Military


A return of flying sergeants? Air Force says no despite too few pilots

The Air Force will launch a high-tech training experiment testing both officers and enlisted airmen to prepare pilots for the cockpit faster. But, despite a growing shortage of aviators, it won’t be a return to the wartime days of flying sergeants – at least for now, according to the Air Force. The six-month initiative at a military reserve center in Austin, Texas will reportedly include...
Can you find the camouflaged soldier hidden in this viral photo?

Can you find the camouflaged soldier hidden in this viral photo?

The British Army wants you to test its woodland camouflage. Do you see a soldier in this image? The British Army asked Twitter users to scan the photo — which reportedly was shot in Wales on the Section Commander’s Battle Course — to find the soldier in the scene. >> Read more trending news  A hint, in case you’re having any difficulty: The soldier is not...
Air Force Marathon chooses drone as ‘official’ aircraft of 2018 races

Air Force Marathon chooses drone as ‘official’ aircraft of 2018 races

The MQ-9 Reaper drone has been chosen as the “official” aircraft of the 2018 Air Force Marathon, a series of races that draw thousands of runners across the nation and other countries to the Miami Valley. This marks the second time the Air Force has chosen an unmanned aerial vehicle as the aircraft for the contest. RELATED: Hypersonic research could lead to future spy drone In 2009, the...
WWII vet celebrates 100th birthday on Pearl Harbor Day

WWII vet celebrates 100th birthday on Pearl Harbor Day

A World War II veteran celebrated his 100th birthday on Pearl Harbor Day, remembering his time in the military and 52 years working in the steel mills of Indiana. Roberto Reyna, Sr. was celebrating his 24th birthday on Dec. 7, 1941, in El Gato, Texas, when the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor, WGN reported. Reyna was drafted into the military soon after and was stationed on a small island in the...
Beavercreek defense contractor lands $13.2 million deal with Navy

Beavercreek defense contractor lands $13.2 million deal with Navy

The Navy has awarded a $13.2 million, four-year contract that could add millions of dollars in a deal with DRS Advanced ISR in Beavercreek, according to the Department of Defense. If contract options are extended, the deal could reach $25 million through 2026, the Defense Department said. RELATED: UDRI lands $15M contract to develop aircraft-launched drones DRS will offer data link products and equipment...
Organization works to honor promises to veterans

Organization works to honor promises to veterans

The National Museum of the U.S. Air Force at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base is used to receiving hundreds of thousands of visitors every year, but none more special than groups of veterans. The museum is where 18 veterans from World War II, Korea, the Cold War, Vietnam and Iraq gathered Dec. 1 to tour the World War II gallery, reminisce about their service and have lunch. http://www.daytondailynews...
5 easy ways to support local military families during holiday season

5 easy ways to support local military families during holiday season

This holiday season, there are a few simple ways to give back to military families and veterans who are in need of support in their communities. In Dayton, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base has more 7,000 active duty military service members and 13,000 civilians working on base. There are also approximately 90,000 retirees within a 100-mile radius who also use services at the base, according to the...
Air National Guard team repeats MAJCOM Challenge win

Air National Guard team repeats MAJCOM Challenge win

A team of citizen airmen from the Air National Guard has won the Air Force Marathon’s annual Major Command Challenge for the second year in a row. The challenge, held as part of the 21st Air Force Marathon Sept. 16 at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, pits teams from the Air Force’s major commands against one another to encourage physical fitness. “The MAJCOM Challenge is an integral...
Training opportunity motivates, challenges acquisition professionals

Training opportunity motivates, challenges acquisition professionals

A group of mid-level military and civilian acquisition professionals from across the Air Force Life Cycle Management Center and the Space and Missile Systems Center, recently completed the Advanced Tactical Acquisition Corps program, becoming the third cohort to do so. Developed in 2016, the three-month program selects talented, up-and-coming acquisition professionals from diverse backgrounds, for...
Aviation Lecture Series to address anniversary of powered flight

Aviation Lecture Series to address anniversary of powered flight

It was 10:35 on the morning of Dec. 17, 1903, when Orville Wright became the first man to pilot a controlled, powered flight. He and his brother, Wilbur, accomplished more than flying. They worked as a team as scientists, engineers, skilled craftsmen, inventors, pioneers and dreamers. They funded their own research and used their skills as bicycle manufacturers to soar to new heights (actually about...
USAFSAM prepares for centennial celebration

USAFSAM prepares for centennial celebration

The United States Air Force School of Aerospace Medicine, part of the Air Force Research Laboratory’s 711th Human Performance Wing at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, is the oldest continually operating institution of its kind. In 2018, the school will celebrate its 100th year. Over the course of a century, certainly the school has evolved – but always with an eye to the mission of optimizing...
Scholarships for Military Children program opens Dec. 15

Scholarships for Military Children program opens Dec. 15

The holiday season is a busy time of year, with enough deadlines, preparations and celebrations to tax even the most organized. That’s why the Defense Commissary Agency is informing its patrons now that the Fisher House Foundation’s Scholarships for Military Children program will begin accepting applications for the 2018-2019 school year on Dec. 15. “It’s such a busy time of...
New maternity uniform available for pregnant Airmen

New maternity uniform available for pregnant Airmen

New maternity uniforms in the Airman Battle Uniform design are now available for expecting Airmen. Designed and developed by the Air Force Life Cycle Management Center’s Air Force Uniform Office, the uniforms provide a level of comfort, fit and utility not previously available to pregnant Airmen. http://www.daytondailynews.com/news/airmen-holiday-cookie-drive-festive-wright-patt-tradition-continues/pxWLUSUf8jfr0kXR4hwHGO/...
Airmen’s Holiday Cookie Drive: Festive Wright-Patt tradition continues

