MAGAZINE OF THE OHIO NATIONAL GUARD ~ Vol. 36, No. 4
CYBER SHIELD 2018
Ohio Cyber Warriors lead the way
Volume 36, No. 4 July/August 2018
FOCUS ON HISTORY
A closer look into the origins and lineage of the Ohio National Guard’s Battery A, 1st Battalion, 174th Air Defense Artillery Regiment, which originated in 1868 in Cincinnati.
On Sept. 26, 1918, the American Expeditionary Force (AEF) launches the Meuse-Argonne Offensive, and Soldiers of the 37th Buckeye Division begin a five-day battle with the Germans.
Ohio cyber warriors lead way at premier training event
At the forefront of Cyber Shield 18 was the Ohio National Guard, which hosted this year’s exercise and had a key role in planning the event that brought together more than 800 participants from across the military, government and private sectors.
CYBER SHIELD 2018
THE OHIO NATIONAL GUARD
Chief Warrant Officer 5 Stuckman, state command chief warrant officer, talks about the 100th anniversary of the U.S. Army Warrant Officer Cohort and makes a call to action for qualified enlisted Soldiers to join the ranks of the Army’s technical experts — the “quiet professionals.”
The Ohio National Guard is an organization that respects, values and celebrates the unique attributes, characteristics and perspectives that define every Soldier, Airman and civilian member. Our strength lies in our diversity.
This issue recognizes:
Ever thought of becoming an officer? Learn about the Army commissioning programs that can make you a second lieutenant or warrant officer, including ROTC and Officer Candidate School.
Commander in Chief
Gov. John Kasich
Maj. Gen. Mark E. Bartman
Director, Government and Public Affairs
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Ms. Stephanie Beougher
Mr. Steve Toth
Layout and Design
Ms. Cindy Ayers Hayter
Army Historical Content
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OHIO CYBER RANGE
is unveiled in ceremony at Univ. of Cincinnati
Officials with the Ohio Adjutant General’s Department, the Ohio Department of Higher Education and the University of Cincinnati unveiled a virtual cybersecurity training ground designed to help educate and engage students in the emerging career field of cybersecurity.
FIGHT ON DRUGS
Senior Airman Cory Schleyer, of the 179th Airlift Wing and Ohio National Guard Counterdrug Task Force, is making an impact on the fight against
drugs in Ohio and nationally with his modification
of a program that tracks violent gun crimes associated with illegal drug trade.
By Chief Warrant Officer 5 Jay Stuckman, State Command Chief Warrant Officer
Imagine a blackout lasting not days, but weeks or months. Tens of millions of people over several states are affected. For those without access to a generator, there is no running water, no sewage, no refrigeration or light. Food and medical supplies are dwindling. Devices we rely on have gone dark. Banks no longer function, looting is widespread, and law and order are being tested as never before.
It isn’t just a scenario. A well-designed attack on just one of the nation’s three electric power grids could cripple much of our infrastructure — and in the age of cyberwarfare, a laptop has become the only necessary weapon.
See the Adjutant General's
full reading list on the
Ohio National Guard website.
A Nation Unprepared, Surviving the Aftermath
By Ted Koppel
Broadway Books, New York
On July 9, 1918, an Act of Congress established the Army Mine Planter Service, as part of the Coastal Artillery Corps. This began the great lineage and traditions of the Warrant Officer Cohort. Starting in July 2018, U.S. Army warrant officers across the globe have been celebrating the cohort’s 100th birthday with 5K runs, dining out ceremonies and proclamations from all echelons of leadership.
The Ohio Army National Guard marked this momentous occasion on July 9 by unveiling a new OHARNG Warrant Officer Monument, which is placed in front of the Regional Training Institute at the Defense Supply Center Columbus (DSCC), in Columbus. The keynote speaker for the monument dedication was retired Chief Warrant Officer 5 D.K. Taylor, former state command chief warrant officer.
The warrant officer, by definition, is an officer appointed by the Secretary of the Army, based on a sound level of technical and tactical competence. The warrant officer is a highly specialized expert and trainer who, by gaining progressive levels of expertise and combat leadership, operates, maintains, administers and manages the Army’s equipment, support activities or technical systems for an entire career.
