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Clark State expands tuition discount for military families

Clark State Community College will extend its 50 percent military tuition discount next year to members of the National Guard and U.S. Reserves, along with a smaller discount for military spouses. Clark State already offers a similar discount to active duty members, said John Devillier, vice president of business affairs at Clark State. In the past two years, the program has provided a savings of...
Thunderbirds: 3 things to know after crash

Thunderbirds: 3 things to know after crash

The Air Force Thunderbirds will not take to the skies today at the Vectren Dayton Air Show following a Friday crash in which an F-16 jet evidently skidded off a runway and ended up on its top, injuring at least one of its two occupants. The F-16 sustained significant damage, and it’s unclear whether the Thunderbirds will perform at the air show on Sunday. RELATED: Dayton Air Show: Crash latest...
Dayton Air Show today: Here’s what we know

Dayton Air Show today: Here’s what we know

The Vectren Dayton Air Show is set to take off today with one a full line-up minus the headline act of the Air Force Thunderbirds. A two-seat F-16D Thunderbird fighter jet went off the runway Friday at Dayton International Airport and flipped onto a grassy area, trapping a pilot and a crew member inside until first responders could remove the two from the heavily damaged plane. RELATED: Thunderbird...
Dayton Air Show crash: latest updates

Dayton Air Show crash: latest updates

The Vectren Dayton Air Show will launch today without the Air Force Thunderbirds after one of the team’s F-16 jets apparently skidded off a runway and landed on its top Friday, trapping two people inside. The cause of the accident is under investigation, according to Air Force Lt. Col. Jason Heard, who said the pilot and a Thunderbird team member who was a passenger in the two-seat F-16 were...
Delays reported at Dayton airport after weather, military accident

Delays reported at Dayton airport after weather, military accident

Delays have been reported at Dayton International Airport, where severe weather is striking and a military plane has crashed during Dayton Air Show practice. Flights have already been delayed or cancelled in and out of the Dayton International Airport. Four morning flights to Chicago, Newark and Charlotte were cancelled, while several other flights were delayed. At least four more departures are delayed...
Dayton Air Show announces paved parking for 2017 show

Dayton Air Show announces paved parking for 2017 show

Organizers for the Vectren Dayton Air Show presented by Kroger provided tips for parking. All parking this year is on paved lots after heavy rains Friday made the grassy fields too muddy. Spectators entering or leaving the show via Interstate 75 Northwoods Boulevard (Exit 64) or National Road will be directed to one of four air show parking lots by signage and police officers:  There will be...
Air show legend will retire solo career after next season

Air show legend will retire solo career after next season

Turning, twisting, looping and circling above the Earth, sky turned to ground and back to sky quickly. Feeling six times the force of gravity pushing down on my head, torso and legs, my body strained against the pull. I was a passenger on this flight, but air show performer Sean D. Tucker, once voted by the Smithsonian as one of 25 Living Legends in Aviation, was the driver in the backseat. I was...
Report: Russian warships fire missiles at ISIS targets in Syria

Report: Russian warships fire missiles at ISIS targets in Syria

Russian warships fired six missiles at ISIS targets in Syria on Friday, according to the country’s state media. According to CNN, a statement from Russia’s Defense Ministry that was posted to RIA said that the missiles were fired  from the eastern part of the Mediterranean Sea. The Cailber missiles were fired from the frigates “Admiral Essen,” “Admiral Grigorovich...
Dramatic video shows aid worker, Texas Aggie rescuing child from ISIS gunfire

Dramatic video shows aid worker, Texas Aggie rescuing child from ISIS gunfire

Among the many things that are required of a freshman in Texas A&M’s Corps of Cadets — from buzzed hair, to shined shoes to elaborate rituals for nearly every situation — is to memorize a simple Bible verse, John 15:13. These are not hollow words in Aggieland. It happened famously in Corregidor; tragically in Fallujah; in the trenches of World War I and mountains of Afghanistan....
Air show to pump millions into local economy

Air show to pump millions into local economy

Vectren Dayton Air Show attendees will pump an estimated $2.6 million in direct spending this week into the region’s economy as thousands of visitors pour into restaurants, hotels and businesses, according to the Dayton Convention & Visitors Bureau. The Air Force Thunderbirds jet demonstration team and the first public flight of the F-35 Lighting II at the air show were among the headline acts...
F-16 jet crashes on takeoff from Houston airport; pilot ejects

F-16 jet crashes on takeoff from Houston airport; pilot ejects

A pilot suffered minor injuries Wednesday morning while ejecting from an F-16 Fighting Falcon jet that crashed during takeoff at southeast Houston’s Ellington Airport. The pilot, who was not identified, was being evaluated at a hospital after the crash around 10:30 a.m. local time, according to the North American Aerospace Defense Command. The pilot was conducting a training flight as part of...
F-16 crashed in Texas similar to Thunderbirds at Dayton Air Show

F-16 crashed in Texas similar to Thunderbirds at Dayton Air Show

A pilot ejected from an F-16 that crashed on take-off during a training flight at a Texas airfield, according to the North American Aerospace Defense Command. The crash caused the evacuation of Ellington Airport, where the Fighting Falcon jet was taking off, a nearby construction site and a golf course after the crash KHOU.com in Houston, Texas reported. RELATED: F-16 makes emergency landing at Wright-Patterson...
Butler County veterans board breaks service record

Butler County veterans board breaks service record

The Butler County Veterans Service commissioners celebrated a milestone Wednesday: Breaking the five-year record for most veterans served in a month. The service commission helped 508 veterans in May, which surpasses the previous five-year record of 496 reached last November. The number of people helped in May was the 12th largest since the board started keeping records in 2002. The highest number...
Wright-Patterson named ‘Bee City USA’ site

