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179th Airman Offered Acceptance To Air Force Academy

6 Jul , 2021  

By Airman First Class Grace Riegel

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 pictures from a deployment to show the students what military life looks like.
“I remember sitting there in the classroom thinking she is so cool,” said Merkel. “I wanted to be like her, and that is where it all started”

Merkel knew her goal was to grow up and serve in the United States Military, but she did not know that her decision to enlist in the Air National Guard would lead to her acceptance into the highly selective Air Force Academy. With an acceptance rate of 11.1% being accepted into the academy is quite an accomplishment. More…

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Firefighter Recognized With Prestigious Training Awards

14 May , 2021  

Story by Master Sgt. Joseph Harwood, 179th Airlift Wing

Airman First Class Sophie Tridico, a member of the Fire Protection Unit at the 179th Airlift Wing in Mansfield, stepped off the bus at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas on Sept. 22, 2020. Tridico arrived to Basic Military Training during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, as one of over 700 masked trainees. By graduation, Nov. 12, 2020, she would end up standing out amongst all of them.

Tridico not only graduated with honors, but earned the distinguished title of the “First Airman” award recipient, given only to the top BMT honor graduate.

To be recognized as an honor graduate in BMT, trainees are evaluated in a number of areas; physical fitness, living area inspections, leadership points, and the end of course exam. Typically, 10 percent of BMT trainees graduate as honor graduates. So it was no small feat to graduate number one among this elite group. More…

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179th AW Rallies Around Member Following Tragic House Fire

25 Mar , 2021  

Story, Photo by Senior Airman Alexis Wade

“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 to see the time, and shut my eyes. I noticed a strange light and thought to myself ‘Man, I’ve never seen that light before’. I opened up my eyes. That’s when I saw the flames shooting out of the back of my house. I leapt out of bed and yelled for my missus that the house was on fire and to get out.”

This is how Master Sgt. Brian Thompson, Flight Engineer with the 164th Airlift Squadron at the 179th Airlift Wing, Mansfield, described the early morning of November 18th when disaster struck his home with a fire that would destroy everything. More…


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Non-Commissioned Officer Of The Year For Ohio, Region Advances To National Competition

1 Mar , 2021  

Tech. Sgt. Joseph Leitz wins Non-commissioned Officer of the Year for Ohio and Regional level, advances to national competition.

Special to 1812Blockhouse

By Airman Grace Riegel, 179th Airlift Wing

Tech. Sgt. Joseph Leitz, a squad leader with the 179th Security Forces Squadron, was awarded Non-Commissioned Officer of the Year for the state of Ohio on January 9. Next, Leitz won the regional level of competition and will be advancing to the national level.

“I received a call today from Maj. Gen. James Camp” Leitz said, “He let me know that I had been selected as the winner at the regional level. It was pretty awesome that he called me personally to let me know. He told me this is the kind of thing that can really change your career path and that he was very proud to have an Ohioan moving on to represent us at the National Guard Bureau.” More…


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179th Airlift Wing Captain Receives National Leadership Award

30 Aug , 2020  

By Bill Pierce, Ohio National Guard Public Affairs

They volunteer in the local community, provide critical advocacy for victims of sexual harassment and assault, consistently apply leadership qualities throughout their formations, and successfully train, mentor and coach warrant officer candidates, all while simultaneously representing the positive values of the Ohio National Guard.

The Ohio National Guard is proud to showcase the members among its ranks who have earned national recognition for their achievements and dedicated service to their communities, state and nation.

The National Guard Association of the United States (NGAUS) has selected Ohio Air National Guard Capt. Walter Borowitz of Mansfield and Ohio Army National Guard 1st Lt. Emily Ostroski, of Raeford, North Carolina, to receive the Theodore Roosevelt Leadership Award for Company Grade Officers. More…


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Controlling Board Approves Change Concerning Lahm Runway Improvement

18 May , 2020  

By: 1812Blockhouse Staff

At its meeting on May 11, the State of Ohio Controlling Board approved a change of intent request from the Ohio Adjutant General’s Department relating to taxiway improvements at Mansfield Lahm Airport.

The overall project at Lahm is designed to improve the facility to enhance its viability for use by the 179th Airlift Wing and to eliminate two of the six permanent airfield waivers required for that use. More…

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179th To Honor Ohio And Ohio Heroes With Flyovers

14 May , 2020  

By: 1812Blockhouse Staff

On Friday, folks in several Richland County communities should pay attention to things flying overhead.

In specific, look to see a C-130 aircraft from the 179th Airlift Wing, stationed at Mansfield Lahm, as the Wing conducts a series of flyovers that will take them to sites across central, east central, and north central Ohio.

The aim is to flyover cities and hospitals as a salute to heroes fighting the COVID-19 pandemic. More…

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Daughter Of 179th Group Commander Receives National Honor

12 Apr , 2020  

Kristina Lee, daughter of Col. Andrew Lee, M.D., Medical Group Commander of the 179th Airlift Wing, Mansfield, was recently announced as the 2020 Military Child of the Year® Award recipient representing the National Guard.

Operation Homefront, serving America’s military families® since 2002, announced the seven recipients of the esteemed 2020 Military Child of the Year® Award, the nation’s premier recognition of the outstanding achievements of our military children. More…

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Orion Loaded Into The Super Guppy – Video

4 Apr , 2020  

Posted on Thursday- NASA “Super Guppy” Lands in Mansfield (Social Video), by SrA Marc Wilson, Public Domain – “The appearance of U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) visual information does not imply or constitute DoD endorsement.”


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‘Pilot for a Day’ at the 179th Airlift Wing

20 Sep , 2019  

The 164th Airlift Squadron collaborated to make 6-year-old Ayden Houston honorary “Pilot for a Day” at the 179th Airlift Wing September 15.

Ayden, who has been battling a variety of health issues since birth, began the day with an honorary induction ceremony. Col. Todd Thomas, 179th Airlift Wing commander, asked Ayden to raise his right hand and swear to mom he would have as much fun as possible while performing his duties as an honorary 164th Airlift Squadron pilot for the day. More…


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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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