Our Ohio Army National Guard Warrant Officer Strength Management (WOSM) Team is tasked with recruiting HIGHLY QUALIFIED in-service applicants. Potential applicants must demonstrate character, competence and commitment to serve as joint and combined arms capable warrant officers; maintaining the Army’s capability overmatch required to “Win in a Complex World.”
Currently, the Ohio Army National Guard Warrant Officer strength is at 89.2 percent, with 240 warrant officers assigned for 269 warrant officer authorizations. The WOSM Team is doing an outstanding job with warrant officer recruiting, and have already exceeded their required yearly recruiting mission with 16 warrant officer appointments.
Despite doing very well with Warrant Officer recruiting, our biggest challenge is retaining our current warrant officers. Of the 240 warrant officers currently assigned to the Ohio Army National Guard, 135 are retirement eligible. We are on pace to lose 30 warrant officers in 2018, and by TY19 our warrant officer authorizations will increase from 269 to 274. On average, it takes two years to make a fully-qualified warrant officer. So, timely notification of a pending warrant officer loss, as well as identifying qualified enlisted Soldiers, is essential to our success with maintaining our warrant officer strength.
In order to increase our technical warrant officer candidate pipeline, the OHARNG will be implementing a new program called Soldier to Expert (S2E). S2E is a tool for commands to use in identifying potential warrant officer candidates, and the program will soon become part of the OHARNG Personnel Readiness Campaign Plan. S2E will provide its participants with a personalized plan that will assist them in meeting all qualifications required by their respective proponent.
S2E participants will need to meet the following requirements
Grade of E4 or above, with completion of the Basic Leader Course
Currently serving in a feeder MOS (military occupational specialty) or possess qualifying civilian experience
Able to pass the Chapter 2 commissioning physical (ref. AR 40-501)
Final secret or top secret clearance by time of appointment
Pass the standard three-event APFT (Army Physical Fitness Test) and meet Army body composition standards
Have at least 12 months remaining on their enlisted contract
Command support and involvement is imperative in keeping our warrant officer positions filled. We need leaders at all levels to promote and encourage these HIGHLY-QUALIFIED Soldiers to pursue the Warrant Officer Program. Each vacant warrant officer position is a huge detriment to the doctrinal knowledge, technical experience and overall readiness of the organization.
If you are interested in becoming a warrant officer, or have a strong potential lead,
please contact Warrant Officer Deena Ratliff, the warrant officer strength manager, at email@example.com or 614-376-5054.
Chief Warrant Officer 5 Jay Stuckman enlisted in the Ohio Army National Guard in March 1985 and completed basic combat training at Fort Knox, Kentucky in August 1985, between his junior and senior years of high school. His enlisted service includes assignments as a combat signaler, recruiter’s aide and personnel records clerk, prior to his appointment as a warrant officer in 1993. He is rated as a master Army aviator with more than 3,300 flight hours in the UH-1 Iroquois and the UH-60 Black Hawk. Stuckman flew 136 combat missions while deployed to Iraq in 2009, logging more than 550 combat flight hours in the UH-60. He became the state command chief warrant officer in June 2012, and is responsible for overseeing warrant officer leader development and mentorship while providing essential advice to the assistant adjutant general for Army on warrant officer issues.
A century of service
The Equal Opportunity/Diversity & Inclusion Office provides opportunities for Ohio National Guard members to enhance their professional development and embrace diversity and inclusion. Among those opportunities is a reading list suggested by Maj. Gen. Mark E. Bartman, Ohio adjutant general.
The United States
Army Warrant Officer
Ohio cyber warriors lead way at premier training event
Story by Staff Sgt. Michael Carden, Ohio National Guard Public Affairs
CAMP ATTERBURY, Ind. — National Guard members from across the country came together this May for Cyber Shield 18, an annual two-week exercise involving 40 states and territories, the Army Reserve, state and federal government agencies, and over 50 industry partners to train, exchange information security best practices and test their cyber mettle.
At the forefront of the exercise was the Ohio National Guard, which hosted this year’s exercise and had a key role in planning the event that brought together more than 800 participants from across the military, government and private sectors.
