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  • 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.”
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Inherent Danger: A Critical Career

    “Working with any type of munitions is inherently dangerous,” said Master Sgt. Daniel Denig, munitions facility production supervisor assigned to the 180th Fighter Wing, Ohio Air National Guard. “Airmen at our munitions facility in Swanton, Ohio, work tirelessly to ensure pilots have the munitions necessary to respond quickly and precisely, at home and abroad, for training and combat engagements.”
  • Leaving a Legacy: 180FW builds foundation of success for Total Force Integration

    Col. Craig R. Baker, relinquished command of the 180th Fighter Wing, Ohio Air National Guard, during an official change of command ceremony Aug. 8, 2016, concluding his historic tour as the first active duty officer to command an Air National Guard Wing.The 180FW became the first Ohio National Guard unit in history to become part of the Air Force's