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.

Father’s dying wish fulfilled as his 7 daughters stage wedding ceremony

Published: Saturday, October 21, 2017 @ 9:09 AM

Wedding dresses.
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Wedding dresses.(Miquel Benitez/WireImage)

Seven brides for one dying father.

An Ohio man was granted his final wish shortly before he died from brain cancer, as he got to give away his seven daughters in a bridal ceremony.

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William L. “Willie” Shelton died on Oct. 16 at the age of 44. Only one of his daughters is married, but all seven of them decided to create a ceremony so the former U.S. Army sergeant could experience the thrill of seeing all of them in wedding dresses, WJW reported.

“The one constant was always, ‘I want to see my girls grow up, and I want to walk them down the aisle,’” Shelton’s wife, Cheryl Shelton, told WJW.

Willie Shelton’s hospice center, along with a photographer and hair stylist, helped put the daughters’ plan into action within a few days.

"We had this idea we put together in three days,” Cheryl Shelton told WJW. “We got all the wedding gowns for the girls and hospice helped us out a great deal with some of the planning.”


The father was told that he would be giving away his daughter, Emily Flinn, who was renewing her vows with her husband, Tyler Flinn.

“We got married at a courthouse, so there wasn't the formality to it where he could actually give me away,” Emily Flinn said.

“He had no clue that this was going on and everybody got dressed, so I said, ‘She is going to have all the girls be the bridesmaids and everything for her.’ Little did he know that they were all going to be brides,” Cheryl Shelton told WJW.

Three days later, with Willie Shelton wearing his dress uniform in a backyard ceremony, each of his daughters came out of the house, one at a time, all in wedding gowns.

“He looked a little confused, and then it was just great to see everybody,” Flinn told WJW.

“This was very touching for him, and it was a dream that we could fulfill to the best or the closest we could possibly do,” Cheryl Shelton said.

Willie Shelton was helped out of his wheelchair and stood with his daughters during the ceremony, WJW reported.

“I always assumed that my dad would be there to walk me down the aisle, and when the possibility was there that he wasn't going to be able to -- this was everything,” Lindsey Shelton told WJW

Less than two weeks after the ceremony, Willie Shelton passed away -- but his daughters will carry his memory with them.

All seven daughters will receive a locket in which they will have a photo of their father with them in a wedding dress.

The words, "A father's love never ends," will be engraved on the back.

Florida man arrested after bombs, ammo, school maps found in home

Published: Friday, October 20, 2017 @ 9:55 PM

Bombs, Ammo, School Maps Found In Florida Home, Man Arrested

A Florida man was arrested after homemade bombs, an AK-47 assault rifle, ammunition and school maps were discovered inside his bedroom. 

Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri said in a news conference Thursday that deputies were set to search the home Randall Drake, 24, of Dunedin, Florida, shared with his parents for a child pornography investigation.

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During a search of Drake’s bedroom on Wednesday, authorities said detectives found explosives and numerous firearms in a locked closet, The Associated Press reported.

The weapons included the following:

  • An AK-47 rifle with a 60-round clip
  • A .308-caliber rifle
  • A .50-caliber pistol
  • A 12-gauge shotgun
  • Numerous other handguns
  • About 15 knives
  • A baseball bat with protruding nails in it 
  • A crossbow
  • Brass knuckles
  • A container of gunpowder
  • More than 2,300 rounds of ammunition
  • Three incendiary devices
  • A homemade silencer
  • Tactical vests

Detectives also said they found a map and aerial images of an elementary and middle school in Tampa, Florida, as well as the Hillsborough County Water Treatment Plant. According to deputies, journals and a handwritten letter that talked about revenge were also discovered.

In this undated photo released by the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office, a weapons cache is shown in the home of Randall Drake.(Pinellas County Sheriff's Office via AP/AP)

Gualtieri said his office is trying to figure out why Drake had the incendiary devices and what he was going to do with them.

Drake has since posted $20,000 bond. He faces two charges of unlawfully making, possessing or attempting to make a destructive device.

Ex-Gators quarterback Chris Leak loses teaching license after allegedly asking student to touch his genitals

Published: Friday, October 20, 2017 @ 10:23 PM
Updated: Saturday, October 21, 2017 @ 8:32 AM

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former Florida Gators quarterback did not contest allegations that he asked an underage student to touch him inappropriately.

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Edgewater High School football coach and Art Recovery teacher Chris Leak, who played quarterback at the University of Florida just before Tim Tebow, voluntarily surrendered his Florida Educator’s Certificate amid allegations that, around Sept. 5, 2016, he received a massage from a 15-year-old female student and asked the student to touch his penis, according to an order filed by the Florida Education Practices Commission on Tuesday. 

Leak allegedly was wearing only a towel when he received the massage.

As a condition of the voluntary surrender of his certificate, Leak will never have the certificate reinstated and will not be allowed to apply for a new one. He also chooses “not to contest any of the allegations or charges” levied against him in the Administrative Complaint, according to documents.

“My client voluntarily talked with the police and denied the allegations,” said Leak’s lawyer, Tim Jansen. “No charges were filed and the investigation was closed last year. He has no plans to teach in the future. He maintains his innocence.” 

Dayton thief drops T-bone steaks down his shorts

Published: Saturday, October 21, 2017 @ 4:37 AM

Police are searching for a man who dropped three T-bone steaks down his shorts.

Officers were dispatched at 8:40 p.m. Friday to Groceryland, 1451 Troy St. in Dayton to a report of a theft.

The store manager told police he was walking down the meat aisle when he became suspicious by the behavior of a man talking to another customer. The manager later saw the man run out the front entrance. He ran after him, but lost sight of him after he went behind the store, according to a Dayton police report.

The manager showed police surveillance video footage, which shows the thief grab three T-bone steaks, which each cost between $10 and $20. Then, in a different aisle, the suspect places the steaks down his shorts, the report stated.

No arrests have been made.