Military


Volunteers honored for efforts in 2018 Air Force Marathon events

The Air Force Marathon staff recently honored some of the 2,400 volunteers who made the 2018 race a success during a reception held at Soin Medical Center in Beavercreek. Col. Thomas Sherman, 88th Air Base Wing and installation commander, and Chief Master Sgt. Stephen Arbona, 88 ABW command chief, made the presentations of award categories honoring volunteers, including the annual prize for Best Hydration...
Military appreciation basketball game hosted at UD Arena

Military appreciation basketball game hosted at UD Arena

The University of Dayton held its annual military appreciation basketball game at UD Arena Nov. 10. The Flyers basketball team defeated the Coppin State Eagles, 76 to 46, before 12,849 fans. This annual event is dedicated to honoring both current and former members of the nation’s armed forces and featured several tributes throughout the night. https://www.daytondailynews.com/news/donors-have-until-jan-pledge-combined-federal-campaign/gfyjn9loEILWnVOfHmbKHI/...
Donors have until Jan. 19 to pledge to Combined Federal Campaign

Donors have until Jan. 19 to pledge to Combined Federal Campaign

The annual Combined Federal Campaign completes the “blackout” portion of its 2019 fund drive Nov. 16, but donors have until Jan. 11, 2019, to contribute. As the CFC heads into its final eight weeks of pledging, the executive director of the local district asks that people keep in mind how important it is to support local, regional, national and international charities that provide programs...
TSA Precheck can speed travel for military, DOD civilians

TSA Precheck can speed travel for military, DOD civilians

If service members are trusted to defend the nation, surely they can be trusted when boarding a plane. That is the thinking of the Transportation Security Administration, which is pushing to ensure service members and Department of Defense civilians know they can use the TSA Precheck program. https://www.daytondailynews.com/news/wright-patt-uso-open-for-the-holidays-giving-airmen-place/yjhjnet9f84hI2YrB6cyNO/...
‘Mustache Movember’ promotes men’s health awareness

‘Mustache Movember’ promotes men’s health awareness

Movember is an annual event of growing mustaches during the month of November to bring awareness to men’s health issues, such as prostate, testicular cancer and mental health. Whether you grow the “Trucker,” “Rock Star” or the “Connoisseur” mustache, growing one with friends, family and co-workers to see who has the best “Mo” can be a lot of fun...
Airmen’s Holiday Cookie Drive is almost here

Airmen’s Holiday Cookie Drive is almost here

More than 1,100 hungry unaccompanied Airmen at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base are hopeful someone wants to fill them with holiday happiness – via home-baked cookies packed in individual boxes. The base’s first responders also will benefit. https://www.daytondailynews.com/news/88th-air-base-wing-announces-holiday-hours-operation/N8nH85mNLrGjXNU8v3UjKN/ The 18th annual Airmen’s Holiday...
Wright-Patt’s Kittyhawk Satellite Pharmacy now open for business

Wright-Patt’s Kittyhawk Satellite Pharmacy now open for business

The new Kittyhawk Satellite Pharmacy officially opened for business Nov. 13 in the Kittyhawk Area of Area A across from the gas station, replacing its former location adjacent to the commissary. The $10 million facility includes upgrades like a modernized drive-thru lane, state-of-the-art dispensing equipment to enhance safety and double the lobby and processing space. These new features are designed...
Wright-Patt’s USO open for the holidays, giving Airmen a place to go

Wright-Patt’s USO open for the holidays, giving Airmen a place to go

The Wright-Patterson Air Force Base United Services Organization is making sure Airmen have a place to go during the holidays by keeping their doors open for those who can’t make it home. The USO, located in Area A, Bldg. 1222, will be open on both Thanksgiving and Christmas Day, operating under its normal hours of 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. https://www.daytondailynews.com/news/tsa-precheck-can-speed-travel-for-military-dod-civilians/CGqVPIsYPP8tYGezEQaUsK/...
Reserve citizen Airmen can request to extend service

Reserve citizen Airmen can request to extend service

ROBINS AIR FORCE BASE, Ga. – Air Force Reserve announced a temporary initiative for Reserve citizen Airmen to request to serve beyond their mandatory separation or high year of tenure date. “The extension requests are part of Human Capital Management initiatives being instituted by the command to address anticipated growth, recruiting challenges and to meet Air Force Reserve readiness...
Man who streamed struggle with Springboro police avoids conviction

Man who streamed struggle with Springboro police avoids conviction

The former political candidate who streamed his arrest by Springboro police live on Facebook has been granted treatment in lieu of conviction. On Thursday, Judge Robert Peeler ordered Samuel Ronan, 28, to comply with recommendations by Veterans Administration doctors and undergo therapy for moral recognition and anger management. RELATED: Watch past court hearing, cruiser cam of Ronan’s police...
Woman one step closer to becoming Green Beret

Woman one step closer to becoming Green Beret

A female is one step closer to becoming a member of the elite Green Berets.  The woman is the first female to complete the Special Forces Assessment and Selection, a U.S. Army Special Operations Command spokesman told CNN.  The soldier’s name has not been released because of the sensitive missions assigned to Green Berets.  The woman will attempt the Special Forces Qualification...
Vietnam veteran receives high school diploma 56 years later

Vietnam veteran receives high school diploma 56 years later

It was a long time coming – 56 years – but a veteran from Pennsylvania finally got something he's waited decades for: his high school diploma. >> Need something to lift your spirits? Read more uplifting news  "It took a long time to get here because people asked why I didn't come before – well, I was too busy making a living," said James Neal. "...
1 dead, 1 hurt in plane crash at Texas' Laughlin Air Force Base

