Barrie Barber

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

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Wright State faculty angered by planned cuts; ‘terrible decisions’ loom
 Wright State University’s Board of Trustees voted 7-1 to enact a mandatory furlough policy Friday, even as frustrated professors confronted the university’s leaders about proposed “draconian” cuts they say will erode the institution’s educational quality. Wright State faces declining enrollment and higher health...

Posted: 19 hours ago

Wright State University’s Board of Trustees voted 7-1 to enact a mandatory furlough policy Friday, even as frustrated professors confronted the university’s leaders about proposed “draconian” cuts they say will erode the institution’s educational quality. Wright State faces declining enrollment and higher health...
Air Force will keep iconic B-52s flying through mid-century
 The Air Force asked for $280 million in next year’s budget to upgrade and add new engines to the remaining 75 B-52s, which were first built in the 1950s and once were an iconic symbol of U.S. air power. The B-52s will fly through 2050 alongside the Air Force’s newest stealth bomber, the B-21 Raider. Built years after the B-52s...

Posted: a day ago

The Air Force asked for $280 million in next year’s budget to upgrade and add new engines to the remaining 75 B-52s, which were first built in the 1950s and once were an iconic symbol of U.S. air power. The B-52s will fly through 2050 alongside the Air Force’s newest stealth bomber, the B-21 Raider. Built years after the B-52s...
Work to start next month on $10.5 million Wright-Patt gateway
 A new $10.5 million gateway that will consolidate two Wright-Patterson entrances into one is set to begin construction next month, a base spokesman says. A new Gate 26A, a few hundred yards from the current one, would replace a commercial delivery entrance at Gate 16A off Ohio 444, and the existing Gate 26A off Ohio 235 near the entrance...

Posted: a day ago

A new $10.5 million gateway that will consolidate two Wright-Patterson entrances into one is set to begin construction next month, a base spokesman says. A new Gate 26A, a few hundred yards from the current one, would replace a commercial delivery entrance at Gate 16A off Ohio 444, and the existing Gate 26A off Ohio 235 near the entrance...
Top Gun pilot to speak at film screening
 A real-life Top Gun is scheduled to be at a screening of Top Gun 3D at the Air Force Museum Theatre. Retired Navy Capt. Ken Ginader, a former Top Gun instructor and F-14 pilot, was set to speak at the screening of film, set for 6:30 p.m. Thursday. Doors open at 6 p.m. Ginader is the first speaker in the 2018 Living History Film Series at...

Posted: 2 days ago

A real-life Top Gun is scheduled to be at a screening of Top Gun 3D at the Air Force Museum Theatre. Retired Navy Capt. Ken Ginader, a former Top Gun instructor and F-14 pilot, was set to speak at the screening of film, set for 6:30 p.m. Thursday. Doors open at 6 p.m. Ginader is the first speaker in the 2018 Living History Film Series at...
NASIC wants more space beyond latest $116M project
 A secretive intelligence agency has pushed for a bigger expansion at Wright-Patterson beyond the $116 million building slated to rise at the local Air Force Base within the next few years. The National Air and Space Intelligence Center has lobbied Congress for another additional $66 million in future years, budget documents show. The agency...

Posted: 3 days ago

A secretive intelligence agency has pushed for a bigger expansion at Wright-Patterson beyond the $116 million building slated to rise at the local Air Force Base within the next few years. The National Air and Space Intelligence Center has lobbied Congress for another additional $66 million in future years, budget documents show. The agency...
Wright-Patt would gain new NASIC building in proposed budget
 Wright-Patterson scored “a huge win” when the Pentagon announced Monday its proposed budget contains an $116.1 million expansion at the National Air and Space Intelligence Center, an official said. The construction project was included in a new $716 billion fiscal year 2019 defense budget rolled out that increased $16 billion...

Posted: 4 days ago

Wright-Patterson scored “a huge win” when the Pentagon announced Monday its proposed budget contains an $116.1 million expansion at the National Air and Space Intelligence Center, an official said. The construction project was included in a new $716 billion fiscal year 2019 defense budget rolled out that increased $16 billion...
Small businesses getting bigger piece of Air Force pie at Wright Patt
 Air Force Research Laboratory spending on small businesses in Ohio jumped to $345.6 million in 2017, with the Dayton region landing more dollars than any place in the state, AFRL data shows. A large amount of the spending fell on large firms, although mall businesses took a larger slice of AFRL contract spending, reaching a 47.8 percent in...

Posted: 5 days ago

Air Force Research Laboratory spending on small businesses in Ohio jumped to $345.6 million in 2017, with the Dayton region landing more dollars than any place in the state, AFRL data shows. A large amount of the spending fell on large firms, although mall businesses took a larger slice of AFRL contract spending, reaching a 47.8 percent in...
2-year deal gives big boost to defense spending, Wright-Patterson
 A two-year congressional budget deal boosts military spending by tens of billions of dollars and would eliminate the “biggest uncertainty” of automatic cuts imposed under sequestration to defense spending, a defense analyst said. Reached in the early hours Friday after a temporary stopgap funding measure expired at midnight Thursday...

Posted: 7 days ago

A two-year congressional budget deal boosts military spending by tens of billions of dollars and would eliminate the “biggest uncertainty” of automatic cuts imposed under sequestration to defense spending, a defense analyst said. Reached in the early hours Friday after a temporary stopgap funding measure expired at midnight Thursday...
AF museum opens, Wright-Patt workers head to work as shutdown ends
 President Donald Trump has signed a two-year budget deal Friday that ended a government shutdown overnight Thursday, according to The Associated Press. Wright-Patterson employees were told to report to work Friday despite a possible shutdown and had been in a holding pattern waiting for additional word until the president signed the legislation...

Posted: 8 days ago

President Donald Trump has signed a two-year budget deal Friday that ended a government shutdown overnight Thursday, according to The Associated Press. Wright-Patterson employees were told to report to work Friday despite a possible shutdown and had been in a holding pattern waiting for additional word until the president signed the legislation...
Dayton demands Wright Patt act on water concerns: 5 things to know
 Dayton and state environmental officials have pressed the Air Force to urgently deal with the potential threat of groundwater contamination seeping into a city aquifer at the Huffman Dam. Wright-Patterson Air Force Base has faced ongoing groundwater contamination concerns from firefighting foam sprayed in past decades at the sprawling installation...

Posted: 8 days ago

Dayton and state environmental officials have pressed the Air Force to urgently deal with the potential threat of groundwater contamination seeping into a city aquifer at the Huffman Dam. Wright-Patterson Air Force Base has faced ongoing groundwater contamination concerns from firefighting foam sprayed in past decades at the sprawling installation...
Wright-Patt workers told to report to work Friday despite shutdown
 The House voted 240-186 to end a government shutdown. The bill will now go to President Trump. The U.S. government was ordered to close at midnight. Vice President Mike Pence said the Trump administration is “hopeful” the government shutdown will not last long. Wright-Patterson employees were told to show up for work Friday...

Posted: 8 days ago

The House voted 240-186 to end a government shutdown. The bill will now go to President Trump. The U.S. government was ordered to close at midnight. Vice President Mike Pence said the Trump administration is “hopeful” the government shutdown will not last long. Wright-Patterson employees were told to show up for work Friday...