UPDATE TO HONOR FLIGHT STORY FROM MONDAY


FOLLOW UP TO HONOR FLIGHT INFO FROM YESTERDAY

Everyone,

The information that I had yesterday , that prompted my email last evening

was a misconception. The information was a verbal one from some of the

other hubs in Ohio and came to our attention this week because our flight is

coming up.

The directive had been circulating around the other Ohio hubs for several

weeks, as I understand it.

The email below from the Public Affairs office of the Ohio National Guard is

below. This should clear it up .

I personally talked to General Harris earlier today and he assured me that

he never said that Honor Flight was a political organization and he is not

sure how or why this was said on his behalf. He was very adamant about the

fact that he understands what Honor Flight is and Honor Flight has his

complete support.

Thanks,

Cheryl

-----Original Message----- 

From: France, Matthew J MAJ USARMY NG OHARNG (USA)

Sent: Monday, April 15, 2019 4:02 PM

Subject: Ohio National Guard Statement Regarding Honor Flight

Ms. Popp-

Below is the statement from the Ohio National Guard regarding honor flight.

I will call you now to ensure you receive it.

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The Ohio Adjutant General's Department oversees community outreach support

to approximately 300 events every year. Many of those events occur during

Memorial Day and Veterans Day.

Decisions about providing uniformed assistance for an outreach event are

based on the legal application of federal policy that regulates official use

of military uniform.

To be clear, personal and political opinions are not a part of the

decision-making process, and Honor Flights are not considered political

activities.

Ohio National Guard members are not prohibited from supporting Honor Flight.

Generations of patriots, including a long lineage of past and present Ohio

National Guard members, have dedicated themselves to the defense of our

country. Much of the Ohio National Guard's success depends on the support

Veterans provide to our Citizen-Soldiers and -Airmen and their families.

The exceptional efforts of Honor Flight and many other worthy organizations

to help those patriots is to be commended.

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V/R,

Matthew J. France

MAJ, FA

Director, Government and Public Affairs

Joint Force Headquarters - Ohio National Guard

Office: 614.336.7269

Cell: 614.593.1665

matthew.j.france.mil@mail.mil

Adjutant General's Department

2825 West Dublin Granville Road

Columbus, Ohio 43235-2789

614-336-7000

ng.oh.oharng.mbx.pao@mail.mil

The Ohio National Guard Public Affairs Office approves all support requests. 

Please call 614-336-4499 should you have questions regarding your request.

To leave a telephone message for any representative or senator, 

Call the Ohio Legislative Information Hotline at 800-282-0253.Monday - Friday 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Here is the highest ranking public official for the State of Ohio for Veteran’s Affairs:

Representative Rick Perales

Chair: Armed Services and Veterans Affairs Committee, and the Ohio Aerospace and Aviation Technology Committee for the 133rd General Assembly

District 73

77 S. High St 

13th Floor 

Columbus, OH 43215 

Phone (614) 644-6020 

Fax      (614) 719-3970 

Email Representative Perales

Here are the local Representatives for Ohio House Districts 27-33 (Hamilton County):

Thomas E. Brinkman Jr. (R)

District 27

77 S. High St

11th Floor

Columbus, OH 43215

(614) 644-6886

Email Representative Brinkman

Jessica E. Miranda (D)

District 28

77 S. High St

10th Floor

Columbus, OH 43215

(614) 466-8120

Email Representative Miranda

Louis W. Blessing III(R)

District 29

77 S. High St

13th Floor

Columbus, OH 43215

(614) 466-9091

Email Representative Blessing

Bill Seitz (R)

District 30

Majority Floor Leader

77 S. High St

14th Floor

Columbus, OH 43215

(614) 466-8258

Email Representative Seitz

Brigid Kelly (D)

District 31

77 S. High St

14th Floor

Columbus, OH 43215

(614) 466-5786

Email Representative Kelly

Catherine D. Ingram(D)

District 32

77 S. High St

10th Floor

Columbus, OH 43215

(614) 466-1645

Email Representative Ingram

Sedrick Denson (D)

District 33

77 S. High St

10th Floor

Columbus, OH 43215

(614) 466-1308

Email Representative Denson

It has come to our attention this weekend that the Adjunct for Ohio, General Harris, has decided that an Honor Flight is a POLITICAL event ! He has handed down an edict that no Ohio National Guard troops may participate in anything to do with Honor Flightwhile in Uniform!! He had deemed it a political event and they cannot participate. Ohio will be the only place in the United States where such a ridiculous policy is in place. 

As you know, Honor Flight has nothing to do with politics and it is one of the most PATRIOTIC events you can participate in at any time !.

It is obvious that he does not understand what an Honor Flight is – and he needs to be pressured into doing the right thing

I have already sent a note to Governor DeWine and am now soliciting your help with this. 

We have had Ohio National Guard members in attendance at our send off and Welcome Home Rally for years and the veterans love to see them. Other branches of the service honoring the heroes for their service . Seriously...........

Can you help us ?? – the only way to get this overturned is to have an uproar from Civilians and for us to complain vigorously on their behalf.

The chain of command has their hands tied but it will be sufficient to say that they are 100% behind Honor Flight.

We need emails sent to the Governors office and the Adjunct Generals office

We need calls to the Governors office

We need calls to the Adjunct General of the Ohio National Guard’s Office.......