where it takes a lot of training, it meets our need to have a project         The 137th transported a squad of
     binations, to the “D-Day” style Normandy skill.”                                               completed,” she said. “It’s a win-win. We       Green Berets into the airport’s infield
     beach “X-bar” obstacles that the Ohio Guard        The work is so demanding that only mod- get what we need, they get what they need.          to simulate a quick insertion rescue      As a crowd looks on at the OSU Airport, a C-130 Hercules aircraft makes a pass in preparation
     unit placed in the current operation.           est stints in the aircraft were possible for It’s just a very positive story all around.”      mission to recover a wounded com-         for a parachute drop by Ohio Army National Guard Special Forces Soldiers.

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                                                                                        a closer look at your associations
     Guard chief addresses
     EANGUS Conference
        ORLANDO, Fla.—“A relevant, reliable, ready and accessible
     National Guard.” It is the mantra that the chief of the National
     Guard Bureau, Lt. Gen. H Steven Blum, has taken on the road
     with him everywhere he goes.
        On Aug. 21 Blum brought his message to the Rosen Centre
     Hotel, location of the Enlisted Association of the National Guard
     of the United States’ (EANGUS) 2005 National Conference.
        Prior to Blum taking the podium, conference attendees were
     shown a short video in which Blum outlined his vision of the
     future for the National Guard. Key in the presentation was the
     tenet that the Guard must change and adapt to face the chal-                     LTG H Steven Blum, chief, National Guard Bureau (right) presents
     lenges posed by the Global War on Terrorism.                                     SMSgt Shelly Brunn of the 180th Fighter Wing with a Chief’s
        “We must transform. We don’t have the advantage of time our                   Coin during the 2005 National EANGUS Conference.
     oceans once afforded us,” Blum said during the video presenta-
     tion. “We are defending our homeland today in scheduled away                     diers and Airmen, a voice on issues before Congress.”
     games, to use a sports analogy, both in Afghanistan and Iraq.”                     Blum responded to concerns on veterans benefits and retirement
        Images of Citizen-Soldiers engaged in foreign lands filled the                age; how was the National Guard going to get funding to replace
     screen; slowly, the screen faded to emotional images of the                      equipment left in theaters of war and future funding for professional
     Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on the United States.                          development conferences such as EANGUS? By far, the most pas-
        “But we also know that we can be subject to unscheduled                       sionate discussion centered on the issue of Base Realignment and
     home games like 9-11,” Blum said. “America expects us to be                      Closure Commission (BRAC). Taking considerable fire from mem-
     ready when this happens, and we will deliver.”                                   bers of the conference, Blum reiterated that as a Title 10 officer, there
        Shifting from transformation of the Guard to the importance of                was only so much he could say but he did note, “As a citizen and a
     professional organizations such as EANGUS, Blum noted that                       taxpayer, I think the BRAC Commission is a good idea…but the pro-
     his position as an officer on U.S. Code Title 10 status (federal                 cess is far from perfect. We are working very close with the adjutants
     control by the president) gave him “a left and a right boundary.                 general of the states affected to do all that we can.”
        “In my position, there are certain things that I’m allowed and                  Bringing the question-and-answer session to a close, Blum left
     not allowed to say and do,” Blum said. “That’s why organiza-                     conference-goers with a final thought—“The National Guard will pro-
     tions such as EANGUS are so important. They give you, Sol-                       tect our country, the associations will protect the National Guard.”

                                         Stories and photos by SPC Benjamin Cossel                     196th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment

     Enlisted association                                                                Brunn noted that
                                                                                       several challenges
                                                                                                               some of this stuff right now, but I need to, and
                                                                                                               we need groups like this to give us a voice.”
     looks toward future                                                               exist in getting the       Henkaline and 11 other junior Ohio National
                                                                                                               Guardmembers attended the conference on
                                                                                       EANGUS message
         ORLANDO, Fla.—Among the many pre-                                             out to younger Sol-     active-duty orders. Command Sgt. Maj. Randy
     sentations during the 2005 National Con-                                          diers and Airmen,       Kintz, ONGEA president, explained it is just one
     ference of the Enlisted Association of the                                        rom lack of infor-      of the ways the ONGEA is reaching out to its
     National Guard of the United States                                               mation about the        younger constituents.
     (EANGUS), one issue was prominent                                                 organization to the        “This is the first year we’ve been able to bring
     above all else—how to increase the                                                mindset of a young-     people to the national conference on orders,”
     organization’s membership.                                                        er corps of individu-   Kintz said. “We were able to bring one Soldier
         For Tech. Sgt. Steve Brunn, vice presi-                                       als who have yet to     for every thousand (members of the Ohio Na-
     dent-Air of the Ohio National Guard En-                    think about retirement and health care         tional Guard), and we hope to increase that to
     listed Association (ONGEA), the issue is                   benefits. All are issues which Brunn and       two for every thousand next year.”
     more finite than simply increasing over-                   other leaders of the Ohio National Guard          Kintz said it is his hope that once these young
     all numbers.                                               Enlisted Association have noted.               Soldiers and Airmen have returned from the
         “Your senior personnel—sergeants                          Spc. Adam Henkaline, 22, of Columbus,       conference, they will return to their units and
     major, chief master sergeants—they get                     a member of Headquarters and Head-             spread the word of EANGUS and ONGEA.
     it,” Brunn said. “They get that we need a                  quarters Company, 1-148th Infantry Bat-
     professional lobbying organization like
     EANGUS on Capitol Hill speaking for the
                                                                talion, gives voice to many of the chal-
                                                                lenges leaders like Brunn identified.
                                                                                                                2006 State Conference dates set
     issues near and dear to the hearts of Na-                                                                  The annual Ohio National Guard Enlisted
                                                                   “Prior to coming to this conference, I
                                                                                                                Association Conference will be conducted
     tional Guardsmen. We need to focus our                     had no idea what EANGUS was,”                   May 19-21 in Columbus. For information,
     recruiting efforts on junior Soldiers and                  Henkaline said. “And let me tell you, I’m       call the association at (800) 642-6642.
     Airmen, and get them on board.”                            impressed. I mean, I’m not thinking about

