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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...

3:48 PM Wednesday, Jun. 20, 2018

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...

12:59 AM Tuesday, Jun. 19, 2018

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...

10:36 PM Monday, Jun. 18, 2018

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...

5:48 PM Monday, Jun. 18, 2018

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...

4:51 PM Monday, Jun. 18, 2018

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...

2:39 PM Monday, Jun. 18, 2018

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...

1:29 PM Monday, Jun. 18, 2018

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...

2:12 PM Saturday, Jun. 16, 2018

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...

4:12 PM Friday, Jun. 15, 2018

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...

10:10 AM Friday, Jun. 15, 2018

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...

5:42 PM Thursday, Jun. 14, 2018

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...
Outgoing commander says communities, base linked
 Wright-Patterson’s outgoing commander said it will be important for the military base and surrounding communities to work together to maintain safe drinking water in the Miami Valley. Col. Bradley McDonald — base commander for two years at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base— caps his 24-year-career in the Air Force on June...

9:00 AM Thursday, Jun. 14, 2018

Wright-Patterson’s outgoing commander said it will be important for the military base and surrounding communities to work together to maintain safe drinking water in the Miami Valley. Col. Bradley McDonald — base commander for two years at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base— caps his 24-year-career in the Air Force on June...
Top Air Force leaders gather at Wright-Patt
 The Air Force’s top leadership brass was at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base this week in an annual closed-door gathering known as Corona Top. Air Force officials were tight lipped on the meeting this year,set to end Thursday, but the event focused on strategy, acquisition, science and technology and innovation, according to Air Force...

1:53 PM Wednesday, Jun. 13, 2018

The Air Force’s top leadership brass was at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base this week in an annual closed-door gathering known as Corona Top. Air Force officials were tight lipped on the meeting this year,set to end Thursday, but the event focused on strategy, acquisition, science and technology and innovation, according to Air Force...
AFRL’s top scientist takes job at Ohio State
 A former high-ranking scientist at the Air Force Research Laboratory at Wright-Patterson will become senior vice president for research at Ohio State University. Morley O. Stone will earn a base salary of $420,000 to oversee an $864 million research program throughout the university when he takes the job in August, according to Ohio State...

6:35 PM Tuesday, Jun. 12, 2018

A former high-ranking scientist at the Air Force Research Laboratory at Wright-Patterson will become senior vice president for research at Ohio State University. Morley O. Stone will earn a base salary of $420,000 to oversee an $864 million research program throughout the university when he takes the job in August, according to Ohio State...
Cincinnati VA chief of staff reassigned, VA says
 The Cincinnati VA Medical Center chief of staff has been placed in an administrative job while the federal agency investigates “certain operations of the surgery department,” the center said in a statement. Dr. Elizabeth Brill remains chief of staff, but has been “detailed” to a temporary role as a senior adviser in...

4:10 PM Tuesday, Jun. 12, 2018

The Cincinnati VA Medical Center chief of staff has been placed in an administrative job while the federal agency investigates “certain operations of the surgery department,” the center said in a statement. Dr. Elizabeth Brill remains chief of staff, but has been “detailed” to a temporary role as a senior adviser in...
Brown, Portman demand feds release groundwater toxicology study
 U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, and Rob Portman, R-Ohio, are among a bipartisan group of 10 senators who have demanded the Trump administration release a toxicology study that could recommend lower threshold advisories for exposure to chemicals found in groundwater at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base and other installations across the country...

9:00 AM Tuesday, Jun. 12, 2018

U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, and Rob Portman, R-Ohio, are among a bipartisan group of 10 senators who have demanded the Trump administration release a toxicology study that could recommend lower threshold advisories for exposure to chemicals found in groundwater at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base and other installations across the country...
Pentagon told to cut spending on F-35 program
 The Pentagon has agreed to resolve major technical deficiencies with the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter before moving ahead with full-rate production, according to the Government Accountability Office. Wright-Patterson Air Force Base has a large stake in the future of the jet as a contender to manage the Air Force version of the F-35, congressional...

6:55 PM Monday, Jun. 11, 2018

The Pentagon has agreed to resolve major technical deficiencies with the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter before moving ahead with full-rate production, according to the Government Accountability Office. Wright-Patterson Air Force Base has a large stake in the future of the jet as a contender to manage the Air Force version of the F-35, congressional...
American Water to host job fair at Wright-Patterson
 American Water Co. will have a job fair at the Hope Hotel and Conference Center on Tuesday and Wednesday. The company expects to hire 25 employees in advance of when it takes over ownership, operation and maintenance of the base water system in December. The company was the winning bidder in a $490 million, 50-year deal last year to privatize...

3:12 PM Monday, Jun. 11, 2018

American Water Co. will have a job fair at the Hope Hotel and Conference Center on Tuesday and Wednesday. The company expects to hire 25 employees in advance of when it takes over ownership, operation and maintenance of the base water system in December. The company was the winning bidder in a $490 million, 50-year deal last year to privatize...
Today’s veterans include more women, minorities
 New Census Bureau figures show the post 9/11 generation of veterans is the most diverse in history, helping to erase some of the stereotypes of the past. “I still get a lot of people that look at me in shock, like, ‘you were a veteran?’” said Ericka Carter, 36, of Dayton, an African American woman and an Army veteran...

10:00 AM Monday, Jun. 11, 2018

New Census Bureau figures show the post 9/11 generation of veterans is the most diverse in history, helping to erase some of the stereotypes of the past. “I still get a lot of people that look at me in shock, like, ‘you were a veteran?’” said Ericka Carter, 36, of Dayton, an African American woman and an Army veteran...
Air Force grounds B-1B bombers
 The Air Force grounded its fleet of B-1B Lancer bombers Thursday because of concerns with its ejection seat, Global Strike Command said in a statement. Air Force leaders discovered an issue with the ejection seat components during an emergency landing of a B-1 in Midland, Texas, which led to the safety stand down, the command said in a statement...

6:41 PM Friday, Jun. 08, 2018

The Air Force grounded its fleet of B-1B Lancer bombers Thursday because of concerns with its ejection seat, Global Strike Command said in a statement. Air Force leaders discovered an issue with the ejection seat components during an emergency landing of a B-1 in Midland, Texas, which led to the safety stand down, the command said in a statement...
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