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Army veteran who lost both legs to roadside bomb is becoming a doctor

Greg Galeazzi is putting on a white coat at Harvard Medical School six years after losing his legs while serving in the Army. Galeazzi told ABC News that he lost his legs and much of his right arm when a roadside bomb exploded in Afghanistan in May 2011, just one month before he was scheduled to head home. “It felt like I was an empty coke can on train tracks getting hit by a freight...
That’s a wrap: students complete summertime work at AFRL

That’s a wrap: students complete summertime work at AFRL

Each summer high school and college students apply for jobs at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base with hopes of working in a world-class research laboratory. This year was no exception. Cristian Orozco, a graduate student from the University of Texas El Paso is currently wrapping up his work as part of the Minority Leaders Research Collaboration Program in AFRL’s Materials and Manufacturing Directorate...
Airmen often target of scams, rip-offs

Airmen often target of scams, rip-offs

Military members, with their predictable paychecks and occasional requirements to deploy, many times run the gamut of scams and rip-offs during the course of their careers. Airmen are often the target of confidence tricksters, social engineering efforts and sophisticated schemes designed to separate them from their hard-earned pay. http://www.daytondailynews.com/news/air-force-marathon-month-away/aRID2cDjI0sMtaapuP6MKK/...
Giant scale model aircraft to take to the skies

Giant scale model aircraft to take to the skies

Visitors will see some of history’s well-known airframes at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force over Labor Day weekend, but they won’t just be the ones inside the galleries. Scale versions of those aircraft will fly over the museum, regaling spectators with daring aerobatics. The Giant Scale Radio-Controlled Model Aircraft Air Show is scheduled for Sept. 1-3. More than 100 pilots...
Demands for donated blood go up in the summer

Demands for donated blood go up in the summer

The primary mission for the Armed Services Blood Program is to spread the word that the blood donor program is at the Wright-Patterson Medical Center. “Summertime is a period when blood donation needs go up because of increased accidents and compounding the blood shortage during these month are PCS (permanent change of station) moves and vacations for donors,” said Nikki Edwards, technician...
Inaugural event celebrates contributions of Wright-Patt interns

Inaugural event celebrates contributions of Wright-Patt interns

Hundreds of interns working across Wright-Patterson Air Force Base were honored Aug. 10 at an inaugural picnic held at Bass Lake. The work of about 600 interns assigned to Air Force Materiel Command, Air Force Life Cycle Management Center and the Air Force Research Laboratory was celebrated with remarks by senior leadership, a picnic lunch and an afternoon of activities and fellowship. Kathy Watern...
Celebrate Air Force’s 70th birthday

Celebrate Air Force’s 70th birthday

Members of the community are invited to join Team Wright-Patt at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force Sept. 8 to celebrate the Air Force’s 70th birthday. The event will be held in the museum’s fourth hangar from 6 to 11 p.m. and will include an evening of cocktails, food stations, live music and dancing. Aviation experts will be on hand to explain the history of various aircraft in...
Air Force Marathon a month away

Air Force Marathon a month away

Excitement is building around the 21st Air Force Marathon set to take place at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in a month on Sept. 16, 2017. “We are super excited about the 21st running of the Air Force Marathon,” said Rob Aguiar, Air Force Marathon race director. “This year in particular is very special because we are celebrating the 70th birthday of the Air Force, and the Air Force...
AFRL senior scientist to receive international achievement award

AFRL senior scientist to receive international achievement award

A senior scientist at the Air Force Research Laboratory’s Materials and Manufacturing Directorate will receive the prestigious 2018 ASM International Albert Sauver Achievement Award in fall 2018. Dr. Sheldon “Lee” Semiatin, the Air Force Senior Scientist for Materials Processing and Processing Science, will be recognized for significant contributions to materials research and development...
AFIT offers unique nuclear engineering program

AFIT offers unique nuclear engineering program

With talk of nuclear weapons returning to Americans’ everyday conversations, it might be excusable for the average person to think that the technology somehow had left the mainstream; this couldn’t be further from the truth. For educators at the Air Force Institute of Technology, nuclear engineering has been a mainstay of their engineering physics program for more than 60 years, teaching...
Light Attack Experiment: A new way of doing business for Air Force

Light Attack Experiment: A new way of doing business for Air Force

On March 8, 2017, Gen. David L. Goldfein, Air Force chief of staff, issued a memorandum stating that the Air Force Strategic Development Planning and Experimentation Office at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base would lead a campaign directed at the Air Force’s light attack capabilities. Just five months later, the SDPE office, along with representatives from Air Combat Command, Air Force Materiel...
$7M behind push to make Ohio landing site for drone work

$7M behind push to make Ohio landing site for drone work

More than three years since Ohio was snubbed in a bid for a coveted federally designated drone test site, officials have targeted a renewed push to make the region a leading hot spot to test and build future unmanned aerial technology. Advocates want Ohio to be the test site of “Jetsons-like” personal air vehicles by 2022. They also want a stake in the development of package delivery drones...
Hey Connecticut, Back off first flight claims: Ohio was first

Hey Connecticut, Back off first flight claims: Ohio was first

The war between Ohio and Connecticut over who was first in flight has heated up again with both sides claiming pioneering aviators in their home state claim the title. Ohio Rep. Rick Perales, R-Beavercreek, is scheduled Friday to trek to Huffman Prairie Flying Field where Orville and Wilbur Wright perfected the airplane to present a proclamation declaring the Dayton duo first to fly in powered flight...
Springfield VA clinic outgrows location, plans $1M expansion project

