MAGAZINE OF THE OHIO NATIONAL GUARD ~ Vol. 36, No. 6
World War I
Volume 36, No. 6 November/December 2018
FOCUS ON HISTORY
A closer look into the origins and
lineage of the Ohio National Guard’s Company B, 2nd Battalion, 19th Special Forces Group, which originated in May 1994 in Chagrin Falls, Ohio.
The Battle of Nashville took place Dec. 15-16, 1864. Ohio Soldiers accounted for about one-fourth of Union Army forces that delivered a crushing defeat to the Confederate forces.
A contingent of Soldiers from the 37th Infantry Brigade Combat Team traveled to France and Belgium this past summer to pay tribute to the 37th Division’s role in World War I, part of a series of Army commemorations. Also, grateful Belgians honor Buckeyes in one Ohio town.
THE OHIO NATIONAL GUARD
Maj. Gen. Bartman reminisces about the organization’s successes in 2018, missions in support of our communities, state and nation. “The reason for our success is our people — each Citizen-Soldier, -Airman
and civilian who excelled at their given tasks” to ensure the Ohio National Guard
is Always Ready! Always There!
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
National American Indian Heritage Month
RECRUITING & RETENTION
The Ohio Army National Guard Recruiting and Retention Battalion recognizes its top recruiters for the year. Also, what does it take to become a 79R? Learn more about the requirements and opportunities to join the ranks of those charged with bringing new members into the OHARNG.
Supporting our Communities
Evaluating the Whole Weapons System
The Ohio National Guard Counterdrug Task Force supports the fight against drugs through two primary efforts, criminal analysis and civil operations. Learn more about what the Ohio National Guard is doing to help make communities across the state safer and healthier. READ STORY
Commander in Chief
Gov. John Kasich
Maj. Gen. Mark E. Bartman
Director, Government and Public Affairs
Maj. Matthew J. France
Public Affairs Officer (Federal)
Capt. Jordyn Craft
Public Information Officer (State)
Ms. Stephanie Beougher
Mr. Steve Toth
Layout and Design
Ms. Cindy Ayers Hayter
Army Historical Content
Sgt. 1st Class Josh Mann
- Army and Air National Guard Photo/
- Unit Public Affairs Representatives (UPARs)
- Ohio Army National Guard Recruiting and
Retention Battalion Marketing Office
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OHIO NATIONAL GUARD
More than 150 Airmen from the 180th Fighter Wing participated in Combat Archer, a two-week air-to-air Weapons System Evaluation Program to prepare and evaluate operational fighter squadrons’ readiness for combat operations, this September at Tyndall Air Force Base, Florida. READ STORY
By Maj. Gen. Mark E. Bartman,
Ohio Adjutant General
I am humbled to lead such an outstanding organization.
In 2018 the Ohio National Guard continued to meet the increased operational tempo as the country’s combat reserve for our active-duty brothers and sisters, all the while meeting the needs of our fellow citizens. Whether it was a planned deployment overseas, a rapid response for hurricane recovery efforts or a large-scale exercise with multinational partners, we successfully completed every mission in support of our communities, state and nation.
The reason for our success is our people — each Citizen-Soldier, -Airman and civilian who excelled at their given tasks.
Recognition for a job well done included a gold award for the Ohio Army National Guard in the Army Communities of Excellence competition, Air Force Outstanding Unit Awards for all of our Air National Guard wings and their geographically-
separated units, and the 251st Cyberspace Engineering Installation Group earned the Gen. Mark A. Welsh III One Air Force Award at the National Guard Bureau level for unprecedented contributions during construction of the U.S. Strategic Command’s new facility at Offutt Air Force Base, Nebraska.
I cannot possibly cover all of the tremendous accomplishments in this column, so I will focus on a key few.
For a second year in a row, Soldiers and Airmen were dispatched from Ohio to help with hurricane recovery efforts. While this year’s storms were not to the level of what we saw last year, damage was still extensive and special assistance was needed. We provided imagery analysis, command support, a safe haven for aircraft, damage assessment and repair, a crew and airframe to deliver water, as well as food and rescue personnel for our neighbors in North Carolina and Florida.
