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Wright-Patt security level unchanged after Arizona base lock down

A temporary lock down of an Arizona air base after a report of gun shots did not change the security threat level at Wright-Patterson, according to a spokesman. Davis-Monthan Air Force Base near Tuscon, Ariz., was temporarily on lock down on Monday “out of an abundance of caution” after an airman near the flight line reported the sound of gunshots, according to a base statement released...
Trump names his choice for Air Force secretary

Trump names his choice for Air Force secretary

A former congresswoman and Air Force Academy graduate will be nominated to become the next secretary of the Air Force, the Trump administration said Monday. Former U.S. Rep. Heather Wilson, R-N.M., an Air Force officer in Europe at the height of the Cold War of the 1980s, was nominated by President Donald J. Trump for the highest civilian post in the service branch. Wilson, a Rhodes Scholar who studied...
Local musician “honored” to perform at inauguration

Local musician “honored” to perform at inauguration

Donnie Reis, a national recording artist and producer from Tipp City and an Iraq War veteran, respects Civil Rights, women’s rights and the right to protest — but above all else, he respects the democratic process, which manifests itself every four years as the inauguration of the President of the United States. Reis said he considered it an honor to perform Friday at President Donald...
Local students nominated to service academies

Local students nominated to service academies

Four local students were honored by U.S. Sen. Rob Portman last weekend for their nominations to U.S. service academies. * Abigail Arestides, a Chaminade Julienne student from Beavercreek, was nominated to the Air Force Academy. * Nicholas Groene, an Alter High School student from Centerville, was nominated to the Naval Academy. * Charles Lyon, a Miami Valley School student from Dayton was nominated...
Vets group appointee disputed

Vets group appointee disputed

Montgomery County Prosecutor Mat Heck has asked for a Court of Appeals hearing to remove a recent appointee to the Montgomery County Veterans Service Commission, claiming the appointment process deprived the group from putting who it wanted on the five-member panel. The court document, filed late Friday afternoon by Heck’s office, contended the Rev. Wilburt O. Shanklin should be removed from...
How a winding set of innovations formed Wright-Patterson Air Force Base

How a winding set of innovations formed Wright-Patterson Air Force Base

Wright-Patterson Air Force Base was formed from Patterson and Wright fields on Jan. 13, 1948. To celebrate that anniversary, here are five things to know about the base's history. 1. The fields date back to the earliest days of flight. Wright-Patt's land includes Huffman Prairie, where Orville and Wilbur Wright continued work on their flying machine in the early 1900s. The brothers set up the Wright...
All-women skydiving team coming to Dayton Air Show

All-women skydiving team coming to Dayton Air Show

An all-women skydiving team will descend on the Vectren Dayton Air Show this summer and the Navy’s Blue Angels will return in 2018, organizers said. The Misty Blues All-Woman Skydiving Team will join long-time acrobatic champion performer Sean D. Tucker and a World War II-era F4U Corsair fighter plane as part of the line-up June 24-25 show headlined by the Air Force Thunderbirds at the Dayton...
Middletown man wants war memorial more accessible to public

Middletown man wants war memorial more accessible to public

A Middletown man whose father died in World War II would like a war monument dedicated to local fallen soldiers moved, possibly to Woodside Cemetery, so it can be viewed by the general public. James Lee Price, 75, said his father, Robert E. Lee Price, died on April 8, 1945, in Germany during WWII. Ten years after Pearl Harbor, Dec. 7, 1951, a cenotaph was unveiled at the main gate of the East Works...
Centerville HS grad prepares to step down as Army secretary

Centerville HS grad prepares to step down as Army secretary

In his eight months as Secretary of the Army, Eric Fanning said he focused on improving behavioral health services, keeping forces ahead of the latest threats from adversaries and opening military jobs to all who meet the requirements. Fanning, a 1986 Centerville High School graduate, said if he were staying on the job, he would focus on making behavioral health services more accessible — and...
Air Force loosens tattoo restrictions for airmen

