Former General Lester Lyles used to direct the Air Force Materiel Command out of Wright-Patt.
Credit WYSO/Lewis Wallace
The Dayton Development Coalition (DDC) has launched an initiative called the “Federal Retention Program” to protect and expand Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. But that effort is an uphill battle against federal fiscal instability.
Wright-Patt puts upwards of $4 billion a year into the Dayton region, and a major goal of the new initiative is to keep that money coming in. At the same time, DDC president Jeff Hoagland admits the outlook in Washington is a bit bleak.
A 250,000 pound motor is being delivered to Wright Patterson Air Force August 1st. It is the first component of the new centrifuge at 711th Human Performance Wing at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. The motor will be capable of producing 15 Gs, which is a measurement of gravity and mass. For example, 15 Gs could make a 200 pound man feel like he weighs 3000 pounds.
The delivery represents a significant step in the second phase of the 2005 BRAC decision to close Brooks City Base in San Antonio, Texas and transfer the mission of the program to Wright-Patt.
We wrap up our series “The New Face of Wright-Patt” looking at the big gains of the recent BRAC decision with a cautious eye toward the future. Gone are many of our manufacturing jobs but the Miami Valley is staying true to its roots of aviation and innovation. Emily McCord looks at how Wright-Patt is writing a new chapter in our history.
A total of twelve hundred new jobs will come to Wright-Patterson Air Force Base because of BRAC – the Base Realignment and Closure. When military personnel are told their jobs are moving they must move too. But civilians working for the Air Force have a choice. And this BRAC has been particularly successful in getting civilians to pack up their homes and relocate their families. Sarah Buckingham reports on a unique effort by Ohioans that made the Miami Valley particularly attractive.