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Janet Wirth to be next 88th Air Base Wing vice director

Janet M. Wirth has been selected as the vice director, 88th Air Base Wing, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. She is responsible for assisting in managing a wing comprised of more than 5,000 active-duty, Air Force civilians and contractor employees. Wirth began her career with the Air Force in 1987 as a financial management trainee in the Aeronautical Systems Division. She has diverse acquisition and...
3 AFMC Airmen honored at DoD Media Awards

3 AFMC Airmen honored at DoD Media Awards

Three Air Force Materiel Command Public Affairs specialists were among the winners of the 2017 Department of Defense Media Awards. Samuel King Jr., David Perry and Airman 1st class Johnathon Wines competed and won at the Headquarters Air Force Materiel Command, Air Force and now DoD levels. Of the nine Airmen from AFMC who competed at the DoD level, three were earned top honors in their respective...
WP family pursues martial arts together

WP family pursues martial arts together

Bruce Jones has been the martial arts instructor at the base Youth Center since 1996; under his instruction, Master Sgt. Matthew Bruce, NCOIC of Cyber Systems, Air Force Institute of Technology, has trained in taekwondo, along with his wife Natalie and their children, earning three black belts and one blue belt during a four-year period. Jones, who has a black belt in both tang soo do and taekwondo...
WP Child Development Centers to kick off summer reading program

WP Child Development Centers to kick off summer reading program

The Child Development Centers at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base are hosting an end-of-year project celebration and will be kicking off a summer reading program on June 1. There will be several child/parent stations, a bouncy castle, games, food and a display of children’s work samples from the year for parents to view. https://www.daytondailynews.com/news/family-pursues-martial-arts-together/qZcmX0ov0UfejPxAFije3N/...
Air Force Cyber Mission Force teams reach ‘full operational capability’

Air Force Cyber Mission Force teams reach ‘full operational capability’

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-LACKLAND, Texas – Air Forces Cyber announced recently all Air Force Cyber Mission Force teams achieved full operational capability May 11. The 39 total force teams, comprising more than 1,700 Airmen, civilians and contractors, were deemed sufficiently manned, trained and fully mission-ready more than four months ahead of the September 30 U.S. Cyber Command deadline. https...
A day in the life: Mental health supports Airmen, readiness

A day in the life: Mental health supports Airmen, readiness

FALLS CHURCH, Va. – As with any Air Force healthcare provider, Capt. Daniel Gibson, a clinical psychologist with the 92nd Medical Group, Fairchild AFB, Washington, relies on a collaborative, patient-centered approach to care. The mental health clinic at Fairchild AFB uses a collaborative approach to ensure the best patient care. Gibson’s team supports the larger Air Force mission by reaching...
Kessel Run hits hyperdrive to build combat software

Kessel Run hits hyperdrive to build combat software

BOSTON — Thirty active duty Airmen, Air Force civilians and contractors gathered in a shared workspace downtown May 7, for the opening of the Kessel Run Experimentation Lab, where they will build the next generation of combat software. WeWork’s shared innovation space in Boston’s North End is usually home to constantly shifting startup companies, but listen closely to the T-shirt-and-jeans-wearing...
Program executive officer highlights directorate’s wide-ranging impact

Program executive officer highlights directorate’s wide-ranging impact

MAXWELL AIR FORCE BASE, Ala. – For the past two years, Richard Aldridge, program executive officer of the Business and Enterprise Systems Directorate, has been at the helm of the organization responsible for acquiring, operating and sustaining information technology systems for the Air Force and Department of Defense. During this time, the organization has experienced numerous successes, including...
Wright-Patt researchers collaborate to develop air quality sensor

Wright-Patt researchers collaborate to develop air quality sensor

When most think of hypoxia-like physiological events (PEs) some pilots have experienced in the cockpits of aircraft, such as the recent propeller-driven T-6, the common assumption is an issue with the on-board oxygen generating system that supplies oxygen to the pilot. But there are several other variables to consider, one being air quality. To date, there have been no instances that link air quality...
Military veteran hopes VA health care, however delivered, is there for him

Military veteran hopes VA health care, however delivered, is there for him

Pat Penny, a Navy veteran, has heard from his friends who have been to the V.A. for medical care have had bad experiences.  He said he hasn't seen the long waits that some at V.A. medical centers nationwide have experienced.  The wait time is one of the linchpin issues driving the multi-billion dollar revamp of the veterans health care system, which would make it easier for veterans to take...
Air Force major answers 4th-graders’ letters with surprise visit to their school

Air Force major answers 4th-graders’ letters with surprise visit to their school

The serviceman fourth-graders at McKinley Elementary School have been writing letters to stepped out of those pages and into their school at a surprise assembly for the Memorial Day holiday weekend.  The students thought the gathering was to celebrate the end of another school year when Maj. Joseph Ball appeared -- with one of the flags flown over Iraq during his deployment there as a gift. ...
Air Force could have more say in Wright-Patterson hospital’s future under bill

Air Force could have more say in Wright-Patterson hospital’s future under bill

An Ohio congressman has added an amendment to a defense policy bill that would give military services like the Air Force more of a say in the potential closure or cuts in services at medical facilities, a spokesman says. U.S. Rep. Warren Davidson, R-Troy, added the amendment as part of the fiscal year 2019 National Defense Authorization Act, which passed the House on Thursday in a 351-66 vote. The...
Local groups to aid veterans confronting Alzheimer’s disease

Local groups to aid veterans confronting Alzheimer’s disease

Veterans with traumatic brain injury and post-traumatic stress disorder face a higher chance of battling Alzheimer’s disease, research shows, and a new local partnership aims to help veterans and their families confronting the disease, organizers say. About 5.7 million Americans have the disease and that number could nearly triple within 30 years, according to Eric VanClymen, executive director...
Military base water safety questions remain as fight for study continues

