State And Regional

Ohio National Guard unit announced for cyberspace mission

MANSFIELD — The 179th Airlift Wing in Mansfield has been formally selected by the Department of Air Force to become the Air National Guard’s first cyberspace wing, according to a spokesperson for Ohio Governor Mike DeWine.

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The announcement was made Friday by Governor DeWine and Major John Harris, Jr., Ohio adjutant general.

“The 179th is the right choice for this mission, which will bring the unit, the Ohio Air National Guard, and the surrounding community into the forefront of cyberspace capabilities with a clear stake in emerging National Defense Strategy,” said Governor DeWine.

It follows a yearlong assessment of the site by the Air Force and National Guard Bureau.

“Gaining the new cyberspace wing involved a comprehensive effort at the local, state, and national levels to ensure the unit remained in Mansfield and relevant into the future,” DeWine said.

The cyberspace wing is expected to produce individuals with tangible experiences and advanced training to improve the state’s cybersecurity and advance technology, according to Major Harris.

“The Guard continues to demonstrate its ability to excel at cutting-edge missions. Our recruiting advantage increases as we allow Ohioans to serve their nation while remaining in Ohio,” he said.

The full transition is expected to take place over the next five years.

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