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AFRL reaches first-ever tech pact with Coast Guard
 The Air Force Research Laboratory has reached a first-ever agreement with the Coast Guard to work on a wide range of technologies, from future development of drones to artificial intelligence, officials said. The nine-year memorandum of understanding was signed at Wright-Patterson between the leaders of AFRL and the Coast Guard Research and...

Posted: 24 days ago

The Air Force Research Laboratory has reached a first-ever agreement with the Coast Guard to work on a wide range of technologies, from future development of drones to artificial intelligence, officials said. The nine-year memorandum of understanding was signed at Wright-Patterson between the leaders of AFRL and the Coast Guard Research and...
‘Memphis Belle’ will rumble over real-life version in Dayton
 A movie version of the World War II B-17 Memphis Belle bomber will roar through the skies above Dayton this month when the real-life Memphis Belle is unveiled after years of restoration. The movie version of the aircraft will be one of three of the World War II-era bombers, six P-51 Mustangs and three training aircraft scheduled to land between...

Posted: 25 days ago

A movie version of the World War II B-17 Memphis Belle bomber will roar through the skies above Dayton this month when the real-life Memphis Belle is unveiled after years of restoration. The movie version of the aircraft will be one of three of the World War II-era bombers, six P-51 Mustangs and three training aircraft scheduled to land between...
Sexual assault legal loophole prevents victim military transfers, lawmaker says
 A Dayton congressman has introduced legislation to overturn a loophole that has prevented victims of sexual assault in domestic violence cases from an expedited base transfer in the military. U.S. Rep. Mike Turner, R-Dayton, said legislation passed nearly a decade ago wasn’t meant to allow the loophole, but the Pentagon has diverted...

Posted: 26 days ago

A Dayton congressman has introduced legislation to overturn a loophole that has prevented victims of sexual assault in domestic violence cases from an expedited base transfer in the military. U.S. Rep. Mike Turner, R-Dayton, said legislation passed nearly a decade ago wasn’t meant to allow the loophole, but the Pentagon has diverted...
NEW DETAILS: Pentagon not responding fast enough to aviation mishaps, local lawmaker says
 A Dayton congressman says the Pentagon has not responded quickly enough to identify the cause of physiological incidents and military training crashes and has called on lawmakers to press the Defense Department for answers. U.S. Rep. Mike Turner, R-Dayton and chairman of the House Tactical Air and Land Forces subcommittee and ranking member...

Posted: 26 days ago

A Dayton congressman says the Pentagon has not responded quickly enough to identify the cause of physiological incidents and military training crashes and has called on lawmakers to press the Defense Department for answers. U.S. Rep. Mike Turner, R-Dayton and chairman of the House Tactical Air and Land Forces subcommittee and ranking member...
Thunderbirds name new pilot, cancel more shows to prepare after crash
 The Air Force Thunderbirds canceled two more shows to allow a new pilot to qualify while the team prepares to resume the 2018 show season after a deadly training crash. Maj. Nick “Khan” Krajicek, who will fly the remainder of this season, was the No. 4 pilot the previous two show seasons. The team had suspended flights and canceled...

3:42 PM Thursday, Apr. 26, 2018

The Air Force Thunderbirds canceled two more shows to allow a new pilot to qualify while the team prepares to resume the 2018 show season after a deadly training crash. Maj. Nick “Khan” Krajicek, who will fly the remainder of this season, was the No. 4 pilot the previous two show seasons. The team had suspended flights and canceled...
From musicians to medicine: AF Marathon recruiting army of volunteers
 From musicians to people handing out medals, an army of volunteers run the Air Force Marathon. May 1 is the first day to register to join a horde of 2,400 volunteers needed to jump start the Sept. 15 event that may draw as many as 15,000 runners from all 50 states and around the world to run a 10K, half- and full-marathons at Wright-Patterson...

10:10 PM Wednesday, Apr. 25, 2018

From musicians to people handing out medals, an army of volunteers run the Air Force Marathon. May 1 is the first day to register to join a horde of 2,400 volunteers needed to jump start the Sept. 15 event that may draw as many as 15,000 runners from all 50 states and around the world to run a 10K, half- and full-marathons at Wright-Patterson...
Confirmation hearing for VA secretary nominee under scrutiny postponed
 A Senate confirmation hearing for VA Secretary nominee Ronny Jackson was postponed while lawmakers scrutinize his background to manage the massive federal agency, reports say. Jackson, a Navy rear admiral, has served as the White House physician for President Donald Trump who nominated him for the high-level post last month. Former VA Secretary...

