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Local group leading ‘Convoy of Hope’ for relief aid to Puerto Rico

Members of PACO, who are Wright-Patterson Air Force Base employees, and several businesses have gathered 120 pallets of hurricane relief aid items to ship to Puerto Rico, still reeling from Hurricane Maria, an organizer says. “The Dayton community came through big time,” said Tony Ortiz, an organizer for the Puerto Rican, American Caribbean Organization (PACO) who coordinated with area...
Defense forum targets ways to collaborate for jobs, bases in Ohio

Defense forum targets ways to collaborate for jobs, bases in Ohio

The defense industry, universites and government agencies need to work more collaboratively in Ohio to compete against other states vying to keep and grow defense-related jobs, lawmakers say. A two-day Ohio Defense Forum in Columbus on Tuesday and Wednesday — the second year of the event — brought more than 200 people to explore issues confronting Ohio military and federal installations...
Fighter jets to simulate threat over Springfield, Dayton area

Fighter jets to simulate threat over Springfield, Dayton area

Residents in the Springfield and Dayton area might see fighter jets flying close to Civil Air Patrol aircraft from 6:30 to 9 p.m. tonight while jets from the 180th Fighter Wing in Toledo conduct a test of the Aerospace Control Alert system. The purpose of the event is to exercise coordination between the Eastern Air Defense Sector, Federal Aviation Administration and 180th Fighter Wing, according...
Purple Heart organization to install military monument in Hamilton

Purple Heart organization to install military monument in Hamilton

Veterans Park in Hamilton soon will have a new monument, this one from the Military Order of the Purple Heart. Hamilton has been designated a Purple Heart city, which requires that a place be pro-veteran and patriotic. The organization’s membership includes about 45,000 combat-wounded veterans from all service branches. Eventually the marker — featuring red granite in a tear-drop shape...
Ohio needs statewide strategy to protect defense bases, leaders say

Ohio needs statewide strategy to protect defense bases, leaders say

With Pentagon leaders and some congressional lawmakers pushing for a new round of military base closures, Ohio’s spending to support military and federal installations lags behind other states, state and congressional lawmakers say. Texas and Massachusetts spend millions more dollars than Ohio, which has launched a state task force to explore how to protect installations like Wright-Patterson...
Loud booms heard from Wright Patt Air Force Base: What we know now

Loud booms heard from Wright Patt Air Force Base: What we know now

If you are hearing loud noises coming from Wright-Patterson Air Force Base today, you aren’t the only one. Airmen from the Explosives Ordnance Disposal, also sometimes referred to as the “bomb squad,” are conducting activities on the base today, a spokesman from the WPAFB told this news organization. There is an explosives testing field on the base that EOD personnel were scheduled...
Look up! F-16s filling night sky near Springfield for training flights

Look up! F-16s filling night sky near Springfield for training flights

Springfield area residents might see or hear F-16 fighter jets overhead throughout this week as the Ohio Air National Guard’s 180th Fighter Wing conducts training night training flights. The unit, based in Toledo, is expected to conduct night operations through Thursday, Oct. 19, weather permitting. RELATED: Springfield Guard members assisting hurricane relief in Puerto Rico A spokeswoman for...
Taliban hostage rescued after 5 years in captivity didn't believe Trump was president

Taliban hostage rescued after 5 years in captivity didn't believe Trump was president

A Canadian man who had been held in Afghanistan for five years by Taliban-tied kidnappers revealed that he thought his kidnapper was joking when he said Donald Trump was president of the United States. Joshua Boyle said one of his captors told him Trump was president just before he was forced to film a “proof-of-life” video, according to the Toronto Star. “It didn&rsquo...
Lebanon lawyer denies mishandling veteran’s estate

Lebanon lawyer denies mishandling veteran’s estate

A long-time Lebanon lawyer denied allegations of professional misconduct in his representation of the family of an Army veteran who committed suicide after the attack on soldiers at Fort Hood, Texas, in 2009. A response filed on Oct. 9 by George Jonson, the attorney representing lawyer David Ernst, denied the allegations brought in a complaint filed on Sept. 14 on behalf of Howard Berry, father of...
New chairman to lead Vectren Dayton Air Show

New chairman to lead Vectren Dayton Air Show

A new chairman will take the controls of the Vectren Dayton Air Show. Scott Buchanan, CEO of the Ohio Masonic Home in Springfield, was chosen as chairman of the U.S. Air and Trade Show, which operates the airshow. He replaces Michael Emoff, who was Dayton Air Show chairman between 2005 to 2017. VIDEO: Highlights from the 2017 Vectren Dayton Air Show Buchanan has been on the air show’s governing...
70th anniversary today for historical supersonic Yeager flight

70th anniversary today for historical supersonic Yeager flight

When the bullet-shaped Bell X-1 broke the sound barrier for the first time Oct. 14, 1947 high above the Southern California desert, much of the technological know-how that powered it – and even the pilot who flew it — were tied to Wright Field in Dayton. Today marks the 70th anniversary of the historic flight, when World War II ace pilot Chuck Yeager climbed into the cockpit of the rocket-powered...
WACO Aviation Learning Center project getting off the ground

WACO Aviation Learning Center project getting off the ground

The WACO Air Museum facility is expanding, thanks to a $1 million donation and additional fundraising to create a home of their own for the WACO educational programs. ››RELATED: Honor Flight founder’s grandson surprises teacher Troy residents Pat and Thom Robinson this summer donated the $1 million to help the Aviation Learning Center have dedicated space in a more...
Honor Flight founder’s grandson surprises teacher

