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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...
Pentagon: Kettering soldier may have been killed by friendly fire

Pentagon: Kettering soldier may have been killed by friendly fire

The father of a Kettering soldier killed in Afghanistan said his son knew the risks of war but was driven to become an Army Ranger.   “We had talks about the possibility of losing his life and he always said that he’d rather die defending his country and defending his family then dying in a car accident or cancer,” said Andre L. Thomas, 58, Rixeyville, Va.   The Pentagon...
Auto lender to military service members must pay $1.25M penalty

Auto lender to military service members must pay $1.25M penalty

The federal Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has taken action against an Ohio auto lender to pay refunds and credits the federal agency says were due to hundreds of consumers, and pay an additional $1.25 million penalty, records show. The CFPB alleged Mason-headquartered Security National Automotive Acceptance Corp., which specializes in vehicle loans to military service members, violated a consent...
Israeli missile launch: What is the Patriot Missile Defense System?

Israeli missile launch: What is the Patriot Missile Defense System?

The Israeli military deployed its missile defense system Thursday to intercept a drone fired from Syria, officials said. According to The Associated Press, the incident came after Syria accused Israel of attacking a military installation near Damascus International Airport early Thursday. While Israel has several defense systems, military officials used the country’s aging Patriot Missile Defense...
Air Force calls on hackers to find cyber vulnerabilities for a bounty

Air Force calls on hackers to find cyber vulnerabilities for a bounty

The Air Force is looking for a few good hackers. A cyber competition will launch soon to urge computer hackers to find vulnerabilities in Air Force public websites, much as a Department of Defense contest dubbed “Hack the Pentagon” did last year. “We’d like to find out which vulnerabilities are out there that we have not yet found using our own processes,” said Air Force...
Veteran, soldier boyfriend accused of shooting, killing therapy dog on video

Veteran, soldier boyfriend accused of shooting, killing therapy dog on video

A North Carolina Army veteran and her soldier boyfriend are facing animal cruelty charges after they allegedly tied her PTSD therapy dog to a tree and filmed themselves shooting and killing the animal. According to the Fayetteville Observer, Marinna Rollins, 23, and Jarren Heng, 25, laughed on video as they shot Rollins' dog, Cam, with a rifle, said Cumberland County District Attorney Clark Reaves...
Congress votes to keep government open; Wright-Patterson was preparing for shutdown

Congress votes to keep government open; Wright-Patterson was preparing for shutdown

UPDATE: 4-28 12:10 p.m.: With just hours to spare, Congress easily approved a short-term spending bill Friday that would prevent a partial federal shutdown over the weekend. But on President Donald Trump's 99th day in office, lawmakers were leaving until next week without completing two other measures he's coveted: A Republican health care overhaul and a budget financing government for the entire...
Wright-Patterson gate crasher sentenced

Wright-Patterson gate crasher sentenced

A federal judge has sentenced a man who pleaded guilty to trespassing at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base which caused a major disruption that led to an employee evacuation in two buildings and blocked roads to two years probation. Edward J. Novak, 32, of Beavercreek, also will have to comply with mental health counseling and alcohol and chemical substance testing as part of the sentence U.S. Magistrate...
Butler County Veterans Board protests attempt to allow non-veterans

Butler County Veterans Board protests attempt to allow non-veterans

The Butler County Veterans Service Commission is protesting a move by the state that would try to wrest some control over hiring and funding of local veterans’ groups and boards. The board sent a letter to all of the state senators and representatives from Butler County asking them to stop a move by the Ohio Department of Veterans Services that aims to allow non-veterans to be service officers...
Starbucks opens 5 'Military Family Stores' for vets and military spouses

Starbucks opens 5 'Military Family Stores' for vets and military spouses

Starbucks is working to increase employment opportunities for service members and their families through its “Military Family Stores” initiative. On Tuesday, the coffee chain’s Clarksville, Tennessee, location became the 37th store designated as a Military Family Store, meaning that it’s now staffed primarily by veterans and military spouses. “Seventy-five percent...

Top AFRL civil leader to retire

The top civilian leader of the Air Force Research Laboratory will retire from the high-level post Friday. C. Douglas Ebersole has worked as an Air Force civil service employee for 35 years, most recently as a senior executive at AFRL where he managed a more than $4 billion budget and more than 6,000 scientists and engineers. RELATED: AFRL gets new commander AFRL is headquartered at Wright-Patterson...
Ohio launches ‘Purple Star’ to recognize military-friendly schools

Ohio launches ‘Purple Star’ to recognize military-friendly schools

The state has launched a Purple Star Award to recognize military-friendly schools in Ohio, school and military leaders say. In an announcement Tuesday at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force, officials pointed to the challenges children in military families face as many transfer to multiple schools during a parent’s career in uniform and deal with fitting in to a new culture or a parent...
WWI 100 years later: Australians mark ANZAC Day at Air Force museum

WWI 100 years later: Australians mark ANZAC Day at Air Force museum

One by one, they laid red poppies next to three wreaths to remember the fallen of Australia and New Zealand. In the year marking the 100th anniversary of the U.S. entry into World War I, about 100 people, some wearing the uniforms of foreign militaries, marked ANZAC Day in a sunrise ceremony at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. The day commemorates the first major battle Australian and New...
Report: N. Korea conducts large-scale artillery drills on anniversary

