An Ohio native has been confirmed as the next commander of the Air Force Materiel Command, making her the first woman to become a four-star general in the Air Force.
The Columbus Dispatch reports the U.S. Senate confirmed Lt. Gen. Janet Wolfenbarger this week to lead the command at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton. She was nominated by President Barack Obama in February.
Officials say new cuts announced by the U.S. Air Force will mean a loss of about 800 jobs at Air National guard bases in Ohio and 160 positions at the Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton.
The Air Force on Tuesday announced that President Barack Obama's proposal for the upcoming budget year calls for a reduction of about 10,000 positions nationwide.
In Ohio, the Adjutant General's Department says 846 full- and part-time jobs would be eliminated at Air National Guard bases in Mansfield and Rickenbacker in Columbus. The base in Springfield would lose 47 full-time jobs.
A new fleet of cargo planes at a U.S. Air Force base in Ohio allows reservists who fly overseas to transport wounded troops to medical treatment centers.
The Dayton Daily News reports Sunday that nine C-17 Globemaster III cargo planes replace the C-5A Galaxy planes flown by the Air Force Reserve 445th Airlift Wing at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. Unlike the C-5As, the new planes allow for aeromedical missions.
The Air Force is trying to determine whether blood samples can be used to measure trust in a million-dollar research project at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in western Ohio.
Research psychologist James Christensen tells the Dayton Daily News the effort isn't aimed at building a "trust-o-meter." But he says finding a way to objectively measure trustworthiness could help in assigning workers to sensitive jobs or missions.
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.