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Published: Sunday, December 03, 2017 @ 10:33 AM
WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE — A major gateway damaged when a car crashed into it leaving a gate unable to close will cost at least $85,000 to repair and take until later this month to fix, according to a Wright-Patterson spokesman.
Gate 22B off Interstate 675, was damaged in the early morning hours of Nov. 22 in the incident, according to authorities.
EVOL Ltd. & DCI JV, of Dublin, Ohio was awarded an $85,000 contract to complete repairs by Dec. 22, said Wright-Patterson spokesman Daryl Mayer. A gate canopy was also damaged, he added in an email.
Once an Ohio State Highway Patrol report is reviewed, the base will decide whether or not to seek restitution for the cost of repairs, Mayer said in an email.
The gate temporarily switched to 24-hour operations after the incident, Mayer has said.
Gate 19B off National Road, which normally is the 24-hour gateway in Area B, changed daily operations to 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday.
An emergency medical services crew transported the driver to Soin Medical Center for treatment after the crash, authorities have said. The motorist, a Dayton man who was driving a Dodge Challenger, was issued a traffic citation, a Highway Patrol spokesman has said.
Published: Thursday, March 22, 2018 @ 10:30 PM
WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE — Secretary of the Air Force Heather Wilson told newly minted “technical leaders” of the Air Force Institute of Technology to never stop asking why and to be innovators who build strong and trusted relationships to solve the nation’s national security challenges.
Wilson, an Air Force Academy alumnae and former Rhodes scholar at Oxford, spoke Thursday night to more than 240 AFIT graduates among an audience of 1,200 at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force.
Among three key points of advice, the top Air Force civilian leader told graduates to be critical thinkers who challenge assumptions about why.
“You will also now serve as technical leaders and as leaders in technology and science you have to learn four important words. You have to learn to say, ‘that’s not good enough.’”
The secretary cited recent hypoxia-like incidents among pilots experiencing oxygen loss in some of the most sophisticated aircraft, such as the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, and more basic training aircraft such as the propeller-driven T-6 Texan, as an example to keep asking why and not be pressured to cut short the search for answers.
She told graduates they should not be afraid to say no, even to superiors, until a solution is known.
Wilson told them they must also be innovators.
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“Innovation doesn’t come from requirement statements,” she said. “There was never a requirement statement for a silicon chip. There was never a requirement statement for Uber. There was probably wasn’t a requirement statement for GPS.
“If you’re not making mistakes as an engineer, you’re probably only proving that what you already know really does work,” she said. “That’s not innovation. We need you to push the bounds of what you know.”
The high-flying, record-breaking Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird spy plane with a needle-like sleek shape demanded overcoming a series of technical problems, from aviators in space suits ejecting at extreme speeds and altitudes to heat-resistant glass that wouldn’t distort surveillance cameras view.
“The result was an air-breathing monster faster than a speeding bullet,” she said. “What would your innovation be?”
Developing trusted relationships is the third key, Wilson said.
“The work that you are about matters, and the people matter more,” she said.
From her time at the Air Force Academy to serving on the national security council staff, the former New Mexico congresswoman said she could count “on one hand” people she could call on at any time.
“Those kinds of relationships are built over a long period of time are priceless in your life,” she said.
The Air Force’s top leaders listen and trust each other and see things from different perspectives to address national security issues, she said.
“You have everything to gain as young officers and civilians in the Air Force to see alternative perspectives, to find your partners in crime who are going to push you and make you better because steel sharpens steel,” she told AFIT graduates.
“The United States Air Force relies on the most advanced technology to defend our nation and project power in the air and space around the globe,” Wilson added. “We’re going to lean on you. We’re going to lean hard on you as the next generation of scientists and engineers in air and space.
Published: Wednesday, March 21, 2018 @ 6:34 AM
WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE — Snowy conditions have put Wright-Patterson Air Force Base on a three-hour delay this morning, according to the base’s website.
The weather also has delayed school and work activties across the region.
WHIO-TV meteorologists were projecting three to five inches of snow and gusty winds throuhg 8p.m. Wednesday.
Published: Tuesday, March 20, 2018 @ 2:00 AM
WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE — Secretary of the Air Force Heather Wilson will speak to the graduating class of the Air Force Institute of Technology on Thursday.
The trip will mark the Air Force secretary’s second trek to Wright-Patterson since last year when she was part of a gathering of key Air Force leaders at Corona Top.
She will speak to 241 graduates of AFIT’s Graduate School of Engineering and Management in a speech at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force.
AFIT marks its 99th year in 2018.
Published: Monday, March 19, 2018 @ 4:33 PM
WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE — Federal and local leaders said Monday they will work together on concerns tainted groundwater at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base could reach a city of Dayton well field.