Springfield VA clinic outgrows location, plans $1M expansion project

The Dayton VA Medical Center plans a nearly $1 million expansion for its Springfield outpatient clinic in order to offer more services. The health-care system announced Wednesday that it has outgrown its current space on Burnett Road. The Veterans Affairs office has solicited offers for a proposed new location. The project has health and economic benefits that will help the Springfield region, said...
5 missing after Army helicopter reported down off coast of Hawaii

5 missing after Army helicopter reported down off coast of Hawaii

U.S. Coast Guard and Army officials were responding Wednesday morning to reports of a downed Army UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter off the coast of Hawaii. The helicopter had five crew on board when it reportedly went down, Coast Guard officials said. Officials spotted a debris field just before 11:30 p.m. local time Tuesday near Oahu’s Kaena Point.
Air Guard F-16s to fly over Springfield today

Air Guard F-16s to fly over Springfield today

Fighter jets were set to fly over Springfield this morning on a training exercise with a Civil Air Patrol aircraft, officials said. The F-16 Fighting Falcons, part of the 180th Fighter Wing, will be training through 10 a.m., according to the Ohio Air National Guard. The jets are assigned to the Toledo Air National Guard Base. RELATED Air Force testing light attack plane PHOTOS reveal Russian spy plane...
Air Force testing light-attack plane

Air Force testing light-attack plane

Four planes are in a dogfight of sorts over the skies of the New Mexico desert this month in the hope that one company will land a future lucrative Air Force contract for a light-attack plane. Air Force officials say the flights are part of a $6 million experiment and not a competition. The Air Force Strategic Development Planning and Experimentation Office at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base is managing...
Stretch of Ohio 121 dedicated for airman who died in Phillipines

Stretch of Ohio 121 dedicated for airman who died in Phillipines

A stretch of state Route 121 was dedicated Monday to honor Master Sgt William L. McDaniel II, of Darke County. The Air Force airman gave his life during Operation Enduring Freedom. McDaniel is being remembered via signs that have been erected on 121, from New Madison to Fort Jefferson. Six miles have been dedicated in remembrance of the airman, a special tactics para rescue-man who was killed...
Drone summit shortens days, expands future events to draw more people

Drone summit shortens days, expands future events to draw more people

An unmanned aerial systems conference that brought hundreds of attendees to Dayton has shortened the number of days and added drone-related events this year in a change in format, organizers say. Midwest UAS will be a half-day conference at the Dayton Marriott hotel on Wednesday. The format is a switch compared to prior years when the event was two days and the location was the Dayton Convention Center...
Russian surveillance plane spotted over Boston

Russian surveillance plane spotted over Boston

An incredible photo taken Saturday showed a Russian surveillance plane flying over Boston. A photographer with The Boston Herald took the photo in South Boston and estimated the plane to be only about 3,600 feet high -- less than a mile above the ground and one-tenth as high as cruising altitude for most commercial flights. The flight was sanctioned because of what is called the Open Skies Treaty...
DOD: Periodic health assessment to include mental health portion

DOD: Periodic health assessment to include mental health portion

The periodic health assessment, required for all active-duty members, now includes a mental health assessment, aimed to better ensure members are deployable and to promote individual medical readiness. Based on the National Defense Authorization Act, Congress made the mental health portion of the assessment a Department of Defense requirement that went into effect July 31, after determining a better...
Guam releases fact sheet for imminent missile threat: 'Do not look at the flash or fireball'

Guam releases fact sheet for imminent missile threat: 'Do not look at the flash or fireball'

Guam releases fact sheet for imminent missile threat: 'Do not look at the flash or fireball'Guam Homeland Security on Friday released guidelines for residents to prepare “for an imminent missile threat” as President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un continued to barbs. The release came just days after North Korea’s army said in a statement that it was reviewing...
Groups clash over Wright-Patt invitation to ‘faith-based’ event

Groups clash over Wright-Patt invitation to ‘faith-based’ event

An advocacy group led by a high-profile lawyer has offered to back Wright-Patterson Air Force Base after a complaint was filed by the Military Religious Freedom Foundation over a base-wide email inviting employees to a simulcast of a “faith-based” leadership summit this week. The American Center for Law & Justice, a Washington, D.C.-based group led by Jay Alan Sekulow, a private attorney...
Policy changes, new goals leading to boost in AF recruits

Policy changes, new goals leading to boost in AF recruits

The 338th Recruiting Squadron, headquartered at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, is expecting a surge in numbers for new recruits this year due to the Air Force’s expansion of policies and increased annual goals. It recruits men and women across Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, West Virginia and Kentucky and is meeting and exceeding a surge in new enlistments contracts this year due to the Air Force&rsquo...
Run for the Fallen: registration continues; volunteers needed

Run for the Fallen: registration continues; volunteers needed

Wright-Patterson Air Force Base community runners and walkers can now register to remember those who perished in the 9/11 attacks with the fourth annual Run for the Fallen scheduled for Sept. 11. The Run for the Fallen program is scheduled to start at 8 a.m. on the Area B flight line at the intersection of Loop and Spaatz roads. The event will include moments of remembrance from 9/11, as well as personal...
Addition wins top rating for energy, environmental design