“This exercise provides a very technical defensive cyber ecosystem with a Defensive Cyber Operations Element training focus,” said Col. Teri Williams, the director of information management for the Ohio National Guard and the officer in charge for Cyber Shield 18. “Cyber Shield truly is a crucible where industry cyber talent merges with our military forces and the result is a more polished, tuned and stronger response capability.”
All of the staff for Cyber Shield volunteered for the exercise, comprising National Guard and Reserve Soldiers and Airmen, who worked tirelessly for 11 months leading up to the exercise.
“The staff is truly passionate about improving the cyber defense of our nation,” Williams said. “In working with this group, I’ve witnessed firsthand, many talented, dedicated volunteers who are passionate in their quest to improve homeland defense through cybersecurity.”
The annual exercise consisted of two phases — the first provided attendees the opportunity for academic instruction focusing on vital cyber skills, with both classroom and hands-on exercises. The second phase took it out of the classroom and into a real-world simulation. Soldiers and Airmen faced off against trained adversaries in a cyber battlefield. Teams leveraged their skills and talents as they defended networks and minimized the effects of attacks against vulnerable infrastructure.
“Cyber Shield is real,” said Lt. Col. Brad Rhodes, commander of Cyber Protection Team 174 for the Colorado Army National Guard and the deputy officer in charge for the event. “It’s about as real as it gets for these defenders, and it gets them that realism, so they can take that back and actually perform in an incident response in a credible manner.”
The National Guard is uniquely suited for cyber operations if a real world incident would occur. Because of their status as a state military force when not under federal mobilization orders, Guard units are positioned to respond quickly in situations where federal response may not have appropriate authority. Many of these participants also work in the cyber field in the private sector, which provides another base of experience to this exercise.
“I’ve met a lot of people with unique skill sets,” said Master Sgt. Matthew Dill, lead administrator with the Ohio Air National Guard’s 269th Combat Communications Squadron. “I’ve gotten a lot of tools from other organizations, such as the FBI and other states. The training here was fantastic, so when I get back, I plan to integrate some of the standard operating procedures into my units.”
At Cyber Shield 18, Guard members from Ohio and elsewhere proved their mettle, working through the cyber obstacles placed before them by their online adversaries on the rapidly expanding battlefield of cyber warfare. In an uncertain world, the skills and experience gained during these two weeks will be critical, should they need it in the future during a real-world incident or cyberattack.
Story by Stephanie Beougher
Ohio National Guard Public Affairs
Ohio Cyber Range
CINCINNATI — The audience counted down along with the numbers on the screen at the front of the room: “3-2-1.” The numbers were replaced by an animated pair of scissors that cut a red ribbon. Officials with the Ohio Adjutant General’s Department, the Ohio Department of Higher Education and the University of Cincinnati gathered on May 29 for the virtual ribbon cutting to unveil the Ohio Cyber Range at the University of Cincinnati — a virtual cybersecurity training ground.
“When you use a gun, you go to a gun range and you take this very lethal weapon and you learn how to protect yourself in a very safe environment. The same thing is true with a cyber range. You take some very lethal weapons that are out there in the cybersecurity world and you bring them into a very safe environment and you learn how to protect yourself,” said Stephen Smith, director of the Ohio Cyber Range at UC.
The Ohio Department of Higher Education, in collaboration with the Ohio Adjutant General’s Department, awarded the University of Cincinnati $1.9 million to establish a demonstration site for the Ohio Cyber Range by June 2019.
“The purpose of the Ohio Cyber Range is about bringing good jobs to the state of Ohio and training the future workforce,” according to Maj. Gen. Mark E. Bartman, Ohio adjutant general. “It will enable (the ability to) to be (a) training and testing environment for anybody in the state of Ohio who’s connected to education, the military or private organizations that want to be a part of it.”
Shawn Turskey, executive director of U.S. Cyber Command and an Ohio native, stressed the need for partnerships.
“The increase in cyberattacks by our adversaries is getting more and more concerning. The Ohio Cyber Range presents an opportunity to not only leverage people, capabilities and partnerships across the cyber enterprise but also develop the next generation of cyber talent to meet the current and future demands of this dynamic environment,” Turskey said.
