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WPAFB: Emergency response tested during base-wide exercise

Published: Friday, November 10, 2017 @ 9:02 AM

            Airmen from the 88th Air Base Wing Chaplains office review their office’s shelter-in-place checklist during a base exercise at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base Oct. 30. Sheltering in place is a procedure designed to protect individuals by having them take shelter inside a dedicated room. (U.S. Air Force photo/Wesley Farnsworth)
Airmen from the 88th Air Base Wing Chaplains office review their office’s shelter-in-place checklist during a base exercise at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base Oct. 30. Sheltering in place is a procedure designed to protect individuals by having them take shelter inside a dedicated room. (U.S. Air Force photo/Wesley Farnsworth)

Wright-Patterson Air Force Base personnel once again tested their emergency response procedures last week during 2017’s final, quarterly base-wide exercise.

Activities ranged in scope from a family assistance exercise, to a pandemic response, to an air piracy event. As with most exercises, automated external defibrillator, or AED, usage was also evaluated.

Across the base on the morning of Oct. 30, there seemed to be little outward appearance that an exercise was underway, but representatives from several installation organizations converged on the Wright-Patterson Club where a temporary Emergency Family Assistance Center, or EFAC, was being activated.

An EFAC is typically activated in conjunction with an emergency management incident and when needs are beyond the capability of the agencies primarily tasked to respond to a crisis. Following events such as an active shooter or a tornado strike, the EFAC becomes the focal point where family members of those affected by the incident can get assistance and information. The core staff includes representatives from the Chapel, Mental Health, Finance, Legal, Public Affairs, Logistics Readiness and 88th Force Support Squadron, including both Military and Civilian Personnel, and Family Services Flight.

Besides responding to a variety of exercise inputs, this particular event also provided an opportunity for the EFAC representatives to interface and work on becoming more effective in their roles in advance of a real-world event.

On Oct. 31, the most intense exercise event of the week happened within the walls of the Crisis Action Team facility. It was here that representatives of offices whose primary responsibility for carrying out the provisions of the installation Disease Containment Plan, or DCP, met in a robust “table-top” plan review. Using a scenario where a global influenza pandemic has impacted Wright-Patterson, participants were evaluated on their responses to a variety of disease and process-related topics.

At the conclusion of the four-hour, table-top exercise, participants were asked to provide their own perspectives of the team’s ability to effectively follow the DCP’s requirements and provisions. Proposals and inputs will be used to make improvements in the base’s ability to react to any possible future pandemic.

The next day, the base’s Air Piracy plan was implemented and emergency response personnel from 88th Security Forces and the base Fire Department were dispatched following an exercise notification that a hijacked aircraft was heading to Wright-Patterson. As part of the response, the base’s Anti-Hijacking Control Center was activated and representatives converged to meet the possible needs brought on by the hijacking.

During the balance of the week, smaller exercise events, such as a facility lockdown in response to a “disgruntled” employee, shelter-in-place actions and automated external defibrillator responses, played out at a variety of base locations.

Wing Inspection Team members evaluated each event and, by the end of the week, built a record of those evaluations that will go into a report to indicate what areas went well and which might need refinement.

“This fourth quarter exercise culminates a full year of challenging base members to prepare for potential emergencies, whether natural or ‘man made,’” said Carmen Riches, chief, WPAFB Exercises. “Our goal is to ensure they think ahead on how they’ll react during the crisis. This enables a much quicker response, thus saving lives.”

The next quarterly base-wide exercise is scheduled for Jan. 29 to Feb. 2.

Man arrested after stealing idling car with toddler inside

Published: Friday, January 19, 2018 @ 8:42 AM

D'Jerry Cassamajor faces several charges, including larceny of a motor vehicle, child abuse and kidnapping.
D'Jerry Cassamajor faces several charges, including larceny of a motor vehicle, child abuse and kidnapping.(

A man is accused of stealing a woman's car Thursday night with her 2-year-old son inside.

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D'Jerry Cassamajor faces several charges, including larceny of a motor vehicle, child abuse and kidnapping.

Police said Cassamajor stole the woman’s Hyundai Santa Fe after she left it running and walked into the Super Wok restaurant in north Charlotte to order food. 

After realizing her car and child were gone, the woman called friends and then 911.

“I seen a lady out there yelling and I caught the tail end of a car leaving,” one witness said. “She was worried like any mother should be..”

Officers said that after speeding away, Cassamajor wrecked the car a few blocks away, leaving the toddler in the snow.

Family members were already rushing to the crash scene and ultimately helped police make the arrest by holding Cassamajor down until officers arrived.

“As soon as we came down the street right here, he jumped out and we started chasing,” one family member said.

The Department of Social Services has been notified due to the fact that the child had been left in the car unattended.

“You don’t ever expect that to happen, but of course, you jump into to action mode because you think, ‘What if that was my child?’” a family member said.

Cassamajor is expected to face a judge on Monday.

The boy was not hurt, police said.

