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Ohio Guard Members Support Special Olympics Summer Games

July 2008 -- This year marks the 35th anniversary of the 179th Airlift Wing Medical Squadron hosting medical care at the Ohio Special Olympic Summer Games. A total of 97 volunteers were
ready to provide first aid for the June 27-29 event at Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio. Participating volunteers came from the 179th Airlift Wing, Mansfield; 88th Medical Group, Dayton; 121st Air Refueling Wing, Rickenbacker; and the 180th Fighter Wing. 180th FW members included Staff Sgt. Tracy Drill, Staff Sgt. Ingrid Mattes, Senior Airman Peter Navarro, Senior Airman Ashley Zuchowski, and Airman 1st Class Ashley Bowerman. 180th FW friends and family volunteers included Amber McCormick, Leslie Savage and Landis Burmeister. 

The Medical Staff was made up of civilian and military doctors, nurses, EMTs and guardsmen trained with Self Aid Buddy Care. Volunteers observed 11 sporting events such as cycling, track and field, tennis, bocce, volleyball, softball and administered first aid to injured athletes and attendants. The Medical Staff is always looking for volunteers;
sign up for next summer! The next Special Olympics Summer Games will take place June 26 - 28, 2009. For any questions, please contact Staff Sgt. Ingrid Mattes at (419)868-4058.

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