1 dead, 1 hurt in plane crash at Texas' Laughlin Air Force Base

One pilot was killed and another hurt when a military jet crashed Tuesday at Texas' Laughlin Air Force Base, officials said. >> Read more trending news  According to a news release, the Air Force T-38C Talon crashed at 7:40 p.m. Tuesday on the base. One pilot died, while the other was taken to Val Verde Regional Medical Center for treatment. 28 yr old Capt. John F. Graziano, an instructor...
Minnesota man loses 147 pounds to join Marines

Minnesota man loses 147 pounds to join Marines

A Minnesota man wanted to become a Marine, but he was facing a weighty problem.  However, Tyler Nelson dropped 147 pounds in eight months to fulfill his dream, KEYC reported. Now weighing 220 pounds, he will shipping out for boot camp in December. >> Read more trending news  Nelson weighed 367 pounds in March, and was told by U.S. Marine Corps recruiters that he could weigh no...
Air Force seeks more powerful ‘bunker busters’

Air Force seeks more powerful ‘bunker busters’

The Air Force is developing more powerful “bunker buster” bombs, new reports say. An Air Force Research Laboratory officer is quoted in a post in the “Warrior Maven” blog saying that “The A2K will bring the next-generation of penetration and use new contours.” The officer quoted is identified as Col. Gary Hasse, an AFRL weapons developer. AFRL is headquarted at...
Ohio vets of Afghanistan war could miss out on bonus if fund runs dry

Ohio vets of Afghanistan war could miss out on bonus if fund runs dry

A decade ago, Ohio voters approved a bond issue to fund bonuses for veterans but with just $2.68 million left in the program, the money could run out before the war in Afghanistan ends — raising the prospect that some veterans could miss out. The bonus payouts are scheduled to end three years after the president has declared an end to hostilities in that country, the Ohio constitution says....
Man finds Korean War soldier's battlefield love letters, searches for family

Man finds Korean War soldier's battlefield love letters, searches for family

It’s like a scene out of “The Notebook.” A Belleview, Florida, man found dozens of letters from a Korean War soldier to his wife and is determined to find the man’s family.  The wartime letters between Sgt. Warren Holly and his sweetheart, Jean Holly, are dated more than 60 years ago.  The mystery began about three weeks ago when Dan Heater bought...
Butler County honors 2 as Veterans of the Year, including World War II POW

Butler County honors 2 as Veterans of the Year, including World War II POW

Butler County honored two veterans Monday holding the dual title of Veteran of the Year — one man was a prisoner of war during Wold War II, the other is a West Chester Twp. resident who has worked to help fellow veterans and young people. Marvin Sizemore enlisted in the Navy in 1940 and was a prisoner of war in Rangoon during World War II. He was forced to work on the Burma/Thai railway, also...
Philadelphia Eagles players salute veterans after touchdown

Philadelphia Eagles players salute veterans after touchdown

The National Football League celebrated Veterans Day on Sunday with tributes to military personnel, flyovers and stories about bravery and commitment on scoreboard screens. But the Philadelphia Eagles added a more personal touch to an emotional day. When Zach Ertz caught a 15-yard touchdown pass from Carson Wentz with 2:08 left in the third quarter to tie Sunday night’s game against Dallas,...
A local World War II veteran found his lost wartime treasures, which highlight a growing concern for historians

A local World War II veteran found his lost wartime treasures, which highlight a growing concern for historians

World War II veteran Bob Lamb recently discovered a more than 60-year-old “treasure” in a lost art for many current service members that preserves history: Letter writing. Lamb, who will be 95 in December and is among a shrinking number of World War II veterans in Ohio, was just 18 in the 1940s when he enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Corps. which would eventually become the Air Force. He...
Local vets deal with continuing debate about Iraq, Afghanistan and the War on Terror

Local vets deal with continuing debate about Iraq, Afghanistan and the War on Terror

As America celebrates the 100th anniversary of Veterans Day today, local veterans from the country’s most recent war said they worry about changing perceptions about the War on Terror but still see growing support toward veterans. The Dayton region is home to 122,330 veterans, around 19,000 who fought or served as part of the War on Terror, according to 2016 U.S. Census data. It has been 15...
Dayton United Way launches program to help veterans

Dayton United Way launches program to help veterans

The United Way of the Greater Dayton Area has launched the VetsLink 2-1-1 program for Veterans to connect with resources. The program will give veterans a chance to connect with federal, state and community services they are eligible for. The right help can quickly become frustrating, confusing and stressful for the vets, United Way officials said, but the program will provide help. The program is...
Hamilton company sees value of hiring military veterans

Hamilton company sees value of hiring military veterans

A company with a Hamilton presence says it is reaping the benefits of hiring military veterans for its local facility. Synergy Flavors, a supplier of flavors and extracts for the global food and beverage industry, has a maintenance department that consists of five Navy veterans, a Marine Corps veteran and the grandson of Tuskegee Airman. The company’s connection to the U.S. military, especially...
88th Air Base Wing announces Veterans Day hours of operation

88th Air Base Wing announces Veterans Day hours of operation

The following facilities at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base will have different hours of operation (if not listed, consider them closed) Nov. 12 for in observance of Veterans Day: GATES 1A (Fairborn Gate) Nov. 12 Open 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. 1B (Springfield Gate) Nov. 12 Closed 12A (AFMC Headquarters) Nov. 12 Open 24/7 15A (Ohio 844) Nov. 12 Closed 16A (Commercial Delivery) Nov. 12 Closed 19B (National Road)...
Defense Courier Service transports classified, sensitive material