Airmen’s Holiday Cookie Drive: Festive Wright-Patt tradition continues

Unaccompanied and single Airmen at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base are once again munching on holiday cookies, thanks to behind-the-scenes work to put together hundreds of boxes of baked goods. For 17 years, the annual Airmen’s Holiday Cookie Drive has been held following Thanksgiving, with volunteers baking, dropping off and packaging thousands of holiday-themed and regular goodies into boxes...
AFRL team takes top honors at international AI competition

AFRL team takes top honors at international AI competition

Artificial Intelligence AFRL team takes top honors at international AI competition By Bryan Ripple 88th Air Base Wing Public Affairs As part of an increased commitment to autonomy research, a team from the Air Force Research Laboratory at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base entered and won the Large-Scale Movie Description Challenge at the 2017 International Conference on Computer Vision in Venice, Italy...
High-brilliance X-ray sheds light on additive manufacturing process

High-brilliance X-ray sheds light on additive manufacturing process

Air Force Research Laboratory Materials and Manufacturing Directorate researchers recently took advantage of a rare research opportunity to better understand the behavior of materials used in the additive manufacturing process. Once a little-known curiosity, the popularity of additive manufacturing, or 3-D printing as it is commonly known, has increased in recent years, both among researchers and...
Air Force continues to address shortage of aircraft maintainers

Air Force continues to address shortage of aircraft maintainers

A massive shortfall of Air Force aircraft maintainers that caused “severe turbulence” in manning has dropped from thousands to hundreds, the service branch said. The Air Force has a shortage of about 400 maintainers on active duty, a significant drop from a gap of 3,400 a year ago and 4,000 in 2015, a spokeswoman said. Despite the gains, getting seasoned maintainers to repair the oldest...
Congress passes stopgap spending bill to avert weekend shutdown

Congress passes stopgap spending bill to avert weekend shutdown

The House and Senate on Thursday passed a stopgap spending bill to prevent a government shutdown this weekend and buy time for challenging talks on a wide range of unfinished business on Capitol Hill. The measure passed on a vote of 235-193 in the House and 81-14 in the Senate, and would keep the government running through Dec. 22. The resolution was set to be sent to President Donald Trump for his...
Wright-Patt rolls out new Air Force maternity uniform

Wright-Patt rolls out new Air Force maternity uniform

Expectant mothers in the Air Force now have an easier fitting uniform to wear during their pregnancy, clothing designers say. After three years of testing, the Air Force has rolled out a redesigned camouflage maternity uniform, which designers say looks more like what other airmen wear. The new uniform will be sent to military clothing stores over the next several months and can be ordered online...
Report: Air Force has microwave energy weapon to zap NK’s missiles

Report: Air Force has microwave energy weapon to zap NK’s missiles

The Air Force Research Laboratory has developed a cruise missile that could use microwave energy to potentially disable North Korean missiles on the launch pad, according to NBC News. The technology, which the Dayton Daily News has reported on previously, zaps microwave energy at a target to disable electronics, such as computers inside a building or a weapon’s circuitry. RELATED: Hypersonic...
25K cookies expected to be donated for Wright Patt cookie drive to give airmen a taste of home

25K cookies expected to be donated for Wright Patt cookie drive to give airmen a taste of home

Around 2,000 hungry unaccompanied airmen at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base on Wednesday will get to munch on cookies, brownies and other holiday goodies — all from the hands of community home bakers. The 17th annual Airmen’s Holiday Cookie Drive at Wright-Patt will takke place from 6 a.m. to noon at the USO Community Center, Bldg. 1222, Kittyhawk Center, Area A. Kindra McPhail, president...
UDRI lands $15M contract to develop aircraft-launched drones

UDRI lands $15M contract to develop aircraft-launched drones

The Air Force has inked a $15 million contract with the University of Dayton Research Institute to develop aircraft-launch drones. The agreement is a five-year deal with the Air Force Research Laboratory at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base that will build sensors to communicate between aircraft and drones and develop mission tactics, according to UDRI. RELATED: Hypersonic research could lead to future...
Retired Army Master Sergeant newest Butler County veteran commissioner

Retired Army Master Sergeant newest Butler County veteran commissioner

Butler County Common Pleas Judge Noah Powers has appointed retired Army Master Sergeant Bruce Jones to the Veterans Service Commission. Jones, a 63-year-old Hamilton resident, was one of three veterans recommended by AMVETS Post 1983. He will replace Commissioner Lowell Stewart, who has served on the board for 22 years. Powers said a number of things about Jones stood out. “His service record...
Astronaut on first Apollo spaceflight picked for Aviation Hall of Fame

Astronaut on first Apollo spaceflight picked for Aviation Hall of Fame

Walter Cunningham orbited the Earth 163 times on the first manned Apollo space mission on the nation’s eventual journey to the moon. The 85-year-old space pioneer and former Marine Corps fighter pilot in the Korean war has marked a new milestone nearly 50 years after the historic space flight with his selection into 2018 class of the National Aviation Hall of Fame at Wright-Patterson Air Force...
Foreign military sales more than triple at Wright Patt agency

Foreign military sales more than triple at Wright Patt agency

Foreign military sales through the Air Force Security Assistance and Cooperation Directorate more than tripled in the past year, soaring to $27.5 billion. The biggest deal was a $13.4 billion sale to Qatar, which purchased 36 F-15QAs and weapons to arm the jets for future delivery, according to the Wright-Patterson headquartered directorate. That sale of the front-line combat jets to the Persian Gulf...
Local police chief among 4 candidates for Butler County veterans board

