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.
Organizers of the Dayton Air Show expect smaller crowds this weekend, thanks to the Air Force Thunderbirds and other military support pulling out because of federal budget cuts.
The two-day show usually draws around 70,000 people and has a $3.2 million impact on the local economy. But the Thunderbirds precision jet team had to withdraw earlier this year because of federal cutbacks, along with military support from Wright-Patterson Air Force Base.