Wright-Patterson Air Force Base

Federal budget cuts mean there will be no military presence at the popular Dayton Air Show for the first time in the event's nearly four-decade history.

Military cuts already caused the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds to pull out of the show. Now the air show says there will be no other military fighter demonstrations or displays at all.

The Dayton Daily News reports there won't even be any of the typical personnel support from nearby Wright-Patterson Air Force Base at the June 22-23 event.

Air Show General Manager Brenda Kerfoot called it "unprecedented."

Jerry Kenney

Yesterday, Congressman Mike Turner of Ohio's 10th District held a field hearing at Sinclair Community College to discuss the use of Unmanned Aerial Systems. 

Congressman Turner chairs the House Armed Services Subcommittee on Tactical Air and Land Forces.  He says the reason for the hearing was two-fold: to assess how safely Unmanned Aerial System can be integrated into domestic airspace, and what opportunities that would provide the Miami Valley.

The Air Force has been struggling with cases of sexual assault. Nearly 800 cases were reported last year and military leaders say many more are going unreported. April is sexual assault awareness month and WYSO’s Emily McCord spokes with Congressman Mike Turner for an update on how the Air Force is working to eradicate the problem.       

Officials say a U.S. Air Force reserve wing that flies troops around the globe will start shutting down on Fridays when civilian furloughs begin at Ohio's largest military base.

That's the word at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, where around 13,000 civilian employees will be subject to furloughs because of defense budget cuts.

The Dayton Daily News reports that the Air Force Reserve 445th Airlift Wing relies on hundreds of civilian air reserve technicians, who serve double duty as reserve military personnel, to keep nine C-17 Globemaster III cargo jets flying.

Defense officials say the Pentagon will sharply cut the number of unpaid furlough days civilians will have to take in the next several months from 22 to 14, reducing the financial impact of the budget cuts on as many as 700,000 workers.

The impact will be felt at Wright Patterson Air Force Base. 13,000 civilian employees work there and will see the furlough reductions.

Full episode of WYSO Weekend for March 24, 2013 including the following stories:

-Jerry Kenney reports on the impending unpaid furlough days for civilian employees of Wright-Patterson Air Force Base

-Statehouse correspondent Bill Cohen reports on Governor John Kasich's stance on gay marriage.

Pentagon Delays Furlough Notice To Analyze Impact

Mar 22, 2013

The U.S. Department of Defense is delaying unpaid-leave notices for its civilian workers, including thousands employed at Wright Patterson Air Force Base.

Springfield's Air National Guard Base will lose 47 jobs due to government cost cutting. The Guard Base and Wright-Patterson Air Force Base continue to deal with harsh budget cuts.

Springfield's guard base is losing 47 intelligence and reconnaissance positions within the 178th Fighter Wing as a result of the National Defense Authorization Act for fiscal-year 2013 that President Obama signed on January 2.

Officials at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base announced they are cancelling the annual Ohio Freedom's Call Tattoo scheduled for June 28.  The cancelation is due to funding limitations associated with the federal budget sequestration.

A general says automatic defense budget cuts will slow research and technology development and cancel some special night and weekend events at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force in Ohio.

Gen. Janet Wolfenbarger leads the Air Force Materiel Command from Wright-Patterson Air Force Base near Dayton. She tells the Dayton Daily News the cuts likely will delay aircraft replacement and modernization, halt most flight testing and create a backlog in maintenance operations.