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.

Local teacher arrested in death of pedestrian in hit and run crash 

Published: Monday, November 20, 2017 @ 5:41 PM
Updated: Tuesday, November 21, 2017 @ 6:52 AM

Crash victim's family files wrongful death lawsuit

UPDATE @ 6:53 a.m. (Nov. 21)

Our newsroom is working to gather more information on the arrest of Kristine M. Baggs, 40, of Springfield. She was booked into Clark County Jail Monday afternoon around 5 p.m. 

She is listed as a teacher in family and consumer science at Kenton Ridge High School. She made $52,788 in 2016, according to the Dayton Daily News Payroll Project.


A Northeastern School District teacher has been indicted in a deadly hit and run pedestrian accident that killed a man standing on North Tecumseh Road in Bethel Twp. last year.

Kristine Baggs is charged with failure to stop after an accident, tampering with evidence and two counts of vehicular manslaughter, according to the Clark County Common Pleas Court website. 

Lawrence J. Mason, 45, of Medway was struck and killed by a silver 2015 Dodge Durango in September 2016, according to an Ohio State Highway Patrol crash report. The vehicle and driver left the scene, according to investigators.

The vehicle was later traced to the Baggs family, and Mason’s family filed a wrongful death lawsuit.

Baggs was arrested Monday afternoon, more than a year after the deadly accident.

"I'm hoping the family may have some justice for their loved one with Ms. Baggs going to jail for this indictment and charges," said Lt. Brian Aller, commander of the Ohio State Highway Patrol's Springfield post. 

Kristine Baggs is a teacher in the Northeastern School District, Superintendent John Kronour said. 

Kronour said he couldn't comment until he knows more about the situation. 

She hasn't been suspended or put on leave at this time. 

"Not yet, but I anticipate that might be forthcoming," Kronour said.

5 things to love about the Ohio State-Michigan rivalry, even if you don’t like sports

Published: Tuesday, November 21, 2017 @ 8:07 AM

Brutus Buckeye directs the band after Ohio State's win over Michigan

It’s that time of year again — Michigan Week.

Ohio State and Michigan will battle Saturday during the 114th edition of the rivalry. OSU coach Urban Meyer is 5-0 against Michigan, and he’ll move into third on the Ohio State list of most wins against the Wolverines if the Buckeyes win on Saturday. He’s currently tied with his mentor, Earle Bruce, who was 5-4.

But even if you don’t care about sports, there are still plenty of reasons to find the Ohio State-Michigan rivalry interesting. Here are five:

1. Ohio and Michigan have been battling against each other off the field since the 1800s

Issues between Michigan and Ohio started during a dispute in 1835 and 1836. The states argued over ownership of the Toledo Strip, drawing state borderlines.

“This famed rivalry did not get started on the football field, but rather a conflict over the Toledo Strip. The conflict erupted when both Ohio and Michigan claimed Toledo as a part of their statehood petition. After a brief and bloodless battle, Ohio gained the disputed area from Michigan,” Ohio State said on its website.

2. Ohio State once insisted they play against Michigan in a blizzard

Ohio State insisted on playing against Michigan at Ohio Stadium in Columbus on Nov. 25, 1950 during a raging blizzard. On that Saturday, five inches of snow had already fallen before the game kicked off, and it kept falling during the game. Winds gusted to almost 30 mph, creating near white-out conditions at times. It was the worst blizzard to strike Columbus in 37 years.

» RELATED: Waiting out the storm: A look at the blizzard of 1950

3. Ohio State players get some bling if they beat Michigan. 

Ohio State started the “Gold Pants” tradition decades ago. After a victory against Michigan, Ohio State players and coaches receive a gold miniature charm shaped as tiny football pants. “Many former football players recall receiving their Gold Pants as their most memorable part of their careers at Ohio State,” according to Ohio State.

4. Darth Vader went to the University of Michigan

Ohio State fans will say Michigan appeals to the Dark Side, but it’s also the alma mater of Darth Vader — kind of. American actor James Earl Jones, who is famously known for voicing Darth Vader in Star Wars, graduated from the School of Music, Theatre and Dance in 1955. He initially enrolled at Michigan as a pre-med student.

