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  • Under Pressure: Providing critical care when it matters most

    While other children watched Sesame Street or Lamb Chop’s Play-Along, Kaitlyn Newkirk watched shows about emergency room trauma surgeons. Even as young as three years old, her dad would find her standing in their living room, entranced by the events unfolding before her.
  • National Nurses Week: Capt. Stephanie Smiddy

    A cancer diagnosis can leave patients reeling, frightened and uncertain of the future, especially when it is an aggressive form of cancer or one that doesn’t respond to traditional treatments. This is the state many patients are in when the first meet Capt. Stephanie Smiddy, the infection control and immunization officer-in-charge assigned to the 180th Fighter Wing, Ohio Air National Guard.
  • A Teacher at Heart: Airman Educates and Advocates for Youth and Airmen

    Growing up in a home where education was valued, 1st Lt. Ashley Chapa, assigned to the Ohio National Guard’s 180th Fighter Wing, intended to make teaching a career, but it was her dream to serve her country that came first. Chapa was so eager to serve that she enlisted, in 2004, at the age of 17 while still in her senior year at Chisago Lakes High School, in her hometown of Lindstorm Minnesota.
  • One Big Happy Family: 180th Fighter Wing Siblings Serve Side-by-Side

    The Guard Family is a well-known phrase throughout the Air National Guard, highlighting the close-knit relationships built while serving as members of the Air National Guard, often times serving entire 30-year careers with the same unit. Bringing true meaning to the phrase, Senior Airman Arika Hoffman and her brother, Senior Airman Alex Hoffman, decided to embark on a journey of military service together, enlisting with the Ohio Air National Guard’s 180th Fighter Wing in 2015.
  • Working the Line Between Life and Death

    Part of preparing a jet for flight is making sure the pilot is equipped with all the necessary supplies needed for any situation. From packing emergency items like parachutes and survival kits to maintaining regularly used items like flight helmets and oxygen masks, the attention to detail provided by aircrew flight equipment technicians could mean the difference between life and death for pilots. Senior Airman Abbie McGuire, an aircrew flight equipment technician assigned to the 180th Fighter Wing, Ohio Air National Guard, has an important impact on the flying mission at the 180FW.
  • Snow Worries: Civil Engineers Keep 180FW Mission-Ready

    Late in January, a polar vortex struck the Midwest, causing the temperature to plummet as low as 10 below zero. High winds made the temperature outside feel as cold as 35 below zero. Anyone outside with skin exposed to the elements became susceptible to frostbite within minutes. As snow began to accumulate at the 180th Fighter Wing, civil engineers began the critical task of clearing the flight line.
  • Beyond Endurance: Keeping Airmen Safe in the Most Inhospitable Place on Earth

    In 1914, when the ill-fated crew of the ship Endurance attempted the first land crossing of Antarctica, Sir Ernest Shackleton wrote, “We were helpless intruders in a strange world, our lives dependent upon the play of grim elementary forces that made a mock of our puny efforts.” More than 100 years later, Senior Master Sgt. Joseph Carter echoed Shackleton’s words, describing a barren landscape devoid of color, just snow and ice and volcanic rock; a foreign world, where the sun never rises or sets, but instead, circles the sky overhead. “It’s a harsh environment,” Carter said. “The continent itself is always actively trying to kill you.”
  • 180FW Women in Aviation:

    Amelia Earhart once said, “Some of us have great runways already built for us. If you have one, take off. But if you don’t have one, realize it is your responsibility to grab a shovel and build one for yourself and for those who will follow after you.” That is exactly what Senior Airman Haelie Egbert is doing, paving a runway that would allow her to take off to a bright future for herself and those women and young girls with dreams of taking flight into the aviation industry.
  • 180FW honor guard member stands out

    Every movement is executed with pinpoint precision. Every detail looked at again and again. Honor guard members stand out amongst their military peers. Their ceremonial uniforms are made distinct by a silver cord that hangs on their shoulder and a silver stripe on their trousers, sleeves, belt and cap.
  • 180FW Women in Aviation:

    Ensuring that airfields are safe, clear of debris and wildlife, as well as confirming pilots meet all requirements necessary to fly are two of the most important tasks assigned to U.S. Air Force airfield managers. For Senior Airman Sienna Krise, an airfield manager, who enlisted into the Ohio National Guard’s 180th Fighter Wing in 2015, it was this high-level of responsibility that drew her to the career field.


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