Wright-Patt to send employees home early as winter storm approaches

11:44 a.m. Friday, Jan. 12, 2018 Local
Gate 12A, near the Air Force Materiel Command headquarters and off Ohio 444 in Fairborn at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. CONTRIBUTED

Wright-Patterson will allow thousands of employees to leave early today with an impending winter storm approaching the Miami Valley, a spokesman says.

The early departure was set to start at 1 p.m, said base spokesman Brian Brackens.

“We will use a staggered release to reduce congestion,” said spokeswoman Marine Vanover.

First responders, such as police and fire personnel, and Wright-Patterson Medical Center and airfield operations employees, however, were not included in the approval for an early departure, officials said.

The medical center was set to maintain normal operating hours, Vanover said.

Wright-Patterson is the largest single site-employer in Ohio with more than 27,000 military personnel and civilian workers.

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