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  • What Does Mansfield Have to Offer NASA?

    An unusually large crowd was gathered as the C-130H Hercules approached Mansfield-Lahm Airport, Ohio, home of the Ohio Air National Guard’s 179th Airlift Wing. This flight was a supporting role to NASA, and the C-130 cargo bay was hauling items for NASA, but not what the crowd was waiting to see. Tailing moments behind this C-130, was the Super Guppy (N941NA).
Anticipation was high as NASA’s Super Guppy landed at Mansfield-Lahm Airport, Ohio, Nov. 24, with precious cargo onboard. The aircraft is a spectacle in itself, some describe it as whale-like and others say it resembles an alien ship from a science fiction movie. All agree it’s something highly interesting to see in the air. 
Hundreds of people lined the fences to see the aviation marvel landing. The Super Guppy’s stardom takes a backseat to its cargo on this trip, as it transports the Orion space capsule. The Orion space capsule is considered a major step forward in human space travel, any progress the program makes draws international attention. 
The Orion space capsule is currently in route to NASA’s Plum Brook Station in Sandusky, Ohio, where it will undergo critical testing for several months. The Super Guppy’s successful landing in Mansfield-Lahm may be just a stepping stone on its journey, but an important one. The logistics of moving cargo of this size are thought out well in advance. So why would NASA choose Mansfield?
  • 179th AW Increases Interoperability Through Silver Arrow 2019

    Members from the Ohio Air National Guard’s 179th Airlift Wing, Mansfield, Ohio, participated in Silver Arrow September 13-28, 2019, at Ramstein Air Base, Germany. Members were given the opportunity to complete numerous multinational missions resulting in increased capabilities, readiness, lethality and interoperability for all involved. Interoperability is the ability for multiple military organizations to quickly come together for an operation and communicate effectively to complete the operation together. This is especially important in a global setting with multinational partners.
  • 179 AW Recognizes National Cyber Security Awareness Month

    As cyberspace continues to progress and grow, cyber-crimes, intrusions and scams continue to increase as well. This requires individuals to be more vigilant and on guard to increase our cyber awareness to secure the networks, in hopes to avoid the cyber-crimes that are detrimental to our cyber security. For Senior Master Sgt. Nick Wirwille, Supervisor of the Cyber Systems Operations shop at the 179th Airlift Wing Communications Squadron, Mansfield, Ohio, much of the work he does entails protecting against cyber threats and raising cyber awareness. It’s the job of Cyber Systems Operations specialists to design, install and support our systems to ensure they operate properly and remain secure from outside intrusion.
  • 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