Barrie Barber

Barrie Barber is a reporter for Cox Media Group Ohio covering military and veterans affairs.

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WHAT TO KNOW: Five aviation stories from the past week
 Whether it’s cutting-edge research or time-tested manufacturing, there was plenty of aviation-related news from in and around Dayton in the past week. Here are five stories you may have missed. Staff Writer Barrie Barber reported Friday that the University of Dayton Research Institute (UDRI) received a seven-year, $43 million Air Force...

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Whether it’s cutting-edge research or time-tested manufacturing, there was plenty of aviation-related news from in and around Dayton in the past week. Here are five stories you may have missed. Staff Writer Barrie Barber reported Friday that the University of Dayton Research Institute (UDRI) received a seven-year, $43 million Air Force...
Air Force awards big contract to UDRI
 The University of Dayton Research Institute has received a seven-year, $43 million Air Force contract to develop nonmetal materials for airplanes, spacecraft and ground vehicles. Researchers at UDRI’s campus and at the Air Force Research Laboratory at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base will investigate adhesives, sealants, elastomers,...

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The University of Dayton Research Institute has received a seven-year, $43 million Air Force contract to develop nonmetal materials for airplanes, spacecraft and ground vehicles. Researchers at UDRI’s campus and at the Air Force Research Laboratory at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base will investigate adhesives, sealants, elastomers,...
Son of Cold War U-2 pilot Francis Gary Powers to appear at AF Museum
 Francis Gary Powers Jr. was often questioned about his father, but the answers were lacking. The son of the most famous Cold War pilot, Francis Gary Powers Sr., who was shot down in a U-2 spy plane over the Soviet Union in 1960, wanted answers so he decided to find them. “I didn’t do research to vindicate my father,” said...

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Francis Gary Powers Jr. was often questioned about his father, but the answers were lacking. The son of the most famous Cold War pilot, Francis Gary Powers Sr., who was shot down in a U-2 spy plane over the Soviet Union in 1960, wanted answers so he decided to find them. “I didn’t do research to vindicate my father,” said...
Air Force to purchase helicopters that would guard nuclear bases
 The Air Force has launched a $4.1 billion program to replace 62 decades-old UH-1N Huey helicopter to guard intercontinental nuclear missile bases on the Great Plains and transport high-level officials in “continuity of government” operations. The long-anticipated competition is expected to pit the Boeing Co., teamed with Leonardo...

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The Air Force has launched a $4.1 billion program to replace 62 decades-old UH-1N Huey helicopter to guard intercontinental nuclear missile bases on the Great Plains and transport high-level officials in “continuity of government” operations. The long-anticipated competition is expected to pit the Boeing Co., teamed with Leonardo...
Air Force adds GE Aviation to $409M contract
 The Air Force Research Laboratory has added GE Aviation among at least three companies part of a seven-year, $409 million contract to develop “next generation” thermal, power and control technologies on fighter and bomber aircraft. RELATED: GE Aviation acquires robotics maker The initial GE order is worth $106,000 and will continue...

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The Air Force Research Laboratory has added GE Aviation among at least three companies part of a seven-year, $409 million contract to develop “next generation” thermal, power and control technologies on fighter and bomber aircraft. RELATED: GE Aviation acquires robotics maker The initial GE order is worth $106,000 and will continue...
Navy awards multi-million dollar contract to two Dayton area firms
 The Navy has selected two Dayton area firms among 11 nationally for a combined contract worth up to $92 million over five years for information technology support at military education facilities. Beavercreek-headquartered Creek Technologies Co. and Riverside-based Evanhoe & Associates, Inc., were part of the group of companies awarded a...

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The Navy has selected two Dayton area firms among 11 nationally for a combined contract worth up to $92 million over five years for information technology support at military education facilities. Beavercreek-headquartered Creek Technologies Co. and Riverside-based Evanhoe & Associates, Inc., were part of the group of companies awarded a...
Turner legislation would keep aviation hall in Ohio
 A Dayton congressman has attempted to thwart any potential move of the National Aviation Hall of Fame from Ohio. But an attorney representing the nonprofit organization said Tuesday there are no plans to leave the state. U.S. Rep. Mike Turner added a measure to a House defense authorization bill that would strip authority from the NAHF board...

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A Dayton congressman has attempted to thwart any potential move of the National Aviation Hall of Fame from Ohio. But an attorney representing the nonprofit organization said Tuesday there are no plans to leave the state. U.S. Rep. Mike Turner added a measure to a House defense authorization bill that would strip authority from the NAHF board...
Wright-Patt job fair seeks to recruit veterans for jobs
 A veterans job fair is expected to draw dozens of employers next week to the Hope Hotel and Conference Center at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. Job seekers may attend the Disabled American Veterans and RecruitMilitary job fair between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. Thursday, July 27. RELATED: Wright-Patt recaches 100th anniversary in 2017 Some of the...

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A veterans job fair is expected to draw dozens of employers next week to the Hope Hotel and Conference Center at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. Job seekers may attend the Disabled American Veterans and RecruitMilitary job fair between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. Thursday, July 27. RELATED: Wright-Patt recaches 100th anniversary in 2017 Some of the...
Dayton VA chief to retire from post
 The Dayton VA Medical Center director recognized nationally for his work to help two embattled VA medical facilities in the midst of scandals will step down in October from the local top post. Glenn Costie, 55, announced his retirement Monday to give the VA time to find and train a replacement before he leaves. “I feel like the organization...

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The Dayton VA Medical Center director recognized nationally for his work to help two embattled VA medical facilities in the midst of scandals will step down in October from the local top post. Glenn Costie, 55, announced his retirement Monday to give the VA time to find and train a replacement before he leaves. “I feel like the organization...
Defense budget: Military personnel get biggest pay raise in 8 years
 The U.S. House of Representatives passed a $696 billion defense authorization bill Friday, going beyond what the Trump administration asked for, targeting improved military readiness, buying more ships and planes, and failing to authorize a new round of future base closures. The bill passed the House in a 344-81 vote. The Trump administration...

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The U.S. House of Representatives passed a $696 billion defense authorization bill Friday, going beyond what the Trump administration asked for, targeting improved military readiness, buying more ships and planes, and failing to authorize a new round of future base closures. The bill passed the House in a 344-81 vote. The Trump administration...
Turner amendment to study Space Corps fails to get vote
 An area congressman’s attempt to study the creation of a Space Corps before pushing ahead to launch it as a military branch has failed to gain congressional backing. U.S. Rep. Mike Turner, R-Dayton, said he was disappointed the House Rules Committee decided this week to prevent consideration of his amendment to the fiscal year 2018...

Posted: 9 days ago

An area congressman’s attempt to study the creation of a Space Corps before pushing ahead to launch it as a military branch has failed to gain congressional backing. U.S. Rep. Mike Turner, R-Dayton, said he was disappointed the House Rules Committee decided this week to prevent consideration of his amendment to the fiscal year 2018...