Report: N. Korea conducts large-scale artillery drills on anniversary

North Korea conducted large-scale artillery exercises on Tuesday to coincide with the 85th anniversary of its army’s foundation, South Korea's Yonhap News Agency reported. >> Read more trending news  Citing an unidentified South Korean government source, Yonhap reported that there were signs North Korea's military was carrying out large-scale, live-fire drills in areas around...
Veteran project connects grandson with deceased grandfather

Veteran project connects grandson with deceased grandfather

Tom Ratliff was searching the internet to learn more about his deceased grandfather when he discovered an oral history of his military service — all thanks to the Mary L. Cook Public Library’s participation in a national project more than a decade ago. “I was trying to find his military records online. I stumbled across the Veterans History Project (VHP) maybe a year ago and saw...
Butler County Marine’s documentary follows elite group’s return from war

Butler County Marine’s documentary follows elite group’s return from war

Josh Hisle, a Marine veteran, thought it was important to shoot a documentary showing the emotional scars of war, what happens long after the visible wounds have healed. Then Hisle was introduced to Mike Cerre, an Emmy Award winning broadcast journalist who was embedded with the Marines during the Iraq War. Hisle told Cerre about his plans for a documentary and asked if he could use a few of his war...
Researchers around the world heading to Dayton for AFRL program

Researchers around the world heading to Dayton for AFRL program

Dozens of researchers around the world will work with Air Force Research Laboratory engineers next month in downtown Dayton on solving targeted issues with autonomous systems, an agency leader says. Thirty-nine academic and industry researchers will join 10 AFRL scientists to work on the problem for about three months, said AFRL executive director C. Douglas Ebersole. “It’s going to support...
Turner, state lawmakers upset state declined money for Wright-Patt

Turner, state lawmakers upset state declined money for Wright-Patt

Area lawmakers are upset Wright-Patterson Air Force Base was shut out of a share of $5 million in state aid vowed changes Thursday to a state panel that decided to split the money for projects at two Ohio Air National Guard bases. U.S. Rep. Mike Turner and state Reps. Niraj Antani and Rick Perales spoke at a Thursday press conference about their frustrations with Wright-Patterson’s being shut...
VA Choice program extended, allows veterans more care options

VA Choice program extended, allows veterans more care options

The VA is working to replace the VA Choice Program with a less cumbersome approach to allow veterans to receive services more easily from private health care providers, a top agency official says. The work on a replacement comes as President Donald Trump signed legislation Wednesday that extended the program beyond an Aug. 7, three-year sunset date until the remaining funds are depleted. In 2014,...
EXCLUSIVE: Top Air Force general says ‘all programs are at risk’

EXCLUSIVE: Top Air Force general says ‘all programs are at risk’

The absence of a defense budget is the biggest threat the Air Force faces today as it grapples with adversaries and threats around the world, the service branch’s top general says. In an exclusive interview Tuesday with this news outlet, Gen. David L. Goldfein addressed, among other priorities, the consequences a lack of a budget would cause, the future of technology development at the Wright-Patterson...
Thousands remember Doolittle Raiders at ceremony

Thousands remember Doolittle Raiders at ceremony

With bombers streaking overhead, thousands gathered Tuesday at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force to catch a glimpse of 101-year-old Doolittle Tokyo Raider Richard E. Cole and to mark the 75th anniversary of the Raiders’ daring raid against Japan in World War II. RELATED: Crowds swarm AF museum as B-25s arrive to honor Doolittle Raiders Doug Bruser took one day off work to see something...
Military dad shows softer side, has tea party with daughter

Military dad shows softer side, has tea party with daughter

A military dad is getting a lot of attention after showing his softer side in a touching photo shoot with his daughter. Keven Porter is a U.S. Marine Corps drill instructor. His wife, Lizette Porter of Oceanside, California, told ABC News that the shoot was a total surprise to her husband, who at first was a bit hesitant to participate. “My husband had no idea what was going to happen...
Crowds swarm AF museum as B-25s arrive to honor Doolittle Raiders

Crowds swarm AF museum as B-25s arrive to honor Doolittle Raiders

Dennis Greenlee peered through a fence early Monday morning to see wings soar and hear the rumble of 11 B-25 Mitchell bombers land at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force to mark the 75th anniversary of the Doolittle Raiders mission against Japan. “It’s very, very thrilling to me,” said Greenlee, 81, an Army veteran from Gastonia, N.C., who arrived before the airfield gates...
1 killed, 2 injured when U.S. Army helicopter crashes on golf course

1 killed, 2 injured when U.S. Army helicopter crashes on golf course

One crew member died and two were injured when a U.S. Army helicopter crashed Monday afternoon in Maryland, officials said. The UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter had three crew members on board when it “had a hard landing” at about 1:40 p.m., according to Fort Belvoir officials. It was from the 12th Aviation Battalion and stationed at the Army’s Fort Belvoir installation in Virginia.
North Korea missile test: What is the DMZ?

North Korea missile test: What is the DMZ?