Honor Flight founder’s grandson surprises teacher

On the first day of school this year Jamestown resident Sue Norrod shared a PowerPoint presentation with her fifth- and sixth-grade students at East Dayton Christian School in Riverside about a book she co-wrote with Air Force Col. Cassie B. Barlow (Ret.) — but her program had a very unexpected ending. “Saluting Our Grandmas: Women of WWII,” published in May, follows Norrod&rsquo...
Have ‘spooktacular aerospace fun’ during AF Museum Family Day

Have ‘spooktacular aerospace fun’ during AF Museum Family Day

Learn fun aerospace principles through free Halloween-themed activities during Family Day on Oct. 28 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. Visitors are encouraged to wear Halloween costumes, and those who participate in activities will receive goody bags (while supplies last). Designed for children and adults of all ages, Family Day offers several hands-on opportunities...
Wright Patt hosts 2017 STEM – Diversity and Inclusion event

Wright Patt hosts 2017 STEM – Diversity and Inclusion event

Approximately 75 students, parents and chaperones from 12 schools and colleges surrounding Wright-Patterson Air Force Base participated in the base’s 2017 STEM – Diversity and Inclusion event Sept. 29 at the base’s Religious Education Facility. The event’s planning team, comprised of base and community education partners, pulled out all stops to ensure that 7-12th grade students...
AFLCMC Simulators Program Office supports AF aircrews around world

AFLCMC Simulators Program Office supports AF aircrews around world

Imagine that you’re 15 years old and are learning to drive a car. But before you get behind the wheel, you have to spend a certain number of hours practicing on a video game that is designed to feel exactly like the car you will eventually drive. For Air Force pilots and aircrew around the world, learning to fly and operate aircraft, training begins not in a plane but in simulators that replicate...
Wright Patt: Puerto Rican engineer embraces opportunity, mentorship

Wright Patt: Puerto Rican engineer embraces opportunity, mentorship

Miguel Maldonado is the Air Force Research Laboratory, Fuels and Energy branch chief at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. Born in New York City, he moved from Harlem back to his family’s native Puerto Rico when he was 10. He said his family had initially moved to the U.S. mainland seeking better opportunities and returned to Puerto Rico as economic conditions on the island improved. Maldonado...
Wright Patt opens new Emergency Operations Center

Wright Patt opens new Emergency Operations Center

The Wright-Patterson Air Force Base Emergency Management Flight recently opened a brand-new Emergency Operations Center in Area B, providing effective command and control capabilities during crisis situations. Emergency Operations Centers are part of the National Response Framework and provide critical communications between agencies and first responders during an emergency. Historically, Wright-Patterson&rsquo...
Annual fund drive kicks off with Charity Fair

Annual fund drive kicks off with Charity Fair

Fun times, food trucks and a chance to make a difference for a host of causes this year were all a part of a big celebration at Wright State University’s Nutter Center. The 2017 Miami Valley Combined Federal Campaign officially started with the Charity Fair and Kickoff Oct. 11. The formal part of the campaign runs through Nov. 22. Payroll deductions will be made from January to December 2018...
Iran nuclear deal: What to know about Trump's aggressive new strategy

Iran nuclear deal: What to know about Trump's aggressive new strategy

President Donald Trump said Friday during a news conference that Iran is not living up to the “spirit” of the nuclear deal signed in 2015. Trump criticized the deal, calling it “one of the worst” and most “one-sided transactions the United States has ever entered into.”   The president’s new strategy will include tougher sanctions that will aim...
Medical Readiness Flight provides hurricane relief support

Medical Readiness Flight provides hurricane relief support

As an Air Force component of Global Response Force, which are individual organizations tasked to be ready to deploy when natural disasters strike, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base filled the GRF’s medical “alert” position for the continental United States from April 1 until Oct. 1. Things were quiet through the spring and into summer, but those days were the calm before the literal...
Fuels & Energy Branch enables future of flight

Fuels & Energy Branch enables future of flight

Besides the octane rating and price, most drivers probably don’t think too much about the fuel they put in their cars. And, with modern engines and normal driving conditions, that’s probably OK for the mass majority. But, what about a supersonic F-35 Lightning, a fully loaded-down C-17 Globemaster III flying out of Afghanistan or the first, yet-to-be-invented, hypersonic marvel to routinely...
Internal Medicine keeps pilots flying, improves research

Internal Medicine keeps pilots flying, improves research

EDITORS NOTE: This is the second part of a four-part series on the Aeromedical Consultation Service at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. Part three will delve into how the ACS’ Neuropsychiatry branch keeps Air Force air crews in the fight. Part one is available at www.wpafb.af.mil/News/. The Aeromedical Consultation Service at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base reviews more than 2,000 waiver recommendation...
Ohio Air Guard tanker part of U.S. bomber flight near Korean peninsula

Ohio Air Guard tanker part of U.S. bomber flight near Korean peninsula

An Ohio Air National Guard KC-135 aerial tanker refueled a U.S. B-1B Lancer on a night mission the bomber flew in the region of the Sea of Japan near the Korean peninsula on Oct. 10, according to reports. The flight of two B-1Bs was the first time the bombers had flown with two South Korean and two Japanese F-15 Eagle fighter jets at night, according to a U.S. Pacific Air Force statement. RELATED...
Springboro soldier, others killed to be honored at Fort Bragg ceremony

Springboro soldier, others killed to be honored at Fort Bragg ceremony

A memorial service for a soldier formerly from Springboro and three others killed in an ambush in Niger in West Africa is set for Nov. 7 at Fort Bragg, N.C., according to an Army spokesman. Staff Sgt. Jeremiah W. Johnson, 39, and formerly of Springboro, was among those killed in the Oct. 4 incident, the Defense Department has said. A date for a funeral service was pending Thursday, a spokesman said...
U.S. bombers fly night missions with Japan, South Korea fighter jets

