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Courtesy Photo The Gift of Life
More than 116,000 men, women and children are on the national transplant list as of August 2017, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and every 10 minutes another person is added. Each day, 20 people die waiting for an organ transplant because there are not enough donors.
0 3/09
2018
Military Dentists: A Full-Filling Career Choice Military Dentists: A Full-Filling Career Choice
Driving nice cars and living the good life are often some the reasons mentioned by high school students when asked why they want to be a medical professional, and for Lt. Col. Jennifer Ludwig, her reasons were no different. “You get asked what you want to be, a lot, in high school,” said Ludwig, Chief of Dental Operations assigned to the 180th Fighter Wing, Ohio National Guard. “A doctor seemed like a good answer, but medical seemed to cliché. My dentist and orthodontist seemed to really enjoy life and drove nice cars. You’re a teenager. Those reasons seem so trivial now, this turned out to be a great career choice.”
0 3/09
2018
Miracle on Lasky The Miracle on Laskey
“9-1-1 what’s your emergency?” “I’m here at Laskey and Oakridge,” a woman replied, her words spilling out in a panic. “A little boy ran across the street and I didn’t see him and I hit him with my car and I need someone right now. Please send someone right now.” “Slow down,” The operator said in a soothing tone, attempting to calm the woman on the other end of the line. “I’ve got someone on the way. How old is he?” “How old is he, honey?” the woman asked. After a short pause she answered the operator. “He’s thirteen.”
0 3/09
2018
N/A Swimming with Sharks
Tech. Sgt. Tom Burden, a weapons mechanic assigned to the Ohio Air National Guard’s 180th Fighter Wing, swapped his military uniform for a dark blue jumpsuit emblazoned with the Grypmat logo across the shoulders as he mingled with more than a hundred friends, relatives, entrepreneurs and investors at Rev1 Ventures in Columbus, Ohio. They stood together in small groups, discussing his invention while waiting for the newest episode of Shark Tank to air. Some speculated on the upcoming show. Would Burden get a deal? If he did get a deal, would it be what he wanted? Which shark would show an interest in his business? Would he even accept a deal if one was offered? Others speculated on the potential of his promising future; private jets, mansions, yachts and other various trappings of success. Some talked about their own inventions and Burden’s example of entrepreneurial spirit, dogged determination, and dauntless courage. Others spoke hopefully about investment opportunities with Burden’s self-built company.
0 12/18
2017
Default Air Force Logo Native American History Month: 180th Fighter Wing Celebrates Cultural Diversity
Although she was born and raised in Ohio, Master Sgt. Serena Dedes’ history will always be rooted in Arizona, home to the White Mountain Apache Tribe. She learned the Apache heritage through the teachings of her mother and going to traditional Pow Wows, which are Native American ceremonies involving feasting, singing, and dancing.
0 11/05
2017
An F-16 Fighting Falcon assigned to the 180th Fighter Wing, Ohio Air National Guard, flies alongside a Hungarian JAS 39 Grippens during exercise Load Diffuser 17 at Kecskemet Air Base, Hungary, May 25, 2017. More than 150 Airmen from the 180FW and eight F-16s are participating in the Hungarian led, two week multinational exercise focused on enhancing interoperability capabilities and skills among NATO allied and European partner air forces by conducting joint operations and air defenses to maintain joint readiness, while also bolstering relationships within the U.S. Air National Guard’s State Partnership Program initiatives. Ohio became state partners with Hungary in 1993. Air National Guard photo by Senior Master Sgt. Beth Holliker. Ohio National Guard Strengthens Partnership with Allied Nations
Approximately 200 members of the 180th Fighter Wing, 179th Airlift Wing and 107th Calvary Regiment joined forces joined forces with an additional 200 military members from six allied and partner nations and 10 different airframes from throughout Europe for the two-week exercise, to include Hungary, Croatia, Slovakia, Slovenia, the Czech Republic and the United States.
0 6/27
2017
Amy Reed, a wildlife biologist and environmental scientist assigned to the Air National Guard’s Bird Aircraft Strike Hazard team, documents wildlife habitats and migration patterns on the 180th Fighter Wing airfield at Toledo Express Airport in Swanton, Ohio. Wildlife-related incidents were documented as the leading cause of F-16 fighter jet mishaps in the first quarter of 2017. In an effort to mitigate impact to the mission and maximize the safety of pilots, aircraft and the abundant local-area wildlife, the 180FW, Ohio Air National Guard, hosted a Bird Aircraft Strike Hazard team visit, April 13, 2017, to assess potential bird and other wildlife hazards located on and around the airfield at Toledo Express Airport in Swanton, Ohio. Air National Guard Photo by Senior Master Sgt. Beth Holliker. 180FW Hosts BASH Team Visit
Wildlife-related incidents were documented as the leading cause of F-16 fighter jet mishaps in the first quarter of 2017. In an effort to mitigate impact to the mission and maximize the safety of pilots, aircraft and the abundant local-area wildlife, the 180th Fighter Wing, Ohio Air National Guard, hosted a Bird Aircraft Strike Hazard team visit, April 13, 2017, to assess potential bird and other wildlife hazards located on and around the airfield at Toledo Express Airport in Swanton, Ohio.
0 5/22
2017
Lt. Col. Nicholas Zetocha, air sovereignty alert commander assigned to the 180th Fighter Wing, Ohio Air National Guard, crashes into the water after being dragged in to simulate an ejection landing May 6, 2017 during water survival training at the Aqua Hut in Toledo, Ohio. Constant training ensures Airmen maintain the highest standards and are ready for worldwide deployments at all times. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Airman Hope Geiger) 180th Airmen Participate in Water Survival Training
Airmen assigned to the 180FW participated in water survival training Sat., May 6, at the Aqua Hut, located in Toledo, Ohio. Training, conducted in realistic environments and under realistic circumstances, ensures our Airmen maintain the highest levels of proficiency and readiness for worldwide deployment.
0 5/12
2017
The latest recruit at the 180FW, Finley, came to work with her father, Master Sgt. Brad Haas, a recruiter assigned to the wing. There are more than 200,000 military children under the age age of five with parents in the National Guard or Reserves. These children face all the same challenges of other children growing up, but they also face the added struggle of parents who might deploy to distant locations, even combat zones, for long periods of time, missing major milestones such as birthdays, school recitals, and sporting events. Air National Guard Photo by Airman Hope Geiger American Heroes:
April is designated as the Month of the Military Child, underscoring the important role military children play in the armed forces community. The Month of the Military Child helps raise awareness about the unique struggles military children face, builds resiliency to help them cope with those challenges, and celebrates their sacrifices, which often go unrecognized.
0 4/28
2017
Tech. Sgt. Tom Burden displays his invention, the Grypmat. Inventor, Entrepreneur, Airman: 180th Fighter Wing Airman embraces innovation
Steve Jobs, Elon Musk, Bill Gates; these are a few of the names which come to mind when people talk about success. Tom Burden is not on this list… yet.
0 3/09
2017
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