Wright-Patterson named ‘Bee City USA’ site

Planes aren’t the only things with wings buzzing at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. The base was the first military installation to earn the “Bee City USA” designation: The number of pollinator honey bees swarming around hives has flourished five fold in two years as the bees indulge in abundant food, water and nesting sites, officials say. RELATED: Wright-Patt reaches 100 years...
Thunderbirds rumble above Miami Valley skies

Thunderbirds rumble above Miami Valley skies

The Air Force is in Whit Collins blood. The grandson of a World War II pilot, and the son of an Air Force maintenance officer, Collins was born at Langley Air Force Base in Virginia. “I consider the Air Force a family business,” Collins said. It was perhaps pre-determined, then, that the 32-year-old Air Force major would become an opposing solo pilot flying the No. 6 jet with the Air Force...
U.S. shoots down Syrian warplane that attacked American-backed fighters

U.S. shoots down Syrian warplane that attacked American-backed fighters

The U.S. military has announced that it shot down a Syrian Air Force fighter jet on Sunday after it dropped bombs near U.S. partner forces who were fighting ISIS. U.S. officials say that the shoot-down was done in the “collective self defense” of Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), allies in the fight against ISIS. A U.S. Navy F-18 Super Hornet shot down the Assad regime’s SU-22...
Ohio sailor among 7 killed aboard USS Fitzgerald, US Navy says

Ohio sailor among 7 killed aboard USS Fitzgerald, US Navy says

An Ohioan was among the seven casualties found in flooded berthing compartments of the USS Fitzgerald following the collision with a Japanese merchant vessel. The U.S. Navy Sunday identified the sailors killed as: Fire Controlman 1st Class Gary Leo Rehm Jr., 37, of Elyria, Ohio Gunner’s Mate Seaman Dakota Kyle Rigsby, 19, of Palmyra, Virginia Yeoman 3rd Class Shingo Alexander Douglass, 25, of...
Graham grad killed in crash days after marrying high school sweetheart

Graham grad killed in crash days after marrying high school sweetheart

A U.S. Marine from Champaign County died in a motorcycle crash only days after marrying his high school sweetheart. Brandon Laughman, a 2015 Graham High School graduate, died as a result of injuries he sustained in a single-vehicle motorcycle crash on June 12 in San Diego, where he was stationed. Laughman was planning to return home soon to his wife, Kaytlin Laughman, a 2017 Graham graduate, and the...
Springfield Airport tapped to test new drone technology

Springfield Airport tapped to test new drone technology

The Springfield-Beckley Municipal Airport now has new mobile radar equipment to research unmanned aircraft as part of $5 million state and federal grants. The equipment and grant will be used to test beyond line of sight operation, said Art Huber, deputy director of operations with the Air Force Research Laboratory. Currently drones can only be flown in the line of sight of the pilot but the research...
85 motorcyclists join run for injured Dayton police officer

85 motorcyclists join run for injured Dayton police officer

Eighty-five motorcyclists, including two from New Jersey, rode in a benefit run Saturday for Dayton police officer Byron Branch. Organizers said it was the first “Call to Duty” ride held by the area chapter of the Uncle Sam’s Avengers Motorcycle Club for active-duty or retired veterans and public servants. “I think it’s wonderful they are doing this for Officer Branch...
Air Force museum sees big climb in visitors

Air Force museum sees big climb in visitors

A new $40.8 million hangar with Air Force One presidential jets and exotic, record-setting research aircraft boosted the number of visitors over 24 percent in the year since the long-anticipated expansion opened at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force, figures show. The Miami Valley’s top tourist attraction counted 938,691 visitors from opening in June 2016 to the end of May 2017. That...
Senate Dems want to end business tax cut; GOP says no way

Senate Dems want to end business tax cut; GOP says no way

As state lawmakers wrestle with a $1-billion budget hole, Senate Democrats are pushing a plan to ditch a tax cut that allows small businesses to avoid taxes on the first $250,000 in earnings. The Legislative Service Commission, a non-partisan agency that writes and analyzes legislative proposals, said suspending the tax break would boost Ohio’s budget coffers by $1.1 billion a year. In 2013...
Navy sailor presumed overboard found hiding on ship: report

Navy sailor presumed overboard found hiding on ship: report

A sailor, whose disappearance from a naval ship off the coast of Japan last week sparked a days-long search and presumptions that the man had fallen overboard, has been found alive aboard the ship. The U.S. 7th Fleet said Gas Turbine Systems Technician (Mechanical) 3rd Class Peter Mims, 23, was found Thursday, one week after he vanished from the USS Shiloh as the ship was 180 miles east of Okinawa...
Dayton contractor lands $49M deal with AF Nuclear Weapons Center

Dayton contractor lands $49M deal with AF Nuclear Weapons Center

The Air Force Nuclear Weapons Center has awarded a $49 million, five-year contract to a Dayton defense contractor, according to the Department of Defense. MacAulay-Brown Inc. of Dayton was one of six contractors to bid on the deal that ends in June 2022, according to the Defense Department. RELATED: Small business contracts way up at Wright-Patterson MacAulay-Brown will provide engineering and technical...
Travis AFB no longer on lockdown after report of ‘active shooter’

Travis AFB no longer on lockdown after report of ‘active shooter’

Travis Air Force Base in California is no longer on lockdown, base officials reported on its Facebook page A California congressman told the Associated Press that a mistaken report of a shooting led to the Travis Air Force Base in California to lock down. Travis Air Force Base is on lock for what the base calls a “security incident.”  The base issued a security alert shortly after...
Top Air Force leader to visit Wright-Patt

