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  • Flying in their father's footsteps

    Cody Notestine’s phone rang. It was the call he had been waiting for: he had been selected to become a KC-135 pilot at the 121st Air Refueling Wing. Before he got off the phone, he was told the other selectee would be called in 10 minutes. His twin brother Nick was hoping to get that call. Ten minutes passed, and Nick’s phone hadn’t rung. After waiting another 10 minutes, Nick began to think he wasn’t selected. Meanwhile, Lt. Col. Scott Notestine, a pilot at the 121st ARW, also received a phone call. The head of the interview board told him they had one spot left and wanted to know which of his sons they should hire.
  • Airmen seek change through discussion and understanding

    In today’s world of constant connectedness, constant noise, and seemingly constant anguish, what does it take for real change to occur? What does it take to foster understanding and empathy? How can anyone start? At an Air National Guard Wing in Ohio, it starts with sitting down around a table like a family. Almost 100 Ohio Air National Guard members of the 121st Air Refueling Wing in Columbus, Ohio took part in an open-forum format discussion about racism at Rickenbacker Air National Guard Base on September 12.
  • Rickenbacker January Spotlight

    Our January Rickenbacker Spotlight goes out to Staff Sgt. Grant Skelton. Skelton is new to the 121st Air Refueling Wing, and has thrived in his first few months in the unit.
  • Airman uses problem-solving skills to help wingmen

    The Rickenbacker spotlight for the month of October goes to MSgt Derek Kirkwood. Kirkwood serves as the Quality Assurance Manager for the Comptroller Flight here at the 121st Air Refueling Wing. He uses his position to help problem-solve and care for his fellow airmen, and his efforts have not gone unnoticed by leadership.
  • Carrying on a tradition of service

    The recipient of the Rickenbacker Airman Spotlight for the month for September 2019 is Senior Airman Shannon Barker! Barker is a Public Health Technician at the 121st Air Refueling Wing, and was nominated by her leadership for her exemplary work ethic and expertise in her skill set.
  • Rickenbacker Spotlight - August

    The 121st Air Refueling Wing is proud to announce the Rickenbacker Spotlight Airman for August 2019, U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Autumn Treadwell! Treadwell is a services specialist in the 121st Sustainment Services Flight, at Rickenbacker Air National Guard Base. Treadwell also is a key contributor on the wing’s Fatality Search and Recovery Team (FSRT). Treadwell, a Columbus native, and Reynoldsburg High School graduate has been with the 121st Air Refueling Wing for over three and a half years.
  • Airman aspires to inspire

    Roger Bannister, a British middle-distance track and field athlete, was the first person to break the four-minute mile barrier on May 6, 1954. Bannister's time was 3:59.4, a record that lasted just 46 days. Since then, many more have achieved the feat and the one-mile record now stands at 3:43:13. So, what changed since Bannister's accomplishment? Why was it seemingly impossible for a man to run a mile in under four minutes before that day in 1954? The answers to these questions served as a large part of what motivated Tech. Sgt. Nathaniel Carter to not only do more in his own life, but to urge others to do more as well.
  • Rickenbacker Spotlight - July

    The Rickenbacker Spotlight Airman for the month of July 2019 is Staff Sgt. Kyle Taylor. Taylor is a fuels distribution system operator with the Petroleum, Oil and Lubricants (POL) Flight at the 121st Air Refueling Wing Logistics Readiness (LRS) Squadron. Taylor also performs his job as a full-time technician at the 121st.
  • 220th EIS chief master sergeant earns joint Ohio National Guard award

    U.S. Air National Guard Chief Master Sgt. Timothy Day, of the 220th Engineering Installation Squadron, Zanesville, Ohio earned the Major General Gregory Wayt Visionary Leadership Award for his work on the construction of the new U.S. Strategic Command headquarters building at Offutt Air Force Base, Nebraska. This award is only presented for demonstrated leadership to ONG service members who are in or above the grade of 04, CW3 or E7, however, Day is the first enlisted person to earn the award.
  • 121st ARW welcomes new commander

    The 121st Air Refueling Wing (ARW) recently held a change of command ceremony at Rickenbacker Air National Guard Base. After a busy three and a half years leading the 121st ARW, Col. Mark Auer relinquished command to Col. David Johnson. The ceremony was presided over by the Ohio Assistant Adjutant General for Air, Col. James Camp, who offered some words of praise for Auer: “When you look at the hangar renovation, the track, the massive simulator complex, he has left an indelible mark on this unit and I will be forever grateful for his service.” Auer is slated to assume a position at the Ohio National Guard Joint Force State Headquarters.