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Company connects military inventions to private business

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

Inventive, time-saving tools track technical tweaks

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

Special Warfare Training Wing activates to train global combat Airmen

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

Businesses test innovations during technology acceleration event

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

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

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

Have ‘spooktacular aerospace fun’ during Family Day

Learn fun aerospace principles through free Halloween-themed activities during Family Day Oct. 27 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. Visitors are encouraged to wear Halloween costumes, and those who participate in activities will receive goody bags (while supplies last). Designed for children and adults of all ages, Family Day offers several hands-on opportunities...
Metals Affordability Initiative spurs innovation, greater agility

Metals Affordability Initiative spurs innovation, greater agility

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

New adviser links schools, organizations, military families

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

Civilian hiring pilot program targets efficiency, timeliness

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

AF Technology Transfer Program names new director, expands focus

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

Striking granite monument now graces museum’s Memorial Park

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

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

ARLINGTON, Va. – Since the inception of the Air Force in 1947, film makers, novelists and even creators of video games have wanted to tell the tales of Airmen. The Air Force Public Affairs Entertainment Liaison office works to project and protect the image of the U.S. Air Force within the global entertainment environment. From the storyboard to the big screen, at no cost to the government, these...
Celebration to mark WPAFB Exchange’s $6.4 million, multifaceted upgrade

Celebration to mark WPAFB Exchange’s $6.4 million, multifaceted upgrade

Wright-Patterson Air Force Base Exchange customers are invited to the facility’s grand reopening ceremony Oct. 25 beginning at 8:30 a.m. with special guests, the Cincinnati Ben-Gals cheerleaders and Bengal’s mascot Who Dey taking photos and signing autographs later in the day. The special ceremony, with cake cutting, guests and weekend-only sales, culminates a $6.4 million renovation that...
CFC loaned executives explain their volunteerism, commitment

CFC loaned executives explain their volunteerism, commitment

Each year two people volunteer to serve as loaned executives for the 2018 Ohio Combined Federal Campaign, Dayton District, to execute the campaign at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base and other federal entities in a nine-county area. This year’s loaned executives are Heather Atkinson, program manager, Foreign Military Sales, New Business in Simulators, Agile Combat Support Directorate; and Di...
Josh Bozue dominates 2018’s full season of cycling races

Josh Bozue dominates 2018’s full season of cycling races

Josh Bozue of Fairborn and Team 9258 Wealth Management led the field of 79 bicyclists on Oct. 9 to be the first-ever rider to dominate Blue Streak throughout a full seven-event season since Blue Streak began in 1998. Bozue’s time of 20:36.7 gave him a 29.1 mph average over the 10-mile Blue Streak course. Bozue’s winning time was over a minute faster than second-place finisher Mark Damschroder...
Aerospace, defense contractor with Warren County presence OKs $33.5B merger

Aerospace, defense contractor with Warren County presence OKs $33.5B merger

L3 Technologies, a New York-based aerospace and defense contractor with a Warren County presence, and Florida-based Harris Corporation have agreed to combine in what could be the largest ever defense-industry merger. The all-stock deal is valued at approximately $33.5 billion and, if approved, the combined company — L3 Harris Technologies Inc. — would be the nation’s sixth-largest...
Officials meet to discuss how Ohio should protect and promote its military jobs

Officials meet to discuss how Ohio should protect and promote its military jobs

For the third consecutive year, military brass, local business leaders, academics and politicos at the Ohio Defense Forum said the state needs to do a better job advocating for military installations and defense contractors in Ohio. “If we connect all of us together in the next four years, oh, my goodness, the alignment would be incredible,” said Ohio Business Roundtable Chief Executive...
Dayton Air Show unveils five new attractions for 2019 show

Dayton Air Show unveils five new attractions for 2019 show

The next Vectren Dayton Air Show isn’t until next summer, but attractions are lining up now. The show Monday announced five attractions to the 2019 show. The British Sea Harrier, Shockwave Jet Truck, GEICO Skytypers, Skip Stewart and Jacquie B. These performers will join the US Air Force Thunderbirds jet demonstration team announced earlier. The 45th annual show will be June 22 and 23 at the...
Kettering WWII veteran to receive Congressional Gold Medal

Kettering WWII veteran to receive Congressional Gold Medal

A World War II B-24 bomber gunner and longtime Kettering resident will receive the Congressional Gold Medal for his military service. Col. Russell “Cliff” Hastler Jr., 93, was a part of the U.S. Army Air Forces. His unit, the 801st/482nd Bombardment Group, were forerunners to the U.S. Air Force Special Operations Command. Hastler also worked with the Office of Strategic Services,...
AFRL researcher awarded for Harvard University collaboration

AFRL researcher awarded for Harvard University collaboration

Dr. Matthew Dickerson of the Air Force Research Laboratory Materials and Manufacturing Directorate was recently selected as a Laboratory University Collaboration Initiative fellow. Ten researchers from across the military service labs receive this award each year. Dickerson, a materials research engineer in the Structural Materials Division, was one of three AFRL selectees chosen. He was selected...
New AFRL Materials and Manufacturing director a familiar face

