Lt. Col. Brian Hoose with wife, Jody, parents Nancy and Dave Hoose and children, Rachel and Carter. (DHI Media/Jim Langham)
Lt. Col. Brian Hoose with wife, Jody, parents Nancy and Dave Hoose and children, Rachel and Carter. (DHI Media/Jim Langham)

VAN WERT – A young man whose father grew up in Van Wert and graduated from Van Wert High School was one of 12 F-16 Fighting Falcons aircraftmen from the 180th Fighter Wing, Ohio, Air National Guard who had landed at Amari Air Base, Estonia. The squad landed at the base as part of a Theater Security Package in support of Operation Atlantic Resolve, noted a publication featuring the Ohio Air National Guard.

Brian Hoose is the son of David Hoose, a Van Wert graduate, and Lincolnview graduate Nancy Ringwald.

“We planned with the Estonian Air Force for several months to ensure seamless flying operations,” said Lt. Colonel Hoose, of the Air National Guard. “They were extremely helpful and there was close coordination throughout the entire process.”

Lt. Colonel Greg Barasch, 112th EFS commander, stated that deploying F-16s to Estonia shows the ability to fly missions out of different locations around the world.

“It also increases our capabilities and readiness by flying air-to-air and air-to-ground missions with our local and regional partners,” stated Barasch.

During his course of service, Hoose has also been deployed to Iraq, Guam and Hungary.

Hoose said since youth, he had always been fascinated with and had a desire to fly.

“Flying is amazing; it is always challenging,” said Hoose. “I always had an interest in flying when I was a kid. I decided to go into the Air Force and fly fighters.

“I actually started flying single engine planes when I was in high school. I took lessons. I was always fascinated by it,” continued Hoose.

Hoose recently created excitement for the community of Ohio City.

He was asked to speak at the Memorial Day Service. For that occasion, he also arranged for two F-16s from the 180th Fighter Wing in Toledo to do a surprise flyover during the service.

“They were doing flyovers in different parts of Ohio and I was able to work it so that they would fly over here,” said Hoose.

Hoose hopes to continue to fly in the National Guard for several years.

“F-16s can do about anything fighters can do,” said Hoose. “They can fly air-to-air or air-to-ground.”

During his Memorial Day speech, Hoose spoke about the references to the special day over the years as, “Decoration Day and Memorial Day.”

Hoose moved to Bowling Green and attended Bowling Green State University. He secured employment in Bowling Green and stayed in the area. Hoose, a graduate of Bowling Green High School, is married to Jody and they have two children, Carter and Rachel.