U.S. Rep. Mike Turner, R-Dayton, said existing or future congressional legislation might help both the city of Dayton and the base as they deal with groundwater tainted by a firefighting foam contaminant.
“There’s a number of things on the congressional level I think we might be able to do,” Turner, a member of the House Armed Services Committee, said at a press conference at Wright-Patterson with other area leaders Monday.
Dayton Mayer Nan Whaley, who also spoke at the press conference, said as the community compiles a “to-do” list of priorities, it could ask the federal government to pay for the work.
City leaders have asked neighboring communities to urge the Air Force and Wright-Patterson to act quickly to prevent contamination of the Huffman Dam well field along the Mad River.
Seven drinking water production wells were turned off last year at the well field as a precaution, officials have said. Monitoring wells detected polyfluroalkyl substances (PFAS) on site, but officials said it was below a U.S. EPA threshold of 70 parts per trillion for lifetime exposure to drinking water.
Federal, state and local leaders say the water is safe to drink and the contaminant has not been found in treated water piped to consumers.
Wright-Patterson installation commander Col. Bradley McDonald, Montgomery County Commissioner Deborah Lieberman, and Dayton Development Coalition vice president Maurice McDonald joined Turner and Whaley at the press conference at the Hope Hotel and Conference Center.
“I think it’s clear that we’re all on the same page,” Whaley said. “I think that that’s a very big deal.”
“The key here is that we all want to make sure that our water is safe and it is safe,” Lieberman said. “The point of this is just to make sure that continues.”
The city has dealt with its own contamination concerns at a firefighting training center at 200 McFadden. In 2016, five drinking water wells were shut down at the Tait’s Hill well field as a precaution, officials said.
The city says monitoring wells at that Mad River location detected contamination of up to 1,260 parts per trillion of PFAS, which was found in an old formula of the firefighting foam.
Ohio EPA has ordered both Wright-Patterson and the city of Dayton to take action on groundwater contamination. None of the production wells that were shut down were tested for the contaminant, according to the city.
The Dayton Development Coalition and the Miami Valley Regional Planning Commission will work with federal, state and local leaders on groundwater issues, authorities said Monday.
“What we’re trying to do here is be proactive and make sure it never (is) an issue,” Whaley said. “That’s important to the future of the city and the future of the region so we can grow jobs, so we can continue to have a safe place to live, work and play.”
The city had sought nearly $1 million from the Air Force to track and test where the tainted groundwater was headed off Wright-Patterson, but the military branch said it was prohibited under federal environmental law to reimburse expenses already paid.
Once the study is completed, the mayor said she’s hopeful money to pay for expenses will follow from the federal government.
“I think that’s very doable with who is at the table,” she said.
Col. Bradley McDonald said the Air Force has replaced firefighting foam believed to have caused contamination – the last of which will be removed in hangars this June — and installed more sentinel wells to track where a tainted plume is headed, officials say.
“What we are showing on the boundary of the base is that it is safe,” he said.
Wright-Patterson officials say they have reacted with urgency to concerns over tainted groundwater despite the city of Dayton’s demands asking for faster action to prevent the potential threat of groundwater contamination reaching the Huffman Dam well field.
But if upcoming expanded testing this summer determines a tainted groundwater plume is migrating off site, the Air Force will take additional actions, Wright-Patterson officials say
For the first time, the city detected less than 10 parts per trillion of the contaminant last November at its Ottawa water treatment plant.
Among the demands Dayton has issued to Wright-Patterson: Install additional monitoring wells along the base boundary; relocate a Mad River storm water discharge point by about 200 feet so it won’t flow past a city intake; and sharing water data so the city can plan how to respond.
Wright-Patterson has addressed tainted groundwater concerns for more than two years, from tracking possible pathways for tainted groundwater to migrate on and off base; temporarily shutting down two drinking water wells in 2016 that exceeded EPA advisory thresholds; and building a $2.7 million water treatment facility to resume pumping from those closed wells last June.
The Air Force investigation and mitigation efforts “are in full compliance” with state and federal laws, the base said in a statement.
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PFAS contamination, at certain levels, can cause major health concerns. According to the U.S. EPA, human epidemiology and animal testing studies indicate high-level exposure to the contaminant may lead to testicular and liver cancer; changes in cholesterol; low birth weight in newborns; liver tissue damage; and effects on the immune system and thyroid.
THE STORY SO FAR
PREVIOUSLY: Dayton has publicly demanded Wright-Patt act more quickly to the potential risk of groundwater contamination coming from the base and threatening a city well field.
WHAT’S NEW: At a press conference Monday, U.S. Rep. Mike Turner said existing or future legislation might help defray costs to deal with the issue.
WHAT’S NEXT: The Dayton Development Coalition and Miami Valley Regional Planning Commission will work with area leaders to deal with groundwater contamination issues, authorities said.