The Ohio National Guard participated in joint military training across the globe. Combat Archer, held at Tyndall Air Force Base, Florida this past September, prepared more than 150 Airmen from the Ohio Air National Guard’s 180th Fighter Wing for combat operations. This training exercise, along with other exercises and annual training conducted by all of the Air and Army units, provides a fully trained, medically ready force to perform all missions in the homeland and in the world. A news story, photos and video on Combat Archer are featured in this edition of the Buckeye Guard digital magazine.
We marked 2018
with several firsts.
Ohio’s first statewide cyber range opened at the University of Cincinnati. The range is a virtual training “sandbox” available for use by schools, governments and businesses to gain proficiency and test on critical cybersecurity competencies.
Rebecca O’Connor became the first woman to be promoted to the rank of brigadier general in the Ohio Air National Guard. I was honored to administer her oath of office. She embodies the Air Force’s core values of integrity first, service before self and excellence in all we do.
In February, Col. Allison Miller became the first woman to command an Ohio Air National Guard wing. Less than a year under her belt at the 179th Airlift Wing, she’s already making a positive impact on her Airmen and the Guard.
We strengthened bonds with our State Partnership Program partners Serbia and Hungary, including celebrating the 25th anniversary of our partnership with the Hungarian Defence Forces. We opened a new state-of-the-art flight simulator at the 121st Air Refueling Wing. And we renamed our largest joint military training center Camp James A. Garfield to honor the past and transition to the future.
While we can look back at our accomplishments, we cannot rest on them. There will be new challenges, missions and opportunities in 2019.
I know that this trusted team of Soldiers, Airmen, and civilians who serve our communities, state and nation will deliver on our motto.
Always Ready! Always There!
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Maj. Gen. Mark E. Bartman is the Ohio adjutant general. He is a member of the governor’s cabinet and is responsible for the command of the Ohio National Guard and the military readiness of the Ohio Militia. The Ohio National Guard consists of the Ohio Army National Guard, Ohio Air National Guard, Ohio Military Reserve and Ohio Naval Militia, totaling more than 16,000 personnel.
Maj. Gen. Mark E. Bartman
Ohio Adjutant General
With the wisdom, humor, curiosity and sharp insights that have brought millions of readers to his New York Times column and his previous bestsellers, David Brooks has consistently illuminated our daily lives in surprising and original ways. In The Social Animal, he explored the neuroscience of human connection and how we can flourish together. Now, in The Road to Character, he focuses on the deeper values that should inform our lives. Responding to what he calls the culture of the Big Me, which emphasizes external success, Brooks challenges us, and himself, to rebalance the scales between our “résumé virtues” — achieving wealth, fame, and status — and our “eulogy virtues,” those that exist at the core of our being: kindness, bravery, honesty or faithfulness, focusing on what kind of relationships we have formed.
See the Adjutant General's
full reading list on the
Ohio National Guard website.
The Road to Character
By David Brooks
New York, 2015
Maj. Gen. Mark E. Bartman, Ohio adjutant general, has published his suggested reading list to enhance individuals’ professional development, with more than 30 titles addressing subjects including leadership, history and politics, and diversity and inclusion.
BREMEN, Ohio — Located a little over 4,000 miles east of this Fairfield County village is the Flanders Field American Cemetery in Waregem, Belgium. At this peaceful site rest 368 American dead, including 61 Ohioans, who gave their lives in liberating Belgium during World War I.
In the first row of plot C at Flanders Field American Cemetery lies the remains of Sgt. Willis L. Burnworth of the 145th Infantry, 37th Division, Ohio National Guard. Back in the Grandview Cemetery in Bremen is a stone cross wrapped in red flowers, also inscribed with the name of a fallen Soldier: Sgt. Willis L. Burnworth.
One hundred years after his death, nearly 50 people gathered at the Bremen Bethel Church to remember Burnworth and seven other Bremen natives who died during World War I. In the church was Peter Stassen and his wife Collette, two Belgian citizens who adopted the grave of Burnworth in 2014 and served as the driving force behind the ceremony in his hometown.