New AFRL Materials and Manufacturing director a familiar face

There is a new leader at the helm of the Air Force Research Laboratory Materials and Manufacturing Directorate, but he’s certainly no stranger. Tim Sakulich was appointed to Senior Executive Service and installed as the director of the organization Oct. 1. A familiar face to many in the directorate, Sakulich previously served as both the deputy director and the director over a decade prior,...
WPAFB Public Health Clinic stresses proper treatment of animal bites

WPAFB Public Health Clinic stresses proper treatment of animal bites

The Wright-Patterson Medical Center’s Public Health Clinic has seen an increase in animal bites and would like to get the word out to teach people the proper care for these types of injuries. The odds of a person becoming a victim of an animal bite are three in one, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Animal bites can lead to serious infection and even rabies if not...
US Honor Guard performances showcase weapons handling maneuvers

US Honor Guard performances showcase weapons handling maneuvers

The United States Air Force Honor Guard Drill Team will show off their sharp skills and perform at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force Oct. 20 at 1 p.m. in the Korea/South East Asia Gallery. A standard team performance features a professionally choreographed sequence of show-stopping weapon maneuvers, precise tosses, complex weapon exchanges and a walk through the gauntlet of spinning weapons...
AF designates GO1 hypersonic flight research vehicle as X-60A

AF designates GO1 hypersonic flight research vehicle as X-60A

The Air Force has designated the GOLauncher1 hypersonic flight research vehicle as X-60A. The vehicle is being developed by Generation Orbit Launch Services Inc. under contract to the Air Force Research Laboratory, Aerospace Systems Directorate, High Speed Systems Division. It is an air-dropped liquid rocket, specifically designed for hypersonic flight research to mature technologies including scramjet...
Wright-Patt Snow Parade exhibits show of force against winter elements

Wright-Patt Snow Parade exhibits show of force against winter elements

The 88th Civil Engineering Group showcased its winter weather strength on the Wright-Patterson Air Force Base flightline, presenting an array of trucks with brushes, shovels, solvents and other inclement weather cleaners during the Snow Parade Oct. 3. Ground crews drove the heavy equipment around the runway, showing off the distinctive qualities of each truck that is needed during the months of adverse...
Air Force: Tyndall sustains ‘catastrophic damage’ from Hurricane Michael

Air Force: Tyndall sustains ‘catastrophic damage’ from Hurricane Michael

Wright-Patterson officials said the F-22 aircraft are still located on base. There is no set timeline for their departure.  Wright-Patterson Air Force Base has taken in aircraft from Tyndall Air Force Base, which was ravaged by Hurricane Michael this week. The New York Times reported the base, located near Panama City, Florida, has been devastated from the hurricane. Heavy winds and storms ripped...

Annual Newcomers Expo reaches out to new employees

To give new hires a greater perspective of the Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, the center held its annual Newcomers Expo Oct. 3 at the Wright-Patterson Club. This year’s event drew a large crowd and featured presentations highlighting the work and mission of various directorates throughout AFLCMC. The expo started with comments from Col. Teresa Quick, AFLCMC vice commander, who welcomed...
Society of Asian Scientists and Engineers honors AFRL researchers

Society of Asian Scientists and Engineers honors AFRL researchers

The Society of Asian Scientists and Engineers holds an annual awards banquet to celebrate the successes of SASE members who enhance the scientific and engineering professions through contributions to the global business world, academia and local communities. This year, the Air Force Research Laboratory has two award winners. Dr. Khanh Pham from the Space Vehicles Directorate located at Kirtland Air...
Reduce energy footprint by conserving fuel on base, personally

Reduce energy footprint by conserving fuel on base, personally

October is Energy Action Month in which the base population focuses on reducing its overall energy footprint. EAM not only highlights individual actions people can take to enhance our fiscally strained environment, it highlights steps the government is taking to conserve much needed energy and enhance resiliency in the process. Achieving the Wright-Patterson Air Force Base mission while using less...
AFLCMC’s Contracting office helps base fill goods, services needs

AFLCMC’s Contracting office helps base fill goods, services needs

With approximately 27,000 people, a grocery store, banks, hospital, police force, restaurants and movie theater and other amenities and facilities, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base is often compared to a mid-size city. A key player in the successful operation of the “city” is the Air Force Life Cycle Management Center’s Installation Contracting Division, which works with government...
Wright-Patt Top 3 to offer Career Field Fair

Wright-Patt Top 3 to offer Career Field Fair

The Wright-Patt Top 3 will hold its second annual Wright-Patterson Air Force Base Career Field Fair Oct. 24 from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the USO Center, Area A. Have you ever been curious as to what your fellow Airmen do on a daily basis? Does professional development spark your interest or a critically manned field that currently offers a bonus? This fair will provide attendees with a “one-stop...
‘Evening with an Enshrinee’ to feature astronaut Walt Cunningham

‘Evening with an Enshrinee’ to feature astronaut Walt Cunningham

The National Aviation Hall of Fame and the Air Force Museum Foundation will coordinate an evening with 2018 National Aviation Hall of Fame Enshrinee and Apollo 7 Lunar Module Pilot Walt Cunningham Nov. 15. The Air Force Museum Foundation and the National Aviation Hall of Fame present an “Evening with an Enshrinee” to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Cunningham’s Apollo mission....
Top Air Force officers assess Hurricane Michael’s wrath