Military base water safety questions remain as fight for study continues

A bipartisan group of congressional lawmakers have called on the U.S. EPA leader to release a chemical pollution study that reportedly shows lower threshold levels for groundwater contamination that could impact more than a hundred military bases, including Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, but the head of the agency said he doesn’t have the authority to release the study. U.S. Rep. Mike Turner...
Remembering the fallen: Roll call event Wednesday at AF museum

Remembering the fallen: Roll call event Wednesday at AF museum

An annual memorial roll call reciting the names of 2,800 fallen service members from the region is set for 9 a.m. Wednesday, May 23, in Memorial Park on the grounds of the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. Gold Star family member Catherine Beers-Conrad, an Air Force veteran whose father, Army Sgt. 1st Class Jack Beers, was killed in action in Vietnam, will speak at the ceremony. RELATED: Services...
Hamilton honors veteran from trailblazing group of Marines

Hamilton honors veteran from trailblazing group of Marines

Part of the Hamilton’s South Second Street, where Robert Watson lived when he was drafted into the military, will be named after the man who received a Congressional Gold Medal in 2013 for his Marine service. Hamilton City Council recently designated the segment of the street between Pershing Avenue and Knightsbridge Drive as “Robert Watson Way.” Addresses along the street will continue...
Services set for local 100-year-old who survived Pearl Harbor

Services set for local 100-year-old who survived Pearl Harbor

Frank Ruby, a 100-year-old survivor of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor who died last month, will have a memorial service Friday, May 25, at the Memorial Hall in Dayton. Ruby, a retired Navy chief petty officer, died April 29 at age 100. RELATED: Pearl Harbor survivor:’I thought this was going to be my last day’ The Vandalia man spoke to this newspaper in 2016 about his surviving the...
New leader to take over Air Force agency at Wright-Patt

New leader to take over Air Force agency at Wright-Patt

A new leader will take command of the Air Force Installation Contracting Agency. Brig. Gen. Alice Trevino will assume leadership Wednesday of the agency’s Wright-Patterson headquarters with more than 700 employees and oversight of about $9.1 billion in annual spending obligations, according to Wright-Patterson. Trevino will replace Brig. Gen. Cameron Holt, who will become the deputy assistant...
Event targets jobs, services for local veterans

Event targets jobs, services for local veterans

Veterans can look for a job and find out about resources available to them at the third annual Veterans Moving Forward gathering on Wednesday at Wright State University. Dozens of employers will be at the event’s first job fair, said Cassie Barlow, chairwoman of the Greater Miami Valley myVeterans Community. The resource fair will connect veterans to available services, veterans service organizations...
Memphis Belle unveiling a boon for museum

Memphis Belle unveiling a boon for museum

The unveiling of the iconic B-17 Memphis Belle brought more than 42,000 people to the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force from around the country and overseas, nearly doubling attendance compared to the same period in recent years, figures show. Museum officials received numerous phone calls, emails and inquiries, as well as had billboards, magazine ads and radio spots to push out the message. The...
Military brides in Dayton can get a free wedding dress this week

Military brides in Dayton can get a free wedding dress this week

A local organization is giving away wedding dress for military brides this week. The third annual Marry Me Military for all military brides will take place on Sunday, May 27 in the Grand Ballroom at Holiday Inn Dayton/Fairborn. The event, offered by the United Service Organizations -Central and Southern Ohio, is open to 75 brides from noon to 3 p.m. The event has provided military brides with more...
Best state for veterans? Ohio isn’t on the list

Best state for veterans? Ohio isn’t on the list

Ohio isn’t one of the best states for veterans, according to a new analysis. The average officer is only 45 years old — 42 for non-disability enlisted personnel — upon retirement from service, according to WalletHub’s new analysis. Military retirees deal with re-assimilation into civilian life, sometimes facing challenges with the job markets, homelessness, disabilities...
Number of Butler County veterans needing assistance rises

Number of Butler County veterans needing assistance rises

Budget increases are generally frowned upon in government circles, but officials with the Butler County Veterans Service Commission say a bigger budget spells success for their organization and the people it helps. With the number of Butler County veterans needing emergency cash and other assistance up 12 percent in the first quarter this year, the veterans board this week approved a 10.6 percent...
AF museum attendance soars on first day of Memphis Belle opening

AF museum attendance soars on first day of Memphis Belle opening

Attendance at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force soared Thursday nearly four times above the average for the same date in recent years with the debut of the Memphis Belle exhibit, figures show. The museum counted 11,066 people in attendance for the unveiling of the reborn icon, compared to an average of 2,421 on May 17 between 2015 through 2017, spokesman Rob Bardua said. “We are anticipating...
Wright-Patt continues its standing as a Tree City USA community

Wright-Patt continues its standing as a Tree City USA community

Wright-Patterson Air Force Base is celebrating its 21st year as a “Tree City USA” community and joined 240 other communities throughout the state for recognition during a Tree City USA award program on April 20. The base also received a “growth” award by going above and beyond in management of its urban forest. The Tree City USA Growth Award recognizes environmental improvement...
Your ideas will shape the Air Force of tomorrow

Your ideas will shape the Air Force of tomorrow

The Air Force Research Laboratory continues its support of the Air Force Science and Technology 2030 initiative and joined with Indiana University to host a listening forum at the university’s Bloomington, Indiana, campus May 10-11. Indiana University is one of six universities to host these types of listening forums as part of the S&T campaign, which is scheduled to last through September....
Military working dogs and handlers form a dedicated partnership

Military working dogs and handlers form a dedicated partnership

Dogs have always provided people with companionship, loyalty and affection. But when you also throw in protection, trust and sacrifice, the bond between a Military Working Dog and its handler is like no other. You can see that special connection with the MWDs and their handlers at the 88th Security Forces Squadron, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. https://www.daytondailynews.com/news/wright-patt-continues-its-standing-tree-city-usa-community/4J9uaNxH6YJiGrhDJLVhwJ/...
Wright-Patt Memorial Day Roll Call, Schedule of Ceremonies

Wright-Patt Memorial Day Roll Call, Schedule of Ceremonies

The names of about 2,800 service members from the greater Dayton area who perished while serving in the United States Armed Forces in conflicts from World War II to present day will be read during a ceremony open to the public May 23 at 9 a.m. at the outdoor Memorial Park at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. The reading of the names is expected to last for...
Did you see the president’s plane? Why it was here.