Vice President Mike Pence toured the Korean Demilitarized Zone on Monday, warning leaders in North Korea that "the era of strategic patience is over.” Pence arrived at Camp Bonifas, a military base near the zone, on Monday morning, and was taken to see the DMZ after a briefing with military leaders. He is expected to meet with American troops later in the day. His stop in South Korea is...
North Korea test launch fails just after regime shows off new missiles

North Korea test launch fails just after regime shows off new missiles

News outlets showed images Saturday of North Korea’s annual celebration of its founder, Kim Il Sung, and the exhibition of a long line of missiles through the streets of Pyongyang. These, when placed alongside comments made by top official Choe Ryong Hae about the United States asking for “nuclear justice,” were a clear attempt by North Korea to display its military might. Hours...
Historic B-25 aircraft fly in to mark 75th anniversary

Historic B-25 aircraft fly in to mark 75th anniversary

The B’s were swarming and buzzing all over the grounds of and skies above Grimes Field on Saturday. Several B-25 Mitchell aircraft flew in from various parts of the country to mark the 75th anniversary of the 1942 Doolittle Raid over Tokyo in World War II. Hundreds of spectators snapped photos, took videos, explored the planes and some paid extra to ride in the aircraft. About 17 planes were...
B-25 bombers rumble to AF museum to honor Doolittle Raiders

B-25 bombers rumble to AF museum to honor Doolittle Raiders

Thousands of people swarmed onto the airstrip at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force on Monday as 11 World War II era B-25s landed to mark the 75th anniversary of the historic Doolittle Raiders attack against Japan. Eighty U.S. Army Air Corps airmen known as the Doolittle Raiders flew in 16 B-25 bombers off the deck of the USS Hornet to bomb Japan on April 18, 1942, after the surprise attack...
Afghan official: MOAB death total rises to 94 

Afghan official: MOAB death total rises to 94 

An Afghan official said Saturday that the death toll in the wake of the most powerful non-nuclear bomb dropped by the U.S. military has risen to at least 94, CNN reported. >> Read more trending news  "The number of Daesh fighters killed in the U.S. bomb in Achin district jumped to 94, including four commanders," Nangarhar provincial spokesman Attaullah Khogiani told CNN....
Christie commutes sentence of Marine convicted of gun charge

Christie commutes sentence of Marine convicted of gun charge

A Marine sergeant facing a three-year mandatory prison term on a gun charge had his sentence commuted Friday by New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, WABC reported. >> Read more trending news  Sgt. Hisashi Pompey's conviction will stand, but the penalty is gone. Additionally, a full pardon remains under review, WABC reported.“Oh my God, oh my God, oh my God, this isn't April Fools...
WWII 75 years later: 101-year-old Dayton man relives Doolittle Raid

WWII 75 years later: 101-year-old Dayton man relives Doolittle Raid

At 101 years old, Dayton native Richard E. Cole is the last Doolittle Raider standing. On Monday and Tuesday, he’s set for a homecoming of sorts to mark the 75th anniversary of the audacious raid commemorated in ceremonies and a World War II era B-25 bomber flyover at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. On April 18, 1942, 80 Army Air Forces airmen climbed into 16 B-25B Mitchell bombers...
Afghan official: 36 ISIS fighters killed by ‘MOAB’

Afghan official: 36 ISIS fighters killed by ‘MOAB’

The massive bomb dropped by U.S. forces on an ISIS tunnel complex in eastern Afghanistan killed 36 militants, according to the Afghan Ministry of Defense. The GBU-43B Massive Ordnance Air Blast Bomb, also known as MOAB and dubbed the “mother of all bombs,” destroyed three underground tunnels but did not hurt any civilians, CNN reported. The 30-foot-long, 21,600-pound bomb is...
What is the ‘mother of all bombs,' and what does it do?

What is the ‘mother of all bombs,' and what does it do?

The U.S. on Thursday dropped the most powerful conventional bomb in its arsenal on Nangarhar, Afghanistan.  The bomb, known in military ranks as “MOAB,” or the “mother of all bombs,” was used Thursday for the first time in combat, though it was developed in the early 2000s. U.S. Army Gen. John Nicholson, commander of U.S. forces in Afghanistan, ordered the bomb dropped...
5 things to know about the 'Mother Of All Bombs’

5 things to know about the 'Mother Of All Bombs’

CNN is reporting the Air Force dropped the largest non-nuclear bomb in the U.S. arsenal for the first time in combat in Afghanistan on Thursday. The target was ISIS fighters in underground tunnels. Here are five things to know about the bomb, known as the Massive Ordnance Air Blast Bomb. 1. It’s nickname is “Mother of all bombs.” 2. The bomb, shaped like a missile, weighs 21,600...
U.S. drops ‘MOAB’ bomb on Afghanistan

U.S. drops ‘MOAB’ bomb on Afghanistan

U.S. forces in Afghanistan have dropped a GBU-43B Massive Ordnance Air Blast Bomb, or MOAB, on an ISIS tunnel complex in the Nangarhar province in Afghanistan,the U.S. Central Command confirmed and CNN first reported. The bomb, which was first used in combat in Thursday’s bombing, was dropped from an MC-130 flown by Air Force Special Operations Command, military sources told CNN.. ...
Task force will look at ways to bolster Ohio military bases

Task force will look at ways to bolster Ohio military bases

A Miami Valley state lawmaker will lead a task force to explore what Ohio can do to bolster the military value of Defense Department installations across the state that could face closure if Congress or the Pentagon pursue a round of base closures. State Rep. Rick Perales, R-Beavercreek, was named chairman of the Task Force on BRAC and Military Affairs, Perales, who was appointed to the post by House...
Hundreds of Wright-Patt, Dayton VA jobs vacant as hiring freeze ends