Top Air Force leader to visit Wright-Patt

Secretary of the Air Force Heather Wilson will travel to Wright-Patterson later this month, the military branch has confirmed. Wilson, a former New Mexico congresswoman and a prior Air Force officer, received Senate confirmation for the top civilian post in the service branch in May. An exact date for her arrival was not released. RELATED: Thousands remember Doolittle Raiders in ceremony “The...
Hundreds of U.S. flags to be retired in Xenia

Hundreds of U.S. flags to be retired in Xenia

Communities across the country will be retiring their American flags with a proper ceremony on Wednesday, and hundreds of Star Spangled Banners are ready to be put to rest in Greene County. Up to 500 flags have already been collected for this second year of observing Flag Day at the fairgrounds in Xenia. The public is invited to the event, which will feature a 21-gun salute, a trumpet player to play...
A Navy admiral and Dayton native charts course for sealift ships

A Navy admiral and Dayton native charts course for sealift ships

The Navy is reviewing how to increase the readiness of supply ships called on if war breaks out, an admiral says. Rear Adm. John A. Schommer, 51, a Dayton native who serves as Navy Reserve deputy commander of the Norfolk, Va. -headquartered Military Sealift Command, returned to his hometown this week to tell the Navy’s message and the challenges the nation’s crucial sea lift forces confront...
West Carrollton honoring 96-year-old WW II veteran

West Carrollton honoring 96-year-old WW II veteran

A 96-year-old West Carrollton resident and World War II vet will be inducted into the West Carrollton Plaza of Fame this month. Eugene Dever has been a West Carrollton resident for 40 years and serves as treasurer for Canterbury Court’s Resident Council. He served in the U.S. Army from August 1942 to March 1946 and in the Army Reserves from March 1946 to April 1953. He received the Bronze Star...
GE Aviation acquires robotics maker

GE Aviation acquires robotics maker

GE Aviation has acquired a United Kingdom-based manufacturer that builds snake-arm robots for work in confined and hazardous areas. Terms of the deal to acquire OC Robotics were not disclosed. The robots are typically used in hazardous and hard-to-get to confined areas for inspections, repairs and cleaning in the aerospace, construction, nuclear, petrochemical and security industries, GE said in a...
Eye to the sky:Wright-Patt weather watchers alert for twisters, storms

Eye to the sky:Wright-Patt weather watchers alert for twisters, storms

They never stop watching the sky at Wright-Patterson. Seven days a week, every day of the year, and around the clock someone is watching the weather in a windowless room with a wall of screens filled with radar and satellite images of what’s around the airfield and the world. While storms swirled around the Miami Valley region last month, base forecasters issued a tornado warning. Gates closed...
‘The Purple Heart was pinned on me in the hospital’

‘The Purple Heart was pinned on me in the hospital’

Dayton native Jero Downey, who received the Purple Heart, Bronze Star and Air Medal for heroism and injuries in Vietnam, was inducted into the Ohio Military Hall of Fame for Valor this May. RELATED » Area family has Holocaust photos Downey hadn’t talked much about his wartime experiences, but said he was surprised at how little his family knew of his exploits. He said that he is pleased...
Air Force boosts bonuses for fighter pilots to fill shortage in ranks

Air Force boosts bonuses for fighter pilots to fill shortage in ranks

The Air Force will boost bonus retention pay to keep more experienced pilots in the cockpit. The new tiered-pay system, which would pay fighter pilots as much as $35,000 for each additional year and up to $455,000 for 13 years, was meant to reverse a shortage of active-duty aviators. The problem is most acute among fighter pilots: The Air Force reported a shortage of more than 870 on active duty at...
Groundbreaking ceremony held for new $10 million WPAFB pharmacy

Groundbreaking ceremony held for new $10 million WPAFB pharmacy

Wright-Patterson Air Force Base held a ceremonial groundbreaking ceremony Thursday for the new $10 million Kittyhawk Pharmacy.  When the new 10,000-square-foot facility is completed, it will feature two drive-thru lanes, and double the lobby and processing space from the current pharmacy, according to a media release.  The pharmacy fills more than 900 prescriptions daily, more than three...
12 local residents appointed to U.S. service academies

12 local residents appointed to U.S. service academies

U.S. Rep. Warren Davidson, R-Troy, announced the appointment of 12 students within the 8th Congressional District to U.S. service academies. The appointments are the final step of the application process, which includes gaining a congressional nomination. Some of the students are set to begin attending their respective service academy soon, while others will spend a year at a prep school before attending...
Report finds racial disparities in military justice system

Report finds racial disparities in military justice system

Black service members were “substantially more likely” to face judicial punishment or administrative discipline compared to their white counterparts while in uniform, according to an advocacy group’s study of racial disparity in the military justice system. The Protect Our Defenders report released Wednesday found in the Air Force black airmen were 71 percent more likely than their...
U.S. Army offering up to $90,000 re-enlistment bonuses to lure soldiers

U.S. Army offering up to $90,000 re-enlistment bonuses to lure soldiers

To combat a shortage of troops, the Army has announced that it will triple the amount it will pay in bonuses this year to over $380 million — with the goal of getting soldiers to re-enlist. By committing to another four or more years, some soldiers could get a bonus of up to $90,000. According to The Associated Press, the incentives follow Congress’ decision to enlarge the Army and...
State lawmaker group to focus on aviation jobs in Ohio

State lawmaker group to focus on aviation jobs in Ohio

A state panel intended to bolster aerospace in Ohio will likely target workforce development and protection of military bases as top priorities, an Ohio lawmaker says. The Ohio Aerospace and Aviation Technology Committee appointed or reappointed 14 members Tuesday to the 21-member panel for two-year terms. They represent legislative, academic, commercial and military backgrounds across the state,...
Air Guard leader will become first female command chief in Springfield

