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Sexual assaults reported at Wright-Patt doubles in past two years
 Sexual assaults reported at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base have increased over the past four years, and nearly doubled between 2015 and 2016, the Department of Defense reported. Between 2013 and 2016, 83 reports of sexual assault occurred at the Miami Valley base, which is the largest single site-employer in Ohio with a workforce of about...

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Sexual assaults reported at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base have increased over the past four years, and nearly doubled between 2015 and 2016, the Department of Defense reported. Between 2013 and 2016, 83 reports of sexual assault occurred at the Miami Valley base, which is the largest single site-employer in Ohio with a workforce of about...
Defense bill to benefit Springfield airport, drone research
 An amendment included in a recent $700 billion defense authorization bill is expected to encourage more cooperation between the military and Federal Aviation Administration, including for work at the Springfield-Beckley Municipal Airport. The House bill passed this week will add more planes, ships and troops at a time Pentagon leaders say...

Posted: 3 days ago

An amendment included in a recent $700 billion defense authorization bill is expected to encourage more cooperation between the military and Federal Aviation Administration, including for work at the Springfield-Beckley Municipal Airport. The House bill passed this week will add more planes, ships and troops at a time Pentagon leaders say...
Number of sexual assaults reported at Wright Patt increases
 The number of sexual assaults reported at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base has increased the past four years, with 83 reported since 2013, the Department of Defense said Friday. The Pentagon released the data for military installations around the world, including Wright-Patterson which is the largest single site-employer in Ohio with a workforce...

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The number of sexual assaults reported at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base has increased the past four years, with 83 reported since 2013, the Department of Defense said Friday. The Pentagon released the data for military installations around the world, including Wright-Patterson which is the largest single site-employer in Ohio with a workforce...
State leaders tour Wright Patt as they explore how to protect bases
 A state panel touring military bases across Ohio to urge ways to protect the facilities visited the state’s largest installation base Friday as the panel prepares to release findings early next year. Seven members of the 12-member BRAC and Military Affairs Task Force toured Wright-Patterson Air Force Base over five hours, the longest...

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A state panel touring military bases across Ohio to urge ways to protect the facilities visited the state’s largest installation base Friday as the panel prepares to release findings early next year. Seven members of the 12-member BRAC and Military Affairs Task Force toured Wright-Patterson Air Force Base over five hours, the longest...
Wright Patt, defense firm work to protect weapons from cyber threats
 The Air Force Research Laboratory has awarded a $47.9 million contract to a defense contractor to explore ways to protect weapon systems from cyber attacks, according to the Department of Defense. Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp., which has an office in the Dayton region, will research the problem at Wright-Patterson, the Defense Department...

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The Air Force Research Laboratory has awarded a $47.9 million contract to a defense contractor to explore ways to protect weapon systems from cyber attacks, according to the Department of Defense. Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp., which has an office in the Dayton region, will research the problem at Wright-Patterson, the Defense Department...
Wright Patt airman sentenced in drug case
 A senior airman at Wright-Patterson was sentenced to five months in confinement after pleading guilty to drug-related charges, according to a Wright-Patterson spokesman. Sr. Airman Timothy R. Kirklin, of Dayton, pleaded guilty Nov. 8 in front of a military judge to four charges of possession of drugs, including marijuana, heroin and other...

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A senior airman at Wright-Patterson was sentenced to five months in confinement after pleading guilty to drug-related charges, according to a Wright-Patterson spokesman. Sr. Airman Timothy R. Kirklin, of Dayton, pleaded guilty Nov. 8 in front of a military judge to four charges of possession of drugs, including marijuana, heroin and other...
Protecting Wright Patt goal of BRAC task force visit
 A state task force targeting ways to protect Ohio’s military bases and attract more defense industry jobs and skilled veterans to the workforce will tour Ohio’s largest military installation today. The BRAC and Military Affairs Task Force will visit Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, the latest stop on a tour crisscrossing Ohio...