Hundreds of Wright-Patt, Dayton VA jobs vacant as hiring freeze ends

A federal hiring freeze that was due to be lifted Wednesday won’t mean a rush of hiring at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base or the Dayton VA Medical Center, both of which count hundreds of job vacancies, officials say. As of Wednesday, Wright-Patterson reported 1,041 job vacancies and the Dayton VA had 268 openings, the federal organizations said. President Donald Trump had imposed a 90-day hiring...
Wright-Patt loses out on a request for millions in state dollars

Wright-Patt loses out on a request for millions in state dollars

Wright-Patterson Air Force Base lost out on a plea for millions of dollars in state funding for four projects at the sprawling installation. The Ohio Military Facilities Commission picked two Ohio Air National Guard projects to split $5 million state lawmakers set aside nearly two years ago to bolster Ohio installation needs as talk of another round of base closures looms in Washington. Another large...
Air Force, company to research ways to reduce drone noise

Air Force, company to research ways to reduce drone noise

The Air Force Research Laboratory and Owens Corning will research ways to reduce the noise pollution drones create, according to the Air Force. The federal science agency and the company have agreed to a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement on the issue, the Air Force said. RELATED: FAA restricts drones over 133 military bases The goal is to recommend a national measurement standard and...
FAA rule will restrict drones over 133 military bases

FAA rule will restrict drones over 133 military bases

The Federal Aviation Administration has restricted drone flights over 133 military bases beginning Friday, the agency has announced. Wright-Patterson Air Force Base was not one of the bases, but it was evaluating the new rules to determine what impact it might have, said base spokeswoman Marie Vanover. Initial interaction with the FAA indicated it would have some impact, but the extent was still being...
Two B-1 bombers will fly over Dayton April 18

Two B-1 bombers will fly over Dayton April 18

Two B-1 bombers will streak across the skies of Dayton and over the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the Doolittle Raiders bombing attack on Japan. The bombers are from the same units the Doolittle Raiders flew — the 34th and 37th Bomb Squadrons — today based at Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., according to the museum. Weather permitting, the...
Man pleads guilty to selling Air Force night vision goggles on eBay

Man pleads guilty to selling Air Force night vision goggles on eBay

The Wright-Patterson Air Force Base Security Forces member who was accused of selling military equipment online pleaded guilty and will be sentenced in June. Zachary Sizemore pleaded guilty by bill of information in the Eastern District of New York to one count of theft and unlawful sale of government property. Sizemore is scheduled to be sentenced June 29. RELATED: Zachary Sizemore accused of selling...
Couple shares skills at medical foster home

Couple shares skills at medical foster home

Debora and Jeff Katz repurposed a pre-1850s house and their backgrounds in health care into Grace Estate, a medical foster home whose clientele so far has been veterans. On a recent pre-spring day, Debora Katz baked cookies in the large kitchen while talking about how a dream of using her nursing skills while working with her husband from their home became a reality. After the couple bought the boarded-up...
Middletown veterans office opens after 18-month closure

Middletown veterans office opens after 18-month closure

A Middletown Marine veteran said he had to borrow money for gas to get to the Butler County Veterans Service Commission office in Hamilton after the Middletown office closed in 2015. On Monday, Cornelius Clay and other veterans attended the unveiling of the new Middletown office. “It means everything, because sometimes we don’t have the gas money to travel to Hamilton,” he told the...
Sunday marks 75th anniversary of Bataan surrender

Sunday marks 75th anniversary of Bataan surrender

Survivors of the Bataan Death march are marking a milestone anniversary this weekend. >> Read more trending news Sunday is the 75th anniversary of the U.S. surrender of the Bataan peninsula in the Philippines during World War II, which led to the infamous six-day, 65-mile march. “When we heard the word, ‘surrender,’ a lot of us were crying. I was crying,” 96-year-old...
U.S. pilots, troops could face increased risk in Syria

U.S. pilots, troops could face increased risk in Syria

Russia’s declaration to scrap an agreement on military air operations over Syria with the United States has increased risk of confrontation or an incident in the skies of the war-torn nation in the midst of a bloody six-year civil war, some analysts say. The U. S. launched 59 Tomahawk cruise missiles against a Syrian air base Thursday in retaliation for a suspected chemical attack that killed...
Veterans memorial opening delayed

Veterans memorial opening delayed

The opening of a new veterans memorial in Springboro has been postponed, at least until July 4. Mayor John Agenbroad announced the delay during a Springboro City Council meeting Thursday. The city budgeted $185,000 for the memorial, to be built in Gardner Park off North Main Street, Ohio 741 in Springboro. MORE: Gardner Park within Village Park development SOCIAL MEDIA:Follow Lawrence Budd on Twitter...
Syria attack: Latest news, what you need to know

Syria attack: Latest news, what you need to know

The United States launched a missile strike early Friday against targets in Syria in response to the recent chemical attack. The events have angered Russia, are praised by most local lawmakers and already impacting gas prices here in the United States. The United States attacked a Syrian air base with roughly 60 cruise missiles in response to a chemical weapons attack it blames on President Bashar...
U.S. strike on Syria: What we know now 