Air Force loosens tattoo restrictions for airmen

A rule that required airmen to have no more than 25 percent of their body parts covered with tattoos has been amended by the Air Force. >> Read more trending stories   The previous rule said "Air Force members (were) not allowed to display excessive tattoos that would detract from an appropriate professional image while in uniform," but the armed forces branch announced updated...
Wright-Patt to seek state infrastructure funds

Wright-Patt to seek state infrastructure funds

Wright-Patterson Air Force Base is expected to be among the contenders competing for a share of $5 million in state money to shore up infrastructure needs at federal facilities across Ohio. State legislators earmarked the money as a kind of insurance marker in the event federal lawmakers push a round of base closures. The nine-member Ohio Military Facilities Commission set a Feb. 15 deadline for installations...
RTA DRIVERS’ STRIKE: Veterans can reschedule VA appointments

RTA DRIVERS’ STRIKE: Veterans can reschedule VA appointments

The Dayton VA Medical Center has asked veterans unable to make appointments because of the strike impacting the Greater Dayton RTA to call and reschedule. The Dayton VA Medical Center tweeted a DaytonDailyNews.com story about the negotiations and included the following message: “If our Veterans cannot get to an (appointment) due to (the strike), please contact your clinic to reschedule.&rdquo...
Milestone events at Wright-Patterson in 2016

Milestone events at Wright-Patterson in 2016

Throughout 2016, there were many significant milestones achieved by numerous organizations across Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. Here are some of the milestones and events tat Wright-Patterson Milestones Maj. Gen. Robert D. Mc-Murry Jr. assumes command May 13 of the Air Force Research Laboratory, headquartered at Wright-Patterson AFB. Maj. Gen. Thomas Masiello retires after a 35-year active-duty...
Wright-Patt directorate expects ‘spike’ in sales after big drop in 2016

Wright-Patt directorate expects ‘spike’ in sales after big drop in 2016

The Air Force Security Assistance and Cooperation Directorate handled $8.1 billion in foreign military sales in fiscal year 2016, a drop of more than half from the prior year. AFSAC Director Brig. Gen. Gregory M. Gutterman expects the Wright-Patterson headquartered agency with more than 600 employees who handle deals with 108 countries to see a ”spike” in future sales with the roll out...
Air Force reservist pleads guilty to sex crime at base

Air Force reservist pleads guilty to sex crime at base

The Air Force reservist accused of committing a sex crime at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base pleaded guilty to sexual abuse Thursday in Dayton’s U.S. District Court. Kyle Jordan, 31, changed his plea in front of U.S. District Court Magistrate Judge Michael Newman, who sat in for Judge Walter Rice. If the judge accepts the plea agreement, Jordan could receive a federal prison sentence of up to...
Hypothermia cause of death for man found dead at WPAFB

Hypothermia cause of death for man found dead at WPAFB

A Dayton man whose body was found Dec. 20 near a taxiway at Wright-Patterson apparently died of hypothermia, according to preliminary autopsy findings. Wright-Patterson authorities released the preliminary findings Thursday based on an autopsy conducted by the Montgomery County Coroner’s Office last month. However, an official autopsy report and toxicology inspection will take six to eight more...
Air Force Marathon registration down from last year

Air Force Marathon registration down from last year

More than 4,600 runners registered Monday to claim a spot in the 2017 Air Force Marathon, about 1,000 less than last year, according to an event organizer. But Marathon Director Rob Aguiar said he’s not worried about the slower start out of the running block. “Runners are making more choices,” Aguiar said. “I’m not overly concerned that opening registration is down because...
Aerospace companies competing for next big Air Force contract

Aerospace companies competing for next big Air Force contract

Aerospace companies will be jostling in a fierce battle to win what could be the last lucrative new military aircraft contract of the decade. The competition is likely to pit at least five teams — mostly U.S. aerospace giants partnered with foreign manufacturers - to claim an order of 350 Air Force jet trainers to replace the decades-old supersonic T-38 Talon. The Air Force’s choice could...
Upgrades slated for WPAFB following passing of defense budget

