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  • Cope North 16: Pilots Fly in Large-Force Employment

    More than 200 Airmen and 12 F-16 Fighting Falcons from the 112th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron deployed to Andersen Air Force Base, Guam and participated in exercise Cope North 16, from Feb 10 through 26.Cope North is a long-standing annual two-week exercise that includes nearly 3,000 military personnel from six different countries, including the
  • 180th Fighter Wing Partners with Boy Scouts of America, Hosts Construction City

    Cub Scouts, wearing hardhats and tool belts, pulled sheets of cardboard from stacks towering above them. They raced back and forth across the hangar as they hurried to begin building bridges and buildings. Meanwhile, other scouts sketched out designs on graph paper with rulers while their teammates used T-squares to cut cardboard to create support
  • 180th Fighter Wing Firefighters train in simulated structure fire

    A high-pitched, metallic ring split the autumn air as Staff Sgt. Andrew Burton drove the striking edge of an axe into a Halligan bar. The Halligan bar wedged deeper into the door jamb and the metal groaned as it resisted the force."Drive," Senior Airman William Echols called out to Burton. Burton slammed the axe into the Halligan bar again and
  • Old-School Training in a High-Tech World

    Security Forces Airmen from the 180th Fighter Wing, Ohio Air National Guard conducted old-school land navigation training at Oak Openings Metro Park in Swanton, Ohio Sept. 27, 2015.The training, conducted using traditional navigation techniques such as maps, plot points and compasses, helps Airmen remain proficient on the equipment and art of
  • Stingers Prove Lethal at Combat Archer

    More than 120 members of the 180th Fighter Wing, Ohio Air National Guard, deployed 38 short tons of cargo and eight F-16 fighter jets to Tyndall Air Force Base, Florida in September to participate in Combat Archer.The two-week exercise is part of the Air Combat Command Air-to-Air Weapons Systems Evaluation Program, which assesses a units overall
  • 5k raises awareness for military invisible injuries

    Service members from the 180th Fighter Wing traded combat boots for running shoes, joining local residents in a 5k race raising awareness about traumatic brain injuries on Oct. 18, 2015.The "I Believe I Can Fly 5k" kicked off at Toledo Express Airport, Swanton, Ohio, with the national anthem and a flyover from six F-16 Fighting Falcons from the
  • Airmen Participate in Joint C-17 Training

    Airmen from the 180th Fighter Wing participated in a joint multi-unit C-17 Globemaster III training exercise that took place over six days, from June 3 to June 8.The training provided Airmen with an opportunity to practice realistic scenarios with other military units and civil authorities as a way to help build strong working relationships and
  • Real Superheroes at Local Library

    An Airman from the 180th Fighter Wing represented the wing July 28 during "Real Superheroes" at the Waterville Branch Library.Master Sgt. Norman J. Drzewiecki, an information protection manager, was one of four guest speakers for the event, which highlighted civil service jobs in the community."We want our kids, and our adults, to know all about
  • UTMC: Training Program Renewed

    In April of 2015, the 180th Fighter Wing received word from the National Guard Bureau that the training affiliation agreement between the University of Toledo Medical Center and the wing was renewed for another five years. This training agreement has been instrumental in helping the 180th Medical Clinic personnel streamline their training tasks and
  • Go Bald for Brayden: Cancer Free One Year Later

    It's been a little over a year since Brayden Mitchell, who was diagnosed with stage-3 kidney cancer at the age of 5, captured the hearts of Air Force units around the world. Brayden has been busy in the year since he inspired the Airmen of the 180th to "Go Bald for Brayden."As of August 2014, Brayden's doctor considers him cancer free. He has not
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