U.S. strike on Syria: What we know now 

On Thursday, the United States attacked a government-controlled air base in Syria, responding to a chemical weapons attack that U.S. officials blamed on Syria President Bashar al-Assad. Six people were killed in the airstrike, according to a televised statement by the Syrian's Armed Forces General Command. Talal Barazi, the governor of Homs province, told The Associated Press that seven...
Some Trump supporters dismayed by attack on Syria

Some Trump supporters dismayed by attack on Syria

Some of President Donald Trump’s most fervent campaign supporters were dismayed Thursday after he ordered a missile strike against Syria, the New York Times reported. The supporters, mostly conservatives, charged that the president had broken his promise to keep the United States out of another Middle East conflict. >> Read more trending news  Prominent writers and bloggers...
What is a Tomahawk cruise missile and what does it do?

What is a Tomahawk cruise missile and what does it do?

The United States launched roughly 60 Tomahawk cruise missiles from two ships in the Mediterranean Sea on Thursday, targeting an air base in Syria following a chemical attack allegedly ordered by Syrian President Bashar Assad that struck civilians in rebel-held areas of his country. The missiles were launched against an air base some 25 miles south of Homs, Syria. The base is small, and one U.S. official...
Wright-Patt to oversee light-attack plane test flights in New Mexico

Wright-Patt to oversee light-attack plane test flights in New Mexico

The Air Force will put light attack planes through aerial paces this summer over the New Mexico desert as aerospace makers hope to land a future deal. The Wright-Patterson Air Force Base managed test flights will explore what’s available, the cost to buy, operate and maintain the plane, if it can be mass produced quickly and exported to other countries. Contractors have a deadline of today to...
Wright-Patt general in line for second star

Wright-Patt general in line for second star

A Wright-Patterson Air Force Base one-star general has been nominated for a second star, according to the Pentagon. Air Force Brig. Gen. John M. Pletcher is the director of financial management at the Air Force Materiel Command headquarters to Wright-Patterson. Pletcher has responsibility for helping to manage AFMC’s $60 billion budget, the payroll of 75,000 military and civilian personnel and...
100th anniversary: 5 things to know about Dayton’s role in World War I

100th anniversary: 5 things to know about Dayton’s role in World War I

A large headline in the April 6, 1917 edition of the Dayton Daily News blared, “WAR BILL SIGNED!” On that date, the United States entered World War I. As with all wars, Dayton and its citizens played a major role. Here are five things to know about Dayton’s actions in the war. Dayton companies were producing war materials before the country entered the war. Factories owned by...
Air Force faces $2.8B cut if defense budget fails to pass, chief says

Air Force faces $2.8B cut if defense budget fails to pass, chief says

The Air Force would ground most flight training exercises, suspend a drive to boost the ranks of airmen, defer military bonus payments and stop moving families to new duty locations this summer if Congress fails to pass a defense spending bill, the service branch’s top military leader says. RELATED: U.S. military looking for cyber warriors Speaking at a House Armed Services Committee hearing...
After 18-month closure, Middletown veterans office open

After 18-month closure, Middletown veterans office open

The Butler County Veterans Services board has reopened a satellite office in Middletown and is again seeing clients there. Executive Director Caroline Bier says they started taking clients in the new location at 78 N. Breiel Blvd. on April 3. The veterans board closed that office about 18 months ago because the service officer who staffed that office retired, causing manpower issues. HOW WE GOT HERE...
Military jet crashes near Joint Base Andrews

Military jet crashes near Joint Base Andrews

A military aircraft crashed near Joint Base Andrews in Maryland on Wednesday morning, Prince George’s County fire officials said. Fire spokesman Mark Brady said one pilot parachuted out of the aircraft when it went down around 9:30 a.m.
F-16 makes emergency landing at Wright-Patterson

F-16 makes emergency landing at Wright-Patterson

A F-16C fighter jet made an emergency landing at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base near Dayton, Ohio this morning because of a hydraulic fluid leak, according to a base spokesman. The jet was one of two from the Toledo-based 180th Fighter Wing that landed at the base around 10:15 a.m., Wright-Patterson spokesman Bryan Ripple said. The failure occurred during an aerial training exercise over the Buckeye...
AF generals will take key posts at AFMC

AF generals will take key posts at AFMC

A one-star general will take over a key post at the Air Force Materiel Command headquarters. Brig Gen. Allan E. Day will become the director of logistics, civil engineering and force protection at the AFMC headquarters at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. He will have oversight of policy and procedures impacting aircraft maintenance, munitions, supply, logistics and transportation, and civil engineering...
Major Wright-Patterson entrance closed: What you need to know

Major Wright-Patterson entrance closed: What you need to know

More than 10,000 commuters on a typical work day drive in and out of the National Road gate at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. Construction that started this week has shut the entrance for weeks. Here are five things to know about the work: WHEN WILL IT REOPEN: Gate 19B, the National Road entrance, closed Monday, April 3, and is set to reopen Monday, June 12. ALTERNATIVES TO GET IN:Gate 16B off Kaufman...
Retired veteran now helps closer to home