U.S. bombers fly night missions with Japan, South Korea fighter jets

U.S. B-1B Lancer bombers flew their first night flights in tandem with South Korean and Japanese fighter jets on both coasts of the Korean Peninsula, CNN reported. The Oct. 10 mission comes at a time of rising tensions between the United States and North Korea over the North’s nuclear weapons ambitions. RELATED: Defense experts divided on how to handle North Korea In a Sept. 19 speech at the...
Major Wright Patt gateway to close for weeks starting today

Major Wright Patt gateway to close for weeks starting today

For the second time in less than three years, a major Wright-Patterson gateway used daily by thousands of commuters will close for three weeks, according to base officials. Gate 12A, near the Air Force Materiel Command headquarters and off Ohio 444 in Fairborn, is scheduled to close today through Nov. 10. Crews will repave the road into the gate entrance and exit, shutting traffic in both directions...
North Korean hackers stole U.S. and South Korean wartime plans, Seoul lawmaker says

North Korean hackers stole U.S. and South Korean wartime plans, Seoul lawmaker says

North Korean hackers stole a huge trove of classified U.S. and South Korean military documents last year, including a plan to "decapitate" the leadership in Pyongyang in the event of war, a lawmaker in Seoul said Tuesday.  The purported revelations come at a time of heightened tensions over North Korea. President Donald Trump recently said that "only one thing will work" when...
Astronaut on space station flight: ‘It’s an amazing ride’

Astronaut on space station flight: ‘It’s an amazing ride’

Terry W. Virts peered through the space shuttle cockpit window as it thundered off a launch pad on a column of flames, seeing the Earth in a way the Air Force fighter pilot had never before. “The very first time I saw Earth it was sunrise a few minutes after launch (and) we’re going across the North Atlantic and I remember you see this big blue line before sunrise happens and I can distinctly...
Puerto Rico hurricane recovery: Ohio National Guard sends medical equipment

Puerto Rico hurricane recovery: Ohio National Guard sends medical equipment

The Ohio National Guard has sent much-needed medical equipment to Puerto Rico to help with hurricane recovery efforts.  The equipment -- generators, emergency medical equipment, ventilators, X-ray machines and more -- left Monday, Oct. 9, from Rickenbacker Air National Guard Base on board two C-130 Hercules aircraft. The equipment is part of the Ohio National Guard’s support...
Astronaut to speak in Beavercreek about life aboard Space Station

Astronaut to speak in Beavercreek about life aboard Space Station

A NASA astronaut who peered down at Earth from the International Space Station and documented what he saw through thousands of photos is set to appear in Beavercreek. Terry W. Virts, a retired Air Force colonel and former fighter pilot, is scheduled to appear at Books & Co. at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 11, at The Greene, organizers say. RELATED: Astronauts go space walking to grease robot arm’s...
Springfield Guard members assisting hurricane relief in Puerto Rico

Springfield Guard members assisting hurricane relief in Puerto Rico

Guardsmen from the 178th Wing in Springfield are in Puerto Rico to assist in relief efforts as the island tries to recover from Hurricane Maria. Six Springfield-based members of the Ohio Air National Guard traveled with nine members of Mansfield’s 179th Airlift Wing last week, said Master Sgt. Dan Crock, of the 178th. It’s the second group of airmen recently deployed from Springfield to...
Middletown soldier killed in Fort Jackson military accident to be laid to rest

Middletown soldier killed in Fort Jackson military accident to be laid to rest

A Middletown U.S. Army soldier killed in a military accident early this month at Fort Jackson in South Carolina will be laid to rest Monday. Funeral services for Pvt. Timothy Ashcraft will be held at 2 p.m. in Middletown at Wilson-Schramm-Spaulding Funeral Home, 3805 Roosevelt Blvd. A visitation will be held prior to the funeral from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. According to his obituary, Ashcraft attended Mayfield...
DoD: Springboro soldier killed in Niger in attack by Islamic extremists

DoD: Springboro soldier killed in Niger in attack by Islamic extremists

UPDATE @ 5:45 p.m. (Oct. 11): Staff Sgt. Jeremiah Johnson of Springboro and the other U.S. soldiers killed in Niger were victims of an attack by Islamic extremists, the Department of Defense tells the Associated Press. Family and friends of 39-year-old Staff Sgt. Jeremiah W. Johnson remember the Springboro soldier after he was killed in a terrorist ambush in Niger.  Staff Sgt. Johnson was killed...
Local soldier killed in combat: ‘This is not another name,’ friend says

Local soldier killed in combat: ‘This is not another name,’ friend says

A former Springboro man was one of three Army soldiers killed Wednesday by hostile fire in Niger in West Africa, the Department of Defense said Friday. Staff Sgt. Jeremiah W. Johnson, 39, had lived in Springboro before he enlisted in the Army a decade ago. He was serving with the 3rd Special Forces Group based at Fort Bragg, N.C., as a chemical, biological, radiological specialist at the time of his...
Ohio National Guard deploys more troops to hurricane ravaged Caribbean

Ohio National Guard deploys more troops to hurricane ravaged Caribbean

The Ohio National Guard has sent more than 100 airmen and soldiers to Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands in a growing U.S. troop presence that has reached 11,000, according to the Defense Department. Hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico as a Category 4 storm Sept.19 with winds up to 155 mph, knocking out power and causing widespread destruction. That followed a glancing blow from powerful Hurricane Irma...
Get ready for WPAFB Retiree Appreciation Day