“Earlier this year I received a letter from Peter asking what Bremen was going to do to remember Sgt. Burnworth this year?” Bremen Mayor Mike Henwood told the audience. “I said I don’t know, but we need to do something.”
Stassen, a retired Belgian army sergeant major, said he and his wife, a retired Belgian navy master chief petty officer, visit the grave about once a month and place flowers at the grave regularly, and always on his birthday and the anniversary of his death.
Burnworth was killed on Oct. 31, 1918, near the town of Olsene, Belgium. After successfully leading his platoon in capturing a German machine gun nest, a large caliber shell exploded nearby. The concussion killed Burnworth without placing a single mark on his body, Stassen told those gathered.
In 1919, his body was disinterred from its battlefield grave and the U.S. government gave Burnworth’s parents the option to have his body returned to Ohio or move it to the American Cemetery in Flanders. “His parents wanted his remains to stay in Belgium, as they felt his body would be taken care of,” Stassen said.
When Soldiers from the Ohio Army National Guard’s 37th Infantry Brigade Combat Team visited Belgium this summer to commemorate the centennial of World War I, they were greeted by Stassen and a number of other locals who adopted 37th Division Soldiers and look after their graves. More recently, leaders of the 37th IBCT and the 1st Battalion, 145th Armored Regiment greeted Stassen here in Ohio and placed wreaths on white crosses at Grandview Cemetery to remember the eight Soldiers.
“These Soldiers gave their all for our tomorrow.” Stassen said. “We can live in freedom, but the price was very high. All they would ask is that we should never forget what they gave.”
Buckeye Brigade Soldiers return to France, Belgium
Story by Sgt. First Class Joshua Mann
Ohio Army National Guard Historian
remember Ohio doughboys
Veteran of 37th Division, interred in
European cemetery, recently honored
in his Ohio hometown along with other natives who died in WWI
Story by Sgt. First Class Joshua Mann
Ohio Army National Guard Historian
MONTFAUCON, France — As the U.S. Army commemorated the centennial of the Meuse-Argonne Campaign earlier this year, Soldiers from the 37th Infantry Brigade Combat Team reflected on their visit to France and Belgium this past summer to learn about and pay tribute to the 37th Division’s role in World War I.
The eight Buckeye Brigade Soldiers, including Col. Cory Lusk and Command Sgt. Maj. Jeff Schuster, the 37th Infantry Brigade Combat Team’s commander and command sergeant major, joined about 50 other Army National Guard and Army Reserve Soldiers Aug. 3-9 in northern France and Belgium as part of the Army’s Road to Armistice event.
“The history and lineage of the unit is always something that’s stressed to be important. But the specifics of the individual campaigns, the difficulties that these Soldiers faced and the adversities that they overcame were not a reality for me, personally, until I got a chance to visit the battle sites and walk the fields they fought across,” said Staff Sgt. Ryan Davis of Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 37th IBCT.
The event began in Belgium, where the Soldiers visited Flanders Field American Cemetery and were asked by the superintendent to conduct the morning flag raising ceremony. From there, the group followed the route the 37th Division traveled in November 1918, which ended in Eyne, Belgium at the Escault (Scheldt) River, where the 37th crossed under fire on Nov. 2. The Soldiers visited the Ohio Bridge, which was built after the war by the Belgians as a tribute to the Buckeye Division’s heroic deeds. The gratitude of the French and Belgians is something Davis said still holds true today.
“They were very excited to have us there. The people that were directly associated with American cemeteries and war memorials specifically, went above and beyond to try and connect with us and just really share with us the significance of all that the Allied Forces have done for them and how important that is to them still 100 years later.”
The Soldiers then returned to France, where they were led on a tour of the 37th’s sector in the Meuse-Argonne Campaign by Charles Bowery, executive director of the U.S. Army Center of Military History. While there, the group visited the Meuse-Argonne American Cemetery, which contains a total of 14,246 graves; it's the largest number of American dead in Europe.
“The cemetery at the Meuse-Argonne was probably the most impactful because of the volume of graves that are there,” Davis said. “It really made the reality of the loss of human life involved in World War I something that was tangible and comprehensible for me.”
