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Ohio needs statewide strategy to protect defense bases, leaders say
 With Pentagon leaders and some congressional lawmakers pushing for a new round of military base closures, Ohio’s spending to support military and federal installations lags behind other states, state and congressional lawmakers say. Texas and Massachusetts spend millions more dollars than Ohio, which has launched a state task force...

Posted: 17 hours ago

With Pentagon leaders and some congressional lawmakers pushing for a new round of military base closures, Ohio’s spending to support military and federal installations lags behind other states, state and congressional lawmakers say. Texas and Massachusetts spend millions more dollars than Ohio, which has launched a state task force...
New chairman to lead Vectren Dayton Air Show
 A new chairman will take the controls of the Vectren Dayton Air Show. Scott Buchanan, CEO of the Ohio Masonic Home in Springfield, was chosen as chairman of the U.S. Air and Trade Show, which operates the airshow. He replaces Michael Emoff, who was Dayton Air Show chairman between 2005 to 2017. VIDEO: Highlights from the 2017 Vectren Dayton...

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A new chairman will take the controls of the Vectren Dayton Air Show. Scott Buchanan, CEO of the Ohio Masonic Home in Springfield, was chosen as chairman of the U.S. Air and Trade Show, which operates the airshow. He replaces Michael Emoff, who was Dayton Air Show chairman between 2005 to 2017. VIDEO: Highlights from the 2017 Vectren Dayton...
70th anniversary today for historical supersonic Yeager flight
 When the bullet-shaped Bell X-1 broke the sound barrier for the first time Oct. 14, 1947 high above the Southern California desert, much of the technological know-how that powered it – and even the pilot who flew it — were tied to Wright Field in Dayton. Today marks the 70th anniversary of the historic flight, when World War II...

Posted: 4 days ago

When the bullet-shaped Bell X-1 broke the sound barrier for the first time Oct. 14, 1947 high above the Southern California desert, much of the technological know-how that powered it – and even the pilot who flew it — were tied to Wright Field in Dayton. Today marks the 70th anniversary of the historic flight, when World War II...
Ohio Air Guard tanker part of U.S. bomber flight near Korean peninsula
 An Ohio Air National Guard KC-135 aerial tanker refueled a U.S. B-1B Lancer on a night mission the bomber flew in the region of the Sea of Japan near the Korean peninsula on Oct. 10, according to reports. The flight of two B-1Bs was the first time the bombers had flown with two South Korean and two Japanese F-15 Eagle fighter jets at night...

Posted: 5 days ago

An Ohio Air National Guard KC-135 aerial tanker refueled a U.S. B-1B Lancer on a night mission the bomber flew in the region of the Sea of Japan near the Korean peninsula on Oct. 10, according to reports. The flight of two B-1Bs was the first time the bombers had flown with two South Korean and two Japanese F-15 Eagle fighter jets at night...
Springboro soldier, others killed to be honored at Fort Bragg ceremony
 A memorial service for a soldier formerly from Springboro and three others killed in an ambush in Niger in West Africa is set for Nov. 7 at Fort Bragg, N.C., according to an Army spokesman. Staff Sgt. Jeremiah W. Johnson, 39, and formerly of Springboro, was among those killed in the Oct. 4 incident, the Defense Department has said. A date...

Posted: 5 days ago

A memorial service for a soldier formerly from Springboro and three others killed in an ambush in Niger in West Africa is set for Nov. 7 at Fort Bragg, N.C., according to an Army spokesman. Staff Sgt. Jeremiah W. Johnson, 39, and formerly of Springboro, was among those killed in the Oct. 4 incident, the Defense Department has said. A date...
U.S. bombers fly night missions with Japan, South Korea fighter jets
 U.S. B-1B Lancer bombers flew their first night flights in tandem with South Korean and Japanese fighter jets on both coasts of the Korean Peninsula, CNN reported. The Oct. 10 mission comes at a time of rising tensions between the United States and North Korea over the North’s nuclear weapons ambitions. RELATED: Defense experts divided...

Posted: 6 days ago

U.S. B-1B Lancer bombers flew their first night flights in tandem with South Korean and Japanese fighter jets on both coasts of the Korean Peninsula, CNN reported. The Oct. 10 mission comes at a time of rising tensions between the United States and North Korea over the North’s nuclear weapons ambitions. RELATED: Defense experts divided...
Major Wright Patt gateway to close for weeks starting today
 For the second time in less than three years, a major Wright-Patterson gateway used daily by thousands of commuters will close for three weeks, according to base officials. Gate 12A, near the Air Force Materiel Command headquarters and off Ohio 444 in Fairborn, is scheduled to close today through Nov. 10. Crews will repave the road into the...