Upgrades slated for WPAFB following passing of defense budget

Over $1 billion in federal funding is allocated for projects at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base following the signing of the 2017 National Defense Authorization Act. The yearly act signed Friday by President Obama authorizes $12.6 million to be used in consolidating two gates at the base for security and traffic flow and another $14.4 million for facility and equipment upgrades.  U.S. Senators...
VIDEO: Soldier surprises little sister with unexpected visit for Christmas

VIDEO: Soldier surprises little sister with unexpected visit for Christmas

A young soldier based in Texas for his first Christmas away from home made a surprise visit Friday evening to his little sister’s basketball game. U.S. Army Pvt. Tyler Nolley, a 2016 graduate of Greeneview High School in Jamestown, walked up and gave his 11-year-old sister, Keirsten Nolley, a hug on the sidelines of her basketball game at Henley Hall in Beavercreek. Pvt. Nolley was not supposed...
Fairfield Twp. residents submit plans for military veterans memorial

Fairfield Twp. residents submit plans for military veterans memorial

Barbara Holland never met her uncle, but it’s because of him that she is passionate about seeing the township construct a memorial for military veterans. The 72-year-old wasn’t born yet when James Robert Warren, an infantry solider, was killed in World War II. “When I heard they were going to do this, I was like, ‘Yes!’” Holland said. “I think it’s very...
Teen falls to his death sledding down slide at closed Wisconsin water park

Teen falls to his death sledding down slide at closed Wisconsin water park

A Florida teenager has died in a bizarre accident at a closed water park in a resort area in the Wisconsin Dells. The teen and two other juveniles snuck into the Mt. Olympus Water and Theme Park Wednesday night, according to Lake Delton police. The trio then slipped into a restricted area and climbed to the top of a water slide. While trying to sled down the snow-covered slide, the boy got caught...
Springfield vet: You do anything for person next to you in military

Springfield vet: You do anything for person next to you in military

Name: David A. Brucker Hometown: Springfield Current Residence: Springfield Township Family: Wife, Karen, and two children ages 13 and 15 RELATED: Hometown Hero: Springfield vet completed secret WWII missions Career After the Military: Chief of Weapons Safety, Department of Air Force (Civilian) at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base Hobbies: Family, coaching primarily football and working on old muscle...
Air Force Research Lab at Wright-Patt gets new commander

Air Force Research Lab at Wright-Patt gets new commander

A new commander will take over the Air Force Research Laboratory, one of the largest commands headquartered at Wright-Patterson, the Pentagon announced late Wednesday. Brig. Gen. William T. Cooley, now a high-level officer at the Missile Defense Agency, was named to lead AFRL, which employs thousands of scientists and engineers working on the development of cutting-edge warfighting technology. He...
UD professor a trailblazer for Vietnam healing

UD professor a trailblazer for Vietnam healing

The Vietnam War was a long, costly conflict that took a major toll on the countries involved and ultimately dividing our nation in the early 1970s. John Terzano, now an associate professor for academic success at the University of Dayton Law School, was in the Navy from 1971-72 and turned 21 years old while fighting in Vietnam. And, like most other Vietnam veterans, he returned home to a nation that...
More details released about body found at Wright-Patt 

More details released about body found at Wright-Patt 

Authorities believe a man found unresponsive and later declared dead at Wright-Patterson on Tuesday climbed over a fence to gain entry after a single vehicle crash near the base, according to a Wright-Patterson spokesman.    The man was identified as Montrey Smith, 32, of Dayton. He was found unresponsive and partially clothed near Taxiway A in Area A near the 445th Airlift Wing about 9...
Russia launches new stealth fighter

Russia launches new stealth fighter

Russia’s first stealth fighter meant to challenge the skies for dominance against the U.S. F-35 Lightning II and F-22 Raptor has emerged in new photos in the virtual world.   Russia’s aerospace firm Sukhoi has built prototypes of the fifth-generation T-50 PAK-FA single-seat, twin-engine aircraft to contest the American fighters and the Chinese J-20 stealth fighter and to compete...

