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Killing of officers by veterans touches nerves

Back-to-back attacks on police in Texas and Louisiana by former military men have touched a nerve among veterans who traditionally share a close bond with law enforcement. Many southwest Ohio veterans fear the service records of the Baton Rouge and Dallas gunmen will feed a false perception that combat veterans ...

Body of Army specialist from Piqua on way home

UPDATE @ 5:35 p.m. (July 20): Joint Task-Force Bravo is conducting a ramp ceremony today to initiate the return of Army Spc. Kyle Gantt, of Piqua, to the United States, a public affairs official at Soto Cano Air Base, Honduras, said in a prepared statement released this afternoon. “A ramp ...

Warren and Butler counties have agreed to collaborate on radio advertising for next year.

Butler, Warren veterans boards to collaborate on advertising

The veterans boards from Butler and Warren counties have agreed to collaborate on radio advertising for next year, possibly splitting the proposed $90,000 cost.There are as many as 26,000 veterans in Butler County, but only 4,915 sought services provided by the board last year. Because of that, the veterans board ...

Todd Kristoff retired from the Army after 32 years and six tours of duty. He is a 1983 Fairfield graduate and his family moved into the city in 1979. Fairfield City Council honored Kristoff at the July 12 meeting.

Fairfield honors one of its own with military retirement ceremony

Sgt. 1st Class Todd Kristoff joined the Army on June 6, 1983, to be like his Uncle Bob and Uncle Fred.His Uncle Fred, who is now 94 years old, was in the 4th Infantry Division and hit the beaches of Normandy, he said during a retirement ceremony last week in ...

Mike Gomia, left, American Legion Post 218 Commander, and Mark Singh, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3809 Commander, during Memorial Day Services earlier this year in Middletown. Butler County veterans will soon have the opportunity to purchase a special identification card that will give them access to discounts at local businesses.

Butler County veterans will soon have new ID option

Butler County veterans will soon have the opportunity to purchase a special identification card that will give them access to discounts at local businesses. Butler County Recorder Danny Crank, who for many years has been the legislative chair of the state recorders’ association, helped pass legislation for the photo ID ...

Top Air Force officials attending the annual Corona Top conference at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base took part in the opening of the new fourth building at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. A watchdog group has questioned the costs of conference, which attracted 60 generals and a large support staff. TY GREENLEES / STAFF

Watchdog questions costs of Wright-Patt conference

The costs to the Air Force for an annual conference of 76 high-ranking leaders that requested 262 support personnel at Wright-Patterson sounds “excessive” in an era of doing more with less and training and readiness levels in decline, an independent watchdog group says. In a memo, the Air Force Materiel ...

Gary Sinise band to perform at WPAFB

Hollywood actor Gary Sinise and the Lt. Dan Band will perform a USO concert Saturday at Wright-Patterson, according to base officials.Open to those who have a Department of Defense identification card, the free concert was set to take the stage at 7 p.m. in Hangar 4016 in Area A, according ...

Ohio soldiers discuss struggles with PTSD in video

June 27 is National Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Awareness Day. In the video above, active and veteran service members of the Ohio National Guard talk about their struggles with PTSD and how employers can play a supportive role in recovery. Below are also myths and facts about PTSD.Myth or Fact?A ...

Retired Staff Sgt. David Thatcher (Cox Media Group archives)

REPORT: Doolittle Raider David Thatcher has died

Retired Staff Sgt. David Thatcher, one of the last two surviving members of the Doolittle Raiders - who bombed Japan in an attack that stunned that nation and boosted U.S. morale - has died in Missoula, Mont., his family said.The Associated Press is reporting that Thatcher, 94, died Wednesday in ...

Air show security to rely on technology more than ever

The Vectren Dayton Air Show will rely on technology more than ever to ensure the safety and security of thousands of spectators at Dayton International Airport this weekend, an air show security director said. And two popular local music venues — Fraze Pavilion in Kettering and Rose Music Center in ...

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