Posted: 5 days ago

A state task force targeting ways to protect Ohio’s military bases and attract more defense industry jobs and skilled veterans to the workforce will tour Ohio’s largest military installation today. The BRAC and Military Affairs Task Force will visit Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, the latest stop on a tour crisscrossing Ohio...
Dayton among contenders for 2018 aviation hall ceremony, official says
 The National Aviation Hall of Fame has not ruled out Dayton among four finalists to host the 2018 enshrinement ceremony of aerospace legends following this year’s snub that upset local officials. Dubbed the “Oscar’s Night in Aviation,” the glittering, black-tie event was hosted in Dayton since it began in 1962 until...

Posted: 6 days ago

The National Aviation Hall of Fame has not ruled out Dayton among four finalists to host the 2018 enshrinement ceremony of aerospace legends following this year’s snub that upset local officials. Dubbed the “Oscar’s Night in Aviation,” the glittering, black-tie event was hosted in Dayton since it began in 1962 until...
Wright Patt could gain under defense bill
 The House passed a nearly $700 billion defense authorization bill Tuesday that will add more planes, ships and troops at a time Pentagon leaders say the military has strained under spending caps and high operational tempo. Even with the bill’s passage in a 356-70 vote, defense spending caps known as sequestration will remain in place...

Posted: 6 days ago

The House passed a nearly $700 billion defense authorization bill Tuesday that will add more planes, ships and troops at a time Pentagon leaders say the military has strained under spending caps and high operational tempo. Even with the bill’s passage in a 356-70 vote, defense spending caps known as sequestration will remain in place...
Loud noise from fighter jets could be heard this week
 F-16 fighter jets are set to launch through Ohio’s skies on night training missions this week. The Ohio Air National Guard jets with the 180th Fighter Wing will launch Monday through Thursday during the training exercise, according to the Toledo-based unit. RELATED: Russian surveillance jet flying out of Wright-Patterson The flights...

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F-16 fighter jets are set to launch through Ohio’s skies on night training missions this week. The Ohio Air National Guard jets with the 180th Fighter Wing will launch Monday through Thursday during the training exercise, according to the Toledo-based unit. RELATED: Russian surveillance jet flying out of Wright-Patterson The flights...
Top Wright Patt general to lead New York Veterans Day parade
 Ellen M. Pawlikowski was the first woman to become a second lieutenant through the Air Force ROTC program at the New Jersey Institute of Technology. Nearly 40 years later, the four-star general who commands the Air Force Materiel Command at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base will mark a homecoming of sorts Saturday as the honorary grand marshal...

Posted: 10 days ago

Ellen M. Pawlikowski was the first woman to become a second lieutenant through the Air Force ROTC program at the New Jersey Institute of Technology. Nearly 40 years later, the four-star general who commands the Air Force Materiel Command at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base will mark a homecoming of sorts Saturday as the honorary grand marshal...
After the military: Finding a job, place in society not easy for vets
 Imagine trying to find a job when your previous one was loading dangerous ammunition on aircraft. That’s the problem David Morse and other veterans face when they first leave the military. “It was quite difficult because there’s no real way to transition from loading munitions on an aircraft to anything else in the civilian...

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Imagine trying to find a job when your previous one was loading dangerous ammunition on aircraft. That’s the problem David Morse and other veterans face when they first leave the military. “It was quite difficult because there’s no real way to transition from loading munitions on an aircraft to anything else in the civilian...
Air Force could arm fighter jets with future lasers
 The Air Force has a target date to install a laser on a fighter jet by 2021. The Air Force Research Laboratory at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, which leads the service branch work in military applications of lasers, awarded a $26.3 million to Lockheed Martin to develop an airborne laser pod. AFRL has launched the Self-Protect High Energy...

Posted: 11 days ago

The Air Force has a target date to install a laser on a fighter jet by 2021. The Air Force Research Laboratory at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, which leads the service branch work in military applications of lasers, awarded a $26.3 million to Lockheed Martin to develop an airborne laser pod. AFRL has launched the Self-Protect High Energy...
Air Force pilot shortage growing, top leaders say
 The Air Force pilot shortage has grown to nearly 2,000 despite pumped-up financial bonuses to retain more military aviators in the cockpit, top Air Force leaders say. Secretary of the Air Force Heather Wilson blames one key reason for the growing losses: “We’re burning out our people because we’re too small for what the...

