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The 179th Airlift Wing has participated in humanitarian airlift efforts throughout the world including Provide Relief/Restore Hope in Somalia and has been involved in Operation Provide Promise in Bosnia, in support of UN relief efforts and Operations Joint Guard & Forge in support of NATO operating out of Rhein-Main and Ramstein Air Base, Germany. They responded to disaster relief tasking in the wake of hurricane’s Hugo, Andrew and Katrina and was tasked to provide airlift support for invading forces in Haiti during Operation Uphold Democracy and served as lead unit for the Air National Guard deployment for Operation Southern Watch in support of the Southwest Asia no-fly zone.

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Mansfield Lahm Airport and Air National Guard News

179th Airlift Wing back in the C-130 Saddle Again.

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April 10, 2014 in Mansfield Lahm Airport and Air National Guard, Ohio by clevine

All around the 179th Airlift Wing, you can find it progressively picking up the pace. More planes, more people and more to get done.
The flightline is taking on a familiar appearance, with legacy C-130H Hercules ready to taxi out or taking a moment to refuel. Aircrew is getting in flying hours. Maintenance is hard at work keeping them flying. Tails are being painted to sport the familiar Mansfield banner.
Recruiting reports are pushing out the highest numbers they have seen in years, people are ready to serve their country and support the state of Ohio in the Air National Guard.
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Shelby Rotary Club recognizes Shelby 179th Airlift Wing Members

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April 10, 2014 in Mansfield Lahm Airport and Air National Guard, Ohio by clevine

Pioneer Career & Technology Center hosted The Shelby Rotary Club and members of the 179th Airlift Wing, April 7, 2014.
Lynn Friebel, President of The Shelby Rotary Club, joined Shelby Mayor, Marilyn John, in recognizing members of the Shelby community for their service in the Air National Guard at the 179th Airlift Wing. Wing Commander, Colonel Gary McCue, spoke to the group of the important role the community support of Shelby has had historically, noting past commanders from Shelby and the outstanding contributions of current members.
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164th Airlift Squadron survives Water Survival Training

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April 10, 2014 in Mansfield Lahm Airport and Air National Guard, Ohio by clevine

The 164th Airlift Squadron aircrew has to be trained for every scenario, good or bad. Water survival training is part of that training, and refresher courses are a crucial part of staying sharp for any scenario. This year, the aircrew members accomplished the training at the Galion YMCA pool, Galion, OH, April 6, 2014.
164th Airlift Squadron member, Maj. Jeremy Ford, said "This is crucial re-occurring training. Not only does it prepares the aircrew to navigate the situation to save themselves in the event of an emergency water landing, but also how to handle any passengers we may have at the time."
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21 Receive Degrees from CCAF in Spring Ceremony

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April 10, 2014 in Mansfield Lahm Airport and Air National Guard, Ohio by clevine

It was standing-room only as over 100 Airman attended the 179th Airlift Wing's spring Community College of the Air Force (CCAF) commencement ceremony on April 6, 2014.

Dr. Dory Dieb, Ph.D., President of North Central State College reflected on the importance of the day in a short key-note speech. Blending quotes from Robert Greenleaf and Ralph Waldo Emerson, he told the graduates that "to serve is also to lead through service. So on your service journey, do not just go where the path may lead, instead go where there is no path and leave a trail."
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Air Force announces force structure changes that assign new C-130H Hercules mission to Mansfield-based 179th Airlift Wing

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March 28, 2013 in Mansfield Lahm Airport and Air National Guard, Ohio by clevine

Today the Air Force confirmed force structure changes that will impact Airmen and aircraft at the 179th Airlift Wing, located in Mansfield, Ohio.