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                                                                  Army R&R praises top                      listments each); Honor Battalion, 1-148th In-        ered: combat lifesaver, combat convoy,
                                                                                                            fantry (nine enlistments); Third Quarter-            close precision engagement course, M-4
                                                                  performers in 2005                        FY05, Honor Company, 838th Military Po-              rifle qualification and sniper weapons sys-
                                                                              The Recruiting and Retention  lice Company (five enlistments), Honor Bat-          tem modernization.
                                                                            Battalion recently recognized   talion, 437th Military Police Battalion (eight          Wagner expects the combat lifesaver
                                                                            those who made an impact on the enlistments); and Fourth Quarter-FY05,               program to be a real asset to security
                                                                            force’s success during Federal Fis-
                                                                                                            Honor Company, 838th Military Police Com-            forces with future deployments. “When
                                                                            cal Year 2005. At the command’s pany (nine enlistments), Honor Battalion,            we go on deployments, we don’t have a
                                                                            annual Dining Out, Nov. 5 at the437th Military Police Battalion (nine enlist-        medical person assigned, and that leaves
                                                                            Westin Great Southern Hotel in Co-
                                                                                                            ments).                                              us vulnerable,” he said. “The training is a
                                                                            lumbus, many individuals and       Top honors for FY05 went to the follow-           step above the self-aid buddy care we re-
                                                                            units were recognized:          ing: Honor Company of the Year, 838th Mili-          ceive at the 180th. We learned how to take
                                                                               Chief’s 54 Award, Sgt. 1st Class
                                                                                                            tary Police Company (20 enlistments); and            care of gun shot wounds, clear obstructed
                                                                            Vincent J. Coleman; Chief’s 54  Honor Battalion of the Year, 437th Military          airways and insert IV units for members.”
                                                                            Award Runner Up, Sgt. 1st Class Police Battalion (26 enlistments).                      Other training included classes on the                                                                           Courtesy of The News Democrat

