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  • A Field of Power

    180th Fighter Wing took a step closer in becoming fully energy independent. The Honorable Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur from Ohio's Ninth Congressional District, and Col. Mark E. Bartman, Commander of the 180th FW, pulled the symbolic electric switch to officially open the Alternative Energy Site as dozens of guests and distinguished visitors cheered.
  • Military Tradition: Reveille and Retreat

    Do you remember what to do when you hear the music indicating that the reveille or retreat ceremony is about to begin? I believe many appear to fear the time of reveille and retreat because they are not sure of the correct protocol. There is no reason to run for cover as some people are apt to do when the music begins playing. Let's take a brief
  • Connectronics: Connecting the 180th and the Community

    On August 21, 2008 the employees of Connectronics Corp. had the pleasure of touring the 180th Fighter Wing. Connectronics Corp., a local engineering firm, was founded in 1988 to design and manufacture specialized connectors and interconnection systems for a variety of industries. Connectronics designs the low and high-voltage power connectors for
  • E-Tools: The First and the Future

    Air Force Maintenance personnel are transitioning into a new wave of the future by utilizing an innovative electronic tool system that went live February 29, 2008. The Air Force-wide vision will provide all technical order users with up-to-date and accurate TOs. This means having access to real-time data by utilizing the Air Force Portal to access
  • Retention: People are our best assets

    Our commander, Col. Mark Bartman, has challenged all of us to meet the Adjutant General's goal of increasing our personnel end strength to 110 percent of the authorized number of personnel at the 180th Fighter Wing. Although we are currently at more than 107 percent strength, it will take everyone's involvement to both accomplish and sustain this
  • 180TH FW Boasts Area's Longest Running Car Pool

    Senior Master Sgt. Jeff Brubaker has been saving on his commuting costs since becoming a member of the 180th Fighter Wing in 1975. His father, Senior Master Sgt. George Brubaker, retired, AGE shop supervisor, started carpooling from Hamler, Ohio in 1963. The carpool has varied from three to six technicians during the standard work week and up to 10
  • Celebrate Women’s Equality Day

    As we celebrate Women's Equality Day on August 26th I would like to recognize the women of the 180th. The number of female members in the 180th has grown immensely over the past years. There is great opportunity for women to advance their careers in both the enlisted and officer ranks. The 180th could not be what it is today without these strong
  • PME, a life altering, eye opening event

    I recently had the distinct honor and pleasure to attend the Senior NCO Academy Graduation at Maxwell AFB, Alabama. I did so at the invitation of Master Sgt. Chuck Wasnich, a member of the Class 08-D. It was a very prestigious event with over 300 members in the class. There was a formal dinner in the evening with General Norton Schwartz, the
  • 180th Team victorious in Dragon Boat Races

    The 180th Fighter Wing "STINGERS" rowed their way to victory by one tenth of a second in the Class D Championship race at the seventh annual Great Maumee River Dragon Boat Festival held on July 26 at International Park in east Toledo, Ohio. "We won our final race by 1/10 of a second over Cumulus Glass City Boaters," said Chief Master Sgt Claudia
  • Passing on a Legacy of Love

    In June of 2007, Loren Sonnenberg lived through what every spouse dreads when their loved one is deployed. In the middle of the night came a knock at the door with word that her husband, Ohio Air National Guard Lt. Col Kevin Sonnenberg, died while serving his country when his F-16 Fighting Falcon crashed near Balad Air Base, Iraq. "This was not the
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