Did you see the president’s plane? Why it was here.

Spectators of World War II bombers and fighters landing at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force got an extra bonus Thursday. The plane commonly referred to as Air Force One, a Boeing 747 designated VC-25 in the Air Force, practiced touch-and-go landings on Wright-Patterson’s main runway. The jumbo jet is Air Force One only when the president is aboard. Two B-17 bombers, a P-51 fighter and...
Wright-Patt’s 88 ABW announces holiday hours of operation

Wright-Patt’s 88 ABW announces holiday hours of operation

The following facilities at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base will have different hours of operation (if not listed, consider them closed) Friday, May 25 for AFMC Family Day and Monday, May 28, 2018, in observance of Memorial Day: https://www.daytondailynews.com/news/memorial-day-roll-call-schedule-ceremonies/cqQOC7XvMbD8UDIQgKudAO/ Gates 1A (Fairborn Gate) May 25 Open 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. May 28 Open...
Motorcycle Safety Day thunders into Wright-Patterson

Motorcycle Safety Day thunders into Wright-Patterson

The thumping of big twins and snarling of high-revving sport bikes filled the air of the Exchange parking lot as more than 300 motorcycle enthusiasts rolled into to learn about staying safe this riding season during Wright-Patterson Air Force Base’s Motorcycle Safety Day May 11. https://www.daytondailynews.com/news/chief-master-sgt-stephen-arbona-with-abw-new-command-chief/6Ajeh8ASRM7oJ5fpFaV45O/...
National treasure B-17F Memphis Belle revealed before hundreds

National treasure B-17F Memphis Belle revealed before hundreds

A famous symbol of the courage and sacrifices made by American bomber crews during World War II was revealed May 16 at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. The meticulously restored B-17F Memphis Belle – the first U.S. Army Air Forces heavy bomber to make it home to the United States after completing 25 successful combat missions over occupied Europe &ndash...
Chief Master Sgt. Stephen Arbona: Q&A with 88 ABW’s new command chief

Chief Master Sgt. Stephen Arbona: Q&A with 88 ABW’s new command chief

Chief Master Sergeant Stephen A. Arbona serves as the command chief master sergeant for the Air Force Materiel Command’s 88th Air Base Wing, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. As the senior enlisted leader, he will provide advice and counsel on enlisted issues to approximately 3,700 officers, civilians and enlisted members across the wing and will represent approximately 1,300 enlisted personnel...
AFRL deputy executive director honored with ‘Forty Under 40’ Award

AFRL deputy executive director honored with ‘Forty Under 40’ Award

The deputy executive director of the Air Force Research Laboratory has been selected as one of the Dayton Business Journal’s “Forty Under 40” award winners for 2018. A panel of judges comprised of past award honorees made the selection of this year’s honorees. Dr. Jessica Salyers was one of the young professionals honored at the 21st Dayton Business Journal Forty Under 40 award...
Vandalia-Butler to host Memorial Program to honor military

Vandalia-Butler to host Memorial Program to honor military

Vandalia-Butler High School will honor heroes from the Butler Township and Vandalia areas on Monday ahead of Memorial Day. This is the 39th year for the students and faculty at Vandalia-Butler High School to present their annual Memorial Program. The memorial is a beautiful and patriotic event, according to Communications and Public Relations Coordinator Anaka Johnson, and it honors those former residents...
‘She’s gorgeous’: Thousands see Memphis Belle exhibit at AF museum

‘She’s gorgeous’: Thousands see Memphis Belle exhibit at AF museum

Alison and Chris Hoglan traveled to the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force from St. Louis to see a legend reborn Thursday. The mother and son were in a crowd of hundreds who watched a ribbon-cutting to the new B-17 Memphis Belle exhibit, showcasing the historic bomber’s 25 missions over Europe in World War II and the role of strategic bombing in the U.S. victory. “She’s gorgeous...
49 years later, local soldier honored as ‘American hero’

49 years later, local soldier honored as ‘American hero’

TROY - A Troy native’s heroism in Vietnam was saluted 49 years later with the presentation of the Distinguished Service Cross. Michael “Mick” DeHart was presented the medal May 7 in a ceremony in Troy by 8th District Congressman Warren Davidson. Family and friends looked on as DeHart was recognized by Davidson and Army Col. Carter Price. The Distinguished Service Cross is the second-highest...
Soldier reunited with dog she rescued during Iraq tour

Soldier reunited with dog she rescued during Iraq tour

It was a match made in a war zone that now has a happy ending with a long-awaited reunion. Sgt. Tracy McKithern found a small stray dog hanging around camp when she was deployed to Iraq last year. But it wasn’t uncommon to see dogs roaming the streets in Iraq. The dog and her mom were abused, kicked and hit with rocks. They were also starving, the Army said. >> Read more trending...
‘It took my breath away’: Memphis Belle unveiled at AF museum

