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Funeral for last eyewitness to Pearl Harbor bombing Sunday in Ohio
 A Cleveland area native who was believed to be the only Pearl Harbor survivor to visit the 9/11 memorial site in New York was expected to be laid to rest Sunday in this hometown. John Seelie died at age 94 last month and was also believed to be the last eyewitness to see the Japanese attack on Wheeler Army Air Field near Pearl Harbor, Hawaii...

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A Cleveland area native who was believed to be the only Pearl Harbor survivor to visit the 9/11 memorial site in New York was expected to be laid to rest Sunday in this hometown. John Seelie died at age 94 last month and was also believed to be the last eyewitness to see the Japanese attack on Wheeler Army Air Field near Pearl Harbor, Hawaii...
5 top local business stories this week
 1. JOB FAIRS OFFERED NEXT WEEK There are three job fairs this week hiring local residents. CareSource Life Services said in a statement it is hosting the upcoming job fairs in Miami, Montgomery and Clark counties. At the hiring events, employers will conduct onsite interviews and CareSource Life Coaches will offer assistance with building...

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1. JOB FAIRS OFFERED NEXT WEEK There are three job fairs this week hiring local residents. CareSource Life Services said in a statement it is hosting the upcoming job fairs in Miami, Montgomery and Clark counties. At the hiring events, employers will conduct onsite interviews and CareSource Life Coaches will offer assistance with building...
AF Marathon participation down; race seeks answers
 Faced with fewer people running this year, Air Force Marathon organizers may consider changes to the series of races to push up numbers on the starting line in 2018. The marathon, a series of races with 5K and 10K contests and half- and full-marathons, may add a new race of a shorter distance, and increase opportunities to participate in...

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Faced with fewer people running this year, Air Force Marathon organizers may consider changes to the series of races to push up numbers on the starting line in 2018. The marathon, a series of races with 5K and 10K contests and half- and full-marathons, may add a new race of a shorter distance, and increase opportunities to participate in...
Wright Patt C-17s haul hundreds of tons of aid to hurricane survivors
 With hurricanes pummeling the U.S. Gulf Coast and the Caribbean, C-17 transport jets have lifted off at Wright-Patterson headed to disaster zones to drop off troops and hundreds of tons of relief aid. The Air Force Reserve 445th Airlift Wing flew nearly 200 passengers and 332 tons of cargo on a total of five missions to Florida, Puerto Rico...

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With hurricanes pummeling the U.S. Gulf Coast and the Caribbean, C-17 transport jets have lifted off at Wright-Patterson headed to disaster zones to drop off troops and hundreds of tons of relief aid. The Air Force Reserve 445th Airlift Wing flew nearly 200 passengers and 332 tons of cargo on a total of five missions to Florida, Puerto Rico...
Repeal of automatic defense cuts gaining momentum, Rep. Turner says
 A push to repeal sequestration, or automatic defense budget cuts military leaders have derided as damaging to defense readiness and replacing aging weapons, has gained “momentum” in Congress, a Dayton congressman said. U.S. Reps. Mike Turner, R-Dayton, and Jim Banks, R-Indiana, received classified briefings Tuesday at Wright-Patterson...

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A push to repeal sequestration, or automatic defense budget cuts military leaders have derided as damaging to defense readiness and replacing aging weapons, has gained “momentum” in Congress, a Dayton congressman said. U.S. Reps. Mike Turner, R-Dayton, and Jim Banks, R-Indiana, received classified briefings Tuesday at Wright-Patterson...
Defense firm to add nearly 60 jobs in Beavercreek in $5M expansion
 Defense contractor Orbital ATK plans a $5 million expansion and will add nearly 60 jobs at its Beavercreek operations, the company said Tuesday. The 175,000-square-foot facility, which is reportedly involved in classified work on the next generation B-21 Raider stealth bomber, expects to expand operations by 40,000 square feet. RELATED: Dayton...