Future phases of the Ohio Cyber Range will build on the University of Cincinnati’s successes to expand to other sites in the state to create a statewide network.
The Ohio Cyber Range is an initiative developed by the Ohio Cyber Collaboration Committee (OC3), a collaborative effort led by the Adjutant General’s Department of more than 200 people who represent public, private, military and educational organizations.
OC3 has already provided hands-on learning for Ohio students at cyber capture the flag competitions at high schools and universities around the state. The demonstration range at UC will help expand the capabilities to train and engage more students.
Read more on OC3 and past cyber competitions on the
Ohio National Guard website:
Central Ohio students compete during cybersecurity capture the flag challenge in Westerville
Ohio takes innovative approach to cybersecurity
Inaugural competition tests Ohio students’ cybersecurity skills
FIGHT ON DRUGS
Capt. Paul Stennett, 179th Airlift Wing Public Affairs
MANSFIELD, Ohio — Senior Airman Cory Schleyer, an emergency management specialist with the 179th Airlift Wing, is making an impact on the fight against drugs in Ohio and nationally.
While not in his Air Force uniform at the 179th AW for drill weekends, annual training or temporary duty assignments, Schleyer spends his workweek working for the Ohio National Guard Counterdrug Task Force (CDTF), which is where he was tasked with developing a system to collect, organize, deconflict and analyze National Integrated Ballistics Information Network (NIBIN) data for the purpose of reducing violent crime and firearm/drug trafficking within the Columbus Field Division (Columbus, Canton, Akron, Cleveland, Dayton, Toledo, Youngstown, Indianapolis, Evansville and Cincinnati) of the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF).
“The mission of the task force appealed to me and I really felt that I would be able to use my skills to reduce both the drug epidemic and violent crimes associated with the drug trade,” Schleyer said.
To accomplish this, Schleyer, with the help of his colleague Tech. Sgt. David Glass, modified a program through recoding that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) initially developed for epidemiology, and repurposed it to treat violent gun crime as a disease. Instead of tracking Ebola outbreaks in the state of Ohio, the system was recoded to track 9 mm or .40-caliber crimes in each respective city and then compare the collected data to incidents throughout the division.
“The first version of the recoded program took about a month, however, it was very raw and lacked detail and some functions,” Schleyer said. “The program continued to grow over the next 18 months into a legitimate solution where the concepts and theory applied to the program were adopted by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms to be used in a professionally developed program that I partially oversee the development of.”
The task was two-pronged: first, they would create a uniform data collection method for the entire field division to utilize, and second, use the collected data for case analysis to identify violent criminals and recognize crime trends or patterns that could help predict criminal behaviors.
“Previously, every field office collected data on spreadsheets, not all offices collected the same data, and very few offices collected it in similar formats,” Schleyer said. “The previous methodology also limited offices to only seeing data within their jurisdiction.”
On Nov. 1, 2016, the program was first used to collect data from crime scenes and has been used on a daily basis since. After a successful three-month pilot, the program was pushed out to every city within the field division to track, analyze and predict violent crime behaviors.
Following the program’s initial launch, multiple field divisions of the ATF adopted the program at various points in 2017 as the primary NIBIN Intelligence software, or to be used as an intelligence supplement. Since its inception, the program has grown to support nine field divisions and currently houses crime data for more than 112,000 shooting incidents.
“NIBIN has been around since the 1990s, however the collection and exploitation of the data from an intelligence perspective did not really exist on a large scale until the last three to five years,” Schleyer said. “The real gap in NIBIN throughout the years has been the sharing of data within multiple jurisdictions, which is a huge gap, and the recognition of this gap allowed for this program to come to life.”
Schleyer would make numerous visits to ATF headquarters in Washington, D.C., beginning in August 2017, to present the recoded program. It was determined by executive members from the Firearms Operations Division within ATF that the concepts and infrastructure developed and conceptualized by CDTF analysts would be implemented at the national level.
“The ideas and methodology proposed by myself, Tech. Sgt. Glass and the ATF agents bred this program, and a national solution was created,” Schleyer said.
