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  • Airmen Partner With DEA to Battle Opioid Epidemic

    For over 40 years the Drug Enforcement Administration has been vital in combating opioid use all over the United States. One of the various locations is the DEA Cleveland. DEA Cleveland strives to not only react and combat drug abuse, but has an emphasis to also be proactive and raise awareness through public campaigns within Northeast Ohio due to opioid abuse and overdoses. In order to have such an effect on the community the DEA has professionals who are trained in multiple skill sets, some of which are members from the 179th Airlift Wing. “The Ohio National Guard counter drug personnel assigned to the Cleveland DEA office have been a tremendous asset to the DEA intelligence unit,” said James Goodwin, Resident Agent in Charge of the Cleveland DEA District Office. They enhance our capabilities and our resources and they bring their experience in the military and the national guard to working law enforcement projects” Full story: https://www.dvidshub.net/news/334933/airmen-partner-with-dea-battle-opioid-epidemic
  • Airman Helps Fight War on Drugs

    The United States is in the midst of a devastating opioid epidemic. The misuse of and addiction to opioids is a serious national crisis that affects public health as well as social and economic welfare. In 2017, Ohio had the second highest rate of drug overdose deaths involving opioids in the U.S., according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The Ohio National Guard Counterdrug Task Force provides support to Law Enforcement Agencies and Community Based Organizations in order to enhance their efforts to counter the drug threat and anticipate, deter, and defeat the threat of illegal substances, trafficking and violence in Ohio.
  • Airman Helps Combat Opioid Epidemic

    Over the past several years, Ohio has been heavily struck by the opioid epidemic that has devastated the nation, stealing loved ones from families and tearing apart communities. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, Ohio ranked second in highest rate of drug overdose deaths involving opioids in the United States in 2017. Since 2017, numerous agencies throughout Ohio have worked tirelessly to combat this disastrous epidemic, and have had success in their work. Ohio’s opiate overdoses declined 22% from the national average in 2018, and the future for stopping this opiate epidemic is looking bright thanks to individuals who dedicate their lives to ending this epidemic. For Staff Sgt. Carolyn Kinzel, C-130 Loadmaster with the 179th Airlift Wing, Mansfield, Ohio, and Ohio Air National Guard Counterdrug Task Force criminal analyst with the Cleveland Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), her efforts directly contribute to ending the opioid epidemic in Ohio.
  • Air National Guard members support counter drug efforts in Ohio

    Nearly 40 years ago, President Richard Nixon declared drug abuse “public enemy number one." Since then, law enforcement has been engaged in a war on drugs across the nation and abroad. Battles are now being fought by multiple agencies across Ohio with the common goal to protect and defend their homes and communities from this very real threat. State and local law enforcement agencies, the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Ohio National Guard have all joined forces to combat what has developed into an opioid epidemic at home. “In the state of Ohio, our guard members are at law enforcement agencies doing criminal analysis as well as civil operators providing prevention and education support to community based organizations across the state,” said Maj. Ryan McMaster, 179th Airlift Wing intelligence officer, who also currently serves as the Ohio National Guard Counter drug coordinator. “We have about 40 folks participating in these activities across the state.” Ohio has been heavily struck by the opioid epidemic that has devastated the nation, stealing loved ones from families and tearing apart communities. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, Ohio ranked second in highest rate of drug overdose deaths involving opioids in the United States in 2017.
  • 179th AW Trains with 86th Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron

    Members of the 164th Airlift Squadron assigned to the 179th Airlift Wing, Mansfield, Ohio, along with members from the 86th Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron, Ramstein Air Base, Germany, recently conducted an Aeromedical Evacuation exercise as a part of the Silver Arrow mission, strengthening their skills globally through training on real world aeromedical evacuation scenarios. This exercise gave both crews the opportunity to practice real scenarios regarding the AE mission. The AE mission provides time sensitive, mission critical en route to care to patients to medical treatment facilities.
  • "Pilot for a Day" at the 179th Airlift Wing

    The 164th Airlift Squadron, assigned to the 179 Airlift Wing, Ohio Air National Guard, collaborated with “A Special Wish Foundation” of Cleveland, Ohio, to provide Ayden with this unique experience he could share with his family who have been battling a variety of health issues with Ayden since birth.
  • Family Day at the Wing

    Airmen and their families participated in a variety of activities offered at the "Family Day" event, Sept. 14, 2019, at the 179th Airlift Wing, Mansfield, Ohio. Check out the photo galleries: https://www.dvidshub.net/image/5751294/family-day-2019 https://www.dvidshub.net/image/5751361/179th-aw-family-day https://www.dvidshub.net/image/5762420/family-day-179th-airlift-wing Video: https://www.dvidshub.net/video/709514/family-day-2019
  • Mansfield/Richland County Public Library partner with 179th Airlift Wing to provide Free Little Libraries

    The Mansfield/Richland County Public Library is always looking for a way to expand its reach. Say "hello" to the Free Little Libraries. "Really, anyone can do it," said library Director Chris May. "I've seen people have them on their front yard, but I got the idea from the Mentor Public Library." May said his library is thus far responsible for five Free Little Libraries around the county. Books inside the box are available to all and everyone is encouraged to place a book to share with others. "It's basically take a book, leave a book. But no one is going to hold you to leaving a book if you don't have one," May said. "It's a really cool idea and way to promote reading, without necessarily having bricks and mortar." The library's Free Little Libraries are located mostly in northern parts of the county, he said.
  • 179th heads to the Cleveland Air Show

    The Cleveland National Air Show gave Clevelander’s a little “Altitude with Attitude” and featured the U.S. Navy Blue Angels. The weather was unseasonably hot but the fans came out to experience an awesome show. The line-up also included the U.S. Air Force F-16 Viper Jet Demonstration, C-130 Hercules Demonstration, U.S. Army Golden Knights Parachute Team and Shockwave Jet Truck. And making their first appearance in Cleveland was Tiger Airshows flying identical Tiger Yak 55’s in close formation aerobatics, all while combining the challenges of flying through the Ringmaster’s exciting smoke rings in the sky. Wingwalking also returned to the Cleveland National Air Show with the debut of husband and wife team, Greg and Ashley Shelton. And each show day included skywriting during a patriot Salute to Veterans performance choreographed to Amazing Grace and God Bless America. 2018 also marked Sean D. Tucker’s last solo appearance in Cleveland in the Oracle Challenger III.
  • 200th RED HORSE Supports Ohio Army National Guard

    For members of the 200th Rapid Engineer Deployable Heavy Operational Repair Squadron Engineers (RED HORSE), the Camp James. A. Garfield project in Ravenna, Ohio, has given them the opportunity to practice their special capabilities by building a 7200 sq. ft. vehicle maintenance bay that will be used by the Ohio Army Guard during their annual training. The 200th RED HORSE Squadron is unique as it is the only RED HORSE Squadron in Ohio, providing vital support through their special capabilities in numerous different ways, while also providing RED HORSE with the opportunities to train and perfect their skills to be ready for future deployments.