Air Guard leader will become first female command chief in Springfield

An Ohio Air National Guard chief master sergeant will become the first female command chief to lead hundreds of enlisted airmen at the 178th Wing in Springfield. Chief Master Sgt. Heidi A. Bunker will take over the leadership role in a ceremony today at the Springfield Air National Guard Base, replacing Chief Master Sgt. Scott A. McKenzie, who has served in uniform at the Air Guard site since 1980...
Ivan Castro to be Air Force Marathon featured speaker

Ivan Castro to be Air Force Marathon featured speaker

Air Force Marathon Office Former U.S. Army Special Forces officer and author Ivan Castro will be the guest speaker for the 21st Air Force Marathon Sept. 16 at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. Castro is a highly decorated U.S. Army officer who lost his eyesight in a mortar blast while deployed to Iraq in 2006. After a 17-month rehabilitation he returned to duty and until his retirement in 2016 was...
AFRL pushes to fill jobs faster to stay ahead on tech battlefield

AFRL pushes to fill jobs faster to stay ahead on tech battlefield

The new commander of the Air Force Research Laboratory says he will push to fill job positions more rapidly as the science labs face growing challenges to stay ahead of nations like China and Russia in technological superiority on the battlefield. In his first extensive interview since taking over the top post in May, AFRL leader Maj. Gen. William T. Cooley said the “broad consensus” in...
Wright-Patt command could use thousands more workers, general says

Wright-Patt command could use thousands more workers, general says

The top leader at the Air Force Life Cycle Management Center headquartered at Wright-Patterson says the sprawling global command could use 4,000 to 8,000 employees based on studies showing a need for a larger workforce. Lt. Gen. Robert D. McMurry, who became AFLCMC commander in May, told this newspaper in an exclusive interview that the center was managing spending levels 35 percent higher than the...
New $10 million pharmacy to be built at Wright-Patterson

New $10 million pharmacy to be built at Wright-Patterson

The Air Force will build a $10 million pharmacy at Wright-Patterson to replace one at the center of a prescription drug mix-up three years ago. The new 10,000-square-foot Kittyhawk Pharmacy will be built near a gas station in a base area that houses a commissary and exchange, among other retail services offered to service members, their families and retirees. “This will replace it and enlarge...
Family held at gunpoint at Air Force Museum receives $40,000

Family held at gunpoint at Air Force Museum receives $40,000

A mother and her mother-in-law forced at gunpoint out of their vehicle and handcuffed outside the Air Force Museum were paid $40,000 to settle a federal civil lawsuit, according to a court document recently obtained by this news organization. The “Stipulation for Compromise Settlement and Release” document states Alice and Wendy Hill must drop all claims against the government and pay...
Man who witnessed behind the scenes at Wright Patt retires

Man who witnessed behind the scenes at Wright Patt retires

Ron Fry turned a hallway corner in the Hope Hotel and came face to face with Slobodan Milosevic, the president of Serbia and in the global spotlight in the midst of the Dayton Peace Accords at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. Fry, 61, the public affairs director at the Air Force Material Command set to retire today, has watched presidents and vice presidents stop at Wright-Patterson and worked for...
Memorial Day 2017: Soldiers place 280,000 flags on headstones of fallen service members 

Memorial Day 2017: Soldiers place 280,000 flags on headstones of fallen service members 

As part of a Memorial Day tradition, soldiers placed 280,000 flags on the headstones of fallen service members at Arlington National Cemetery. The tradition, which soldiers call “Flags In,” has been held every year since the 3rd U.S. Infantry, known as the “Old Guard,” was designated as the Army’s official ceremonial unit 70 years ago. Specialist Kristen Pinnock participated...
Hundreds pay Memorial Day tribute to nation’s fallen in Dayton

Hundreds pay Memorial Day tribute to nation’s fallen in Dayton

Edgar J. Moorman wore a red, white and blue flag-like vest, sat in a wheelchair at the Dayton National Cemetery and held an American flag to honor all of his fellow soldiers who didn’t come home. The 98-year-old World War II and Army veteran who fought in the South Pacific islands, was grateful for the hundreds who turned out at the Memorial Day ceremony Monday to remember fallen service members...
Many veterans still struggle to find work

Many veterans still struggle to find work

Joshua L. Bush had eight years in the Army under his belt, serving as a tank crew member during two combat deployments to Iraq, when he left the military and began looking for work. After six months, the 28-year-old Dayton native finally found a job, as a bartender. For veterans like Bush, it’s a familiar refrain. No matter how skilled they may have been in uniform, those skills aren’t...
Memorial Day sign at Kansas restaurant goes viral 

Memorial Day sign at Kansas restaurant goes viral 

For Memorial Day, it was the perfect sign of respect. The photo of a sandwich board outside Mayberry’s Bar & Grill in the northern Kansas city of Washington that pays tribute to the American servicemen who have lost their lives fighting for their country has gone viral.  >> Read more trending news “We have 619,300 reasons to be closed on Monday,” is written in chalk...
Turner bill would expand military sexual assault victims rights

Turner bill would expand military sexual assault victims rights

Two House lawmakers have introduced a bill to allow the military’s highest court to hear appeals from sexual assault survivors on decisions during trial proceedings, officials say. U.S. Rep. Mike Turner, R-Dayton, and Nikki Tsongas, D-Mass., have co-introduced the BE HEARD Act, which stands for Building an Environment for Helpful, Effective, and Accessible Representation and Decision-making...
Afghanistan car bomb explosion kills 18

