Barrie Barber

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

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Local groups to aid veterans conforting Alzheimer’s disease
 Veterans with traumatic brain injury and post-traumatic stress disorder face a higher chance of battling Alzheimer’s disease, research shows, and a new local partnership aims to help veterans and their families confronting the disease, organizers say. About 5.7 million Americans have the disease and that number could nearly triple within...

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Veterans with traumatic brain injury and post-traumatic stress disorder face a higher chance of battling Alzheimer’s disease, research shows, and a new local partnership aims to help veterans and their families confronting the disease, organizers say. About 5.7 million Americans have the disease and that number could nearly triple within...
Military base water safety questions remain as fight for study continues
 A bipartisan group of congressional lawmakers have called on the U.S. EPA leader to release a chemical pollution study that reportedly shows lower threshold levels for groundwater contamination that could impact more than a hundred military bases, including Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, but the head of the agency said he doesn’t...

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A bipartisan group of congressional lawmakers have called on the U.S. EPA leader to release a chemical pollution study that reportedly shows lower threshold levels for groundwater contamination that could impact more than a hundred military bases, including Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, but the head of the agency said he doesn’t...
Remembering the fallen: Roll call event Wednesday at AF museum
 An annual memorial roll call reciting the names of 2,800 fallen service members from the region is set for 9 a.m. Wednesday, May 23, in Memorial Park on the grounds of the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. Gold Star family member Catherine Beers-Conrad, an Air Force veteran whose father, Army Sgt. 1st Class Jack Beers, was killed in...

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An annual memorial roll call reciting the names of 2,800 fallen service members from the region is set for 9 a.m. Wednesday, May 23, in Memorial Park on the grounds of the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. Gold Star family member Catherine Beers-Conrad, an Air Force veteran whose father, Army Sgt. 1st Class Jack Beers, was killed in...
Services set for local 100-year-old who survived Pearl Harbor
 Frank Ruby, a 100-year-old survivor of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor who died last month, will have a memorial service Friday, May 25, at the Memorial Hall in Dayton. Ruby, a retired Navy chief petty officer, died April 29 at age 100. RELATED: Pearl Harbor survivor:’I thought this was going to be my last day’ The Vandalia...

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Frank Ruby, a 100-year-old survivor of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor who died last month, will have a memorial service Friday, May 25, at the Memorial Hall in Dayton. Ruby, a retired Navy chief petty officer, died April 29 at age 100. RELATED: Pearl Harbor survivor:’I thought this was going to be my last day’ The Vandalia...
New leader to take over Air Force agency at Wright-Patt
 A new leader will take command of the Air Force Installation Contracting Agency. Brig. Gen. Alice Trevino will assume leadership Wednesday of the agency’s Wright-Patterson headquarters with more than 700 employees and oversight of about $9.1 billion in annual spending obligations, according to Wright-Patterson. Trevino will replace...

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A new leader will take command of the Air Force Installation Contracting Agency. Brig. Gen. Alice Trevino will assume leadership Wednesday of the agency’s Wright-Patterson headquarters with more than 700 employees and oversight of about $9.1 billion in annual spending obligations, according to Wright-Patterson. Trevino will replace...
Event targets jobs, services for local veterans
 Veterans can look for a job and find out about resources available to them at the third annual Veterans Moving Forward gathering on Wednesday at Wright State University. Dozens of employers will be at the event’s first job fair, said Cassie Barlow, chairwoman of the Greater Miami Valley myVeterans Community. The resource fair will connect...

Posted: a day ago

Veterans can look for a job and find out about resources available to them at the third annual Veterans Moving Forward gathering on Wednesday at Wright State University. Dozens of employers will be at the event’s first job fair, said Cassie Barlow, chairwoman of the Greater Miami Valley myVeterans Community. The resource fair will connect...
Memphis Belle unveiling a boon for museum
 The unveiling of the iconic B-17 Memphis Belle brought more than 42,000 people to the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force from around the country and overseas, nearly doubling attendance compared to the same period in recent years, figures show. Museum officials received numerous phone calls, emails and inquiries, as well as had billboards...

Posted: 2 days ago

The unveiling of the iconic B-17 Memphis Belle brought more than 42,000 people to the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force from around the country and overseas, nearly doubling attendance compared to the same period in recent years, figures show. Museum officials received numerous phone calls, emails and inquiries, as well as had billboards...
HAZMAT situation reported at WPAFB 
 Emergency medical technicians evaluated nine people after 55 gallons of phosphoric acid spilled Friday at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, a spokeswoman said. The material spilled out of a commercial truck in front of the Air Force Research Laboratory’s building 620 in Area B, said spokeswoman Marie Vanover. The call was initiated around...

Posted: 5 days ago

Emergency medical technicians evaluated nine people after 55 gallons of phosphoric acid spilled Friday at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, a spokeswoman said. The material spilled out of a commercial truck in front of the Air Force Research Laboratory’s building 620 in Area B, said spokeswoman Marie Vanover. The call was initiated around...
AF museum attendance soars on first day of Memphis Belle opening
 Attendance at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force soared Thursday nearly four times above the average for the same date in recent years with the debut of the Memphis Belle exhibit, figures show. The museum counted 11,066 people in attendance for the unveiling of the reborn icon, compared to an average of 2,421 on May 17 between 2015...

Posted: 5 days ago

Attendance at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force soared Thursday nearly four times above the average for the same date in recent years with the debut of the Memphis Belle exhibit, figures show. The museum counted 11,066 people in attendance for the unveiling of the reborn icon, compared to an average of 2,421 on May 17 between 2015...
Did you see the president’s plane? Why it was here.
 Spectators of World War II bombers and fighters landing at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force got an extra bonus Thursday. The plane commonly referred to as Air Force One, a Boeing 747 designated VC-25 in the Air Force, practiced touch-and-go landings on Wright-Patterson’s main runway. The jumbo jet is Air Force One only when...

Posted: 5 days ago

Spectators of World War II bombers and fighters landing at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force got an extra bonus Thursday. The plane commonly referred to as Air Force One, a Boeing 747 designated VC-25 in the Air Force, practiced touch-and-go landings on Wright-Patterson’s main runway. The jumbo jet is Air Force One only when...