by Airman Ashley Williams
121st Air Refueling Wing
4/15/2015 - Rickenbacker Air National Guard Base, Ohio -- The
Ohio National Guard Central Joint Employer Event, hosting employers
from around the state, was held at Rickenbacker Air National Guard Base
on April 9.
The employers, nominated by the guardsmen who work for them, were
invited to spend the day learning about Ohio National Guard missions and
the responsibilities of Guard members via numerous hands-on
"We host these events to thank our civilian-employer partners for the
support they provide our service members and to help them understand our
unique national defense and homeland response missions," said Maj. Gen.
John C. Harris Jr., Ohio Assistant Adjutant General for Army, who
hosted the event. "These people are great patriots and without them, our
Soldiers and Airmen couldn't sustain the high levels of readiness and
responsiveness our current environment demands."
Activities that the employers participated in included a UH-60 Black
Hawk helicopter orientation flight, touring a KC-135 Stratotanker
aircraft static display, and hands-on static displays of various Army
vehicles and weapons.
"I grew up in a military family, I have family in the Air Force, so I am
sensitive to the needs of the military," said Bryant Whitcomb, group
leader at Honda R&D. "I don't think most people understand the level
of importance of the Guard and the responsibilities of those serving."
"Industry day was a real eye-opener," said Frank Beafore, executive
director with SelectTech GeoSpatial. "Having Maj. Gen. Harris lead the
presentations was very educational. He bleeds ONG. I was particularly
interested in the [chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear]
response system and the personnel and equipment. I hope we will never
have to use it, but I feel more confident having the equipment and
The Ohio National Guard Joint Employer Event was an all-day event
bringing the guardsmen and their employers together to form a stronger