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Published: Friday, January 06, 2017 @ 11:33 AM
Throughout 2016, there were many significant milestones achieved by numerous organizations across Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. Here are some of the milestones and events tat Wright-Patterson
Maj. Gen. Robert D. Mc-Murry Jr. assumes command May 13 of the Air Force Research Laboratory, headquartered at Wright-Patterson AFB. Maj. Gen. Thomas Masiello retires after a 35-year active-duty career. Air Force officials announce in September that Mc-Murry is nominated for promotion to lieutenant general and in 2017 will become the commander of the Air Force Life Cycle Management Center headquartered at Wright-Patterson AFB. Lt. Gen. John F. Thompson, current AFLCMC commander, is nominated for assignment as commander, Space and Missile Systems Center, Air Force Space Command, Los Angeles Air Force Base, California.
Col. Bradley McDonald assumes command of the 88th Air Base Wing July 17; former commander Col. John Devillier becomes the special assistant to the Director of the Joint Chiefs of Staff for General Officer Matters at the Pentagon.
The aircraft that served as Air Force One on the day of President John F. Kennedy’s assassination, nine other presidential aircraft and a world-class collection of flight test aircraft, along with space artifacts and cargo planes, are part of National Museum of the U.S. Air Force’s new fourth building. A ceremonial ribbon-cutting event officially opens the new building to the public June 8. The $40.8 million, 224,000-square-foot fourth building, which was privately financed by the Air Force Museum Foundation, houses more than 70 aircraft, missiles and space vehicles in four new galleries – Presidential, Research and Development, Space and Global Reach. The building also houses three science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) Learning Nodes – dedicated, interactive educational spaces to accommodate student-centered, technology-enhanced learning through hands-on programs, demonstrations and lectures.
■ The 2016 Air Force Marathon on Sept. 17 and accompanying races are held for the 20th time; the turnout of more than 15,000 people running in and supporting the races brings together base personnel and community volunteers. The AF Marathon Office unveils a new logo honoring its 35 Stars – runners who have completed every race since the event started in 1997. Tailwind is named the official mascot of the Air Force Marathon and makes his first appearance.
■ Lt. Gen. John F. Thompson opens the inaugural Life Cycle Industry Days, citing the need to “out-innovate” the nation’s collective enemies. The three-day symposium offers presentations by senior Air Force and industry leaders along with themed breakout sessions centered on cyber and other issues. Situated on the University of Dayton River Campus, which was formerly world headquarters for National Cash Register Co., the symposium’s site was perhaps a fitting location for academia, industry and the government acquisition workforce to come together, as Thompson says, “to foster current relationships plus forge new ones.”
Published: Sunday, February 25, 2018 @ 9:04 AM
Updated: Sunday, February 25, 2018 @ 3:30 PM
— Flooding overnight is still affecting the area with road closures due to high water.
Published: Sunday, February 25, 2018 @ 4:00 PM
Updated: Sunday, February 25, 2018 @ 4:00 PM
MIDDLETOWN — UPDATE @ 3:30 p.m.:
The mystery of what caused loud booms Saturday night in Middletown has been solved.
Large rainfall during the removal of hot slag from the AK Steel plant caused “a louder than usual noise,” said Douglas Huffnagel from Stein.
Slag is a byproduct of the steelmaking process and can be extremely hot. When moisture hits slag, it can cause a loud noise.
Huffnagel said no one was injured and no equipment was damaged.
For more than 60 years Stein Inc. has been providing slag processing and steel mill services, according to its website.
UPDATE @ 1 a.m.
There were numerous reports of several loud explosions Saturday night, but Middletown police said on social media they were not aware of any explosions and had not responded to one.
Middletown residents reported the blasts were believed to have come from AK Steel Corp., but the company told Middletown police they were fine.
There have been numerous reports of several loud explosions Saturday night at AK Steel Corp.
Middletown dispatch confirmed they received reports of a possible explosion, but said they are not aware of the cause of the noise reported, nor where it may have occurred.
Witnesses said the blasts happened sometime around 11:20 p.m.
We are working to learn more about what happened, and whether there were any injuries.
Published: Friday, February 23, 2018 @ 4:27 AM
Updated: Sunday, February 25, 2018 @ 4:00 PM
— Many rivers are in flood stages due to the recent rains, which included a record-breaking day for Dayton, which saw 1.84 inches of rain Saturday to surpass the old daily rainfall record of 1.63 inches set in 2016.
With all the rain, the Great Miami River in Dayton is expected to crest around 7 p.m. today at 32.2 feet, Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Brett Collar said.
Other rivers are considered in minor flood stage, such as the Mad River near Springfield, the Little Miami River near Spring Valley in Greene County and the Great Miami River near Middletown in Butler County. These rivers are expected to recede heading into Monday.
The Great Miami River near Sidney is expected to crest in minor flood stage early Monday, then recede, Collar said.
There are flood alerts over the next couple days.
There’s a lag between the heavy rain and water levels rising, which is why creeks, streams and rivers won’t recede until the start to the new week, Zontini said.
The Great Miami River is expected to crest, or hit its highest levels, this weekend.
In Troy, the Great Miami River is expected to crest at 13.6 feet Sunday, and in Dayton, the river is expected to crest, also Sunday, at 32.2 feet. And in Middletown, the Great Miami River is expected to crest at 12.4 feet Sunday.
The Stillwater River in Englewood is expected to crest Monday at 33.6 feet.
When the river does crest, here are the areas that will see flooding, according to the National Weather Service.
ENGLEWOOD (Stillwater River)
DAYTON (Great Miami River)
SIDNEY (Great Miami River)
Published: Sunday, February 25, 2018 @ 4:52 AM
Updated: Sunday, February 25, 2018 @ 3:35 PM
— Partly cloudy skies are expected this afternoon. It will be dry with highs in the upper 40s. Some spots may get into the lower 50s. It also will be breezy with winds gusting over 25 mph at times, Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Brett Collar said.
Tonight: A dry and cool night is expected. Temperatures will drop into the middle 30s.
Monday: Mostly sunny skies are expected with highs in the lower to middle 50s.
Tuesday: We get back into the upper 50s with mostly sunny skies.
Wednesday: The chance for rain returns in the afternoon and evening. Highs will be in the upper 50s.