Afghanistan car bomb explosion kills 18

At least 18 people were killed and six others were injured Saturday in a car bomb explosion in eastern Afghanistan, CNN reported Saturday. The attack occurred near a bus station in the city of Khost, said Najib Danish, spokesman for the interior ministry. There has been no claim of responsibility.
Once thought to have died at sea, Butler County veteran serves 3 wars

Once thought to have died at sea, Butler County veteran serves 3 wars

Imagine the shocked look on the faces of Cecil and Dorothy Daily when their son, a Merchant Marine during World War II, walked through the front door and into the living room. Their son. Their dead son. Or so they had been told. Their son, Cecil Daily, of Hamilton, was assigned to a cargo ship when it allegedly was sunk by an enemy torpedo. His parents were told by U.S. officials all servicemen aboard...
Fallen local Marine to be honored in NASCAR race

Fallen local Marine to be honored in NASCAR race

John Prazynski admits he’s not a huge NASCAR fan, but the Liberty Township resident will be glued to the action in the Coca Cola 600 on Sunday night. That’s because his son Taylor, a Fairfield High School graduate who died at 20 fighting in Iraq in 2005, will be one of 40 fallen soldiers honored during the race by having their names emblazoned on the windshield of each car. In Taylor&rsquo...
Sentencing delayed for Air Force reservist guilty of sex crime on base

Sentencing delayed for Air Force reservist guilty of sex crime on base

Federal prosecutors want an Air Force reservist to spend more than seven years in prison for having sex with an unconscious woman he supervised at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. Kyle Jordan, 31, an Air Force veteran who served in Iraq and Korea and one-time Butler County corrections officer, was to be sentenced Thursday in Dayton’s U.S. District Court. The judge pushed back sentencing after...
WWI crosses restored in Hamilton’s Greenwood Cemetery

WWI crosses restored in Hamilton’s Greenwood Cemetery

Just in time for Memorial Day, crews have restored the 240 five-foot-tall white crosses that mark the graves of World War I veterans in Hamilton’s Greenwood Cemetery. On a recent sunny morning this week, grass of the cemetery, showing a seasonal renewal of its vibrant green, created a beautiful contrast with the freshly painted snappy white of the crosses, which stand in a silent semicircle...
Trump seeks $52B increase in defense spending

Trump seeks $52B increase in defense spending

The Trump administration unveiled a $639.1 billion defense budget proposal Tuesday that it says is a step toward restoring military readiness levels that would boost the number of airmen in uniform. As part of the budget, however, the administration is asking for a new round of military base closures in 2021. RELATED: Trump budget calls for $3.6T in spending cuts, boost to defense The proposed defense...
Air Force veteran to serve as Hamilton’s Memorial Day Parade marshal

Air Force veteran to serve as Hamilton’s Memorial Day Parade marshal

Air Force veteran Tom Jeffers, who also has served on the Butler County Veterans Service Commission’s Board of Commissioners more than two years, will be parade marshal on Monday for Hamilton’s Memorial Day Parade. “I think that’s great, being able to do something for our Memorial Day, which is very special to our veterans,” said Jeffers, who served in the Air Force from...
Veterans can learn about services at networking event

Veterans can learn about services at networking event

A networking event to connect veterans to veterans’ service organizations and several colleges and universities and employers is set to launch Wednesday at Wright State University. Veterans Moving Forward will bring together nearly 70 groups for the veteran-oriented event from 3 to 6 p.m. in the Apollo Room of the WSU Student Union. Some participants expected include the Air Force Wounded Warrior...
Local veterans honor their brothers in arms through memorial park

Local veterans honor their brothers in arms through memorial park

A battlefield promise to keep alive the memory of the corporal who died saving his life was the inspiration for local veteran Ron Riggs to create the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Park (VVMP) in Dayton. Thanks to his and his fellow veterans’ efforts, the park came to fruition in 1986 and features a black granite “Ring of Remembrance” that lists the names of 401 Miami Valley men who lost...
Ohio ranks low in U.S. for military retirees, report shows

Ohio ranks low in U.S. for military retirees, report shows

Ohio ranks 35th among the 50 states and the District of Columbia for the best places for military retirees to live, the website WalletHub has determined. In a report released Monday, WalletHub cited three main areas it ranked to reach the conclusion: economic environment, quality of life and health care. RELATED: Best and worst states for veterans The ranking was a slight nudge upward for Ohio, which...
West Liberty school shooting victim meets vice president

West Liberty school shooting victim meets vice president

The West Liberty-Salem High School shooting victim met with the vice president of the United States on Saturday and was honored by the secret service for courage. Logan Cole, 17, who was shot during a January school shooting, met with Vice President Mike Pence at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. The vice president was in Dayton to celebrate Armed Forces Day with some of the military personnel stationed...
VP Mike Pence speaks at Wright-Patt AF Base

VP Mike Pence speaks at Wright-Patt AF Base

Vice President Mike Pence vowed the Trump administration would “rebuild the military” and seek the biggest increases in defense spending since the Reagan era. Standing in front of an Air Force Reserve C-17 transport jet, Pence spoke Saturday to about 250 airmen and their families in a 445th Airlift Wing hangar at Wright-Patterson on U.S. Armed Forces Day. “I can’t think of...
Nation marks Armed Forces Day

Nation marks Armed Forces Day

Dignitaries are taking time Saturday to mark Armed Forces Day. The nationally-recognized day was created under the Truman administration, and is marked every May 20 as a way to honor all branches of the military, according to the Department of Defense. People are encouraged to pay respects to those serving in the U.S. Army, Navy, Marine Corps and Air Force.  >> Read more trending news ...
Job fair helps military veterans find new role in civilian workforce

