Barrie Barber

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

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Dayton water quality: What we know now about potentially dangerous chemicals
 Some Dayton drinking water may contain a potentially dangerous substance that previously caused several local water wells to be shut down, officials say. The city of Dayton and Montgomery County are notifying customers about the substance, which was detected in treated water at Dayton’s Ottawa Water Treatment Plant. Dayton provides...

Posted: 4 days ago

Some Dayton drinking water may contain a potentially dangerous substance that previously caused several local water wells to be shut down, officials say. The city of Dayton and Montgomery County are notifying customers about the substance, which was detected in treated water at Dayton’s Ottawa Water Treatment Plant. Dayton provides...
“This is a job that takes all you got:” New base leader at Wright-Patt
 Col. Thomas P. Sherman made two firsts Tuesday: He made his first trip to the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force, and he became the installation commander of the largest Air Force base by population. Sounding at times like an evangelist and brimming with enthusiasm, Sherman told a crowd of about 500 at a change of command ceremony he had...

Posted: 5 days ago

Col. Thomas P. Sherman made two firsts Tuesday: He made his first trip to the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force, and he became the installation commander of the largest Air Force base by population. Sounding at times like an evangelist and brimming with enthusiasm, Sherman told a crowd of about 500 at a change of command ceremony he had...
Senate OKs $116 million for massive NASIC project at Wright-Patterson
 The Senate late Monday passed a $716 billion defense bill that included $116 million expansion of the National Air and Space Intelligence Center - one of the largest projects in Wright-Patterson’s recent history. By a vote of 85-10, the Senate passed its version of the defense bill, which authorizes defense programs for the 2019 federal...

Posted: 5 days ago

The Senate late Monday passed a $716 billion defense bill that included $116 million expansion of the National Air and Space Intelligence Center - one of the largest projects in Wright-Patterson’s recent history. By a vote of 85-10, the Senate passed its version of the defense bill, which authorizes defense programs for the 2019 federal...
President Trump proposes creation of Space Force
 President Donald Trump said Monday that he would direct the Defense Department and the Pentagon to create a new “Space Force” — an independent sixth branch of the armed forces. Trump has floated this idea before — in March, he said he initially conceived it as a joke — but has offered few details about how the...

Posted: 6 days ago

President Donald Trump said Monday that he would direct the Defense Department and the Pentagon to create a new “Space Force” — an independent sixth branch of the armed forces. Trump has floated this idea before — in March, he said he initially conceived it as a joke — but has offered few details about how the...
Defense bill would block transfer of Wright-Patt jobs, senator says
 A manufacturing technology office with 55 jobs could not be transferred from the Air Force Research Laboratory at Wright-Patterson to the Pentagon under a provision in the National Defense Authorization Act expected to pass the Senate today. The initiative with oversight for the entire military identifies manufacturing needs critical to national...

Posted: 6 days ago

A manufacturing technology office with 55 jobs could not be transferred from the Air Force Research Laboratory at Wright-Patterson to the Pentagon under a provision in the National Defense Authorization Act expected to pass the Senate today. The initiative with oversight for the entire military identifies manufacturing needs critical to national...
Dayton VA nursing home scores low in quality survey
 The Dayton VA Medical Center nursing home earned one star out of five in the most recent quality rating system, according to the Dayton VA. Cleveland and Cincinnati received two stars while Chillicothe received a one-star rating, the Cincinnati Enquirer reported. Nearly half, or 60 of the VA’s 133 nursing homes received a one-star rating...

Posted: 6 days ago

The Dayton VA Medical Center nursing home earned one star out of five in the most recent quality rating system, according to the Dayton VA. Cleveland and Cincinnati received two stars while Chillicothe received a one-star rating, the Cincinnati Enquirer reported. Nearly half, or 60 of the VA’s 133 nursing homes received a one-star rating...
How safe are air shows? Here’s how many crashes occurred in past decade
 John Cuday, president of the Virginia-based International Council of Air Shows, contends air shows are safe for spectators. No spectator at an airshow – which has different rules than air races -- has been killed since the 1950s because of safety measures in place, he said. “There is no motorsport in the world that has the safety...

Posted: 6 days ago

John Cuday, president of the Virginia-based International Council of Air Shows, contends air shows are safe for spectators. No spectator at an airshow – which has different rules than air races -- has been killed since the 1950s because of safety measures in place, he said. “There is no motorsport in the world that has the safety...
This Wright-Patt office helps broker our military sales to foreign countries. Here’s how it’s changing.
 Foreign military sales at a Wright-Patterson agency are likely trending to a “new norm” of about half of last year, according to the leader of the Air Force Security Assistance and Cooperation Directorate. Brig. Gen. Greg Gutterman, outgoing leader of AFSAC at Wright-Patterson who retires next month after three years in the top...

Posted: 8 days ago

Foreign military sales at a Wright-Patterson agency are likely trending to a “new norm” of about half of last year, according to the leader of the Air Force Security Assistance and Cooperation Directorate. Brig. Gen. Greg Gutterman, outgoing leader of AFSAC at Wright-Patterson who retires next month after three years in the top...
Memphis Belle star to appear at Air Force museum
 An actor in the Hollywood film Memphis Belle will be at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force to see the real Memphis Belle on Saturday. Matthew Modine, who played a pilot in the film and whose uncle, Wylder Modine, was a World WarII B-17 bomber pilot, will sign autographs between 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. He’ll also speak at 4 p.m. the...

Posted: 9 days ago

An actor in the Hollywood film Memphis Belle will be at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force to see the real Memphis Belle on Saturday. Matthew Modine, who played a pilot in the film and whose uncle, Wylder Modine, was a World WarII B-17 bomber pilot, will sign autographs between 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. He’ll also speak at 4 p.m. the...
UDRI lands $72 million Air Force contract
 The University of Dayton Research Institute has landed a $72 million, six-year contract that provides research and engineering support to the Air Force Research Laboratory. The work, part of AFRL’s Quick Reaction Evaluation of Materials and Processes program, includes testing of environmentally friendly technologies, determining the...

Posted: 9 days ago

The University of Dayton Research Institute has landed a $72 million, six-year contract that provides research and engineering support to the Air Force Research Laboratory. The work, part of AFRL’s Quick Reaction Evaluation of Materials and Processes program, includes testing of environmentally friendly technologies, determining the...
Blue Angels cancel Friday morning autograph session 
 An autograph session is canceled with members of the U.S. Navy’s Blue Angels team Friday morning at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. The cancellation was necessary so the team can practice after recent heavy rains grounded their jets, according to a museum spokeswoman. For the first time since 2014, the Navy’s Blue Angels...

Posted: 10 days ago

An autograph session is canceled with members of the U.S. Navy’s Blue Angels team Friday morning at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. The cancellation was necessary so the team can practice after recent heavy rains grounded their jets, according to a museum spokeswoman. For the first time since 2014, the Navy’s Blue Angels...