Many people in the Air National Guard refer to their coworkers as their “Guard family”. In some cases, like the Burtons, they really are family.
Cooper Burton stood next to his father as they both raised their right hands and recited the oath of enlistment Dec. 2 at the 179th Airlift Wing, Mansfield, Ohio. Cooper enlisted into the Ohio Air National Guard and he is starting his career as a crew chief at the 179th AW. His father, Senior Master Sgt. Roger Burton, the fire chief at the 179th AW, reenlisted for the final term of his career.