Governor Mike DeWine Visits, Praises 179th Airlift Wing

  • 2/8/2019 5:05:10 PM
  • Jenna Ramolt
  • Local News

MANSFIELD, OH - Ohio Governor Mike DeWine spent part of Friday afternoon visiting the men and women at the 179th Airlift Wing in Mansfield.

The visit came on the heels of DeWine's address at the Ohio National Guard's Company B 638th Support Battalion Call to Duty Ceremony. One purpose for DeWine's visit was to announce the appointment of retired Air Force Colonel Joseph Zeis Jr. 

"It's really vitally important to our national defense, but certainly also to our economy in Ohio," DeWine said. "We wanted to have someone in our office, in the Governor's office, who would focus on our military installations every single day. Someone who's got the background and who's got the experience in the military to understand what's going on, but also to look towards the future."

Accompanied by Adjutant Major General John C. Harris Jr., Ohio Senate President Larry Obhof, Ohio State Representative Mark Romanchuk, and Richland County Commissioners Tony Vero and Marilyn John, the Governor arrived on base at 3:00 PM to receive a briefing from Base Commander Colonel Allison Miller. A tour of the base with members of the Airlift Wing and the 200th RED HORSE Squadron followed, featuring an inside look at the Hercules class AC130 plane led by Staff Sergeant Nathaniel Winkler.

"I think what impressed me most was the people," DeWine said. "The work they do, their enthusiasm, their expertise. That's what really it's all about is the people, and that's what makes this place, frankly, very special. Mansfield's always been special. It's been special because of the people, the quality of people, the talent that they have. The culture of this base has just always been very, very good."

"It's always the people," Zeis agreed. "You see the troops and you see how motivated they are to do the mission and to go out and to serve. Not only their country but to serve the state."

DeWine said that having this asset in Ohio helps him sleep better at night, knowing that if disaster strikes there are people "who can get the job done." He went on to say that looking to the future, his highest priority was continued support of the base and the men and women who serve.

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