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  • 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.
  • 121st ARW Emergency Managers receive invaluable experience at PATRIOT exercise

    “To save lives, minimize loss or degradation of resources and continue, sustain and resume operational tempo in an all hazards threat environment” is the mission statement for the Air Force's Emergency Management (EM) Program. So when seven members of the 121st Air Refueling Wing's EM Flight arrived at Volk Field, Wisconsin for PATRIOT North 18, that is exactly what they trained to do.
  • 121st ARW honors Tuskegee Airman at track dedication

    The 121st Air Refueling Wing, Ohio honored Staff Sgt. Malvin Whitfield, a Tuskegee Airman and five time Olympic medalist, in a track dedication ceremony at 9:30am at Whitfield Track on Rickenbacker Air National Guard Base, Ohio August 2, 2018.
  • 121st ARW honors legacy of Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASP)

    The 121st Air Refueling Wing held a ceremony here to dedicate one of their KC-135 Stratotankers to honor the legacy of WASP July 13, 2018. Lockbourne Air Force Base, which was renamed Rickenbacker AFB in 1974, was a training location for female pilots from October 17, 1943 to January 13 of 1944. 13 females became fully qualified test pilots on B-17 Flying Fortresses. The success of the WASP program proved that women could fly any aircraft and the impact of that would resonate for years to come.
  • 121st ARW honors history with OHIO AIR GUARD on aircraft

    The 121st Air Refueling Wing added OHIO AIR GUARD to both sides of one of its KC-135 Stratotankers May 9, 2018 in a hangar at Rickenbacker Air National Guard Base, Ohio.
  • 121st ARW Airman receives top SARC award

    Capt. Jenniffer J. Green, a sexual assault response coordinator with the 121st Air Refueling Wing, Ohio, receives Ohio National Guard’s Exceptional SARC for 2018 at Rickenbacker ANGB, Ohio April 27, 2018. “Jenniffer brings a unique combination of both passion and compassion that is rarely seen and that makes her an exceptional SARC,” said Col. Mark Auer, the wing commander of the 121st Air Refueling Wing.
  • 121st ARW recruiter hits career milestone in record time

    It was 2015 and then Tech. Sgt. Todd J. Parkison, a recruiter with the 121st Air Refueling Wing here, was at a training conference. He had only been a recruiter for about three years, but already had around 250 accessions. When he saw people on stage getting awards for 500 accessions, he said, “That is a goal that I want to achieve.” It typically takes recruiters 14 years to achieve 500 accessions, said Senior Master Sgt. Joshua Blakley, the recruiting and retention superintendent with the Ohio National Guard. Despite knowing this, Parkison said he wanted to achieve this goal sooner rather than later. Over the few years that followed, Parkison said he increased his yearly total accessions. Parkison was averaging about 77 accessions per year, which more than doubles the national average of 36, said Blakley. Just six years and nine months after graduating from recruiting school, Parkison achieved his goal and signed his 500th accession April 11 on base.
  • 121st Air Refueling Wing prepares for new flight simulator

    The construction project for a KC-135 flight simulator is well underway at the 121st Air Refueling Wing in Columbus, Ohio, as of March 4, 2018. The $4 million project, including design and construction, began in November of 2017 and is projected to be completed in June or July of this year. “The project includes a 2,500 square foot high-bay, with a 50 foot-high clear area, to allow for full motion of the simulator,” said Major Corey Thobe, 121st ARW Base Civil Engineer. “In addition, there is another 3,400 square feet of support space.” Thobe said the architect, engineer, contractors and sub-contractors all were local to the central and southwestern Ohio regions, keeping the construction spending in the Ohio economy. The flight simulator, projected to arrive in early 2019, will be paired with the existing refueling boom simulator and will greatly increase the 121st ARW’s training capacity. Not only will the 121st aircrews be able to maintain their proficiency at home, but the simulators will attract Airmen from all across the country to train in Columbus.