Top Air Force officers assess Hurricane Michael’s wrath

Top Air Force officers are evaluating the massive devastation Hurricane Michael wreaked this week on Tyndall Air Force Base, located on the Florida panhandle. In a video placed on Facebook, Secretary of the Air Force Heather Wilson and Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David Goldfein express concern about the Tyndall community following the hurricane, which struck the panhandle about mid-afternoon Wednesday...
Veteran on VA rehab: ‘I’m just so thankful that I found this place’

Veteran on VA rehab: ‘I’m just so thankful that I found this place’

Editor’s note: This is one of several stories of local veterans who have struggled with drug or alcohol addiction and gotten help through the Dayton VA. You can read more about all the ways the VA is working prevent and treat addiction in the Miami Valley here: What is the Dayton VA doing to combat the opioid crisis? DAYTON — In the spring of 2017, when Marine Corps veteran...
Former Springfield Guard officer to become first woman brigadier general in Ohio Air National Guard

Former Springfield Guard officer to become first woman brigadier general in Ohio Air National Guard

A former director of intelligence at Springfield’s National Guard base is being promoted and will be the first woman promoted to brigadier general in the Ohio Air National Guard, according to information from the National Guard. Col. Rebecca O’Connor is being promoted to brigadier general and will become the Ohio National Guard chief of staff. The position is responsible for overseeing...
GE Aviation secures $250M turbines contract

GE Aviation secures $250M turbines contract

General Electric Aviation has been awarded a $250,000,000 “indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity” (IDIQ) contract for work on advanced turbine technologies. The mission is to develop, demonstrate and transition advanced turbine propulsion, power and thermal technologies, the Department of Defense said in a release. MORE: Chinese spy accused of trying to steal GE Aviation trade secrets...
From homeless veteran and addict to helping others at the Dayton VA

From homeless veteran and addict to helping others at the Dayton VA

Editor’s note: This is one of several stories of local veterans who have struggled with drug or alcohol addiction and gotten help through the Dayton VA. You can read more about all the ways the VA is working prevent and treat addiction in the Miami Valley here: What is the Dayton VA doing to combat the opioid crisis? DAYTON — As the community employment coordinator for the Dayton...
Middletown may rename street, park after city’s only Medal of Honor recipient

Middletown may rename street, park after city’s only Medal of Honor recipient

It’s time Middletown renames a city park or street after a “common man,” said David Shortt, an Army veteran and retired Middletown police officer. Shortt is hoping the city renames Flemming Park off Clark Street to Pfc. Patrick L. Kessler Park or renames a portion of Reinartz Boulevard between Clark and Charles Street. Kessler is Middletown’s only Congressional Medal of Honor...
Social media posts help Texas veteran find missing Bible, military patches 

Social media posts help Texas veteran find missing Bible, military patches 

A Texas military veteran recovered a lost Bible and his military patches thanks to an assist on social media, WFAA reported. >> Read more trending news  As Cameron Smith, of McKinney, was leaving church Sunday, he put his son in the car, he left his Bible on the roof of the car and drove away. The book was special because the Army veteran received it as a gift from his mother, and...
3 ways the Dayton VA is fighting the opioid crisis

3 ways the Dayton VA is fighting the opioid crisis

Many in the Miami Valley, including veterans, have a perception that the Dayton Veterans Affairs Medical Center is a place for older vets injured in combat. But the VA provides many services to veterans of all ages, including help with alcohol and drug addiction.  Here’s three programs you might not know about: The Dayton VA has one of the largest inpatient mental health and addiction treatment...
Veteran and recovering addict: ‘The past will always catch up with you’

Veteran and recovering addict: ‘The past will always catch up with you’

Editor’s note: This is one of several stories of local veterans who have struggled with drug or alcohol addiction and gotten help through the Dayton VA. You can read more about all the ways the VA is working prevent and treat addiction in the Miami Valley here: What is the Dayton VA doing to combat the opioid crisis? DAYTON — Army veteran David Surbaugh had been going to the Dayton...
Local STEM school to expand, partner with Wright-Patt on gaming lab

Local STEM school to expand, partner with Wright-Patt on gaming lab

The Dayton Regional STEM School is beginning a classroom and laboratory expansion project that will include an innovative partnership with Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. Officials of the science, technology, engineering and math school on Monday announced an upcoming 30,000 square-foot renovation of currently unoccupied space in their building at 1724 Woodman Drive in Kettering. The project will...
Dayton VA rated worst in Ohio, shows ‘trivial’ improvement since 2017

Dayton VA rated worst in Ohio, shows ‘trivial’ improvement since 2017

The Dayton VA medical center’s performance was rated the worst in Ohio by the Department of Veterans Affairs, but an analyst for the hospital said the rating doesn’t reflect changes already underway. The VA recently released ratings for 146 medical centers, including five in Ohio, for fiscal year 2018 which ended on Sept. 30. Each hospital is rated on a scale of one to five, with one being...
Local Air Force ROTC students give Dayton neighborhood a makeover

