Wright-Patterson Air Force Base


Ohio Senator Rob Portman (R-Ohio) was at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base on Monday.  He was there to talk about ongoing operations at the base, and how Friday’s looming sequestration cuts might affect Wright-Patt.   

Portman said the President’s proposed $85 billion dollars in across-the-board spending cuts over the next 7 months would be detrimental to national defense and what he called ‘the federal government’s vital operations. 

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

-Emily McCord speaks with Columbus Dispatch reporter Jessica Worman about the latest news on the looming sequester cuts.

- Jerry Kenney reports on the City of Riverside's lawsuit regarding income tax and Wright-Patterson Air Force Base Employees

-Wayne Baker reports on student and faculty protests at Wilberforce University.

There is one week left to avoid sequestration, or the automatic spending cuts that will take effect March 1 if President Obama and Congress cannot reach a deal. Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, area business and those in the defense industry are bracing for furloughs that could impact the 13,000  civilian employees, which could have a ripple effect on the local economy. Jessica Wehrman joins Emily McCord for this week's PoliticsOhio. She's a reporter for the Columbus Dispatch based in Washington, D.C., and her stories appear in the Dayton Dailys News.

Business owners and officials of cities surrounding Wright Patterson Air Force Base say they are increasingly uneasy about possible furloughs brought on by sequestration.

Wright-Patterson Air could furlough up to 13,000 civilian employees for 22 days beginning in April if Congress and President Barack Obama fail to avert sequestration, or automatic defense and domestic spending reductions set to begin March 1st.

The Pentagon said Wednesday that those civilian employees could be notified by mid-March.

Full episode of WYSO Weekend for February 10, 2013, including the following stories:

- Jerry Kenney reports on the latest news from Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in regards to looming sequestration cuts.

- Jerry Kenney reports on National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

- Ohio Food and Farming Conference Draws Near

Officials at Wright Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton say that under guidance from the Department of Defense, they have begun planning for a potential reduction of 15%  of their operating budget as a result of sequestration.   In a press conference Thursday, Col. Cassie Barlow told reporters that a furlough of civilian employees isn't out of the question, but it would be a last resort.

The budget cuts handed down to Wright-Patterson Air Force Base this week include a civilian hiring freeze, the elimination of some temporary positions and the curtailing of certain travel and purchasing costs. Emily McCord speaks to Vice President for federal programs at the Dayton Development Coalition, Michael Gessel, to discuss how these small measures now could signal larger cuts in the future.  

Air Force Cuts Could Impact Dayton Air Show

Jan 24, 2013

The Air Force announced cuts at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base this week to address budget uncertainty at the federal level. AS WYSO’s Emily McCord reports reductions to non essential flying could impact the popular Dayton Air Show.

The Air Force has announced budget cuts at Wright Patterson Air Force Base. WYSO’s Emily McCord reports the measures will take effect immediately to address the Defense Department’s budget uncertainty.

A recent military crackdown on inappropriate material in work spaces found dozens of instances at an Ohio Air Force Base.

Wright-Patterson Air Force Base spokesman Daryl Mayer said nothing documented was deemed obscene, but there were 224 instances of "inappropriate" materials, such as photos, calendars and magnets.

Inspectors also counted 46 instances of "unprofessional" material with posters, cartoons, documents or coins at the base near Dayton.