Addition wins top rating for energy, environmental design

Trying for silver can sometimes mean winning the gold, as officials at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base can attest. The museum’s fourth building, an addition that opened June 8, 2016, was recognized during a presentation Aug. 3 for meeting the standards of LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Gold certification, as determined by the...
Dedicated volunteer receives Air Force-level award

Dedicated volunteer receives Air Force-level award

Dede Richardson, a military spouse, received the 2017 Air Force Fisher House Volunteer of the Year Award during a ceremony Aug. 7 at the Fisher House II, one of two, side-by-side compassionate comfort care facilities at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. “She is what we think of as the perfect volunteer for the Fisher Houses because she has a compassionate heart,” said Karen Healea, Fisher...
AF Museum: Celebrate National Aviation Day during free event

AF Museum: Celebrate National Aviation Day during free event

Celebrate National Aviation Day with free educational activities at Family Day Aug. 19 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. National Aviation Day is a celebration of all things related to aviation and is held on the anniversary of Orville Wright’s birthday (146 years ago on Aug. 19 in Dayton, Ohio). During Family Day, museum visitors will learn about achievements...
Base exercise tests response to various emergency events

Base exercise tests response to various emergency events

As soon as the third quarter, base-wide exercise concluded Aug. 4, Wing Inspection Team members and exercise planners turned to the task of reviewing the observations noted during events covered in their respective areas of responsibility. The week’s exercises started early, July 31, with an active shooter response event held at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. To lessen the impact...
Commander’s Challenge harnesses energy of group competition

Commander’s Challenge harnesses energy of group competition

The 2017 Air Force Research Laboratory Commander’s Challenge kicked off with teams and leaders from around Air Force Materiel Command coming together for a three-day conference at the Wright-Brothers Institute Tec^Edge Innovation and Collaboration Center in Dayton Aug. 2. AFRL Commander Maj. Gen. William T. Cooley opened the 10th iteration of the annual design competition that poses real-world...
Embedded researchers develop innovative battlefield medical technology

Embedded researchers develop innovative battlefield medical technology

FALLS CHURCH, Va. – Imagine the chaos and challenge of delivering life-saving care in a battlefield environment. That’s what faced a group of Air Force researchers as they developed a new electronic patient monitoring tool for use on the battlefield. Overcoming this challenge required an integrated development process, where researchers left the lab and embedded on missions with medical...
Wright-Patt Med Center: Pet therapy offers comfort to patients, staff

Wright-Patt Med Center: Pet therapy offers comfort to patients, staff

The 88th Medical Group, in partnership with the Miami Valley Pet Therapy Association, offers pet therapy for their patients and staff members to help reduce stress, ease anxieties and reduce loneliness. “From the fearful child getting bloodwork drawn, to a nurse who is having a stressful day in the emergency room, to an elderly patient alone in hospital room, pet therapy can help provide comfort...
Wright-Patt, AF leaders to meet with industry on defense needs

Wright-Patt, AF leaders to meet with industry on defense needs

An Air Force forum to interact with the defense industry will address emerging air and space threats, weapons cyber security and acquisition issues, among other topics, Wright-Patterson officials say. The Air Force Life Cycle Management Industry Days will conduct the annual forum at the University of Dayton River Campus on Sept. 13-15. Attendees will be able to see presentations from leaders with...
US drone strikes in Somalia hit al-Shabaab fighters 

US drone strikes in Somalia hit al-Shabaab fighters 

The U.S. military said it conducted two drone strikes Thursday against al-Qaeda-affiliated al-Shabaab fighters in southern Somalia, Fox News reported. Somalia’s president said the strikes killed a high-level al-Shabaab leader, The Associated Press reported.  The strikes occurred near the Banadiir region of Somalia, according to a statement by the U.S. Africa Command. Results were...
Newspaper: China should stay neutral if N. Korea fires first on US

Newspaper: China should stay neutral if N. Korea fires first on US

A state-run newspaper urged that China should remain neutral if North Korea follows through on its plans to fire missiles near Guam, Reuters reported Friday. The comments by the Global Times came after President Donald Trump raised the level of his rhetoric against North Korea on Thursday, saying his earlier threat to unleash "fire and fury" on Pyongyang if it launched an attack may...
PHOTOS reveal Russian spy plane spotted at Wright Patt

PHOTOS reveal Russian spy plane spotted at Wright Patt

A Russian surveillance Tu-154 jet that landed at Wright-Patterson on Wednesday remains at the Air Force base today. The jet is expected to fly missions over the United States through Friday, a base spokesman said. The unarmed observation missions are permitted under the Open Skies treaty which allows the United States and Russia to fly surveillance flights over each other’s territory to monitor...
Russia spy plane flying out of Wright-Patt

Russia spy plane flying out of Wright-Patt

A Russian surveillance jet that landed at Wright-Patterson on Wednesday and reportedly created a buzz when the plane flew over Washington, D.C., will be at the Miami Valley base today as it flies missions over the United States, authorities say. The flights are perfectly legal under the Open Skies treaty and coordinated with U.S. authorities who were aboard the Russian Tu-154, which resembles an airliner...
Defense experts divided on how to handle North Korea

Defense experts divided on how to handle North Korea

President Donald Trump has warned North Korea could face “fire and fury like the world has never seen” because of concerns the rogue nation may have the ability to launch nuclear-tipped missiles at the United States, but experts are divided on how best to deal with potential threat. Some argue additional economic sanctions and collective diplomatic pressure are needed to pressure the rogue...
Amid North Korea threat, old law prevents Washington state from preparing for nuclear disaster

