It may not look like youâ€™d expect.
â€œA lot of people donâ€™t even know that there is a Navy here,â€ said CDR James Prouty, leader of the Naval Operation Support Center (NOSC) at Rickenbacker.
In Columbus, theyâ€™re referred to as the Prairie Navy. Six hundred Naval reservists trained and ready for the call, despite the fact that weâ€™re nowhere near the ocean.
â€œYou donâ€™t have a lot of water, but you do have a lot of highly educated people,â€ said CDR Prouty.
Just one reason why Ohio makes sense for Naval forces.
â€œThe Navy would be silly if they only reached out to those communities that are coastal to try to find that expertise,â€ said CDR Prouty.
At Rickenbacker, reservists prepare themselves mentally and physically to mobilize all over the world. They also strike a delicate balance here at home.
â€œAs a reservist, you have to balance a military life, a personal life and your civilian job,â€ said CDR Prouty.
But Prouty says â€“ make no mistake â€“ this â€œPrairie Navyâ€ is an important part of the global military mission.
â€œThese are the sons and daughters of Ohio,â€ said CDR Prouty. â€œThe NOSC at Columbus, Ohio really is making a difference.â€