Air Force

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Thursday is the second day of meetings at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base for small businesses in the defense industry. The event is part of an effort on the part of the Air Force to work more with small contractors; base officials say it helps them stay efficient as the government cuts defense budgets.

Those cuts have been bad news for local industry, which provides the Air Force with everything from computer systems to research to airplane parts—but not all contractors are feeling the same pain.

Large contractors cash in

The US Air Force has awarded a major contract to two Dayton companies, Matrix Research and Lion-Vallen Industries.

Dayton-area contractors are getting business despite cuts to the overall military budget.

Matrix Research develops sensors and high-tech materials—in this case, for stealth military aircraft. The company will get $45,085,000 to work on improving the the Air Force fleet through marginal technology upgrades; the award was announced Friday by the Air Force Institute of Technology based at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base.

NASIC Gets New Commander

Mar 26, 2014

The U.S. Air Force has announced a new commander for the National Air and Space Intelligence Center (NASIC). Colonel Leah Lauderback will replace Colonel Aaron M. Prupas as NASIC’s next commander.

Lauderback is currently the commander of the 67th Cyberspace Operations Group, which is responsible for offensive cyber attacks on the part of the Air Force.

Members of a national commission studying the U.S. Air Force to see if structural changes are needed will visit Ohio military bases this week seeking information.

The commission says members will visit Wright-Patterson Air Force Base near Dayton on Monday. They also plan to collect information at Air National Guard bases including Springfield, Rickenbacker and Mansfield-Lahm during their three-day Ohio stop.

The U.S. Air Force's grounding of its Thunderbirds jet demonstration team means the planes won't be headlining this summer's Dayton Air Show.

It's not a surprise. The Air Force earlier announced that it planned to ground the Thunderbirds April 1 if a federal budget deal wasn't reached.

Organizers of the popular Dayton Air Show made the Thunderbirds' cancelation official in a release Thursday.

The air show is scheduled to go on June 22 and 23 with 14 other aerial acts.

The Air Force says the cancelation of a computer modernization program will cost 115 contract employees their jobs at Wright-Patterson Air Force base.

Base spokesman Daryl Mayer said Thursday that cancelation of the Expeditionary Combat Support System program also means that an additional 55 civilian and military employees will be reassigned from that program.

Mayer says the canceled program had been intended to replace some older computer systems to meet statutory requirements for financial and audit readiness mandated by Congress.

A research center at the University of Dayton has won a $42.2 million dollar contract from the U.S. Air Force.

The Dayton Daily News reports that the contract awarded to the UD’s Research Institute will maintain 30 existing jobs at the facility.

And another $1.2 million contract from GE Aviation for related research will create as many as five new positions there.

The Air Force contract is for research and development in advanced power and thermal management technologies for hypersonic and long-range aircraft.

The March 2012 installment of SOCHE TALKS featuring Josh Deaton, a PhD student from Wright State University on Life as an Air Force Intern.

The SOCHE Talks are a collaboration with the Southwest Ohio Council for Higher Education. In this monthly series we’ll hear from faculty and staff from areas colleges and universities on a wide variety of subjects. It's an effort to bring Miami Valley research and thinking into the public arena – a way to enlighten the world with local knowledge.

The August 2011 installment of SOCHE TALKS featuring Dr. Rusty Bladwin, from the Air Force Institute of Technology on Cyber Security.

The SOCHE Talks are a collaboration with the Southwest Ohio Council for Higher Education. In this monthly series we’ll hear from faculty and staff from areas colleges and universities on a wide variety of subjects. It's an effort to bring Miami Valley research and thinking into the public arena – a way to enlighten the world with local knowledge.

Last week, in a ceremony at the National Museum of the United State Air force in Dayton Ohio, Senior Airmen Tre Porfirio received the Purple Heart. On Nov. 21 2009 Tre was shot 3 times by Afghan insurgents. Those three bullets have resulted in more than 20 surgeries. Tre's recovery has involved some ground breaking medical techniques. At last night's ceremony Airmen Porfirio talked about his personal fight for life.

Porfirio says, "It's been a battle, lot a help from Community, squadron, my Girl and baby... it makes it easier."

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