Local Air Force ROTC students give Dayton neighborhood a makeover

Around 100 Wright State University students who are also cadets in the school’s Air Force ROTC program gave a local neighborhood a “major makeover.” The cadets spent four hours last month clearing brush, debris and applying coats of primer to a house in a Dayton neighborhood, according to WSU. Cadets were required to participate because the initiative met training objectives including...
Vets twice as likely to fatally OD – what the Dayton VA is doing about it

Vets twice as likely to fatally OD – what the Dayton VA is doing about it

One of the state’s largest drug rehabilitation facilities sits on the west side of Dayton but many local residents — including those who could qualify for free care there — are unaware of its existence. With 99 residential beds, an outpatient clinic, and programs to help recovering addicts find housing and employment, the Dayton Veterans Affairs Hospital has developed the kind of...
Report: Trump considers firing Air Force Secretary over Space Force disagreements

Report: Trump considers firing Air Force Secretary over Space Force disagreements

President Donald Trump is reportedly considering firing Heather Wilson, the secretary to the U.S. Air Force. Trump was apparently angered over Wilson’s handling of his directive to create a Space Force as a sixth and separate branch of the military, according to a Foreign Policy report. » RELATED: Trump’s Space Force proposal could impact NASIC at Wright-Patt Wilson recently upset...
Candidates selected for 2018 Ohio Veterans Hall of Fame class

Candidates selected for 2018 Ohio Veterans Hall of Fame class

The Ohio Department of Veterans Services has announced the members of the Ohio Veterans Hall of Fame Class of 2018. https://www.daytondailynews.com/news/argentinian-immigrant-proud-american-airman/ZMia1iXsftZkJHe3vvZgGI/ These 20 inductees will be honored for their accomplishments and achievements at the 26th annual induction ceremony in November for their post-military service. This class of candidates...
Navy research command at Wright-Patt prepares future scientists

Navy research command at Wright-Patt prepares future scientists

This summer, Naval Medical Research Unit Dayton welcomed its largest cohort of interns to the command for a time of learning, mentorship and comradery. Composed of secondary to graduate-level students, the group had the opportunity to dive deep into their fields of interest, gain solid work experience, learn about the Navy and form lasting memories with command members. https://www.daytondailynews...
Persistent loneliness poses serious health risks

Persistent loneliness poses serious health risks

If you have ever felt lonely, know that you’re not alone. Military deployments, living far from family or going through a divorce are common reasons to feel lonely. Loneliness is a universal emotion that does not discriminate. It can affect people of all ages and backgrounds, from small towns to big cities. The concept of loneliness does not necessarily imply that a person is actually alone...
Miracle at the Marathon: CPR, training save life

Miracle at the Marathon: CPR, training save life

When retired Air Force Lt. Gen. John Hudson woke on the warm overcast morning of the Air Force Marathon Sept. 15, he knew the weather would be a challenge. But he was fit, trained and ready to take on the 10-kilometer race just as he had for the past 10 years. As ready as he was physically, what Hudson didn’t know was that his life-saving CPR and first aid training would be even more important...
‘Go for Green 2.0’ initiative enhancing food choices

‘Go for Green 2.0’ initiative enhancing food choices

Pitsenbarger Dining Facility at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base will be the second dining facility in the Air Force to implement the new “Go for Green 2.0” initiative. This initiative has been around since 2011 and is a joint service performance-nutrition initiative that enhances the current food choices in the environment that Airmen work and live in. https://www.daytondailynews.com/news/persistent-loneliness-poses-serious-health-risks/ymAbgrvOH2MaFmHuy7YpSK/...
Command chief calls for focus on commonalities, shared experiences

Command chief calls for focus on commonalities, shared experiences

“Continue to educate, mentor and grow one another” was the advice Chief Master Sgt. Jason France offered the military and civilian Airmen of Air Force Materiel Command as he departed the command chief position at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base Sept. 28. https://www.daytondailynews.com/news/445th-airlift-wing-facility-renovation-exemplifies-effort/0TRZs9OWStWfLA36KrO5JI/ “Focus on...
Event celebrates launch of collaborative research center

Event celebrates launch of collaborative research center

The Air Force Research Laboratory’s 711th Human Performance Wing hosted a kick-off event Sept. 28 to celebrate a new University Center of Excellence at Carnegie Mellon University in the research area of trusted human-machine teaming. The event included team introductions from both 711 HPW and CMU researchers, discussions of current research endeavors and tours of various laboratories, such as...
445th Airlift Wing facility renovation exemplifies effort

445th Airlift Wing facility renovation exemplifies effort

October is Energy Action Month, a national campaign led by the Department of Energy, and this year’s theme is “Protect the Power.” There are numerous ways for Airmen and installations to protect critical power and one of them is through sustainable building design practices. https://www.daytondailynews.com/news/command-chief-calls-for-focus-commonalities-shared-experiences/vymv32Wmd8TdcaBrkkpM8K/...
Challenge encourages weight loss, healthy lifestyle