‘It took my breath away’: Memphis Belle unveiled at AF museum

The reborn Memphis Belle was unveiled Wednesday night before hundreds including the families of crewmen who flew the famed Army Air Forces bomber into history. Under theatrical lighting and uplifted above the ground by three metal poles, the Memphis Belle was surrounded by a strategic bombing exhibit with cases filled with artifacts, many personal items of the crewmen who flew aboard the four-engine...
B-17s, P-51s fly over Air Force museum in salute to Memphis Belle

B-17s, P-51s fly over Air Force museum in salute to Memphis Belle

The rumble of World War II planes soared over the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force on Wednesday in a tribute to the restoration of the restored icon the B-17F Memphis Belle. Three- B-17 Flying Fortresses and five P-51 Mustangs — flying in from staging airfields at Grimes Field in Urbana and Dayton-Wright Brothers Airport in Miami Twp. — canceled plans to land after a more than two-hour...
Turner urges EPA administrator to release chemical pollution study

Turner urges EPA administrator to release chemical pollution study

A Dayton congressman has urged the U.S. EPA’s top administrator to publicly release a toxicology study that could recommend lower threshold advisories for exposure to chemicals found in groundwater at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base and at military installations across the country. Politico reported Monday the White House and the EPA sought to block the public release of the Health and Human...
Poor weather conditions cancel landing of B-17s, P-51s

Poor weather conditions cancel landing of B-17s, P-51s

Poor weather conditions will prevent a dozen World War II planes from landing at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force Wednesday.  The arrivals were first delayed by two hours Wednesday morning, but were cancelled just before 10 a.m. The planes however will conduct flyovers during the day as weather permits, according to officials.  Additional details were not immediately available. ...
Thunderbirds to perform for first time since deadly crash

Thunderbirds to perform for first time since deadly crash

The United States Air Force Thunderbirds are returning to air show performances for the first time since a deadly crash in April.  The Thunderbirds announced over social media of their upcoming performances May 18-20 at AirPower over Hampton Roads at Join Base Langley Eustis in Virginia. This will be the first public performance since Maj. Stephen Del Bagno’s death April 4. Del Bagno flew...
Founding member of Women in Defense’s Dayton chapter dies

Founding member of Women in Defense’s Dayton chapter dies

Katie Stroup-Kasper — a retired U.S. Air Force civilian who helped organize a Women in Defense chapter in Dayton to promote networking among her and her peers — will be remembered by friends and family Tuesday. She died this month at age 64. As a founding member and incumbent president, Stroup-Kasper saw the Women in Defense Greater Ohio Valley chapter grow to 138 members across government...
To hell and back: Legendary WWII bomber brought to life again in Dayton

To hell and back: Legendary WWII bomber brought to life again in Dayton

James Verinis’s children never met their grandfather, Jim Verinis, a co-pilot on the iconic World War II B-17 Memphis Belle. But this week, they will connect with an important part of family and American history as thousands from around the world visit the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force for the roll out of the restored historic four-engine Boeing bomber. “It really is going to bring...
Dayton area veterans job and resource fair growing, organizer says

Dayton area veterans job and resource fair growing, organizer says

Veterans Moving Forward, a yearly event for veterans, will stage its first job fair coupled with a returning resource fair at Wright State University on May 23, an organizer says. The event at WSU’s Student Union has some space left for organizations and employers to register, said Cassie Barlow, chairwoman of the Greater Miami Valley myVeterans Community and a former base commander at Wright-Patterson...
Danger up close: 5 memories of the B-17 Memphis Belle and the men on the missions

Danger up close: 5 memories of the B-17 Memphis Belle and the men on the missions

James Verinis’s children never met their grandfather, Jim Verinis, a co-pilot on the iconic World War II B-17 Memphis Belle.  But this week, they will connect with an important part of family and American history as thousands from around the world visit the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force for the roll out of the restored historic four-engine Boeing bomber.  Based at RAF Bassingbourn...
Iconic Memphis Belle’s debut in Dayton: Everything you need to know 

Iconic Memphis Belle’s debut in Dayton: Everything you need to know 

Seventy-five years to the day the B-17 Memphis Belle finished its final mission over Europe, the iconic World War II bomber that starred in two Hollywood films will be rolled out to the public Thursday at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. The Memphis Belle gained fame as the first U.S. heavy bomber to fly 25 perilous missions over Europe and return to the United States in World War II. &ldquo...
AF Marathon runners can showcase preparations in new video contest

AF Marathon runners can showcase preparations in new video contest

The Air Force Marathon is holding its first-ever video contest. The contest will give creative runners a chance to show off their videography skills and detail their preparation for the Air Force Marathon. “We wanted to do something different this year to really give our runners a chance to show off their creative side,” said Rick Perron, the race’s marketing coordinator. https://www...
Wright-Patt Airmen earn CCAF degrees

Wright-Patt Airmen earn CCAF degrees

Col. Bradley McDonald, 88th Air Base Wing and installation commander hosted the 2018 Spring Community College of the Air Force graduation ceremony at the base theater May 8. One hundred and twenty-five Airmen from across Wright-Patterson Air Force Base recently earned their CCAF degree and were recognized during the ceremony. https://www.daytondailynews.com/news/marry-military-bring-military-brides-grooms-wedding-bonanza/yFsTGsFEXuS04Wlly2UJeI/...
Team helps keep KC-135 fleet viable and relevant

Team helps keep KC-135 fleet viable and relevant

TINKER AIR FORCE BASE, Okla. – America’s longest serving tanker aircraft, the KC-135 celebrates its 62nd birthday this year, marking a key milestone for an Air Force “workhorse” that has seen action in every conflict since Vietnam and is the reason there’s no place in the world the Air Force can’t reach. Weighing in at approximately 300,000 pounds each, with a top...
‘Marry Me Military’ to bring military brides, grooms a wedding bonanza

