Tech Warrior: AFRL scientists gain insights during field exercise

Published: Friday, September 22, 2017 @ 2:40 PM


            Air Force Research Laboratory Tech Warrior 2016 participants transport a casualty during a simulated battlefield scenario. The immersive experience is designed to give scientists and engineers insight into the battlefield environment in order to help in their design and function, of products and services, for the warfighter. (U.S. Air Force photo/Bill Hancock)
Air Force Research Laboratory Tech Warrior 2016 participants transport a casualty during a simulated battlefield scenario. The immersive experience is designed to give scientists and engineers insight into the battlefield environment in order to help in their design and function, of products and services, for the warfighter. (U.S. Air Force photo/Bill Hancock)

The Air Force Research Laboratory will hold a home station deployment exercise at the National Center for Medical Readiness in Fairborn, Ohio, Sept. 19-29.

Tech Warrior 2017 provides AFRL scientists and engineers the opportunity to experience field, mobility and combat skills training to gain a better understanding of the operational environment. During the 11-day immersion, participants are trained in areas such as field operations, combat first aid, rescue operations, perimeter defense and basic weapons familiarization in a realistic operational environment. A three-day, capstone field training exercise enables participants to test skills learned during the immersion, with a focus on combat rescue, disaster response and airbase defense.

Unique to Tech Warrior is the opportunity for scientists and engineers to test, showcase and demonstrate state-of-the-art technologies to meet warfighter needs. This year, technology to be tested includes novel battlefield situational awareness systems, human performance monitoring sensors for stress and hydration, innovative intelligence analysis technologies, video augmented battlefield solutions and more.

“This exercise is unique in that our scientists and engineers are able to evaluate the performance of new technologies in a realistic operational environment. This helps reduce the overall transition time to the warfighter by creating an opportunity for early testing and feedback in a low cost, controlled environment,” said Lt. Col. David Shahady, the AFRL Tech Warrior exercise director. “It’s also a unique experience for military and civilian personnel to gain a better understanding of what warfighters experience in the operational environment.”

More than 60 individuals are supporting this year’s event as trainees and staff, including personnel from AFRL, Wright-Paterson Air Force Base, Wright State University, the NCMR and others. More than 15 different technologies will be tested during the event.

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Police: Miami Twp. officer hit on SB I-75 ‘awake but very sore’, driver jailed in Montgomery County

Published: Saturday, April 21, 2018 @ 9:47 PM
Updated: Sunday, April 22, 2018 @ 3:50 AM

A crash involving a police officer on Southbound I-75 in Miami Township closed the interstate late Saturday, April 21, 2018.

UPDATE @ 3:42 a.m.

The man who police said struck a Miami Twp. police officer with his truck Saturday night while driving drunk has been identified.

Adam Blackmore, 33, of Miamisburg was booked into Montgomery County Jail and faces OVI charges as well as traffic related offenses for the crash, according to Sgt. Matt Robinson of the Dayton Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol.

Adam Blackmore, 33, of Miamisburg

UPDATE @ 2:05 a.m.

All lanes reopened on southbound I-75 at OH 725 just after 2 a.m. after a series of crashes occurred Saturday around 9 p.m., according to Ohio State Highway Patrol.

UPDATE @ 12:33 a.m.

The driver of the white pickup truck suspected of driving drunk when he struck a Miami Twp. police officer on Interstate 75 is headed to Montgomery County Jail.

“He’s going to be charged with driving off the roadway and drunk driving,” said Sgt. Frank Edward Simmons Jr. of the Dayton Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol.

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The driver struck the officer who was responding to a series of accidents in Miami Township, throwing him 10 to 12 feet into a grass area. He is being evaluated by hospital staff but sustained “soft tissue injuries” and “no broken bones,” Simmons said.

Police are not releasing the name of the officer who was struck at this time.

Everyone involved in the crashes that began just after 9 p.m. Saturday sustained non-life threatening injuries, according to Simmons.

The first crash occurred when a semi and red impala came together, causing the impala to lose control, drive off the roadway and strike a light pole which knocked it into the roadway, Simmons said.

An SUV then braked to avoid hitting the light pole, causing a Mercedes to strike the back of the SUV, according to Simmons.