Under aviation force structure changes in the Fiscal Year 2013 National Defense Authorization Act, the Secretary of the Air Force announced Total Force Proposal (TFP) and Intra-theater Airlift Working Group (IAWG) adjustments. All four C-27J Spartan aircraft will be divested from Mansfield, while eight C-130H Hercules will be fielded. In addition, the 179th Airlift Wing will increase personnel strength from 650 to 830 total Airmen.
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Airman recognized for saving an Ohioan’s life

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March 12, 2013 in Mansfield Lahm Airport and Air National Guard, Ohio by clevine

Ohio Air National Guardsman, Staff Sgt. Josh Blankley, with the 200th RED HORSE Squadron, is a shining example of the minuteman spirit. In a split second, he was thrust into a life-saving situation where his ability to quickly react and Air National Guard training came to fruition.

On June 22, 2012, Blankley was traveling on Interstate 75 and witnessed a vehicle lose control, travel into the median and roll over several times before it came to rest on its side with severe damage. Blankley immediately stopped to render assistance. Observing the driver was trapped inside, he entered the overturned vehicle to assess the driver's injuries. After a quick assessment of the drivers multiple injuries and severe bleeding from his head, Blankley immediately rendered lifesaving measures and remained with the victim until first responders arrived.
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179th Airlift Wing wife recognized nationally

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March 9, 2013 in Mansfield Lahm Airport and Air National Guard, Ohio by clevine

Through volunteering countless hours in support of the 179th Airlift Wing and selflessly providing philanthropic support for numerous community organizations, Molly A. McCue has earned national recognition by being selected as the Air National Guard nominee for the 2013 Joan Orr Air Force Spouse of the Year Award.

The award recognizes spouses of military members for their significant contributions to the Air Force. This prestigious award, sponsored by the Air Force Association, honors the late Joan Orr, wife of former Secretary of the Air Force Verne Orr. As the Air National Guard nominee, McCue will compete against an Air Force Active Duty nominee and Air Force Reserve nominee.
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Congratulations to the 179th Airlift Wing for “Excellent” CUI Rating

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February 27, 2013 in Mansfield Lahm Airport and Air National Guard, Ohio by clevine

Despite many uncertainties, the men and women of the 179th Airlift Wing have once again shown their tradition of excellence by receiving an overall Consolidated Unit Inspection (CUI) rating of "Excellent" after undergoing six days of thorough compliance inspection by the Air Mobility Command Inspector General.

This inspection is a periodic review of unit's compliance with processes, procedures and regulations in daily operations. The 70-member team of inspectors from units throughout the Air Mobility Command reviewed checklists of several thousand items involving every major office and shop within the wing, primarily evaluating ten Major Graded Areas (MGAs) which included: Manpower, Personnel and Services; Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance; Operations, Plans and Requirements; Logistics, Installations and Mission Support; Information Dominance; Surgeon General; Administration; Acquisition; Public Affairs; and Financial Management.
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Unit members win ANG Air Transportation NCO and SNCO of the Year awards

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April 15, 2012 in Mansfield Lahm Airport and Air National Guard, Ohio by clevine

Recently two members of the 179 Airlift Wing were selected for Air National Guard Transportation awards. Master Sgt. David Shambaugh and Tech. Sgt. Corey Christopher won ANG Transportation Senior Non-commissioned Officer of the Year and ANG Transportation Non-commissioned Officer of the Year respectively.
According to the 179 AW Aerial Port Superintendent, Chief Master Sgt. Mark Dyer, the recognition is very well deserved. "They are amazing guys. They really do an amazing job," Dyer said of the winners. "This is huge for us [in Aerial Port]. We were once authorized more than 100 positions and now we are down to 32. They deserve [this award] for all the hard work they do."
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179th Security Forces squads deploy

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April 13, 2012 in Mansfield Lahm Airport and Air National Guard, Ohio by clevine

On March 28, 2012, 26 members of the 179th Airlift Wing Security Forces Squadron deployed to Afghanistan for a six-month tour. The two squads, led by Master Sgt. Eric Stephens and Master Sgt. Nelson F. Kilgore Jr., will provide perimeter security at Bagram Airfield. They are replacing fellow Ohio Air National Guard SFS members from the 121st Air Refueling Wing and will be working closely with the Army.