Funeral for John Glenn

Local students earn military academy nominations

Local students earn military academy nominations

Congressman Warren Davidson has nominated 19 students within the 8th Congressional District to enroll in one of the country’s service academies. Securing a nomination, either from a congressman or another nominating source, is required in the academy application process. A nomination, however, does not guarantee that student will be admitted. The district includes Butler, Clark, Miami, Darke...
Enon native learned life lessons, values in Air Force

Enon native learned life lessons, values in Air Force

Name: Mike Lambert Hometown: Enon Current Residence: Austin, Texas Family: Wife Jenny (Sperling) Lambert, married in 1970 (46 years). She’s a ‘68 Greenon grad, University of Houston grad and paralegal for many years, then helped manage my office in Houston. Jenny’s family still lives in the Enon area, including her sister Susan Staton; nieces and nephews Billy Staton, Larry Staton...
WPAFB engineer accused of false statements about ‘romantic liaisons’

WPAFB engineer accused of false statements about ‘romantic liaisons’

A Wright-Patterson Air Force Base engineer has been federally indicted on three counts of making a false statement or document, according to an indictment. Michael Volf Ol lied about romantic liaisons with two foreign nationals, according to a criminal indictment filed in Dayton’s U.S. District Court. The first two counts allege Ol made a false statement on a Questionnaire for National Security...
Registration for Air Force Marathon starts Jan. 2

Registration for Air Force Marathon starts Jan. 2

The Air Force Marathon, the biggest sporting event in the Miami Valley that draws runners around the world, will open registration Jan. 2. The registration date is one day later than usual, but was moved to ensure staff were in the office when runners log online to register, according to the marathon. The marathon attracts about 15,000 runners and has four races — a full marathon, half-marathon...
Fall of Aleppo: Why are they fighting in Syria?

Fall of Aleppo: Why are they fighting in Syria?

Officials from Russia, Turkey and Syrian rebel groups have reportedly reached an agreement for the rebels to leave the beleaguered  city of Aleppo in war-torn Syria, as pro-government forces have retaken an estimated 95 percent of the city. In what a U.N. official called a “complete meltdown of humanity,” the forces of Syria’s president Bashar al-Assad killed civilians in the...
Pearl Harbor survivor from Southwest Ohio recalls darkness during WWII

Pearl Harbor survivor from Southwest Ohio recalls darkness during WWII

Honor Flight holds a very special spot in the heart of Enon residents since Earl Morse, the founder of Honor Flight, lived in Enon when it all began in December of 2004. It was at the Honor Flight tent at the Enon Apple Butter Festival that I first met Pearl Harbor survivor, Ed Malan. So many people wanted photos with him, including the entire Enon Police Department, that I decided it would be best...
Trump says F-35 costs ‘out of control,’ vows changes

Trump says F-35 costs ‘out of control,’ vows changes

For the second time in a week, President-elect Donald Trump took aim at the high costs of an aircraft with program ties to Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. This time it was the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter. In an early morning tweet, Trump declared that the costs were “out of control” and vowed that “billions of dollars can and will be saved” on military and other purchases after...
Wright-Patt gate jumper didn’t know actions wrong report says

Wright-Patt gate jumper didn’t know actions wrong report says

A Beavercreek man accused of trespassing at a Wright-Patterson Air Force Base entry point that caused the evacuation of two buildings and a shelter-in-place order at a child care center “did not know the wrongfulness of his actions,” a court-ordered evaluation has determined. Edward J. Novak, 32, faces a February trial date in connection with eight misdemeanor charges of driving away from...
Museum to display battered flag for one day

Museum to display battered flag for one day

The tattered and blackened flag is the beginning and the end of the rise of a “sleeping giant” in the most devastating global conflict in history. The 48-star American flag flew aboard the warship USS St. Louis as bombs exploded and sailors and airmen died at Pearl Harbor 75 years ago Wednesday in the midst of an Imperial Japanese Navy attack on the Pacific fleet. Less than four years...
Southwest Ohio vet who survived Pearl Harbor: Freedom isn’t free

