The Air Force has announced budget cuts at Wright Patterson Air Force Base. WYSO’s Emily McCord reports the measures will take effect immediately to address the Defense Department’s budget uncertainty.
Lieutenant General Janet C. Wolfenbarger was confirmed by the Senate Dec. 4, 2009 to three-star rank as Air Force Materiel Command vice commander. She is the Air Force's highest ranking female officer.
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The leader of the Air Force Materiel Command says there may be fewer Air Force programs in the future due to the federal budget. AFMC commander and Beavercreek native Janet Wolfenbarger tells the Dayton Daily News the impacts of sequestration on the base will not be known until Congress is able to come to a resolution. She says she think the Department of Defense should do its part to help during the fiscal crisis, but that its unlikely the military will launch the same number of new programs as it did before the country’s budgetary problems.
Officials in Clark County say a $3 million project to relocate a road away from a military base is necessary for security reasons and will help keep the facility open.
The Dayton Daily News reports that moving the road away from the Springfield Air National Guard base is necessary to satisfy post-9/11 military security standards.
Officials say moving the 1.4 miles of Route 794 will help keep the base open and preserve the 1,000 or so jobs there. The local chamber of commerce has estimated that the base has an annual economic impact of $95.2 million in Springfield.
An Ohio soldier killed this week in Afghanistan will be buried in Arlington National Cemetery.
The Department of Defense said 25-year-old Army Staff Sgt. Wesley "Wes" Williams died Monday in Kandahar of wounds suffered when enemy forces attacked his Army unit with an improvised explosive device.
His wife, Krista Williams, told the Dayton Daily News she was flying this week to Dover Air Force Base in Delaware to pick up his body, prior to his burial in the national cemetery.
Williams was a 2006 graduate of Tecumseh High School in New Carlisle, near Dayton.