Defense Courier Service transports classified, sensitive material

The Defense Courier Division under the U.S. Transportation Command is a multi-service operation with 17 stations globally. The Soldiers, Sailors and Airmen who hold this special duty are responsible for handling the Department of Defense’s most sensitive material. Master Sgt. Justin Hartman, station chief of the Defense Courier Service-Wright-Patterson, explained what this critical job is all...
Self-help cable replacement project leads to savings

Self-help cable replacement project leads to savings

The Wright-Patterson Air Force Base 88th Communications Squadron cable team just completed a four-year, self-help project that will improve performance and eliminate potential outages. The team designed, engineered and implemented the relocation of an intermediate distribution frame from an old, nonenvironmentally controlled facility, called a cross connect hut, in Bldg. 840 where the 711th Human...
14th annual pumpkin chuck launches fun in name of science

14th annual pumpkin chuck launches fun in name of science

Cold temperatures and cloudy skies couldn’t keep guests from enjoying the loud karang of trebuchets launching their loads and the subsequent satisfying thump of pumpkins returning to earth at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base’s 14th annual pumpkin chuck in support of Air Force science, technology, engineering and math Nov. 2. “It was super fun!” said Brieanna Baddour, a Girl...
Base personnel join Propolis Project to help honey bees thrive

Base personnel join Propolis Project to help honey bees thrive

Collaborative research efforts between members of the 88th Civil Engineer Group Natural Resources Program, the Propolis Project and researchers at Penn State, Purdue and Central State Universities have yielded promising results in the production of honey bees that are naturally able to defend themselves from harmful varroa mites. Honey bees are one variety of insects known as pollinators and are critical...
Senior leaders applaud accomplishments of new enlisted promotees

Senior leaders applaud accomplishments of new enlisted promotees

Col. Tom Sherman, 88th Air Base Wing and installation commander, and Chief Master Sgt. Stephen Arbona, 88th ABW command chief, co-hosted a ceremony at the Wright-Patterson Club Oct. 31 to acknowledge Team Wright-Patt’s newest enlisted promotees. https://www.daytondailynews.com/news/conex-hotel-delivery-adds-capability-tactical-training-environment/0H94PCOHp2pWA0tYmboCcP/ The ceremony applauded...
Conex ‘hotel’ delivery adds capability to tactical training environment

Conex ‘hotel’ delivery adds capability to tactical training environment

On Oct. 23, the National Center for Medical Readiness received delivery of a Conex “hotel,” which includes three 12,000-pound structures to be incorporated with future training and testing events taking place at the tactical training facility. The National Center for Medical Readiness, also known as NCMR or Calamityville, is administered and managed by the Wright State Research Institute...
Progressive lunch helps raise charity drive awareness

Progressive lunch helps raise charity drive awareness

Headquarters Air Force Materiel Command employees not only “showed some love” to the annual Combined Federal Campaign Nov. 6, but to their hungry stomachs, as well. The progressive lunch – the brainchild of Gail Forest, SES, director of engineering and technical management, AFMC – started last year and was so well-received, CFC organizers decided to hold it again, said Shawn...
Food pantry will provide assistance to veterans in need

Food pantry will provide assistance to veterans in need

The Dayton VA Medical Center, in partnership with the Dayton Foodbank, will open a food pantry for veterans in need Nov. 13 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The event will be located in Bldg. 305 at the Dayton VA Medical Center campus, 4100 W. Third St. in Dayton. The purpose of this event is to address hunger within the veteran community. Veterans do not have to be currently enrolled with the VA to take advantage...
Wright-Patt Mentoring Program benefits individuals, base organizations

Wright-Patt Mentoring Program benefits individuals, base organizations

Dozens of employees at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base started changing their work and private lives Oct. 31 when the Team Wright-Patt Mentoring Program held its latest kickoff. The event took place at the Twin Base golf course’s Jones Room. At the beginning of the event, Janet Wirth, 88th Air Base Wing vice director, shared her thoughts on the importance of mentoring and the effect it has had...
Systems engineer to receive STEM career achievement award

Systems engineer to receive STEM career achievement award

An Air Force Research Laboratory senior systems engineer who has performed combat systems engineering, technology integration and program management as a federal civilian employee for the Air Force for eight years, following 30 years of flight operations as a military officer, has been selected to receive one of industry’s most important honors in science, technology, engineering and math. Walter...
AFRL, NASA partner to spin into next era of space travel

AFRL, NASA partner to spin into next era of space travel

It’s not often that Wright-Patterson Air Force Base hosts astronauts testing in its facilities. In fact, it’s been since the 1960s. But due in part to the relationship between the Air Force and NASA as well as the location and unique capabilities of the Defense Department’s only human-rated centrifuge, 10 astronauts in their royal blue walked through the doors of the Air Force Research...
Wright-Patt to celebrate America Recycles Day

Wright-Patt to celebrate America Recycles Day

Nov 15 is America Recycles Day. The Environmental Protection Agency recognizes the nation’s progress on recycling, which has contributed to American prosperity, according to the EPA website https://www.epa.gov/recycle/america-recycles-day-2018. The recycling rate has more than tripled over the last 30 years to the current rate of 35 percent, and this steady growth has created jobs and wages...
‘Memory Loss’ classes will help explain dementia, brain health

‘Memory Loss’ classes will help explain dementia, brain health

When President Reagan established November as National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month in 1983, fewer than 2 million Americans suffered from Alzheimer’s. Today, more than 5 million Americans are living with the disease, according to House Resolution 396. While research is leading to advancements in treating and diagnosing Alzheimer’s disease, there is still no cure. Alzheimer&rsquo...
Agile Pilot Program meets mission needs in wake of Hurricane Michael