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Defense contractor Orbital ATK plans a $5 million expansion and will add nearly 60 jobs at its Beavercreek operations, the company said Tuesday. The 175,000-square-foot facility, which is reportedly involved in classified work on the next generation B-21 Raider stealth bomber, expects to expand operations by 40,000 square feet. RELATED: Dayton...
Group files complaint over Wright-Patt reserve chaplain
 The Military Religious Freedom Foundation said it has filed a complaint about a Wright-Patterson Christian chaplain who in a blog post wrote military service members are “grossly in error, and deceived” if they support service members of some different faiths for practicing their religion under the Constitution. Capt. Sonny Hernandez...

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The Military Religious Freedom Foundation said it has filed a complaint about a Wright-Patterson Christian chaplain who in a blog post wrote military service members are “grossly in error, and deceived” if they support service members of some different faiths for practicing their religion under the Constitution. Capt. Sonny Hernandez...
F-16s could soar near Springfield today in intercept defense exercises
 Springfield area residents may see and hear F-16 fighter jets training in the region between 6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. today, according to the Ohio Air National Guard. The jets will practice air defense intercepts with a Civil Air Patrol aircraft, the Air Guard said. RELATED: General: Air Force must restore readiness as adversaries challenge The...

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Springfield area residents may see and hear F-16 fighter jets training in the region between 6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. today, according to the Ohio Air National Guard. The jets will practice air defense intercepts with a Civil Air Patrol aircraft, the Air Guard said. RELATED: General: Air Force must restore readiness as adversaries challenge The...
Air Force Museum reopened; boil advisory remains for parts of WPAFB
 A water main break flooded an undetermined number of buildings at Wright-Patterson in Area B and led to a two-hour delay in reporting to work for some employees Tuesday, a spokesman said. Boil drinking water advisories were lifted in some buildings but remained in effect for others until base environmental personnel were able to test the...

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A water main break flooded an undetermined number of buildings at Wright-Patterson in Area B and led to a two-hour delay in reporting to work for some employees Tuesday, a spokesman said. Boil drinking water advisories were lifted in some buildings but remained in effect for others until base environmental personnel were able to test the...
Northrop Grumman to buy stealth bomber subcontractor with Dayton site
 Northrop Grumman says it has reached a $9.2 billion pending deal to acquire defense contractor Orbital ATK, which has operations in the Dayton area. In March 2016, the Air Force disclosed that Orbital ATK was one of seven prime contractors working with Northrop Grumman to produce the boomerang -shaped B-21 Raider next generation stealth bomber...

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Northrop Grumman says it has reached a $9.2 billion pending deal to acquire defense contractor Orbital ATK, which has operations in the Dayton area. In March 2016, the Air Force disclosed that Orbital ATK was one of seven prime contractors working with Northrop Grumman to produce the boomerang -shaped B-21 Raider next generation stealth bomber...
Navy sailor remembered as ‘great kid,’ steadfast friend
 A Navy sailor who was one of 10 who died aboard a guided missile destroyer was remembered at funeral services Saturday as one who was a steadfast friend, a sailor who took on extra duties without complaint and who made others laugh easily. Petty Officer 2nd Class Jacob “Jake” Drake served as an electronics technician aboard the...

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A Navy sailor who was one of 10 who died aboard a guided missile destroyer was remembered at funeral services Saturday as one who was a steadfast friend, a sailor who took on extra duties without complaint and who made others laugh easily. Petty Officer 2nd Class Jacob “Jake” Drake served as an electronics technician aboard the...
Thousands to run in Air Force Marathon; spots still available
 The Air Force Marathon planned for Saturday was trailing roughly 2,000 runners below a sell out as of Thursday, but organizers expected to temporarily reopen registration for the half- and full-marathons. A 5K race Friday at the Wright State University Nutter Center and a 10K race Saturday at Wright-Patterson had sold out, according to marathon...

