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Military
8:05 am
Fri July 4, 2014

Clock Is Ticking To Claim Cash Bonuses For Ohio Iraq and Afghanistan Vets

The Ohio Department of Veterans Services is trying to get the word out about cash bonuses available to vets who have served since September 11, 2001.

A spokesman for the department says 81,000 Ohio vets have already received bonuses totaling tens of millions of dollars, but an important deadline is approaching: This is the last year for veterans who served in Iraq between March 2003 and December of 2011 to apply for the bonus.

Wright-Patt
11:08 pm
Wed January 15, 2014

Wright-Patt Seeks Cost Savings Through Partnerships

Colonel Cassie Barlow heads the 88th Air Base Wing at Wright-Patterson AFB.
Credit Lewis Wallace / WYSO

Wright-Patterson Air Force Base is seeking out new community partnerships in 2014 in order to cut costs in response to ongoing budget troubles. With the wind-down of two wars and a trend towards trimming in Washington, Wright-Patt is looking for ways to control basic forms of spending on the base.

“As budgets continue to decrease,” said Colonel Cassie Barlow, head of the 88th Air Base Wing, “the Air Force looking for alternative ways to support its mission and to really maintain the quality of life that we’re used to, for our airmen and for their family members.”

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Politics
7:41 pm
Thu December 12, 2013

Bipartisan Budget Deal Curbs Sequestration, But Still Hits Federal Employees

Rep. Mike Turner (R-10th) spoke last month on the possible impacts of sequestration.
Credit Lewis Wallace / WYSO

Dayton-area leaders are breathing sighs of relief as the proposed budget deal in Congress appears to be ending the across-the-board cuts known as sequestration.

“This deal would prevent the sequester for a 2-year period, and it also would give certainty to the Department of Defense,” said Rep. Mike Turner of Ohio’s 10th district. He’s relieved by the outcome after a year of belt-tightening for lots of government bodies, including the Pentagon. With the proposed deal the Pentagon avoids $20 billion in would-be sequestration cuts.

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Developing
11:03 am
Tue October 1, 2013

Wright-Patt Begins Emergency Furlough Due to Partial Government Shutdown

Colonel Cassie Barlow of the 88th Air Base Wing speaks to reporters about a possible emergency furlough.
Credit WYSO/Lewis Wallace

As of midnight, October 1st, the U.S. House and Senate had not agreed on a  budget, and the federal government is now implementing a partial shut down for the first time since 1995-1996.

On Tuesday Forbes listed Dayton as one of the top ten cities at risk during a government shutdown. Civilian workers at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base bear the immediate brunt: approximately 8,700 non-military staff at Wright-Patt received furlough letters Tuesday morning.

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Military
6:56 pm
Tue September 17, 2013

IG Report Details Faulty Security at US Naval Bases

A report on security at US Naval bases was due to congress on Monday - the day a shooter killed 12 people at the Naval Yard in Washington DC, and Congressman Mike Turner, of Ohio' 10th district, is now asking the US Navy to tighten it's vetting process for security clearance. 

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