Southwest Ohio vet who survived Pearl Harbor: Freedom isn’t free

Do you remember where you were on Sept. 11, 2001? How about when President Kennedy was shot? For members of America’s Greatest Generation who are now more than 80 years old, the question to ask is, “Where were you when you heard about the attack on Pearl Harbor?” The world took a terrible turn for the worse 75 years ago this morning on that beautiful island in the Pacific. Rolla...
Remembering Pearl Harbor attack 75 years later

Remembering Pearl Harbor attack 75 years later

It was a "day that would live in infamy," the day that the United States was attacked by the military forces of Japan at the U.S. Naval Base at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. The attack on Dec. 7, 1941 came as a surprise to the men and women serving in the tropical military compound. The U.S. had not yet officially taken up arms in World War II, but it was helping supply Great Britain in the battle...
State approves $1.5M for Springfield airport drone research

State approves $1.5M for Springfield airport drone research

The Ohio Department of Transportation agreed to a $1.5 million contract with the Air Force Research Laboratory to work on a ground-based “sense-and avoid-system” for unmanned aircraft at the Springfield-Beckley Municipal Airport. The research could give Springfield a major advantage in developing an economy around unmanned aircraft and drones, local experts have said. The Ohio Controlling...
WATCH: Military dad shows off twinkle toes with daughter in ballet class

WATCH: Military dad shows off twinkle toes with daughter in ballet class

A military dad is showing his true bravery by dancing with his daughter in her ballet class. Fox News reports that Philip Curry, who serves in the U.S. Air Force, is stationed in the United Kingdom. His daughter, Alison, is taking ballet lessons near Norwich. He was brave enough to attend the class with her for the school’s Bring a Family Member to Dance Day last month.
Pearl Harbor survivor: ‘I thought this was going to be my last day’

Pearl Harbor survivor: ‘I thought this was going to be my last day’

The noise of swarming planes and explosions punctured the early morning stillness of a quiet Sunday. Navy Petty Officers Rolla “Ed” Malan and Frank M. Ruby were about to go to war and didn’t yet know it. Malan, 96, of Fairborn, and Ruby, 99, of Vandalia, are living survivors of a Japanese bombardment of the U.S. naval fleet at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, on Dec. 7, 1941 — 75 years...
Decision on Aviation Hall of Fame ceremony delayed

Decision on Aviation Hall of Fame ceremony delayed

A top state leader and Dayton aviation boosters lobbied National Aviation Hall of Fame leaders Thursday to keep a decades-old enshrinement ceremony in Dayton instead of considering moving it out of state. The black-tie event, dubbed “Oscars night in aviation,” has lost money in recent years and organizers have considered relocating the enshrinement of aviation notables to a new locale...
Theft of military weapons, collectibles widespread

Theft of military weapons, collectibles widespread

Wednesday, this newspaper reported, Zachary Sizemore, an active duty Wright–Patterson Air Force Base Security Forces member was arrested for selling nearly 40 pieces of military equipment on eBay for $50,000 between July 2013 and November 2016. He was arrested by Homeland Security on charges of theft of government property. Sizemore faces a maximum punishment of 10 years in prison and a $250...
Judge appoints youngest Butler County veterans board member

Judge appoints youngest Butler County veterans board member

A Butler County judge has appointed likely the youngest commissioner ever on the veterans board, a Desert Storm vet from the Disabled American Veterans post in Hamilton. Judge Noah Powers interviewed three DAV members to replace Ken Smith, who is retiring after 15 years on the board, and chose 47-year-old David Reed. The judge said all three men were strong candidates but age was one factor in his...
2,000 veterans to shield Dakota Access pipeline protesters

2,000 veterans to shield Dakota Access pipeline protesters

Hundreds of military veterans will act as human shields next week in North Dakota as part of a three-day event aimed at protecting protesters who are attempting to halt a company’s plan to build an oil pipeline in the region. Organizers for Veterans Stand For Standing Rock said 2,000 veterans will arrive on Dec. 4 at the Standing Rock Indian Reservation. Until at least Dec. 7, they will...
WPAFB airman accused of selling military equipment on eBay