Challenge encourages weight loss, healthy lifestyle

Reshape your life this fall with Air Force Materiel Command’s DOWNSIZED Challenge. The challenge encourages participants to lose and maintain a healthy weight by learning healthy lifestyle habits for nutrition and physical activity. https://www.daytondailynews.com/news/health-screenings-seminars-planned-mark-awareness-month/NYtkmaqbxfTtQ8PlHSKiXP/ Participants who enroll and complete the official...
Health screenings, seminars planned to mark awareness month

Health screenings, seminars planned to mark awareness month

Wright-Patterson Air Force Base is recognizing National Disability Employment Awareness Month this October. NDEAM began as an effort to educate Americans about disability and employment in 1945 as “National Employ the Physically Handicapped Week.” The word “physically” was removed in 1962 to acknowledge all Americans with disabilities. October officially became National Disability...
Argentinian immigrant proud to be an American Airman

Argentinian immigrant proud to be an American Airman

Staff Sgt. Luciano Cattaneo was only 16 when he came to the United States from Argentina to join his mother in Miami. Cattaneo began his sophomore year of high school not speaking any English. Cattaneo, an Aerospace and Operational technician and NCO in charge of Administration/Scheduling at the United States Air Force School of Aerospace Medicine, said although it was difficult to take classes taught...
AFLCMC team presents first mobile app prototype to SECAF

AFLCMC team presents first mobile app prototype to SECAF

An 11-member Mobile Application Development Team with the Air Force Life Cycle Management Center’s Business and Enterprise Systems Directorate recently developed its first organic mobile application prototype and presented it to Secretary of the Air Force Dr. Heather Wilson during the Air Force Information Technology Conference in Montgomery, Alabama, in August 2018. https://www.daytondailynews...
U.S. Band of Flight to perform with country artist Alexis Gomez

U.S. Band of Flight to perform with country artist Alexis Gomez

The United States Air Force Band of Flight is busy rehearsing with country artist Alexis Gomez for an upcoming free concert at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force Oct. 13. Gomez, a graduate of Centerville High School and Wright State University, was a semi-finalist on the hit show “American Idol” (season 14). The multi-instrumentalist went on to compete as a finalist in “Nash...
Local leaders, fire departments’ personnel gather for ‘Fire Ops’ 101

Local leaders, fire departments’ personnel gather for ‘Fire Ops’ 101

A first-of-its-kind training exercise held at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base Sept. 28 demonstrated what base and community fire personnel already know: their jobs are demanding, challenging and complex but rewarding. The event, “Fire Ops 101”, brought together the Wright-Patterson AFB Fire Department, part of the 788th Civil Engineer Squadron; additional base personnel; fire personnel...
Air Force to speed private licensing of technology

Air Force to speed private licensing of technology

More defense technologies are about to be made available for marketing and licensing to private companies, the Air Force is saying. The Air Force is increasing the number of technologies available through its faster licensing process, letting private partners begin product development in less than two weeks, in some cases. “Express licensing is a streamlined collaboration platform where the...
No family for Army veteran’s funeral, so local students pay tribute

No family for Army veteran’s funeral, so local students pay tribute

Students in sixth, seventh and eighth grade at Ascension School in Kettering on Wednesday honored a veteran who had no surviving family to attend his funeral. A veterans group organized the funeral for 78-year-old U.S. Army veteran Larry Tracy, a service that featured all of the pomp and circumstance deserved by someone who served his country with honor, according to Susan Digiorgio, the principal...
Veteran suicides: Local RuckUp walk seeks to raise awareness

Veteran suicides: Local RuckUp walk seeks to raise awareness

Steven Bass, who works at the Defense Contract Management Agency at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, lost one of his friends last August to suicide. “Civilians out here at the base have similar stories where military co-workers deploy, then come back ‘changed,’ ” said Bass. “It hits the military super hard, but base civilians aren’t immune to the effects.&rdquo...
Area mall to open new military gathering place

Area mall to open new military gathering place

The Mall at Fairfield Commons will open a new Armed Forces Hub for military personnel and veterans this month. The gathering place is designed to give back to military personnel, according to a statement from the Beavercreek shopping center. It will also give recruiters a high foot-traffic area to attract interested candidates. Military personnel and veterans will have access to games, couches and...
GE names new CEO in sudden leadership shift

GE names new CEO in sudden leadership shift

General Electric, one of Ohio’s and the Dayton region’s biggest and most important employers, has a new chief executive. GE said early Monday that H. Lawrence Culp, Jr. has been named chairman and CEO by a unanimous vote of its directors, effective immediately. The company’s board also appointed Thomas Horton as lead director. Culp and Horton have been members of the GE board since...
Military gets largest pay raise in nearly a decade

Military gets largest pay raise in nearly a decade

Thousands of military personnel in the Dayton region are set to get their biggest pay raise in nearly a decade after president Donald Trump on Friday signed a $854-billion spending bill into law. Service members, including around 15,000 or so people at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, will get a 2.6 percent raise. In total, Wright-Patt employs around 27,000 people, 12,000 of which are federal civilian...
JobsOhio, coalition hail strong jobs ‘pipeline’

JobsOhio, coalition hail strong jobs ‘pipeline’

