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U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Secretary Robert McDonald has announced that Dayton will be home to the VA national Archives at the VA Medical Center.

Ohio’s U.S. Senator, Sherrod Brown was behind that effort, which he says began long ago.

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Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in southwest Ohio is getting a new commander this summer.

The Dayton Daily News reports that 43-year-old Col. Bradley McDonald will replace Col. John Devillier as the commander of the 88th Air Base Wing in June.

McDonald is currently the vice commander of an air wing that supports the U.S. Air Force Academy. He oversaw 3,000 military and civilian employees and a $150 million budget at the 10th Air Base Wing at the Air Force Academy in Colorado.

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Tighter security measures are expected at a southwest Ohio military base as it conducts training exercises to test base responses to emergency situations.

The Dayton Daily News reports that the exercises at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base near Dayton were starting Monday and will continue through the week.

Officials warned that temporary closings of entrance and exit gates and blocked roadways could cause traffic congestion.

State: Military Pension Tax Exemption Costs Ohio Millions

Aug 19, 2015

A tax break intended to help Ohio attract military retirees has cost the state millions more than expected.

Former Gov. Ted Strickland signed a bill in 2007 declaring military pensions as tax exempt.

The state estimated it would cost up to nearly $22 million in tax revenue. But The Dayton Daily News  reports the state now says the exemption actually cost more than $29 million in fiscal year 2014 and over $31 million this year.

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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.
National Museum of the U.S. Air Force

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.

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 Seeks Cost Savings Through Partnerships

Jan 15, 2014
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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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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.

Colonel Cassie Barlow of the 88th Air Base Wing speaks to reporters about a possible emergency furlough.
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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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