Local police chief among 4 candidates for Butler County veterans board

Butler County Common Pleas Judge Noah Powers will announce his pick for the soon-to-be-open seat on the veterans board Monday. Longtime Veterans Service Commissioner Lowell Stewart will step down this year after 22 years on the board. The judge asked the three AMVETS posts in Butler County to submit three candidates, but only two posts sent recommendations. Fairfield Police Chief Mike Dickey is among...
New veterans ID card could be shown to retailers, VA says

New veterans ID card could be shown to retailers, VA says

In a push to make it easier for veterans to identify themselves to retailers and others, the Department of Veterans Affairs has rolled out a new Veterans Identification Card. The card, part of a 2015 federal mandate, was an “overdue promise,” the VA said in a statement. The new ID will allow veterans to more easily identify themselves without carrying around discharge paperwork to retailers...
Repairs to Wright Patt gate damaged in crash will take weeks

Repairs to Wright Patt gate damaged in crash will take weeks

A major gateway damaged when a car crashed into it leaving a gate unable to close will cost at least $85,000 to repair and take until later this month to fix, according to a Wright-Patterson spokesman. Gate 22B off Interstate 675, was damaged in the early morning hours of Nov. 22 in the incident, according to authorities. EVOL Ltd. & DCI JV, of Dublin, Ohio was awarded an $85,000 contract to complete...
RED HORSE uses pavilion demolition as training opportunity

RED HORSE uses pavilion demolition as training opportunity

Airmen of the 200th RED HORSE Squadron from the Ohio Air National Guard demolished a condemned pavilion at the Air Force Institute of Technology at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base as part of a week-long Troop Training Project in early November. RED HORSE stands for Rapid Engineer Heavy Operations Repair Squadron Engineers. RED HORSE’s primary wartime responsibility is to provide highly mobile...
Wright-Patt, local area could see more snow this winter

Wright-Patt, local area could see more snow this winter

The weather staff at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base are predicting a wild ride with this winter weather season. The average snow fall in the Miami Valley is 24.2 inches. This winter season could bring snowfall in total amounts as high as 32 inches, according to Jim Lane, senior operational meteorologist at Wright-Patt. http://www.daytondailynews.com/news/red-horse-uses-pavilion-demolition-training-opportunity/NB1Ce2yDTkezLuuonRcBEM/...
Hill AFB’s F-35A Airmen mastering first Pacific deployment

Hill AFB’s F-35A Airmen mastering first Pacific deployment

KADENA AIR BASE, Japan – More than 300 men and women of the 388th and 419th Fighter Wings out of Hill Air Force Base, Utah, and 12 F-35A Lightning IIs are conducting business for the next six months on the subtropical Japanese island of Okinawa during a deployment known as a Theater Security Package. Their business is to fly the F-35A, integrate with Kadena Air Base’s F-15C Eagles and...
AFLCMC lieutenant supports joint airlift exercise

AFLCMC lieutenant supports joint airlift exercise

MARTINDALE ARMY AIRFIELD, Texas – The deceptively cool morning skies over Martindale Army Airfield had started their climb to 90 degrees Fahrenheit as a team of Texas Army National Guard Soldiers, Air Force Reserve Airmen and an active-duty pathfinder team prepared for the exercise. Their mission, dubbed Operation Alamo Evacuation, was simple in its definition, but far-reaching in its demonstration...
Airman’s journey from active duty to fighting cancer, then back to work

Airman’s journey from active duty to fighting cancer, then back to work

Senior Airman Brandon Yuhaniak, 88th Medical Squadron administrative technician, with the Airman Medical Transition Unit, is a self-professed outdoorsman who enjoys hunting, fishing and being challenged, joined the Air Force in September 2014. He was assigned to Sheppard Air Force Base, Texas, for a year of technical training, then to Holloman AFB, New Mexica, and finally he made a permanent change...
AFRL researchers provide rapid answers to big challenges

AFRL researchers provide rapid answers to big challenges

The safety and protection of the warfighter is a motivating force in everything the Air Force Research Laboratory does, but for one branch in particular, it is at the very heart of its mission. The Materials and Manufacturing Directorate’s Materials Integrity Branch stands always at the ready to answer the needs of the warfighter, from major mishaps to simple assessments. Often informally called...
AFRL-Carroll High School iGEM team earns gold in Boston

AFRL-Carroll High School iGEM team earns gold in Boston

A Carroll High School academic team, mentored by CHS teachers and Air Force Research Laboratory scientists, earned a gold medal at the 2017 International Genetically Engineered Machine (iGEM) competition in Boston Nov. 9-13. This team, whose Twitter handle is @iGEMLabPats, presented its project entitled “Engineered Microbes to Sense and Respond to Enterotoxigenic Escherichia coli,” which...
Intensive Care Unit military nursing staff are all board certified

Intensive Care Unit military nursing staff are all board certified

To be certified in critical care requires critical thinking and for the first time in years, the entire military nursing staff at the 88th Medical Group’s Intensive Care Unit just proved they have what it takes and became board certified. “Being 100 percent certified is significant,” said Maj. Gary Webb, 88th Inpatient Operations Squadron Critical Care Flight commander. “This...
Craft class participants can personalize their gift giving

