A labor union representing thousands of civilian employees at Ohio's largest military base wants them to appeal furlough notices resulting from federal budget cuts.
More than 10,000 civilian employees at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base near Dayton began receiving the 11-day furlough notices Friday. The U.S. Department of Defense said 680,000 civilian employees will get the furloughs one day a week for 11 weeks, starting July 8.
New figures from the Defense Department show sexual assault in the military is increasing, and that the vast majority of cases are going unreported. As WYSO’s Emily McCord reports Republican Congressman Mike Turner of Ohio’s 10th district is proposing legislation to encourage victims to come forward.
All 11 members of the Indiana congressional delegation have co-signed a letter to federal officials supporting an Ohio-Indiana bid for one of six drone aircraft test sites.
The delegation wrote Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood and Federal Aviation Administration Administrator Michael Huerta, saying the two states have the military and civil resources needed to be a leader in unmanned aircraft systems.
Proposals were due Monday. The FAA is expected to select sites by the end of the year.