Agile Pilot Program meets mission needs in wake of Hurricane Michael

MAXWELL AIR FORCE BASE, Ala. – The Air Force Life Cycle Management Center’s Business and Enterprise Systems Directorate’s Agile Pilot Program is consolidating four legacy contract writing systems into a single contract management system known as Contracting Information Technology, and CON-IT is currently rolling out Air Force wide. The new CON-IT system is an improvement on the legacy...
Why Wright-Patt could be even stronger after this week’s election

Why Wright-Patt could be even stronger after this week’s election

Tuesday’s election may leave Ohio’s largest single-site employer in a stronger place, some observers say. Ohio Gov.-elect Mike DeWine has proposed creating a cabinet-level position to protect Ohio military installations, including Wright-Patterson Air Force Base — an idea observers familiar with the Dayton region embraced Thursday. In the Dayton area, such a post would necessarily...
Company building businesses from Air Force ideas

Company building businesses from Air Force ideas

Innovations that could change the future of technology, health care and safety are coming out of Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. And entrepreneurs are noticing. From offices in Riverside and Virginia, about 34 SP Global Inc. staffers try to find the most promising technologies emerging from the base, attempting to transform them into commercial opportunities. So far, so good, say the two executives...
Local man goes from expected to die at birth to turning 104 on Veterans Day

Local man goes from expected to die at birth to turning 104 on Veterans Day

It’s hard to tell what’s more impressive: the fact Robert “Tony” Masters survived infancy or that he lived through World War II. Masters, an Army veteran, turns 104 Sunday, which is appropriate since it’s Veterans Day and he served more than two years, mostly in New Guinea. Veterans Day 2018 certainly is a holiday his family and physicians never thought he’d experience...
Would a new cabinet post protect WPAFB? Analyst says yes.

Would a new cabinet post protect WPAFB? Analyst says yes.

Ohio Gov.-elect Mike DeWine has proposed creating a cabinet-level post to protect Ohio military installations. That’s a good idea, one national defense analyst familiar with the Dayton area said Thursday. In the Dayton area, such an office would necessarily work to protect Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, the state’s largest single-site employer with about 27,000 civilian and military...
Fire Blocks developer seeks skilled workers

Fire Blocks developer seeks skilled workers

Windsor Construction Services, LLC, the developer of the Fire Blocks district in Dayton, is seeking local skilled tradesmen. The company needs skilled workers in framing, plumbing, electrical and heating, ventilation and air-conditioning for jobs in the Fire Blocks area Trades licenses are not required, Windsor said in a release. RELATED: Dayton’s demand for skilled workers  Individuals...
McCrabb: Thankfully our opinions of Vietnam veterans have changed

McCrabb: Thankfully our opinions of Vietnam veterans have changed

Kenny Baldwin always wanted to be a Marine for two reasons. He dreamed of proudly wearing the “best looking uniform,” and he had always heard about the Marine mystique. “If you want to be the best,” he said, “go with the best. So I did.” None of that mattered in 1970, nearly 50 years ago. That’s when Baldwin, a 1967 Franklin High School graduate, returned...
Retired Air Force vice chair warns force is too small

Retired Air Force vice chair warns force is too small

A former vice chief of staff of the U.S. Air Force struck what is by now a familiar refrain in a recent column, saying the Air Force is too small. The column was published Tuesday in Defense News, running at a time when the Air Force and civilian airlines are competing for the best pilots. “America’s Air Force currently has 312 operational squadrons,” wrote retired Gen. Larry Spencer...
Beavercreek contractor picks up $44.8M in defense work

Beavercreek contractor picks up $44.8M in defense work

Applied Research Solutions (ARS), a Beavercreek defense contractor, has been awarded a $38,788,878 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract, plus an option amount of $5,967,447, for research work into sensing, learning, autonomy, and knowledge engineering, the Department of Defense said Tuesday. This contract is for research and development of technologies and strategies to orchestrate closed-loop sensing that...
Police participate in six-week stress reduction device study

Police participate in six-week stress reduction device study

For about 20 minutes to an hour every other day, about 100 Dayton police officers connect wet-clip electrodes from cell-phone-sized devices to their ear lobes, sending a gentle electrical signal through their brains. The hoped-for results: Less stress, better sleep — and a better life. For almost a month, Dayton police officers have been part of a study examining the use of the devices meant...
Did you know Clark County was critical to Revolutionary War?

Did you know Clark County was critical to Revolutionary War?

Thousands of us drive past it every day. A pivotal battle of the Revolutionary War was fought here in our community, in Bethel Twp. to be exact, right along Ohio 4, yet so many of us have no idea what it was all about. Fought on Aug. 8, 1780, the Battle of Peckuwe (pronounced “Pick-a -way”) was, as the historical markers say, “the largest Revolutionary War battle fought west of the...
2 graduate Butler County’s new Veterans Treatment Court

2 graduate Butler County’s new Veterans Treatment Court

“Real heroes don’t wear capes, they wear camo,” Butler County Common Pleas Judge Michael Oster told supporters gathered in his courtroom to celebrate the first graduations for Butler County’s Veterans Treatment Court. The court has been operating for about two years and was certified as a specialty court by the Ohio Supreme Court earlier this year. Roger Caldwell and Matthew...
Wright Flyer, Apollo 11 collectibles sell for nearly $7.5M

