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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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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.