WPAFB airman accused of selling military equipment on eBay

An active duty Wright-Patterson Air Force Base Security Forces member was arrested Tuesday at his home in Huber Heights on charges of theft of government property, according to court documents filed in Dayton’s U.S. District Court and a federal prosecutor. Zachary Sizemore allegedly sold at least 38 pieces of military equipment on eBay for $50,000 from July 2013 until November 2016. The most...
Clark County group working to give soldiers overseas a Christmas

Clark County group working to give soldiers overseas a Christmas

A Clark County business group is gathering donations to send to a local solider and his unit who will be stationed in Afghanistan over Christmas. The Western Clark County Business Coalition is collecting items such as fun and unusual types of candy, treats and snacks, activities such as puzzle books, crossword puzzles, coloring books, magazines, Frisbees, small electronic games and sports balls. They&rsquo...
County has ‘effectively’ ended homelessness among veterans

County has ‘effectively’ ended homelessness among veterans

Homelessness among veterans has “effectively” ended in the Dayton region, the result of more than a decade of work focused on reducing and eliminating the problem, federal and local authorities declared Monday. The city of Dayton is the first community in Ohio to reach the milestone, based on federal criteria, and one of nearly 30 in the nation, authorities said. “We’re embracing...
Federal workers brace for big changes under Trump

Federal workers brace for big changes under Trump

Thousands of federal employees at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base and around southwest Ohio could face changes in pay, benefits and workplace rules if suggested civil service reforms are enacted, observers say. It’s not clear what specific reforms will be proposed once President-elect Donald Trump takes office, but with Republicans controlling both houses of Congress the mood for change is strong...

Jamie Dupree: Pentagon says furloughs still possible in 2014

Even as the military announced that furloughs for over 650,000 civilian defense workers would end in coming days, top officials made clear that automatic budget cuts could still result in a return of furloughs in 2014.

NCAA Polls

The Flyers are ranked in the top 25 for the first time since 2009.

Hal: It's Mesoraco's mit now

The handwriting was on the dugout wall a couple of weeks ago - and it said, “Ryan Hanigan will be traded.”
Air Force testing new maternity uniforms

Air Force testing new maternity uniforms

Her camouflage maternity uniform was such a comfortable fit, Air Force Capt. Mollie Eshel said her co-workers didn’t notice she was pregnant until something like her 34th week. Eshel, 32, was part of a group of 60 female airmen who have tested a prototype of the uniform the Air Force Uniform Office hopes to roll out next October. “Most people didn’t even notice that it was different...
Last living Doolittle Raider coming to Air Force museum for ceremony

Last living Doolittle Raider coming to Air Force museum for ceremony

A Dayton native who is the last surviving member of the Doolittle Raiders will mark the 75th anniversary of the first U.S. raid against Japan in ceremony at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. Richard E. Cole, who is 101 years old, was the co-pilot to then Lt. Col. Jimmy Doolittle on the famous bombing run when 16 B-25 Mitchell bombers flew off the USS Hornet on April 18, 1942 headed toward...
AF museum houses plane that transported JFK’s body 53 years ago

AF museum houses plane that transported JFK’s body 53 years ago

This is the first year that the Boeing 707, designated as a VC-137C in the military will be in the on-base hangar at the museum. This is the same plane that carried the body of President John F. Kennedy after he was assassinated in Dallas, and taken back to Washington, D.C. on Nov. 22, 1963, 53 years ago Tuesday. The inside of this plane was also the place where Lyndon B. Johnson was sworn in as the...

Share your condolences for Justin Helton

Justin Helton, of Beaver, in Pike County, Ohio, has died.

Soldier from Ohio killed in friendly fire fight in Afghanistan

Soldier from Ohio killed in friendly fire fight in Afghanistan. His cousin said Justin Helton's parents were notified of his death around 1:35 a.m. Tuesday, June 10, 14. Source: WLWT - Cincinnati, OH

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Vets marker added

Vets marker added

Contact this contributing writer at nancykburr@aol.com. A new veterans memorial located outside the Troy-Miami County Public Library is the result of a communitywide partnership. The memorial was dedicated Nov. 14 during a ceremony at the memorial site on the library’s north side, by its parking lot. The memorial features landscaping, flagpole, granite bench, and the logos of all branches of...