News Search

  • 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.
  • 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.