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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

Not Your Father’s Combat Survival Training

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August 22, 2014 in Mansfield Lahm Airport and Air National Guard, Ohio by clevine

The need for aircrew combat survival refresher training has been around for as long as the AF has been flying aircraft, yet this weekend something noticeably different was happening in the woods of north central Ohio.
"I had the opportunity to hear Secretary James discuss the need to embrace diversity of thought. That encouraged us to look for innovative ways to conduct reoccurring training", said Col Mark "Kahuna" Auer, Commander of the 179th Operations Group. "We knew Battlefield Airmen in Tactical Control Air Party (TACP) units possessed finely honed land navigation, tactical movement and survival skills. And since TACPs attend the same basic survival course as aircrew, we knew they could speak the same language and our aircrew would benefit from their recent ground combat experience. We were all anxious to see what could be achieved by combining Mobility Air Forces (MAF) aircrew and Aircrew Flight Equipment (AFE) personnel with Battlefield Airman from the Combat Air Forces
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179th dedicates C-130 “SPIRIT OF MANSFIELD” at Airport Day

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August 22, 2014 in Mansfield Lahm Airport and Air National Guard, Ohio by clevine

One of the C-130 Hercules transport plane from Mansfield's 179th Airlift Wing joined about a dozen other aircraft at the Mansfield Airport Day event Saturday, July 5, 2014. The event is dedicated to aviation and aircraft of past and present, as well as chance to showcase a couple hundred classic cars and other vehicles. The day hosted beautiful weather, contributing to the largest crowd that Airport Day has seen to date.
The "Spirit of Mansfield" is a name that embodies the community support for the 179th Airlift Wing. It represents everything that has been done in the past to preserve the base in hard times, as well as the continued support of the community into the future. 179th Airlift Wing Commander, Col. Gary McCue, kicked off the event with an aircraft dedication ceremony, a dedication of a C-130H Hercules, being christened the "Spirit of Mansfield". Wife of Congressman, Bob Gibbs, Jody, was honored with the christening of the aircraft.
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179th AW holds ‘Spring into Summer’ Event

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August 22, 2014 in Mansfield Lahm Airport and Air National Guard, Ohio by clevine

The 179th Airlift Wing, Mansfield, OH, hosted a "Spring into Summer" event, June 7, 2014. The event is designed to teach and prepare military families for any emergency that might arise. The event encouraged the base members and their family to come out for a day to get affairs in order and enjoy a day of fun as well. It is vital that members take care of their paperwork, legal documentation, wills and power of attorney before an issue occurs. As the saying goes, it is important that a family has their house in order. No member wants a loved one feeling alone in a time of need. The goal for the day was knowledge and knowledge is preparedness. The base looked like a fair as representatives set up tents to help spread the word on benefits and services available to them that they may not be utilizing. There is a resource, a benefit, an office or a person available for any wish.
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CIVIL AIR PATROL SOARS INTO WILD BLUE YONDER WITH 179TH AIRLIFT WING

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June 26, 2014 in Mansfield Lahm Airport and Air National Guard, Ohio by clevine

Over the weekend, in the skies over Ohio, the Civil Air Patrol, 279th Composite Squadron, Clermont County, headed into the wild blue yonder with the Ohio Air National Guard's 179th Airlift Wing, Mansfield Ohio. The 179th Airlift Wing hosted an Orientation Flight (O-Flight) on a C-130H2 aircraft for 16 Civil Air Patrol (CAP) cadets and 3 senior members. The C-130H2 aircraft picked the members up at Cincinnati - Lunken Airport and flew around the military operation area (MOA) for an hour.
The Civil Air Patrol is an auxiliary unit supported by the U.S. Air Force for search and rescue. The CAP is trained to search for downed aircraft and missing people, they also perform homeland security, disaster relief and drug interdiction missions at the request of federal, state and local agencies. The 179th Airlift Wing has been supporting CAP professional military development training for cadets and senior leaders for more than 30 years. The cadets meet every Sunday at the base and senior l
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SURVIVOR OUTREACH SERVICES

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June 12, 2014 in Mansfield Lahm Airport and Air National Guard, Ohio by clevine

