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  • 179th Airlift Wing Airman Offered Acceptance to Air Force Academy

    MANSFIELD, OH -- Senior Airman Alivia Merkel, a dental technician at the 179th Airlift Wing, has been accepted into the Air Force Academy, located in Colorado Springs, Colorado, after three years of service at the 179th Airlift Wing.Merkel knew that she wanted to join the military since grade school. On career day a peer’s mother brought in
  • 179th AW Rallies Around Member Following Tragic House Fire

    MANSFIELD, OH -- “I woke up smelling a really strong smell thinking it was the neighbors burning something in their wood burner. I didn’t think anything of it and tried to roll over and go back to sleep, but the smell stayed. I finally got fed up and got up to close my bedroom window. I laid back down in bed, turned off my light, looked at my clock
  • 179th Medical Group members partner with Serbians for Medical Knowledge Exchange

    Medical professionals from Serbia have been teaming up with the Ohio Air National Guard as part of a Serbian and U.S. Medical Knowledge Exchange Team. The National Guard State Partnership Program (SPP) links U.S. states with a partner country for the purpose of improving bilateral relations with the United States. The program's goals reflect an evolving international affairs mission for the National Guard, to promote regional stability and civil-military relationships in support of U.S. policy objectives.
  • Aiming High: Galat's Story

    For Captain Alex Galat, growing up with his father being a pilot to present day as a pilot in the Ohio Air National Guard himself, aviation has always been a part of his life. “Growing up with my dad being a pilot here at the 179th, I was exposed to aviation at a very young age,” said Galat, C-130 Pilot with the 179th Airlift Wing, Mansfield, Ohio. “I would fly around with him in Cessna’s, that really planted the seed in me for being interested in flying.” After not really knowing what he wanted to do after high school, Galat joined the 179th Airlift Wing as a loadmaster in 2006, and worked in that position while attending Ohio State University. Once he graduated college, Galat was selected for a pilot position in 2013.
  • Airmen vs. Resiliency: Colton’s Story

    Ask just about any Airman about resiliency, and to some extent they will have experience in overcoming life’s obstacles while remaining ready to serve their country. It’s never easy, they would all agree. The proverbial pitcher known as “life” will throw curve-balls, fastballs, sinkers and sliders at Airmen who must physically and mentally train to face it all if they plan to make a career out of the military and maintain a healthy personal and family life at home. The fact is, some strike out. There are resources available to improve their batting average for their next challenge at the plate but it takes the support of a team to find success together. As important as it is to reach out, it’s equally important to feel those resources are reaching out to you as well, imperative Airmen feel they have good wing men.
  • Airmen Helping Airmen, Eleanor’s Story

    Ask just about any Airman about resiliency, and to some extent they will have experience in overcoming life’s obstacles while remaining ready to serve their country. It’s never easy, they would all agree. The proverbial pitcher known as “life” will throw curveballs, fastballs, sinkers and sliders at Airmen who must physically and mentally train to face it all if they plan to make a career out of the military and maintain a healthy personal and family life at home. The fact is, some strike out. There are resources available to improve their batting average for their next challenge at the plate but it takes the support of a team to find success together. As important as it is to reach out, it’s equally important to feel those resources are reaching out to you as well, imperative Airmen feel they have good wingmen.
  • 179th AW Airman Promotes Diversity through Human Resources Role

    For Senior Master Sergeant Kelli Dyer, newly appointed Human Resources Advisor with the 179th Airlift Wing, Mansfield, Ohio, diversity and inclusion are some of her top priorities. Dyer expressed that as she steps into this new role, it's important she recognizes how a diverse and inclusive group is critical for the success of any organization. “Diversity is an opportunity for organizations to create a lethal force,” said Dyer. “The way in which diversity is achieved is through deliberate efforts and inclusive practices.”
  • Military Equal Opportunity Officer Shares Perspective on Diversity

    Diversity strengthens the Ohio Air National Guard. Diversity can take many forms. Capt. Raymond Bibb, 179th Airlift Wing Director of Military Equal Opportunity, shares what diversity means to him and how he witnesses its effectiveness throughout the unit. From seasoned Chief Master Sergeants to Airmen fresh from basic, we all bring strengths to the unit through our unique perspectives and abilities. “Diversity to me is not just different people coming together, it’s the diversity of mind, body and process.” Bibb said, “How we think, how we go through a situation and handle a problem. We all have different abilities, been through different things, and that’s what really makes us unique and diverse, our experiences.”
  • 179th Airman Talks Cultural Humility

    Diversity in an organization can increase creativity and productivity, which ultimately can lead to higher job satisfaction and retention rates. “Recruiting and retaining diverse Airmen cultivates innovation,” said Gen. David L. Goldfein, the Chief of Staff of the Air Force. “Like different aircraft and missions make up one Air Tasking Order, different people make the best teams when integrated purposefully together.”
  • 179 AW Airman Promotes Diversity Through Personal Experiences

    For Master Sergeant Natalie McGhee, member of the Equal Opportunity Office, 179th Airlift Wing, Mansfield, Ohio, she recognizes the importance of diversity within organizations and has seen the correlation between diversity and the success of programs and hopes to spread the word to continue to making the Air Force a more diverse organization to continue striving towards excellence. Diversity means having a different thought process as well as different backgrounds and experiences, its more focused on the different thought processes verses different skin color, said McGhee.
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