Wright Patterson Air Force Base

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Using the processing power of a $35 tiny computer, a University of Cincinnati doctoral graduate's artificial intelligence (AI) program has beaten the Air Force in simulated aerial combat at Wright Patterson Air Force Base.

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Finalized on November 21, 1995 at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, the Dayton Peace Accords ended the war in Bosnia and Herzegovina. The war, which had lasted more than three years, cost 100,000 lives and drove 2 million people from their homes. Current and former world leaders are participating in events this week to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the Peace Accords.

Flexible doesn't have to mean flimsy. Think of a tree bending in a wind gust or a bird flying into a headwind. Soon Air Force planes will be outfitted with wing flaps that morph to make them more fuel efficient and quieter.

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Security lines will be longer for military and civilians who work at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base near Dayton. Events at the National Museum of the United States Air Force have also been canceled. Bases across the U.S. are stepping up security measures in response to an increased threat level.

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Construction will begin this summer on a new wing at the National Museum of the United States Air Force  near Dayton.

The official groundbreaking is Tuesday evening at 6:30 p.m.

Museum Director Lt. Gen. (Ret.) Jack Hudson says the new facility will improve the visitor experience.

"It gives us the capability to tell that story of our Air Force and to inspire our kids in ways that we can't do right now," says Hudson.

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Col. John Devillier will be the next leader in charge at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. He'll take command of the 88th Air Base Wing July 17.

Devillier replaces Col. Cassie Barlow who is retiring.

Devillier currently serves as the Air Force Mortuary Affairs Operations commander at Dover Air Force Base in Delaware.

Here's his Air Force bio:

Some patients who had prescriptions filled at the Kittyhawk Satellite Pharmacy may have received the wrong medications.

Officials at the Wright-Patt Medical Center are notifying patients who had prescriptions filled from April 23 - 29 that they may have been given the wrong medicines or the wrong mixture of medicines.

A release states technical difficulties were discovered which may have affected prescription accuracy.

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Arko, a 6-year old military working dog, who had deployed to Afghanistan, Iraq, and Kuwait with the 88th Security Forces Squadron out of Wright Patterson Air Force Base, will be remembered Friday with a special service.

The German Shepherd was a patrol and explosive detector dog with deployments that included Operation Iraqi Freedom, and Operation Enduring Freedom.

After a sudden illness, he was laid to rest February 16, 2014 in the Wright-Patterson AFB kennel.

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Update 3:36pm - The commission released the following statement:

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Are you in the market for a new computer? Wright Patterson Air Force Base is now home to a $25 million supercomputer.

Named "Spirit" the computer is the 14th fastest in the world according to Top500.org. It can complete 1500 trillion calculations per second, making it the 7th fastest computer in the United States.

So how does that stack-up to your personal computer? It's about 36,000 times more powerful.

The base is holding a ribbon cutting Monday morning.

Following Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel's announcement that civilian furloughs have been reduced from 14 days to 11, officials at Wright Patterson Air Force Base near Dayton are outlining their plans for dealing with sequester cuts.

In an email to WVXU, Public Affairs Specialist Ted Theopolos writes:

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In the repository or "Room of Drums" at Wright Patterson Air Force Base 55 gallon barrels of fuel from all over the world are stored. There are liquid fuels made of coal from South Africa. There's also one made from camelina, a weed. Others come from animal fat. Some have been tested on cross country flights.

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Alternative fuel is playing an even bigger role in the U.S. government’s aviation plan.  Within the next year the latest National Aeronautics Research and Development Plan will be released and a large portion of it focuses on alternative fuels. Wright Patterson Air Force Base is playing a leading role, in part because it can moderately scale up lab production  for commercial companies. WVXU's Ann Thompson took a tour to see how it's made, where it's tested and what unusual samples the Air Force is storing. She reports in "Focus on Technology."

Wright-Patt considering major cuts

Feb 8, 2013
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Officials at Wright Patterson Air Force Base near Dayton say that under guidance from the Department of Defense, they have begun planning for a potential 15 percent of their operating budget reduction as a result of sequestration. 

Col. Cassie Barlow says a furlough of civilian employees isn’t out of the question but it would be a last resort.

On the 100th anniversary of Japan's gifting of cherry trees to the United States as a sign of friendship, a Japanese businessman is recreating the gesture.

Alex Hara is vice president of commercial banking for JPMorgan Chase & Co. Hara was so moved by the U.S. and U.S. military response to the 2011 Japanese tsunami, he's spearheading the planting of 1,000 cherry trees across the Dayton region. It's called Operation 1000 Cherry Tree Project.