Members of a national commission studying the U.S. Air Force to see if structural changes are needed will visit Ohio military bases this week seeking information.
The commission says members will visit Wright-Patterson Air Force Base near Dayton on Monday. They also plan to collect information at Air National Guard bases including Springfield, Rickenbacker and Mansfield-Lahm during their three-day Ohio stop.
The Air Force Research Laboratory will have a new commander. Major General Thomas Masiello will assume command Monday at a ceremony at the National Museum of the US Air Force. As the AFRL commander, Maseillo will in be in charge of the Air Force’s 2 billion dollar science and technology program, and an additional research and development that’s also valued at 2 billion dollars. He’ll oversee a workforce of 10 thousand in the labs nine technology directorates. Masiello is currently the Director of Special programs at the Pentagon for Acquistion, Technology and Logistics.
Wright-Patterson Air Force Base is home to a new supercomputer. It’s named “Spirit” after the Air Force’s B-2 Stealth Bomber. It’s the largest supercomputer in the Department of Defense. At $25 million, it’s also the 14th fastest computer in the world. Spirit was unveiled at a ribbon cutting ceremony Monday. It can perform 1500 trillion calculations at a time and will assist in research at the Air Force Research Laboratory. It also will help the DOD perform research for weapons systems. According to a release from the base, supercomputers play a critical role in the field of computational science.
Wright-Patterson Air Force Base will be conducting testing of readiness skills in an exercise scheduled this week in southwest Ohio.
Officials with Wright-Patterson Air Force Base near Dayton say the tests will be conducted Monday through Thursday at the base. Officials said in a release that base visitors and employees may experience gate delays, temporary facility closures and interruptions to certain services.
The release says tightened security could result in delays across the base.