Wright Patt: Physician part of Air Force’s global health initiative

Published: Friday, July 07, 2017 @ 10:26 AM


            U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. (Dr.) Glenn Burns demonstrates how to communicate and read a patient’s symptoms during a cardiac arrest event using the METIman during the Advance Cardiovascular Life Support class in the simulation center at the military hospital in Kigali, Rwanda, May 3. Basic Life Support and Advanced Cardiac Life Support are part of phase four of the Defense Institute for Medical Operations program funded by the African military education to establish a reliable simulation center for the Rwanda military hospital to support United Nations peace-keeping operations.(U.S. Air Force photo/Ruth A. Medinavillanueva)
U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. (Dr.) Glenn Burns demonstrates how to communicate and read a patient’s symptoms during a cardiac arrest event using the METIman during the Advance Cardiovascular Life Support class in the simulation center at the military hospital in Kigali, Rwanda, May 3. Basic Life Support and Advanced Cardiac Life Support are part of phase four of the Defense Institute for Medical Operations program funded by the African military education to establish a reliable simulation center for the Rwanda military hospital to support United Nations peace-keeping operations.(U.S. Air Force photo/Ruth A. Medinavillanueva)

Lt. Col. (Dr.) Glenn Burns’ passion for improving health has taken him around the world – to 65 countries and counting.

Commander of the 88th Emergency Services Flight, 88th Medical Operations Squadron, 88th Medical Group, Burns travels extensively because he is a recognized international health specialist and master educator. He is often accompanied by personally hand-picked medical specialists as well as medical residents, so they can develop their expertise in global health engagement missions.

Burns also is an associate professor of emergency medicine and pediatrics at the Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine, Department of Emergency Medicine and Division of Pediatric Critical Care.

During the past year he’s traveled on missions to Rwanda six times and also to Laos, Cambodia, the Philippines and Thailand as part of joint operations between the Department of State and U.S. combatant commanders. His next venture will be to the Ukraine.

The Department of State works with such commanders to determine what regional needs are and how the U.S. military may cooperate with that country on improvement and stabilization efforts.

Burns joined the Air Force in 1997 and has devoted much of the last decade to global health engagement, he said, and wants more Air Force personnel to know about the opportunities such work affords.

“The International Health Specialist Program is a great opportunity, along with the Defense Institute for Medical Operations Program. They are looking for people with competitive academic credentials and experience, along with a certain amount of cultural competence,” Burns said.

He became passionate about global health because he wanted to do something different in his Air Force career.

“The Air Force tells you to expand your horizons and look for opportunities. I’ve always had an interest in preventive medicine, disaster medicine and global health and how to make the world a better place. You can make huge impacts when you work in international health,” he said.

As an example, he cited his most recent trip in May to Kigali, Rwanda, to help establish a reliable simulation center for the military hospital there to support United Nations peace-keeping operations. The DIMO-funded missions are assisting the Rwandan military with training their physicians to become their own instructors.

“Now they can train their own trainers so they can practice the same standards as we do and they can certify their own people,” Burns pointed out. “A big goal of what we do is to assist other countries to build capabilities they might not have otherwise.”

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In Rwanda he helped personnel meet one of the United Nations’ standards of managing a cardiac patient’s arrest and survival.

“The Rwandan personnel were amazing to work with,” he said. “They are extremely open, receptive and excited learners who follow up with in-depth questions. Teaching there was very rewarding. ”

Burns said he is proud to be a part of Air Force Materiel Command’s culture of expertise and footprint in sending forth pockets of international health specialists.

He said he is thankful that his work is so well supported by Air Force Medical Service leadership, including Col. Shari Silverman, 88 MDG commander.

But the lieutenant colonel is away from home frequently, which can be a challenge to his spouse, Lt. Col. (Dr.) Cassandra Burns, a pediatric neurologist in the 88 MDG, and their three children, ages 16 to 5.

“They don’t like it when Dad is gone, and Dad doesn’t like it when Dad is gone,” he laughed. “But such work helps me expand the next generation of Air Force physicians so they get the knowledge and wisdom of what we’re doing. They are learning how to practice international medicine.”

Burns is encouraging Airmen to retrain and pursue a career change as an international health specialist or if not interested in a medical career, enter the Language Enabled Airman Program. LEAP sustains, enhances and utilizes the existing language skills and talents of Airmen across specialties and careers.

“When I hear people on base speaking a second language, I ask them if they are a ‘LEAPster.’ We don’t have enough such Airmen who have this expertise; we need more for international missions,” Burns said.

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Jennifer Aniston, Justin Theroux announce separation

Published: Thursday, February 15, 2018 @ 6:53 PM

Jennifer Aniston Through The Years

Jennifer Aniston and her husband, director Justin Theroux, are separating after two years of marriage.

The couple announced the separation in a statement to The Associated Press Thursday. 