Wright Flyer, Apollo 11 collectibles sell for nearly $7.5M

A piece of a propeller from a Wright Flyer that was flown to the moon sold in a recent online auction for $275,000, according to auction company Heritage Auctions Inc. The segment sold with other collectibles linked to the Apollo 11 mission and the family of late astronaut Neil Armstrong, an Ohio native who was the first human to step foot on the moon. In all, the items brought in nearly $7.5 million...
Community College of the Air Force ceremony to honor graduates Nov. 15

Community College of the Air Force ceremony to honor graduates Nov. 15

Each year, the Community College of the Air Force awards more than 22,000 associate degrees to U.S. Airmen who have taken the time to diligently pursue their educational goals and complete job-related training. CCAF offers enlisted Airmen the opportunity to earn a degree that pertains to their Air Force career and is a significant stepping stone toward pursuing loftier education goals in the future...
Archeologist stresses need to preserve Adena mounds at Wright-Patt

Archeologist stresses need to preserve Adena mounds at Wright-Patt

The Adena mounds at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base are important to preserve for several reasons, said Erwin Roemer, Air Force Civil Engineer Center archeologist assisting the base. “First, they are direct, highly important connections to the cultural heritage of modern American Indians,” Roemer said. “A number of federally recognized tribes are in consultation on a regular basis...
Wright-Patterson AFB basketball team ready for 2018-19 season’s action

Wright-Patterson AFB basketball team ready for 2018-19 season’s action

With three scrimmages and two regular season games behind them, the Wright-Patterson Air Force Base basketball team is already hot into its 2018-19 season. The team’s next home game is Nov. 30 against the Dayton Airstrikes, a local area semiprofessional basketball team. The game will take place at 7:30 p.m. at the Wright Field Fitness Center in Area B. Last year, the team finished with a 31-7...
AFRL Fellows, Early Career Award recipients honored at awards banquet

AFRL Fellows, Early Career Award recipients honored at awards banquet

The Air Force is stimulating new thinking about future ways of warfighting, and the answers to some of the most complex challenges are being provided by scientists and engineers from across the Air Force Research Laboratory. After 17 years of global conflict against other than near-peer adversaries, however, the United States is emerging from a period of strategic atrophy, aware that competitive military...
Outdoor Recreation provides activities for Airmen

Outdoor Recreation provides activities for Airmen

With the winter season right around the corner, activities hosted by Wright-Patterson Air Force Base Outdoor Recreation are underway through the program for Airmen who like to do activities outdoors. R4R was designed to help Airmen reacclimate to life at home and also include families in their reintegration. The program has three areas of focus: the Single Airman Programming Initiative (SAPI), RecOn...
Society of Women Engineers posthumously honors AFRL research leader

Society of Women Engineers posthumously honors AFRL research leader

Dr. Katie Thorp received the PRISM award posthumously from the Society of Women Engineers for her outstanding professional achievements, dedicated leadership and influential community service. A group that included her husband, mother and several longtime colleagues attended the SWE awards ceremony in her honor Oct. 19 in Minneapolis. One of the group’s top awards, the PRISM honors a member...
Re-grand opening welcomes shoppers to store’s $6.4 million renovation

Re-grand opening welcomes shoppers to store’s $6.4 million renovation

Wright-Patterson Air Force Base Exchange leaders and employees showed off the facility’s $6.4 million renovation to customers in a re-grand opening ceremony Oct. 25 that included ribbon and cake-cutting ceremonies, give-a-ways, special guests and words from local and regional leaders. Col. Leonard T. Rose, 88th Mission Support Group commander, was joined by Ronny Rexrode, Army & Air Force Exchange...
Workforce Recruitment Program assists people with disabilities

Workforce Recruitment Program assists people with disabilities

The recent National Disability Employment Awareness Month offered an opportunity to highlight initiatives that are benefitting work centers across Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. “NDEAM was a pivotal month for us to reflect on,” said Molly Fore, a human resources specialist with Air Force Materiel Command’s Personnel Program Branch. “Census data shows that one in five American...
88th Civil Engineering Group wins Air Force Design Award

88th Civil Engineering Group wins Air Force Design Award

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-LACKLAND, Texas – The Air Force Civil Engineer Center has announced the winners of the 2018 Air Force Design Awards, recognizing eight innovative projects for excellence in design and efficiency. “These award-winning projects exemplify the Air Force’s commitment to partnering with industry to deliver quality, mission-ready facilities,” said Col. Scott...
Free tickets available for Air Force Band of Flight holiday concert

Free tickets available for Air Force Band of Flight holiday concert

The U.S. Air Force Band of Flight will celebrate the holidays with a variety of classic holiday favorites in a performance at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force Dec. 15 at 7:30 p.m. The U.S. Air Force Band of Flight, stationed at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, presents more than 240 performances annually, providing quality musical products for official military functions and ceremonies as...
Deadline today for free Miami Twp. veterans breakfast with VA speaker

Deadline today for free Miami Twp. veterans breakfast with VA speaker

The deadline is Friday to sign up for Miami Twp.’s 11th annual Veterans Breakfast honoring those with military service. The 8 a.m. Nov. 9 free event will be at the Miami Valley Fire District’s Station 51 at 10899 Wood Road. The keynote speaker will be Jill Dietrich, new director of the Dayton Veterans Administration Medical Center. RELATED: Eagle Scout candidate aims to restore Miami Twp...
Big projects helped Wright-Patt become a national hub for innovation (which is why astronauts are here)

Big projects helped Wright-Patt become a national hub for innovation (which is why astronauts are here)