‘Marry Me Military’ to bring military brides, grooms a wedding bonanza

Free wedding dresses, prizes and giveaways will highlight a “Marry Me Military Too” event on May 27 starting at noon at the Holiday Inn of Fairborn. The event, which took place last year for the first time in this area, is being hosted by the Wright-Patterson Air Force Base USO and the Holiday Inn, 2800 Presidential Drive. The 2nd annual event is designed for active-duty military or the...
Specialist teaches skills to remain professional in adverse situations

Specialist teaches skills to remain professional in adverse situations

With all the stressors that exist in people’s lives today, ways to manage built-up emotions and stress are needed in order to successfully go about day-to-day activities. One way individuals can better manage their days is to learn basic resilience skills that can help them cope when situations arise that take away from their focus. https://www.daytondailynews.com/news/museum-volunteers-honored-for-contributing-112-716-hours-service/7WzU5p9FXl7GiMoN7CcfrN/...
Exercise tested WPAFB emergency response

Exercise tested WPAFB emergency response

Wright-Patterson Air Force Base employees went into emergency response mode during the base’s week-long, quarterly exercises April 30 through May 4. Exercise events started early on Monday with various disaster response scenarios, which included a variety of activities, ranging from rescue to mass casualty response to accountability. https://www.daytondailynews.com/news/marathon-runners-can-showcase-preparations-new-video-contest/JOFTrmz8knU1rqofu6pIyK/...
Museum volunteers honored for contributing 112,716 hours of service

Museum volunteers honored for contributing 112,716 hours of service

The National Museum of the U.S. Air Force celebrated its 36th annual Volunteer Appreciation Banquet April 13 during which 566 volunteers were honored. Richard Isaacks of Xenia, Ohio, was selected as the Museum Volunteer of the Year for 2017 for his dedication and excellence in serving the museum and the U.S. Air Force. https://www.daytondailynews.com/news/local-students-help-plant-tree-seedlings-mark-arbor-day/uzwl4GHleDOljh1s5yKDQN/...
Local students help plant tree seedlings to mark Arbor Day

Local students help plant tree seedlings to mark Arbor Day

The 88th Civil Engineering Group hosted an Arbor Day event, planting seedlings with the National Park Service at the Wright Memorial May 7. Col. Bradley McDonald, 88th Air Base Wing commander, read the Arbor Day proclamation. https://www.daytondailynews.com/news/wright-patt-airmen-earn-ccaf-degrees/VYt41cBOYgSaCpiI8IeSLI/ “All 300 tree seedlings were planted,” said Danielle Trevino, environmental...
Small businesses push development of warfighter solutions

Small businesses push development of warfighter solutions

A recently expanded technology accelerator funded by the Air Force Small Business Innovation Research/Small Business Technology Transfer Program is already producing results. Eccrine Systems, for example, is planning a commercial rollout this fall of its first-generation sweat sensor, a product designed to improve the health, performance and wellness of users. The Cincinnati-based company reports...
Smart automation, AI to accelerate materials discovery, innovation

Smart automation, AI to accelerate materials discovery, innovation

To create the next generation of Air Force technology, researchers are challenged to find ways to shrink the timeline for materials discovery, development and deployment. According to Dr. Benji Maruyama, a research scientist at the Air Force Research Laboratory’s Materials and Manufacturing Directorate, this materials challenge can be met by a greater focus on machine learning, artificial intelligence...
Local man once held in Korea: ‘Change in the climate’ as Americans freed

Local man once held in Korea: ‘Change in the climate’ as Americans freed

When three Americans freed by North Korea returned to United States soil, few people could relate as well as Jeffrey Fowle. Monday was the fourth anniversary of the West Carrollton resident’s arrest in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea. “The anticipation of coming back home and meeting my family and getting back to the United States was worth any longer than normal wait,&rdquo...
Massive NASIC project could be one of largest in Wright Patt history

Massive NASIC project could be one of largest in Wright Patt history

A massive $182 million expansion of the National Air and Space Intelligence Center will be one of the largest in Wright-Patterson history and could be sped up in a pending defense authorization bill, a legislative analyst says. The new building would be funded at one time instead of broken into two stages. The Air Force had initially asked for $116 million with another $66 million to be requested...
Air Force Marathon names new leader

Air Force Marathon names new leader

The Air Force Marathon, which draws thousands around the globe to the Miami Valley, has a new director. Brandon Hough, a former Air Force officer once assigned to Wright-Patterson and who started his own running company, will lead the event that brings thousands of runners to the area every September. The series of races — a 5K, 10K, half- and full-marathon, have in recent years attracted 15...
Air Force orders safety review as deadly crashes rise

Air Force orders safety review as deadly crashes rise

The Air Force’s top general has ordered a one-day safety stand down for flying and maintenance units after a sharp rise in accidents in recent months. The Air Force Reserve’s 445th Airlift Wing at Wright-Patterson, which flies nine C-17 Globemaster III troop and cargo jets on missions around the world, will review safety issues June 2, said Lt. Col. Cynthia Harris, a wing spokeswoman....
Need a way in? AF museum will open extra gate for Memphis Belle gala

Need a way in? AF museum will open extra gate for Memphis Belle gala

Spectators looking for a way to see the B-17F Memphis Belle will have an extra way in to the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. Gate 24B off Harshman Road near the U.S. Army Reserve Center will be open to inbound traffic only starting at 8 a.m. Thursday through Saturday, May 17-19. Those driving southbound on Harshman, and coaches, buses, RVs or other oversized vehicles, won’t be allowed...
Soldier watches birth of daughter on FaceTime when flight home is delayed

