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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.
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

Milestones

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.

Events

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.

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Flooding and high waters affect roads across area

Published: Sunday, February 25, 2018 @ 9:04 AM
Updated: Sunday, February 25, 2018 @ 3:30 PM

Many rivers in the Dayton area are in flood stages due to all the rain that we've gotten over the last few weeks.

Flooding overnight is still affecting the area with road closures due to high water.

>> Trooper: Turn around when water covers roadway

  • Central Avenue is closed at the city limits of West Carrollton and Miamisburg
  • Part of Treibein Road in Beavercreek is closed
  • State Route 725 is closed between Penewit and Lower Bellbrook roads in Spring Valley
  • Lower Springboro Road is closed from Pioneer Boulevard in Springboro to Fourth Street in Franklin
  • Franklin-Trenton Road is closed from Martz-Paulin Road to the city of Franklin
  • The 200 block of Corwin Avenue is closed in Wayne Twp.
  • The 5000 block of Middletown Road at the covered bridge is closed in Wayne Twp.

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NEW DETAILS: Source of loud booms in Middletown identified

Published: Sunday, February 25, 2018 @ 4:00 PM
Updated: Sunday, February 25, 2018 @ 4:00 PM

Aerial view of the AK Steel Middletown Works.  The big steel producer covers more than 2,700 acres in the city to operate coke ovens, a blast furnace, hot strip mill and more than a dozen other steel production related processes.   TY GREENLEES / STAFF
Ty Greenlees
Aerial view of the AK Steel Middletown Works. The big steel producer covers more than 2,700 acres in the city to operate coke ovens, a blast furnace, hot strip mill and more than a dozen other steel production related processes. TY GREENLEES / STAFF(Ty Greenlees)

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.

EARLIER

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.

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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.

Got a tip? Call our monitored 24-hour line, 937-259-2237, or send it to newsdesk@cmgohio.com.

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Area rivers in flood stage due to recent rain

Published: Friday, February 23, 2018 @ 4:27 AM
Updated: Sunday, February 25, 2018 @ 4:00 PM

Many rivers in the Dayton area are in flood stages due to all the rain that we've gotten over the last few weeks.

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.

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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.

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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.

By Riverscape and whitewater chute
  • Flood Advisory until 6 p.m. for Champaign and Clark counties and 6:15 p.m. for Clinton, Greene, Montgomery and Warren counties
  • Flood Warning through 6 p.m. Monday along the Little Miami River in parts of Greene and Warren counties
  • Along the Great Miami River, a Flood Warning lasts through 7:32 p.m. Monday in Shelby County; and to 8:30 p.m. Monday in Butler County near Middletown

>> Kasich declares emergency over Ohio flooding

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.

>> Flooding: Know your risks

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.

>> WHIO Doppler 7 Interactive Radar

When the river does crest, here are the areas that will see flooding, according to the National Weather Service.

ENGLEWOOD (Stillwater River)

  • 23 feet: Martindale Road, Old Springfield Road and the road to the MetroPark are all closed
  • 25 feet: Martindale Road, old Springfield Road and the road to the MetroPark are covered by 2 to 3 feet of water

DAYTON (Great Miami River)

  • 27.5 feetBike trail will be flooded
  • 30 feet: Flooding occurs near Rip Rap Road between Bridgewater and Little York roads near Huber Heights

SIDNEY (Great Miami River)

  • 10 feet: The river approaches the bank on the west side of Custenborder Field. At stages above 10 feet, city officials begin flood operations.
  • 11 feet: Custenborder Field has some flooding of perimeter areas, along with flooding occurring in low spots on Miami River Road
  • 12 feet: The river reaches the bank on Riverside Drive, with flooding of Custenborder Field at the east river intake. Homes and properties will experience flooding along the river on Riverside Drive from the BK Root Beer stand to the city limits
MIDDLETOWN (Great Miami River)
  • 11 feetSome flooding occurs on private property areas along either side of Ohio 73 from the east side of the river approaching Excello. Middletown is protected by levees and floodgates to 24 feet.

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Dry time to start the week

Published: Sunday, February 25, 2018 @ 4:52 AM
Updated: Sunday, February 25, 2018 @ 3:35 PM

Dry conditions are expected in the Dayton area to start the week.

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.

QUICK-LOOK FORECAST

  • Flood Advisory until 6 p.m. for Champaign and Clark counties and 6:15 p.m. for Clinton, Greene, Montgomery and Warren counties
  • Streams, creeks and rivers may still rise through today
  • More sunshine to start the week
  • Rain returns Wednesday and Thursday

>>WHIO Doppler 7 Interactive Radar

DETAILED FORECAST

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.

Thursday: Rain showers are expected with highs in the middle 50s.

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