Wright-Patterson Air Force Base further cemented its status as a hub for aerospace innovation for the U.S. Air Force and beyond this week through a partnership with NASA. Nine NASA astronauts and one Boeing astronaut are visiting Wright-Patt on Thursday and today for medical evaluations and fittings. They became the first people to use the new centrifuge for training in NASA’s Commercial Crew...
Oakwood Girl Scouts’ veterans memorial to be unveiled Nov. 10

Oakwood Girl Scouts’ veterans memorial to be unveiled Nov. 10

The Silver Award is the highest in Girl Scouting, and the five members of Oakwood Girl Scout Troop No. 30149 will unveil their Silver Award Project — a special veterans memorial aimed at children — on Nov. 10 at 11:11 a.m. at Orchardly Park. “The girls started talking about a veterans memorial aimed at children for their Silver Award Project, to help make young children aware of...
Riverside now a Purple Heart City -- and will post signs to show it proudly

Riverside now a Purple Heart City -- and will post signs to show it proudly

Riverside is now a Purple Heart City, a member of a group of U.S. cities that pay special recognition to members of the military wounded and/or killed in combat. The special designation, bestowed Thursday night during the general session of the Riverside City Council, "recognizes that the community understands the veterans and that they may have veterans that have received the purple heart living...
Three local veterans among 2018 hall of fame inductees

Three local veterans among 2018 hall of fame inductees

Three local veterans are among the 2018 inductees to the Ohio Veterans Hall of Fame. The Ohio Department of Veterans Services has released its list of inductees for 2018 with an induction ceremony next week. Local inductees include Fredric L. Abrams, Cassie B. Barlow and Fredrick L. Pumroy. All are Air Force veterans and from Greene or Warren counties. TRENDING: Report calls for faculty furloughs...
Navy sailor shot, killed by man he tried to help on freeway, police say

Navy sailor shot, killed by man he tried to help on freeway, police say

An active duty sailor who pulled over on a San Diego freeway to help who he thought was a stranded motorist was shot and killed by the man, police said. Brandon Javier Acuna, 21, is charged with first-degree murder in the death of the sailor, identified by The Navy Times as Curtis Fitzherbert Adams. Adams, 21, worked as a steelworker constructionman in the service, the newspaper reported. ...
JUST IN: Ex-nuclear weapons site that can withstand ‘cruise missile strikes’ sold

JUST IN: Ex-nuclear weapons site that can withstand ‘cruise missile strikes’ sold

A heavily-fortified underground concrete building where nuclear weapons materials were processed during the Cold War has been sold. Mound Business Park officials said the sale of the 122,000 square foot facility, which records show is an “underground, bomb shelter-type” structure, closed Friday. Patriot Communications has been negotiating to buy the 4.26-acre site constructed in the 1940s...
After delays, Miami University’s Veterans Tribute ready to be dedicated

After delays, Miami University’s Veterans Tribute ready to be dedicated

Two years ago, a group of about a dozen people stood on a grassy area between Miami’s Campus Avenue building and Wells Hall at 5 p.m. on Veterans Day and stood at attention for the playing of “Taps” while facing in the general direction of Roudebush Hall, where a flag was flying, although unseen from their location. They were a group of U.S. military veterans with Miami connections...
The fight for flyers

The fight for flyers

A shortage of pilots caused by a surge in retirements, national security needs and demand for air travel continues to hamper the Air Force. This usually happens when the economy is strong and commercial airlines are hiring. But this time is different. This time, even commercial airlines are struggling to find pilots at the same time the Air Force is fighting to fill cockpits. The Air Force has about...
‘Signs of Suicide’ art to be displayed Oct. 29-Nov. 2

‘Signs of Suicide’ art to be displayed Oct. 29-Nov. 2

A “Signs of Suicide” art display will take place Oct. 29 through Nov. 2 in the Wright-Patterson Medical Center atrium, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. The artwork has been produced by participants at the K12 and TEJAS (Teen Educational and Joint Adult Studio) Gallery in Dayton. https://www.daytondailynews.com/news/holocaust-survivor-shares-story-resilience-during-wingman-day/wcuTG9lznIxQY9CqwgwXFN/...
Holocaust survivor shares story of resilience during Wingman Day

Holocaust survivor shares story of resilience during Wingman Day

More than 73 years ago, Samuel Heider was liberated from the horrors of the Holocaust after spending years in a ghetto, concentration camps, losing his entire family and being on the verge of death every day. Recently, Heider was the featured speaker during the Air Force Life Cycle Management Center’s Wingman Day activities at Wright-Patterson, where he talked about his experiences before, during...
Gourds to fly above Wright-Patterson Nov. 2

Gourds to fly above Wright-Patterson Nov. 2

Teams and individuals are scheduled to launch a hundred pumpkins distances of thousands of feet at the 14th annual Wright-Patterson Pumpkin Chuck, slated for the grounds behind the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force Nov. 2 from 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Entry to the event is free and open to all base personnel and the general public through the Spinning Road Gate, located at the intersection of Spinning...
Potential attackers may use tests of base security to make plans

Potential attackers may use tests of base security to make plans

Eagle Eyes, the Air Force’s anti-terrorism program is designed to bring the eyes and ears of all Airmen to bear on terrorism prevention by teaching about the typical activities that terrorists engage in to plan their attacks. To help individuals identify potential threats, the program details seven main areas of interest that can be present in the lead up to a potential terrorist attack. Recognizing...
Need to consume energy wisely each day continues