Soldier watches birth of daughter on FaceTime when flight home is delayed

This was one time a passenger was grateful his flight was delayed. Video of Brooks Lindsey, a soldier watching the birth of his daughter on FaceTime, has gone viral. Lindsey was in El Paso preparing to deploy to Kuwait for a nine-month tour and booked a flight home to Mississippi, when his wife, Haley Lindsey, was induced two weeks early. In an essay on Love What Matters, Haley Lindsey told the...
National Guardsman fatally stabbed in apparent road rage incident

National Guardsman fatally stabbed in apparent road rage incident

A family is pleading for help in locating the killer of Cody M. Harter, a member of the Missouri Air National Guard who was fatally stabbed Saturday night in an apparent road rage incident, The Kansas City Star reported. Harter, 23, of St. Joseph, had done tours of duty in Iraq and Qatar. As a loadmaster with the National Guard, he assisted in hurricane relief in Houston and Puerto Rico, the...
Ohio Army National Guardsmen to return home after defense mission

Ohio Army National Guardsmen to return home after defense mission

Ohio Army National Guard soldiers will return home after a nearly year-long deployment as part of the Columbus-based 174th Air Defense Artillery Brigade, the service branch says. Thirty-five soldiers will have a public homecoming ceremony at 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 8 at the Reynoldsburg United Methodist Church, 1636 Graham Road in Reynoldsburg. The unit deployed to the Washington, D.C., region as part...
Miami Regionals program gets student veterans talking about their experiences

Miami Regionals program gets student veterans talking about their experiences

A new program at Miami University Regionals is giving veterans an opportunity to share their experiences. Miami Regionals recently was awarded an $89,000 federal grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities to facilitate its 2018-2019 project “From War Zone to Home: A Humanities Dialogue.” RELATED: From war zone to classroom: Army veteran helps Butler County soldiers start next...
Viral photo of veteran sitting in rain outside Pennsylvania Walmart sparks outrage

Viral photo of veteran sitting in rain outside Pennsylvania Walmart sparks outrage

A viral Facebook post of a veteran sitting by himself in the rain outside a Walmart in northeastern Pennsylvania had people questioning store policy. According to WPXI, thousands on Facebook shared the picture of the veteran, who had been told to sit out in the rain and not in the covered area of the store when he was collecting donations for service members. The store said it had a...
With ‘regrets,’ Queen Elizabeth will miss Memphis Belle unveiling in Dayton

With ‘regrets,’ Queen Elizabeth will miss Memphis Belle unveiling in Dayton

The rumor is only partly true. Queen Elizabeth II was invited to see the unveiling of the iconic B-17 Memphis Belle at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force, but she’ll attend a royal wedding in the United Kingdom instead. An unnamed British citizen invited the queen to Dayton, but Buckingham Palace sent its regrets the royal family won’t be able to attend the May 17 unveiling of the...
Base Thrift Shop touts ways to spring clean, make money

Base Thrift Shop touts ways to spring clean, make money

The base Thrift Shop at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base can be part of your spring cleaning plans, while also making you money and supporting enlisted Airmen, the base and surrounding communities. Run by the Officers’ Spouses’ Club, the shop serves as a way to consign items their owners – anyone with a Department of Defense identification card – no longer want. Located at the...
Team Wright-Patt recognizes newest enlisted promotees

Team Wright-Patt recognizes newest enlisted promotees

Col. Bradley McDonald, 88th Air Base Wing and installation commander, and Chief Master Sgt. Paula Eischen, 88 ABW command chief, co-hosted a ceremony at the base theater April 30 to recognize Team Wright-Patterson Air Force Base’s newest enlisted promotees. The purpose of the ceremony was to recognize all of the May enlisted promotions by presenting each promotee with a promotion certificate...
AAFES driver serving Wright-Patt named to Truck Driver Hall of Fame

AAFES driver serving Wright-Patt named to Truck Driver Hall of Fame

A truck driver for the Army and Air Force Exchange Service who has logged more than 3 million miles of safe driving in 36 years of service, including to Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, has been honored by the National Private Truck Council. Bradley Wacks, 57, was inducted along with three other drivers into the NPTC/Lytx Driver Hall of Fame during its annual Education Management Conference and Exhibition...
Commander’s Challenge May 10 to be day of team building, athletics

Commander’s Challenge May 10 to be day of team building, athletics

Everyone at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base is invited to participate, with proper supervisory approval, in an inaugural Commander’s Challenge May 10, one of two designated Wingman Days this year. The day is designed to strengthen bonds, test athletic skills and build resilience, and will be hosted by Col. Bradley McDonald, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base commander, and the 88th Air Base Wing...
Holocaust survivor celebrates actual 73rd anniversary of liberation

Holocaust survivor celebrates actual 73rd anniversary of liberation

For many people, April 30, 2018, was just another day. For Samuel Heider, it marked the 73rd anniversary of his liberation by American forces from years of starvation, abuse, denial of his human rights and the murder of his family during the Holocaust in World War II. https://www.daytondailynews.com/news/month-the-military-child-time-honor-sacrifices-resiliency/amu90WJXvwIuWm3YKxu4ZO/ Heider served...
Month of the Military Child a time to honor sacrifices, resiliency

Month of the Military Child a time to honor sacrifices, resiliency

Growing up is never easy, but growing up as a military child presents some unique challenges. Each April is Month of the Military Child, and families and military installations worldwide celebrate the resiliency of military “brats.” “Military life is hard, but I think the Air Force does a great job of recognizing the sacrifices our military children make,” said a military family...
AFRL researchers innovate, ‘sprint’ to create waterproof rescue duffel

AFRL researchers innovate, ‘sprint’ to create waterproof rescue duffel

The ability to rapidly innovate is key to ensuring the Air Force advantage in today’s operational environment. And, solving problems faster often calls for new ways of doing business that leverage creativity and flexibility to create rapid solutions for warfighter needs. For junior scientists at the Air Force Research Laboratory, a business technique designed to enable start-up businesses to...
Chief Master Sgt. Stephen Arbona to be next 88 ABW command chief