Prior to their deployment to Afghanistan, the 26 Security Forces members completed Combat Skills Training at Fort Bliss, Texas. While there, they learned to operate Mine Resistant Ambush Protected vehicles, as well as tactical convoy operations. Additionally, they learned Improvised Explosive Device protection procedures and techniques and took the Army Combat Lifesaver course, which teaches deploying troops the skills necessary to facilitate medical procedures in field conditions.
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Awards Banquet Spotlights Best of the Best

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November 4, 2011 in Mansfield Lahm Airport and Air National Guard, Ohio by clevine

The annual 179th Airlift Wing Awards Banquet was held at Café on Main in downtown Mansfield on Saturday, Oct. 23. The new location provided a cozy atmosphere and great food.

After posting of the Colors by the 179th AW Honor Guard team and 2nd Lt. Joy Ella Bourassa's rendition of the National Anthem, the evening began with a buffet dinner, followed by key speaker Chief Master Sgt Christopher Muncy, Command Chief Master Sgt.of the Air National Guard. Muncy encouraged Airmen to educate the people about the ANG and the vital role it plays in the total Air Force. "You've got to tell your story," he urged. He noted that while everyone at the banquet is there because they understand the importance of the Guard, not everyone understands the Guard or the jobs its members perform.
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179th Airlift Wing emergency managers, local agencies train for hazard response

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November 4, 2011 in Mansfield Lahm Airport and Air National Guard, Ohio by clevine

Emergency management personnel from the 179th Airlift Wing and civilian first responders from outlying communities participated in a hazardous materials and terrorist use of chemical, biological, nuclear and high-yield explosives exercise on base Friday, Nov. 4, 2011.

"These types of exercises are pertinent because they allow all parties to see the interoperability between on and off base agencies when it comes to large scale response operations," said Senior Master Sgt. Mark Manbevers, 179th AW Emergency Management superintendent. "We can gain insight and learn from mistakes to allow ourselves to become a better response force."
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Senator Brown tours Mansfield facilities

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October 28, 2011 in Mansfield Lahm Airport and Air National Guard, Ohio by clevine

Senator Sherrod Brown and his aides stopped by his hometown of Mansfield at the 179th Airlift Wing on Wednesday, Oct. 26, to see the new C-27J aircrafts and to tour the newly built Rapid Engineer Deployable Heavy Operational Repair Squadron Engineers and Mansfield Armed Forces Reserve Center buildings on Airport Road North.

During the visit, Brown met with trained C-27J pilots and talked at length with members of the 164th Airlift Squadron about the new airframe. He noted that housing more planes on fewer bases makes good financial sense especially from a maintenance aspect. "Mansfield has proven that more planes here makes sense. This base serves people who live not just in Mansfield, but for miles around. The base injects life and money into the local economy," he said.
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Crestview High School adopts 179th Airlift Wing

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October 23, 2011 in Mansfield Lahm Airport and Air National Guard, Ohio by clevine

Crestview High School adopted the 179th Airlift Wing as part of Operation Buckeye Guard, a local grassroots movement in the State of Ohio. This is the first time an Air National Guard unit has been a part of this community based partnership.

"This unbelievable partnership shows a great connectedness not only in their [students] daily lives, but outside as well. It allows us to connect with these guard members in a special way," said Bill Cedar, Superintendent for Crestview schools.
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179 Airlift Wing partners with OSU on completing degrees

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October 21, 2011 in Mansfield Lahm Airport and Air National Guard, Ohio by clevine

If the Enlisted Force Advisory Council has their way, soon non-commissioned officers in E-8 and above slots will be required to complete their Community College of the Air Force associates degrees. To help foster this environment of focusing on continuing one's education and becoming well rounded in one's career field, the 179th Airlift Wing has partnered with The Ohio State University's Mansfield Branch to offer select classes on base.

The offered courses are chosen based on what most guard members need to complete their CCAF degrees. These courses are Math, English and Speech. The classes are being designed to fit easily into a member's busy day by being scheduled during an extended lunch hour and directly after normal first shift work hours.
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