Get ready for WPAFB Retiree Appreciation Day

Military retirees in southwest Ohio, northern Kentucky and eastern Indiana will want to ensure Oct. 27 is marked on their calendars. That’s the date of the next Retiree Appreciation Day at the Hope Hotel and Conference Center, Bldg. 823, Area A, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. http://www.daytondailynews.com/news/inaugural-expo-will-highlight-products-services/Wv9meHuoiEpuL2L7XmGBNJ/ Breakfast...
Inaugural expo will highlight products, services

Inaugural expo will highlight products, services

Individuals who are able bodied and those with disabilities will benefit from the information presented at an inaugural expo at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, to be held Oct. 23 at the USO Community Center, Bldg. 1222, Kittyhawk Center, Area A, from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. The expo is being held in observance of October as the 72nd National Disability Employment Awareness Month. Reflecting the important...
‘Show Some Love’ campaign about to kick off with Charity Fair

‘Show Some Love’ campaign about to kick off with Charity Fair

The annual celebratory Charity Fair and Campaign Kickoff supporting the Miami Valley Combined Federal Campaign is scheduled from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 11 at Wright State University’s Nutter Center. The kickoff is open to all Department of Defense, federal, U.S. Postal Service and Veterans Affairs employees. The event will include more than 80 charitable organization information booths with...
Education raises awareness of warning signs

Education raises awareness of warning signs

For the past 36 years, October has been designated as Domestic Violence Awareness Month. The purpose of this observance is to provide education to communities, individuals, couples and families concerning Family Advocacy Program services and other community resources that can help prevent, raise awareness of community responsibility and provide resources for addressing domestic abuse. “The Wright-Patterson...
71st Intelligence Squadron change of command

71st Intelligence Squadron change of command

The 71st Intelligence Squadron, 655th Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Group held a change of command ceremony honoring the outgoing squadron commander, Col. Julie Spears, and the incoming commander, to Lt. Col. Eric Bernkopf, Sept. 23. The 71st IS is one of three 655 ISRG squadrons based at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, along with the group headquarters. http://www.daytondailynews...
Aeromedical Consultation Service critical to ‘Fly, Fight, Win’

Aeromedical Consultation Service critical to ‘Fly, Fight, Win’

Ever since humans took to flight, the unique physics and environmental conditions of soaring through the air have tested mankind to overcome challenges, both physical and mental. For U.S. Air Force pilots, aircrew and others, their journey to flight starts with being medically screened. Every pilot in the Air Force who didn’t graduate from the U.S. Air Force Academy – rough 1,000 annually...
Gold Star families break ground for own memorial

Gold Star families break ground for own memorial

For their sacrifice and what they’ve endured in the loss of their loved one, Gold Star families deserve a monument in every state, says the last surviving Marine who was awarded a Medal of Honor during World War II. Hershel “Woody” Williams, Gold Star families and others gathered the afternoon of Sept. 28 for a symbolic groundbreaking for a Gold Star Family Memorial Monument in the...
Gate 12A to close during road surface improvement project

Gate 12A to close during road surface improvement project

Gate 12A, next to Air Force Materiel Command at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, will be closed to all inbound and outbound traffic due to scheduled construction beginning Oct. 18. “We appreciate everyone’s cooperation while we work to resurface the pavement around the AFMC headquarters gate,” said Col. Bradley McDonald, 88th Air Base Wing commander. “We hope to alleviate congestion...
Intrusion detection and alarm management takes an enterprise approach

Intrusion detection and alarm management takes an enterprise approach

The Air Force’s Installation Management and Mission Support Center developed a solution for not only managing the day-to-day maintenance of intrusion detection and alarm systems, but also for developing and implementing a continuous improvement process. The Air Force Security Forces Center, which falls under the AFIMSC umbrella, began implementing the management change last year, and Wright-Patterson...
Lab techs identify cultures to diagnose health conditions

Lab techs identify cultures to diagnose health conditions

They cannot be seen by the naked eye, they live in us and around us – zillions of these amazingly successful organisms, playing crucial roles in our bodies’ health. While some microbes help, others are known best for their role in human diseases. In the microbe defense arsenal at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base Medical Center are the 88th Diagnostics and Therapeutic microbiology laboratory...
Wright Patt C-17 hurricane relief flights expected to fly for weeks

Wright Patt C-17 hurricane relief flights expected to fly for weeks

Powerful hurricanes that barreled through Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands leaving a deadly swath of destruction will likely keep Wright-Patterson C-17 transport jets flying relief missions for weeks, a unit official said Thursday. The Air Force Reserve 445th Airlift Wing has had an average of a flight a day since the first mission to Texas launched Aug. 30 after Hurricane Harvey left widespread...
Trump meets military leaders, mentions ‘calm before the storm’

Trump meets military leaders, mentions ‘calm before the storm’

Posing with military leaders and their spouses for photographs before a dinner at the White House on Thursday, President Donald Trump was ambiguous as spoke of “the calm before the storm,” CNN reported. “You guys know what this represents? Maybe it's the calm before the storm,” Trump said after a meeting with his top military commanders. When reporters pressed him on what...
Dayton VA site of new veterans ‘Walk of Honor’ tribute

Dayton VA site of new veterans ‘Walk of Honor’ tribute

A new brick walkway at the Dayton VA Medical Center campus will pay homage to veterans and those who support them, organizers say. The Defenders of Freedom Walk of Honor is set to be dedicated in a 2 p.m. ceremony Friday, Oct. 6. The ceremony will be at a garrison flag next to the campus bandstand and in front of Building 320, a community living center on Ohio Avenue, Dayton VA spokesmen said. RELATED...
Three area soldiers deploying to Puerto Rico to assist with hurricane recovery