                                                                            Jacob C. Kandel; R&R Command       For information on the FY06 “You Can              various weapons and tactical devices            Ohio Army National Guard leaders and Washington Township trustees unveil a
                           MSgt Brian Schaefer / 121st Air Refueling Wing
                                                                            Sergeant Major’s Award, Sgt. 1stChallenge” program and incentives, go to             such as the M-4 tactical rifle, M-68 sniper     sign at an Oct. 8 ceremony to mark renaming a 16-mile span of state Route 756
     Ohio Air National Guard Airman Leadership Class David J. Rohrbaugh; Re-                       and            rifle, 50-caliber machine gun and night vi-     to the “Ohio National Guard 216th Engineering Battalion Memorial Highway.”
     School students and guests built a Habitat for gional Production Awards, Kandel                        click on the “statistics” link. You must enter       sion equipment, as well as classes on ba-
     Humanity home last July in Columbus, as part and Sgt. Sonny L. Hernandez; Top
     of their class project in conjunction with the R&R Area Team Award, Team Can-
                                                                                                            your Army Knowledge Online (AKO) login               sic rifle marksmanship and range determi-       Officials rename highway to                      serving our nation and their state today.
                                                                                                            and password when prompted. DIANE FAR-               nation. 180TH FIGHTER WING PUBLIC                                                                There is no finer example of that service
     nationwide Make A Difference Day.                                      ton; Rookie of the Year Award,                                                       AFFAIRS
                                                                                                                                                                                                                 recognize Guard engineers                        than the 216th Engineer Battalion. They’ve
                                                                                                                ROW / RECRUITING COMMAND
                                                                    Kandel; R&R Production Sergeant                                                                                                                 Since the war in Iraq began nearly three      always been here in times of need, high
     Class ‘makes a difference’ in                                  Major’s Award, Team Rohrbaugh;                                                               Car wash benefits Soldier                       years ago, communities all over the United       water, deep snow and when the nation
     local Columbus community                                       High School Recruiting Excellence                                                            wounded serving in Iraq                         States have found different ways to honor        called for service in Iraq. They’ve been a
        Ohio Air National Guardmembers “made a Award, Staff Sgt. James D. Florance;                                                                                 An Ohio National Guard Soldier injured       U.S. troops who served in the fight against      part of your community and today you
     difference” by helping to build a home for Minority Recruiting Award, Staff Sgt.                                                                            in Iraq received some unexpected help           terrorism.                                       honor them with this recognition.” WADE
     an underprivileged family last July.                           John A. Patterson; Superior Perfor-                                                          from the Toledo-area community—in the              Some communities held “welcome home”          LINVILLE / THE NEWS DEMOCRAT
        The 121st Air Refueling Wing’s first Air- mance Non-Prior Service Recruiting                                                                             form of a car wash, so he could return          parties, while others threw parades to honor
     man Leadership Class located at Ricken- Award, Coleman and Staff Sgt. Rob-                                                                                                                                  the return of troops who were stationed in
                                                                                                                                                                 home to be with his family.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Iraq. Most local troops and their families
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  512th third Ohio Army
     backer Air National Guard Base and consist- ert A. Scott; Superior Performance                                                                                 Spc. Matthew Drake was seriously in-
     ing of 13 students and their four guests, Female Recruiting Award, Scott; Top                                                                               jured in the fall of 2004 while serving in      hold on tight to the pictures taken from the     Guard unit to earn MUC
     joined more than 100,000 Ohio volunteers Producer College Market Recruiter                                                                                  Iraq when a car bomb exploded near his          parties and parades held in their honor. The        About 40 Soldiers of the 512th Engineer
     and more than 3 million volunteers nation- Award, Kandel; MEPS Guidance                                                                                     patrol. Since then, he has been recover-        pictures are often stashed away in albums        Battalion headquarters, located in Cincin-
     wide as part of “Make A Difference Day.”                       Counselor of the Year Award, Sgt. 1st                                                        ing in rehabilitation facilities stateside.     where they are viewed on occasion by fam-        nati, received the Meritorious Unit Com-
        Master Sgt. Brian Schaefer, a 121st Air- Class Samuel B. Mark; and Write-                                                                                   In order for Drake to be home with his       ily members or friends but, as years pass        mendation, one of the Army’s highest unit
     man Leadership School instructor who ac- Rate Letterman Club, Coleman.                                                                     Courtesy photo   family, their house needs an extensive re-      by, the pictures no longer serve as a per-       awards, for their service during Operation
     companied the group, said the students pro-                       Also recognized at the Dining Out A Fort Chafee Airman instructs SrA Michael              hab to meet his needs. That is where the        manent source to remind all members of the       Iraqi Freedom.
     vided 76 total hours of construction work.                     were the top five “You Can Chal- Gilb (left) of the 180th Fighter Wing Security              Ohio Army National Guard’s 323rd Mili-          community of those who stepped up to pro-           While deployed to Iraq from February
        Make A Difference Day is the largest na- lenge” winners; unit members who Forces Squadron on use of the 9 mm pistol.                                     tary Police Company stepped in.                 tect the United States, spending extensive       2004 to February 2005, the battalion head-
     tional day of volunteering. Through its out- provided leads that resulted in en-                                                                               The car wash attracted several custom-       periods on foreign soil in a time of violence.   quarters commanded a diverse group of
     reach, the campaign touched the lives of listments during the reporting period: Sgt. 180th Security Forces prep                                             ers, including some veterans who just              Washington Township trustees Ron              engineer units, spanning the active Army
     about 25 million people in 2004.                               1st Class Jason D. Litz, 838th Military Po-                                                  wanted to help any way they could. “I’m         Rudd, Tom Dix and Richard Pollard came           and Reserve Army, the Army National
        This is the first time the Ohio Air National lice Company; Sgt. 1st Class Manuel S.
                                                                                                                for future at Fort Chaffee                                                                       up with an idea that will continuously re-       Guard, the active and Reserve Marine
                                                                                                                                                                 a veteran,” said Edward Huddy while his
     Guard has participated in Make A Difference Perez, 838th Military Police Company; Sgt.                       It is known as the “Staging Point.” Before                                                     mind all locals of the sacrifices made by the    Corps as well as the active Air Force. The
                                                                                                                                                                 car was soaped and rinsed. “I just want
     Day, but Lt. Col. Kathy Lowrey, 121st ARW                      Phillip J. Faires, Headquarters Battery, 2- Active, Reserve and Air National Guard se-       to support our young men and women.”            Soldiers of the Ohio Army National Guard’s       headquarters planned and supervised nu-
     community affairs manager, said she hopes 174th Air Defense Artillery Battalion; Sgt. curity forces members deploy to such places                              Many did not know Drake personally,          216th Engineer Battalion, including those        merous critical engineer missions, many
     the wing will be able to participate again next Scotty D. Henson, Company B, 2-174th as Iraq or Afghanistan, they train at Fort                             but wanted to help. Staff Sgt. Marc             in nearby Detachment 1, Headquarters             of which were conducted under hostile fire
     year. She encouraged other Ohio National ADA; and Spc. Gregory S. Serpico, Com- Chaffee, Ark., home of the 188th Readiness                                  Robertson of the 180th Fighter Wing Se-         Support Company, located in Felicity,            from anti-Iraqi Forces. The 512th’s engi-
     Guard units to become involved as well. Ohio pany F, 1-134th Field Artillery Battalion.                    Training Site.                                                                                      On Oct. 8, Washington Township trust-         neers worked tirelessly on an array of
                                                                                                                                                                 curity Forces Squadron made his Jeep as
     has led the nation the past four years in total                   At the Fall Commanders Call at Camp        “Many active-duty units are going                                                              ees in Clermont County (located in south-        projects that improved the quality of life
                                                                                                                                                                 dirty as possible before arriving. “It’s just
     service projects; 745 projects were con- Perry, units and battalions that provided through Fort Chaffee for training before they                            so important right now with what’s going        western Ohio) held a ceremony to rename a        for both American servicemembers and
     ducted in 2004.                                                the most enlistments under the “You Can deploy,” said Master Sgt. Ed Wagner, with            on in the military. And I just thought I’d      16-mile stretch of state Route 756 the “Ohio     Iraqi citizens.
        The national Make A Difference Day, Challenge” were recognized: First Quar- security forces operations for the 180th                                     pitch in and do my part and come out to-        Army National Guard 216th Engineering               The 512th Engineer Battalion is one of
     founded by USA Weekend magazine in 1990, ter-FY05, Honor Company, Headquarters Fighter Wing. “We felt our unit needed this                                  day and help out Matthew,” Robertson said.      Battalion Memorial Highway.”                     three Ohio Army National Guard units to
     supports communities through activities Company, 1-107th Armor Battalion (four type of training before our next call-up and                                    “He needs help. So we’re out here try-          “This is certainly a fitting tribute to the   receive this commendation for their ser-
     such as food drives, neighborhood and en- enlistments); Honor Battalion, 1-148th In- we wanted to obtain this hands-on train-                               ing to help our Soldiers,” said Sgt. Will-      men and women of the 216th Engineer Bat-         vice in Operation Iraqi Freedom. The other
     vironmental cleanup, health screenings, rec- fantry Battalion and 2-107th Cavalry ing.” The intense weeklong training was                                   iam Barton of the 323rd MP Company. The         talion,” said Brig. Gen. Matthew Kambic,         two units are the 216th Engineer Battal-
     ognition of veterans and clothing collection Squadron (tie-five enlistments each); Sec- conducted earlier in 2005 at the installation.                      unit family support group hopes to raise        Ohio assistant adjutant for Army. “I will tell   ion, with headquarters in Hamilton, and
     and distribution. SRA DAVID CONRAD / ond Quarter-FY05, Honor Company, HHC, This rotation had 38 members of the Toledo-                                      enough money eventually to allow Drake          you that it is a proud moment anytime the        the 196th Mobile Public Affairs Detach-
     121ST AIR REFUELING WING PUBLIC AFFAIRS                        1-137th Aviation Battalion and Company based unit participate in the training pro-           to return home to a newly rebuilt house.        citizens that we serve reach out to pay trib-    ment, Columbus. AGOH-PUBLIC AFFAIRS
                                                                    D, 1-148th Infantry Battalion (tie-six en- gram. Five main areas of training were cov-       WWW.WTOL.COM
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                 all about        People
                                                                       Airmen Ryan Dunham, Kristin          Brothers in wings: C-130                            178th Security Forces                                awareness may have saved the life of a
                                                                       Crain and Ryan Armstrong,                                                                                                                     man being robbed an ATM.
                                                                       Worley’s eyes teared up as he        loadmasters serve together                          Airmen take top honors                                  “I had just finished my shift and was
                                                                       was presented a plaque thank-           Operation Enduring Freedom activities bring         The Security Forces Squadron came out on          on my way back to the police station.”
                                                                       ing him for his dedication and       together many brothers in arms, but at Karshi-      top in the 2004 Air National Guard Security          Woods said. “I noticed three men at the
                                                                       support of the troops and keep-      Khanabad Air Base, Uzbekistan—or K-2 as it          Forces competition, with two members receiv-         ATM and knew immediately something
                                                                       ing the Global War on Terror-        is commonly called—two real-life brothers           ing national awards.                                 was wrong.”
                                                                       ism fresh in the minds of Ameri-     supported the war effort together as “broth-           Senior Airman Tyler Elliot was named Air             What Woods observed was a well-
                                                                       cans. “You didn’t have to do         ers in wings.”                                      National Guard SF Airman of the Year, as well        dressed man at the ATM with two
                                                                       this,” he said with a heavy Ten-        Senior Master Sgts. Walter and David             as SF Airman of the Year for the entire Air Force.   younger, sloppy looking males stand-
                                                                       nessee drawl. “I never expected      Leightenberger, both C-130 Hercules                    Elliott distinguished himself at Andrews Air      ing behind him. When Woods pulled
                                                                       anything like this when I was        loadmasters with the 774th Expeditionary Air-       Force Base, Md., during his Air Reserve Com-         his police cruiser into the bank parking
                                                                       told you were coming to talk         lift Squadron who deployed from the Ohio Air        ponent volunteer tour there, according to Maj.       lot, two of the men bolted into a late
                                    Steve Stout / Urbana Daily Citizen
                                                                       with me. I am deeply honored         National Guard’s 179th Airlift Wing in              Paul Harrison, 178th SFS commander. Elliott          model Ford Explorer and fled the scene.
      Country music artist Darryl Worley receives and will wear this shirt proudly.”                        Mansfield, have had similar careers and lives.      was involved in several high-profile arrests         The remaining man told Woods that the                       SFC Don Vogel / 1-145th Regiment, RTI

