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  • 121st participates in Red White and Boom

    More than 30 Airmen and their families, with the 121st Air Refueling Wing, participated in a 20 year tradition of  raising the flag during Red, White and Boom July 3 in downtown Columbus."I've been doing this for about 14 years total," said Master Sgt. Keith Koblitz, with the 121st ARW. "I find it remarkable how the younger Airmen pull together and
  • National Guard Bureau chief visits Ohio: 'The best part of my job is to go out and see the men and women that serve in the Guard'

    Army Gen. Frank J. Grass, chief of the National Guard Bureau, was the guest speaker at the 2015 Ohio National Guard Association (ONGA) and Ohio National Guard Enlisted Association (ONGEA) Spring Dinner Dance, which is part of the annual ONGA/ONGEA conference, on April 25.Grass currently serves as the 27th chief of the National Guard Bureau and also
  • Operation Team Spirit improves efficiency, readiness

    Members of the 121st Air Refueling Wing's Maintenance Squadron and Maintenance Group here took part in inspections on a 121 ARW KC-135 Stratotanker during its programmed depot maintenance as part of Operation Team Spirit, Tinker Air Force Base, Okla., Mar. 2, 2015 - Mar. 4, 2015. The program allows home station maintenance Airmen to collaborate
  • 121 ARW holds active shooter training exercise April 15

    Airmen from the 121st Air Refueling Wing here, participated in a base-wide training exercise April 15 here.The training exercise involved an active shooter scenario, to test the reactions of the military members and the response time of Security Forces."Active shooter is our biggest threat here at the 121st," said 2nd Lt. Sherri Weaver, the
  • Civilian employers visit Rickenbacker

    The Ohio National Guard (ONG) Central Joint Employer Event, hosting employers from around the state, was held at Rickenbacker Air National Guard Base on April 9.The employers, nominated by the guardsmen that work for them, were invited to spend the day learning about Ohio National Guard missions and the responsibilities of Guard members via
  • Pilot for a Day program hosts Ian Straight

    Airmen with the 121st Air Refueling Wing here hosted their pilot for a day program March 19, here.Ian Straight, a 12-year-old from Lancaster, Ohio, was chosen to participate in the pilot for a day program, a program that allows youth with chronic or life threatening illnesses the opportunity to enjoy a day of military experiences."This is our
  • A renewed focus on mentoring

    One of the prevailing themes across the Wing in the recent Wing Climate Assessment Survey was in the area of mentoring. Members of the Wing want more mentoring and career development opportunities.Mentoring is quite simply a relationship in which a person with greater experience and wisdom guides another person to develop both personally and
  • World War II veteran receives medal over 70 years later

    Over 70 years ago, Staff Sgt. Jesse Reese earned a Distinguished Flying Cross for his actions in World War II. Today he received it during a ceremony held at the St. Joseph Family Life Center in Dover, Ohio.Reese was a Tail Gunner assigned to the 337th Bombardment Squadron, 96th Bombardment group, near Hamburg, Germany. On December 31, 1944, his
  • Refueling wing supervisor recognized for resiliency, leadership

    She leads and mentors 24 Airmen, oversees supply issues and is the interim Traffic Management Superintendent, but leaders at the 121st Air Refueling Wing here singled out Senior Master Sgt. Julie Murray for more.Murray - Material Management Flight Chief in the Logistics Readiness Squadron - recently earned the Robert L. Boggs Leadership Award given
  • Wing welcomes youngest pilot; newest tradition

    Roman Pettograsso, an 8-year-old boy from Galena, Ohio, visited the 121st Air Refueling Wing as the unit's first honorary pilot for a day. The event, practiced at other military bases around the country, is a community outreach program that works with local hospitals to welcome children with chronic or life-threatening illnesses for a day of
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