Milestone events at Wright-Patterson in 2016

Published: Friday, January 06, 2017 @ 11:33 AM

            Maj. Gen. Robert D. Mc-Murry Jr. assumes command May 13 of the Air Force Research Laboratory, headquartered at Wright-Patterson AFB.

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.”

■ AFRL hosts the 2016 AFRL Commanders Challenge event Dec. 9-16 in Las Vegas at the Nevada National Security Site. Teams from six bases, including Wright-Patterson AFB, had six months and $50,000 to develop a solution that could sense, predict, intercept, deny and recover an unmanned aerial system. At the conclusion of the event it is announced that Wright-Patterson AFB and Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland are awarded the trophy for the best system in a first-ever tie for the competition.

Dumpster-diving woman turns trash into cash

Published: Saturday, April 29, 2017 @ 3:22 AM

A Texas woman is finding makeup in Dumpsters and selling it to help pay her college loans.
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When school loans loom, post-college graduates have to make up ways to earn money to pay them off.

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So a Texas woman goes Dumpster diving to find makeup, and then sells it to help pay those loans, WGN reported.

Shelbi, who did not provide her last name, works full time in environmental regulations. At night, she and a friend go undercover, looking for makeup.

"We leave the house around 9 because most businesses around us close at that time," she told WGN. “We will basically go to the back of the stores with our headlamps and gloves and protective gear, protective shoes and see what we can find."

She finds food, vitamins, perfume, furniture, full bottles of unopened alcohol and cosmetics, WGN reported. She says that is the treasure of all treasures in trash bins near her home. She's so good at it, she regularly posts videos on YouTube all about the hunt and all about her finds.

"For me, if you're going seven nights a week, hitting five Dumpsters a night, you'll be successful at least four of those seven nights," she says.

Shelbi said she targets stores like Ulta Beauty, Bed Bath and Beyond, T.J. Maxx and even grocery stores.

She says the trick is to know the schedules of your favorite stores and be persistent.

Shelbi says her adventures first began in college, she says, when she was really broke. She sold discarded furniture on Facebook, but now focuses on makeup. She told WGN that she probably collected between $10,000-$15,000 in goods.

Shelbi says she doesn't do it just for the money or the thrill. She says it’s about the environment and keeping what she calls perfectly good items out of landfills. She claims she wants to make people aware how wasteful corporate America can be.

"To get people's attention and get them involved it usually takes a visual representation and I’ve found that Dumpster diving is how I can really get that message out there,” she told WGN.

U.S. 35 at I-75 reopened following closure due to high water

Published: Saturday, April 29, 2017 @ 2:15 AM

UPDATE @ 2:57 a.m.

Both directions of U.S. 35 have reopened after briefly closing due to high waters Saturday, according to dispatchers.

Waters have receded in the areas of James H. McGee and I-75, however, water is still high in some portions of U.S. 35.


East and westbound U.S. 35 at I-75 is blocked while crews address heavy flooding in the area. 

Crews were dispatched to the highway around 2 a.m. on reports of impassible roads and heavy flooding. 

Initial reports indicate traffic is being diverted from U.S. 35 to I-75 north, according to initial reports. 

Callers into this newsroom have also reported high waters on eastbound U.S. 35. at James H. McGee.

We will continue to monitor highway conditions and post updates here.

Dayton fire crews encounter heavy flames at reported house fire

Published: Saturday, April 29, 2017 @ 2:43 AM

Dayton fire crews are responding to a house fire on Adelite Avenue Saturday morning. Jordyn Huffman/Staff

Dayton fire crews are responding to a reported house fire Saturday morning.

Firefighters were dispatched to a home at the intersection of McCall Street and Adelite Avenue, according to dispatchers. 

Our crew reports heavy flames are coming from the structure as crews attempt to enter the house. 

Dispatchers said it is unknown if anyone was home at the time the fire was reported. 

We are working to learn what caused the fire and if anyone was injured as a result.

Texas parents concerned about bathroom cameras in park

Published: Saturday, April 29, 2017 @ 2:36 AM

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Concerned parents are questioning why cameras were installed in a public restroom at a Texas park.

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Patrick McGrath thought teenagers were joking about security video cameras mounted inside the bathrooms at the Springtown Park, until he saw them for himself, KDFW reported.

"To see who's going in is what they're trying to get after," he said, "so why put it in the bathroom?" McGrath told KDFW. "I'm not gonna bring my kids out here to use the bathroom.”

The cameras were approved and paid for by the city. Springtown Police Chief Tony Motley, who began serving at the department in August, said he had no idea the cameras were there. 

“Anytime that you have public structure like this in a park that may not always be under observation," Motley said, "part of being safe and protecting public funds you want a higher level of security.”

Motley said the cameras were installed three years ago and are in a fixed position showing only a person walking in or out or the restroom. He says it does not show any of the stalls.

The only people authorized to see the recorded video from the cameras are Motley, his officers and the city secretary because she supervises the Parks Department. All of them go through background checks, KDFW reported.