      his own personalized Air Force Battle Dress                        Each military member got the          Walter is senior to David by three years,        and as an entry controller, performed in an ex-      two had abducted him at gunpoint, ran- Showing off a minuteman statue and
      Uniform (BDU) shirt from the 179th Airlift opportunity to talk with Worley                            but that has never made much of a difference        emplary manner while guarding Air Force One.         sacked his home and then forced him pistol given to him to help mark his
      Wing’s SMSgt Randy Dunham, recognizing before the concert, and then                                   in what they did for the Air Force, they both          Staff Sgt. Robert Combs, also of the 178th,       to drive to the bank. Woods called in retirement from the military, CSM Gary
      Worley’s strong support of the U.S. military.                    they all were treated to seats di-   said. Both brothers have seen their share of        was named the ANG SF NCO of the Year.                the description of the suspects and Spees leaves with nearly 40 years of
                                                                       rectly in front of the stage.        deployments, so going to K-2 was nothing               Staff Sgt. Combs distinguished himself by         their escape vehicle as he escorted the service to his state and nation.
                                                             “We wanted to stand before Darryl and          new to them. The op-                                taking the lead in the entire Air National Guard     victim back to his home.
     Too tall to fly, Worley makes                        tell him that his words do mean a great deal      erations they have sup-                             in the Electronic Systems Security arena,               “Being at the right place at the right time Spees retires after nearly
     good second career choice                            to us,” Senior Master Sgt. Dunham said.           ported, both separately                             Harrison said. Combs, single-handedly de-            is a small part of police work,” added four decades of service
        When country music star Darryl “You don’t have to be a country music fan                            and together, include                               signed a local high-speed force protection           Woods. “It’s far more important to know
                                                                                                            Operations Coronet                                  system with a price tag at more than $1.3 mil-                                                         Command Sgt. Maj. Gary G. Spees has
     Worley graduated from a western Ten- to appreciate the message he is sending                                                                                                                                    how to quickly assess the situation and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    retired after a lengthy Ohio Army Na-
     nessee high school, he walked straight regarding our mission in the War on Ter-                        Oak (El Salvador), Joint                            lion. SSGT SAMANTHA THOMPSON / 178TH                 react to it correctly. In this case, my in-
                                                                                                            Forge and Provide                                   FIGHTER WING PUBLIC AFFAIRS
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    tional Guard career that began in 1966
     into an Air Force recruiter’s office and rorism.”                                                                                                                                                               stincts were right.”
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    in the 1-148th Infantry Battalion and cul-
     proclaimed he was there to enlist to learn              While the meeting with Worley was a            Promise (Bosnia),                                                                                           A high-speed chase ended the suspects’
                                                                                                            Uphold Democracy                                                                                                                                        minated as the sergeant major of Ohio’s
     to fly fighter jets.                                 private occasion, the musician made it pub-                                                           Wright receives special ANG                          attempted get away and soon they were
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Soldier training academy.
        The Air Force let him down by telling lic when, just before singing “Have You                       (Haiti),      Southern                                                                                   behind bars. Hilliard Police Chief Rodney
     him that at 6 feet 7 inches, he was too Forgotten,” he pulled the plaque out on                        Watch, Iraqi Freedom                                award for recruiting work                            Garnett said it was good police work and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       A banquet in Spees’ honor took place
                                                                                                            and Enduring Freedom. D. Leightenberger                A 121st Air Refueling Wing recruiter received                                                    June 4 at the Makoy Center in Hilliard,
     tall to fly. Worley never forgot that pain, stage and read the inscription to the audi-                                                                                                                         now two criminals are off the streets.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    attended by more than 120 former and
     but he did not carry a grudge. After the ence.                                                            “This deployment                                 the National Guard Bureau Chief’s Freedom               Woods had a more humble view of
                                                                                                            (was) the last one we                               Challenge Award for recruiting 22 new military                                                      current guardmembers, friends and fam-
     terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, Worley             “I haven’t won any CMA (Country Mu-                                                                                                                     things. “I was tired and I could have easily
                                                                                                            (had) together,” said                               members during a four-and-a-half-month na-                                                          ily members, including Spees’ 90-year-
     again went to a military recruiter and sic Association) Awards yet,” Worley said                                                                                                                                missed the whole situation, but then where
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    old mother, Bernice.
     asked what he could do to help. This as he held the plaque up. “But, when I do,                        Walter, who retired from                            tionwide Guard recruiter competition.                would that man have been?” he stated.
                                                                                                            the military last May. “I                              Exceeding the goal during that time span by                                                         Throughout his career, Spees held a
     time, the military did not let him down. they will hang under this plaque. This is                                                                                                                                 Overcoming exhaustion and fear in the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    variety of traditional and full-time posi-
     Military officials told Worley to keep do- much more important and valuable to me.”                    have always enjoyed                                 four people, rookie recruiter Tech. Sgt.             line of duty is not new for Woods. The
                                                                                                            time spent with my                                  Lawrence Wright won Ohio’s top Air National                                                         tions including antitank gunner, unit
     ing what he was doing; by performing in                 That proclamation was greeted by a                                                                                                                      135th Military Police Company Soldier de-
                                                                                                            brother. Deployments                                Guard recruiting award.                                                                             clerk, supply sergeant, platoon
     USO tours abroad, he was giving the standing ovation and cheers of support                                                                                                                                      ployed shortly after the terrorist attacks on
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    sergeant, operations sergeant, chief in-
     troops something they could not get from the crowd of several thousand people.                         are more fun for us be-                                In response to last year’s declining National     Sept. 11, 2001, and also spent a year with
                                                                                                            cause one thing we do                               Guard recruiting numbers, the chief of the Na-                                                      telligence sergeant, first sergeant and
     from their remote locations—a slice of 179th AIRLIFT WING PUBLIC AFFAIRS                                                                                                                                        the unit supporting the early stages of Op-
                                                                                                            is compare notes on                                 tional Guard Bureau challenged all Army and                                                         personnel management and support
     Americana in the form of song.                                                                                                                                                                                  eration Iraqi Freedom in 2003.
                                                                                                            cultural discoveries of W. Leightenberger           Air National Guard recruiters to a four-month                                                       noncommissioned officer.
        A year after the attacks, Worley re- OHARNG Soldier assists in                                                                                                                                                  “Spending a year in Baghdad taught me
                                                                                                            the area we are de-                                 push to acquire new members.                                                                           In April 1991, Spees was promoted to
     corded what became an anthem to re-                                                                                                                                                                             a lot about the different aspects of being a
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    command sergeant major and served as
     mind the world of what happened that OSU Ranger Challenge win                                          ployed in. We have been together in just about         Staying in line with Ohio Adjutant General        police officer,” he said. “The experience
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    the 1-148th command sergeant major for
     September Tuesday morning. “Have You                    Army ROTC Cadet Brandon Cheney,                every unit deployment or exercise since 1980.”      Maj. Gen. Gregory L. Wayt’s and the National         made me more self-confident and taught
                                                                                                                                                                Guard’s core value of diversity, more than half                                                     two years, until he was appointed Non-
     Forgotten” catapulted to the top of the also a member of Company A, 1-148th In-                           David said their military service together has                                                        me how to talk with people better. I also
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    commissioned Officer Education School
     charts and Worley took that song on two fantry Battalion, Xenia, was a member of                       not only allowed them to serve their country        of Wright’s enlistees during the period were         think the danger I faced in Iraq helped get
                                                                                                                                                                minorities. 121ST AIR REFUELING WING PUB-                                                           branch chief (commandant) for the Ohio
     more USO tours. On Aug. 8, Worley fi- the winning Ohio State University Ranger                         with the National Guard, but has also afforded                                                           me ready for the things I could expect
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Military Academy (OMA). On July 1,
                                                                                                                                                                LIC AFFAIRS
     nally saw his dream of becoming a mem- Challenge team that finished tops in a re-                      them an opportunity to experience many                                                                   here.”
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1996, he was assigned command ser-
     ber of the Air Force come true—sort of. cent competition at Fort Knox, Ky., involv-                    unique places and diverse cultures that they
                                                                                                                                                                Military policeman earns nod                            According to Woods, the recognition is
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    geant major for the 145th Regiment,
     A team of enlisted troops from the 179th ing 19 universities from across Ohio and                      otherwise might not have experienced.                                                                    nice, but he just loves being a police of-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Regional Training Institute (RTI), the
     Airlift Wing presented Worley with hon- Kentucky.                                                         “Serving together has made this far more         as ‘Home Town Hero’                                  ficer.
                                                              The 18-hour competition covered eight         enjoyable,” David said.                               “It’s a dangerous world and if you are not                                                        position he held until his retirement.
     orary membership into the Ohio National                                                                                                                                                                            “I sometimes get scared, but it’s some-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       While he is retired, Spees continues
     Guard Enlisted Association and gave him events—the Army Physical Fitness Test,                            In Uzbekistan, their work as loadmasters         aware of what’s happening, someone could             thing I have wanted to do for a long time,”
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    his service to the OHARNG as a civil-
     his own Battle Dress Uniform (BDU) basic rifle marksmanship, construction and                          kept them busy constantly, with airlift and air-    die.” It is an idea that Sgt. Michael Woods, a       he added. “People who do what they have
     shirt with his name and Air Force tapes. execution of a one-rope bridge, patrolling,                   drop missions taking place every day, and their     Soldier with Ohio’s 135th Military Police Com-       to do, every day, with patience and persis- ian contractor in the State Safety Of-
     During a backstage meeting at the weapons assembly, orienteering, hand gre-                            loadmaster experience being called upon over        pany, lives by.                                      tence, like my fellow officers and National fice, where he formerly worked as a fed-
     Champaign County Fair with Senior nade assault course and a 10-kilometer (6.2                          and over again. TSGT SCOTT T. STURKOL /               Recently Woods earned the City of Hilliard’s       Guard Soldiers, are the real heroes.” SGT eral technician. SFC DON VOGEL /
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         145TH REGIMENT, REGIONAL TRAIN-
     Master Sgt. Randy Dunham, and Senior mile) forced road march. LTC TODD D.                              416TH AIR EXPEDITIONARY GROUP PUBLIC                “Home Town Hero” award because—in his                KENT TAYLOR / DET. 2 HHC/MMC, 38TH
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         ING INSTITUTE
                                                       MILLER / OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY ROTC                  AFFAIRS                                             civilian role as a Hilliard police officer—his       SUPPORT COMMAND