Crews continue to battle major fire at AK Steel in Middletown 

Published: Saturday, January 20, 2018 @ 8:58 AM

UPDATE @ 9:23 a.m: Crews continue to battle a massive fire at AK Steel in Middletown that occurred Saturday morning.

The address to the fire has been updated to the 3400 block of Lefferson Road, according to officials.

We are still working to learn details on the fire and will keep this story updated. 


Multiple fire crews are responding to the 1800 block of Crawford Street on a structure fire at AK Steele in Middletown, per initial reports. 

TRENDING: Government shutdown now official 

The incident was reported around 8:30 a.m., and is reportedly escalating.

We have a crew on the way to the scene and will update this story with additional details. 

College student dies after on-campus shooting at Wake Forest

Published: Saturday, January 20, 2018 @ 8:30 AM

Wake Fprest University.
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Wake Fprest University.(Davis Turner/Getty Images)

A 21-year-old student from Winston-Salem State University was shot and killed early Saturday after a fight broke out during a party at Wake Forest University, police said.

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The shooting occurred around 1 a.m., WXII reported. It took place on campus during a Delta Sigma Theta sorority party at The Barn, police said.

Najee Ali Baker, 21, was taken to the hospital with a gunshot wound, where he died, WXII reported.

Winston-Salem police said they responded to Wake Forest after receiving a call that a fight had occurred and a gun was fired on campus.

The Winston-Salem Police Department said they believe the shooter is no longer on campus and are looking for that person, WXII reported.

Government shutdown: What will close; will you get your Social Security check; what will happen to SNAP, WIC

Published: Thursday, January 18, 2018 @ 12:35 PM

What You Need to Know: Government Shutdown

Update: While the House passed legislation on Thursday to fund government  services, the Senate on Friday failed to vote on a continuing resolution that would keep the government up and running. With no bill to fund the government, non-essential services have been shutdown. 

Below is the original story that explains what will happen now that the government has been shut down.

The fight over a border wall, the fate of nearly 800,000 DACA recipients, and the wrangling over the funding of an insurance program for children could force a U.S. government shutdown after midnight on Friday if Congress does not pass legislation that would keep the government running.

While negotiations on a temporary spending bill, called a continuing resolution, are ongoing, House Republican leaders said late Wednesday that  they lacked the votes to prevent a shutdown, but that they are pressing members to back Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, (R-Wisconsin), on the  temporary spending bill.

“I think it passes,” Republican Study Committee Chairman Mark Walker, (R-North Carolina), told reporters on Wednesday. “I don’t think it’s overwhelming, but I think it passes.”

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What would happen if no bill is passed and the government “shuts down?” Here’s what to expect:

First, a government shutdown doesn’t mean the government completely shuts down. Employees and services deemed “essential” would remain in place. About half of the federal employee workforce, however, could be furloughed – sent home without pay.

Government agencies would shut down because of the lack of a bill that funds services those agencies provide. What Congress will be considering Thursday night and Friday is a continuing resolution, a way to temporarily fund the government.

What is a continuing resolution?
A continuing resolution, or “CR,” is legislation that funds government operations at the current spending level. In normal years, a bill that funds government operations is signed by Oct. 1, which is the end of the fiscal year. That didn’t happen this year.

CRs can fund the government for days, weeks or months. The CR that could be considered Thursday would fund the government through Feb. 16.

Here is a list of services and how they would be affected if a CR is not passed by Friday night:
Air travel
Air travel would not be affected as federal air traffic controllers would remain on the job and Transportation Security Administration screeners would remain in place.
Federal court
For about two weeks, federal courts would continue operating normally. After that time, the judiciary would have to furlough employees not considered essential.
Food safety
The Food and Drug Administration would handle high-risk recalls. Most routine safety inspections would be halted.
Patients in the National Institutes of Health would continue to be treated. New patients would not be accepted until a funding bill is in place.
International travel 
You could still get a passport and visa applications would still be processed by the State Department. Fees collected when someone applies for a visa or a passport fund those services.
The Federal Housing Administration, the agency that guarantees about 30 percent of all American home mortgages, wouldn't be able to underwrite or approve any new loans during a shutdown, causing a delay for those using one of those loans to purchase a home. 
The mail
You would still get mail, as the U.S. Postal Service is not funded by taxpayer dollars for everyday operations.
Active-duty military personnel would stay on duty, but their paychecks would be delayed.
National parks
All national parks would be closed, as would the Smithsonian museums. Visitors in overnight campgrounds in national parks would be given 48 hours to make alternate arrangements and leave the park.
School lunches, SNAP and WIC
School breakfasts and lunches funded by the federal government would not be affected. The Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children, or WIC, could be affected. The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP, which used to be called the Food Stamp Program, would continue to be funded and SNAP benefits would continue to be distributed. But several smaller feeding programs would not have the money to operate.
The National Weather Service would keep forecasting weather.
Social Security
Social Security, Medicare and unemployment benefits would be paid, but new applications for those payments could be delayed. 
Veterans services
Most services offered through the Department of Veterans Affairs would continue.

Sources: The Associated Press; Politicothe Congressional Research Service