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Springboro to unveil veterans memorial decades in the making

Published: Thursday, November 09, 2017 @ 10:01 AM

Springboro has a new veterans memorial in Gardner Park.

The long-anticipated formal dedication of the Springboro Veterans Memorial will be held on Saturday, Nov. 11, Veterans Day.

The dedication comes six months after it was originally planned and more than three decades after Springboro Mayor John Agenbroad and Eddie Lawson Jr., a local lawyer and veteran’s advocate, first pitched the idea.

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The memorial is one of several new ones taking shape around the Miami Valley. Another was dedicated last November in Troy.

Agenbroad and Lawson first broached the idea in 1994 while on Springboro City Council.

Agenbroad, a veteran of the U.S. Marines, served in Vietnam and was awarded a Purple Heart.

An avid veterans advocate, Agenbroad has kept at the project, taken up by city staff, including recently retired City Manager Christine Thompson.

The design was funded with $9,100 donated in March 2016 by the Rotary Club of Springboro.

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The memorial was originally planned for North Park in Springboro, but moved to Gardner Park, 16 acres off North Main Street, Ohio 741 in Springboro.

Outdoor Enterprises of Casstown in Miami County was awarded the contract for the project.

Final laser imaging on the granite-wall monument was completed by Laser Imaging & Design in Lebanon.

“As the process unfolded, the city of Springboro wanted to get more and more involved,” owner Jim Smith said Thursday.

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Plans for five military emblems morphed into the existing design, which features a continuous wall mural stretching 20 feet in length and 5 feet high. Panels tell the story of the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines and Coast Guard.

A second monument, a 9-foot tall, 6-sided monolith spelling out the stories of each branch, as well as the city itself, was added.

The memorial also includes walks and trees around a central plaza fashioned from stone, including imported granite.

Laser Imaging is also working on tree markers that will be placed by trees in memory of lost loved ones.

“It was an absolute pleasure working with the city of Springboro,” Smith said.

The Lebanon-based company has completed work on a series of veterans memorials, most recently the U.S. Navy Seal Memorial in Virginia Beach, Va.

Twice the Springboro unveiling was delayed while the contractors continued to work on the project.

Ceremonies planned on Memorial Day and Independence Day were postponed.

The total price tag is $228,078, including $13,400 in donations, according to city records.

Beginning at 11 a.m., there will be a presentation of the colors by the Military Order of the Purple Heart, police department, Clearcreek Fire District and ROTC Honor Guards, as well as a 21-gun salute.

Retired 3-star General Michael Zettler, a Springboro resident, is to make remarks. Local pastors Terry Carlisle and Wayne Mock will handle the invocation and benediction.

EARLIER: Memorial unveiling delayed in Springboro

Agenbroad will open the ceremony, the fruition of more than 30 years of work.

“I’m ecstatic,” Agenbroad. “I’m so proud.”

Wright Patt, defense firm work to protect weapons from cyber threats

Published: Friday, November 17, 2017 @ 9:07 AM
Updated: Friday, November 17, 2017 @ 9:35 AM

            Air Force Research Laboratoy headquarters at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. TY GREENLEES / STAFF FILE PHOTO
Air Force Research Laboratoy headquarters at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. TY GREENLEES / STAFF FILE PHOTO

The Air Force Research Laboratory has awarded a $47.9 million contract to a defense contractor to explore ways to protect weapon systems from cyber attacks, according to the Department of Defense.

Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp., which has an office in the Dayton region, will research the problem at Wright-Patterson, the Defense Department reported. The contract will expire in March 2023.

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“… We’re not sure that we’re addressing all of the (cyber) vulnerabilities that we need to, so building that capability to look at all our weapon systems … across the board is paramount to us,” Lt. Gen. John F. Thompson, former Air Force Life Cycle Management Center commander, said in an October 2015 interview with this newspaper.

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In other contract news, AFRL recently awarded a $15 million contract to PC Krause and Associates of West Lafayette, Ind., to reduce the amount of time to develop thermal technologies through modeling and simulation, according to the Defense Department.

The research contract at Wright-Patterson is set to end in 2021.

Loud noise from fighter jets could be heard this week

Published: Monday, November 13, 2017 @ 1:10 PM

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F-16 fighter jets are set to launch through Ohio’s skies on night training missions this week.

The Ohio Air National Guard jets with the 180th Fighter Wing will launch Monday through Thursday during the training exercise, according to the Toledo-based unit.

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The flights are weather dependent and scheduled to concluded by 10 p.m. each day, the unit reported.

The Fighting Falcon jets periodically fly in the Dayton and Springfield region.

$115K in veterans scam funds seized goes to Honor Flight Dayton

Published: Saturday, November 11, 2017 @ 10:39 PM

VIDEO: Washington Twp. twin veterans among those on Honor Flight to D.C.

Honor Flight Dayton is one of several Oho veterans groups to be awarded grants from nearly $1 million seized from a veterans charity scam.

Ohio Attorney Gen. Mike DeWine announced the grants Saturday on Veterans Day.

“We worked hard to ensure this money would be used as originally intended -- to help veterans,” DeWine said.

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“Bobby Thompson,” aka John Donald Cody, ran a scam charity called the U.S. Navy Veterans Association, collecting millions of dollars from donors nationwide. He was was convicted and sentenced in 2013 to 28 years in prison. Money seized was awarded to the Ohio Attorney General’s Office for distribution to legitimate veterans charities. 

Though the grants, each of Ohio’s five Honor Flight hubs -- Dayton, Cincinnati, Columbus, Cleveland and Findlay -- will receive $115,000 each. The program, founded in Dayton, takes veterans travel to their memorials in Washington, D.C.

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Operation Legal Help Ohio will receive $100,000 to support its mission of connecting low-income Ohio veterans to free legal hope. The group also will receive $150,000 to support Ohio’s 20 veterans’ courts, funding transportation costs for veterans traveling to required appointments, according to DeWine’s office.

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A $100,000 grand will go to Family and Community Services, DeWine’s office said, to fund repairs and appliances for a facility in Lorain that will provide housing for women veterans and their children. The facility will be called the Liberty House for Female Veterans and Families.

Also, the Ross County Veterans Council will receive $36,000 to help create a healing garden for veterans and their families at the Chillicothe VA Medical Center, and $10,000 was awarded to Toledo-based Heroes in Action, which supports service members and veterans across Ohio.

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Vandalia Pearl Harbor survivor celebrates 100th birthday at VFW

Published: Saturday, November 11, 2017 @ 9:33 PM

Vandalia Pearl Harbor survivor celebrates 100th birthday at VFW

A Vandalia Pearl Harbor survivor celebrated his belated 100th birthday on Veterans Day.

Frank Ruby woke up to the Japanese attack on Dec. 7, 1941.

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Although his birthday is Nov. 1, family and friends thought it would be fitting to celebrate the veteran and all the other American heroes Saturday at the VFW on Wilmington Pike.

“They give their lives, dedicate their lives to the mission to keep us safe and to keep us free,” Ruby’s daughter Linda Kelly said. “Veterans Day is a day we can honor them.”

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More than 2,000 U.S. service members were killed at Pearl Harbor and another 1,200 were wounded.

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