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  • The Hedrick Hat-Trick: 180th Airman scores three awards in one year

    A Hat-trick is a term that has been acknowledged in the world of sports since 1877 and is considered a series of three victories, successes or accomplishments during one game by a single player. The player who accomplished the victories was awarded with a cap, or hat. Hat-trick did not gain notoriety until the mid-1940s when it was adopted by the
  • Commander's Comments: Hurts ONE, Affects ALL

    One definition offered by the dictionary defines professionalism as "characterized by or conforming to the technical or ethical standards of a profession". As members of the Air Force, we are all considered professionals. We are the GUARDIANS OF FREEDOM AND JUSTICE, MY NATION'S SWORD AND SHIELD, ITS SENTRY AND AVENGER. That's a pretty tall order
  • A Local Hero Remembered 20 Years Later

    This is the time of year when we traditionally give thanks and celebrate our many blessings while preparing and planning holiday gatherings with family and friends. For the members of the 180th Fighter Wing and the family and friends of Lt. Michael Young, this is also a time of remembrance and reflection.Young, 28, a pilot from Perrysburg, Ohio who
  • Honor and Tradition: A Reflection of Veterans Day

    For Staff Sgt. Tony Unum, a third generation military member, Veterans Day is a time to honor and reflect upon all veterans, past, present and future, quietly and respectfully.Unum, a financial management systems technician at the 180th Fighter Wing, Ohio Air National Guard, enlisted in the Air Force Reserves in 1989 spending five years as a
  • Cold-Related Injuries: What You Need To Know

    As temperatures plummet during the winter months, the chances for cold-related injuries increase. These cold-related injuries can be serious and at times, even fatal.In 2009, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration reported 33 cold-related fatalities, 27 of those were in outdoor areas, two of those from the state of Ohio.If your job
  • WWII Pararigger Visits Modern-day Parachute Shop: United States Marine Corps Women’s Reservist Recounts Her Days as a Pararigger During WWII

    "Join the Marines to release a Marine to fight," read the billboard down the street from where Marjorie Tredway worked as a secretary in 1943. Excited to show her patriotism, she joined the United States Marine Corps Women's Reserve, two months after the Women's Reserve was organized.Established in February 1943, the Marine Corps Women's Reserve
  • Mission First, Family Always

    Being a mother is a very stressful job. Add on a set of ABUs and it is even harder. Military families experience situations foreign to civilian families. It is the American dream to have a big house 2.5 kids and a successful career. But someone needs to protect those freedoms and luxuries. As a military mom your job does not end at 1630. There are
  • We Got Served: ‘BBQ for our Troops’ serve their country and the 180th with hospitality

    On Oct. 2, the night before the 180th FW held its Hometown Heroes Salute ceremony, five volunteers huddled together at the pavilion here against the wind and cold to tend to the fires in their smokers. The temperature had to be just right to prepare the perfect barbeque pork and beef brisket for the cook-out planned for servicemembers following the
  • Suicide in the Guard and Reserve on the Rise: 180th Leadership Wants You to Know There is Help

    Suicide rates among members of the military's Guard and Reserve forces have spiked this year, with some numbers rising to levels not seen since the Vietnam War. According to an article posted July 26 of this year on military.com/news, 65 members of the Guard and Reserve took their own lives during the first six months of this year. That is up from
  • Commander's Comments: An Attitude of Gratitude

    Gratitude - the state of being grateful; thankfulness. With the Thanksgiving holiday rapidly approaching it seems reasonable to discuss the art of being grateful. Someone once told me that you can't be angry or upset and be grateful at the same time. I am certainly just like everyone else in this busy world trying to keep up. All of the