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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...
Air Force researchers show off groundbreaking technologies
 This wasn’t your high school’s science fair. Air Force Research Laboratory scientists and engineers around the country showcased everything Tuesday from robotic “snakes” that peer into the wings of an aircraft to hypersonic rockets on science missions launched around the globe. The presentation of about 15 groundbreaking...

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This wasn’t your high school’s science fair. Air Force Research Laboratory scientists and engineers around the country showcased everything Tuesday from robotic “snakes” that peer into the wings of an aircraft to hypersonic rockets on science missions launched around the globe. The presentation of about 15 groundbreaking...
New Air Force secretary confirmed
 The Senate has confirmed a former New Mexico congresswoman as the top civilian leader of the Air Force. Heather A. Wilson, an Air Force Academy graduate and Rhodes scholar, was chosen to become secretary of the Air Force. The former five-term Republican congresswoman was president of the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology before her...

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The Senate has confirmed a former New Mexico congresswoman as the top civilian leader of the Air Force. Heather A. Wilson, an Air Force Academy graduate and Rhodes scholar, was chosen to become secretary of the Air Force. The former five-term Republican congresswoman was president of the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology before her...
F-16s could train at night in region’s skies
 F-16 Fighting Falcon fighter jets will practice night flying exercises around Ohio today through Thursday, according to the Ohio Air National Guard. The exact location could vary depending on weather conditions and where the jets are sent to practice, according to Staff Sgt. Shane Hughes, a 180th Fighter Wing spokesman at Toledo Air National...

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F-16 Fighting Falcon fighter jets will practice night flying exercises around Ohio today through Thursday, according to the Ohio Air National Guard. The exact location could vary depending on weather conditions and where the jets are sent to practice, according to Staff Sgt. Shane Hughes, a 180th Fighter Wing spokesman at Toledo Air National...
AFRL leader had front row seat to world’s best technology
 When the Air Force’s most advanced F-22 stealth fighters lost their cockpit displays crossing the international dateline over the Pacific, the phone of C. Douglas Ebersole began to ring. Ebersole was an aerospace engineer at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, which at the time in February 2007 was in the middle of a major snowstorm. &ldquo...

Posted: 17 days ago

When the Air Force’s most advanced F-22 stealth fighters lost their cockpit displays crossing the international dateline over the Pacific, the phone of C. Douglas Ebersole began to ring. Ebersole was an aerospace engineer at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, which at the time in February 2007 was in the middle of a major snowstorm. &ldquo...
Former Wright-Patt base commander tells story of WWII servicewomen
 Sue Hill Norrod reached for the folded American flag a sailor in a white dress uniform handed her, marking her mother’s service in the Navy in World War II. At that moment in the midst of her mother’s funeral in 2015, Norrod said she knew the story of her 91-year-old mother’s time in uniform in decades past, and of thousands...

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Sue Hill Norrod reached for the folded American flag a sailor in a white dress uniform handed her, marking her mother’s service in the Navy in World War II. At that moment in the midst of her mother’s funeral in 2015, Norrod said she knew the story of her 91-year-old mother’s time in uniform in decades past, and of thousands...
VA: Dayton area facilities likely won’t be affected by downsizing
 The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs may close more than 1,100 underused facilities in its massive nationwide health care network as it plans to expand patient access to private health care providers. The Dayton VA Medical Center and its outpatient clinics in Springfield, Middletown, Lima, and in Richmond, Ind., were not expected to be...

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The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs may close more than 1,100 underused facilities in its massive nationwide health care network as it plans to expand patient access to private health care providers. The Dayton VA Medical Center and its outpatient clinics in Springfield, Middletown, Lima, and in Richmond, Ind., were not expected to be...
Congressman Turner wants vote to repeal defense sequestration cuts
 A Dayton congressman has renewed a call to repeal sequestration, or automatic federal budget cuts that have targeted Pentagon defense spending. In a May 2 letter to House Speaker Paul Ryan, U.S. Rep. Mike Turner urged a vote to repeal sequestration on the defense budget. Turner organized the letter to Ryan and gathered support from 140 Republican...

Posted: 21 days ago

A Dayton congressman has renewed a call to repeal sequestration, or automatic federal budget cuts that have targeted Pentagon defense spending. In a May 2 letter to House Speaker Paul Ryan, U.S. Rep. Mike Turner urged a vote to repeal sequestration on the defense budget. Turner organized the letter to Ryan and gathered support from 140 Republican...
Valley View Schools voters say no to new buildings
 After a contentious campaign, voters in the Valley View school district said no to a 5.39-mill bond issue to build new schools. With 100 percent of precincts reporting late Tuesday, 54.6 percent of voters were against the measure and 45.4 percent favored the bond in Montgomery County. The district had hoped to replace two school buildings...

Posted: 22 days ago

After a contentious campaign, voters in the Valley View school district said no to a 5.39-mill bond issue to build new schools. With 100 percent of precincts reporting late Tuesday, 54.6 percent of voters were against the measure and 45.4 percent favored the bond in Montgomery County. The district had hoped to replace two school buildings...
Northmont passes levy on ballot to raise $3.5M
 Voters in the Northmont school district approved a request to renew a 5.9-mill school levy and change it from a five-year measure to a permanent levy. With 100 percent of precincts reporting, 69 percent of voters endorsed the levy and 31 percent voted against it in Montgomery County. Northmont Superintendent Tony Thomas said the district...

Posted: 22 days ago

Voters in the Northmont school district approved a request to renew a 5.9-mill school levy and change it from a five-year measure to a permanent levy. With 100 percent of precincts reporting, 69 percent of voters endorsed the levy and 31 percent voted against it in Montgomery County. Northmont Superintendent Tony Thomas said the district...
Two generals take over AFLCMC, AFRL in rare ceremony at Wright-Patt
 Two Air Force generals took over key commands employing thousands at Wright-Patterson and made history of sorts in what was believed to be a first-of-its-kind transition ceremony Tuesday. Lt. Gen. Robert D. McMurry was given a third star and became commander of the Air Force Life Management Center while Brig. Gen William T. Cooley took over...

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Two Air Force generals took over key commands employing thousands at Wright-Patterson and made history of sorts in what was believed to be a first-of-its-kind transition ceremony Tuesday. Lt. Gen. Robert D. McMurry was given a third star and became commander of the Air Force Life Management Center while Brig. Gen William T. Cooley took over...
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