The ATF has formally funded and approved a development contract to have the ideas presented by CDTF analysts, professionally developed as a web-based intelligence platform and made available for all law enforcement personnel at zero cost nationwide.
“Since this program is going to be made available to all law enforcement agencies, it will allow for information gaps to be filled naturally through the program development team, in regards to functionality and design availability,” Schleyer said. “Also, with the sharing of crime data, it will be easier to identify common suspects, victims, etc.”
Data will be ingested into the program in two ways; first, laboratory analysis data will be automatically imported into the program and then local police departments will be able to upload information, either manually or through bulk spreadsheet import.
The datasets will then create a virtual violent crime event file to provide a complete picture of the event, and effectively fill information gaps.
“The Air National Guard has provided me the platform and the freedom to think analytically and act as a problem solver, both within the ANG and as a CDTF analyst, Schleyer said.
It is expected that with this development, the percentage of unsolved gun crimes throughout the nation will markedly decrease. The ATF will be able to use new, incoming data and compare it to historical data to recognize correlations, helping agents develop case files for prosecution and predict future behaviors.
Video by Stephanie Beougher, Ohio National Guard Public Affairs
Partnership efforts lead to huge cost savings, NGB recognition
Photo by Staff Sgt. Michael Carden, Ohio National Guard Public Affairs
Students from Avalon Elementary School in Columbus, Ohio visited the 121st Air Refueling Wing May 17, 2018, to learn about some of the jobs performed by the Airmen at Rickenbacker Air National Guard Base in Columbus. As part of its community mission, the Ohio National Guard periodically hosts schools and other youth groups for installation tours to educate students about the organization and its many roles and responsibilities.
Always Ready, Always There
Clippers recognize veterans,
military during 4th of July games
121st Air Refueling Wing
hosts local area students
Photos by Staff Sgt. Wendy Kuhn and Airman 1st Class Tiffany Emery, 121st Air Refueling Wing Public Affairs
OHARNG wins ACOE
Award for sixth time
The Ohio National Guard supported Columbus Clippers’ military appreciation game events July 4-5, 2018, at Huntington Park in Columbus, Ohio. On July 4, Col. Allison Miller, commander of the 179th Airlift Wing, threw the ceremonial first pitch before the Clippers’ game vs. Toledo. On July 5, Sgt. 1st Class Michael Mullen, a recruiter with the Ohio Army National Guard Recruiting and Retention Battalion, threw out the first pitch and Spc. Ceaphrael Benson, a vocalist with the Ohio National Guard’s 122nd Army Band, sang the national anthem.
Photos by Capt. Jordyn Sadowski and Sgt. Joanna Bradshaw, Ohio National Guard Public Affairs
Ohio National Guard photo
Celebrating 243 years
of the U.S. Army
Honoring military, veterans
at the Memorial Tournament
Video by Staff Sgt. George B. Davis, Ohio National Guard Public Affairs
For about the past decade, military service members and veterans have been honored annually during Military Appreciation Day at the Memorial Tournament, held the Wednesday before the PGA tournament event begins. Hosted by tournament founder and PGA legend Jack Nicklaus, this year’s event, held May 30, 2018, included an appreciation luncheon, military caddies supporting the Nationwide Invitational pro-am and participation in the tournament’s opening ceremonies.
The Ohio National Guard
Maj. Gen. John C. Harris Jr. (center), Ohio assistant adjutant general for Army, is assisted by Spc. Daniel Yeboah (left), GI Bill manager in the Ohio National Guard Education and Incentives Office, and Fleta Moyer, a financial technician in the U.S. Property and Fiscal Office, Comptroller’s Office, in making the first cut in the cake during a 243rd Army birthday celebration June 14, 2018, at the Maj. Gen. Robert S. Beightler Armory in Columbus, Ohio. In a long-standing Army tradition, the employees with the greatest years of service (Moyer) and fewest years of service (Yeboah) present at the event assisted the honored guest (Harris) with cutting the cake.