Chief Master Sgt. Stephen Arbona to be next 88 ABW command chief

Chief Master Sgt. Stephen A. Arbona, currently the superintendent of the 11th Security Forces Group, 11th Wing, Joint Base Andrews, Maryland, has been selected to be command chief of the 88th Air Base Wing, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. As the senior enlisted leader, he will provide advice and counsel on enlisted issues to approximately 3,700 officers, civilians and enlisted members across the...
‘Fastest Man on Earth’ started out as aeromedical researcher

‘Fastest Man on Earth’ started out as aeromedical researcher

After a run down a high-speed test track aboard the Sonic Wind Rocket Sled 1 on Dec. 10, 1954, during which he reached a speed of 632 miles per hour, Col. John P. Stapp was dubbed the “Fastest Man on Earth.” The sled was stopped in 1.4 seconds, subjecting Stapp to 46.2 Gs – equivalent to hitting a brick wall at 50 mph. Stapp suffered bruising, blisters and even temporary blindness...
Two weeks remain in AF charity campaign at Wright-Patt

Two weeks remain in AF charity campaign at Wright-Patt

Only two weeks are left in the 45th annual Air Force Assistance Fund campaign at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. The annual AFAF campaign, using the theme of “Commitment to Caring,” is raising funds for AFAF-affiliated charities that assist active-duty, Reserve, Guard and retired Air Force personnel and their families until May 18. https://www.daytondailynews.com/news/local/fastest-man-earth-started-out-aeromedical-researcher/Sf0c2oFJGQMQsRJhCjgk8I/...
AFRL reaches first-ever tech pact with Coast Guard

AFRL reaches first-ever tech pact with Coast Guard

The Air Force Research Laboratory has reached a first-ever agreement with the Coast Guard to work on a wide range of technologies, from future development of drones to artificial intelligence, officials said. The nine-year memorandum of understanding was signed at Wright-Patterson between the leaders of AFRL and the Coast Guard Research and Development Center in New London, Conn. The agreement opens...
WHIO-TV investigating whether Dayton VA followed policy in veteran’s infection case

WHIO-TV investigating whether Dayton VA followed policy in veteran’s infection case

WHIO-TV is investigating whether the Dayton VA Medical Center violated its own policy in the case of a local veteran who had to have his leg amputated because of a MRSA infection.  News Center 7 Reporter Lauren Clark read through some of the VA's policies that appear to contradict a VA finding that doctors were not required to inform Kenneth Collier about an infection in his leg and still treated...
‘Memphis Belle’ will rumble over real-life version in Dayton

‘Memphis Belle’ will rumble over real-life version in Dayton

A movie version of the World War II B-17 Memphis Belle bomber will roar through the skies above Dayton this month when the real-life Memphis Belle is unveiled after years of restoration. The movie version of the aircraft will be one of three of the World War II-era bombers, six P-51 Mustangs and three training aircraft scheduled to land between 8 a.m. and 9 a.m. Wednesday, May 16 at the National Museum...
9 dead in Air National Guard C-130 plane crash on Georgia highway

9 dead in Air National Guard C-130 plane crash on Georgia highway

Nine people are now confirmed dead after a Puerto Rico Air National Guard C-130 plane crashed on a Georgia highway near the Savannah Airport in Chatham County, according to the county deputy coroner. >>TRENDING: Southwest plane forced to land because of busted window The plane went down at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday at the intersection of Hwy. 21 and Gulfstream Rd. The area has been shutdown...
New inspections mandated for locally produced engines

New inspections mandated for locally produced engines

New inspections are being mandated today for parts of an airplane engine produced by companies with a strong Southwestern Ohio presence. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is scheduled to issue a new “airworthiness direction” today as a follow-on to the emergency directive published April 20, engine manufacturer CFM and GE Aviation said. This new directive mandates “ultrasonic...
Sexual assault legal loophole prevents victim military transfers, lawmaker says

Sexual assault legal loophole prevents victim military transfers, lawmaker says

A Dayton congressman has introduced legislation to overturn a loophole that has prevented victims of sexual assault in domestic violence cases from an expedited base transfer in the military. U.S. Rep. Mike Turner, R-Dayton, said legislation passed nearly a decade ago wasn’t meant to allow the loophole, but the Pentagon has diverted domestic violence cases to an office that determined it did...
NEW DETAILS: Pentagon not responding fast enough to aviation mishaps, local lawmaker says

NEW DETAILS: Pentagon not responding fast enough to aviation mishaps, local lawmaker says

A Dayton congressman says the Pentagon has not responded quickly enough to identify the cause of physiological incidents and military training crashes and has called on lawmakers to press the Defense Department for answers. U.S. Rep. Mike Turner, R-Dayton and chairman of the House Tactical Air and Land Forces subcommittee and ranking member U.S. Rep. Nikki Tsongas, D-Mass., sent a letter to colleagues...
From war zone to classroom: Army veteran helps Butler County soldiers start next life chapter

From war zone to classroom: Army veteran helps Butler County soldiers start next life chapter

When you ask First Sgt. J.P. Smith where he’s from, it may take him a while to answer. He was born at Fort Belvoir in Virginia where he lived for one year; then moved to Fort Leonard Wood in Missouri; back to Fort Belvoir; then to Athens, Greece where he graduated from high school and enlisted in the Army; and now he lives in West Chester Twp. with his wife and stepchildren. He has spent a small...
Cemetery worker carries World War II vet to wife’s Arlington grave