Job fair helps military veterans find new role in civilian workforce

It can be difficult for veterans, transitioning military personnel, military spouses, National Guard members, reservists and military spouses to find a job, let alone a long-term career. Helping to lessen that burden is RecruitMilitary, which is scheduled to hold its All-Veteran Career Fair from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday, May 25, at Paul Brown Stadium. Produced by RecruitMilitary in partnership with...
300 veterans celebrate birthday of Hamilton boy whose dad died in Iraq

300 veterans celebrate birthday of Hamilton boy whose dad died in Iraq

Move over Batman and take Robin with you. Fly away Superman. You too Spiderman There are new super heroes in town, at least in the eyes of a 7-year-old Hamilton boy. “Veterans are much cooler,” said Aiden Luff, who just completed first grade at Brookwood Elementary School. When Katie Luff asked what kind of birthday party her son wanted, he said a party with a military theme. All veterans...
On the cutting edge: Wright-Patt reaches a century of innovation

On the cutting edge: Wright-Patt reaches a century of innovation

Before Chuck Yeager broke the sound barrier in a rocket-powered plane and before any of the Mercury 7 astronauts climbed into a space capsule, their journeys started at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. From flying captured enemy fighters to popular lore of hidden UFOs and aliens, Wright-Patterson has captured the public’s imagination and brought the right stuff in pilots and aerospace innovators...
United to Texas national guardsman returning from Afghanistan: Pay up for bag

United to Texas national guardsman returning from Afghanistan: Pay up for bag

A national guardsman on his way home to Kyle, Texas, after a 21-month deployment in Afghanistan said United Airlines made him pay $200 to check a bag because it was too heavy to qualify for the airline’s free military baggage policy. “I was told point blank that I’d have to pay $200 for the overage or find another bag to siphon stuff off with,” First Lieutenant John Rader,...
Voice of America Museum looking for volunteer tour guides

Voice of America Museum looking for volunteer tour guides

Are you a World War II history buff? A radio geek, or Cincinnati broadcast history fan? The National Voice of America Museum of Broadcasting in West Chester wants you— for a few hours a week. The museum board is looking for volunteer docents to help staff the museum as it expands opening hours. No knowledge of broadcasting or radio is required and volunteer training will be provided. About 20...
Two old 19th century VA homes torn down for new Fisher House

Two old 19th century VA homes torn down for new Fisher House

The Dayton VA Medical Center has demolished two 19th century homes to make way for a privately funded $6.5 million Fisher House that will be a place veterans and their families can stay without charge while patients receive medical treatment. A groundbreaking date has not been announced, but it will be months later than initially expected because of the time it took for state and federal approval...
WPAFB commander to keynote Centerville Memorial Day ceremony

WPAFB commander to keynote Centerville Memorial Day ceremony

Col. Bradley McDonald, 88th Air Base Wing and Installation Commander, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base will deliver the keynote address at the city of Centerville’s Memorial Day Ceremony. McDonald took command of the 88th Air Base Wing in June. The city of Centerville is scheduled to host a Memorial Day ceremony May 29, in remembrance of the men and women who have died in service of the country...
Butler County veterans spending sees double digit increase

Butler County veterans spending sees double digit increase

The Butler County veterans board passed its 2018 tax budget, and the preliminary spending plan of $2.3 million represents a 14 percent increase over this year. All government entities must submit tax budgets in the summer before the next fiscal year, so this plan and the final budget approved by the county commissioners in December could look quite different. The biggest item on the budget is $770...
Funeral home under fire for displaying veteran's body without casket

Funeral home under fire for displaying veteran's body without casket

People on social media are outraged after a funeral home put a Ringgold, Georgia, veteran’s body on display for visitation without a casket over what his son claims was a dispute over money. According to WTVC in Chattanooga, Tennessee, photos of the body of 71-year-old George Taylor, a Vietnam veteran, draped in a flag while lying on a gurney during his visitation are circulating on social media...
Kasich orders flags lowered Saturday for fallen Kettering soldier

Kasich orders flags lowered Saturday for fallen Kettering soldier

Ohio Gov. John Kasich ordered flags lowered Saturday in honor of the memory of fallen Army Sgt. Cameron H. Thomas of Kettering who died in Afghanistan last month. The governor’s office said the order applies from sunrise to sunset to all public buildings and grounds in Montgomery County and at the Ohio Statehouse in Columbus. Thomas, a 23-year-old Army Ranger, died April 26 during a raid on...
Career fair for veterans set for May 25

Career fair for veterans set for May 25

A free hiring event for veterans, transitioning military personnel, military spouses, National Guard members, reservists and military spouses takes place later this month at a well-known venue. The RecruitMilitary All-Veteran Career Fair is scheduled for 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 25 at Paul Brown Stadium, One Paul Brown Stadium, Cincinnati. Sponsored by Xavier University, the event is being produced by...
Veteran guilty of $20,000 in fraudulent travel expenses

Veteran guilty of $20,000 in fraudulent travel expenses

An area veteran pleaded guilty in federal court Thursday to submitting fraudulent claims for the miles he said he drove to get treatment at the Dayton Veterans Administration Medical Center. Troy J. Miller, 33, allegedly submitted travel voucher expenses of $19,974.59 from August 2014 through August 2015, saying that he had been driving to the VAMC from Lima when he actually was traveling from places...
Marker to pay tribute to Mound top-secret Cold War nuclear research

