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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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The last remaining flying unit at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base has a new commander.

The Dayton Daily News reports Col. Adam Willis took over the 445th Airlift Wing for Col. Jeffrey McGalliard during a ceremony on Sunday.

McGalliard is retiring after a 30-year Air Force career to fly as a commercial airline pilot. He took over the unit in November 2013.

Willis has served as the commander of the Air Force Reserve's 908th Airlift Wing at Maxwell Air Force Base in Alabama.

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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.

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The Miami Valley's Military Veterans Resource Center (MVRC) is hosting its third annual job fair for active duty service members, veterans and their family members on Thursday.  More than 50 military-friendly employers are taking part in the event, according to Abby Reynolds with the MVRC.

CINCINNATI (AP) — Federal authorities have filed charges against a man they say ignored guards' instructions to stop at a Wright-Patterson Air Force Base security gate, prompting evacuations at Ohio's largest military base.

Officials at the facility near Dayton say charges were filed Wednesday in U.S. District Court against 32-year-old Edward Novak, of Beavercreek. Authorities say Novak on Nov. 24 also entered a secure building without authorization before he was stopped. They say he didn't have a weapon.

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