On Saturday, June 7th, Major General Mark E. Bartman introduced the men and women of the 179th Airlift Wing to Mrs. Susan Bogan, Ohio's Survivor Outreach Services (SOS) Program Coordinator.
SOS is an Ohio Army National Guard program that provides long-term care and case management for the families of fallen warriors; regardless of how that death occurred or if it is related to military service. She was invited to speak to the 179th Airlift Wing because the concepts are as relevant to the Air Force as the Army. "We won't turn anyone away," she said.
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179th Airlift Wing Medical Group trains Boy Scouts in CPR/First Aid

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June 12, 2014 in Mansfield Lahm Airport and Air National Guard, Ohio by clevine

The 179th Airlift Wing Medical Group travelled to Firelands Scout Reservation, Camp Wyandot, June 11, 2014. The day was centered on medical emergencies; the scouts were trained with video and hands on training in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and First Aid. The Airmen showed basic life-saving skills and Heartsaver training to both Camp employees and the scouts.
Four members from the 179th Medical Group volunteered to perform the training. Lt. Col. Dawn Roberts and Tech. Sgt. Jacyln Newbert showed a video and did hands on training about First Aid while Master Sgt. Kristopher Wolf and Master Sgt. Douglas Nebergall showed a video and did hands on training about CPR/Heartsaver.
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JOINT IN FAITH AND IN SERVICE:Ohio’s Chaplains Train and Work Together

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June 11, 2014 in Mansfield Lahm Airport and Air National Guard, Ohio by clevine

Nearly two dozen chaplains and chaplain assistants from all around Ohio gathered in the 179th Airlift Wing's Operations building to discuss common needs, concerns, and issues during the Wing's May unit training assembly. It is a quarterly gathering that has been happening since 2007; bringing soldiers and Airmen together in faith and service as they support a truly joint mission.
The focus of this quarter's meeting was homeland response, according to Chaplain Colonel Andrew Aquino, a member of the Ohio Army National Guard and the senior chaplain at Joint Forces Head Quarters in Columbus. The homeland response mission addresses situations like a natural disaster or a dirty bomb detonation within the state. "As chaplains our role in that response is to provide religious support for our units," Col. Aquino said.
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200th RED HORSE Det. 1 host Homeland Response Force Exercise

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June 11, 2014 in Mansfield Lahm Airport and Air National Guard, Ohio by clevine

The 200th RED HORSE Det. 1, Mansfield, OH, hosted the 73rd Troop Command Brigade Homeland Response Force in an exercise by the Homeland Response Force, FEMA Region 5, May 3, 2014. The 200th RHS set the stage by creating the tent city for the exercise, while supporting Air National Guard members from the 179th Airlift Wing of Mansfield, 125th Intelligence Squadron and 269th Combat Communications Squadron, both of Springfield, contributed to the joint exercise.
In the event of a large scale emergency, the Ohio National Guard has to be prepared. Many organizations and people need to be ready to assist the public in its most desperate of times. To have an accurate understanding of how organizations work together for a real life events, this exercise effectively prepares the National Guard for the "unknown events" that come up in any emergency. It could be anything from an act of terrorism to a natural disaster, the Ohio National Guard will respond with ready and well trained units.
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‘MDG MUDDERS’ TACKLE OBSTACLE RACE AS A TEAM

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June 11, 2014 in Mansfield Lahm Airport and Air National Guard, Ohio by clevine

On a cold and rainy day in May, six members of the 179th Airlift Wing's Medical Dental Group (MDG) met the challenge of the Tough Mudder obstacle race through thickly wooded grounds. For them, it was an exercise in teamwork, fitness and fun.
Staff Sgt. Natasha Grau, 179MDG medical technician, credited Tech. Sgt. Joeleen Mellars with the idea to participate. She said the team dubbed themselves the 'MDG Mudders' because they knew going into the grueling event that they would have to work together in order to succeed. She stated, "I thought, who better to do this with than other Airmen?"
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Local USAF pilot helps in Airline Emergency

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June 11, 2014 in Mansfield Lahm Airport and Air National Guard, Ohio by clevine

Most people think that during an emergency they would step up to the plate, act heroically and do what is necessary to save lives. Thinking one might rescue the day is a noble thought, but acting on those thoughts is what sets the nation's heroes above noble thinkers.

