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178th participates in Operation Guardian Comfort

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  • By 2nd Lt. Michael Gibson
  • 178th Fighter Wing
Approximately 23 members of the 178th Fighter Wing participated in Operation Guardian Comfort by conducting health and wellness checks of citizens July 1-2, in Montgomery County, Ohio in response to recent storm damage.

The storm left thousands without power and Ohio Governor John Kasich declared a state of emergency calling upon the Ohio Air National Guard to assist those in need.

"Operation Guardian Comfort is a mission which enables the Air and Army National Guard to fully embrace the citizen-solider side of the National Guard," said Lt. Col. Dave Brucker, detachment commander.

The 178th combined their efforts with approximately 37 members of the Army National Guard. The Air and Army Guardsmen jointly checked an estimated 900 homes according to Maj. Justin Chapman, mission operations officer.

"I was very fortune to have the opportunity to serve the local community," said 1st Lt. Jordan Hickey, 178th Force Support Squadron.

The 178th was the first Ohio ANG Unit to conduct door to door checks ensuring those in the county received help they needed.

"I was glad to be there for the people of Montgomery County," said Senior Airman Jeremiah Taylor, 178th Security Forces Squadron. "They were happy we were there."