While new job creation so far this year may be down somewhat compared to last year, the “pipeline” of expected new jobs is humming, local and state economic developers said Friday at a JobsOhio board of directors meeting “We’re going strong, with a lot of growth,” Jeff Hoagland, Dayton Development Coalition president and chief executive, told a small audience at Aileron...
Wright-Patt resident physicians recognized for research excellence

Wright-Patt resident physicians recognized for research excellence

Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine resident physicians at the Wright-Patterson Medical Center were recognized for the following awards at the National Army and Air Force American College of Physicians meeting Sept. 6-8 in San Antonio, Texas. First place clinical vignette - Dr. Amy Stacey. The clinical vignette is awarded to the Air Force chapter’s best medical...
Wright-Patt to take part in wounded warrior softball exhibitions

Wright-Patt to take part in wounded warrior softball exhibitions

The Wounded Warrior Amputee Softball Team will play two exhibition games Oct. 13 at Ron Nischwitz Baseball Stadium at Wright State University. Game 1 starts at 9 a.m. and will pit WWAST against military and first responder all-stars from Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. Game 2 starts at 2 p.m. and will set WWAST against all-stars from the Dayton Legends Softball Club. https://www.daytondailynews.com/news/area-attractions-events-provide-entertaining-options-october/8PjIZRJLpIlxSqIvjtsPLP/...
Former Vietnam POW speaks at wreath-laying ceremony

Former Vietnam POW speaks at wreath-laying ceremony

Retired Col. Henry P. Fowler Jr., a Vietnam prisoner of war, was the guest speaker at the Wright-Patterson Air Force Base POW/MIA Recognition Day wreath-laying ceremony Sept. 21 at the Arnold House in Area A. Fowler, then a first lieutenant, was flying an F-4 Phantom II when he was forced to eject over North Vietnam on March 26, 1967, 24 miles from the capital city of Hanoi. Fowler was taken as a...
Team Wright-Patt gears up for Wingman Day

Team Wright-Patt gears up for Wingman Day

Exercising, having fun, relaxing and laughing are some of the ways to relieve stress and strengthen social fitness—that’s exactly what Team Wright-Patt organizations are planning for on Wingman Day on Oct 4. The theme this fall is “Resilience: Aligning Your Inner and Outer Self.” https://www.daytondailynews.com/news/former-vietnam-pow-speaks-wreath-laying-ceremony/KTa5MFcolmgiDXpqqWq7EJ/...
Area attractions, events provide entertaining options in October

Area attractions, events provide entertaining options in October

Autumn leaves and cooler weather return to the Dayton area, but outdoor activities continue throughout the month ahead. From family events to fall festivals, there is much ado about many things on Saturdays in October. Oct. 6 The Heritage of Flight Festival takes off in New Carlisle at 7 a.m. and features an array of events, activities and the annual Parade of Planes down Main Street. Live entertainment...
Changing the face of war, saving lives

Changing the face of war, saving lives

On Aug. 10, former Big Safari Director and retired Air Force Col. Bill Grimes passed away. While his was not a household name and Big Safari – a secretive Air Force acquisition program for specialized special mission aircraft – is not known for being very public, Grimes’ legacy is so important, and his efforts so enduring, that his colleagues felt his story must be told. Told so...
Research team looks to solve fatigue issues for C-5 crew members

Research team looks to solve fatigue issues for C-5 crew members

An aircraft seat may seem inconsequential, but when a simple seat can enhance the safety and well-being of a flight crew, it can be a very big deal. Researchers from the Air Force Research Laboratory Materials and Manufacturing Directorate are leading a design and prototyping effort to ensure C-5M Super Galaxy flight crew members are able to execute a mission-essential task safely and comfortably...
October is Energy Action Month

October is Energy Action Month

October, Energy Action Month, provides an opportunity for Airmen at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base to learn more about the impact of energy to the Air Force’s mission. EAM is part of a national campaign led by the Department of Energy. This year’s theme is “Protect the Power.” The intent is to give the Air Force as a whole an assured energy advantage by challenging each individual...
Initiative to raise awareness of cybersecurity, at home and at work

Initiative to raise awareness of cybersecurity, at home and at work

“Am I more computer security aware at home or at work?” “Is my professional and personal information protected online?” “How secure is that computer device?” “What might the bad guys know?” These and other questions may be answered next month in classes with titles such as, “Wireless Security for Home Use”, “Portable Device Security&rdquo...
Firefighters plan educational activities with Super Saturday Kickoff

Firefighters plan educational activities with Super Saturday Kickoff

Wright-Patterson Air Force Base firefighters are set to kick off this year’s Fire Prevention Week, Oct. 7-13. “Fire Prevention Week promises to be a great time with many exciting activities for the entire Wright-Patterson Air Force Base community,” said Fire Inspector Garth Musgrove. https://www.daytondailynews.com/news/special-screening-the-cold-blue-the-air-force-museum-theatre/8VGEk0jzX7O0YL196WYjOL/...
Special screening of ‘The Cold Blue’ at the Air Force Museum Theatre