"Every pilot thinks 'what would I do if this all goes wrong' on any aircraft," said Capt. Mark Gongol, 13th Air Support Operations Squadron assistant director of operations at Fort Carson. "As a professional courtesy, we all know the aircrew at civilian airlines are extremely well qualified, but as a byproduct of being a pilot, I always have a heightened awareness when flying. However, I never thought I would be in the situation I was in."
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Ohio Airman Receives Medal for Heroism

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June 11, 2014 in Mansfield Lahm Airport and Air National Guard, Ohio by clevine

The term hero makes him blush; on Sunday, May 4th 2014 Technical Sergeant Daryl A. Walters of the Ohio Air National Guard's 200th RED HORSE squadron was decorated with the Ohio Distinguished Service Medal for his heroic role in saving a tourist from being sucked into the propulsion turbines beneath a Jet Express ferry in Port Clinton.
Tech. Sgt. Walters is a Port Clinton native and a vehicle maintenance craftsman with 15 years of service in the Ohio Air National Guard. He started working a second job on the Jet Express because of last year's furlough and government shut-down.
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179th Airlift Wing Security Forces troops enjoy “Touch a Truck” day

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June 11, 2014 in Mansfield Lahm Airport and Air National Guard, Ohio by clevine

179th Airlift Wing Security Forces troops enjoy "Touch a Truck" day with the students at Madison South Elementary school, Mansfield, Ohio, May 9, 2014. Tech. Sgt. Brandon Velemirov and Staff Sgt. Michelle Roark from 179th Security Forces Squadron volunteered to take a Security Forces vehicle to Madison South Elementary school for the afternoon. TSgt Velemirov and SSgt Roark gave the kids a taste of what it's like to be in the military and military police.
Madison South Elementary School hosted the Touch-A-Truck event as a reward celebration for students, school-wide, who achieved good behavior for the month of April. 250-300 students participated in this celebration, ranging from kindergarten to grade 6. The kids danced, ate hot dogs supplied by the Madison school parents club, ice cream from Jingle Brothers ice cream truck, climbed in and out of the Madison Fire Dept. fire truck, climbed on tractors supplied by Jacobs Excavating, revved race car engines, walked through school b
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179th Airlift Wing Women inspire girls in Leader Richland Program

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June 11, 2014 in Mansfield Lahm Airport and Air National Guard, Ohio by clevine

The 179th Airlift Wing and 200th RED HORSE Det. 1, Mansfield, OH, participated in the Richland Community Development Group's program "Leader Richland", which aims to inspire 7th and 8th graders to reach their full potential as future community leaders.
Each year the program rotates between all boys and all girls. This event spanned over 3 separate dates, May 15, 19 and 22. Nine different schools sent busloads of girls from Ontario, Shelby, Colonel Crawford, Mansfield City, Plymouth, Galion, Lucas, Crestline and Richland Academy School of Excellence.
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MANSFIELD C-130 ENTERTAINS, INSPIRES AT YOUNGSTOWN AIR SHOW

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June 11, 2014 in Mansfield Lahm Airport and Air National Guard, Ohio by clevine

A C-130 Hercules transport plane from Mansfield's 179th Airlift Wing joined dozens of other aircraft from around the country at the Thunder over the Valley airshow; an interactive showcase of aviation and aircraft, past and present.

The Mansfield plane was configured for aero-medical operations, allowing visitors to see how wounded warriors or the victims of natural disasters might be evacuated to safety while receiving essential medical care.
The plane's crew engaged visitors at the rear ramp and onboard. Visitors of all ages took turns looking out the windows, climbing on the seats, and exploring the cockpit. "This is really incredible," one man said aloud as he walked through the plane, "I can't believe that they just let us see and touch everything."
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179th Airlift Wing host N10 Leadership Event

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June 11, 2014 in Mansfield Lahm Airport and Air National Guard, Ohio by clevine

The 179th Airlift Wing hosted the Northern 10 Athletic Conference for an N10 Leadership Event, Mansfield, OH, April 7, 2014. 160 students with their coaches and counselors from Buckeye Central, Bucyrus, Carey, Colonel Crawford, Crestline, Mohawk, Ridgedale, Seneca East, Upper Sandusky, and Wynford held the leadership event, for the first time at an Air National Guard Installation.
Lt Col. Stephen Rhoades, Ohio Army National Guard, gave a speech on leadership qualities, offering his experiences in life and leadership in the service. Lt Col. Rhoades said "How have you chosen your student leaders thus far? Popularity? Athleticism?" Rhoades continued, "You'll find that being a leader isn't about those things. Any of you have the ability to lead, it starts with building confidence in yourself and in those you're leading."
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