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.
Ohio's new congressional map consolidates a major air force base into a single district.
Southwest Ohio officials had said earlier they wanted Wright-Patterson Air Force Base to continue to have at least two representatives in Congress. However, the Dayton Daily News reports that they're confident the base's interests will be protected.
The base will be fully in the 10th District, which also pits Republican incumbents Mike Turner and Steve Austria.
The U.S. Air Force announced Wednesday that it is consolidating management function from 12 different centers. There will be 5 in total and two of those will be located at Wright Patterson Force Base. This comes as the Air Force faces budget cuts and they say it is an effort to improve efficiency.
Wright Patterson will house the new U.S. Air Force Life Cycle Management Center. That will focus on acquisition of aircraft and support weapons systems. The new center will combine other facilities from bases in Massachusetts and Florida.
In this week’s edition of PoliticsOhio, Emily McCord speaks to Jessica Werhman. She’s a reporter for the Dayton Daily News and the Columbus Dispatch based in Washington D.C. Wehrman breaks down the redistricting map proposed by Republicans and discusses the implications on the Miami Valley.