Three area soldiers deploying to Puerto Rico to assist with hurricane recovery

Three area soldiers and their Ohio Army National Guard medical unit are scheduled to deploy to Puerto Rico this week to assist with the Hurricane Maria recovery efforts, according to a press release. + Spc. Will Mauntler of Troy, Spc. Adam Lemaster of Franklin and Sgt. Joshua Taylor of Middletown are all members of the 285th Area Support Medical Company, based in Columbus. An advance party of 30 soldiers...
McCook Field celebration in Dayton rescheduled to Friday

McCook Field celebration in Dayton rescheduled to Friday

Wright-Patterson Air Force Base officials announced Thursday morning an afternoon ceremony to mark the 100th anniversary of the former McCook Field was rescheduled to Friday because of inclement weather. The event was rescheduled to 1:30 p.m. Friday at the Kettering Field Softball Complex, 444 N. Bend Road in Dayton. RELATED: McCook Field had large influence in U.S. aviation history The athletic fields...
Doctors who treated Pulse victims prepared Las Vegas hospital for mass shooting

Doctors who treated Pulse victims prepared Las Vegas hospital for mass shooting

Doctors who worked on victims and survivors of the Pulse nightclub shooting in June, 2016 were in Las Vegas discussing what they learned with doctors. The doctors from Orlando Regional Medical Center were in Las Vegas two weeks before Sunday’s deadly concert mass shooting. “The horror of their tragedy was so similar to ours,” said Dr. Gary Parrish, ORMC medical director of the emergency...
3 US troops killed in ambush in Niger

3 US troops killed in ambush in Niger

Three members of the U.S. Special Operations Forces were killed and two others were wounded in southwest Niger when a patrol was attacked Wednesday, CNN reported. The administration officials said the two wounded U.S. troops had been evacuated to Niger’s capital city of Niamey and would soon be moved to Germany. They were described by the officials as being in a "stable condition,"...
Dayton VA gets primary care director; Lima clinic to open at new site

Dayton VA gets primary care director; Lima clinic to open at new site

The Dayton VA Medical Center has appointed a former Air Force medical officer to director of primary care and a larger clinic will open next spring in Lima, the federal health agency said. Edward P. Syron, a medical administrator, will earn the $120,900-a-year overseeing primary and home-based care outpatient services, the VA reported. He replaces Dr. Kavita Peddireddi, who served in the job temporarily...
Civil War general namesake for Dayton airfield part of ‘Fighting McCooks’

Civil War general namesake for Dayton airfield part of ‘Fighting McCooks’

A historic airfield in Dayton that pushed the early boundaries of flight bears the name of a Civil War general, historical records show. Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, which traces its origins to the former McCook Field, an Army flight test and engineering center between 1917-1927. Wright-Patt and city of Dayton leaders will mark the centennial of the former airstrip Thursday. The field bears the...
West Chester will honor Army parachutist with memorial signs

West Chester will honor Army parachutist with memorial signs

West Chester Twp. trustees will erect a street marker to honor the memory of Army parachutist Corey Hood, rather than renaming Lakota Drive West. A couple weeks ago trustees, at the urging of a group of residents, planned to rename all or part of Lakota Drive West in honor of Army Master Sgt. Corey Hood, who died in 2015 during a parachuting demonstration with the Army Golden Knights at the Chicago...
McCook Field had large influence on U.S. aviation history

McCook Field had large influence on U.S. aviation history

McCook Field was a small place with an outsized influence on the fledgling art of flying. The Dayton airfield of Army engineers and airmen marked historical milestones of the first free fall parachute jump, and was the force behind the first non-stop flight across the continent in 1923, the first around-the-world flight in 1924, and the first non-stop flight from California to Hawaii...
President Trump says Puerto Rico has thrown U.S. budget ‘a little out of whack’

President Trump says Puerto Rico has thrown U.S. budget ‘a little out of whack’

The Latest on President Donald Trump and Puerto Rico (all times local): 1:50 p.m. President Donald Trump says Puerto Rico suffered a relatively low death toll from Hurricane Maria compared with "a real catastrophe like Katrina," which killed more than a thousand people in 2005. Trump spoke as he toured the island Tuesday. He pledged an all-out effort to help Puerto Rico. The president said...
Contractors land millions in new defense work in Dayton region

Contractors land millions in new defense work in Dayton region

Dayton area defense contractors have racked up millions of dollars in federal contracts in recent days in a Defense Department push to secure deals before the fiscal year ended Sept. 30, records show. An Englewood defense contractor landed a nearly $17.4 million deal to supply seats for a massive Air Force cargo jet, according to the Defense Department. ETI Tech, was the sole bidder on the two-year...
Live grenade found in Great Miami River in Middletown

Live grenade found in Great Miami River in Middletown

A live grenade was found Saturday evening in the Great Miami River in Middletown. Ryan Goodwin was fly fishing and wading into the river at 6:47 p.m. about out 20 feet off the bank in the area of Miami River Park on North Verity Parkway when he saw the grenade, according to Middletown police. MORE: Oxford juvenile charged for using fake $50 bill Goodwin, who is in the military, said he recognized...
Wright Patt privatizing water service in $490M, 50-year deal

Wright Patt privatizing water service in $490M, 50-year deal

For the first time, Wright-Patterson has awarded contracts to manage its water and sewer systems and natural gas distribution, base officials said. The Air Force awarded a $490 million, 50-year contract to New Jersey-based American Water Operations and Maintenance Inc. to manage the base’s water distribution and waste water collection in a competition with four finalists. The utility transition...
Air Force Academy leader on racial slurs: ‘You should be outraged’

Air Force Academy leader on racial slurs: ‘You should be outraged’