Retired veteran now helps closer to home

After a career in the Air Force, Amy Cost continues to serve, this time closer to home. A 1986 Troy High School and the Upper Valley JVS graduate, Cost joined the Miami County Recovery Council last fall as its first community outreach specialist. “I went away and I did all these cool things, learned all these cool things, but I wanted to come home and help my community,” Cost said. &ldquo...
USO Hangar Dance celebrates old days

USO Hangar Dance celebrates old days

World War II and Korean War veterans relived the music, dance and camaraderie of the 1940s during a Hangar Dance in Springboro on March 25. Hangar dances were popular recreational activities for servicemen and women stationed far from home. They now are popular commemorative events. “The Hangar Dance is a throwback to World War II when the USO (United Service Organizations) would host dances...
Here’s how to get around shutdown Wright-Patt gate today

Here’s how to get around shutdown Wright-Patt gate today

Thousands of Wright-Patterson commuters will need to find a new way into work beginning today when the heavily trafficked National Road gate closes until mid-June for a $1.3 million security upgrade. The upgrade is part of millions of dollars in planned improvements designed to thwart unwanted intruders. RELATED: Wright-Patt gate to close as part of security upgrade Gate 19B off National Road...
Clark County fire chief recognized for service in Afghanistan

Clark County fire chief recognized for service in Afghanistan

A Clark County fire chief who deployed to Afghanistan as a civilian for more than a year was recently recognized at the Ohio Statehouse for his service. Bethel Twp. Fire Chief Jacob King returned from overseas in February. He’s also the fire chief at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base and through his job there, he had the opportunity to deploy to Afghanistan. “It was a great opportunity for...
Tucker Carlson blasts Drexel professor for tweet slamming act of kindness for soldier

Tucker Carlson blasts Drexel professor for tweet slamming act of kindness for soldier

If ever there was a made-for-Fox News topic, this was it. And Tucker Carlson didn’t disappoint in igniting a fiery debate with a professor who was disgusted after a passenger on his flight gave up his first-class seat to a U.S. soldier. George Ciccariello-Maher, an associate professor of politics and global studies at Drexel University, tweeted his thoughts on the impromptu seat exchange...
Drexel professor's tweet slamming act of kindness for soldier draws ire

Drexel professor's tweet slamming act of kindness for soldier draws ire

If you think you have heard of George Ciccariello-Maher, you probably have. The Drexel University professor has a habit of stirring controversy on social media. Last week, Ciccariello-Maher sent out a tweet about an encounter involving a veteran he witnessed on an airplane, and it sparked outrage. “Some guy gave up his first class seat for a uniformed soldier. People are thanking him. I&rsquo...
Closed Wright-Patt drinking water wells could reopen in May

Closed Wright-Patt drinking water wells could reopen in May

Two drinking water wells shut down at Wright-Patterson because of contamination concerns a year ago could be put back into operation in May, base environmental officials say. The water drawn out of the wells would run through a new $2 million water treatment facility set to start up in April. Authorities say the facility will reduce firefighting foam contaminants suspected of tainting the water and...
Greater Dayton RTA’s Wright-Patt bus route detoured for weeks

Greater Dayton RTA’s Wright-Patt bus route detoured for weeks

The Greater Dayton RTA route servicing Wright-Patterson Air Force Base will be detoured due to a construction project beginning Monday, the regional transit authority announced. The detour of Route X1B will last through approximately June 12, the authority announced. The bus stop at Hobson Way at Eighth Street will be temporarily closed due to the detour. RTA advises passengers to use the stop on...
Holocaust survivor shares story of horror of war at Air Force museum

Holocaust survivor shares story of horror of war at Air Force museum

Samuel Heider lost three sisters, three brothers, his mother and father, and an infant nephew in Nazi concentration camps. He was the only one in his family who survived. Heider, 92, of Dayton, spoke emotionally of his treacherous journey through the depths of the atrocities of Nazi run concentration camps over five years at a “Voices of the Holocaust” forum Wednesday at the National Museum...
Air Force Marathon sign up cost going up

Air Force Marathon sign up cost going up

Running in the Air Force Marathon will get a little more expensive soon if you haven’t signed up for one of the series of races. Registration fees will rise $10 for the full- and half-marathon and the 10K races on Tuesday, April 4, organizers say. Today, registration costs for the full marathon are $95; half-marathon, $85; and 10K, $4. The races will launch Sept. 16 at Wright-Patterson Air Force...
Holocaust survivors to speak at Air Force museum

Holocaust survivors to speak at Air Force museum

Two survivors of the Holocaust were set to speak Wednesday at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force about their survival and overcoming adversity. “Voices of the Holocaust,” with survivors Ira Segalwitz and Renate Frydman, is set for 10 a.m. in the museum. Seating is on a first-come, first-serve basis. Nazi-ruled Germany killed millions of Jews and others in concentration camps during...
Wright-Patt gate to close as part of security upgrade

Wright-Patt gate to close as part of security upgrade

Thousands of Wright-Patterson employees will need to find a new way into work beginning Monday when the heavily trafficked National Road gate closes for several weeks because of a $1.3 million security upgrade. The upgrade is part of millions of dollars in planned improvements designed to thwart unwanted intruders. Gate 19B off National Road draws about 11,000 vehicles on a work day. It will be closed...
Defense contractor lands $47M laser research deal

