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  • Mansfield/Richland County Public Library partner with 179th Airlift Wing to provide Free Little Libraries

    The Mansfield/Richland County Public Library is always looking for a way to expand its reach. Say "hello" to the Free Little Libraries. "Really, anyone can do it," said library Director Chris May. "I've seen people have them on their front yard, but I got the idea from the Mentor Public Library." May said his library is thus far responsible for five Free Little Libraries around the county. Books inside the box are available to all and everyone is encouraged to place a book to share with others. "It's basically take a book, leave a book. But no one is going to hold you to leaving a book if you don't have one," May said. "It's a really cool idea and way to promote reading, without necessarily having bricks and mortar." The library's Free Little Libraries are located mostly in northern parts of the county, he said.
  • 179th heads to the Cleveland Air Show

    The Cleveland National Air Show gave Clevelander’s a little “Altitude with Attitude” and featured the U.S. Navy Blue Angels. The weather was unseasonably hot but the fans came out to experience an awesome show. The line-up also included the U.S. Air Force F-16 Viper Jet Demonstration, C-130 Hercules Demonstration, U.S. Army Golden Knights Parachute Team and Shockwave Jet Truck. And making their first appearance in Cleveland was Tiger Airshows flying identical Tiger Yak 55’s in close formation aerobatics, all while combining the challenges of flying through the Ringmaster’s exciting smoke rings in the sky. Wingwalking also returned to the Cleveland National Air Show with the debut of husband and wife team, Greg and Ashley Shelton. And each show day included skywriting during a patriot Salute to Veterans performance choreographed to Amazing Grace and God Bless America. 2018 also marked Sean D. Tucker’s last solo appearance in Cleveland in the Oracle Challenger III.
  • 200th RED HORSE Supports Ohio Army National Guard

    For members of the 200th Rapid Engineer Deployable Heavy Operational Repair Squadron Engineers (RED HORSE), the Camp James. A. Garfield project in Ravenna, Ohio, has given them the opportunity to practice their special capabilities by building a 7200 sq. ft. vehicle maintenance bay that will be used by the Ohio Army Guard during their annual training. The 200th RED HORSE Squadron is unique as it is the only RED HORSE Squadron in Ohio, providing vital support through their special capabilities in numerous different ways, while also providing RED HORSE with the opportunities to train and perfect their skills to be ready for future deployments.
  • Balderson and Turner visit 179th Airlift Wing

    Troy Balderson, U.S. Representative from Ohio's 12th congressional district, and Michael Turner, U.S. Representative from Ohio's 10th congressional district, visit the 179th Airlift Wing Aug. 21, 2019, at the 179th Airlift Wing, Mansfield, Ohio. Balderson and Turner met with leadership, toured the facilities and discussed future goals as a part of the visit.
  • Guardsman graduates 3rd fire academy at top of class

    Kristina Schneider, a 40-year-old mother of two, surprised everyone not only with her age or gender, but also with her level of success in the classroom and outside.
  • GuardCare 2019

    Members of the Ohio Air and Army National Guard teamed together with local medical personnel from Tuscarawas County Aug. 10-11, 2019, at the Buckeye Career Center, New Philadelphia, Ohio, to provide free health services to the surrounding area as part of GuardCare 2019. “GuardCare is an event that was established in 1995 after congress authorized National Guard personnel to service under-serviced medical communities,” said 1st Lt. Victoria Dibacco, Officer in Charge of GuardCare. “It's a partnership between the Ohio National Guard and the Ohio Department of Health (ODH) to provide those free services to the community.” See more images at https://www.dvidshub.net/news/335716/guardcare-2019
  • C-130H2 Upgraded Models Arrive at 179th Airlift Wing

    The 179th Airlift Wing, Mansfield, Ohio, is welcoming three C-130H2 models to their current C-130H fleet, the first two arrived on July 19 and the third on Aug. 8, 2019. The third aircraft arrived just one day following an announcement from Air Mobility Command regarding a C-130 Rainbow Fitting Cracking issue. This announcement ordered the temporary removal of 123 of 450 Total Force C-130 Hercules from service on Aug. 7, 2019, after atypical cracks were discovered on the lower center wing joint, or “rainbow fitting”, during programmed depot maintenance. This affected 5 of 11 of the 179th Airlift Wing's C-130 Aircraft and after inspection, no cracks were discovered. See more images at https://www.dvidshub.net/news/332964/c-130h2-upgraded-models-arrive-179th-airlift-wing
  • Ohio Air Guard Holds "Herc Challenge"

    The Mansfield Senior High School Tygers and the Shelby High School Whippets football team participated in the 179th Airlift Wing's "Herc Challenge" held at Arlin Field, Mansfield, Ohio, June 19. Tech. Sgt. Nick Alexander, Recruiter with the 179th Airlift Wing, first created the “Herc Challenge” in 2018, with the goal of bringing together the community and the Air National Guard while teaching the athletes about the core values through a physically and mentally demanding workout. The challenge included a two-mile run, push-ups, sit-ups, burpees, tire flips, bleacher sprints and a 200-yard sprint to finish. See more images at https://www.dvidshub.net/news/328660/ohio-air-guard-holds-herc-challenge
  • Brothers Serve Together in the Ohio Air National Guard

    For members of the National Guard, from the moment you raise your right hand and take the Oath of Enlistment, you gain a family. Brothers and sisters that have your back day and night, through thick and thin, supporting you and working alongside you, creating bonds that last a lifetime. For twins Dylan and Tyler Jenkins and their older brother, Senior Airman Anthony Thielman, the Guard is a family in a more literal sense. Dylan and Tyler recently enlisted into the Ohio Air Guard, following the footsteps of their older brother, who has been a part of the 200th Rapid Engineers Deployable Heavy Operational Repair Squadron Engineer (REDHORSE) for the past four years. See the story on DVIDS https://www.dvidshub.net/news/323650/brothers-serve-together-ohio-air-national-guard
  • 179th Airlift Wing Members Increase Readiness

    As the hot sun beat down on them, they stood side by side, taking synchronized steps, meticulously scanning the tall grass for any remains that could be scattered throughout the area. For Services Airmen with the 179th Mission Support Group, Search and Rescue was just one aspect of the two-day readiness exercise held at the 179th Airlift Wing during the month of May. “The purpose of the exercise was to practice the 179 Airlift Wing’s ability to function in a contested, degraded and operationally limited environment, increasing our readiness and building a more lethal force,” said Senior Master Sgt. Joshua Chapman, 179th AW Installation Emergency Manager. See more photos at https://www.dvidshub.net/image/5410665/179th-airlift-wing-members-increase-readiness