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Photo by Sara A. Perkins            LEFT: MG Gregory L.
guardmember                 Benefits                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Wayt (left), Ohio
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              adjutant general, and
                                                                                    Reserve Pay for 4 Drill Periods                                                                                                                                                                           retired Brig Gen Stephen
     Federal, state survivor                                                             Unofficial Copy (Effective Jan. 1, 2006)                                                                                                                                                             M. Koper (right),
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              National Guard
     benefits see increase                                                                         YEARS OF SERVICE
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Association United States
        Legislators in both Columbus and                   <2         2       3      4        6      8       10      12           14           16               18               20           22           24            26                                                                   president, present U.S.
     Washington, D.C., last summer in-              Grade                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Rep. Dave Hobson with
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              the NGAUS MG Charles
                                                    O-10    0.00      0.00    0.00    0.00    0.00    0.00    0.00    0.00    0.00    0.00    00.0 1709.16                                1709.16      1709.16      1709.16
     creased benefits for family members of         O-9     0.00      0.00    0.00    0.00    0.00    0.00    0.00    0.00    0.00    0.00    0.00 1558.60                                1581.00      1613.48      1670.08
     service personnel who die while serving        O-8 1102.80    1138.92 1162.88 1169.60 1199.48 1249.48 1261.08 1308.56 1322.16 1363.04 1422.16 1476.72                                1516.16      1513.16      1513.16
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Dick Medal of Merit, for
     on active duty.                                O-7   916.36    958.92 978.64 994.28 1022.64 1050.60 1083.00 1115.32 1147.72 1249.48 1335.44 1335.44                                  1335.44      1335.44      1342.20                                                                   a lifetime of legislative
        As reported in the Spring/Summer            O-6   679.20    746.16 795.12 795.12 798.12 832.36 836.88 836.88 884.44 968.52 1017.88 1067.20                                        1095.28      1123.68      1178.84                                                                   service to the National
     2005 edition of the Buckeye Guard,             O-5   566.20    637.82 682.00 690.28 717.80 734.32 770.56 797.16 831.48 884.08 909.08 933.84                                           961.92      961.92        961.92                                                                   Guard. RIGHT: Receiving
                                                    O-4   488.52    565.52 603.24 611.68 646.68 684.24 730.96 767.44 792.72 807.24 815.68 815.68                                           815.68      815.68        815.68                                                                   recognition during the