Special screening of ‘The Cold Blue’ at the Air Force Museum Theatre

The October Living History Film Series event for 2018 will feature the film The Cold Blue Oct. 10 at 6:30 p.m. at the Air Force Museum Theatre, located inside the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. Tickets for this event are $12 for adults, $10 for military or members of the museum. Doors open at 6 p.m. https://www.daytondailynews.com/news/firefighters-plan-educational-activities-with-super-saturday-kickoff/ySdYPyA66RYGVRPcQFJLJK/...
Operation Warm Heart alive at Wright-Patt

Operation Warm Heart alive at Wright-Patt

The first sergeants at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base take meeting the needs of the Airmen on base very seriously, and one way they reach out to Airmen is through Operation Warm Heart, a national organization. “I am a first sergeant, and my job is people; people are my business,” said Senior Master Sgt. Timothy Ogan, first sergeant, Air Force Life Cycle Management Center. “As stated...
‘Show Some Love’ campaign about to kick off with Charity Fair Oct. 3

‘Show Some Love’ campaign about to kick off with Charity Fair Oct. 3

The annual celebratory Charity Fair and Campaign Kickoff supporting the Combined Federal Campaign, Dayton District, is scheduled from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 3 at Wright State University’s Nutter Center. The kickoff is open to all Department of Defense, federal, U.S. Postal Service and Veterans Affairs employees. The event will include more than 60 charitable organization booths with information...
Focus Week registration open for courses being offered Oct. 22-26

Focus Week registration open for courses being offered Oct. 22-26

Registration for the final Focus Week of 2018, scheduled for Oct. 22-26 at the 88th Air Base Wing, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, will continue from now until the day before each course is held. The October Focus Week is focused on performance improvement for both the individual and the organization. With a wide variety of classes, there should be something for everyone looking to further develop...
Airmen help train man’s best friend to serve those with disabilities

Airmen help train man’s best friend to serve those with disabilities

Dogs are truly man’s best friend, and a member of the 445th Airlift Wing family is helping train canine companions to become highly specialized service dogs that provide much more than just friendship. Capt. Robert Cost, an intelligence team chief with the 445th Operations Support Squadron, and his wife, Capt. Emily Cost, of the Army National Guard, work with service dogs at Circle Tail Inc...
CPTS committed to success for end of fiscal year

CPTS committed to success for end of fiscal year

Editor’s Note: This is part one of a two-part series. Next week, look for a feature highlighting the AFLCMC Contracting Directorate and end-of-year wrap-up. Just days before the end of the fiscal year, the 88th Comptroller Squadron at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base works diligently to review and certify documents from base tenants in order to finalize all purchases before midnight on Sept....
Air Force Light-Attack Experiment team wins Weapon Systems Award

Air Force Light-Attack Experiment team wins Weapon Systems Award

A multi-functional team of experts from across several major commands received the 2017 Daedalian Colonel Franklin C. Wolfe Weapon Systems Award at a Sept. 20 ceremony at the Wright-Patterson Air Force Base Club for their efforts during Phase I of the Light Attack Aircraft Experiment. https://www.daytondailynews.com/news/cpts-committed-success-for-end-fiscal-year/f83h6pi9xpk97TFBNWWITL/ The Air Force...
Boeing emerges as winner in Wright-Patt-managed jet trainer contest

Boeing emerges as winner in Wright-Patt-managed jet trainer contest

Boeing has emerged the winner in the $9.2 billion contest to build new U.S. Air Force training planes. Boeing will work with Sweden’s Saab AB to develop a new plane for the competition, beating Lockheed Martin Corp and Leonardo DRS, according to Reuters news service, which was the first to report the news Thursday. MORE: Have an idea to make life in Dayton better? Here’s how to speak...
Wanted: Your ideas to make life in Dayton better

Wanted: Your ideas to make life in Dayton better

A regional “wish list” for people, organizations and needs seeking government funding is being compiled, and your input is sought. The 2018-2019 Priority Development and Advocacy Committee (PDAC) is looking for input on projects worthy of government funding. The committee, overseen by the Dayton Development Coalition, is looking for ideas in the fields of defense, transportation and government...
GE wins big in two new defense contracts

GE wins big in two new defense contracts

Two local GE Aviation operations are winning big in two newly announced Department of Defense contracts. The Department of Defense announced a $52,462,485 contract award to GE Aviation in Vandalia. The House Armed Services Subcommittee on Tactical Air and Land Forces — chaired by U.S. Rep. Mike Turner, R-Dayton — authorized those funds for electrical systems for the Navy’s F/A-18E/F...
The Air Force has chosen a company to replace the ‘Huey’ helicopter

The Air Force has chosen a company to replace the ‘Huey’ helicopter

In the battle to replace the aging “Huey” helicopter, Boeing has won. Boeing will provide its MH-139 helicopter and related support to the U.S. Air Force to replace the more than 40-year-old UH-1N “Huey” helicopters, which are used to protect America’s intercontinental ballistic missile bases, Boeing and the Air Force announced Monday. The program awarded is valued at...
Regional firms awarded millions in defense work

Regional firms awarded millions in defense work

Regional firms have been winning millions in defense contracts in recent days. Beavercreek-based Woolpert Inc. was awarded a $10 million firm-fixed-price contract for architect-engineering services. The Department of Defense said Woolpert’s bid was selected from among 23 possible offerings. Work will be completed in September 2023, and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in Norfolk, Va. is the...
This plant contributes to the radar-evading B-2 — and it’s getting bigger