Craft class participants can personalize their gift giving

In need of some gift ideas and want to add a personal touch to them? The Consolidated Hobby Complex, in the Kittyhawk Area of Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, may be just the place you are looking for. Maybe you have some artwork that would look great on your or a family member’s wall. The frame shop can help you design the perfect frame, or you can take one of the framing classes and add a...
Small antennas could bring big benefits to Air Force

Small antennas could bring big benefits to Air Force

When it comes to military and consumer electronics, smaller is often better, and the Air Force Research Laboratory’s revolutionary new antenna design is promising to make military electronics much better. Researchers at the AFRL Materials and Manufacturing Directorate, in partnership with Northeastern University, recently developed an ultra-compact antenna that uses a whole different approach...
Hypersonic research could lead to future spy drone

Hypersonic research could lead to future spy drone

The Air Force Research Laboratory has awarded a $9.8 million contract to the University of Dayton Research Institute to develop materials able to withstand the extremes of hypersonic flight. The Air Force could use the advanced composites in a high-flying unmanned reusable reconnaissance air vehicle by the 2030s, according to Robert Mercier, chief engineer for AFRL’s high speed systems division...
National Aviation Hall of Fame picks 2018 astronaut, pilot enshrinees

National Aviation Hall of Fame picks 2018 astronaut, pilot enshrinees

Four former aviators will be inducted into the National Aviation Hall of Fame in 2018, the organization has announced. The enshrinees, chosen by 120 aviation industry representatives across the nation, are selected based on a lifelong commitment to aviation and aerospace, said NAHF Executive Director Amy Spowart. They were announced Wednesday night at a National Aeronautic Association ceremony in...
North Korea claims missile launch makes it a nuclear power

North Korea claims missile launch makes it a nuclear power

The Trump administration threatened new sanctions on North Korea on Wednesday after the reclusive government shattered 2½ months of relative quiet with its most powerful weapon test yet, an intercontinental ballistic missile that some observers believe could reach Washington and the entire U.S. Eastern Seaboard. President Donald Trump tweeted that he spoke with Chinese President Xi Jinping...
Korean War vet from Kettering: China will help ease N. Korea-U.S. tensions

Korean War vet from Kettering: China will help ease N. Korea-U.S. tensions

Jim Snyder, a Korean War veteran who served in the Marine Corps, has a hunch that China will play a prominent role in easing the roiling relations between North Korea and the United States.  "We should have stayed up in North Korea and made it just one Korea then," the Kettering resident told News Center 7's James Buechele on Wednesday. "This wouldn't be going on now." ...
National Aviation Hall of Fame announces Class of 2018

National Aviation Hall of Fame announces Class of 2018

The National Aviation Hall of Fame announced the four men elected for its 2018 Enshrinement Dinner & Ceremony. Executive board member Kathy Hughes and Executive Director Amy Spowart revealed the names Wednesday night before nearly 300 attendees at the fall awards dinner of the National Aeronautic Association in Washington, D.C. The Class of 2018 represents a broad range of contributions to the advancement...
REPORT: Air Force Thunderbirds leader removed from job

REPORT: Air Force Thunderbirds leader removed from job

The leader of the Air Force Thunderbirds was fired from the high-profile post after his commanding general lost confidence in the pilot, according to the Air Force. Lt. Col. Jason Heard, who commanded the team during a visit in Dayton in June, led a “highly successful show season,” but his commanding officer “lost confidence in his leadership and risk management style,” an...
Speed drives Air Force, DoD innovation, improvements

Speed drives Air Force, DoD innovation, improvements

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — Speed is the crux of innovation and improvements the Defense Department will make to ensure the force is ready for any contingency, Air Force Vice Chief of Staff Gen. Stephen W. Wilson said at the Defense One Summit Nov. 9, 2017, in Washington, D.C. Wilson said the Air Force is focused on the need for speed. http://www.daytondailynews.com/news/goldfein-honors-veterans-during-event-quantico-national-cemetery/7bYZnIhTb7oFYLQrkwGyCP/...
Goldfein honors veterans during event at Quantico National Cemetery

Goldfein honors veterans during event at Quantico National Cemetery

Quantico, Va. (AFNS) — Chief of Staff of the Air Force Gen. David L. Goldfein honored veterans during a keynote speech at Quantico National Cemetery Veterans Day Ceremony in Quantico, Virginia, Nov. 11, 2017. “Our nation is rich with heritage and tradition, and few surpass that of honoring our veterans, both alive and passed,” said Goldfein. “This is one of our greatest traditions...
Lack of defense budget raising concerns at Wright-Patterson

Lack of defense budget raising concerns at Wright-Patterson

A cloud of uncertainty has risen at Wright-Patterson and within the Air Force because of a lack of a defense budget, says a top commander, who did not want to see a return to civilian employee furloughs that happened four years ago. With a deadline to reach a budget deal looming within days, Congress must either pass an appropriations bill to fund the government, including the military, or extend...
Local Navy sailor honored: ‘Doing the right thing pays off’

Local Navy sailor honored: ‘Doing the right thing pays off’

A sailor from the Dayton area was honored for his leadership aboard aircraft carrier Dwight D. Eisenhower. Three sailors assigned to the aircraft carrier were honored earlier this month at the Stennis Center for Public Service Leadership awards. Petty Officer 2nd Class Logan Morris, a damage controlman from Dayton, was honored by Eisenhower’s commanding officer Capt. Paul Spedero and Stennis...
Materials integrity researchers reclaim clunker for endurance race