Amid North Korea threat, old law prevents Washington state from preparing for nuclear disaster

As North Korea considers a strike against the U.S. territory of Guam, KIRO-TV is looking into the plans to protect Washington state residents. KIRO-TV found that a law from the '80s is blocking the state's effort to prepare for the worst. That law actually prevents Washington State Emergency Management from planning for a nuclear strike. Lawmakers passed it as a symbolic end to the Cold War with...
Russian spy plane that flew near Wright-Patt trolled Trump

Russian spy plane that flew near Wright-Patt trolled Trump

A Russian surveillance plane that flew over the Washington, D.C., area and near Bedminster, N.J. where President Donald Trump is on a working vacation later appeared to fly at low altitude near Wright-Patterson on Wednesday, POLITICO reported. The website said while the flight was legal under the Open Skies treaty that permits Russia and the United States to conduct surveillance missions over each...
Defense contractor sentenced in federal fraud case

Defense contractor sentenced in federal fraud case

One of the two officials of a now dissolved local government contractor for NASA and the Air Force was sentenced Wednesday to three years’ probation and a $50,000 fine for unlawfully securing service contracts from the U.S. Air Force and NASA. Nicholas T. Borton, 51, had pleaded guilty in Dayton’s U.S. District Court by bill of information to conspiracy to defraud the United States government...
Trump’s threat to North Korea was improvised

Trump’s threat to North Korea was improvised

President Donald Trump delivered his “fire and fury” threat to North Korea on Tuesday with arms folded, jaw set and eyes flitting on what appeared to be a single page of talking points set before him on the conference table at his New Jersey golf resort. The piece of paper, as it turned out, was a fact sheet on the opioid crisis he had come to talk about, and his ominous warning to Pyongyang...
Simple Clark County field holds history to our name, past

Simple Clark County field holds history to our name, past

Sitting at an outdoor ceremony Sunday afternoon I enjoyed the view of the valley below Hertzler House and the Battle of Peckuwe Memorial. The floodplain is flat and the valley is framed by the Mad River running to the south along Route 4 and a ridgeline of higher land that looks like a long hill from below. If only that land could talk. RELATED: Cottrel: DNA test a golden ticket for family history...
World War II warbirds rumble over the region

World War II warbirds rumble over the region

Four legendary World War II-era warbirds — three bombers and a fighter plane — landed at Dayton Wright Brothers Airport this afternoon in a return to another time. A B-17 Flying Fortress, B-24 Liberator, B-25 Mitchell and a two-seat P-51 Mustang, part of the “Wings of Freedom Tour,” will be flying in the area today through Friday, organizers say. Visitors can pay to fly in...
WWII Warbirds will rumble over Dayton: You can fly in one

WWII Warbirds will rumble over Dayton: You can fly in one

Three rumbling World War II-era bombers and a classic fighter plane on Wednesday will soar over the Miami Valley. A B-17 Flying Fortress, B-24 Liberator, B-25 Mitchell and a two-seat P-51 Mustang, part of the “Wings of Freedom Tour,” are scheduled to land at Dayton-Wright Brothers Airport in Miami Twp. between 1:30 and 2 p.m. Wednesday, an organizer said. Visitors can pay to fly in each...
Military dad surprises daughter with unexpected homecoming at zoo

Military dad surprises daughter with unexpected homecoming at zoo

A military dad’s surprise homecoming at a dolphin show is melting hearts across the country. “Everything else disappeared when I saw her,” U.S. Army Reserve Capt. Joshua Flury told WLS. Flury told his wife he’d be coming home within the week, and together they came up with a plan to surprise their 12-year-old daughter, Kristi. His wife, April Flury, worked with the...
Group wants Wright-Patt to investigate email it describes faith-based

Group wants Wright-Patt to investigate email it describes faith-based

The leader of the Military Religious Freedom Foundation has demanded Wright-Patterson’s installation commander investigate an emailed invitation the organization said was sent out base wide in violation of Air Force regulations to invite people to a faith-based event. MRFF argued the invitation to a simulcast near the base of the Aug. 10-11 “Global Leadership Summit,” which the organization...
Virginia native first black woman to serve as West Point First Captain

Virginia native first black woman to serve as West Point First Captain

A Virginia native will be the first African-American woman to serve as West Point’s First Captain, the U.S. Military Academy Public Affairs Office announced Thursday. Simone Askew, 20, of Fairfax, will lead a 4,440-member Corps of Cadets, according to the announcement. This is the top leadership role for cadets; she will assume the post on Aug. 13, according to a statement by the Academy...
Air Force buys two Boeing 747s to replace current Air Force Ones

Air Force buys two Boeing 747s to replace current Air Force Ones

The Air Force announced late Friday the purchase of two existing Boeing 747-8 jumbo jetliners once destined to a now defunct Russian airline that will become the next generation Air Force One aircraft in the presidential fleet. A purchase price for the two jets in storage in California was not released. A Boeing spokeswoman in a statement, however, said the the two jetliners were bought at &ldquo...
Guardsman hears, ‘Welcome Home, Charlie’

Guardsman hears, ‘Welcome Home, Charlie’

Sgt. Charlie Hacker of Miamisburg was welcomed back to the Washington-Centerville Public Library with a celebration party on Aug. 2. ››RELATED: Former cancer patient gives back Dozens of teens, library staff and patrons cheered and waved tiny American flags provided by the Dayton USO as he walked into the library’s Children’s Room with his wife, Sara. The Ohio...
AFRL seeks innovative energy solutions for warfighter mission

