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New Models Have Arrived At The 179th Airlift Wing

14 Aug , 2019  

The 179th Airlift Wing at Mansfield Lahm has welcomed three C-130H2 models to their current C-130H fleet, the first two arrived on July 19 and the third on August 8.

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 August 7, after atypical cracks were discovered on the lower center wing joint, or “rainbow fitting”, during programmed depot maintenance. More…

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From Mansfield To The Moon: Newest US Spacecraft Coming To Town

6 Jul , 2019  

As America gears up for its next mission to the moon, Mansfield will be playing a role in making that happen.

In fact, the spacecraft will be making a stop here later this year.

The uncrewed Orion Multi-Purupose Crew Vehicle is scheduled to be launched next June from the Kennedy Space Center as a part of the Artemis 1 project. The goal of the flight is a six day moon orbit. More…

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Airmen From Mansfield Join In Constructing Camp Facility In Mississippi

5 Apr , 2019  

The 200th RED HORSE Squadron (200RHS), an Ohio Air National Guard unit based out of Camp Perry and its Detachment in Mansfield, is conducting a Deployment for Training (DFT) to assist in the construction of Mississippi’s first fully accessible year-round camp facility for children and adults with serious illness, physical and mental challenges, and other special needs through the Department of Defense’s Innovative Readiness Training (IRT) Program. More…

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Governor’s Proposed Budget Includes Commitment To 179th Airlift Wing

19 Mar , 2019  

When Governor Mike DeWine’s first proposed budget was released recently, the Air National Guard presence in Mansfield and three other Ohio communities was referenced as a specific budget objective.

According to a press release from the Governor’s office, the budget “…focuses on investing in Ohio’s children families, workforce, infrastructure, mental health and addiction recovery, and natural resources.” When it came to specific recommendations for funding for the Ohio Adjutant General’s Department, those recommendations led to a proposed 6.9% total increase from fiscal year 2019 to fiscal year 2020. More…

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State Board To Consider Taxiway Relocation Design Project At Lahm

23 Feb , 2019  

On February 25, the State of Ohio Controlling Board, a part of the Office of Management and Budget, will consider a request from the Adjutant General’s Department to approve a waiver of competitive selection and a release of $441,000 for a taxiway project at Mansfield Lahm Airport. More…

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Local Recruiter Uses Innovation To Connect Students With Air National Guard Opportunities

9 Nov , 2018  

Technical Sergeant Nicholas M. Alexander, Recruiter from the 179th Airlift Wing, is using innovation to bring awareness of the Ohio Air National Guard to the local area.

Although Alexander has only been a recruiter for two years, he has already seen success in his work. After working only seven months as a recruiter, he was awarded 2017 Rookie of the Year in Recruiting for Ohio, as well as Region 4, which is composed of all Air National Guard Units in 10 different states. More…

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OSU Mansfield Alum And Ohio Air National Guard Commander

7 Nov , 2018  

For Col. Ken Kmetz, the Ohio Air National Guard and The Ohio State University at Mansfield were a combination that opened wide the doors to his professional career.

After enlisting in the Ohio Air National Guard in 1986, Kmetz, now commander of the Guard’s 179th Airlift Wing Maintenance Group, decided, “I’m going to finish my degree. How can I do that? That’s when I went to Ohio State.” He graduated from Ohio State Mansfield in 1998 with a bachelor’s degree in psychology. More…

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179th Hosts Bring Your Child To Work Day

23 Jun , 2018  

Bring Your Child To Work Day was held on Wednesday at the 179th Airlift Wing in Mansfield. The event was a great opportunity for military parents to teach their children about their job in the Air Force. Here are three photos from the event; click on any photo for a full-size image. More…

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179th Engages In Aircraft Crash Recovery Training

14 Jun , 2018  

Airmen from the 179th Airlift Wing Fire Department, Mansfield, Ohio, conduct aircraft crash recovery training, June 4, 2018, held at the Alpena Combat Readiness Traning Center, Alpena, Michigan. Airmen use fire trucks to circle the simulated aircraft crash site and extinguish the flames created by a controlled propane live fire system. The training is focused on full spectrum readiness preparing the wing to respond to local, state or federal activations at a moments notice. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Capt. Paul Stennett/Released). Note: The appearance of U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) visual information does not imply or constitute DoD endorsement.

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179th Airlift Wing Chaplain Is A Woman Making History

17 Mar , 2018  

As leadership drives home the need for diversity, “the goal to reach 30% is very do-able” said the first female commander at the 179th Airlift Wing in Mansfield, Col. Allison C. Miller as she discussed the population of women in the military. Looking across the sea of faces working at her Ohio Air National Guard Unit, she noted that female members nearly reach 25% of the 1100 personnel and 19% throughout the Air Force.

March is Women’s History Month and the 179th AW is highlighting women making history across the unit and the Ohio Air National Guard. More…

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179th Airmen Of The Year Named

25 Jan , 2018  

Five airmen have been selected to represent the 179th Airlift Wing in Mansfield as Airmen of the Year in their rank respective categories. The winners went on to compete at the 2017 Ohio Air National Guard Outstanding Airmen of the Year (OAY) awards banquet to honor the nominees from units across the state, Jan. 6 at the Courtyard Marriott, where one member of the 179 AW was selected to represent the State of Ohio at the National Guard Bureau level competition against all Guardsmen from all states and territories for the Outstanding Airman of the Year Program.

Each year, the most outstanding performers are recognized throughout the United States Air Force and Air National Guard for demonstrating superior leadership, job performance, community involvement and personal achievements. More…

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Colonel Allison Miller To Head 179th Airlift Wing; First Woman In Ohio To Do So

17 Jan , 2018  

A decorated pilot and 20-year veteran of the National Guard will become the first woman to lead an Ohio Air National Guard wing. Col. Allison Miller takes command of the 179th Airlift Wing in Mansfield during an official change of command ceremony at 2 PM on Sunday, January 21 at the Mansfield Lahm Air National Guard Base.

Miller is currently the director of safety for the Air National Guard, and will be replacing Col. James Camp, who became the Ohio assistant adjutant general for Air on December 29, 2017. More…

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Photos From A Commander’s Farewell And Final Flight

3 Jan , 2018  

Members of the 179th Airlift Wing in Mansfield gathered to offer congratulations and farewells to 179th AW Commander Col. James R. Camp on December 5. Camp took his final flight in the military in a C-130H Hercules before he continues to lead the Ohio Air National Guard as the Assistant Adjutant General for Air.

On Tuesday, photos from that event were released by the U.S. Air National Guard, including these two images; click on either for a larger version. For our earlier story on Camp’s new position, click here. More…

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Morning Routine For Herculean Operations

22 Dec , 2017  

The sun rises over a flight line of C-130H Hercules in the early morning at the 179th Airlift Wing, Mansfield, Ohio, as maintainers perform engine runs, Dec. 21, 2017. The 179th Airlift Wing is always on a mission to be the first choice to respond to state and federal missions with a trusted team of Airmen. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Joe Harwood\Released)

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