Davis said since returning to his unit he has had greater opportunities to share the impact with fellow Soldiers and relay the importance of wearing the 37th insignia on his uniform.
“For me, the unit patch was more of an organizational identifier, it was an administrative embellishment on my uniform. After that trip it’s a source of pride. To look down and to know what was accomplished in World War I and to know the history, to know the sacrifice, to look down on my sleeve and see that, it’s a sense of pride, it’s a sense of belonging. It’s something to be proud of.”
From 2017 through 2019, the U.S. Army is commemorating the 100th anniversary of World War I with events taking place throughout the continental United States and overseas. The commemorations provide the opportunity for the Army to tell its story and honor its heritage. A contingent of Soldiers from the 37th Infantry Brigade Combat Team traveled to France and Belgium this past summer to learn about and pay tribute to the 37th Division’s role in World War I.
Learn more about the U.S. Army’s World War I Centennial Commemoration on the Center of Military History web page.
Honoring the World War I Centennial
Story by Staff Sgt. Shane Hughes, Video by Airman Kregg York, 180th Fighter Wing Public Affairs
TYNDALL AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. — The sound of fighter jets roared above the pristine, sandy beaches of the Florida coastline. High above the sun-kissed tourists, F-16 Fighting Falcons chased after bright orange drones, following them out over the Gulf of Mexico where a pilot targeted them and fired a missile, ending any chance of the drone ever returning.
More than 150 Airmen from the 180th Fighter Wing participated in Combat Archer, a two-week air-to-air Weapons System Evaluation Program to prepare and evaluate operational fighter squadrons’ readiness for combat operations, Sept. 10-21 at Tyndall Air Force Base, Florida.
The exercise evaluated the performance of the whole weapons system from the Airmen who load missiles to the pilots who fire them, determining the reliability and capability of the 180th FW to engage targets in combat by firing live missiles at subscale drones which take on the role of enemy aircraft.
“Combat Archer’s objective is to evaluate the missile and weapons system throughout the whole deployment of the weapon,” said Maj. Seth Carmody, a maintenance officer assigned to the 180th FW. “That includes breaking out the missiles, loading them onto the aircraft and deploying the missiles to shoot down drones.”
The opportunity to load and fire live missiles is something Airmen don’t get to experience during routine training. Participating in Combat Archer is one of the few times most Airmen will get to work with live missiles outside of combat related deployments.
“Few people have actually had the opportunity to shoot a live missile,” said Maj. Randall Kreps, an F-16 pilot assigned to the 180th FW and the project officer for the exercise. “It’s a great opportunity for us to come out here and employ a live missile, and something we’d want to see before we go to combat.”
Another 180th FW pilot, Capt. William Ross, got the opportunity to fire his first live missile during Combat Archer. “This training helps pilots who’ve never been in combat so they know what to expect, like how long the missile takes to come off the aircraft,” Ross said. “It helps us know the parameters for what type of shot we’ll take and what missile we’ll use in different situations.”
The 180th FW fired more than 20 missiles during the exercise, but gaining firsthand experience firing live missiles is not the only benefit of the training at Combat Archer. The pilots also gain experience training with dissimilar aircraft and different branches of the military, enhancing the pilots’ abilities to integrate with other airframes and services, in joint operations, and providing increased capability to combatant commanders. The pilots trained alongside F-15 Eagles, F-22 Raptors and Navy F-18 Super Hornets.
“Fighting against F-16s all the time, we get to know everybody’s tricks.” Kreps said. “When we go overseas we’re going to see a wide variety of enemy aircraft and different techniques when we deploy. Being able to fight somebody other than an F-16 and seeing something we’re not used to and figuring out how to cope with that puts us in a better position to protect our country.”
Added Ross: “Training with dissimilar aircraft helps us know what to expect when we fly against something other than an F-16. We’re pretty good at a lot of things, but there are other planes that do things differently than we do, and training against different jets gives us the experience to know what to expect.”
Combat Archer also evaluated the effectiveness of the 180th FW maintenance teams, ensuring Airmen are qualified to and ready to deploy at any time.