Posted: 11 days ago

The Air Force pilot shortage has grown to nearly 2,000 despite pumped-up financial bonuses to retain more military aviators in the cockpit, top Air Force leaders say. Secretary of the Air Force Heather Wilson blames one key reason for the growing losses: “We’re burning out our people because we’re too small for what the...
Couple with local ties dies in Texas church shooting
 A married couple who once lived in the area have been identified among the victims of a mass shooting at a church in Sutherland Springs, Texas on Sunday. Robert and Shani Corrigan, both 51, moved to Texas and became active at First Baptist church. Robert Corrigan served in the U.S. Air Force for 29 years, according to Renee Haley, veterans...

Posted: 11 days ago

A married couple who once lived in the area have been identified among the victims of a mass shooting at a church in Sutherland Springs, Texas on Sunday. Robert and Shani Corrigan, both 51, moved to Texas and became active at First Baptist church. Robert Corrigan served in the U.S. Air Force for 29 years, according to Renee Haley, veterans...
What’s life in uniform like? Veterans share experiences with students
 Dana Pendergrass traveled the world from Germany to Guam as an Air Force airman. What he saw and learned changed his world view, the veteran told about 400 Fairborn High School students on Wednesday. Pendergrass was one of seven veterans who were part of a ‘Take a Veteran to School Day” event Wednesday. They answered the high...

Posted: 12 days ago

Dana Pendergrass traveled the world from Germany to Guam as an Air Force airman. What he saw and learned changed his world view, the veteran told about 400 Fairborn High School students on Wednesday. Pendergrass was one of seven veterans who were part of a ‘Take a Veteran to School Day” event Wednesday. They answered the high...
Air Force investigation called for following mass shooting
 Calling it a “huge failure” and “appalling,” former lawyers and Congressional leaders called for the Air Force to review how it handled the reporting of the domestic violence conviction against the Texas man accused of killing 26 Sunday in a mass church shooting. The Air Force said it is investigating why it apparently...

Posted: 13 days ago

Calling it a “huge failure” and “appalling,” former lawyers and Congressional leaders called for the Air Force to review how it handled the reporting of the domestic violence conviction against the Texas man accused of killing 26 Sunday in a mass church shooting. The Air Force said it is investigating why it apparently...
Wright Patt hurricane relief flights in 2017 surpassed Katrina
 Wright-Patterson C-17 aircrews flew more than 600 troops and first responders and 1.8 million pounds of relief aid and equipment to hurricane-ravaged coastal regions after powerful storms slammed into Texas, Florida, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. The 19 multi-flight relief missions were nearly triple the seven relief missions the Air...

Posted: 14 days ago

Wright-Patterson C-17 aircrews flew more than 600 troops and first responders and 1.8 million pounds of relief aid and equipment to hurricane-ravaged coastal regions after powerful storms slammed into Texas, Florida, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. The 19 multi-flight relief missions were nearly triple the seven relief missions the Air...
Roswell UFOs at Ohio Air Force base? Ohio man said he went on quest to find the truth
 When Raymond Szymanski arrived at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base as a college co-op student, he was intrigued when a mentor mentioned aliens and the base in the same sentence. Szymanski, 65, spent 39 years at Wright-Patterson before retiring in 2011, and while he said he never saw any aliens, he went on a truth-seeking quest that took him...

Posted: 17 days ago

When Raymond Szymanski arrived at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base as a college co-op student, he was intrigued when a mentor mentioned aliens and the base in the same sentence. Szymanski, 65, spent 39 years at Wright-Patterson before retiring in 2011, and while he said he never saw any aliens, he went on a truth-seeking quest that took him...
Navy report: Errors led to crash that killed Champaign County sailor
 The Navy placed partial blame on a ship collision that killed 10 sailors — including one from Champaign County — on “poor seamanship” and a “failure to follow safe navigational practices,” a U.S. Fleet Forces Command report concluded. Petty Officer 2nd class Jacob Drake, a Triad High School graduate, was...

Posted: 17 days ago

The Navy placed partial blame on a ship collision that killed 10 sailors — including one from Champaign County — on “poor seamanship” and a “failure to follow safe navigational practices,” a U.S. Fleet Forces Command report concluded. Petty Officer 2nd class Jacob Drake, a Triad High School graduate, was...
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