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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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Officials at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base say a man ignored guards' instructions to stop at a security gate, prompting evacuations, but that Ohio's largest military base has been determined safe.

Daryl Mayer, spokesman for the base near Dayton, says the man drove through the gate area around 9:40 a.m. Tuesday. A base statement says security personnel pursued the driver and located the vehicle parked outside a building. They then cordoned off the area around the vehicle and evacuated some nearby buildings.

Wright-Patt And County Jobs Agency To Hold Job Fair

Sep 14, 2015

Wright-Patterson Air Force Base is partnering with a jobs agency to hold a job fair featuring more than 100 Ohio employers.

Wright-Patt and Ohio Means Jobs Montgomery County will hold the fair Wednesday at the University of Dayton arena in southwest Ohio.

A Wright-Patterson statement says the public fair will feature employers from around the Miami Valley region who are hiring for full and part-time positions. Opportunities are available for a variety of education and experience levels.

"Patches" is one of the C-123 cargo planes used to spray Agent Orange. It's now on display at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force.
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The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs says it will make an announcement next week about treatment for Air Force reservists who may have been exposed to Agent Orange after Vietnam. Ohio U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown has joined the chorus of voices asking for a policy change.

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The Dayton Development Coalition and the Ohio Federal-Military Jobs Commission (OFMJC) held a forum at Wright State University’s Nutter Center on Thursday to discuss federal job retention and expansion in the state.  

Governor Kasich signed the commission into law in 2014 to make Ohio more competitive in job growth by leveraging the state’s military assets like Wright-Patterson Air Force Base.

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Ohio's largest U.S military base has lost the competition to become the site of a new installation and mission support center that could result in hundreds of jobs for the host base.

Wright-Patterson Air Force Base was one of four final candidates for the Air Force Installation and Mission Support Center Headquarters. Air Force officials said in a statement Wednesday that Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland in Texas was selected as the site of the new center.

The other bases competing were Joint Base-Langley-Eustis in Virginia and Scott Air Force Base in Illinois.

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