“It gives the teams a chance to be evaluated on all the training we’ve done throughout the year,” Carmody said. “It gives everyone an idea of how well they’re doing, what they’re doing and why that’s important. It also gives WSEP (Weapons System Evaluation Program) data that allows them to evaluate where we’re at and how well we’re doing.”
Kreps said the biggest challenge the 180FW faced during the exercise was learning how to work with other units to share the airspace. It took a significant amount of work to coordinate between services to ensure they could all operate effectively and maximize the benefit of the training.
Carmody said the maintenance teams worked long days and often had shifts that were undermanned due to shifting flight times for the exercise, but good teamwork and communication helped the Airmen perform well and overcome the challenges they faced.
“It really gives the opportunity for the Airmen to step up and show what they’re made of,” Carmody said. “It gives them an opportunity to lead, show their technical abilities and show they understand their training.”
“These guys have been doing long shifts, and I haven’t heard one complaint from anybody,” said Chief Master Sgt. Jason Caswell, munitions flight chief assigned to the 180th FW. “It’s the 180th way. We just get it done.”
While evaluating the performance of the whole weapons system is the purpose of this type of training, there are other benefits that aren’t as easy to measure, things like building comradery.
“Exercises like this build teamwork and comradery by getting everyone together in the same place for an extended time,” Ross said. “We get a chance to bond a lot more than we would at home, because we’re at work for 10 or 12 hours a day and then we’ll go back to the hotel and go to the beach or the pool. It helps us get to know everyone that’s in the unit a little better.”
After all these missiles were fired, and the after action reports submitted, the Airmen of the 180th FW packed up to head back to Ohio. Having completed the evaluation, they can rest easy knowing they are trained and qualified to meet any mission required of them.
Tech. Sgt. Ricardo Ochoa, an aircraft maintenance evaluator assigned to the 83rd Fighter Weapons Squadron, the unit responsible for conducting the training at Combat Archer, said the 180th FW performed very well during the exercise. “The 180th has performed very well out here, and we can definitely count on them to go out and make the mission happen,” he said.
Watch another video on the 180th FW participating in Combat Archer.
THE OHIO NATIONAL GUARD TASK FORCE
Learn more about what the Ohio National Guard is doing to help make communities safer and healthier.
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ONG Counterdrug Task Force in schools for Red Ribbon Week
cDTF Partners with DEA on Prescription Drug Take Back
Video by Sgt. Andrew Kuhn, Ohio National Guard Public Affairs
The Ohio National Guard Counterdrug program supports the fight against drugs through two primary efforts: criminal analysis and civil operations. Criminal analysts are located statewide and partner with local, state and federal law enforcement agencies and support criminal investigations connected to the illegal drug nexus. Counterdrug Task Force civil operators provide support to community-based organizations and drug-free coalitions throughout the state.
Photos by Sgt. Andrew Kuhn, Ohio National Guard Public Affairs
Responding when the community calls: OHANG firefighters
Photos by Staff Sgt. Michael Carden, Ohio National Guard Public Affairs
Always Ready, Always There
ONG supports annual Columbus Veterans Day parade
Photo by Senior Master Sgt. Ralph Branson, 121st Air Refueling Wing Public Affairs
637th Chemical Company
Ohio National Guard Soldiers and Airmen marched through the downtown streets during the annual Columbus Veterans Day parade. This year’s event included participation by members of the Ohio Army National Guard’s six major subordinate commands and the 122nd Army Band, as well as the Ohio Air National Guard’s 121st Air Refueling Wing, stationed at Rickenbacker Air National Guard Base in southern Columbus. Sponsored by MILVETS, this year’s parade celebrated the 100th anniversaries of the World War I armistice and the American Legion.
