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Barrie Barber

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

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Turner bill would expand military sexual assault victims rights
 Two House lawmakers have introduced a bill to allow the military’s highest court to hear appeals from sexual assault survivors on decisions during trial proceedings, officials say. U.S. Rep. Mike Turner, R-Dayton, and Nikki Tsongas, D-Mass., have co-introduced the BE HEARD Act, which stands for Building an Environment for Helpful, Effective...

Posted: an hour ago

Two House lawmakers have introduced a bill to allow the military’s highest court to hear appeals from sexual assault survivors on decisions during trial proceedings, officials say. U.S. Rep. Mike Turner, R-Dayton, and Nikki Tsongas, D-Mass., have co-introduced the BE HEARD Act, which stands for Building an Environment for Helpful, Effective...
Trump seeks $52B increase in defense spending
 The Trump administration unveiled a $639.1 billion defense budget proposal Tuesday that it says is a step toward restoring military readiness levels that would boost the number of airmen in uniform. As part of the budget, however, the administration is asking for a new round of military base closures in 2021. RELATED: Trump budget calls for...

Posted: 3 days ago

The Trump administration unveiled a $639.1 billion defense budget proposal Tuesday that it says is a step toward restoring military readiness levels that would boost the number of airmen in uniform. As part of the budget, however, the administration is asking for a new round of military base closures in 2021. RELATED: Trump budget calls for...
Veterans can learn about services at networking event
 A networking event to connect veterans to veterans’ service organizations and several colleges and universities and employers is set to launch Wednesday at Wright State University. Veterans Moving Forward will bring together nearly 70 groups for the veteran-oriented event from 3 to 6 p.m. in the Apollo Room of the WSU Student Union...

Posted: 4 days ago

A networking event to connect veterans to veterans’ service organizations and several colleges and universities and employers is set to launch Wednesday at Wright State University. Veterans Moving Forward will bring together nearly 70 groups for the veteran-oriented event from 3 to 6 p.m. in the Apollo Room of the WSU Student Union...
Ohio ranks low in U.S. for military retirees, report shows
 Ohio ranks 35th among the 50 states and the District of Columbia for the best places for military retirees to live, the website WalletHub has determined. In a report released Monday, WalletHub cited three main areas it ranked to reach the conclusion: economic environment, quality of life and health care. RELATED: Best and worst states for...

Posted: 4 days ago

Ohio ranks 35th among the 50 states and the District of Columbia for the best places for military retirees to live, the website WalletHub has determined. In a report released Monday, WalletHub cited three main areas it ranked to reach the conclusion: economic environment, quality of life and health care. RELATED: Best and worst states for...
VP Mike Pence speaks at Wright-Patt AF Base
 Vice President Mike Pence vowed the Trump administration would “rebuild the military” and seek the biggest increases in defense spending since the Reagan era. Standing in front of an Air Force Reserve C-17 transport jet, Pence spoke Saturday to about 250 airmen and their families in a 445th Airlift Wing hangar at Wright-Patterson...

Posted: 6 days ago

Vice President Mike Pence vowed the Trump administration would “rebuild the military” and seek the biggest increases in defense spending since the Reagan era. Standing in front of an Air Force Reserve C-17 transport jet, Pence spoke Saturday to about 250 airmen and their families in a 445th Airlift Wing hangar at Wright-Patterson...
On the cutting edge: Wright-Patt reaches a century of innovation
 Before Chuck Yeager broke the sound barrier in a rocket-powered plane and before any of the Mercury 7 astronauts climbed into a space capsule, their journeys started at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. From flying captured enemy fighters to popular lore of hidden UFOs and aliens, Wright-Patterson has captured the public’s imagination...

Posted: 8 days ago

Before Chuck Yeager broke the sound barrier in a rocket-powered plane and before any of the Mercury 7 astronauts climbed into a space capsule, their journeys started at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. From flying captured enemy fighters to popular lore of hidden UFOs and aliens, Wright-Patterson has captured the public’s imagination...
Two old 19th century VA homes torn down for new Fisher House
 The Dayton VA Medical Center has demolished two 19th century homes to make way for a privately funded $6.5 million Fisher House that will be a place veterans and their families can stay without charge while patients receive medical treatment. A groundbreaking date has not been announced, but it will be months later than initially expected...

Posted: 9 days ago

The Dayton VA Medical Center has demolished two 19th century homes to make way for a privately funded $6.5 million Fisher House that will be a place veterans and their families can stay without charge while patients receive medical treatment. A groundbreaking date has not been announced, but it will be months later than initially expected...
More details on Vice President Mike Pence visit to Dayton area today
 Vice President Mike Pence will speak this afternoon at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base as part of a three-state swing through Ohio, Pennsylvania and his home state of Indiana. Pence is scheduled to not only speak at 3 p.m. at the sprawling air base outside of Dayton, but also is expected to meet with service members and their families, part...

Posted: 9 days ago

Vice President Mike Pence will speak this afternoon at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base as part of a three-state swing through Ohio, Pennsylvania and his home state of Indiana. Pence is scheduled to not only speak at 3 p.m. at the sprawling air base outside of Dayton, but also is expected to meet with service members and their families, part...
Kasich orders flags lowered Saturday for fallen Kettering soldier
 Ohio Gov. John Kasich ordered flags lowered Saturday in honor of the memory of fallen Army Sgt. Cameron H. Thomas of Kettering who died in Afghanistan last month. The governor’s office said the order applies from sunrise to sunset to all public buildings and grounds in Montgomery County and at the Ohio Statehouse in Columbus. Thomas...

Posted: 14 days ago

Ohio Gov. John Kasich ordered flags lowered Saturday in honor of the memory of fallen Army Sgt. Cameron H. Thomas of Kettering who died in Afghanistan last month. The governor’s office said the order applies from sunrise to sunset to all public buildings and grounds in Montgomery County and at the Ohio Statehouse in Columbus. Thomas...
City stopped pumping water from well field near Wright-Patt
 The city of Dayton stopped pumping water at a Huffman Dam well field in April after a Wright-Patterson Air Force Base monitoring well near the dam showed tainted groundwater above a federal environmental threshold for contaminants found in firefighting foam, officials say. The Dayton production well field will remain closed until the city...

Posted: 14 days ago

The city of Dayton stopped pumping water at a Huffman Dam well field in April after a Wright-Patterson Air Force Base monitoring well near the dam showed tainted groundwater above a federal environmental threshold for contaminants found in firefighting foam, officials say. The Dayton production well field will remain closed until the city...
Air Force says repair mishap caused $4M in damage to Air Force One
 An Air Force investigation has found one of two Air Force One jetliners oxygen systems was contaminated, causing more than $4 million in damage after a mishap at a Boeing repair facility in Texas, the service branch reported. The Air Force Materiel Command, headquartered at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, released the findings of an accident...

Posted: 17 days ago

An Air Force investigation has found one of two Air Force One jetliners oxygen systems was contaminated, causing more than $4 million in damage after a mishap at a Boeing repair facility in Texas, the service branch reported. The Air Force Materiel Command, headquartered at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, released the findings of an accident...