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The Air Force Marathon planned for Saturday was trailing roughly 2,000 runners below a sell out as of Thursday, but organizers expected to temporarily reopen registration for the half- and full-marathons. A 5K race Friday at the Wright State University Nutter Center and a 10K race Saturday at Wright-Patterson had sold out, according to marathon...
AF museum marks POW/MIA Day, Air Force’s 70th birthday with veterans
 The last commander of the Air Force troop carrying jet that flew the first American POWs home in 1973 during the Vietnam War is set to speak Friday on National POW/MIA Day at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. Beavercreek resident and retired Col. Jack F. Blackman, 65, the last commander of the C-141 Starlifter nicknamed the &ldquo...

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The last commander of the Air Force troop carrying jet that flew the first American POWs home in 1973 during the Vietnam War is set to speak Friday on National POW/MIA Day at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. Beavercreek resident and retired Col. Jack F. Blackman, 65, the last commander of the C-141 Starlifter nicknamed the &ldquo...
Air Force One contract granted to Boeing
 The Air Force has awarded Boeing a $600 million contract to design modifications for two commercial Boeing 747-8 aircraft slated to become the next Air Force One fleet. The work will include the design of a communication system, upgraded electrical power, a medical facility, and self-defense and autonomous ground operations capabilities,...

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The Air Force has awarded Boeing a $600 million contract to design modifications for two commercial Boeing 747-8 aircraft slated to become the next Air Force One fleet. The work will include the design of a communication system, upgraded electrical power, a medical facility, and self-defense and autonomous ground operations capabilities,...
General: Air Force must restore readiness as adversaries challenge
 The Air Force must target rebuilding readiness and getting weapon systems faster in an era when U.S. deterrence has waned with aging Reagan-era weapon systems, a top general says. Gen. James “Mike” Holmes, commander of the Air Combat Command at Langley Air Force Base, Va., spoke Wednesday at the Air Force Life Cycle Management...

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The Air Force must target rebuilding readiness and getting weapon systems faster in an era when U.S. deterrence has waned with aging Reagan-era weapon systems, a top general says. Gen. James “Mike” Holmes, commander of the Air Combat Command at Langley Air Force Base, Va., spoke Wednesday at the Air Force Life Cycle Management...
Reporter spends 12 hours with Wright Patt C-17 trip to Hurricane Irma: Here’s what he witnessed
 Air Force Reserve Sr. Airman Brianna Senatore wasn’t given much notice when she packed her bags, got on a C-17 flying in to New Jersey from Wright-Patterson Air Force Base and hopscotched across the eastern United States to a hurricane disaster zone in Florida. She and five other reserve firefighters climbed aboard the Wright-Patt based...

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Air Force Reserve Sr. Airman Brianna Senatore wasn’t given much notice when she packed her bags, got on a C-17 flying in to New Jersey from Wright-Patterson Air Force Base and hopscotched across the eastern United States to a hurricane disaster zone in Florida. She and five other reserve firefighters climbed aboard the Wright-Patt based...
Task force will search for ways to protect Ohio military bases

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A state task force with two local higher education leaders is expected to issue recommendations on how to protect Ohio military and federal installations if a round of base closures starts. Retired Air Force Col. Cassie B. Barlow, director of professional aerospace development at the Southwest Ohio Council for Higher Education, and Michael...
Wright Patt C-17 flies N.Y. rescue team to Puerto Rico after hurricane
 A Wright-Patterson based Air Force Reserve C-17 Globemaster III was set to haul food, water and cots and other supplies to Florida today after Hurricane Irma hit the peninsula hard this weekend. The Wright-Patt crew was set to stop at Grissom Air Reserve Base, Ind., to pick up additional cargo before heading to Homestead Air Reserve Base...

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A Wright-Patterson based Air Force Reserve C-17 Globemaster III was set to haul food, water and cots and other supplies to Florida today after Hurricane Irma hit the peninsula hard this weekend. The Wright-Patt crew was set to stop at Grissom Air Reserve Base, Ind., to pick up additional cargo before heading to Homestead Air Reserve Base...
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