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  • 179th Airlift Wing conducts Large Scale Exercise

    MANSFIELD, Ohio – Airmen of the 179th Airlift Wing held a large-scale readiness exercise (LRE) during a three day training period in September at Mansfield-Lahm Air National Guard base.The event offered a variety of war-like simulations and was designed to test how the unit would respond to different scenarios.A major part of the 179th mission
  • Myths and facts about the vax — debunking common COVID-19 vaccine myths

    The COVID-19 vaccine has been mandated across the Department of Defense and despite its demonstrated effectiveness and safety, a host of myths have left some Airmen and Guardians hesitant to receive it. While social media posts and some news outlets may make it harder to keep up with what is fact or fiction, the science is clear … approved COVID-19 vaccines work.
  • 179th AW to host 1st Air National Guard cyberspace wing

    MANSFIELD, Ohio – Mansfield-Lahm Air National Guard Base is the preferred location for the first Air National Guard cyberspace wing in the country.The Department of the Air Force announced the selection of the Ohio base on Aug. 25. The transformation will support Air Combat Command's future requirements and result in operational mission changes,
  • 179th AW selected as location for ANG’s first Cyber Warfare Wing

    MANSFIELD, Ohio - The Department of the Air Force announced yesterday it has identified Ohio’s Mansfield-Lahm Air National Guard Base as the preferred location for a new Cyber Warfare Wing mission. The transformation will support Air Combat Command’s future requirements and result in operational mission changes, including an increase of
  • 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.
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