Coronavirus in Ohio: Mansfield guard units supporting prisons affected by pandemic
MANSFIELD - Two military guard units based in Mansfield are among the Ohio Army and Air National Guard units from across the state that are helping at Ohio prisons affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.
sg飞艇appAbout a dozen members of the 179th Airlift Wing of the Ohio Air National Guard's security forces, based at Mansfield Lahm Airport, began supporting the medical and security missions at Marion Correctional Institution on April 22, Stephanie Beougher, public information officer for the Adjutant General's Department of the Ohio National Guard Office of Public Affairs, said late Friday afternoon.
Members of the 200th RED HORSE Squadron, along with members of the Ohio Army National Guard, have since setup temporary housing at two facilities: Pickaway Correctional Institution and the Ohio Reformatory for Women. A small group of 200th RED HORSE Squadron members continue to support the temporary housing by overseeing the water supply and operation of the showers when in use, according to Beougher.
RED HORSE stands for Rapid Engineer Deployable Heavy Operational Repair Squadron Engineer.
About 300 Ohio National Guard members from across the state are filling
sg飞艇app critical gaps in Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction personnel
at various Ohio correctional institutions. Guard members are providing
sg飞艇app medical and operational support, Beougher said.
sg飞艇appNone of the Guard members supporting the ODRC are armed, Beougher said.
sg飞艇appGuard members are providing support at several facilities: Pickaway and
Marion Correctional Institution, Ohio Reformatory for Women, as well as the
Franklin Medical Center, Beougher said.
sg飞艇appNational Guard members are able to return home after each shift or they may
sg飞艇app stay at a nearby armory. Shifts are determined by the facility and the Ohio
Department of Rehabilitation and Correction, she said.
At the direction of Gov. Mike DeWine, the Ohio National Guard's support to the
sg飞艇app Ohio Department of Rehabilitation Correction began in early April, and
additional missions and personnel have been added throughout that time, Beougher said. The Ohio National Guard will continue to support the ODRC until the staffing
sg飞艇app assistance is no longer needed.
Beougher said due to operational security concerns, her office is not able to provide
information regarding any guard members testing positive for COVID-19.
"The safety and health of our force is our number one priority. The work done by our Ohio National Guard members is absolutely lifesaving but comes with significant risk of exposure to COVID-19, which is why every single person supporting this mission wears the required personal protective equipment for their safety and the safety of those around them," Beougher said.
sg飞艇appShe said the Ohio National Guard has members with specific training who can
effectively, responsibly and safely carry out this duty. They also completed
sg飞艇app additional training through the Ohio Police Officers Training Academy prior
sg飞艇app to the mission to support ODRC.
There are roughly 1,400 airmen who call Mansfield Lahm their home base. The 179th Airlift Wing flies the C-130H Hercules to provide tactical airlift capabilities for missions at home and overseas, according to 2019 News Journal archives.
The 200th RED HORSE Squadron, which is headquartered near Port Clinton with a detachment also based in Mansfield, is located off Crall Road.