Photos by Tech. Sgt. Joe Harwood, Staff Sgt. Shane Hughes and Airman 1st Class Wendy Kuhn, Ohio Air National Guard
Hello Neighbors: Ohio trains with its State Partners
Camp Ravenna renamed to
mark new era in training
Video by Capt. Aaron Smith, Ohio National Guard Public Affairs
In a ceremony that culminated in cannon fire,
the training area that once was known as
Camp Ravenna was renamed to Camp James A. Garfield Oct. 10, 2018, to honor the legacy of the 20th U.S. president and Ohio National Guard general officer as well as marking the transition from its roots as an ammunition manufacturing plant to its future as a state-of-the-art training facility. With more than $37 million in upgrades underway, the renamed training site aims to become a world-class training destination.
The Ohio National Guard
Exercise Neighbors is an annual exercise conducted between the Ohio National Guard, Hungarian Defence Forces and Serbian Armed Forces, focusing on small unit infantry tactics and building interoperability between squads and platoons. Hungary and Serbia take turns hosting the annual event, which dates back to 2009, with the Ohio National Guard first participating in 2015. This year, 10 Soldiers from the Ohio National Guard took part. The ONG has partnered with Hungary for 25 years and Serbia for 12.
Family members and friends joined about 150 Soldiers of the 637th Chemical Company at the unit’s call to duty ceremony Sept. 29, 2018, in Tipp City, Ohio. While deployed overseas in support of Operation Spartan Shield, the 637th Chemical Company is serving as the chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear (CBRN) defense response force for the U.S. Central Command area of responsibility.
Col. James R. Camp (in camouflage uniform), Ohio assistant adjutant general for Air, and Col. Mark Auer (with scissors), commander of the 121st Air Refueling Wing, are joined by elected officials and staff representatives during the ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new KC-135 flight simulator Oct. 19, 2018, at Rickenbacker Air National Guard Base in Columbus, Ohio. The flight simulator will be paired with the wing’s existing refueling boom simulator, allowing 121st aircrews to train at home while also attracting Airmen from all across the country to train there.
Ohio Air National Guard fire and emergency services (FES) at three wings located in the state are ready to assist civilian fire departments with medical and fire emergency support through mutual aid agreements at no cost to the local communities. Between the FES at the 121st Air Refueling Wing in Columbus, the 180th Fighter Wing in Swanton and the 179th Airlift Wing in Mansfield, there were nearly 500 mutual aid calls between the period of Oct. 1, 2016, to Sept. 30, 2017.
121st ARW opens state-of-the-art flight KC-135 simulator
THE OHIO NATIONAL GUARD LINEAGE LINK UP
Company B, 2nd Battalion, 19th Special Forces Group, Columbus, Ohio
Company B, 2nd Battalion, 19th Special Forces Group, ODB (Operational Detachment Bravo)
9220 personnel engage a target during a patrol
in Afghanistan in 2009.
Soldiers from Company B, 2nd Battalion,
19th Special Forces Group conduct an airborne insertion training mission in August 1998 at
Ravenna Training and Logistics Site.
Soldiers with Company B, 2nd Battalion, 19th Special Forces Group prepare to load a CH-47 Chinook helicopter for a military freefall jump onto H.R. Mills Drop Zone Oct. 16, 2011, at Rickenbacker Air National Guard Base in Columbus, Ohio.
Headquarters and Headquarters Detachment, 2nd Battalion,
19th Special Forces Group
DATE & PLACE OF BIRTH
9 May 1994, Chagrin Falls, Ohio
To plan, conduct, and support Special Operations (SO) activities in all operational environments and across the spectrum of conflict.
War on Terrorism
Global War on Terrorism
Iraq – National Resolution
Afghanistan – Consolidation II
Valorous Unit Award, Streamer embroidered AFGHANISTAN FEB-JUL 2016
Master Sgt. Rod of Company B, 2nd Battalion,
19th Special Forces Group provides rear security
as his Special Forces team clears a stairway
June 16, 2008, while testing a new laser collective combat advanced training system (LCCATS) during annual training at Camp Grayling, Mich.
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Featuring Company B, 2nd Battalion,
19th Special Forces Group
Assisted by their interpreter, Staff Sgt. Edward Gero (second from right) and Staff Sgt. Albert Smiley (right), both members of Detachment 1, Headquarters and Headquarters Detachment, 2nd Battalion, 19th Special Forces Group, work with Haitian election officials during the United Nations' initial Operation UPHOLD DEMOCRACY in 1995.