AFRL seeks innovative energy solutions for warfighter mission

The Air Force Research Laboratory’s Advanced Power Technology Office is seeking innovative alternative energy and energy-efficient technology solutions with the release of its latest broad agency announcement, published July 19 on the Federal Business Opportunities website. APTO’s mission is to guide the development and execution of numerous advanced technology demonstrations, supporting...
Air Force senior leaders unveil new priorities

Air Force senior leaders unveil new priorities

WASHINGTON – In a recent letter to the Total Force, Secretary of the Air Force Heather Wilson, Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David L. Goldfein and Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force Kaleth O. Wright released their new priorities and addressed issues Airmen face day to day. “For more than 70 years, our fellow Americans have asked you to be the sentinels of air and space for the nation,...
Engineer honored for air breathing propulsion work

Engineer honored for air breathing propulsion work

Dr. Campbell Carter, an aerospace systems engineer with the Air Force Research Laboratory’s Aerospace Systems Directorate at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, has been honored with the 2017 American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics Air Breathing Propulsion Award for outstanding research on optical diagnostics for high-speed flowfields. Carter, who performs research with the High Speed...
Ohio Women Veterans Conference is Aug. 12

Ohio Women Veterans Conference is Aug. 12

An Ohio Women Veterans Conference will be held Aug. 12 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Ohio Union at the Ohio State University, 1739 N. High St., Columbus. Registration is free, with a fee for the optional lunch. A registration ticket is required for admittance. To register, go online to www.dvs.ohio.gov/main/women-veterans-conference. http://www.daytondailynews.com/news/new-handlers-are-training-form-strong-partnerships/ebrHYbthToQp8OUVf77FlJ/...
88th Security Forces Squadron ‘defenders’ support Secret Service

88th Security Forces Squadron ‘defenders’ support Secret Service

While many people know that protecting the president of the United States and other protectees is one of the primary tasks of the U.S. Secret Service, they may not know just how much Wright-Patterson Air Force Base’s 88th Security Forces Squadron contributes to that mission. From recent vice presidential and presidential visits to Wright-Patterson AFB and the surrounding areas, to the opening...
New handlers are training to form strong partnerships

New handlers are training to form strong partnerships

Staff Sgt. Ashley Albright, 88th Security Forces military working dog handler, along with another senior MWD handler, Staff Sgt. Seth Dale, are in the process of training two new dog handlers at the 88th Security Forces Squadron military working dog kennels at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. Senior Airman Anthony Martinelli and Senior Airman Marshall Freeman are currently training on real-world critical...
WPAFB Technology Expo returns Aug. 9

WPAFB Technology Expo returns Aug. 9

The 23rd annual Wright-Patterson Air Force Base Technology Expo will be held Aug. 9 from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Hope Hotel, 10823 Chidlaw Road, next to Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. The event is free and open to everyone interested in today’s technology, including Department of Defense, government and contractor personnel. Pre-register online at https://fdaexpo.com/register.php?id=226...
Branch supports foreign military sales construction projects

Branch supports foreign military sales construction projects

Helping the more than 100 American allied nations get the Air Force weapons systems they need to protect and defend their sovereignty is the mission of the Air Force Security Assistance and Cooperation Directorate headquartered at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. But before weapons systems – including aircraft, munitions and training equipment – are delivered to these foreign partners...
Career fair set for Aug. 10

Career fair set for Aug. 10

The Dayton Engineering, Technology and Security Clearance Career Fair is scheduled for Aug. 10 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Hope Hotel, 10823 Chidlaw Road, next to Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. Participating companies are expected to be Integrity Applications Inc., Production Control Units Inc., Riverside Research, UTC Aerospace Systems and more. Free resume reviews will be conducted onsite. http...
Brown urges Pentagon not to move key Wright-Patt program

Brown urges Pentagon not to move key Wright-Patt program

A decades-long Air Force Research Laboratory initiative to ensure the nation retains manufacturing critical to national security has been ordered to move from Wright-Patterson Air Force Base to the Pentagon later this year, officials say. U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, has urged the highest-ranking Pentagon civilian leader to reverse the decision. He and three of his congressional colleagues sent...
711th Human Performance Wing significant in research lab’s heritage

711th Human Performance Wing significant in research lab’s heritage

The Air Force Research Laboratory has a rich and complex heritage, celebrating 100 years of U.S. Air Force science and technology this year. At less than 10 years old, the lab’s 711th Human Performance Wing is young – but its mission is anything but. Today’s wing comprises the Airman Systems Directorate, the United States Air Force School of Aerospace Medicine and the Human Systems...
Dayton defense firm plans to double HQ jobs in move to Miamisburg

Dayton defense firm plans to double HQ jobs in move to Miamisburg

A Dayton-based defense contractor is moving to Mound Business Park in Miamisburg with plans to at least double its workforce here. Integrated Solutions and Services Unlimited Inc. plans move its corporate headquarters from 1024 W. Third St. to a three-story facility at 930 Capstone Drive in the 306-acre business park, according to a statement released today. RELATED: Evenflo agrees to keep HQ in Miamisburg...
U.S. has let defense industry demise go too far, local owner says