Materials integrity researchers reclaim clunker for endurance race

Researchers from the Air Force Research Laboratory Materials and Manufacturing Directorate Materials Integrity Branch recently put their technical skills to use in a different way as they transformed a “lemon” into a racecar. The automotive overhaul took place in preparation for the 24 Hours of LeMons race series, a tongue-in-cheek nod to the famous endurance race, 24 Hours of Le Mans...
Blue Angels set to turn up the noise at Dayton Air Show

Blue Angels set to turn up the noise at Dayton Air Show

The Navy’s Blue Angels F/A-18 Hornet fighter jets are set to soar into the Vectren Dayton Air Show for the first time in four years next June, and mark the return of a crowd-drawing military jet team for the first time since 2015. A two-seat blue and yellow jet painted with the number 7 on its tail landed at Dayton International Airport on Monday, flying in from the team’s home in Pensacola...
General: Spending needed if you want to hire, fly B-52s until 2040

General: Spending needed if you want to hire, fly B-52s until 2040

If federal lawmakers fail to reach a deal to ease defense spending reductions, the Air Force could be forced to curb aircraft speending, cut aging fleet modernization plans, and freeze civilian hiring, a top Wright-Patterson general says. The punch of sequestration ,or automatic defense spending cuts, reached a peak in 2013 when thousands of Wright-Patterson civil service employees were furloughed...
North Korea replaces border soldiers after defection

North Korea replaces border soldiers after defection

After dramatic video surfaced of a North Korean guard defecting across the border into South Korea, Kim Jong Un’s government has replaced nearly all of the soldiers who were stationed at the site where the escape took place Nov. 13, CNN reported. “North Korea replaced almost all of its troops, if not all, at the Joint Security Area for their failure to prevent the defection,&rdquo...
Air Force facing growing crisis in pilot shortage

Air Force facing growing crisis in pilot shortage

Faced with multiple deployments overseas and an airline industry on a hiring binge, fewer Air Force pilots are staying and have created a growing crisis for the nation’s air power. The Air Force says it’s about 2,000 pilots short – out of a total force of about 23,000 — of the number it needs to carry out the United State’s security demands. The service branch significantly...
Watch: North Korean guard makes dramatic defection

Watch: North Korean guard makes dramatic defection

South Korea announced on Nov. 13 that an unnamed soldier defecting from the North was rescued and taken to a hospital after he was found shot in the shoulder and elbow in the border village of Panmunjom. A dramatic video of the 24-year-old, identified only by his last name, Oh, escaping North Korea, is fascinating to watch. Officials in South Korea said that the escape took place after the North Korean...
Wright Patt gate damaged in crash, unable to close

Wright Patt gate damaged in crash, unable to close

A major gateway to Wright-Patterson Air Force Base will stay open 24 hours a day after a vehicle struck and damaged it, making the gate unable to close, a base spokesman says. Gate 22B off Interstate 675 — which was damaged early Wednesday morning — will begin 24-hour operations today, authorities said. RELATED: State leaders tour Wright Patt as they explore how to protect bases Another...
Booz Allen Hamilton lands $14.7M AFRL deal for combat simulation

Booz Allen Hamilton lands $14.7M AFRL deal for combat simulation

A defense contractor has landed a $14.7 million deal to develop virtual combat modeling and simulation technologies, according to the Department of Defense. The Air Force Research Laboratory awarded the five-year deal to McLean, Va.-based Booz Allen Hamilton, the Defense Department said. Three bidders were in contention for the contract. RELATED: Wright Patt, defense firm work to protect weapons from...
Millions in government funds sought for job-creating projects

Millions in government funds sought for job-creating projects

A wish list of regional projects that adherents hope could get millions in federal and state funding has been unveiled. Now it’s your turn to comment on the ideas. The Dayton Development Coalition has unveiled a list of proposals that advocates hope could attract federal government funding, ideas some hope could boost the Dayton area in defense, health care, education and other arenas. RELATED...
Fallen soldier's pictures used in fake social media and dating profiles

Fallen soldier's pictures used in fake social media and dating profiles

The family of a fallen Massachusetts soldier is once again fighting to defend his identity from complete strangers using his pictures on fake social media accounts and dating sites. Lisa Haglof, who helps manage the Facebook memorial page for her brother, Army Staff Sergeant Matthew Pucino, told Boston 25 News she recently began receiving messages from people informing her Pucino's pictures and name...
Local band mates to play on national TV at U.S. Army All-American Bowl

Local band mates to play on national TV at U.S. Army All-American Bowl

Two members of the Miamisburg High School Marching Band are among four Ohioans picked for to the 2018 U.S. Army All-American Marching Band, a nationally televised event. Will Kendall and Trey Singleton will travel to San Antonio in January to take part in the festivities at the U.S. Army All-American Bowl, which touts itself as “the premier high school football game in the nation” that...
$10M sought for U.S. Air Force thermal protection systems

$10M sought for U.S. Air Force thermal protection systems

The U.S. Air Force is developing high speed vehicles and those vehicles need advanced heat protection. University of Dayton Research Institute is seeking $10 million for the total $20 million thermal protection systems development project, and is among dozens of local requesters that want the Dayton Development Coalition to lobby for federal funds for their projects. The Priority Development and Advocacy...
Local girl performing in Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

Local girl performing in Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

An 11-year-old Springboro girl should be singing and dancing in front of the Macy’s department store in New York City on Thursday during the 91st Annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. “This is a once in a lifetime opportunity,” Lily Nevers said Tuesday during a break from rehearsals in New York for a performance of Irving Berlin’s “This Is A Great Country&rdquo...
Families, friends can help military with commissary gift cards