The Ohio Army National Guard was
named the gold winner earlier this year in the 2018 Army Communities of Excellence competition among all Army National Guard submissions. The accomplishment was celebrated during a July 2, 2018, ceremony at the Maj. Gen. Robert S. Beightler Armory in Columbus, Ohio. The annual ACOE competition measures and recognizes the best performing installations and communities in the Army, based on assessment criteria including leadership, strategic planning, customer focus and results.
It is the sixth time Ohio has won since 2003.
The 251st Cyberspace Engineering Installation Group has earned the 2018 Gen. Mark A. Welsh III One Air Force Award at the National Guard Bureau level, for integrated efforts and contributions to the U.S. Strategic Command (USSTRATCOM)’s command and control facility military construction project at Offutt Air Force Base, Nebraska. The largest such project in Air National Guard engineering installation history, it also involved efforts from the active duty, Air Force Reserve and other unified combatant commands.
THE OHIO NATIONAL GUARD LINEAGE LINK UP
Battery A, 1st Battalion,
174th Air Defense Artillery Regiment,
Floating their weapons and equipment across a stream on an improvised float at Camp Polk, La., June 6, 1952, are Pvt. Richard Fitzwater and Pvt. Milo Dagel of Company A, 147th Infantry.
Soldiers of Company A, 147th Infantry mark off the remaining days of their 12-month call to active duty after arriving at Camp Shelby, Miss. in October 1940.
Company A, 1st Battle Group, 147th Infantry,
Camp Grayling, Mich., circa 1960.
Company A, 1st Battalion, 147th Infantry,
Camp Grayling, Mich., 1965.
1st Lt. Autis S. Ramey of Company A, 147th Infantry is shown explaining the objective before an assault problem during annual field training at Camp Atterbury, Ind. in 1950.
DATE & PLACE OF BIRTH
8 August 1868, Cincinnati, Ohio
To provide air defense for an Army Headquarters, and when assigned, the Corps or Division Headquarters and Brigade Combat Team (BCT) forces, areas or installations against unmanned aerial vehicles/remotely piloted vehicles (UAV/RPV) and fixed and rotary wing aircrafts.
World War I
Ypres-Lys; Meuse-Argonne; Lorraine 1918
World War II
Air Offensive, Japan; Guadalcanal; Northern Solomons
War on Terrorism
Iraq – New Dawn
Company F, 147th Infantry, Camp Sherman, Ohio, 1919.
View a more detailed lineage of the
Battery A, 1st Battalion,
174th Air Defense Artillery Regiment
Company A, 147th Infantry, Camp Perry, Ohio, 1934.
Rod Martin (left) and Rod Thorton of Company A, 1st Battalion, 147th Infantry make last minute adjustments on their 81 mm mortar during training exercises at Fort McCoy, Wis. in 1975.
Pfc. Courtney Martin, an Avenger crew member with Battery A, 1st Battalion, 174th Air Defense Artillery Regiment, practices reloading her
Avenger Air Defense System June 17, 2017,
at Camp Atterbury, Ind.
Sgt. Ron Sizemore of Company A, 1st Battalion, 147th Infantry steadies himself as the driver makes a quick U-turn during a training exercise at Camp Grayling, Mich., circa 1990.
Warrant Officer Candidate School (WOCS)
Applicants with experience in feeder MOS
Warrant Officers are technical and tactical experts. They are considered to be the best of the best in their field. Following the warrant officer path means you would be critical to administering and executing plans, as well as being the leader who officers and enlisted personnel look to for advice and direction. With over 40 different tech warrant specialties, you will likely have options to select from based on your MOS. Whichever warrant officer career direction you choose, you’ll be on a path to higher rank, increased responsibility and authority, and greater pay and benefits. Minimum requirements follow:
· GT score of 110 or higher (Non-Waiverable)
· High School Diploma or GED
· Pass a Chapter 2 Commissioning Physical
· Not older than the age of 46 (Waiverable)
· Must be able to Pass a 3-event APFT
Applicants interested in the Warrant Officer Aviation Program
Joining the warrant officer aviation program as a helicopter pilot means you’ll be controlling some of the most advanced aircraft in the sky. A normal day for our aviators could consist of successfully delivering troops to hot zones, performing search and rescue missions, responding to natural disasters or delivering lifesaving goods to a community in need. Becoming a Rotary Wing Aviator is MOS immaterial, though the minimum requirements noted above and below must be met. All applicants also must be approved/selected by an Aviation Selection Board. More information can be found at the State Aviation Recruiting link: https://states.gkoportal.ng.mil/states/OH/OHARNG/JFHQ/SAAO/AV_Personnel/Recruiting/SitePages/Home.aspx.