U.S. has let defense industry demise go too far, local owner says

When Rick Little met presidential candidate Donald Trump at a campaign stop in Dayton last September, Little brought up his concern about the shrinking U.S. defense industrial base. “To me, it’s always been an issue that we’ve let so much of our industry go,” said Little, president of Starwin Industries in Kettering that makes parts to keep aging military jets flying. President...
Fundraiser for wife of soldier killed in Afghanistan tops $32K in first day

Fundraiser for wife of soldier killed in Afghanistan tops $32K in first day

An online fundraiser for the pregnant wife of a soldier killed in Afghanistan on Wednesday has raised more than $32,000 in its first day, Army Times reported. The money will go to support the wife of 25-year-old Spc. Christopher Michael Harris of Jackson Springs, North Carolina, according to the description of a GoFundMe account set up by a friend. “Britt has recently discovered that...
Marines by the hundreds say goodbye to dying brother

Marines by the hundreds say goodbye to dying brother

It’s a military motto that “no man is left behind.” And for a U.S. Marine from Missouri, who will be taken off life support Friday, his comrades in arms have been stopping by his hospital bed to say goodbye. Many of them are strangers but they all share the common bond of brotherhood in the military. >> Read more trending news  Phillip Rochette, 49, enlisted in the Marines...
Dayton VA project could help prepare future national history center

Dayton VA project could help prepare future national history center

The Dayton VA Medical Center will renovate a warehouse on the sprawling campus to house more items and to clear space for a future National VA History Center. A contract was expected to be awarded this fall. Work to upgrade climate controls and loading dock spaces, among other renovations, would be completed in 2018, according to Philip Kirk, Dayton VA chief engineer. RELATED: Surgeries at Dayton...
New Air Force One planes could be leftovers from Russian airline

New Air Force One planes could be leftovers from Russian airline

The Air Force, which has been looking for ways to lower the cost of new planes for Air Force One, is talking to Boeing about buying two jumbo jets that were ordered but never delivered to a now-defunct Russian airline. The Air Force and Boeing confirmed Tuesday that they are working on a deal involving Boeing 747s but declined to disclose further details. Two people close to the matter said that the...
Surgeries at Dayton VA unexpectedly delayed this week

Surgeries at Dayton VA unexpectedly delayed this week

Seven surgical suites at Dayton VA Medical Center will remain closed this week after installation of an air handling system by a contractor took longer than planned as part of an $8.3 million renovation, according to the VA. The delay impacted 49 surgeries that had been scheduled this week, according to the VA. Of those, five surgeries were “assessed to be urgent,” and would be taken care...
Air Force museum garners ‘gold’ for new hangar

Air Force museum garners ‘gold’ for new hangar

A $40.8 million hangar expansion of the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force housing presidential aircraft and one-of-a-kind jets and spacecraft has earned “gold” for going green. RELATED: Air Force museum spreads its wings with $40M expansion The U.S. Green Building Council awarded the massive hangar a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Gold-level certification, according...
Wright-Patt starts emergency exercises today

Wright-Patt starts emergency exercises today

Wright-Patterson personnel will prepare for simulated emergencies this week that may cause traffic backups, heightened security and use of the “giant voice” communication system on base, according to authorities. The exercise today through Friday may simulate active shooter scenarios, or chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear and explosive threats or other scenarios, base authorities...
Iranians: U.S. Navy ship fired warning flares in Persian Gulf

Iranians: U.S. Navy ship fired warning flares in Persian Gulf

A U.S. Navy aircraft carrier fired warning flares at Iranian vessels in the Persian Gulf on Friday, according to Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps. >> Read more trending news In a statement Saturday, the IRGC navy said the American ship was “unprofessional and provocative,” CNN reported. The USS Nimitz and a second American ship approached the Iranian ships, the...
Liberty Twp. man thanks businesses for their care with veterans

Liberty Twp. man thanks businesses for their care with veterans

The modest white house with an American flag-studded garden and a sign warning visitors that “This Home is Protected by a U.S. Veteran” might not have been the most obvious place for an awards ceremony, but it fit the occasion: retired Navy Chief Petty Officer Leonard Koebbe’s recognition of two Liberty Twp. businessmen whose help enabled him to move into the home they were standing...
Reports: Latest North Korean missile could hit Chicago, East Coast

Reports: Latest North Korean missile could hit Chicago, East Coast

The North Korean Hwasong-14/KN20 intercontinental ballistic missile fired Friday by North Korea could reach Washington D.C. or New York City, according to thediplomat.com. Other sources estimated it could hit Chicago or Denver. The website, citing sources within the U.S. government, said calculations based on the missiles’ flight time and it’s 3,700-mile apogee show it could ...
History in a box brings life to battles

History in a box brings life to battles

Volunteers from the Miami Valley Veterans Museum are hitting the road, taking along a lot of history in a box. The museum located in downtown Troy introduced the history in a box project earlier this year as another way to share the stories of the museum and the countless veterans it honors. ››RELATED: Two WWII vets are community neighbors A grant from the Paul G. Duke Foundation...
Living community has two WWII vets

Living community has two WWII vets

Residents of the Brookdale independent living community in Miami Twp. get firsthand stories about World War II from two of their veteran neighbors, Ken Snavely, who just turned 100, and Russ Taylor, who’ll be 100 Oct. 2. ››RELATED: War history in portable boxes “I’d taken business and shorthand classes after high school, and took an exam for a messenger&rsquo...
Inaugural SMART Scholar symposium held at AFIT