Need to consume energy wisely each day continues

The 88th Civil Engineer Group Energy Team is currently closing out an in-depth and successful energy awareness campaign during October. The month highlighted federally mandated energy action through awareness campaigns and outreach activities. Energy Action Month may have come to a successful close this week and may be in the rear-view mirror, but the requirement to consume energy wisely is a continuous...
Online pledging continues for annual CFC fund drive

Online pledging continues for annual CFC fund drive

Wright-Patterson Air Force Base’s Combined Federal Campaign participation officially kicked off Oct. 3 at Wright State University’s Nutter Center. Susy Himelhoch, local CFC director, discusses this year’s campaign. The local 2018 Combined Federal Campaign kicked off Oct. 3. Last year a number of changes were introduced by the U.S. Office of Personnel Management and continue this...
After losing son, Wright-Patt doctor warns parents about flu threat 

After losing son, Wright-Patt doctor warns parents about flu threat 

On Christmas Day last year, every parent’s nightmare unraveled for Dr. Laura Sidari and her family.  The Air Force psychiatrist at the Wright-Patterson Medical Center, and her husband, Dr. Anthony Sidari, a rheumatologist, lost their 4-year-old son, Leon, to complications of influenza.  He passed away at a medical facility elsewhere from bacterial pneumonia secondary...
Huffman Prairie prescribed burn season dates announced

Huffman Prairie prescribed burn season dates announced

Officials from the 88th Civil Engineer Group Natural Resources Program have announced prescribed burn season dates for the annual Huffman Prairie burn. The burn season begins Nov. 1 and ends March 15, 2019. https://www.daytondailynews.com/news/wright-patt-mother-physician-tells-story-heartbreaking-loss/BVXUBCDighNXN49vlvisgO/ Prescribed burns on the Huffman Prairie are used to maintain and enhance...
Progressive fitness program can enhance physical performance

Progressive fitness program can enhance physical performance

The United States Air Force School of Aerospace Medicine is seeking volunteers to participate in a 15-week progressive fitness program that can enhance overall physical performance and improve Air Force fitness assessment scores. “This research was originally developed through exercise physiology consultative work our team was performing at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base and we recognized a...
Competitive body building leads to muscles, strength, self-confidence

Competitive body building leads to muscles, strength, self-confidence

Standing on a stage in a room full of strangers to be judged on your appearance might sound like a nightmare to some, but to Danielle Burress, 88th Force Support Squadron Community Services flight chief, and 2nd Lt. Wendy Price, 88th Mission Support Group executive officer, it’s a rush like no other. “The term (body building) can be deceiving. It encompasses more than just men with lots...
Cyber security, energy assurance key to Wright-Patt missions

Cyber security, energy assurance key to Wright-Patt missions

Installations play an important strategic role within a multi-domain battlespace. Threats to mission previously were air, ground or sea based and largely occurred within a defined area of operations. Historically, troops are into harm’s way and focus heavily on protecting those installations and missions; however, there was typically less concern state side as there were minimal threats to installations...
Community partnership meeting brings together helping agencies

Community partnership meeting brings together helping agencies

A Wright-Patterson Air Force Base community partnership event was held at the Religious Education Facility in the Prairies housing area Oct.12, bringing together more than 40 helping agencies. It was a free networking event open to public agencies that target outreach, prevention, new parent support, victim advocacy and maltreatment. The goal was to help attendees become educated on the Wright-Patterson...
Wright-Patt encourages diverse workforce, offering support to excel

Wright-Patt encourages diverse workforce, offering support to excel

Wright-Patterson Air Force Base recognizes that in any organization a diverse workforce is vital to its success. During National Disability Employment Awareness Month, employers acknowledge the positive impact a more diverse team can have. Anita Kerns, a financial specialist at the 711th Human Performance Wing, is an example of how supporting and accommodating employees with disabilities helps them...
Volunteer sponsors sought for annual holiday gift-giving program

Volunteer sponsors sought for annual holiday gift-giving program

The time has come to sign up to become an Adopt-A-Family program sponsor. This year’s program will be headed up by the Wright-Patterson Air Force Base’s First Sergeant’s Council. https://www.daytondailynews.com/news/wright-patt-encourages-diverse-workforce-offering-support-excel/jicECi1AJOQsYj1QNGP2eO/ The Adopt-A-Family program provides holiday gifts for children up to the age of...

GRILL update to aid students

The Gaming Research Integration for Learning Laboratory, or GRILL, under the Air Force Research Laboratory, 711th Human Performance Wing, Airman Systems Directorate’s Warfighter Readiness Research Division will be getting a new home early next year, thanks to a 30,000-square-foot renovation of unoccupied building space at the Dayton Regional STEM School on Woodman Drive in Kettering. https://www...
Obenland Memorial Award commemorates engineer, hero

Obenland Memorial Award commemorates engineer, hero

An engineering officer at the Air Force Lifecycle Management Center, Tinker Air Force Base, Oklahoma, is the recipient of the 2018 Roland R. Obenland Memorial Award. Capt. Nicholas Tankersley, an armament sustainment system engineer in the B-2 Program Office, was presented the award at a ceremony at Tinker, officiated by Col. William Patrick, B-2 program director, and Fred Abrams, a former pilot who...
Wright-Patt Exchange store unveils $6.4 million upgrade

Wright-Patt Exchange store unveils $6.4 million upgrade

A store on Wright-Patterson Air Force Base has a new look after more than $6.4 million in upgrades. Right after the ribbon-cutting this morning, shoppers were able to explore a new athletic apparel section and other features at the base Exchange store. The store serves hundreds of thousands of veterans and military members in the area and the overdue upgrades ensure that they have everything they...
Tempers heated over Air Force coffee mugs costing nearly $1,300

