Ohio National Guard

There have been at least 674 deaths from coronavirus at nursing homes in Ohio, which is 43% of the state’s confirmed COVID-19 deaths. After saying for weeks that nursing home residents who have symptoms are tested but limitations prevented mass testing, there’s a plan for more tests in long-term care facilities.

Two F-16s and a KC-135 with the 121st Air Refueling Wing of the Ohio National Guard conduct a flyby near the Wexner Medical Center.
Debbie Holmes / WOSU

The Ohio Air National Guard conducted a flyby Wednesday over several Columbus-area hospitals to honor the work of health care professionals, first responders, military personnel, and other essential workers during the pandemic. 

Updated May 6, 2020 10:25 a.m.

The Ohio Air National Guard is following its peers in Indiana and Kentucky by scheduling a series of flyovers across the state this week. The "flybys" are similar to those occurring in cities like New York and Washington D.C. by the famed Navy Blue Angels and Air Force Thunderbirds demonstration teams.

Reserve soldiers with the Ohio National Guard gather personal protective equipment to be used in Ohio prisons.
Dan Konik / Ohio Public Radio

The Ohio National Guard’s Military Reserve soldiers have been helping out at food banks, but they are also collecting and distributing personal protective equipment to people who need it.

Federal Correctional Institution Elkton in Lisbon, Ohio.
Federal Bureau of Prisons

Three inmates recently died from coronavirus inside the Elkton Federal Correctional Institution in Columbiana County. But the spread of the disease inside the prison, which is run by the Federal Bureau of Prisons, has Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine concerned.

Volunteers at the May Dugan Center in Ohio City handed out food, clothing and fresh produce to 1,747 people at the outreach organization's drive-thru pantry Wednesday. According to the center's Director of Development Brenda Saridakis, that's about four times the number of people who usually turn out for their monthly pantries.

 “Last week alone, we had over a hundred people calling asking how they can get food," she said. "We’ll take phone calls, and we’ll do whatever that we can to help every individual.”

The Ohio National Guard helped out with recovery efforts in Puerto Rico following Hurricane Maria in October 2017.
Sgt. Joanna Bradshaw / Ohio National Guard

The Ohio National Guard is being deployed to help with the state’s coronavirus response. But the guard’s leader wants to make it clear what they will not be doing.

The Ohio National Guard Cyber Mission Assurance Team (CMAT) conducts network assessments during exercise week of Cyber Shield 19, at Camp Atterbury, Indiana on April 16, 2019.
Staff Sgt. George B. Davis / U.S. Army National Guard

Gov. Mike DeWine has signed a bill aimed at enhancing Ohio's resilience to cyberattacks, including those aimed at its election systems.

The Ohio House last week approved the creation of a civilian force of ‘cyber-warriors.’

The bill is now headed back to the Senate for a final vote to establish the Ohio Cyber Reserve.

Ohio Secretary Of State Backs Election Cybersecurity Bill

Feb 26, 2019
Ohio I Voted Stickers
John Minchillo / Associated Press

Ohio's new elections chief is ready to voice his support for a bill he says aims to better protect the battleground state's election systems from cyberattacks.

Jeremy Lock / Wikimedia Commons

The Ohio Air National Guard is celebrating a milestone, naming Col. Rebecca O’Connor as its first female brigadier general. Very few people reach the rank, and it takes congressional approval do so.

The Ohio National Guard 121st Air Refueling Wing at Rickenbacker Airport prepares to deliver soldiers, supplies and equipment in support Hurricane Maria relief efforts inPuerto Rico on October 3, 2017.
Senior Master Sgt. Ralph Branson / U.S. Air National Guard

The Ohio National Guard now says that it is not sending members or equipment to North Carolina to help with recovery from Hurricane Florence.

Steven R. Johnson / Ohio National Guard

Make no mistake: Gov. John Kasich does not agree with President Trump on many issues. But he says if President Trump asks for Ohio National Guard troops, he’ll comply.

The Ohio River flooded portions of Cincinnati over the weekend.
BILL RINEHART / WVXU

The rain may be gone, but flood waters continue plaguing parts of Central Ohio.

On Columbus’ south side, the ramp from Interstate 270 East to U.S. Route 23 North was closed Monday morning because of flood waters.

Pavel Golovkin / Associated Press

Around 60 Central Ohio students will come to Columbus State Community College for "capture the flag" on Friday. But it's not like the schoolyard game many kids are used to - rather, it's a cyber security challenge that organizers hope will energize students to join the growing field.

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