An Air Force three-star general in charge of the Air Force Academy delivered a forceful message to cadets Thursday after someone wrote a racist slur at the academy’s preparatory school, according to media reports. Lt. Gen. Jay Silveria, academy superintendent, told the 4,000 cadets gathered to record his statement on their mobile phones so they could discuss it. “If you can&rsquo...
Local company’s protest of Air Force contract denied

Local company’s protest of Air Force contract denied

The U.S. Government Accountability Office has denied a Beavercreek defense contractor’s protest of an Air Force $45.1 million award to a competitor, according to the federal agency. Applied Research Solutions protested the award to the Oasis Systems of Lexington, Mass., in an agreement for work at Air Combat Command, headquartered at Langley Air Force Base, Va. ARS did not plan to appeal the...
Researchers trace history of innovation during Aviation Heritage Tour

Researchers trace history of innovation during Aviation Heritage Tour

A group of military and civilian scientists, staff and engineers from the Air Force Research Laboratory’s Materials and Manufacturing Directorate visited significant aviation history sites across Dayton during an Aviation Heritage Tour Sept. 13. The event, part of the directorate’s centennial celebration activities, provided a first-hand look at the evolution of innovation, the legacy...
Inspections, education, investigations are methods to maximize safety

Inspections, education, investigations are methods to maximize safety

Wright-Patterson Air Force Base’s Safety office’s management of robust programs ensures mishap prevention throughout the year. The mission of the 88th Air Base Wing Safety Office is to protect people from injury and loss of resources through the management of mishap prevention, education and training, inspections and investigations. “We are in the place where we can make a difference...
AFRL selects fellows from Materials and Manufacturing Directorate

AFRL selects fellows from Materials and Manufacturing Directorate

Two scientists from the Materials and Manufacturing Directorate were recently chosen as Air Force research laboratory fellows. Dr. Allan Katz, High Temperature Silicon-Carbide-Fiber-Reinforced Silicon Carbide Composites for Turbines program manager, and Dr. Ajit Roy, Computational Nanomaterials principal engineer and group lead, were two of six scientists selected as AFRL fellows. The AFRL Fellows...
WPAFB’s heat plant boiler conversion exemplifies successful initiative

WPAFB’s heat plant boiler conversion exemplifies successful initiative

October is Energy Action Month, and the Air Force adopted a three-year theme titled “Protect the Power.” The intent is to give the Air Force an assured energy advantage in air, space and cyberspace, and each individual and agency can support this initiative in some way or another. Organizations can look at mission processes to find larger efficiency projects to help with this initiative...
AFLCMC Newcomers Expo showcases vital systems, services, support

AFLCMC Newcomers Expo showcases vital systems, services, support

In an effort to give new employees a wider perspective and familiarize them with the organization, the Air Force Life Cycle Management Center held its annual Newcomers Expo Sept. 22 at the Wright-Patterson Club. Drawing a crowd of more than 150 attendees, the expo featured information on resources available to employees, as well as displays and presentations from experts representing directorates...
Scientists, engineers walk in shoes of battlefield Airmen

Scientists, engineers walk in shoes of battlefield Airmen

Whoever owns the technological advantage when it comes to warfighting likely controls the battlespace of today. Scientists and engineers from the Air Force Research Laboratory, as well as acquisition personnel from throughout Air Force Materiel Command work hard to ensure that Airmen never enter a battle without that advantage. However, there’s an old saying that says, “Before you judge...
Wright-Patt Airmen form first military support group for stutterers

Wright-Patt Airmen form first military support group for stutterers

Standing up in front of a crowd to introduce yourself is nerve racking in itself but imagine having to focus on forming the words that you want to come out of your mouth when you speak. The ability to speak fluently comes naturally for many, but for those who stutter it takes mental concentration. Two Airmen who stutter want to help other Airmen who deal with these challenges at the first support...
Information Exploitation Squadron wins AFA Citation of Honor

Information Exploitation Squadron wins AFA Citation of Honor

The Air Force Association recognized a squadron from the National Air and Space Intelligence Center as one of the winners of the 2017 National Aerospace and Specialty Awards during the Air, Space, Cyber Conference in National Harbor, Maryland, Sept. 18. NASIC’s Information Exploitation Squadron earned AFA’s Citation of Honor for the unit’s operations and services. The squadron is...
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

According to the National Cancer Institute, it is anticipated that in 252,710 new cases of breast cancer will be diagnosed this year. But thanks to prevention and early detection, the survival rate has greatly increased. http://www.daytondailynews.com/news/scientists-engineers-walk-shoes-battlefield-airmen/4MPeza7NiHrsBfIk8SEpPN/ “The American College of Radiology recommends women should start...
Racial slurs found at Air Force Academy; superintendent has harsh words for cadets

Racial slurs found at Air Force Academy; superintendent has harsh words for cadets

An investigation continues into who wrote racial slurs on the message boards of five African-American cadet candidates at the U.S. Air Force Academy Preparatory School outside Denver. >> Read more trending news The school was established to mold students who show leadership and other qualities that make them potentially strong applicants to the academy, but need to work on their academics before...
Middletown veterans on NFL anthem protest: There has to be better way

Middletown veterans on NFL anthem protest: There has to be better way

Two Middletown veterans agreed that everyone should be allowed to protest, but they’re against players — or anyone — kneeling during the national anthem. Too many lives were lost protecting the flag, they said. MORE: National anthem protests make way into Butler, Warren schools “There is a time and a place for everything and during the national anthem isn’t the right...
North Korea says ‘millions’ ready to fight US

North Korea says ‘millions’ ready to fight US

If tensions between the United States and North Korea lead to war, the followers of Kim Jong-Un are apparently ready to fight, USA Today reported. North Korea's state media reported that 4.7 million of its citizens have volunteered to join or re-enlist in the military since leader Kim threatened to "tame” President Donald Trump “with fire" last week. Previously, North Korea...
Hawaii part of U.S. restrictions on Russian surveillance flights