Posted: 7 days ago

For the second time in less than three years, a major Wright-Patterson gateway used daily by thousands of commuters will close for three weeks, according to base officials. Gate 12A, near the Air Force Materiel Command headquarters and off Ohio 444 in Fairborn, is scheduled to close today through Nov. 10. Crews will repave the road into the...
Astronaut on space station flight: ‘It’s an amazing ride’
 Terry W. Virts peered through the space shuttle cockpit window as it thundered off a launch pad on a column of flames, seeing the Earth in a way the Air Force fighter pilot had never before. “The very first time I saw Earth it was sunrise a few minutes after launch (and) we’re going across the North Atlantic and I remember you...

Posted: 7 days ago

Terry W. Virts peered through the space shuttle cockpit window as it thundered off a launch pad on a column of flames, seeing the Earth in a way the Air Force fighter pilot had never before. “The very first time I saw Earth it was sunrise a few minutes after launch (and) we’re going across the North Atlantic and I remember you...
Astronaut to speak in Beavercreek about life aboard Space Station
 A NASA astronaut who peered down at Earth from the International Space Station and documented what he saw through thousands of photos is set to appear in Beavercreek. Terry W. Virts, a retired Air Force colonel and former fighter pilot, is scheduled to appear at Books & Co. at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 11, at The Greene, organizers say. RELATED...

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A NASA astronaut who peered down at Earth from the International Space Station and documented what he saw through thousands of photos is set to appear in Beavercreek. Terry W. Virts, a retired Air Force colonel and former fighter pilot, is scheduled to appear at Books & Co. at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 11, at The Greene, organizers say. RELATED...
Local soldier killed in combat: ‘This is not another name,’ friend says
 A former Springboro man was one of three Army soldiers killed Wednesday by hostile fire in Niger in West Africa, the Department of Defense said Friday. Staff Sgt. Jeremiah W. Johnson, 39, had lived in Springboro before he enlisted in the Army a decade ago. He was serving with the 3rd Special Forces Group based at Fort Bragg, N.C., as a chemical...

Posted: 11 days ago

A former Springboro man was one of three Army soldiers killed Wednesday by hostile fire in Niger in West Africa, the Department of Defense said Friday. Staff Sgt. Jeremiah W. Johnson, 39, had lived in Springboro before he enlisted in the Army a decade ago. He was serving with the 3rd Special Forces Group based at Fort Bragg, N.C., as a chemical...
Ohio National Guard deploys more troops to hurricane ravaged Caribbean
 The Ohio National Guard has sent more than 100 airmen and soldiers to Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands in a growing U.S. troop presence that has reached 11,000, according to the Defense Department. Hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico as a Category 4 storm Sept.19 with winds up to 155 mph, knocking out power and causing widespread destruction...

Posted: 11 days ago

The Ohio National Guard has sent more than 100 airmen and soldiers to Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands in a growing U.S. troop presence that has reached 11,000, according to the Defense Department. Hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico as a Category 4 storm Sept.19 with winds up to 155 mph, knocking out power and causing widespread destruction...
Soldier from Springboro killed in Africa
 One of three U.S. soldiers killed in the West African nation of Niger on Wednesday was a Warren County native, the Department of Defense said in a release identifying the service members Friday.  Staff Sgt. Jeremiah W. Johnson, 39, a Springboro native, was killed during a joint operation that was being conducted by U.S. and Nigerien...

Posted: 11 days ago

One of three U.S. soldiers killed in the West African nation of Niger on Wednesday was a Warren County native, the Department of Defense said in a release identifying the service members Friday.  Staff Sgt. Jeremiah W. Johnson, 39, a Springboro native, was killed during a joint operation that was being conducted by U.S. and Nigerien...
Wright Patt C-17 hurricane relief flights expected to fly for weeks
 Powerful hurricanes that barreled through Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands leaving a deadly swath of destruction will likely keep Wright-Patterson C-17 transport jets flying relief missions for weeks, a unit official said Thursday. The Air Force Reserve 445th Airlift Wing has had an average of a flight a day since the first mission to Texas...

Posted: 12 days ago

Powerful hurricanes that barreled through Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands leaving a deadly swath of destruction will likely keep Wright-Patterson C-17 transport jets flying relief missions for weeks, a unit official said Thursday. The Air Force Reserve 445th Airlift Wing has had an average of a flight a day since the first mission to Texas...
Dayton VA site of new veterans ‘Walk of Honor’ tribute
 A new brick walkway at the Dayton VA Medical Center campus will pay homage to veterans and those who support them, organizers say. The Defenders of Freedom Walk of Honor is set to be dedicated in a 2 p.m. ceremony Friday, Oct. 6. The ceremony will be at a garrison flag next to the campus bandstand and in front of Building 320, a community...