· Age 18 - 32
· SIFT score of 40-plus
· Pass APFT with 70-plus in each event to ship to WOCS/Flight School
· Be a U.S. Citizen
For more information, contact Warrant Officer Deena Ratliff, OHARNG warrant officer recruiter, at (614) 376-5054 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Officer Candidate School (OCS)
State OCS (Reserve Component training);
NGB Accelerated OCS (8 weeks); Federal OCS (12 weeks)
OCS is an intense leadership training ground. It’s physically and mentally challenging, and not everyone is cut out for it. Those who are accepted and make it through agree it’s one of the most rewarding experiences of their lives. Whether you’re a first-time Soldier or have prior military experience, OCS will transform you into an effective leader. Minimum requirements follow:
• Civilian education of 90+ credit hours from an accredited university
• GT score of 110 or higher (ASVAB)
• Meet basic medical readiness standards
• Not older than the age of 42 at Commissioning
• Pass APFT
For more information, contact the OHARNG Basic Branch Office at (614) 376-5200 or email@example.com.
Reserve Officers' Training Corps (ROTC)
Available to college students year-round
ROTC is a college elective that allows you to earn a commission straight out of college as a second lieutenant in the Army National Guard. In just a few hours per week, ROTC teaches leadership and teamwork through both academic classes and hands-on, physical training that will help you succeed in college and beyond.
ROTC also provides a way to help hold down the cost of college. Two-, three- and four-year scholarships are available, as well as monthly allowances for some cadets. Combine ROTC with Guard service, and you’ll earn drill pay on top of your ROTC allowance through the Simultaneous Membership Program (SMP).
For more information, contact the Army ROTC representative at your college campus or the OHARNG Basic Branch Office at (614) 376-5200 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Do you have what it takes to be a leader in the Ohio Army National Guard?
If you are currently serving as an enlisted Soldier, why not continue your military service as Commissioned Officer or Warrant Officer?
Your experience as a Soldier is valuable to our organization, and will translate to confidence in your ability to manage and execute mission objectives.
The programs that help Soldiers reach this goal are Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC), Officer Candidate School (OCS), and Warrant Officer Candidate School (WOCS). Which one makes the most sense for you?
Brief program descriptions and eligibility criteria follow. State OCS and WOCS programs for FY19 start soon, so if you are ready to step forward as a future leader, contact the OHARNG Officer Strength Team as soon as possible.
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On Sept. 26, 1918, the American Expeditionary Force (AEF) launched the Meuse-Argonne Offensive, which was the main portion of the final Allied offensive that ended World War I.
The 37th “Buckeye” Division went over the top in the Montfaucon Forest, meeting determined German machine gunners. In five days of fighting in the cold and rain, the Buckeyes captured 1,100 German prisoners and suffered 3,200 casualties. On Sept. 27, near Ivory, France, 2nd Lt. Albert Baesel of Company B, 148th Infantry was killed trying to rescue a wounded Soldier. For his actions he would be awarded the Medal of Honor.
The 166th Infantry of the 42nd “Rainbow” Division joined the offensive in mid-October and took part in the final assault on the Hindenburg Line near Landres-et-St. Georges. When the war ended on Nov. 11, the 166th was pursuing the retreating Germans near Sedan.
Finally, the segregated 2nd Battalion, 372nd Infantry was awarded the French Croix de Guerre with palm for the heroic assault on enemy positions near Monthois. French Gen. Mariano Goybet would later write about the 372nd: “The most formidable defenses, the best organized machine gun nests, the most smashing artillery barrages could not stop them. This elite regiment crossed all of it with a superb disdain of death, and, thanks to their courageous devotion, the Red Hand Division, during nine days of hard struggle, always held the lead in the historic advance of the Fourth Army.”
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