     Congress passed the Emergency                  O-3   429.52    486.92 525.56 573.00 600.40 630.52 650.04 682.12 698.76 698.76 698.76 698.76                                           698.76      698.76        698.76                                                                   Army Engineer Association
     Supplemental Appropriations Act (HR            O-2   371.08    422.68 486.80 503.24 513.60 513.60 513.60 513.60 513.60 513.60 513.60 513.60                                           513.60      513.60        513.60
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Regimental conference
     1268), which increased the one-time mili-      O-1   322.16    335.28 405.28 405.28 405.28 405.28 405.28 405.28 405.28 405.28 405.28 405.28                                           405.28      405.28        405.28
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              are the 216th Engineer
                                                    O-3E    0.00      0.00    0.00 573.00 600.40 630.52 650.04 682.12 709.12 724.60 745.72 745.72                                          745.72      745.72        745.72
     tary death gratuity payment from $12,500                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Battalion’s 1LT J. Robert
                                                    O-2E    0.00      0.00    0.00 503.24 513.60 529.96 557.52 578.88 594.76 594.76 594.76 594.76                                          594.76      594.76        594.76
     to $100,000, making the benefit retroac-       O-1E    0.00      0.00    0.00 405.28 432.84 448.40 465.16 481.24 503.24 503.24 503.24 503.24                                          503.24      503.24        503.24                                                                   Vagnier (left), who won
     tive to Oct. 7, 2001. In addition, it raised   W-5     0.00      0.00    0.00    0.00    0.00    0.00    0.00    0.00    0.00    0.00    0.00 762.68                                  788.84      815.08        841.48                                                                   the Grizzly Award as the
     the Servicemembers’ Group Life Insur-          W-4   443.84    477.48 491.20 504.68 527.92 550.84 574.12 596.76 620.20 656.96 680.48 703.48                                           727.32      750.80        774.80                                                                   most outstanding                                                                        Courtesy photo