Sgt. 1st Class Mike Shockey
Sgt. 1st Class Michael Shockey earned the title of Noncommissioned Officer in Charge of the Year due to his success leading Company C, OHARNG R&R Battalion in Chillicothe, where he began serving in August 2017. Under Shockey’s leadership, Company C achieved mission strength goals all but one month in FY18. Notably, Company C was the first to close its annual mission for the state, and was an eight-time winner of the “Small Company of the Month” award. Company C was also the “National Guard Bureau 3rd Quarter Challenge” winner, producing the No. 1 write rate (number of enlistment contracts signed) in the country for the third quarter (April-June 2018).
Shockey has received several additional awards for his leadership during his tenure with the Recruiting and Retention Battalion, to include: South Region Team Leader of the Year, FY14; MEPS (Military Entrance Processing Station) Guidance Counselor of the Year, FY17; and, two-time winner of the NCOIC of the Quarter award, for the third and fourth quarter of FY18. Together with Marissa, his wife of five years, Shockey has two children, son Gabe, 3, and daughter Andie, 1. He is currently pursuing his bachelor’s degree in business management and enjoys spending time with his family.
EXCEL IN FY18
SEE ALL TOP PERFORMERS
The Ohio Army National Guard Recruiting and Retention Battalion continues to build a winning culture by being one of the premier recruiting commands in the nation, while also leading a Recruit Sustainment Program that other states strive to emulate. Since 2008, Ohio has finished
as the No. 1 large (personnel strength category) state in the nation. It is well known that Ohio is one of the most respected states in the Army National Guard. Building this winning culture takes hard work, dedication, sacrifice and determination,
and it all starts with the recruiting and retention noncommissioned officer (RRNCO) — the backbone of this great organization. So take pride in knowing the OHARNG Recruiting and Retention Battalion continues to be the “tip of the spear” in setting the standard for the Army National Guard.
Staff Sgt. Cody Dewyer
Staff Sgt. Cody Dewyer (center) led the R&R Battalion by enlisting 28 Soldiers during the year, to achieve 122 percent of his assigned mission goal in his recruiting area, which covers Pickaway, Ross and Fayette counties. He maintains a strong relationship with all of his recruits and continues to coach and mentor them with his leadership, even after they have passed on through the Recruit Sustainment Program (RSP). This has continued to help him achieve his yearly missions through referrals. During FY18, Dewyer supported the 1194th Engineer Company, located in Chillicothe, by assisting the unit command staff and the retention NCO in reducing the number of Soldier losses through ETS (Expiration of Term of Service), and keeping the company strength above 115 percent.
Dewyer takes great pride in himself when it comes to setting the example for his Soldiers and among his peers. He takes the role of being an NCO and role model to heart — at work, home and in his communities — and does his best to represent the National Guard to the highest standard. He has consistently been one of the top producers in the state and is well respected by his peers and superiors.
A proud husband and father, Dewyer and his wife Lynn have a daughter, Chrissy. Presently he serves as a recruiting and retention NCO with Company C, OHARNG Recruiting and Retention Battalion in Chillicothe.
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THE BATTLE OF
Flags of the 41st Ohio Volunteer Infantry. Assigned to the 2nd Brigade, 3rd Division, IV Corps, the 41st OVI had two Soldiers, Sgt. William Garrett and Pvt. Daniel Holcomb, earn the Medal of Honor on the second day of the battle. (Liljenquist Family collection/Library of Congress)
Union Maj. Gen. George H. Thomas defeats Confederate forces under Lt. Gen. John B. Hood outside Nashville, Tennessee. Thomas had 28 Ohio infantry regiments and six Ohio batteries, all veterans, together with several newly organized Ohio regiments, which accounted for about one-fourth of his whole force at Nashville. The crushing defeat at Nashville marked the effective end of the Confederate Army of Tennessee.
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View of the Union Army defenses at Nashville, Tenn., Dec. 16, 1864. (Library of Congress)
DECEMBER 15-16, 1864
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