2:24 PM Wednesday, Apr. 25, 2018

A Senate confirmation hearing for VA Secretary nominee Ronny Jackson was postponed while lawmakers scrutinize his background to manage the massive federal agency, reports say. Jackson, a Navy rear admiral, has served as the White House physician for President Donald Trump who nominated him for the high-level post last month. Former VA Secretary...
Wright Patt testing pilot device to detect oxygen loss in cockpit
 Wright-Patterson researchers are investigating the use of a device to alert pilots of potential hypoxia or lack of oxygen in the bloodstream before it becomes a problem after repeated incidents grounded training aircraft for nearly a month. Air Force instructor pilots have tested the device on T-6 Texan II training aircraft at a base in Texas...

9:00 AM Wednesday, Apr. 25, 2018

Wright-Patterson researchers are investigating the use of a device to alert pilots of potential hypoxia or lack of oxygen in the bloodstream before it becomes a problem after repeated incidents grounded training aircraft for nearly a month. Air Force instructor pilots have tested the device on T-6 Texan II training aircraft at a base in Texas...
Australia, NZ, U.S. troops to mark ANZAC Day at Wright-Patt
 Australian, New Zealand and U.S. Air Force troops will mark ANZAC Day in a ceremony Wednesday at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. ANZAC Day commemorates the first major battle Australian and New Zealand troops fought as allies in World War I. The ceremony is set from 8 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. at the Air Force museum’s Memorial Park...

7:07 PM Tuesday, Apr. 24, 2018

Australian, New Zealand and U.S. Air Force troops will mark ANZAC Day in a ceremony Wednesday at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. ANZAC Day commemorates the first major battle Australian and New Zealand troops fought as allies in World War I. The ceremony is set from 8 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. at the Air Force museum’s Memorial Park...
Need a job? More than 160 employers will be at UD Arena
 More 1,000 people and over 160 employers will be at the 2018 Spring Job Fair Wednesday, April 25 at the University of Dayton Arena. Government agencies and private sector companies spanning construction, engineering, education, health care, information technology, manufacturing, professional services and transportation will be on hand, according...

8:45 PM Monday, Apr. 23, 2018

More 1,000 people and over 160 employers will be at the 2018 Spring Job Fair Wednesday, April 25 at the University of Dayton Arena. Government agencies and private sector companies spanning construction, engineering, education, health care, information technology, manufacturing, professional services and transportation will be on hand, according...
How a Wright-Patt office is working to arm fighter jets with lasers
 The Air Force has targeted arming an F-15 fighter jet with a laser by 2021, one of what could become a wider use of directed-energy weapons to protect aerial refueling tankers to military bases, a leading researcher says. Facing increased competition from Russia and China, the Air Force launched an office at Wright-Patterson to explore experimental...

3:25 PM Saturday, Apr. 21, 2018

The Air Force has targeted arming an F-15 fighter jet with a laser by 2021, one of what could become a wider use of directed-energy weapons to protect aerial refueling tankers to military bases, a leading researcher says. Facing increased competition from Russia and China, the Air Force launched an office at Wright-Patterson to explore experimental...
Air Force urged to pick Wright-Patterson for hundreds more jobs
 Wright-Patterson could add 400 jobs if Air Force leaders are persuaded by Ohio’s congressional delegation to locate a F-35 stealth fighter office to the Miami Valley base. The Defense Department and the Air Force have not said how many bases are in contention for the F-35 Product Hybrid Support Integrator Organization. But Dayton Area...

9:10 PM Thursday, Apr. 19, 2018

Wright-Patterson could add 400 jobs if Air Force leaders are persuaded by Ohio’s congressional delegation to locate a F-35 stealth fighter office to the Miami Valley base. The Defense Department and the Air Force have not said how many bases are in contention for the F-35 Product Hybrid Support Integrator Organization. But Dayton Area...
Local defense contractor lands $67 million contract
 The Missile Defense Agency has awarded a Dayton-based defense contractor a five-year, $67.9 million contract for engineering, management and other services at locations across the country, according to the Department of Defense. MacAulay Brown, Inc., will conduct the work to support the development and deployment of a ballistic missile defense...

8:00 AM Thursday, Apr. 19, 2018

The Missile Defense Agency has awarded a Dayton-based defense contractor a five-year, $67.9 million contract for engineering, management and other services at locations across the country, according to the Department of Defense. MacAulay Brown, Inc., will conduct the work to support the development and deployment of a ballistic missile defense...
AF Thunderbirds return to practice, but more shows could be canceled
 The Air Force Thunderbirds return to training over the Nevada desert Wednesday, but have not announced a date the demonstration team will return to the air show circuit, the team’s leader said. The team had suspended flights and canceled public performances since a tragic April 4 crash killed Maj. Stephen “Cajun” Del Bagno...

