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“The opportunity to operate side-by-side with counterparts from countries such as Hungary, Serbia and the UAE puts an exclamation point on the importance of constant readiness.”

Soldiers with the 838th Military Police Company participated in a two-week multinational peacekeeping exercise with more than 500 soldiers, from 10 nations in Serbia this summer as part of Exercise Platinum Wolf 2018.

For more about this exciting training: http://ong.ohio.gov/stories/2018/Jun/20180622-PlatinumWolf.html

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And the Ohio National Guard brings home the gold again! Congratulations to Elaine Farabee (right) with Ohio USP&FO for being recognized by The National Guard for excellence in mission execution. Another great example of the civilians who support our Ohio Guard members everyday. Well Done!

To read more: https://www.army.mil/article/208616/contracting_specialists_recognized_at_awards_ceremony

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The Ohio National Guard celebrates our 230th Birthday next week and we are looking back at our amazing past.

The 112th Fighter Squadron, part of the 180th Fighter Wing, holds the honor of being our oldest air unit, dating back to 1917 as the 112th Aero Squadron. Yes, we have air units older than the U.S Air Force!

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The Ohio Department of Veterans Services is looking for Veterans and Military Artists to feature in an exhibit this fall. We know there are some amazing artists in our formations and we look forward to seeing your work!

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TAKE ALL COMMANDS FROM THE TOWER! Heard on weapon ranges around the globe, direction from the tower keeps people safe. But what goes into running a range? Come behind the scenes and see "The Brains of the Operation."

Congratulations to the 251st Cyberspace Engineering Installation Group on earning the prestigious Gen. Mark A. Welsh III One Air Force Award at the NGB level for its work on the new United States Strategic Command facility. This construction project was the largest in Air National Guard Engineering Installation history! Well Done!

It's almost our birthday and we are looking back at some amazing facts from our history.

Did you know that three presidents have served in the Ohio National Guard? Can you name them?

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Airmen from the 179th Communications Flight spent their annual training in Ramstein Air Base, Germany working alongside their active-duty counterparts. They were able to develop new skills and also pass on some of their technical knowledge, building relationships and memories that will last a lifetime.

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Annual Training was a BLAST this summer for Battery C, 1st Battalion, 134th Field Artillery Regiment. They are now fully validated on their new M777 howitzers, a larger 155 mm than their older 105mm guns. Well done!

Take me out to the ball game! It was a great night celebrating America's Pastime at the Columbus Clippers, as Spc. Ceaphrael Benson, with the 122nd Army Band - The Band of The Ohio National Guard, opened the evening performing the national anthem and Sgt 1st Class Michael Mullen, with Ohio National Guard Recruiting, threw out the first pitch. The hometown crowd closed the evening with a 6-5 victory over the Toledo Mud Hens. (Ohio National Guard photos by Sgt. Joanna Bradshaw)

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SIX TIMES! The Ohio Army National Guard has won the 2018 Army Communities of Excellence competition among all Army National Guard submissions. This is the sixth time we have won since 2003, and it is because of the commitment and drive of each of our Soldiers!

For more, check out: http://ong.ohio.gov/stories/2018/Mar/20180322-ACOE.html

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Play Ball! Col. Allison Miller, commander of the 179th Airlift Wing, threw out the first pitch at the Columbus Clippers 4th of July baseball game. The night celebrated Independence Day as well as honoring our military heroes, particularly our female veterans.

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As we celebrate our Nation's 242nd birthday this Fourth of July, please take time to remember the brave men and women who, from the Revolutionary War to the Korean War to the present, volunteered to serve.

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There may be a heat warning, but the show must go on! The 122nd Army Band - The Band of The Ohio National Guard entertains the crowd as they March through downtown Columbus in the patriotic Red, White & BOOM! celebration.

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Check out the latest issue of the Buckeye Guard video magazine and find out how YOUR Soldiers and Airmen are making Ohio, our Nation and the World a better place.

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The First Shot ceremony, the opening event of the National Matches at Camp Perry, is only a week away! Will you be there?

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Members of 1st Battalion, 145th Armor spent their annual training at Orchard Combat Training Center, Idaho, being the Enemy! As the Opposing Force, they battled against the 116th Cavalry Brigade Combat Team (Official), providing world-class realistic training. Well done!

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The skills we learn in the Guard transcend the uniform. Tech. Sgt. Luke McIntosh, a member with the 178th Wing, put his military training to use when his friend stopped breathing. Check out how McIntosh's Air Force experience prepared him to save a life.

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In the military, we are encouraged to be a battle buddy or wingman to help our brother or sister in arms with challenges that may come up in their military and personal lives. One particular issue to be aware of is post-traumatic stress, a mental health condition that can develop after a person experiences a traumatic event. The Ohio National Guard has resources available to help those that are affected by PTSD. Learn more at OhioCares.ohio.gov.

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#PlatinumWolf18 was a great success, involving soldiers from 10 countries, including our State Partners Hungary and host Serbia. This year's exercise continued to strengthen relationships among participants and improve readiness to conduct joint peacekeeping operations. (Ohio National Guard video by Staff Sgt. George Davis)

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Never knowing what dangers lie around the next corner, Soldiers with the 135th Military Police Company burst through the doorway while practicing room clearing procedures during annual training at the Camp Grayling Joint Maneuver Training Center.

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“All vehicles, be advised, contact right, contact right,”

Read about the intense, complex training being conducted by Soldiers of the 371st Sustainment Brigade and 37th Infantry Brigade Combat Team during annual training at Camp Grayling here:

http://ong.ohio.gov/stories/2018/Jun/20180621-GraylingAT.html

Enjoy hiking with friends? So do the Soldiers of the 1194th Engineer Company. But their hikes have them reacting to enemy fire while on the platoon defense lane at annual training at Camp Grayling, Mich.

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In addition to celebrating some of our Soldiers' birthdays while they are at Camp Grayling for annual training, we also bid the Army a happy 243rd birthday earlier this month. This cake was also tasty!

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Haven't got enough of our coverage of #PlatinumWolf18 yet? Be sure to go over to our Flickr page, where we have compiled all the best photos shot by Senior Master Sgt. Beth Holliker of the 180th Fighter Wing, and check out Staff Sgt. George Davis' series of reports on the exercise on our YouTube channel!

https://www.flickr.com/photos/ohionationalguard/albums/72157697494322734

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLN6li-dF5qLjlnvz8i2oqTndt6x9APF-O

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