Families, friends can help military with commissary gift cards

When walking past someone in military uniform, it’s become common to offer a “thanks” for their service and commitment to our country. During the holidays, the Defense Commissary Agency sees an increase in the sale of their gift cards, which provide the gift of groceries as one way to say “thank you” to military members and their families. http://www.daytondailynews.com/news/wpafb-joins-new-partnerships-for-bat-conservation/bBcdlRqrDp5mTZOuEsoo7K/...
WPAFB joins in new partnerships for bat conservation

WPAFB joins in new partnerships for bat conservation

Aircraft aren’t the only things flying around Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. Endangered Indiana bats patrol the night skies, foraging for insects over the Mad River corridor. This 8,000-acre installation contains about 700 acres of forested areas along streams, with a wide variety of native trees: maple, oak, hickory and others. The site is prime summer habitat for Indiana bats; managers discovered...
Leaders emphasize need for fiscal 2018 budget in State of AF address

Leaders emphasize need for fiscal 2018 budget in State of AF address

WASHINGTON – The Air Force must have a higher and more stable budget to provide security for the nation, said Secretary of the Air Force Heather Wilson and Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David L. Goldfein during the State of the Air Force address Nov. 9 at the Pentagon. “The fiscal 2018 continuing resolution is actually delaying our efforts to increase the readiness of the force, and risk...
Downtown event provides insight on Air Force partnerships

Downtown event provides insight on Air Force partnerships

The Air Force Research Laboratory 711th Human Performance Wing and the Wright Brothers Institute teamed up to share information with the Dayton business community about partnership opportunities. WBI serves as an Air Force Partnership Intermediary to help market available technology. The free event, called “Bench to Business,” was held at the downtown WBI location Nov. 1. For the first...
Air Force pilot killed, 1 injured in crash near Texas’ Laughlin Air Force Base

Air Force pilot killed, 1 injured in crash near Texas’ Laughlin Air Force Base

One pilot died and another was injured Monday when an Air Force T-38 Talon crashed in Del Rio, Texas, according to officials. The T-38 crashed around 4 p.m. about 14 miles northwest of Laughlin Air Force Base, where the jet was assigned, base officials said. Authorities did not immediately identify the pilots, citing the need to notify their families. According to Air Force officials, “the T-38...
Veteran laid to rest with military honors thanks to kindness of strangers

Veteran laid to rest with military honors thanks to kindness of strangers

He gave 11 years of his life to serve our country, now our country gave Sgt. Gregory Politte the honor of the burial he deserved thanks to men and women who didn’t know the former member of the Air Force. >> Read more trending news  When Politte died, he had no family or friends to claim his remains, WLTX reported. But the American Legion in Columbia, South Carolina, didn&rsquo...
Springfield group to send soldiers holiday care packages

Springfield group to send soldiers holiday care packages

A local group is collecting items to send as holiday care packages for soldiers overseas. Operation Harpo’s Cause was started 27 years ago during the Gulf War, said Mike Porter, a former Marine. He served 13 months overseas as a helicopter crew chief. RELATED: Christmas gifts sought after low turnout at Springfield toy drive READ MORE: Find out what’s new at Springfield’s big Holiday...
Little American flags dot Miamisburg yard where Navy vet’s big flag was stolen

Little American flags dot Miamisburg yard where Navy vet’s big flag was stolen

An anonymous donor has planted four small American flags in the yard of a Navy veteran living in Miamisburg who had his large flag and pole stolen a week ago. There has been no update about the theft of the 5-foot-by-7-foot flag and pole that stood in David Schechter's yard for more than a year.  But a person wishing to remain anonymous decided to install the four flags in a show of support for...
Sexual assaults reported at Wright-Patt doubles in past two years

Sexual assaults reported at Wright-Patt doubles in past two years

Sexual assaults reported at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base have increased over the past four years, and nearly doubled between 2015 and 2016, the Department of Defense reported. Between 2013 and 2016, 83 reports of sexual assault occurred at the Miami Valley base, which is the largest single site-employer in Ohio with a workforce of about 27,000 employees, Pentagon data shows. The data, which does...
Stafford: 99-year-old war of words over ‘fake news’ sounds familiar

Stafford: 99-year-old war of words over ‘fake news’ sounds familiar

Ninety-nine Novembers ago, Springfielders and other Clark Countians were primed to celebrate the end of the bloodiest war to that date in human history and breathe a sigh of relief over the fate of homegrown boys who had been exposed to bullets, bombs and mustard gas in muddy foreign trenches. Just as peace was about to arrive, however, a war broke out on the front pages of Springfield’s two...
Defense bill to benefit Springfield airport, drone research

Defense bill to benefit Springfield airport, drone research

An amendment included in a recent $700 billion defense authorization bill is expected to encourage more cooperation between the military and Federal Aviation Administration, including for work at the Springfield-Beckley Municipal Airport. The House bill passed this week will add more planes, ships and troops at a time Pentagon leaders say the military has strained under spending caps and high operational...
Number of sexual assaults reported at Wright Patt increases

Number of sexual assaults reported at Wright Patt increases

The number of sexual assaults reported at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base has increased the past four years, with 83 reported since 2013, the Department of Defense said Friday. The Pentagon released the data for military installations around the world, including Wright-Patterson which is the largest single site-employer in Ohio with a workforce of about 27,000 employees. The data, which does not include...
State leaders tour Wright Patt as they explore how to protect bases