     ance (SGLI) benefit from $250,000 to           W-3   405.32    422.24 439.52 445.24 463.40 484.20 511.64 538.72 567.52 589.12 610.64 619.88                                           629.44      650.24        671.00                                                                   engineer platoon leader
     $400,000 as of Sept.1, 2005.                   W-2   356.52    376.88 394.72 407.64 418.76 449.28 472.60 489.92 506.84 518.44 528.20 546.76                                           565.20      583.88        583.88
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              in the National Guard;
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              and SGT Raymond
                                                    W-1   314.84    340.60 357.84 369.00 398.72 416.64 432.52 450.24 462.00 472.64 489.96 503.08                                           503.08      503.08        487.96
        At the same time, the Ohio Legisla-         E-9     0.00      0.00    0.00    0.00    0.00    0.00 536.28 548.44 563.76 581.80 599.92 629.04                                       653.64      679.60        719.20
     ture focused on the same issues in the         E-8     0.00      0.00    0.00    0.00    0.00 439.00 458.44 470.44 484.84 500.44 528.60 542.88                                        567.16      580.64        613.80
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Boso, who won the
     biennial budget bill (HB 66). The new          E-7   305.16    333.08 345.84 362.76 375.92 398.60 411.32 424.04 446.72 458.08 468.84 475.44                                           497.68      512.08        548.48                                                                   Sturgis Award as the
     law raised the state death gratuity from       E-6   263.96    290.40 303.24 315.68 328.68 358.00 369.40 382.04 393.16 397.08 399.80 399.80                                           399.80      399.80        399.80                                                                   top engineer NCO in
                                                    E-5   241.88    258.04 270.48 283.28 303.16 320.28 336.88 336.88 336.88 336.88 336.88 336.88                                           336.88      336.88        336.88                                                                   the National Guard.
     $20,000 to $100,000. Previously, the Ohio      E-4   221.72    233.08 245.68 258.12 269.12 269.12 269.12 269.12 269.12 269.12 269.12 269.12                                           269.12      269.12        269.12
     law only covered guardmembers serv-

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Courtesy photo
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               RIGHT: Two Clyde High School seniors, PV2 Andrew Sherman
                                                    E-3   200.16    212.76 225.60 225.60 225.60 225.60 225.60 225.60 225.60 225.60 225.60 225.60                                           225.60      225.60        225.60
     ing on State Active Duty. The new law          E-2   190.32    190.32 190.32 190.32 190.32 190.32 190.32 190.32 190.32 190.32 190.32 190.32                                           190.32      190.32        190.32
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               (second from left) and PV2 Cory Wetzel (third from left), transfer
     expands coverage to include duty un-           E-1>4 169.80    169.80 169.80 169.80 169.80 169.80 169.80 169.80 169.80 169.80 169.80 169.80                                           169.80      169.80        169.80
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               to the Ohio Army National Guard after their Reserve unit, the
                                                    E-1<4 157.08      0.00    0.00    0.00    0.00    0.00    0.00    0.00    0.00    0.00    0.00    0.00                                   0.00         0.00         0.00
     der Title 10 and operational Title 32.                                                                                                                                                                                                    706th Transportation Company of Mansfield, was deactivated as a
        The new law also requires the adju-                                                                                                                                                                                                    result of Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC). Tiffin Recruiters
                                                       This contest is open to all current high                       able at commissaries worldwide and for down-
     tant general to reimburse members for
                                                    school sophomores and juniors, and 10 win-                        load via the Internet at www.commissaries.                                                                               SSG Kevin Hollenbacher (far left) and SSG Brian Clum found the
     the cost of the SGLI premium while they
                                                    ners will be named for each state and territory.                  com or at                                                                                       Soldiers a new home with Bravo Company, 612th Engineer Battalion.
     are in an active-duty status. If an Ohio                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          RIGHT: Michael Barkey
     National Guardmember serves under fed-
                                                    The grand prize is an all-expense-paid journey                      Robinson said applicants are required to                                                                                                                                                                       Avenue was dedicated earlier
                                                    to North Dakota to follow the Lewis and Clark                     write and submit an essay on why they ad-                                                                                                                                                                        this year in the city of Canal
     eral or state active duty for part of any
                                                    trail, experience Indian culture of yesterday and                 mire a great past or present military leader.                                                                                                                                                                    Fulton. Barkey, 22, a sergeant
     month, the adjutant general must reim-                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            in the 1484th Transportation
                                                    discover military history. The trip will take place               More than one scholarship per commissary

