Furlough days reduced to 6 for Wright-Patt, Defense workers

Published: Tuesday, August 06, 2013 @ 3:18 PM
Updated: Tuesday, August 06, 2013 @ 3:18 PM

Thousands of Wright-Patterson civil service employees won’t be forced to take as many unpaid furlough days off the job, the Pentagon said Tuesday.

The number of unpaid days off will drop to six from 11 for about 10,000 Wright-Patterson civilian employees.

The Pentagon found additional savings to cancel the planned number of days, Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel said in a statement.

The furloughs began the week of July 8 and were set to continue through September.

We will update this story throughout the day.

Former Air Force One crew members hold special event at museum Monday

Published: Friday, February 17, 2017 @ 1:04 PM
Updated: Saturday, February 18, 2017 @ 3:46 PM

Crew members who flew aboard Air Force One presidential aircraft from the Nixon to Obama administrations will answer the public’s questions on Presidents Day at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force.

The former crew members will be at the museum from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday.

The museum houses the largest collection of U.S. presidential planes, from the first that flew President Franklin D. Roosevelt, the propeller-powered VC-54C nicknamed the Sacred Cow, to SAM 26000, a Boeing 707 known as President John F. Kennedy’s Air Force One.

The presidential collection was one of the centerpieces of a new $40.8 million hangar that opened in June 2016.

“This program allows people who are associate with these presidential aircraft to engage our visitors with personal stories and interesting facts about the history and heritage of this magnificent presidential collection,” Teresa Montgomery, chief of the museum’s special events division, said in a statement.

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Other presidential aircraft include President Harry S. Truman’s plane nicknamed “The Independence,” a VC-118 that was a military version of the pioneering DC-6 commercial airliner; and President Dwight D. Eisenhower’s air transport dubbed “Columbine III,” a Lockheed L.-1049 Super Constellation.

SAM 26000 is among the most famous aircraft in the world serving eight presidents, from Kennedy to Bill Clinton.

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Rare Wright brothers artifact could be valued at more than $1 million

Published: Wednesday, February 15, 2017 @ 7:24 PM
Updated: Wednesday, February 15, 2017 @ 7:24 PM

A propeller signed by Orville Wright could be worth more than $1 million and Congressman Mike Turner wants to make sure the Aviation Hall of Fame doesn’t sell it.

An official with the organization says that won’t happen and that Congressman Turner’s ‘cease and desist’ order has no impact on the organization.

The propeller was appraised at a quarter of a million dollars in 2013.

But because it is the only one of its kind, Hall of Fame officials say it could actually be worth much more.

“People are saying this is worth seven figures, easy,” said NAHF President and Vice Chairman Michael J. Quiello.

Turner and the Hall of Fame have been in an ongoing battle since the group announced last year it was moving its enshrinement ceremony from Dayton to Texas.

Turner claims the organization is in ‘financial crisis’ and wants to make sure it doesn’t sell any of its artifacts.

The eight-foot-and-a-half-foot-long wooden propeller has something Hall of Fame officials say no other airplane artifact is known to have: The signature of Orville Wright, who with his brother Wilbur invented the first practical airplane.

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AFRL aims to link with companies, academics

Published: Wednesday, February 15, 2017 @ 9:51 AM


            AFRL aims to link with companies, academics

The Air Force Research Laboratory will link young scientists and researchers with government agencies, academic institutions, and businesses to demonstrate AFRL and the Dayton region’s high-tech economy.

AFRL’s Business and Tech Showcase is set to launch noon to 4 p.m. Monday, March 13, at the Tec^Edge Innovation and Collaboration Center, 5000 Springfield Street.

The AFRL Junior Force Council organized the gathering to strengthen connections between the science and research agency’s young professionals headquartered at Wright-Patterson and local universities and the industrial sector in the Dayton region, according to the Air Force.

“We want to partner our newest AFRL scientists and engineers with local academics and entrepreneurs to advance our research portfolio and the commercial application of AFRL technologies,” Kevin Schmidt, AFRL Junior Council Force president, said in a statement.

For information or to register, visit www.wpafb.af.mil/afrl/AFRL-Young-Professional-Tech-Showcase.

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WPAFB gate crasher pleads guilty to trespassing, other charges

Published: Friday, February 10, 2017 @ 4:34 PM


            WPAFB gate crasher pleads guilty to trespassing, other charges

A Beavercreek man accused of driving through a Wright-Patterson Air Force Base gateway and entering a restricted-access building in a sensitive research facility pleaded guilty in federal court Friday to trespassing.

Edward J. Novak, 32, also pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in Dayton to operating a vehicle under the influence, and disorderly conduct in the presence of law enforcement in connection with the Nov. 24, 2015 incident.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Michael J. Newman ordered a pre-sentencing report with the probation department prior to sentencing at a future date.

With his guilty plea, Novak bypassed a bench trial.

He refused comment after the hearing.

In exchange for his plea, charges of assault, making false alarms, inducing panic, failure to comply with a lawful order, and fleeing and eluding a police officer were dropped.

Novak, who was not a Wright-Patterson employee nor authorized to be on base, was accused of driving away from Gate 22B near Interstate 675 after a sentry ordered him to pull over to the side of the road after he tried to gain entry. Minutes later, he entered Building 620 in the Air Force Research Laboratory Sensor’s Directorate through a door someone exited, authorities have said.

The security breach caused a major disruption, leading to the hours-long evacuation of hundreds of employees in two AFRL buildings and a shelter in place order at a nearby child care center.

Police blocked roads on and off the base in Area B while area law enforcement agencies, the FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force, the Wright-Patterson Fire Department and an Air Force Explosive Ordnance Disposal Team responded.

While recounting the charges in court Friday, assistant U.S. attorney Julienne McCammon said a sentry questioned Novak about his purpose for trying to get on base. Novak told the sentry “it was personal,” McCammon told the judge. “He just needed to speak to leadership.”

McCammon also said in court that medical tests administered on Novak after he was detained by base security forces detected methamphetamine.

According to authorities’ prior statements, Novak had initially complied with a sentry’s order to pull off the side of the road, but then drove off, eventually making his way through a door someone had exited into Building 620.

Novak was questioned by an employee who noticed he did not have a security badge, and base security forces were notified, officials have said.

McCammon told the judge that as police escorted Novak to a patrol car in handcuffs, “he began to yell inflammatory statements” and was stopped twice. She did not elaborate further.

In December, a court-ordered evaluation determined the defendant “did not know the wrongfulness of his actions at the time of the offense in this alleged case.”

In questioning before Newman on Friday, Novak acknowledged to the judge he was competent to stand trial. Federal public defender Cheryll A. Bennett represented Novak in court.

Wright-Patterson has denied a Freedom of Information Act request from this news organization for records pertaining to the security breach.