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Published: Friday, November 10, 2017 @ 9:02 AM
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.”
Published: Wednesday, April 18, 2018 @ 10:00 AM
Updated: Friday, April 20, 2018 @ 2:14 AM
WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE — A major gateway will close at Wright-Patterson today for maintenance, impacting the travel of thousands of commuters.
Gate 19B off National Road will be closed from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m., according to base spokesman Daryl Mayer.
More than 5,700 inbound drivers travel through the entrance and nearly 6,300 drive off base through the gate every work day.
Crews will work on “routine maintenance” at the gateway, Mayer said.
“Since that (gate) is open 24/7 normally, they never have a chance to work on it,” he said.
Motorists may use Gates 1B off Springfield Street and Gate 22B off Interstate 675 as alternatives, according to Wright-Patterson.
Gate 19B had a major makeover last year with $1.3 million in upgrades that added overhead canopies, more guard booths and a barrier system, Wright-Patterson has said.
The base closed Gate 26A off Ohio 235 because of security concerns this month. The gate, which had more than 5,000 vehicles a day, remains closed.
Published: Friday, April 20, 2018 @ 2:06 AM
DAYTON — A man already jailed on suspicion of murder in a Dayton homicide that occurred in January, was indicted Thursday on more charges.
ORIGINAL REPORT: Arrest made in Dayton man’s death over the weekend
Kalvin K. Jones, 23, was indicted for aggravated possession of drugs and possession of cocaine, after a April 2017 case against him was reopened, according to online court documents.
Jones was already being held in Montgomery County Jail on a count of murder after he was accused in the death of Michael Cook, 21, found dead in an alley on Brooklyn Avenue.
He is being held on a $1 million bond on the murder charge, with a hearing set for June 22 in that case, court documents show.
Published: Friday, April 20, 2018 @ 12:22 AM
Updated: Friday, April 20, 2018 @ 1:49 AM
TRENTON, Fla. — Two Florida sheriff’s deputies were killed Thursday, shot through the window of a Chinese restaurant as they shared a meal, The Gainesville Sun reported. The man who allegedly shot the Gilchrist County deputies was found dead in a car outside the restaurant, authorities said.
Deputy Taylor Lindsey, 25, and Sgt. Noel Ramirez, 29, were eating at the Ace China restaurant in Trenton at 3 p.m. when they were shot, according to a Sheriff’s Office statement.
The Sheriff’s Office identified the shooter as John Hubert Highnote, 59, of Bell, Florida. Deputies responding to the shooting found Highnote dead from a gunshot wound, the statement said.
Lindsey had a girlfriend, while Ramirez was a seven-year veteran and was married with two children, Gilchrist County Sheriff Bobby Schultz said.
Schultz called the shooter “a coward,” while Bill Cervone, state attorney for Florida’s 8th Judicial Circuit, called the act “inexplicable.”
"It appears (the shooter) just walked up and shot them, then went to his car and shot himself. It’s inexplicable ... people will want to know why and we may never have an answer for them," Cervone told the Sun.
“Sgt. Ramirez and Deputy Lindsay were the best of the best,” Schultz said at a news conference. “They’re men of integrity, they’re men of loyalty, they are God-fearing and they loved what they did. We are very proud of them.”
Schultz added that he did not want to make his remarks political, but said “What do you expect when you demonize law enforcement to the extent it has been demonized?”
The shooting was not prompted by any incident in the restaurant, the Sun reported.
In a statement, Florida Gov. Rick Scott said he was “heartbroken.”
"It is true evil for anyone to hurt a law enforcement officer, and in Florida, we have zero tolerance for violence, especially against the police," Scott said.
President Donald Trump and U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio tweeted their condolences.
My thoughts, prayers and condolences are with the families, friends and colleagues of the two @GCSOFlorida deputies (HEROES) who lost their lives in the line of duty today.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 19, 2018
Just landed and received the terrible news that 2 #Florida deputies fatally shot in Gilchrist County. Please pray for their families. Reminder of the #ThinBlueLine protecting us every single day. https://t.co/KuZFmNA55C #sayfie— Marco Rubio (@marcorubio) April 20, 2018
Published: Friday, April 20, 2018 @ 1:46 AM
PITTSBURGH — A man who was stabbed early Thursday morning while at a Pittsburgh bar remained at the establishment for 30 minutes before leaving, investigators said.
Police were called about 2 a.m. to a residential area near Pollock’s Cafe.
Investigators said the 40-year-old victim was stabbed in the shoulder after he apparently got into a fight with another person.
The man did not seek medical attention and stayed in the bar for about 30 minutes after he was stabbed before going to the residential area, police said.
The man was taken to a hospital, police said.