Inaugural SMART Scholar symposium held at AFIT

The Department of Defense’s Science, Mathematics and Research for Transformation Scholarship for Service program, held its first SMART Scholar’s “First Flight” Symposium at the Air Force Institute of Technology July 18-19. Established by the Department of Defense, the SMART Scholarship program is a scholarship for service created to recruit and retain the next generation of...
McCrabb: Warrior Weekend in Middletown helps Marine heal old wounds

McCrabb: Warrior Weekend in Middletown helps Marine heal old wounds

Two U.S. Marines met during turbulent times in Afghanistan. The chance encounter occurred while they were on their 2011 deployments and it was “really dangerous over there,” said Marine Sgt. Daniel Erlandson. “We knew we were going somewhere where it was bad,” he said. No truer words were ever spoken. PHOTOS: Ohio Challenge Hot Air Balloon Festival in Middletown On that hot...
Life can be tough, PHAP makes getting help easy

Life can be tough, PHAP makes getting help easy

WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio — Brittney Snider began performing medical procedures on her dolls as a young child and started volunteering at her local hospital at age 13. “My mom said when I cared for my babies, I used to put Band-aids and fake IVs in them,” said Snider. “I just liked helping people, caring for people who are sick and seeing them get better. I don&rsquo...
SECAF recognizes achievements of Senior Executive Service members

SECAF recognizes achievements of Senior Executive Service members

WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio — Secretary of the Air Force Heather Wilson recognized the career achievements of four senior civilians from Wright-Patterson Air Force Base during the 2016 Presidential Rank Awards Ceremony held at the Pentagon July 14. Dr. Todd A. Fore, director, Manpower, Personnel, and Services, Headquarters Air Force Materiel Command; Jorge F. Gonzalez, director, Engineering...
NASIC Airmen learn from AFIT exchange program

NASIC Airmen learn from AFIT exchange program

WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio — Engaging in a cross-cultural mentoring relationship provides a rare opportunity to broaden perspectives and mindsets for both parties, said Anna Giraldo-Kerr, chief executive officer, Shades of Success. It was with this principle in mind that Maj. Robert Bettinger and Kelly Dalton, personnel at the National Air and Space Intelligence Center, Wright-Patterson...
New AFRL pilot program to recruit and retain future engineers

New AFRL pilot program to recruit and retain future engineers

WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio — To diversify the workforce and replace employees nearing retirement in the Air Force, a new pilot program was developed to recruit young talent in the local area. Leadership, Experience, Growing Apprenticeships Committed to Youth, LEGACY, is a new program that began in November 2016 and was created to spark student interest in science, technology, engineering...
Licenses for Wright-Patt hunting seasons available

Licenses for Wright-Patt hunting seasons available

WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio — The 2017-2018 hunting season at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base officially opens Sept. 1 with squirrel and dove seasons, followed by teal and Canada goose seasons kicking off Sept. 2 and deer archery season opening Sept. 30. The dates for this year’s season correspond with the hunting seasons established by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources...
NAMRU-D, 711 HPW partner to combat physiological flight episodes

NAMRU-D, 711 HPW partner to combat physiological flight episodes

WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio — The Naval Medical Research Unit-Dayton and the Air Force Research Laboratory’s 711th Human Performance Wing have joined forces to respond to a number of instances where military pilots have experienced physiologic episodes such as “hypoxia-like” symptoms during flight. Together, the two organizations are leveraging their joint research...
Energy and Environment Team wins top acquisition leadership award

Energy and Environment Team wins top acquisition leadership award

WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio — The Air Force Research Laboratory’s Energy and Environment Team was recently named the recipient of the Air Force John J. Welch, Jr. Excellence in Acquisition Leadership Award. The prestigious award recognizes the accomplishments of an Air Force team who, over the course of a year, make significant improvements and impacts in the field of acquisition...
Springfield Army vet saw bombed out remains of Germany after WWII

Springfield Army vet saw bombed out remains of Germany after WWII

Hometown Veterans is a regular feature profiling Clark and Champaign County veterans. This week the Springfield News-Sun profiles Carl Hamman of Springfield. Name: Carl Hamman Hometown: Mansfield, Ohio Current Residence: Masonic Home in Springfield Family: Wife, three children, three children-in-law, seven grandchildren, two grandchildren-in-law, four great grandchildren (20 total in family). Career...
Joint Chiefs: Transgender policy won't change until Pentagon gets it in writing from Trump

Joint Chiefs: Transgender policy won't change until Pentagon gets it in writing from Trump

The nation’s highest ranking military officer said in a letter Thursday to top military officials that there will not be changes to the military’s transgender policy until after President Donald Trump sends direction to the Pentagon. "I know there are questions about yesterday's announcement on the transgender policy by the president," Marine Gen. Joe Dunford wrote in the message...
Ellen DeGeneres fires back at Trump's tweet about transgender military ban

Ellen DeGeneres fires back at Trump's tweet about transgender military ban

Ellen DeGeneres certainly doesn’t agree with President Donald Trump’s latest announcement about banning transgender individuals from joining the military. Following the news of the ban, the TV host shared a message with fans on Twitter to express her disagreement. “We should be grateful to the people who wish to serve, not turn our backs on them. Banning transgender...
Trump to reinstate military ban on transgender people

