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President Donald Trump on Tuesday signed an executive order that would extend mental health care to military service members transitioning out of the Armed Forces and back to civilian life. Miami Valley veterans advocates say connecting more struggling veterans with the mental health services they need could help reduce the growing risk of suicide among such veterans in the region.

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President Trump has signed into law a bill that will support jobs and research functions at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. The National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) signed by the president contained several bipartisan amendments introduced by U.S. Senators Sherrod Brown (D-OH) and Rob Portman (R-OH).

Brown issued a statement saying the law would, “make sure highly-skilled workers [at Wright-Patt] can continue to do their jobs and help meet national security needs.”

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For the first time, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base will have privatized water service. The new service provider stands to gain hundreds of millions of dollars from the deal.

 

Base officials awarded the lucrative 50-year contract to American Water Operations and Maintenance Incorporated of New Jersey. Selected from four finalists, the company will be responsible for managing the base’s water distribution and wastewater.  The contract is worth a total of 490 million dollars.

 

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Air Force marathon officials say they are considering making changes to their races after attendance dropped by nearly 2,000 runners.

Marathon director Rob Aguiar tells the Dayton Daily News race officials are exploring adding a shorter race and enabling runners to do more than one event.

Race figures show the 5K and 10k races both sold out this month, but the half- and full-marathons came up short of previous years.

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Democratic U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown is pushing back against a decision by the Pentagon to close an office overseeing key defense manufacturing programs in the Dayton area. The programs have been headquartered at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base for the last 30 years.

Department of Defense officials recently announced a plan to relocate more than a dozen jobs to the Pentagon.

Brown and other members of the House and Senate have sent a letter to DOD Secretary James Mattis urging him to keep oversight of the programs in Ohio.

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A change-of-command ceremony at the National Museum of the United States Air Force Tuesday made official recently announced leadership changes at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base.

Former head of the Air Force Research Laboratory Maj. Gen. Robert McMurry will head up the Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, the department that oversees all aircraft, engines, munitions and electronic systems in the Air Force fleet.

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At a panel discussion event Wednesday in downtown Dayton, a group of prominent business developers, Wright-Patterson Air Force, government and education officials called for new ways of thinking to promote increased economic growth in the Miami Valley. The discussion, organized for the Dayton Development Coalition's 2017 annual meeting, also included proposals to improve Ohio’s education system to prepare more workers for highly skilled manufacturing and technology jobs.

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A man accused of causing two buildings to be evacuated at Ohio's largest military base after driving through a security gate is set for trial this fall.

Records show 32-year-old Edward Novak's U.S. District Court trial has been scheduled for Oct. 19 in Dayton.

Authorities say the unarmed Beavercreek man entered a secure building at Wright-Patterson Air Force base Nov. 24 after driving past sentries.

A new commander is taking over the 88th Air Base Wing at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in southwest Ohio.

Col. Bradley McDonald will replace Col. John Devillier (duh-VIL'-yay) as commander of the 88th Air Base Wing in a ceremony Tuesday at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force near Dayton.

McDonald previously was vice commander of the 10th Air Base Wing at the Air Force Academy in Colorado.

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The National Museum of the U.S. Air Force in southwest Ohio wants to add a current Air Force One to its collection.

The Dayton Daily News reports a new $40.8 million hangar at the museum near Dayton opens on Wednesday and officials say they've designed the 224,000-square-foot building with the idea of landing the presidential aircraft.

Museum historian Jeff Underwood says the facility has a "pretty good shot" at landing one of the two current VC-25s. That's the name designated for the planes.

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