This plant contributes to the radar-evading B-2 — and it’s getting bigger

A Northrop Grumman plant making crucial components for one of the most advanced bombers ever made will get more sophisticated as the bomber itself — the B-2 — get more sophisticated, the operations director for the local plant said Monday. The Northrop Grumman plant at 1365 Technology Court operated as an Orbital ATK plant until Northrop Grumman acquired Orbital ATK in a $7.8 billion purchase...
Toastmasters brings public speaking, leadership opportunities

Toastmasters brings public speaking, leadership opportunities

Toastmasters, a nonprofit educational organization, is an opportunity for Total Force Airmen to learn and improve public speaking and leadership skills. Though Toastmasters is an international organization with clubs in 141 countries, there are three clubs on Wright-Patterson Air Force Base and 29 in the greater Dayton area. “Most military installations only have one club; however, Wright-Patterson...
Pitch innovative ideas during AF Spark Tank competition

Pitch innovative ideas during AF Spark Tank competition

WASHINGTON – Enlisted, officer and government employees may now submit their innovative ideas for the 2018 Air Force Spark Tank competition. The competition calls for Airmen to pitch their innovative ideas to the Air Force’s senior leaders through the IdeaScale Ideation platform at usaf.ideascalegov.com and will culminate in a showcase of those ideas in Orlando, Florida, early next year...
Wright-Patt Airmen contribute to 2-2 record in soccer championships

Wright-Patt Airmen contribute to 2-2 record in soccer championships

Two Airmen from Wright-Patterson Air Force Base helped the U.S. Women’s Armed Forces Soccer Team finish with a solid 2-2 record during the Conseil International du Sport Miltiaire (CISM) 11th World Women’s Military Football Championship at Stout Field on Fort Bliss, Texas, June 20-July 5. For 1st Lt. Carla Cimo, who works at the Air Force Installation Contracting Agency at Wright-Patterson...
Combat Arms provides detailed instruction on weapons use, maintenance

Combat Arms provides detailed instruction on weapons use, maintenance

According to the U.S. Air Force Police Alumni Association, the history behind the Air Force Combat Arms Training program evolved from an incident that happened during the Korean War when Kimpo Air Base personnel were attacked and killed by Chinese communist forces. In 1958, that tragedy prompted Gen. Curtis LeMay, Strategic Air Command commander, to change the way the Air Force provided weapons training...
Interactive workshop to explore digital learning resources

Interactive workshop to explore digital learning resources

The Information Learning Center along with the Education and Training Section at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base are offering a new Universal Class and Special Interests Workshop. The workshop is set for Sept. 27 from 9 to 10:30 a.m. at the Information Learning Center, Bldg. 1226 in Area A (Kittyhawk). “It is an interactive, hands-on workshop that explores digital resources at-no cost,&rdquo...
NEW DETAILS: Cavs to play in C-17 hangar at Wright-Patt, tour base

NEW DETAILS: Cavs to play in C-17 hangar at Wright-Patt, tour base

The Cleveland Cavaliers will tour Wright-Patterson Air Force base and then play a scrimmage there on Sept. 30. The team will “have the opportunity to see first-hand” what Airmen at Wright-Patt do to help protect the nation, according to a release from the Cavs. The Cavs will play the inter-squad scrimmage on a portable court that will be installed in a hangar designed to house C-17 aircraft...
Encouraging ‘connectedness’ a primary factor in preventing suicide

Encouraging ‘connectedness’ a primary factor in preventing suicide

The Air Force Suicide Prevention Program is built on 11 elements that stress leadership and community involvement to help prevent suicides. “It is one of less than 20 evidence-based programs listed in the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s National Registry of Evidence-Based Programs and Practices,” said Maj. Robert Atismé, 88th Medical Group, Mental...
WSU Raiders hockey team tours Wright-Patt

WSU Raiders hockey team tours Wright-Patt

The Wright State University Raiders hockey team, led by Coach Robert J. Kirchner III, will host a military appreciation night Sept 22 starting at 7 p.m. against the Akron Zips. The event will be held at the National Trails, Park & Recreation Department Springfield Chiller Ice Rink. All military members and Wright-Patterson Air Force Base civilians will receive a $1 discount on adult tickets fees....
Top-notch researchers chosen as AFRL fellows

Top-notch researchers chosen as AFRL fellows

The Materials and Manufacturing Directorate recently announced that Doug Carter and Dr. Dean Evans were named Air Force Research Laboratory fellows for 2018. These researchers are outstanding in the fields of technology development, transition and research achievements. Carter is a principal materials engineer and lead of the Materials Affordability Team in the Logistics Systems Support Branch. Evans...
Life Cycle Industry Days again connects business, military leaders

Life Cycle Industry Days again connects business, military leaders

To continue its engagement with industry, the Air Force Life Cycle Management Center held its third annual Life Cycle Industry Days event at the University of Dayton River Campus in Dayton Sept. 12-14. The sold-out event drew hundreds of attendees from small and large business as well as senior leaders from various Air Force, Department of Defense and other federal agencies, to network, learn about...
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