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  • 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.
  • The 180FW Flies South for Training

    More than 130 Airmen from the 180th Fighter Wing, Ohio Air National Guard, deployed to Patrick Air Force Base, Florida, to conduct Dissimilar Air Combat Training, Basic Fighter Maneuvers, Defensive Air Counter Tactics and Tactical Intercept missions alongside F-15 Strike Eagles assigned to the 104th Fighter Wing, Barnes Air National Guard Base, Massachusetts, Jan. 25 to Feb. 9, 2019.
  • 180FW Airman Earns Title of State’s Best

    Master Sgt. Robin Wiseman, recruiting and retention manager assigned to the Ohio Air National Guard’s 180th Fighter Wing, has earned the title of Ohio’s Air National Guard Recruiting and Retention Manager of the Year for 2018.
  • The Frontline of Healthcare

    On the frontline of healthcare, medical technicians are one of the first faces an individual sees when visiting a medical facility. From, administering immunizations to assisting in aeromedical evacuations, these trained professionals supply critical support and are valuable members of any healthcare team.
  • Bringing Home the Gold

    The men and women of the U.S. military frequently travel to distant locations far from home for a variety of reasons, whether to train alongside their military counterparts in partner nations or to support military operations, but when Airman 1st Class Lydia Delmonico, an information technology specialist assigned to the 180th Fighter Wing, traveled to Buenos Aires, Argentina, she was there to represent her country in a different way. She was there to compete in the International Taekwondo Federation World Championships from July 31 through Aug. 5 as a member of Team USA.