Wright-Patterson Air Force Base

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The non-profit  Dayton History is taking over management of the National Aviation Hall of Fame (NAHF) Learning Center, which is located at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force.

The 14,500 square foot Learning Center features interactive displays that teach kids about the history of flight and Dayton’s connection to that history.

Dayton History President and CEO Brady Kress says partnering with the non-profit NAHF gives Dayton History a bigger profile.

Plan for a fourth building at the Air Force Museum.
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DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — Construction on a new building at the  National Museum of the U.S. Air Force near Dayton will force temporary closure of the museum's Missile and Space Gallery.

The museum says the gallery will be closed for about five months beginning Dec. 8.

Some exterior wall panels of the gallery are being removed to form new entrances for the new building.

The museum's fourth building is scheduled to open to the public in spring 2016. It will be the new home of the museum's presidential aircraft, research and development, space and global reach exhibits.

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The city of Dayton and Wright-Patterson Air Force Base have announced plans for the 20th anniversary of the Dayton Peace Accords, the agreement signed in Dayton on November 21, 1995 that ended the war in Bosnia, Herzegovina and Croatia and established Bosnia and Herzegovina’s current constitution.

City Commissioner Matt Joseph says it was hard for a lot of people on the ground at the time to believe the war would really end with these accords, and the fact that it worked was almost a surprise.

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Officials say a group of airmen in southwest Ohio who dropped supplies in West Africa to help with the Ebola outbreak no longer have to report their medical condition with authorities. 

The Dayton Daily News reports the six reservists at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base near Dayton had to check their temperatures twice a day and report their health conditions to medical authorities twice a week for 21 days after returning from West Africa.  A base spokeswoman says none of the reservists showed any symptoms of the virus.

Middle schoolers Alex Maney and Zack Gillman work with DNA from a strawberry during a STEM event on the Wright-Patt base.
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The STEM subjects--science, technology, engineering and math--are becoming more important these days. Programs like Wright-Patt’s Starbase push for a hands-on approach to STEM.

Middle schoolers Alex Maney and Zack Gillman are staring into a digital microscope examining the building blocks of a strawberry.

“It looks like a dragon, kind of, if you look at it at the right angle,” Maney said.

“Like a bird,” Gillman said.

Congressmen Mike Turner (R-OH) and John Carter (R-TX) speak with reporters outside WPAFB's Hope Hotel.
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Lawmakers from Ohio and Texas are assessing how Wright-Patterson Air Force Base has done since a 2008 Base Realignment and Closure, or BRAC. Congressman Mike Turner of Ohio’s 10thdistrict and Congressman John Carter from Texas spent about four hours Monday touring Wright-Patt facilities.

Carter is Chairman of the Homeland Security Subcommittee on Appropriations. His visit to Wright-Patt was in part to look at results of the 2008 BRAC that brought a $230 million investment in military construction at the base. It also brought more than 1,000 new jobs to the area.

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Thousands of civilian workers at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base are being offered the option to retire early or take a buyout. The buyouts are an effort to prepare for a cut of 372 positions at the base this fall.

Many of the positions to be cut aren’t currently filled, and by offering early retirement and buyout options, Wright-Patt officials hope to move those who stay into open jobs elsewhere on the base.

“We just want to make sure that we take care of our people, that’s our key objective,” says Wright-Patt spokesman Daryl Mayer.

Colonel Cassie Barlow of the 88th Air Base Wing speaks to reporters about a possible emergency furlough.
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Wright Patterson Air Force Base is getting a new commander today.  Col. John Devillier will lead Wright-Patt’s 88th Air Base Wing as Col. Cassie Barlow retires after 26 years in the military. 

The 88th is one of the largest air base wings in the U.S. Air Force, with more than 5,000 military, civilian, and contractor employees. In a change of command ceremony scheduled for 10:00 a.m. at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force, Devillier will take the reigns from retiring Col. Cassie Barlow, who has served as wing commander since July 17, 2012. 

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.

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Wright Patterson Air Force Base is moving ahead with a multi-million dollar addition to its National Air and Space Intelligence Center (NASIC). That’s after Congress approved the funds needed for the project.

NASIC is the primary foreign intelligence agency for the Air Force. NASIC commander Colonel Leah Lauderback says the building will increase the center’s technical capability to analyze foreign materials.

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