Trump to reinstate military ban on transgender people

President Donald Trump said Wednesday he wants transgender people barred from serving in the U.S. military “in any capacity,” citing “tremendous medical costs and disruption.” Trump’s announcement on Twitter would reverse the effort under President Barack Obama to open the armed services to transgender people. He did not say what would happen to transgender troops already...
69 years ago today, Truman ordered 'right and just' desegregation of US armed forces

69 years ago today, Truman ordered 'right and just' desegregation of US armed forces

Sixty-nine years ago on July 26, 1948, President Harry Truman issued an executive order abolishing racial discrimination in the United States armed forces. “It is hereby declared to be the policy of the President that there shall be equality of treatment and opportunity for all persons in the armed services without regard to race, color, religion, or national origin,” executive...
Report: Transgender health care would cost fraction of what military spends on Viagra, similar drugs

Report: Transgender health care would cost fraction of what military spends on Viagra, similar drugs

President Donald Trump said Wednesday that “tremendous medical costs” were partially behind his decision to bar transgender Americans from serving in the military. However, a report from The Washington Post showed that estimates for the cost of caring for transgender service members amount to just a fraction of what the military currently spends on erectile dysfunction drugs. The president...
Memphis Belle gets its guns seven decades after WWII

Memphis Belle gets its guns seven decades after WWII

Piece by piece, Air Force restorers are assembling the B-17F Memphis Belle decades since the plane dodged flak and Nazi fighter planes over the skies of Germany and France in World War II. The bomber got a double-barrelled addition Wednesday when a tail gunner’s turret with two machine guns was bolted back onto the end of the iconic plane in a National Museum of the U.S. Air Force restoration...
These 18 countries allow transgender people in their militaries

These 18 countries allow transgender people in their militaries

In a series of tweets Wednesday, President Donald Trump said transgender people will be barred from serving in the U.S. military “in any capacity.” » RELATED: Trump: Transgender people won't be allowed in the military  “Our military must be focused on decisive and overwhelming victory and cannot be burdened with the tremendous medical costs and disruption that transgender...
Wright Patt researchers hunt for clues in F-35 stealth fighter issue

Wright Patt researchers hunt for clues in F-35 stealth fighter issue

The Air Force Research Laboratory at Wright-Patterson will hunt for answers to determine if on-board oxygen generation equipment on the nation’s newest multi-million dollar stealth fighter caused pilots to experience a loss of oxygen in flight. Researchers expected to start work today at the 711th Human Performance Wing’s $1.5 million On-Board Oxygen Generation System Laboratory to investigate...
Backpack giveaway planned for military families

Backpack giveaway planned for military families

Hundreds of local military families will be eligible for a giveaway of backpacks and school supplies from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday at the Holiday Inn Dayton/Fairborn, at 2800 Presidential Drive. Eligible recipients include active duty personnel in grades E1 to E6, and all ranks of post-9/11 wounded, ill or injured service members. RELATED: Teachers spend big bucks on back to school items RELATED: Sales...
Dayton Air Show ranks among 10 best in the nation, poll says

Dayton Air Show ranks among 10 best in the nation, poll says

The Vectren Dayton Air Show ranks among the top 10 best air shows in the nation, according to an online poll of USA Today readers. The Dayton Air Show was chosen eighth best, according to polls results released late last week. RELATED: Air show legend to retire solo career after next season At this year’s air show, the F-35 Lighting II and F/A-18 Super Hornet, top aerobatic acts Sean D. Tucker...
First woman enlists to become a Navy SEAL

First woman enlists to become a Navy SEAL

A woman will be training with other potential candidates as she tries to become te first female Navy SEAL, CNN reported. >> Read more trending news The midshipman and another woman have enlisted and hope to join the Navy’s special operations teams. The Navy declined to identify the candidates, citing security considerations, NPR reported. The latter candidate was in boot camp for...
Air Force awards big contract to UDRI

Air Force awards big contract to UDRI

The University of Dayton Research Institute has received a seven-year, $43 million Air Force contract to develop nonmetal materials for airplanes, spacecraft and ground vehicles. Researchers at UDRI’s campus and at the Air Force Research Laboratory at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base will investigate adhesives, sealants, elastomers, textiles, and composites, among other materials, according to...
Son of Cold War U-2 pilot Francis Gary Powers to appear at AF Museum

Son of Cold War U-2 pilot Francis Gary Powers to appear at AF Museum

Francis Gary Powers Jr. was often questioned about his father, but the answers were lacking. The son of the most famous Cold War pilot, Francis Gary Powers Sr., who was shot down in a U-2 spy plane over the Soviet Union in 1960, wanted answers so he decided to find them. “I didn’t do research to vindicate my father,” said Powers, 52, founder and chairman emeritus of The Cold War...
Air Force to purchase helicopters that would guard nuclear bases

Air Force to purchase helicopters that would guard nuclear bases

The Air Force has launched a $4.1 billion program to replace 62 decades-old UH-1N Huey helicopter to guard intercontinental nuclear missile bases on the Great Plains and transport high-level officials in “continuity of government” operations. The long-anticipated competition is expected to pit the Boeing Co., teamed with Leonardo, offering the Italian-designed MH-139 helicopter built in...
Air Force adds GE Aviation to $409M contract

Air Force adds GE Aviation to $409M contract

The Air Force Research Laboratory has added GE Aviation among at least three companies part of a seven-year, $409 million contract to develop “next generation” thermal, power and control technologies on fighter and bomber aircraft. RELATED: GE Aviation acquires robotics maker The initial GE order is worth $106,000 and will continue to support integrated power and thermal development work...
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