9:02 PM Wednesday, Apr. 18, 2018

The Air Force Thunderbirds return to training over the Nevada desert Wednesday, but have not announced a date the demonstration team will return to the air show circuit, the team’s leader said. The team had suspended flights and canceled public performances since a tragic April 4 crash killed Maj. Stephen “Cajun” Del Bagno...
Brown: VA nominee must convince veterans to earn vote for confirmation
 U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown said Rear Adm. Ronny Jackson, the nominee to become the next leader of the VA, told him he opposes privatizing the federal agency, but he will have to convince veterans to earn the senator’s vote for confirmation. “He said a lot of the right things but to get my vote, to convince me … he needs to...

5:37 PM Wednesday, Apr. 18, 2018

U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown said Rear Adm. Ronny Jackson, the nominee to become the next leader of the VA, told him he opposes privatizing the federal agency, but he will have to convince veterans to earn the senator’s vote for confirmation. “He said a lot of the right things but to get my vote, to convince me … he needs to...
Major Wright-Patt gate will temporarily close today
 A major gateway will close at Wright-Patterson today for maintenance, impacting the travel of thousands of commuters. Gate 19B off National Road will be closed from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m., according to base spokesman Daryl Mayer. More than 5,700 inbound drivers travel through the entrance and nearly 6,300 drive off base through the gate every...

2:00 PM Wednesday, Apr. 18, 2018

A major gateway will close at Wright-Patterson today for maintenance, impacting the travel of thousands of commuters. Gate 19B off National Road will be closed from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m., according to base spokesman Daryl Mayer. More than 5,700 inbound drivers travel through the entrance and nearly 6,300 drive off base through the gate every...
A fair with a flavor: 17 countries part of Wright-Patt festival
 A party in Dayton had an international flavor Tuesday. People from 17 countries and more than 120 volunteers came together to celebrate the Wright-Patterson International Spouses Group’s International Fair at the Holiday Inn in Fairborn. The cultures spanned Japan to the Spain, and Bali to the Philippines, among other places around...

8:14 PM Tuesday, Apr. 17, 2018

A party in Dayton had an international flavor Tuesday. People from 17 countries and more than 120 volunteers came together to celebrate the Wright-Patterson International Spouses Group’s International Fair at the Holiday Inn in Fairborn. The cultures spanned Japan to the Spain, and Bali to the Philippines, among other places around...
Two ‘Memphis Belles’ and a Mustang will be in Dayton
 Dayton will have two Memphis Belle’s in its midst soon, one real and the other a Hollywood star. A B-17 that flew in the 1990 movie Memphis Belle will fly at the Vectren Dayton Air Show next June, just weeks after the real Memphis Belle bomber, which gained fame in World War II, will debut at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force...

3:48 PM Tuesday, Apr. 17, 2018

Dayton will have two Memphis Belle’s in its midst soon, one real and the other a Hollywood star. A B-17 that flew in the 1990 movie Memphis Belle will fly at the Vectren Dayton Air Show next June, just weeks after the real Memphis Belle bomber, which gained fame in World War II, will debut at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force...
New Dayton VA director wants to be transparent for veterans
 The new Dayton VA Medical Center director wants to create a “high level of trust” with veterans and increase employee engagement as she takes over leadership of the area hospital. Jill Dietrich, 37, is the first woman leader of the 150-year-old institution and is one of the youngest in charge of a VA center nationally. The Indiana...

9:00 AM Tuesday, Apr. 17, 2018

The new Dayton VA Medical Center director wants to create a “high level of trust” with veterans and increase employee engagement as she takes over leadership of the area hospital. Jill Dietrich, 37, is the first woman leader of the 150-year-old institution and is one of the youngest in charge of a VA center nationally. The Indiana...
Fighter pilot shortage grows to one in four, GAO says
 Three military services face a shortage of one in four fighter pilots, and a gap in aviators could persist in the Air Force at least through 2023, the Government Accountability Office says. The Air Force had the widest shortage among fighter pilots at 27 percent in fiscal year 2017. The service branch had fewer pilots than authorized in 11...

3:13 PM Friday, Apr. 13, 2018

Three military services face a shortage of one in four fighter pilots, and a gap in aviators could persist in the Air Force at least through 2023, the Government Accountability Office says. The Air Force had the widest shortage among fighter pilots at 27 percent in fiscal year 2017. The service branch had fewer pilots than authorized in 11...
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