President Obama has nominated a graduate of Beavercreek high school to become the Air Force’s first female four star general. Lieutenant General Janet Wolfenbarger would serve as commander of the Air Force Material Command at Wright Patterson Air Force Base. According to Air Force Spokesman Matthew Stine, Wolfenbarger would succeed Donald Hoffman, who plans to retire this year. The Senate must first approve the confirmation.
The Pentagon today announced military spending cuts at a news conference which is part of the military's efforts to trim 487 billion dollar from their budget over the next 10 years. In addition to by shrinking U.S. ground forces, slowing the purchase of a next-generation stealth fighter and retiring older planes and ships, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta also asked Congress to consider closing some military bases.
A Columbus company is building vehicles used as mobile centers to expand veterans' access to counseling and health care.
The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs says Farber Specialty Vehicles will add 20 more so-called Mobile Vet Centers to a fleet of 50 it has built to be used in underserved or rural areas. Lawmakers and VA officials are expected to be on hand Wednesday to send off the first of those 20 new vehicles and announce where the new centers will be headed.
A small group of veterans has been getting some extra attention lately. Their stories have been made into a comic book. WYSO’s Jerry Kenney reports on how it all started.
Charlie Bath enlisted in the Army in 1941, the day after Pearl Harbor. For four years, he proudly served as a wire chief in the signal corps. That job involved running telephone wire all over France and Germany. Charlie was the guy who could climb, so that’s what he did – climbed poles, often checking for live wires by hitting them with a wrench.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - On this Veterans day, the state estimates that about 90,000 eligible military veterans are missing out on Ohio bonuses of up to $1,000.
Spokesman Michael McKinney with the Ohio Department of Veterans Services tells The Columbus Dispatch that the agency tries to spread the word about the program using radio ads, social media and booths at fairs and veterans events.
Voters in 2009 approved a $200 million bond issue to fund bonuses for veterans of the Persian Gulf, Afghanistan and Iraq wars. More than $41 million has been paid out since August 2010.