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    179th Deploys to Middle East

    179th Airlift Wing Deploy to Middle East

    Photo By Master Sgt. Joseph Harwood | Airmen from the 179th Airlift Wing, Mansfield, Ohio, depart their home station in a...... read more read more

    MANSFIELD, OH, UNITED STATES

    03.03.2021

    Story by Master Sgt. Joseph Harwood 

    179th Airlift Wing

    MANSFIELD, Ohio – Approximately 150 members of the Ohio Air National
    Guard’s 179th Airlift Wing (AW) recently departed for a deployment to the Middle East
    in support of Operation Spartan Shield. A majority of the members are from the 164th
    Airlift Squadron and 179th Maintenance Group. They will be flying and maintaining the
    C-130H aircraft as part of intra-theater operations across the area of responsibility.

    Members of the 179 th Airlift Wing, Ohio Air National Guard, will be the lead unit and
    augmented by active duty and reserve members in their forward deployed environments.
    The primary mission for members of the 179th AW will be to provide direct support to the
    combatant commander.

    179th AW Commander, Col. Todd K. Thomas said, "Our Airmen are combat
    tested and prepared to provide a high level of tactical air-land and airdrop capabilities to
    the deployed commander 24/7.” Thomas added, “This past year has presented a
    unique and difficult set of circumstances to navigate and prepare for this but our Airmen
    have stepped up to serve and we're extremely proud of their commitment."

    Due to COVID-19 mitigation measures, deploying members left in smaller
    groups on separate aircraft spanned out over several days. Each group was COVID-19
    tested and restricted of unnecessary public movements leading up to their departure to
    mitigate any possible spread.

    Maj. Gen. John C. Harris Jr., Ohio adjutant general, was joined by Maj. Gen.
    James R. Camp, assistant Ohio adjutant general for Air, and Command Chief Master
    Sgt. Heidi A. Bunker, state command chief, in seeing the groups off. All members are
    expected to return by early fall 2021.

    Harris said, “Good luck on your mission. God bless you. I don’t exaggerate
    when I say that you’re in my family’s prayers every single night.”

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    Date Taken: 03.03.2021
    Date Posted: 03.04.2021 15:11
    Story ID: 390510
    Location: MANSFIELD, OH, US 

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