5. Students actually lived in Ohio Stadium

During the Great Depression, OSU Dean of Men Joseph Park found that top students couldn’t afford college and thought the university was missing out on talented applicant, according to the OSU library archives.

» RELATED: 7 numbers to know about the Ohio State-Michigan series

“He identified two locations on campus where about 75 men could live in barracks style: the ground floor of Larkins Hall, to be known as the Buckeye Club, and the southeast tower of Ohio Stadium, to be known as the Tower Club. The next year, 78 men enrolled in the first two scholarship dorms. Throughout the Great Depression, the number of deserving students from poverty-stricken Ohio families far outpaced the supply of housing. In 1935, with support from the federal Works Progress Administration (WPA), dorm floors for another 100 students were constructed, suspended from the stadium’s structural supports,” according to OSU library archives.

Dayton traffic from the WHIO traffic center

Published: Tuesday, November 21, 2017 @ 3:56 AM
Updated: Tuesday, November 21, 2017 @ 8:51 AM

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Check this page for a full list of crashes, disabled vehicles, construction projects and other hazards impacting your commute.

Traffic issues can be reported by calling our newsroom at 937-259-2237 or tweeting @WHIOTraffic .

Traffic conditions are updated every six minutes on AM 1290 and News 95.7 FM.

RELATED: Find the lowest gas prices in your neighborhood with our Pump Patrol

Major Highway Incidents

  • No incidents have been reported. 

Surface Street Incidents

  • On Rip Rap Road at Little York in Butler Twp., medics were dispatched to a crash reported around 8 a.m.

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Ongoing Construction & Other Closures 

Live look at highways on our traffic cameras here.

Latest traffic conditions are also available on our traffic map. 


  • Alex-Bell Road will be closed for work on the Washington Twp. bridge over Holes Creek until Nov. 30. More information, including detour information, is available here.
  • Stewart Street Ramp to US 35 East, RAMP CLOSURE March 28 - Sept 30, 2018. The official detour is: Stewart Street to Edwin C. Moses Boulevard to I-75 north to US 35 west to James H. McGee Blvd. to US 35 east


  • U.S. 127 at Ohio 744 will be closed in both directions Nov. 21 from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. for pavement work.


  • SR 705 near Groff Road, Daily lane closures Nov. 27 - Dec. 11 between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. One lane will remain open for travel in each direction through the use of flaggers.
  • SR 705 between Holthaus Road and Baumer Brandewie Road, ROAD CLOSURE Nov. 8 - 22. The official detour is: SR 66 to SR 119 to SR 364

Truck driver behind viral anti-Trump bumper sticker adds one more

Published: Monday, November 20, 2017 @ 9:24 PM

Driver With Anti-Trump Sticker Threatened With Charges By Texas Sheriff

The Texas driver of a truck sporting a large anti-Trump window decal has made room for one more.

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As KHOU reported, the truck’s owner, Karen Fonseca, added a second decal to her truck, which reads, “(EXPLETIVE) TROY NEHLS AND (EXPLETIVE) YOU FOR VOTING FOR HIM.”

Nehls serves as the sheriff for Fort Bend County and earlier this month he posted a photo of Fonseca’s truck to Facebook in an effort to locate her to “discuss” the original “(EXPLETIVE) TRUMP AND (EXPLETIVE) YOU FOR VOTING FOR HIM” decal with her. Of the decal, Nehls also said, “Our Prosecutor has informed us she would accept Disorderly Conduct charges regarding it, but I feel we could come to an agreement regarding a modification to it.”

Spirited commenters debated the legal basis of Nehls’ claim on Facebook, and eventually Nehls took the photo down. 

Last week, the Houston Chronicle reported that Fonseca had been jailed on an outstanding warrant from 2014. Fonseca told KHOU that she believes her arrest is related to the decal. 

“People abuse the badge, and in my opinion, money talks. When you're in politics, people know how to work the system,” Fonseca told the station. “It’s hard to believe that a simple sticker could cause so much arousal. I have no regrets.” 

Commenting on her new bumper sticker, Nehls said he isn’t surprised and called the message “somewhat disgusting.”