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  • 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.
  • Prior Soldier Turned Airman Diversifies the 179th AW

    Captain Mary Kauffman, Director of Personnel with the 179th Airlift Wing Force Support Squadron, has seen first-hand in her military career how important diversity is to the success of an organization. “Diversity to me means that you have a workforce with a bunch of different people and with a bunch of different backgrounds,” Said Kauffman.
  • Ohio Airmen Proud to Support Puerto Rico Earthquake Relief Efforts

    Around 25 Airmen of the Ohio Air National Guard, 200th RED HORSE Squadron, Mansfield, Ohio, departed for Puerto Rico following activation by Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine in response to Puerto Rico earthquake relief efforts, Jan. 17, 2020. Along with personnel, the Ohio National Guard unit is contributing two Disaster Response Bed-down Systems, each of them self-sufficient with organic power and potable water systems which provides billeting, health and hygiene support for 150 people in support of domestic response activities.
  • 200th RED HORSE and 179th Airlift Wing Support Puerto Rico Earthquake Relief Efforts

    In the wake of the recent earthquakes in Puerto Rico, the Ohio National Guard’s 200th RED HORSE Squadron is deploying equipment and personnel to the island in support of relief efforts, January 16th, 2020. The units abilities and capabilities allow them to deploy anywhere in the world within 72 hours and remain self-sustaining, giving them the unique ability to provide the support needed in the areas affected by the earthquakes. Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine issued a proclamation today authorizing sending equipment and personnel to San Juan, Puerto Rico. Once there, the assets will be moved to locations where they are in need most. “Disaster relief missions and supporting our homeland is why America has a National Guard, to call when the nation and her citizens need us most. Our Ohio Air National Guard Airmen at the 200th RED HORSE Squadron are ready and anxious to support earthquake relief efforts in Puerto Rico. This is what we do,” according to Maj. Gen. John C. Harris Jr., the Ohio adjutant general.
  • 179th AW Recognizes National Mentoring Month

    National Mentoring Month, observed annually in January, focuses on the role’s mentors play in shaping young people’s lives and helping them to achieve their full potential. In the military, mentors play a critical role in the success of the Air Force’s mission, unit cohesion and enhancing personal and professional development. As humans, in order to thrive in any environment we are put in, it is vital to make those around us feel that they matter. We cannot continue to successfully complete any mission in life if the individuals involved feel as if they are dispensable and not an essential part of the team. Through mentorship, morale and the relationships among service members will flourish, enabling us to be there, ready and prepared for whatever lies ahead.
  • 179th Airlift Wing Airman of the Year Compete at State Level

    Five Airmen selected to represent the 179th Airlift Wing, Mansfield, Ohio, in their respective Airman of the Year categories are headed to compete at the state level this weekend in Columbus, Ohio. State competitions in the state of Ohio are some of the most challenging in the nation to win, considering the large Ohio National Guard presence throughout the state. The best of four major wings and their geographically separated units will be represented. Representing the Airman category, Senior Airman Logan Wilson, Cyber Surety Journeyman assigned to the 179th Communications Flight. As a vital member of the Wing Cybersecurity Office he provides services to monitor, evaluate/maintain systems, and policies/procedures which protects clients, networks, data/voice systems and critical infrastructure from unauthorized activity.
  • NASA Super Guppy arrives at 179th

    An unusually large crowd was gathered as a C-130H Hercules approached Mansfield-Lahm Airport, home of the Ohio Air National Guard’s 179th Airlift Wing. This flight on Nov. 24 was a supporting role to NASA and the C-130 cargo bay was hauling items for NASA, but that’s not what the crowd was waiting to see. Tailing moments behind the 179th AW’s C-130