Hawaii part of U.S. restrictions on Russian surveillance flights

The United States will restrict Russian surveillance flights over the Hawaii Islands in response to Russia imposing limitations on U.S. observation flights allowed under an Open Skies treaty, according to U.S. authorities. Some Russian surveillance flights have originated at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, as did one this August that reportedly flew over West Virginia, Virginia, Pennsylvania, Washington...
World War II vet pushes to recognize Gold Star families at AF museum

World War II vet pushes to recognize Gold Star families at AF museum

Before he enlisted in the Marine Corps and went on to face fierce fighting in the Pacific in World War II, Hershel “Woody” Williams learned about loss of war as an 18-year-old taxi driver in West Virginia. It would fall to him to deliver a Western Union telegram to the families of the fallen with the news from the war front. It was, he said, a “traumatic experience,” as was...
About 20 vets commit suicide daily: Dayton VA to sign pledge to combat

About 20 vets commit suicide daily: Dayton VA to sign pledge to combat

Dayton VA Medical Center officials are calling on veterans in need to sign up for mental health care services to prevent suicides. VA officials at the facility were set to sign a suicide prevention pledge Thursday to commit the medical center to series of actions to reduce suicide among veterans. Every day about 20 veterans in the United States commit suicide, according to the VA. Of those six receive...
Beef O’Brady’s owner won’t air NFL games as players protest

Beef O’Brady’s owner won’t air NFL games as players protest

The owner of Beef O’Brady’s restaurant in Beavercreek says he will not air NFL games at his restaurant while NFL players kneel or protest during the national anthem. “They need to return to respect for the flag and the anthem,” restaurant owner Bill DeFries said in an interview Wednesday. “They can certainly exercise their right to free speech — but not during that...
U.S. may restrict Russian spy planes after WPAFB flight

U.S. may restrict Russian spy planes after WPAFB flight

The United States is expected to restrict Russian surveillance flights, such as one that originated at Wright-Patterson this summer, because of limitations imposed on U.S. flights over Russia. A Russian Tu-154 surveillance jet, which resembles an airliner, flew out of Wright-Patterson in August reportedly over West Virginia, Virginia, Pennsylvania, Washington, D.C., and near Bedminster, N.J., where...
Springfield Air National Guard supports critical military tech testing

Springfield Air National Guard supports critical military tech testing

The Springfield Air National Guard is providing supplies and support for a training exercise that aims to show researchers what the military goes through on the ground and on the battlefield so they can create better technology. The 11-day training is called Tech Warrior 2017 and is held annually. Each year researchers and engineers, both military and civilian, gather at the National Center for Medical...
Little Green Men from UFOs? POW WWII mural at Wright Patt a mystery

Little Green Men from UFOs? POW WWII mural at Wright Patt a mystery

When people wonder where the “green aliens” are hidden at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Paul Woodruff knows the one place to take them. Tucked away in a sprawling old warehouse and down a long hallway, giant pointy-eared whimsical demon-like creatures atop red flames peer down at passersby. The creatures were the creation of German POWs who painted the giant mural in what was once their...
Two local WWII veterans mark 100th birthdays

Two local WWII veterans mark 100th birthdays

World War II veterans Kenneth K. Snavely and Russell Taylor were brothers in arms in uniform and today share a milestone few reach. Snavely turned 100 years old in July, and Taylor will hit that mark Oct. 2, milestones marked Tuesday at Brookdale Miami Twp. — where the two live — by state officials and friends and family. “I’m in real good shape and I can’t believe I&rsquo...
West Chester to honor Army parachutist without street name change

West Chester to honor Army parachutist without street name change

West Chester Twp. trustees will consider erecting a plaque to honor the memory of fallen soldier Corey Hood, rather than renaming Lakota Drive West. A couple weeks ago trustees, at the urging of a group of residents, planned to rename all or part of Lakota Drive West in honor of Army Master Sgt. Corey Hood, who died in 2015 during a parachuting demonstration with the Army Golden Knights at the Chicago...
Franklin veterans to lay wreath at Tomb of the Unknown Soldier

Franklin veterans to lay wreath at Tomb of the Unknown Soldier

Four Franklin veterans will lay a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery on Saturday. Carl Bray, commander of American Legion Post 149, said that he and three other Franklin veterans, Billy Estes, Henry Robinson and his brother John, will lay a wreath at the tomb. “For them to pick Franklin to do this is an honor,” Bray said. MORE: Honor Flight sends 100...
Wright Patt C-17 flies Indiana rescuers to Puerto Rico after hurricane

Wright Patt C-17 flies Indiana rescuers to Puerto Rico after hurricane

A Wright-Patt Air Force Reserve C-17 jet flew members of the Indiana Task Force 1 recovery team to Puerto Rico on Saturday after the island was hit hard by Hurricane Maria last week, according to a wing spokeswoman. It marked the second time a C-17 from the Miami Valley base transported a state-based rescue and recovery team to the Caribbean island which has endured the winds and rain of two hurricanes...
Eagle Scout candidate aims to restore Miami Twp. Veterans Memorial

Eagle Scout candidate aims to restore Miami Twp. Veterans Memorial

A 16-year-old Miamisburg High School junior is working to repair Miami Twp.’s Veterans Memorial as a community project to earn his Eagle Scout badge. Tony Foster is the grandson of a vet, and his father served in the U.S. Marines and is a member of the Army National Guard. The teen, who is also considering joining the service, is managing the project, which he has been planning several months...
Air Force’s KC-46 tanker faces more tests