Marker to pay tribute to Mound top-secret Cold War nuclear research

A marker commemorating the Mound Laboratories contributions to top-secret nuclear research is set to be unveiled next week. RELATED: The history of the Mound Advanced Technology Center The Department of Energy and the Ohio History Connection will be part of the unveiling and dedication of the Ohio History Connection Marker at the Mound Business Park May 18. RELATED: Dayton History shedding light on...
City in favor of Purple Heart designation

City in favor of Purple Heart designation

The city of Bellbrook will move to become a designated Purple Heart City, after council stated they were in favor of the honor. MORE: Franklin becomes Purple Heart city Council member Nick Edwards brought the idea to council’s attention in April, after a resident, who is a Purple Heart recipient, suggested the city look into the honor. Becoming a Purple Heart City comes at no cost to the city...
Air Force says repair mishap caused $4M in damage to Air Force One

Air Force says repair mishap caused $4M in damage to Air Force One

An Air Force investigation has found one of two Air Force One jetliners oxygen systems was contaminated, causing more than $4 million in damage after a mishap at a Boeing repair facility in Texas, the service branch reported. The Air Force Materiel Command, headquartered at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, released the findings of an accident investigation board investigation Tuesday. AFMC commander...
Air Force researchers show off groundbreaking technologies

Air Force researchers show off groundbreaking technologies

This wasn’t your high school’s science fair. Air Force Research Laboratory scientists and engineers around the country showcased everything Tuesday from robotic “snakes” that peer into the wings of an aircraft to hypersonic rockets on science missions launched around the globe. The presentation of about 15 groundbreaking research concepts at the AFRL’s Materials and Manufacturing...
New Air Force secretary confirmed

New Air Force secretary confirmed

The Senate has confirmed a former New Mexico congresswoman as the top civilian leader of the Air Force. Heather A. Wilson, an Air Force Academy graduate and Rhodes scholar, was chosen to become secretary of the Air Force. The former five-term Republican congresswoman was president of the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology before her confirmation as secretary. Wilson, 56, is the first Trump...
Ohio aviation policy panel seeks experts from public

Ohio aviation policy panel seeks experts from public

Ohio is seeking members of the public with expertise in aviation and aerospace technology to serve on a state panel. Those interested in one of 14 public slots on the Ohio Aerospace and Aviation Technology Committee have until 4:30 p.m. Friday to apply. They could include military representatives, academic experts or industry leaders, the Associated Press reported. State Sen. Bill Beagle, R-Tipp City...
Family, friends and community gather to remember Kettering soldier

Family, friends and community gather to remember Kettering soldier

More than 100 people, including friends and family, met Sunday for a “Celebration of Life” gathering, to honor U.S Army Ranger Sgt. Cameron H. Thomas at Polen Farms in Kettering. Thomas died April 26 during a raid on an ISIS-K compound as U.S. and Afghan forces targeted high-level insurgent leaders in eastern Afghanistan. He was killed by small-arms fire, according to the Department of...
Former Wright-Patt base commander tells story of WWII servicewomen

Former Wright-Patt base commander tells story of WWII servicewomen

Sue Hill Norrod reached for the folded American flag a sailor in a white dress uniform handed her, marking her mother’s service in the Navy in World War II. At that moment in the midst of her mother’s funeral in 2015, Norrod said she knew the story of her 91-year-old mother’s time in uniform in decades past, and of thousands of other U.S. servicewomen, had to be told to a new generation...
Sonic boom rocks Central Florida

Sonic boom rocks Central Florida

A sonic boom shocked Central Floridians early Sunday morning after the Air Force landed a secret military aircraft at Kennedy Space Center. >> Read more trending news  The U.S. Air Force tweeted Sunday “The Air Force #X37B #OTV4 has returned from obit and landed safely at @NASAKennedy.” The X37B is an unmanned secret military shuttle, which has been orbiting the Earth for more...
Document: Teen exposed ‘private parts,’ had gun, drugs while at WPAFB

Document: Teen exposed ‘private parts,’ had gun, drugs while at WPAFB

A teenager who allegedly trespassed onto Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in January faces 12 federal charges involving drugs, drunk driving, carrying a concealed weapon and indecent exposure. A bill of information filed in Dayton’s U.S. District Court indicates DeAnthony Griffin, 19, faces those misdemeanor counts after a Jan. 27 incident. Griffin is a one-time Edison State Community College...
Document: Teen exposed ‘private parts,’ had gun, drugs while at WPAFB

Document: Teen exposed ‘private parts,’ had gun, drugs while at WPAFB

A teenager who allegedly trespassed onto Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in January faces 12 federal charges involving drugs, drunk driving, carrying a concealed weapon and indecent exposure. A bill of information filed in Dayton’s U.S. District Court indicates DeAnthony Griffin, 19, faces those misdemeanor counts after a Jan. 12, 2017 incident. RELATED: Wright-Patterson gate crasher sentenced...
Services set for Army Ranger Sgt. Cameron Thomas; Flags ordered to half-staff

Services set for Army Ranger Sgt. Cameron Thomas; Flags ordered to half-staff

UPDATE @ 5:20 p.m. (May 12): All flags are to be flown at half-staff upon all public buildings and grounds throughout Montgomery County and at the Ohio Statehouse, from sunrise sunset Saturday, in honor of U.S. Army Ranger Sgt. Cameron H. Thomas, Gov. John Kasich ordered this afternoon. Services for U.S. Army Ranger Sgt. Cameron H. Thomas are scheduled for Friday and Saturday in Culpepper, Va.: ...
Congressman Turner wants vote to repeal defense sequestration cuts