Tempers heated over Air Force coffee mugs costing nearly $1,300

Concerns about expensive military coffee mugs are heating up. Several media outlets are warming to reports of military coffee cups costing $1,220 to $1,280. In two years, replacement costs for the special mugs, which can reheat coffee and tea on air refueling tankers, have gone up more than $500 per cup, forcing the service to dish out $32,000 this year for just 25 cups, the Air Force Times reported...
Drone producer demands that UD research group ‘withdraw’ research and video

Drone producer demands that UD research group ‘withdraw’ research and video

A manufacturer of small drones is “respectfully demanding” that the University of Dayton Research Institute withdraw an “alarmist video” and blog post showing what the manufacturer contends is an impossibly unrealistic collision of a small drone and a light propeller-driven airplane. In response, UDRI said Monday it has amended its original news release on the research. The...
Turning military inventions into golden opportunities

Turning military inventions into golden opportunities

Military innovations are often the perfect launching pad for commercial businesses far outside military base fences. For that reason, Nicholas Ripplinger, founder of Dayton’s Battle Sight Technologies, doesn’t see TechLink as just another program. Neither does Timothy Shaw, president and chief operating officer of Riverside’s GlobalFlyte Inc. TechLink — which calls itself the...
Inventive, time-saving tools track technical tweaks

Inventive, time-saving tools track technical tweaks

HANSCOM AIR FORCE BASE, Mass. – Program Executive Officer Digital’s personnel are already “walking the walk” by integrating time-saving applications into their own workflow, pollinating proven concepts across commands and services. These tools, both intuitive and time-saving by design, enable simultaneous access to data, such as requirements, program notes and contractor documents...
Special Warfare Training Wing activates to train global combat Airmen

Special Warfare Training Wing activates to train global combat Airmen

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-LACKLAND, Texas – To meet the demand for special operations warfighters and improve retention rates for these critical career fields, Air Force officials activated the Special Warfare Training Wing Oct. 10. The mission of the new wing is to select, train, equip and mentor Airmen to conduct global combat operations in contested, denied, operationally limited, and permissive...
Businesses test innovations during technology acceleration event

Businesses test innovations during technology acceleration event

More than 30 companies from around the country recently tested innovations during Operation Tech Warrior, a technology acceleration event sponsored by the Air Force Small Business Innovation Research/Small Business Technology Transfer Program. Held in late September at the National Center for Medical Readiness – a Wright State Research Institute Laboratory in Fairborn, Ohio – the event...
Program manager wins DOD-level award for work with Tanker fleet

Program manager wins DOD-level award for work with Tanker fleet

TINKER AIR FORCE BASE, Okla. – When Samantha Sumner was first notified that she had won the prestigious David O. Cooke Excellence in Public Administration award, she didn’t believe it. With less than seven years of experience working for the Air Force Life Cycle Management Center’s Legacy Tanker Division, in a variety of roles, including program manager and logistics management specialist...
Have ‘spooktacular aerospace fun’ during Family Day

Have ‘spooktacular aerospace fun’ during Family Day

Learn fun aerospace principles through free Halloween-themed activities during Family Day Oct. 27 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...
Metals Affordability Initiative spurs innovation, greater agility

Metals Affordability Initiative spurs innovation, greater agility

At the heart of some of the most critical Air Force assets is something seemingly very basic – metal. But as hotter, faster, more efficient platforms increasingly become the norm, Air Force suppliers and original equipment manufacturers look toward advancing materials and processing techniques to keep up with changing needs. That’s where the Metals Affordability Initiative comes in. https...
New adviser links schools, organizations, military families

New adviser links schools, organizations, military families

Networking and establishing rapport with 29 school districts within a 20-mile radius of the base is the initial focus for Janet Wynn, who is the new school liaison officer at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. In this position, Wynn serves as primary adviser concerning school-related issues to the base, by promoting and facilitating communication between local K-12 schools, military families and related...
Civilian hiring pilot program targets efficiency, timeliness

Civilian hiring pilot program targets efficiency, timeliness

A two-year pilot program to test strategies to improve the Air Force civilian hiring process will begin Oct. 28. Air Force Personnel Center Operating Locations at Hill, Robins, Tinker and Wright-Patterson Air Force Bases that provide Air Force Materiel Command personnel support will realign to AFMC, creating opportunities to test innovative strategies for processing of civilian personnel actions....
AF Technology Transfer Program names new director, expands focus

AF Technology Transfer Program names new director, expands focus

The Air Force Technology Transfer Program recently selected a new program director. Joseph Gordon, previously the division chief of the Air Force Science & Technology Management Division, was named director of the nationwide program. “In my previous position, I had the opportunity to oversee the broad Air Force science and technology portfolio. One of the most interesting areas was the Technology...
Striking granite monument now graces museum’s Memorial Park

Striking granite monument now graces museum’s Memorial Park

Fallen servicemembers who have made the ultimate sacrifice and their Gold Star family members now have a new memorial dedicated to them at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. A ceremony involving military leaders, local and regional officials and dozens of Gold Star family members was held the morning of Oct. 16 in the museum’s Memorial Park. https://www...
Air Force, Hollywood partner during making of ‘First Man’

Air Force, Hollywood partner during making of ‘First Man’

ARLINGTON, Va. – Since the inception of the Air Force in 1947, film makers, novelists and even creators of video games have wanted to tell the tales of Airmen. The Air Force Public Affairs Entertainment Liaison office works to project and protect the image of the U.S. Air Force within the global entertainment environment. From the storyboard to the big screen, at no cost to the government, these...
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