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Courtesy photo
     burse the entire SGLI premium for that                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Company, Akron, died July 7,
                                                    Aug. 13-18, 2006.                                                 may be awarded, Robinson said. In 2004-05,
     month.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            2004, in Ramadi, Iraq, when
                                                       For information, visit www.lcyouth                             500 scholarships were awarded.
        An additional federal insurance ben-                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           enemy fire shot out a tire on
                                           or contact Lt. Col. Julie Blike                      The Fisher House Foundation administers
     efit came online on Dec.1, 2005. A
                                                    at (614) 336-6000, extension 7672. OHARNG                         the Scholarships for Military Children Pro-                                                                                                                                                                      the military vehicle in which he
     $100,000 traumatic injury payout was                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              was riding, causing the driver to
                                                    RECRUITING COMMAND MARKETING                                      gram, which is funded by manufacturers and
     added to the SGLI coverage. The trau-                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             lose control and the vehicle to
                                                                                                                      suppliers of groceries and services in the                                                                                                                                                                       flip over. Barkey’s parents are
     matic injury coverage costs an additional      Scholarships now available for                                    commissary system. GERRY J. GILMORE /                                                                                                                                                                            building a house on the                          Courtesy photo
     $1 per month, and was applied automati-
     cally to all existing SGLI policies begin-     children of military families                                     AMERICAN FORCES PRESS SERVICE                                                                                                                                                                                    intersecting Kirkland Street.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 ABOVE: Several 16th Engineer Brigade Soldiers
     ning with December pay.                           The Defense Commissary Agency and the                              ONGSP APPLICATION DEADLINES                                                                                            made “flat daddies” before they departed for a

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        For more information, call (614) 336-       Fisher House Foundation have teamed up                                ○   ○    ○   ○   ○        ○   ○   ○        ○   ○   ○        ○   ○   ○    ○   ○   ○    ○    ○    ○
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 one-year deployment in support of Operation
                                                                                                                                    Fall term, July 1
     7000. JOHANN KLEIN / AGOH-LEGISLA-             again to offer educational scholarships to chil-                                                                                                                                             Iraqi Freedom. It was a creative way for
                                                                                                                          Spring semester/Winter quarter, Nov. 1                                                                                                                                                                                                           LEFT: After being promoted
     TIVE LIAISON                                   dren of military families and retirees.                                                                                                                                                      family members to deal with the separation
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           at a ceremony in early

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  odemus / 121st AR
                                                                                                                                  Spring quarter, Feb. 1
                                                       The Scholarships for Military Children Pro-                                                                                                                                               from their loved ones. Many family members
                                                                                                                                  Summer term, April 1                                                                                                                                                                                                                     December, Brig Gen Tom
     Historical trip top prize in                   gram is marking its sixth year, DeCA spokes-                                                                                                                                                 said they planned on taking their flat daddy to
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Botchie (right) stops for a
                                                    man Kevin Robinson said. The goal, he said, is                                                                                                                                               special events such as sporting contests and
     NGB student essay contest                                                                                             It is the responsibility of each individual                                                                                                                                                                                                     photo with his wife, Jane.
                                                    to provide at least one $1,500 scholarship for                        student-guardmember to hand deliver or                                                                                 family holiday gatherings.
       The National Guard Bureau is spon-                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Botchie is commander of the
                                                                                                                          mail a completed application to the Ohio
                                                    each of DeCA’s 268 commissaries worldwide.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             121st Air Refueling Wing,

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            SSgt Douglas Nic
     soring the “Lewis and Clark Youth Ren-                                                                               National Guard Scholarship Program
                                                       Authorized applicants include unmarried
                                                                                                                          Office, located at the Adjutant General’s                                                                                                    Courtesy photo                                                                                      located at Rickenbacker Air
     dezvous Essay Contest,” which began            children under age 21 of active-duty, Guard or                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         National Guard Base in
     Nov. 12 and will end Feb 28. Submissions                                                                             Department, 2825 West Dublin Granville
                                                    Reserve, or military retiree families, Robinson                       Road, Columbus, Ohio 43235-2789, by the                                                                                                                                                                                                          Columbus.
     must be 1,000-1,500 word essays dis-           said. Applicants may also range up to 23 years                        deadlines listed above. This must be done
     cussing the Lewis and Clark journey and        in age if they are enrolled in school.                                prior to each term a student attends
     the Corps of Discovery in relation to an          The application period for this year’s DeCA-                       school. You may also renew your
     Army value: Loyalty, Duty, Respect, Self-      Fisher House scholarship program began Nov.                           application online at                                                                                                                                     RIGHT: The 1-134th Field Artillery Battalion supply team of SSG Kevin Jones
     less-Service, Honor, Integrity and Per-        1 and closes Feb. 22, Robinson said.                                          For more information, call (614) 336-7032                                                                                                                        (left) and SFC Chester Sudina (right) are congratulated by BG Matthew L. Kambic,
     sonal Courage.                                    Application forms for the program are avail-
                                                                                                                                        or toll-free (888) 400-6484.                                                                                                                               Ohio assistant adjutant general for Army, for being the national runners-up in the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   battalion-level category of the Army’s annual Supply Excellence Award (SEA)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   competition. The two were honored at a May awards banquet in Washington, D.C.

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