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“Normally we would do this privately, but given that the gossip industry cannot resist an opportunity to speculate and invent, we wanted to convey the truth directly,” the statement released by Aniston’s publicist Stephen Huvane said. “Whatever else is printed about us that is not directly from us, is someone else’s fictional narrative. Above all, we are determined to maintain the deep respect and love that we have for one another.”

The announcement was made “in an effort to reduce any further speculation,” according to the statement.

People reported that Aniston and Theroux met in 2008 but started dating in 2011. Theroux proposed to Aniston on his 41st birthday in August 2012. 

The pair had a surprise wedding in 2015, weeks before Theroux turned 44. 

According to People, the couple had been spending time apart. Aniston celebrated her 49th birthday without Theroux, but was with Courteney Cox and other friends in Los Angeles. Theroux was seen in New York.

Huvane  told The AP the decision to separate “was mutual and lovingly made at the end of last year.” The couple has no children.

This was the first marriage for Theroux. He dated hair stylist Heidi Bivens for 14 years before they spit in 2011. Aniston was married to Brad Pitt from 2000 to 2005.

As for the future, Aniston and Theroux said they are “two best friends who have decided to part ways as a couple, but look forward to continuing our cherished friendship.”

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Over 300 without power in Butler Twp. after tree falls on wires

Published: Thursday, February 22, 2018 @ 4:12 AM
Updated: Thursday, February 22, 2018 @ 4:47 AM

Tree down in Butler Township causes hundreds of outages

Dayton Power & Light is reporting 313 without power after a tree fell on wires in Butler Twp.

The tree fell in the area of Little York Road and Stoner Drive shortly before 4 a.m., according to reports.

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The tree is off to the side of the road and is not blocking any lanes, but police have the roadway closed.

Power is expected to be restored by 7:30 a.m., according to DP&L.

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Wet morning commute; Winter Weather Advisory for northern counties

Published: Thursday, February 22, 2018 @ 3:52 AM

Meteorologist Kirstie Zontini breaks down the commutes for Thursday.

Winter Weather Advisory for the following counties until 11 a.m: Mercer, Auglaize, Logan

Flood Watch for the following counties from 7 p.m. Thursday through 10 a.m. Sunday: Butler, Warren, Clinton

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QUICK-LOOK FORECAST

  • Slight chance for freezing rain in northern Miami Valley
  • Wet morning commute for everyone today
  • Rounds of rain Friday, Saturday

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DETAILED FORECAST

TODAY: A Winter Weather Advisory is in effect in the far north due to the possibility of light freezing rain. The best chance for freezing rain and slick roads are in Mercer, Auglaize, and Logan counties where temperatures will be close to 32 degrees. Even spots north of I-70, road sensors are showing temperatures in the upper 30s and low 40s, which limits potential icy roads. Drivers in the Winter Weather Advisory locations should still take their time and watch bridges, overpasses, and elevated surfaces where, if cold enough, could see some freezing rain. Dayton area and points south will deal with a wet morning drive with steady rain through the morning. Everyone should take it slow to prevent hydroplaning. Temperatures today will be cooler in the mid 40s with dry weather for the afternoon and evening hours. 

>>5-Day Forecast

FRIDAY: More rain pushes in Friday morning and will continue through most of the day. It will fall heavy at times, keeping the roads wet and the flood threat alive. Mild temperatures for the day with highs reaching around 60 degrees. They’ll be a lull in the rain at night. 

SATURDAY: The last day of widespread rain with scattered showers moving back in for the morning. Rain is expected to fall heavy at times for the afternoon and evening with thunderstorms and strong winds possible. Ponding on the roads and a flood threat to creeks, streams, and rivers will be possible as well. High peak around 60 degrees. 

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SUNDAY: A cold front will wipe through the area early Sunday, bring an end to the rain. Temperatures will remain pleasant in the low to mid 50s with sunshine late in the day. 

>>County-by-County Weather

MONDAY: A nice start to the new week with sunshine, a few clouds, and no rain. It’ll be cooler with highs around 50 degrees. 

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Water gushes from main break in Dayton

Published: Thursday, February 22, 2018 @ 2:13 AM

Water main break in Dayton

UPDATE @ 2:55 a.m: No residents were affected after a water main break occurred on Free Pike at Brumbaugh Boulevard Thursday morning, according to city workers.

Crews were able to contain the water main break that was dispatched at 12:50 a.m. 

When crews arrived on scene, water was gushing from the road surface. 

The situation is now under control, and more crews from the water department will come to the scene later today to further assess the situation. 

>> WHIO Doppler 7 Interactive Radar

INITIAL REPORT

The water department has been requested to the scene of a water main break that occurred on Free Pike at Brumbaugh Boulevard early Thursday morning.

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The incident was dispatched around 12:50 a.m., per initial reports. 

No lanes are blocked as a result of the break and officials are on scene as well. 

We will continue to monitor the water main break and update this story with additional details. 

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