State leaders tour Wright Patt as they explore how to protect bases

A state panel touring military bases across Ohio to urge ways to protect the facilities visited the state’s largest installation base Friday as the panel prepares to release findings early next year. Seven members of the 12-member BRAC and Military Affairs Task Force toured Wright-Patterson Air Force Base over five hours, the longest scheduled stop thus far to about a dozen installations in...
AF expands key resource for small businesses to mature technology

AF expands key resource for small businesses to mature technology

An increasingly popular Air Force event is expanding to provide small companies with even more opportunities to refine their technology. The annual Operation Tech Warrior exercise – conducted by the Air Force Research Laboratory and sponsored by the Air Force Small Business Innovation Research/Small Business Technology Transfer Program – is now part of a year-round enterprise administered...
Festive evening set for Dec. 6 at Wright-Patt Club

Festive evening set for Dec. 6 at Wright-Patt Club

The 88th Force Support Squadron will host an evening of holiday magic at the annual holiday tree lighting ceremony. The ceremony will begin at 5 p.m. Dec. 6 at the Wright-Patterson Club in Area A. Attendees can watch as the tree is illuminated and Santa arrives with Mrs. Claus. http://www.daytondailynews.com/news/student-writing-competition-focuses-wwii-bomber-aircraft-and-crews/ZD8o5X8g9oruWc7wcncXOJ/...
Nobel Laureate returns to AFRL to talk determination, discovery

Nobel Laureate returns to AFRL to talk determination, discovery

Nobel Prize recipient Dr. Dan Shechtman visited the Air Force Research Laboratory Nov. 8, imparting his research, life experience and words of wisdom to an audience of researchers as part of the AFRL Technical Mastery interactive lecture series. Shechtman worked in the Materials and Manufacturing Directorate during the 1970s as a National Research Council fellow and, later, as a summer researcher...
Jet engine inventor’s son visits Wright-Patterson

Jet engine inventor’s son visits Wright-Patterson

What happens when you mix a 22-year-old, self-taught aeronautical engineer and Royal Air Force pilot, with a slide rule, a solid background in math and an idea? You get the birth of the jet age. In 1928 Frank Whittle wrote a thesis entitled “Future Developments in Aircraft Design” in which he proved, by calculation, that a gas turbine had the potential to be a mover for air propulsion...
Student writing competition focuses on WWII bomber aircraft and crews

Student writing competition focuses on WWII bomber aircraft and crews

Teenagers will have a unique opportunity to earn scholarship funds while learning about military aviation history through the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force’s eighth annual Air Force Heritage and History Writing Competition. This year’s theme focuses on World War II bomber aircraft and crews, such as the B-17F Memphis Belle – one of the most recognizable symbols of World War...
88th Air Base Wing announces holiday hours of operation

88th Air Base Wing announces holiday hours of operation

The following facilities at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base will have different hours of operation (if not listed, consider them closed) in observance of Thanksgiving Day on Nov. 23 and AFMC Family Day on Nov. 24. GATES 1A (Fairborn Gate) Nov. 23 Open 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. Nov. 24 Open 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. 1B (Springfield Gate) Nov. 23 Closed Nov. 24 Open 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. 12A (AFMC Headquarters) Nov. 23...
Fund drive is moving ‘full steam ahead’

Fund drive is moving ‘full steam ahead’

Wright-Patterson Air Force Base’s participation in the Combined Federal Campaign, the annual charity giving campaign for the entire federal workforce, is proceeding, campaign officials said, despite campaign-wide implementation challenges and continuing transitions. “We’re going ‘full steam ahead’ with what we have,” said Airman 1st Class Jeremy Tobar, a campaign...
Audiologist helps team tackle complex sound environments

Audiologist helps team tackle complex sound environments

The ability to hear and understand communication is crucial to military special operators and their missions, but sometimes due to the Air Force’s complex sound environments related to variables, such as excessive noise or multiple talkers, this can be challenging. But in the Air Force Research Laboratory’s 711th Human Performance Wing, experts are tackling possible ways to remedy this...
Clinic supports process of early diagnosis of Alzheimer’s

Clinic supports process of early diagnosis of Alzheimer’s

Alzheimer’s is a heartbreaking disease that nearly 5.4 million Americans have today, according to the website www.alzheimers.gov. It is the most common form of dementia and causes people to lose many of the critical abilities they need to live independently. Over the past couple years, the federal government has taken a number of actions to prevent and effectively treat the illness by 2025,...
Pawlikowski offers update, shares perspective during Commander’s Calls

Pawlikowski offers update, shares perspective during Commander’s Calls

World events, a myriad of challenges and U.S. Air Force priorities were highlighted during two Commander’s Calls hosted by Gen. Ellen M. Pawlikowski, Air Force Materiel Command commander, at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force Nov. 7 and 8. A third call was held Nov. 8 at the Base Theater. “Nothing in the Air Force happens without AFMC,” the general said. “AFMC plays...
Wright Patt, defense firm work to protect weapons from cyber threats

Wright Patt, defense firm work to protect weapons from cyber threats

The Air Force Research Laboratory has awarded a $47.9 million contract to a defense contractor to explore ways to protect weapon systems from cyber attacks, according to the Department of Defense. Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp., which has an office in the Dayton region, will research the problem at Wright-Patterson, the Defense Department reported. The contract will expire in March 2023. RELATED...
Greenville grad, explosive ordnance disposal tech hit by IED in Syria

Greenville grad, explosive ordnance disposal tech hit by IED in Syria

U.S. Navy Chief Petty Officer Kenton Stacy is at a hospital in San Antonio, Texas, after he was struck by an improvised explosive device while clearing a hospital in Syria. The 2002 Greenville High School graduate and father of four is an explosive ordnance technician. He was severely injured while assigned to the Operation Inherent Resolve campaign against ISIS in Iraq and Syria. The Navy said they...
Wright Patt airman sentenced in drug case