Defense contractor lands $47M laser research deal

A Dayton area defense contractor has landed a six-year, $47.7 million research deal to protect military warfigthers and harden materials against laser attacks, according to the Department of Defense. UES, Inc. of Beavercreek, was awarded the contract, continuing research at the Laser Hardened Materials Evaluation Laboratory inside the Air Force Research Laboratory at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base...
World War 1 exhibit opening at Clark County Heritage Center

World War 1 exhibit opening at Clark County Heritage Center

A local historical Society next month will be hosting a World War 1 themed exhibit featuring artifacts from Springfield residents. The Clark County Historical Society will be debuting their two-year exhibit Global Conflict, Local Experience: Clark County Joins the Great War at their museum at the Heritage Center, 117 S. Fountain Ave, on April 6th. The event will be hosted at the center’s Crabill...
Meet the two Medal of Honor recipients still living in Ohio

Meet the two Medal of Honor recipients still living in Ohio

It was designated by the United States Congress that March 25 of each year would be known as National Medal of Honor Day. This day is dedicated to the remembrance of Medal of Honor recipients.  The Medal of Honor is the nation’s highest military honor. Since its creation in 1861, there have been 3,469 Medals of Honor awarded.  Seven Medal of Honor recipients from or accredited to Ohio...
An inside look: What’s it take to be a cyber warrior?

An inside look: What’s it take to be a cyber warrior?

They aren’t traditional warriors. They don’t slog through muddy battlefields or pilot planes. Their adversaries are silent, marching through computer networks, often thousands of miles outside of U.S. shores. Cyber operations are a big part of modern warfare — an absolutely crucial part for the United States, say experts — and the education for many takes place here at Wright-Patterson...
Air Force responds to concerns from Trump over Air Force One costs

Air Force responds to concerns from Trump over Air Force One costs

The Air Force has put a general in a newly created post in charge of the development of the next Air Force One, which is under a Pentagon review after criticism of the plane’s costs from President Donald Trump. The change shows how seriously the Air Force is taking criticism of a program that costs taxpayers billions of dollars. Brig. Gen. Duke Richardson, who recently was selected for promotion...
UN's peacekeepers face new peril in Trump's push to cut budget

UN's peacekeepers face new peril in Trump's push to cut budget

At her January confirmation hearing to become ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley caused a stir among diplomats when she said she'd consider slashing U.S. funding for one of the international body's most potent symbols: the U.N. peacekeeping force. For decades, the blue-helmeted troops have been sent to preserve uneasy truces and keep violence from erupting in some of the world's most impoverished...
Cyber war: Defense firms face battle to guard secrets

Cyber war: Defense firms face battle to guard secrets

Thousands of defense contractors face a Pentagon directive to boost cyber security defenses by the end of the year, but many will likely won’t have all the safeguards in place, a cyber expert says. “We don’t anticipate many companies being close to being compliant by the end of the year,” said Timothy Birt, Riverside Research information technology security administrator in...
SPECIAL REPORT: Cyber warriors can stop cars, shut off water and unlock jail cells

SPECIAL REPORT: Cyber warriors can stop cars, shut off water and unlock jail cells

Air Force Capt. Eddie Caberto taps a key board and a speedometer flashes beyond 100 mph before redlining. For the student at the Air Force Institute of Technology the demonstration via a laptop computer and a mock-up of a speedometer demonstrates what could happen if a hacker found their way inside your car or truck through a vehicle’s entertainment system. “I would launch an attack from...
Troopers find Humvee stolen from Ohio National Guard armory

Troopers find Humvee stolen from Ohio National Guard armory

A military Humvee stolen from the Ohio National Guard Armory in Stow was found Friday night in a garage at a vacant house. The Ohio State Highway Patrol said tips from the public led troopers to find the vehicle. No arrests have been made, and the theft remains under investigation, the patrol said. A military Humvee was stolen from the Ohio National Guard Armory in Stow. The Ohio State Highway Patrol...
Senators, congressman to tour Wright-Patterson Friday

Senators, congressman to tour Wright-Patterson Friday

Five U.S. senators will tour Wright-Patterson Air Force Base on Friday for an inside look at the base’s military operations, officials say. U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio and co-chairman of the Senate Air Force Caucus, will be joined by caucus co-chairman John Boozman, R-Arkansas. Senate Armed Services Committee members Jack Reed, D-R.I., Mazie Hirono, D-Hawaii along with Sen. Rob Portman,...
Effort underway to ban smoking on Veterans Affairs sites across U.S.

Effort underway to ban smoking on Veterans Affairs sites across U.S.

An Ohio congressman has targeted smoking at Department of Veterans Affairs medical clinics and campuses nationwide. U.S. Rep. Brad Wenstrup, an Iraq war veteran and a doctor, has introduced House legislation that would immediately ban smoking inside VA health care clinics and hospitals and outdoors within five years. “Exposure to second hand smoke puts veteran patients at unnecessary risk,&rdquo...
Need a job? U.S. military looking for cyber warriors

Need a job? U.S. military looking for cyber warriors

The nation faces a shortage of cyber workers at a time when threats have grown and a silent cyber war must enlist more troops, officials say. “If you look at what’s going on with the cyber workforce there’s a huge shortage,” said Timothy Birt, Riverside Research information technology security administrator in Beavercreek. “And it’s really getting the younger generation...
Housing development could double in size at Dayton VA