Simmons said Miami Twp. police then arrived on scene of the crashes and that’s when the officer was struck by the suspected drunk driver in the white pickup truck.

The driver was traveling southbound, drove off the right side of the roadway, striking the officer.

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“It kind of hits close to home to let you know that this profession is inherently dangerous. When you throw an impaired driver into the mix, that makes things that much worse,” Simmons said. 

UPDATE @ 12:20 a.m. (April 22)

The driver of a white pickup truck that struck a Miami Twp. officer is suspected of driving while impaired, said Sgt. Frank Edward Simmons Jr. of the Dayton Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol.

Traffic is moving on the southbound lanes of Interstate 75, and is expected to be totally reopened within the next hour.

UPDATE @ 11:15 p.m.

The Miami Twp. police officer who was struck by a pickup truck while outside his cruiser tonight most likely will be staying the night at Kettering Medical Center, police said.

A police source at the hospital said the officer, who was not named, “is awake but very sore.”

Southbound I-75 remains shut down at Ohio 725, and the backup at one point extended to the Dryden Road exit in Moraine.

It is unclear how much longer the highway will remain closed, or when one lane will be opened to traffic, according to the Ohio State Highway Patrol’s Dayton Post.

UPDATE @ 10:25 p.m.

A Miami Twp. police officer was struck by a truck tonight while outside of his cruiser at a crash scene.

All southbound I-75 lanes are shut down just before the Ohio 725 exit.

The officer, whose name and condition was not immediately available, was taken from the scene to Kettering Medical Center.

There was a series of three crashes tonight on the highway, the last involving the officer, according to the Montgomery County Regional Dispatch Center:

At 9:20 p.m., a red sedan hit a pole, then at 9:22 p.m. a blue Subaru Forester crashed in the same area of near the Ohio 725 exit.

At 9:29 p.m. the officer who responded to the first crashes was struck by an early 1990s Chevrolet truck, gray or silver. Troopers were with the truck at the 44 mile marker.

All three crashes remain under investigation.

(OHIO DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION)
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I-75 NB lanes closed after two-vehicle accident in Dayton

Published: Sunday, April 22, 2018 @ 3:32 AM

Northbound Interstate 75 is closed between State Route 4 and Stanley Avenue after a two-vehicle accident in Dayton Sunday.

Crews were dispatched around 2:45 a.m. to the accident.

We are working to learn more and will update this page as information becomes available. 

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Memphis boy, 9, missing since Friday after not coming home from school

Published: Sunday, April 22, 2018 @ 2:40 AM

Dewayne Alexander. (Photo via Memphis Police Department)
Memphis Police Department
Dewayne Alexander. (Photo via Memphis Police Department)(Memphis Police Department)

Police in Memphis, Tennessee, need your help finding a 9-year-old boy

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A City Watch was issued for Dewayne Alexander on Saturday night. Police told WHBQ that Alexander was walking home from school Friday in the 3300 block of Ford Road, but he never made it home. He has not been seen or heard from since. 

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Alexander is described as 3-foot-8 and weighing 50 pounds with a medium complexion and low-fade haircut. He was last seen wearing a navy blue hoodie, white uniform shirt, navy blue uniform pants and blue, gray and white shoes. 

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If you know the whereabouts of Alexander, call the Memphis Police Department at 901-545-2677.

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Posted by Memphis Police Department est.1827 on Saturday, April 21, 2018

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Missing brothers: Pittsburgh police searching for 2 boys who disappeared Friday

Published: Sunday, April 22, 2018 @ 1:11 AM

Police said Amier Windsor, 12, and Robert Windsor Jr., 11, went missing about 5 p.m. Friday. (Photo via Pittsburgh police)
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Police said Amier Windsor, 12, and Robert Windsor Jr., 11, went missing about 5 p.m. Friday. (Photo via Pittsburgh police)(Pittsburgh police)

Pittsburgh police are seeking assistance in finding two brothers

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Police said Amier Windsor, 12, and Robert Windsor Jr., 11, went missing about 5 p.m. Friday.

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According to a news release, the two brothers are known to frequent the Brookline area. 

Anyone with information regarding their whereabouts is asked to call police at 412-323-7800

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