Cemetery worker carries World War II vet to wife’s Arlington grave

Walking around Arlington National Cemetery can be an emotional and daunting task for those in the best of health, but a 96-year-old veteran from World War II needed help to make what could be his last visit to his wife’s grave at the hallowed ground. George Boone was at Arlington Saturday as part of an Honor Flight, an event where volunteers make sure that our nation’s veterans...
Pentagon chief calls sexual assault a cancer in military

Pentagon chief calls sexual assault a cancer in military

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis has ordered all members of the Defense Department to re-double their efforts to aggressively work to prevent and respond to sexual assaults across the military. In a memo released Thursday, Mattis said that officers and commanders must act as substitute parents for their young troops, charging leaders to “use their authority and force of personality to prevent and...
Utah VA clinic launches probe after vet's dad tweets about 'unsanitary' room

Utah VA clinic launches probe after vet's dad tweets about 'unsanitary' room

After the father of a U.S. Army veteran tweeted photographs of what he called “an unsanitary and disrespectful” exam room at a Veterans Affairs clinic in Utah, an administrator said the facility is conducting an investigation, KSL reported. Stephen Wilson, whose son Christopher Wilson was being treated for an ankle injury he suffered in Iraq, took photographs at the clinic in Salt...
Watch: Sub breaks through Arctic ice

Watch: Sub breaks through Arctic ice

Amazing video is captured from a U.S. submarine of a British sub breaking through a field of solid ice. The U.S. Navy and Royal Navy are taking part in an Ice Exercise, known as ICEX, in the Beaufort Sea in the Arctic Ocean. >> Read more trending news  ICEX is a five-week training that gives sub crews experience working in the Arctic. The Department of Defense says events like ICEX allow...
Combat Rescue Helicopter Team earns DOD Environmental Award

Combat Rescue Helicopter Team earns DOD Environmental Award

The Air Force Life Cycle Management Center’s Combat Rescue Helicopter team at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base was recognized as the 2018 Secretary of Defense Environmental Award winner in a Department of Defense announcement April 20. The CRH Program team was named winner of Environmental Excellence in Weapon System Acquisition Large Program category. The CRH Program is a U.S. Air Force Acquisition...
Nurse Transition Program celebrates 10 years at UC Medical Center

Nurse Transition Program celebrates 10 years at UC Medical Center

CINCINNATTI, Ohio – UC Health Cardiac Nurse Elaine Philipp hasn’t forgotten the three weeks in 2007 that her son, then a Marine Corps member, spent in a Baghdad hospital after he was injured in an explosion. It was three weeks that Philipp had to rely on strangers on the other side of the world to treat him. “And they took really good care of him,” Philipp said of her son,...
Brig. Gen. Michael Schmidt takes over C3I&N Directorate

Brig. Gen. Michael Schmidt takes over C3I&N Directorate

HANSCOM AIR FORCE BASE, Mass. – Brig. Gen. Michael Schmidt assumed the leadership of the Command, Control, Communications, Intelligence and Networks directorate here April 13, taking the reins from Maj. Gen. Dwyer Dennis, who retired in a separate ceremony later in the day. The change of leadership ceremony was officiated by Lt. Gen. Arnold Bunch, military deputy of the Office of Assistant Secretary...
Education program pays off for civilian nuclear engineering graduate

Education program pays off for civilian nuclear engineering graduate

This year the Air Force Institute of Technology Graduate School of Engineering and Management’s commencement featured another first. On March 22, Jay Ostler became the first graduate of the Nuclear Engineering Program through the Civilian Developmental Education Program, a competitive program designed to prepare future leaders with the skills to meet both corporate Air Force and functional leadership...
Wright-Patt’s tactical training locker classes start May 16

Wright-Patt’s tactical training locker classes start May 16

Combat athlete training classes utilizing the brand-new TRX Tactical Training Locker, a functional training rig that can be utilized by dozens of users at a time, will begin May 16 from 4 to 5 p.m. The locker will be unveiled next to Jarvis Fitness Center, Kittyhawk Center, Area A, as part of the Commander’s Challenge May 10. https://www.daytondailynews.com/news/registration-for-volunteer-jobs-opens-may/eVMr6eCKui9ckK2YmqqkSL/...
Laboratory at Wright-Patt enhances survival tools for isolated Airmen

Laboratory at Wright-Patt enhances survival tools for isolated Airmen

Survival – it’s the first thing an ejected pilot contemplates once safely on the ground. A survival situation could span days, and the Air Force is taking advantage of advancements in technology to allow ejected pilots to survive for longer periods of time. Researchers from the Junior Force Warfighters Operations in the Air Force Research Laboratory Materials and Manufacturing Directorate...
Scientists, engineers excite students about career opportunities

Scientists, engineers excite students about career opportunities

Washington, D.C. – Students across the country recently had the opportunity to connect with leading scientists and engineers from across the Air Force Research Laboratory and other government agencies, STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) organizations and industry April 6-8. The fifth annual USA Science & Engineering Festival Expo, held at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center...
Registration for AF Marathon volunteer jobs opens May 1

Registration for AF Marathon volunteer jobs opens May 1

The Air Force Marathon office will begin their search for 2,400 volunteers to help in a variety of jobs beginning May 1. Volunteer registration will run through Aug. 31, but volunteers should sign up quickly to reserve their preferred job. “We call our volunteers the ‘Flight Crew,’ and the Air Force Marathon is such a fun event that many of them come back year after year,”...
Research network works to combat No. 1 disability claim among veterans

Research network works to combat No. 1 disability claim among veterans

Military service often requires duty in noisy environments that can cause hearing loss, and it doesn’t just happen during combat operations at deployed locations far from home station. From flight line operations to firearms qualification ranges, aircraft maintenance back shops, vehicle repair shops, civil engineering shops or even Air Force research laboratories where innovative and agile technologies...
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