Wright Patt airman sentenced in drug case

A senior airman at Wright-Patterson was sentenced to five months in confinement after pleading guilty to drug-related charges, according to a Wright-Patterson spokesman. Sr. Airman Timothy R. Kirklin, of Dayton, pleaded guilty Nov. 8 in front of a military judge to four charges of possession of drugs, including marijuana, heroin and other drugs, and three counts of drug use, and violation of a general...
Protecting Wright Patt goal of BRAC task force visit

Protecting Wright Patt goal of BRAC task force visit

A state task force targeting ways to protect Ohio’s military bases and attract more defense industry jobs and skilled veterans to the workforce will tour Ohio’s largest military installation today. The BRAC and Military Affairs Task Force will visit Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, the latest stop on a tour crisscrossing Ohio from Coast Guard and NASA installations near Cleveland to National...
Pearl Harbor survivor celebrates 100th birthday in Kettering

Pearl Harbor survivor celebrates 100th birthday in Kettering

When the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor in the early morning hours of Dec. 7, 1941, U.S. Navy sailor Frank Ruby was in a dangerous area. ››RELATED: Veterans thanked with quilts He was serving as a petty officer aboard the Y.O.L.2, a new oil barge docked near submarines in Pearl Harbor. The grave danger was due to the barge’s cargo at that time: 100,000 gallons of 100...
Butler County veterans board raises salary ranges 6 percent

Butler County veterans board raises salary ranges 6 percent

The commissioners on the Butler County veterans board have agreed to raise salary ranges for their employees by six percent. Executive Director Caroline Bier told commissioners that while a consultant’s recent wage survey did not recommend a change, she favored a six percent increase to the minimum and maximum salaries in the ranges for the various employees. “That is increasing the minimum...
Servicemen help pregnant widow of fallen comrade with Veterans Day gender reveal

Servicemen help pregnant widow of fallen comrade with Veterans Day gender reveal

A military widow got some help from her late husband’s comrades in revealing the gender of the couple’s baby. Hospital Corpsman 1st Class Ryan Lohrey was killed in a military plane crash in Mississippi. The plane was heading from North Carolina to Arizona for a military training, WECT reports. Ryan had tied the knot with his wife, Cassie, just one month before his death on July...
Dayton among contenders for 2018 aviation hall ceremony, official says

Dayton among contenders for 2018 aviation hall ceremony, official says

The National Aviation Hall of Fame has not ruled out Dayton among four finalists to host the 2018 enshrinement ceremony of aerospace legends following this year’s snub that upset local officials. Dubbed the “Oscar’s Night in Aviation,” the glittering, black-tie event was hosted in Dayton since it began in 1962 until this year – when it was moved to the Fort Worth Alliance...
Cottrel: Clark County veterans honored to serve, be recognized

Cottrel: Clark County veterans honored to serve, be recognized

Last weekend I was impressed by all the special events surrounding Veterans Day. There were so many and they were well done. When I was growing up, Veterans Day was kind of a quiet holiday. I remember the red paper poppies that were sold and all the reminders of World War I. After all, the end of “The Great War” was on the 11th day of the 11th month at 11 minutes after 11 a.m. RELATED...
Wright Patt could gain under defense bill

Wright Patt could gain under defense bill

The House passed a nearly $700 billion defense authorization bill Tuesday that will add more planes, ships and troops at a time Pentagon leaders say the military has strained under spending caps and high operational tempo. Even with the bill’s passage in a 356-70 vote, defense spending caps known as sequestration will remain in place until congressional lawmakers pass a follow-on appropriations...
Bar blackout: Tavern boycotts NFL, holds veterans fundraiser instead

Bar blackout: Tavern boycotts NFL, holds veterans fundraiser instead

A New Jersey bar held a self-imposed NFL blackout over Veterans Day weekend, instead holding a fundraiser for veterans and their families after players continue their silent, kneeling protests during the playing of the national anthem this season. >> Read more trending news  Rob Johnson, co-owner of Woody’s Roadside Tavern in Farmingdale, New Jersey, had the idea after one of...
Defense contractor looks to build new Beavercreek headquarters

Defense contractor looks to build new Beavercreek headquarters

A Beavercreek research and development firm is seeking to build a new headquarters in the city. Matrix Research, which often contracts with the Air Force Research Laboratory, is in the early stages of getting needed approvals for a 52,000-square-foot building in Miami Valley Research Park. The new building will consoldiate the company’s two offices in Beavercreek into one headquarters and...
Loud noise from fighter jets could be heard this week

Loud noise from fighter jets could be heard this week

F-16 fighter jets are set to launch through Ohio’s skies on night training missions this week. The Ohio Air National Guard jets with the 180th Fighter Wing will launch Monday through Thursday during the training exercise, according to the Toledo-based unit. RELATED: Russian surveillance jet flying out of Wright-Patterson The flights are weather dependent and scheduled to concluded by 10 p.m...
Biological weapons simulation test planned in Oklahoma

Biological weapons simulation test planned in Oklahoma

A notice in an Oklahoma newspaper set many Newkirk residents on edge.  The Department of Homeland Security announced the small town near the Kansas border will host a biological weapons simulation.  In 2018, the department wants to release "non-hazardous, non-toxic" chemicals and biological materials on buildings in the area. They want to see what might happen if a terrorist...
More Military Stories