Housing development could double in size at Dayton VA

Lyons Place II, a 55-unit senior housing complex, could double in size if a $9.8 million proposal wins federal tax credits to finance the expansion, a project official said. The three-story 55-unit addition, called McBride Place, would be attached to the existing residential complex and open in 2019, said Wes Young, St. Mary’s Development Corp. vice president and chief real estate officer. Lyons...
Defense contractors land millions of dollars in new deals

Defense contractors land millions of dollars in new deals

Three defense contractors with ties to Dayton and Wright-Patterson Air Force Base have landed nearly $70 million in contracts, authorities say. The Air Force Life Cycle Management Center gave a $25 million information technology contract to Dayton area contractor MacAulay Brown to support the Air Force Equipment Management Center for work at Wright-Patterson, according to the company. RELATED: Local...
Behind the scenes: WWII’s Memphis Belle gets wings restored

Behind the scenes: WWII’s Memphis Belle gets wings restored

For the first time in 14 years, one of the most iconic planes in American history has earned its wings. Restorers have reattached the wings to the B-17F Memphis Belle, under restoration at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. Wednesday, the museum provided a behind-the-scenes look as aircraft workers reattached more pieces to the bomber’s wings in preparation for a public unveiling next...
The war you can’t see: U.S. cyber warriors protect us from daily attacks

The war you can’t see: U.S. cyber warriors protect us from daily attacks

Cyber warfare could lead to chaos and hackers could potentially attack water treatment and chemical plants, power grids, financial institutions and disable weapon systems, and have stolen personal data of millions of federal employees and consumers. Every hour of every day, cyber warriors silently fight an unrelenting war with millions of daily attacks to battle invading adversaries thousands of miles...
Butler County photos, stories from World War I sought for new exhibit

Butler County photos, stories from World War I sought for new exhibit

The Butler County Historical Society is asking area residents whose relatives served during World War I to share their family’s photos and stories for an upcoming exhibit. The historical society will be sharing the memories as part of an exhibit during the 100-year anniversary of America’s participation in “The Great War.” VIDEO: Butler County monument honors centuries of veterans...
Daily News reporter wins national award

Daily News reporter wins national award

In January 2015, Dayton Daily News reporter Barrie Barber, NewsCenter 7 anchor Cheryl McHenry and videographer Bob Garlock went on a 12,000-mile journey with a crew from the 445th Airlift Wing at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. The result was a series of stories showing the challenges of performing patient care at high altitudes and the dangers endured by soldiers in war zones. During the trip, 11...
B-25s will rumble over Dayton

B-25s will rumble over Dayton

The anticipated rumble of 17 World War II B-25 Mitchell bombers will soar over Dayton next month to mark the 75th anniversary of the Doolittle Raid, officials said. The airplanes are set to fly over Memorial Park at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force at 2:30 p.m. April 18. Two B-1B Lancer bombers from Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., will end the fly over, officials said. Eighty U.S. Army Air...
2 Wright-Patterson officers, former NASIC leader, chosen for general

2 Wright-Patterson officers, former NASIC leader, chosen for general

Key leaders at the Air Force Research Laboratory and the Fighters and Bombers Directorate at Wright-Patterson have been chosen for promotion to one-star general, according to the Department of Defense. The two are Air Force Col. Evan C. Dertien, AFRL vice commander and a former test pilot, and Col. Anthony W. Genatempo, senior materiel leader and F-22 systems program manager at the Fighters and Bombers...
Wright-Patterson has “urgent” blood shortage

Wright-Patterson has “urgent” blood shortage

Wright-Patterson Medical Center has an “urgent” need for donors of O-positive and O-negative blood this week, medical officials say. Anyone with a Department of Defense ID card, including military, civil service, retirees, contractors and dependents, may donate blood at the Wright-Patterson Medical Center, said Maj. Erica Robinson, 88th Medical Group chief of blood services at the base...
Thousands of Wright-Patt airmen claim First Four tickets in Dayton

Thousands of Wright-Patt airmen claim First Four tickets in Dayton

The calls come in before the tickets arrive. Thousands of airmen stationed at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base will be among college basketball fans at the University of Dayton Arena Tuesday and Wednesday, courtesy of donated tickets via the Big Hoopla in Dayton, organizers say. “I know we started getting calls for tickets even before we had the tickets in hand,” said Wright-Patterson spokeswoman...
Cause of death determined for Ohio Guardsman who died in training

Cause of death determined for Ohio Guardsman who died in training

An Ohio Army National Guardsman died during training in Indiana, the military announced late Monday. Capt. Brian A. Stillman was involved in a land navigation exercise at Camp Atterbury, Indiana when he collapsed around 12:30 p.m. Friday, according to the Guard. Stillman, 43, lived in Norton near Akron. Autopsy results determined the cause of death was a heart attack, according to National Guard spokeswoman...
Dayton National Cemetery Honor Squad desperate for new volunteers

Dayton National Cemetery Honor Squad desperate for new volunteers

DAYTON — The Honor Squad at the Dayton National Cemetery is seeking new volunteers, saying their numbers are lower than ever. Since the Honor Squad was formed in 2015, it has performed nearly 2,000 funerals, which ensures veterans of all branches of the military are properly memorialized at burial. However, with the low number of volunteers, keeping up with the number of funerals is becoming...
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