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  • 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
  • Aircrew, maintainers gain from multinational exercise

    Eighteen Airmen from the 121st Air Refueling Wing here returned home from Pudahuel Air Base, Chile Oct. 20 after participating in Exercise Salitre.The Airmen spent two weeks supporting and training air forces from Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Uruguay and the United States.The Airmen represented the wing's aircraft maintenance, logistics readiness,
  • Boom operator takes final flight after 41 years of service

    Chief Master Sgt. Tom Guard, chief boom operator in the Ohio National Guard's 121st Air Refueling Wing, took his final flight on a KC-135R Stratotanker here Nov. 26. The mission included refueling two F-16 Fighting Falcons from the 180th Fighter Wing, Toledo, Ohio. One of the steps in the aircrew checklist is to announce over the intercom system
  • Ohio Air National Guard units train in England

    Ohio Air National Guard units came together with the active duty Air Force, as they performed annual training during the month of July and into August, 2014, at RAF Mildenhall, England. Members of the 180th Fighter Wing, 179th Airlift Wing and 121st Air Refueling Wing trained with their active duty counterparts from their specific career fields,