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Published: Thursday, February 08, 2018 @ 6:44 PM
Updated: Friday, February 09, 2018 @ 5:42 AM
WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE — UPDATE @5:40 a.m.
The House voted 240-186 to end a government shutdown.
The bill will now go to President Trump.
UPDATE @12:50 a.m.
The U.S. government was ordered to close at midnight.
Vice President Mike Pence said the Trump administration is “hopeful” the government shutdown will not last long.
Wright-Patterson employees were told to show up for work Friday even if Congress fails to reach a budget agreement to avoid a shutdown at midnight Thursday, a base official said.
“We will follow the standard procedure that we did the last time” the base shuttered for a three-day partial federal government closure last month, said Marie Vanover, a base spokeswoman.
Sen. Rand Paul is holding up a vote on the Senate budget deal, saying he can’t in “all good faith” move ahead with the deal without more debate.
The Kentucky Republican says he came to Congress to fight deficits. But now, he says, Republicans and Democrats are “spending us into oblivion.”
Lawmakers are facing a midnight deadline. The deal pending in the Senate must first pass the Senate, then the House and be signed into law to avoid a government shutdown. The deal appears to have the votes to pass, but rules of the Senate allow individual senators to hold up the process.
Paul brushed off pleas from Senate leaders.
Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says, “It’s time to vote.” Minority Leader Chuck Schumer says, “We’re in risky territory here.”
The shutdown that struck Jan. 20-22 sent about 8,600 base civil service employees home on a one-day work week furlough. Employees were required to report to work to receive notices.
All military personnel and some “essential” employee, such as police, firefighters and medical personnel ,also were required to work during the shutdown last month.
The National Museum of the U.S. Air Force opened for four hours on the first day of the shutdown before it received an order to close.
Sen Rand Paul R-KY just objected to the plan from Majority Leader McConnell to move ahead with budget deal votes— Jamie Dupree (@jamiedupree) February 8, 2018
Dayton Aviation Heritage National Historical Park sites, including the Wright-Dunbar Interpretive Center in Dayton and Huffman Prairie Flying Field Interpretive Center near Wright-Patterson, also temporarily shuttered.
The Associated Press contributed to this reportTweets by Ohio_Politics
Published: Friday, February 16, 2018 @ 4:49 PM
WASHINGTON — As he scanned the names of the past winners of the Peabody award for broadcast journalism, Reed Smith, a professor of journalism at Georgia Southern University, came across the name Cecil Brown of CBS and admitted he “had never heard of him before.”
It began a four-year effort by Smith that culminated last November in the release of his book, “Cecil Brown: The Murrow Boy Who Became Broadcasting’s Crusader for Truth.” It’s the story of an Ohio State University student from 1929 who reached the pinnacle of broadcast journalism during World War II and the era of Joseph McCarthy in the 1950s.
Smith became fascinated with Brown’s story and it is easy to see why. As a CBS Radio broadcaster in Singapore in December 1941 he nearly lost his life when Japanese torpedo bombers sank the British battlecruiser Repulse in the South China Sea. Brown was a correspondent on the Repulse.
His gripping minute-by-minute account of the disaster for CBS, which also included the destruction of the British battleship Prince of Wales, earned him the Peabody award and transformed him into one of the best-known correspondents of World War II.
“There were upwards of a thousand sailors who died during that attack,” Smith said. “He was not wounded during attack and fortunately was able to get off the ship. A British sailor reached out in the water off a Carley Float and grabbed him. Cecil thought he had just about had it. It was pretty miraculous.”
Brown also was known for his legendary battles with Italian and British censors in World II as they tried to block or alter his broadcasts, prompting Smith to describe Brown as “very feisty. He was a big First Amendment guy and he became quite exasperated when anybody tried to curtail his freedom of the press.”
For Smith, 68, it was a case of one Ohio man meeting another. Smith, a graduate of Ohio University who earned an M.A. from Bowling Green and then a Ph.D from Ohio University, grew up in New Concord. Brown, who died in 1987, was raised in Warren, married a woman from Columbus who is still alive in Los Angeles at age 104.
He left Ohio State nine hours short of a degree in 1929 and worked as a reporter for a number of years before Edward R. Murrow hired him at CBS Radio in 1940 and assigned him to cover the war from Rome.
Brown reported in an entirely different era than today when journalists are under relentless attacks from President Donald Trump and many conservatives.
Published: Thursday, February 15, 2018 @ 5:30 PM
WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE — A new $10.5 million gateway that will consolidate two Wright-Patterson entrances into one is set to begin construction next month, a base spokesman says.
A new Gate 26A, a few hundred yards from the current one, would replace a commercial delivery entrance at Gate 16A off Ohio 444, and the existing Gate 26A off Ohio 235 near the entrance to the 445th Airlift Wing headquarters.
The new entrance way off Ohio 235 will be sited between Sandhill Road and Circle Drive, according to Wright-Patterson spokesman Daryl Mayer.
Work was scheduled for completion at the end of next year, the base said.
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Published: Wednesday, February 14, 2018 @ 6:04 PM
WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE — A real-life Top Gun is scheduled to be at a screening of Top Gun 3D at the Air Force Museum Theatre.
Retired Navy Capt. Ken Ginader, a former Top Gun instructor and F-14 pilot, was set to speak at the screening of film, set for 6:30 p.m. Thursday. Doors open at 6 p.m.
Ginader is the first speaker in the 2018 Living History Film Series at the museum.
Tickets cost $12 for audience members, or $10 for members of Friends of the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force.
For more information, click onto http://www.afmuseum.com/livinghistory .
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Published: Friday, February 09, 2018 @ 9:20 AM
WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE — President Donald Trump has signed a two-year budget deal Friday that ended a government shutdown overnight Thursday, according to The Associated Press.
Wright-Patterson employees were told to report to work Friday despite a possible shutdown and had been in a holding pattern waiting for additional word until the president signed the legislation.
Base spokesman Daryl Mayer said no orders had been issued to send civil service employees home and the base was awaiting official word the shutdown — which lasted less than nine hours — was over.
The National Museum of the U.S. Air Force, which closed after opening for four hours on the first day of a three-day shutdown last month, opened Friday morning as scheduled, according to spokeswoman Diana Bachert.
Dayton Aviation Heritage National Historical Park locations at the Wright-Dunbar Interpretive Center in Dayton and Huffman Prairie Flying Field Interpretive Center near Wright-Patterson also were open.
The partial federal government shutdown was the second in less than three weeks, the last occurring Jan.20-22.
Wright-Patterson sent home 8,600 Wright-Patterson civil service workers on a one-day work week furlough Monday, Jan. 22.