Posted: 12 days ago

A new brick walkway at the Dayton VA Medical Center campus will pay homage to veterans and those who support them, organizers say. The Defenders of Freedom Walk of Honor is set to be dedicated in a 2 p.m. ceremony Friday, Oct. 6. The ceremony will be at a garrison flag next to the campus bandstand and in front of Building 320, a community...
McCook Field celebration in Dayton rescheduled to Friday
 Wright-Patterson Air Force Base officials announced Thursday morning an afternoon ceremony to mark the 100th anniversary of the former McCook Field was rescheduled to Friday because of inclement weather. The event was rescheduled to 1:30 p.m. Friday at the Kettering Field Softball Complex, 444 N. Bend Road in Dayton. RELATED: McCook Field...

Posted: 13 days ago

Wright-Patterson Air Force Base officials announced Thursday morning an afternoon ceremony to mark the 100th anniversary of the former McCook Field was rescheduled to Friday because of inclement weather. The event was rescheduled to 1:30 p.m. Friday at the Kettering Field Softball Complex, 444 N. Bend Road in Dayton. RELATED: McCook Field...
Dayton VA gets primary care director; Lima clinic to open at new site
 The Dayton VA Medical Center has appointed a former Air Force medical officer to director of primary care and a larger clinic will open next spring in Lima, the federal health agency said. Edward P. Syron, a medical administrator, will earn the $120,900-a-year overseeing primary and home-based care outpatient services, the VA reported. He...

Posted: 13 days ago

The Dayton VA Medical Center has appointed a former Air Force medical officer to director of primary care and a larger clinic will open next spring in Lima, the federal health agency said. Edward P. Syron, a medical administrator, will earn the $120,900-a-year overseeing primary and home-based care outpatient services, the VA reported. He...
Civil War general namesake for Dayton airfield part of ‘Fighting McCooks’
 A historic airfield in Dayton that pushed the early boundaries of flight bears the name of a Civil War general, historical records show. Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, which traces its origins to the former McCook Field, an Army flight test and engineering center between 1917-1927. Wright-Patt and city of Dayton leaders will mark the centennial...

Posted: 14 days ago

A historic airfield in Dayton that pushed the early boundaries of flight bears the name of a Civil War general, historical records show. Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, which traces its origins to the former McCook Field, an Army flight test and engineering center between 1917-1927. Wright-Patt and city of Dayton leaders will mark the centennial...
McCook Field had large influence on U.S. aviation history
 McCook Field was a small place with an outsized influence on the fledgling art of flying. The Dayton airfield of Army engineers and airmen marked historical milestones of the first free fall parachute jump, and was the force behind the first non-stop flight across the continent in 1923, the first around-the-world flight in 1924...

Posted: 14 days ago

McCook Field was a small place with an outsized influence on the fledgling art of flying. The Dayton airfield of Army engineers and airmen marked historical milestones of the first free fall parachute jump, and was the force behind the first non-stop flight across the continent in 1923, the first around-the-world flight in 1924...
Contractors land millions in new defense work in Dayton region
 Dayton area defense contractors have racked up millions of dollars in federal contracts in recent days in a Defense Department push to secure deals before the fiscal year ended Sept. 30, records show. An Englewood defense contractor landed a nearly $17.4 million deal to supply seats for a massive Air Force cargo jet, according to the Defense...

Posted: 15 days ago

Dayton area defense contractors have racked up millions of dollars in federal contracts in recent days in a Defense Department push to secure deals before the fiscal year ended Sept. 30, records show. An Englewood defense contractor landed a nearly $17.4 million deal to supply seats for a massive Air Force cargo jet, according to the Defense...
Wright Patt privatizing water service in $490M, 50-year deal
 For the first time, Wright-Patterson has awarded contracts to manage its water and sewer systems and natural gas distribution, base officials said. The Air Force awarded a $490 million, 50-year contract to New Jersey-based American Water Operations and Maintenance Inc. to manage the base’s water distribution and waste water collection...

Posted: 16 days ago

For the first time, Wright-Patterson has awarded contracts to manage its water and sewer systems and natural gas distribution, base officials said. The Air Force awarded a $490 million, 50-year contract to New Jersey-based American Water Operations and Maintenance Inc. to manage the base’s water distribution and waste water collection...
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