Air Force’s KC-46 tanker faces more tests

The Air Force has marked the KC-46 Pegasus aerial refueling tanker with three “deficiency reports” that have raised concerns, according to the service branch. The Boeing-built tanker remains in developmental testing and certification procedures as the company expects to deliver the first aircraft in December while the Air Force has forecast next spring as more likely. Brig. Gen Donna Shipton...
Woman shown in viral video yelling about veteran's PTSD service dog speaks out

Woman shown in viral video yelling about veteran's PTSD service dog speaks out

Ciara Miller is telling her side of the story after a video of her yelling at a veteran about his PTSD service dog went viral. According to CBS News, a viral video shows Miller confronting the veteran to complain about his service dog in the middle of Kathy’s Crab House & Family Restaurant of Delaware City, Delaware. Miller expressed in a profane rant that she was “leaving because...
Springfield Guard unit providing communications after hurricanes

Springfield Guard unit providing communications after hurricanes

A group of airmen from Springfield have spent much of this month on the island of St. Thomas, stabilizing communications as rescuers and government agencies respond to damage caused by two hurricanes. In all, six airmen from the 269th Combat Communications Squadron were deployed on Sept. 7 to the U.S. Virgin islands, which have been lashed first by Hurricane Irma and more recently, Hurricane Maria...
Construction work to affect base roads

Construction work to affect base roads

Childlaw Road to close for repair work One lane of Chidlaw Road in Area A will close from Oct. 2 to Nov. 10 to accommodate road repair efforts. Inbound traffic will be allowed, not outbound, along Chidlaw. There will be detour signs posted in various places directing traffic. See graphic for details. Water line work to impact roads A project to repair a water line in Area B will require the closing...
Advanced joint technology viable method for aircraft assembly

Advanced joint technology viable method for aircraft assembly

A partnership between the Air Force Research Laboratory and industry could help usher in a new era of advanced aircraft assembly. Testing performed by AFRL showed promising results for the use of composite skin splice joints in aircraft assembly. The tests were performed under a cooperative research and development agreement between AFRL’s Aerospace Systems Directorate and Northrop Grumman Systems...
Iran tests new ballistic missile

Iran tests new ballistic missile

Iran tested a new ballistic missile that reportedly is capable of carrying multiple warheads, CNN reported Saturday, citing the nation's state-run broadcaster announced. >> Read more trending news “Iran has released footage of the successful test-launch of its new ballistic missile, Khorramshahr, a few hours after it was unveiled during a military parade in the capital city of Tehran...
Base Transportation helps bases move personnel from Hurricane Irma

Base Transportation helps bases move personnel from Hurricane Irma

The primary mission for Wright-Patterson Air Force Base’s Base Transportation is to move people on a daily basis. For about a week starting Sept.7, Base Transportation moved many Air Force and Navy personnel after they landed at Wright-Patterson AFB to escape the damage of Hurricane Irma. “The wheels were thrown into motion by Dave Egner, director of Special Operations for the 88/OSS in...
Training session uses mock interviews, feedback to sharpen skills

Training session uses mock interviews, feedback to sharpen skills

The Hispanic Employment Program and the Black Employment Program hosted mock interviews Sept. 14 from 8:30 to 11 a.m. at the USO Community Center at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. The program was designed to help Airmen become more competitive in their professional development efforts. Under the auspices of the 88th Air Base Wing Affirmative Employment Program Office, the Hispanic Employment Program...
Tech Warrior: AFRL scientists gain insights during field exercise

Tech Warrior: AFRL scientists gain insights during field exercise

The Air Force Research Laboratory will hold a home station deployment exercise at the National Center for Medical Readiness in Fairborn, Ohio, Sept. 19-29. Tech Warrior 2017 provides AFRL scientists and engineers the opportunity to experience field, mobility and combat skills training to gain a better understanding of the operational environment. During the 11-day immersion, participants are trained...
Arctic security expedition emphasizes building awareness, partnerships

Arctic security expedition emphasizes building awareness, partnerships

WASHINGTON – While the Air Force is developing strategy to align efforts in the Arctic’s blistering cold with greater Defense Department strategy in the region, it’s also working to build international Arctic partnerships. For the first time in Air Force history, a collection of senior leaders went on an expedition to the Arctic. The operation, named Uggianaqtuq, put members from...
Historic research building receives new mission during dedication

Historic research building receives new mission during dedication

One of Wright Field’s original buildings now has a new mission after completion of a seven-year, $9.1 million design and construction project and $5 million in new equipment. The Air Force Research Laboratory, Aerospace Systems Directorate, Power and Control Division held a ribbon-cutting ceremony and open house Sept. 14 at Bldg. 19 in Area B to highlight new capabilities the facility now offers...
Funeral for last eyewitness to Pearl Harbor bombing Sunday in Ohio

Funeral for last eyewitness to Pearl Harbor bombing Sunday in Ohio

A Cleveland area native who was believed to be the only Pearl Harbor survivor to visit the 9/11 memorial site in New York was expected to be laid to rest Sunday in this hometown. John Seelie died at age 94 last month and was also believed to be the last eyewitness to see the Japanese attack on Wheeler Army Air Field near Pearl Harbor, Hawaii on Dec. 7, 1941, according to the Sarasota Herald-Tribune...
Celebration to honor 100th anniversary of McCook Field

Celebration to honor 100th anniversary of McCook Field

Wright-Patterson Air Force Base is celebrating the 100th anniversary of McCook Field on Oct. 5 at 1:30 p.m. at the old McCook Field site. The old field lies just north of downtown Dayton, along the east side of the Great Miami River next to Kettering Field. There will be a picnic starting at 11 a.m., with the Air Force Band of Flight’s Systems Go playing music. After the formal ceremony, there...
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