Congressman Turner wants vote to repeal defense sequestration cuts

A Dayton congressman has renewed a call to repeal sequestration, or automatic federal budget cuts that have targeted Pentagon defense spending. In a May 2 letter to House Speaker Paul Ryan, U.S. Rep. Mike Turner urged a vote to repeal sequestration on the defense budget. Turner organized the letter to Ryan and gathered support from 140 Republican congressional lawmakers to sign it. “It is clear...
Friends, family to honor fallen Kettering soldier this week

Friends, family to honor fallen Kettering soldier this week

Friends and family of Sgt. Cameron Thomas will hold candlelight vigil this evening and a gathering Sunday afternoon as a “Celebration of Life” for the fallen soldier. The vigil will take place at 8:30 p.m. today at the Fraze Pavilion in Kettering. Sunday’s event will be held at Polen Farm, 5099 Bigger Rd. in Kettering, from 1 - 5 p.m. Sam Routsong, who said he knew Thomas for about...
Clark State hires retired Wright-Patt commander as vice president

Clark State hires retired Wright-Patt commander as vice president

A retired Air Force colonel will take over in June as Clark State Community College’s vice president of business affairs. John Devillier previously served as commander of the 88th Air Base Wing at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, where he was in charge of about 5,500 personnel and an annual budget of $300 million. In his new role, Devillier will serve as chief financial officer at Clark State...
Two generals take over AFLCMC, AFRL in rare ceremony at Wright-Patt

Two generals take over AFLCMC, AFRL in rare ceremony at Wright-Patt

Two Air Force generals took over key commands employing thousands at Wright-Patterson and made history of sorts in what was believed to be a first-of-its-kind transition ceremony Tuesday. Lt. Gen. Robert D. McMurry was given a third star and became commander of the Air Force Life Management Center while Brig. Gen William T. Cooley took over the post McMurry vacated as commander of the Air Force Research...
$2 million added to state budget for Wright-Patt after panel snub

$2 million added to state budget for Wright-Patt after panel snub

Area state lawmakers are backing a $2 million addition to the state budget to pay for everything from roofs to security gate barriers at Wright-Patterson. The money was added after area leaders were stung when a state panel distributing $5 million to military bases across Ohio snubbed Wright-Patterson and NASA Glenn Research Center near Cleveland and split the money between two Air National Guard...

Not too late to join Hamilton’s Memorial Day Parade

Time is winding down, but it’s not too late to sign up your group to be part of Hamilton’s Memorial Day Parade. Also, elected officials and people seeking public officials are invited to participate, but city regulations “prohibit passing out of any literature or throwing or passing out any items by parade participants to the spectators along parade route,” organizers noted...
Controversial missile defense shield now operational in South Korea

Controversial missile defense shield now operational in South Korea

 A U.S. antimissile defense system recently installed in South Korea is now operational, a U.S. official said Monday, in the latest sign of an enhanced U.S. response to threats from North Korea.   The official, speaking on the condition of anonymity to discuss military operations overseas, said the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense, or THAAD, an American-made system to intercept and...
Kettering school honors grad killed in Afghanistan

Kettering school honors grad killed in Afghanistan

Kettering Fairmont graduate Sgt. Cameron H. Thomas, who was killed in Afghanistan last week as a result of likely friendly fire, will be honored by his alma mater today. Fairmont will fly the flag at half-staff, according to Community Relations Coordinator Kari Basson. The school also observed a moment of silence this morning. Linda McNamara, the mother of James Lockwood, a Fairmont grad who was killed...
AF generals will take over key posts at Wright-Patterson

AF generals will take over key posts at Wright-Patterson

Two Air Force generals will take over two different commands in a rare joint change of command ceremony Tuesday. Maj. Gen. Robert McMurry will be promoted and gain a third star as he takes over the top post at the Air Force Life Cycle Management Center headquartered at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. Brig. Gen. William Cooley, meanwhile, will become commander of the Air Force Research Laboratory...
For Kettering Army Ranger, service was ‘all he lived and breathed’

For Kettering Army Ranger, service was ‘all he lived and breathed’

Cameron H. Thomas joined the Fairmont High School swim team and practiced mixed martial arts because he wanted to become an Army Ranger, his father said. It was the future soldier’s passion. “It’s all he lived and breathed,” Andre L. Thomas, 58, said of his 23-year-old son. “Whatever he set his mind to, he did.” Army Ranger Sgt. Cameron Thomas, who grew up in Kettering...
Wright-Patt colonel one of USAF 2017 bowling camp candidates

Wright-Patt colonel one of USAF 2017 bowling camp candidates

The Air Force recently selected the candidates for the service’s 2017 Bowling Trial Camp May 2-4 at Camp Pendleton, California, and one of them – Lt. Col. Brian Snyder, 88th Communications Squadron commander – hails from Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. Based on each athlete’s performance at the camp, coaches will select the top candidates to represent the Air Force at the...
Retired radar crew chief recalls time aboard ‘Triple Nickel’

Retired radar crew chief recalls time aboard ‘Triple Nickel’

When Robert Sargent, a retired master sergeant and radar crew chief once stationed at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, wants to recall how his former duty aircraft looked, he has some help: the Lockheed EC-121D Constellation he flew on stands in the Southeast Asia War Gallery at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. Sargent, 79, said he drives over from Columbus every three months to visit the...
Wright-Patterson Medical Center unveils new surgical robot

Wright-Patterson Medical Center unveils new surgical robot

Certain surgeries at Wright-Patterson Medical Center, may now be performed by a surgeon wielding surgical tools via robotic arms, thanks to a $2.4 million device officially unveiled April 20. The da Vinci Xi surgical robotic system “will allow us to take care of patients in a minimally invasive and advanced way,” said Maj. (Dr.) Toby Lees, urologist, Surgical Specialties Flight commander...
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