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  • 121st DPH enlists help of therapy dog

    The 121st Air Refueling Wing has a new member! Murphy is a 7-year-old German Short-Haired Pointer and is a registered therapy dog through the Alliance of Therapy Dogs. “When you see Murphy around the base, there is no need to ask to pet him,” said Jessie Burr, the 121st Air Refueling Wing Director

  • Powers assumes command of 121st ARW

    The 121st Air Refueling Wing held a Change of Command ceremony on base Nov. 5, 2023.During the ceremony, Col. Andrew Powers assumed command of the 121st ARW from Col. Scott Lerdon. Brig. Gen. David Johnson, Ohio Assistant Adjutant General for Air was the presiding officer.Prior to taking command of

  • 121st pilots and aircrew participate in water survival training

    Pilots and aircrew with the 121st Air Refueling Wing participated in Survival Evasion Resistance and Escape (SERE) water survival training at the Harcum Fitness and Aquatic Center in Reynoldsburg, Ohio, May 7, 2023. Every three years, pilots and certain aircrew go through SERE water survival

  • Rickenbacker Air National Guard Base is a no drone zone

    Rickenbacker Air National Guard Base is a no-drone zone at all times.Launching, landing or operating unmanned, remote-controlled drones or model rockets, on or over the installation, is prohibited at all times. Many drone and unmanned aircraft systems, or UAS, users may not know that they

  • Ohio ANG member wins jiu-jitsu world championship

    When Wendy Kuhn first walked into a Brazilian jiu-jitsu class seven years ago, she didn’t know what to expect. She had no idea she would become a world champion.Tech. Sgt. Kuhn, an Ohio Air National Guard public affairs specialist at the 121st Air Refueling Wing, said she had been looking for a new

  • U.S. Air National Guard units support 2021 Formidable Shield exercise

    U.S. Air National Guard units from Iowa, Maine and Ohio are in the United Kingdom this week participating in multinational missile defense exercise Formidable Shield 2021.“Formidable Shield” is a biennial, live-fire exercise designed to test participating nations integrated air and missile defense

  • Airman crosses four decade threshold while deployed to the 332nd AEW

    Looking back 40 years is something many of us can do, however it’s a far more select group that can look back over a 40-year career. Chief Master Sgt. David R. Purtee enlisted in the U.S. Air Force April 25, 1981, at 17 years-of-age, from his hometown of Lancaster, Ohio.

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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.