Ohio’s Navy serves at Marblehead Lighthouse

Left to right: ODNR Naturalist Dianne Rozak, Chief Warrant Officer Matt Komara, Rear Admiral Robin Osborn, Lieutenant JG John Varga.

On Saturday, August 9, members of the Ohio Naval Militia assisted with conducting a five-hour tour of the Marblehead Lighthouse. Nearly 500 guests climbed the 77 steps of the oldest lighthouse in continuous operation on all of the Great Lakes.

The mission of the Ohio Naval Militia is to patrol the live-fire impact area off the Camp Perry Training Site when the Ohio National Guard and other military units perform weapons qualifications prior to overseas deployment. The group is an organized, unarmed, all-volunteer unit that has been serving the State of Ohio and our nation since 1896. The unit serves under Ohio’s Adjutant General and its operational headquarters are at Camp Perry. Persons between age 17 and 67 are eligible to volunteer for the Naval Militia. 

To learn more about nautical operations and this organization contact Lieutenant JG John Varga in the recruiting department: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . ONM members receive basic boating education training and are taught basic navigation, radio communications, boat handling, maintenance, safety and boating support functions. Volunteering includes one weekend per month and a few long weekends each year. The ONM also assists in natural disasters or other emergencies as called upon by the Governor or the Adjutant General.

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