Government Relations

The first responsibility of the AFA Wright Memorial Chapter's Vice President for Government Relations is to maintain a close liaison with the Government Relations Office at AFA National Headquarters and also an effective liaison with local government organizations (WPAFB, Springfield Air National Guard, the Air Force Reserve unit at WPAFB, the Dayton Development Coalition, and the Military Affairs Committee of the Dayton Area Chamber of Commerce).

Another responsibility is to develop a liaison with the U.S. Representative/Senators and their local staffs. Forwarding current legislative news to WMC members and responding to AFA "Call to Action" requests is another key responsibility.

Government Contact Information and Related Sites

Please use the following telephone numbers, or e-mail via the following web sites, to contact the five major congressional members who represent a majority of the Air Force Association members affiliated with Wright Memorial Chapter #212.

Acronym Finder Air Force Biographies

Web: http://acronymfinder.com

Web: http://www.af.mil/bios/index.asp

 

Federal Government

U.S. Senate - Ohio

Sen. Sherrod Brown (D) Sen. Rob Portman (R)

503 Hart Senate Office Building
Washington, D.C.  20510
Phone: (202) 224-2315
Fax: (202) 224-6321

Web: brown.senate.gov

District Office: Columbus

District Phone: (614) 469-2083

448 Russell Senate Office Building
Washington, D.C.  20510
Phone: (202) 224-3353
Fax: n/a

Web: portman.senate.gov

District Office: Cincinatti

District Phone: (513) 684-3265

U.S. House of Representatives

Rep. Michael R. Turner - 10th District

Web: turner.house.gov

Washington D.C. Office
2082 Rayburn HOB
Washington D.C.  20515
Phone: (202) 225-6465
Fax: (202) 225-6754

Dayton District Office
120 West 3rd Street, Ste. 305
Dayton, OH  45402
Phone: (937) 225-2843
Fax: n/a

U.S. Congress on the Internet

Congress.gov

Senate: Senate.gov

House of Representatives: House.gov

 

State Government

Governor of Ohio

Ohio State Senate

Mike DeWine (R)
Riffle Center, 30th Floor, 77
South High Street
Columbus, OH  43215-6117
Phone: n/a

Web: governor.ohio.gov

Lt. Gov: Jon Husted

Web: governor.ohio.gov

Sen. Bob Hackett - District 10
Senate Building
1 Capitol Square, 1st Floor
Columbus, OH  43215
Phone: (614) 466-3780

Web: ohiosenate.gov/senators/hackett

Sen. Niraj Antani - District 6
Senate Building
1 Capitol Square, Ground Floor
Columbus, OH  43215
Phone: (614) 466-3538

Web: ohiosenate.gov/senators/antani

Sen. Stephen A. Huffman
Senate Building
1 Capitol Square, Ground Floor
Columbus, OH  43215
Phone: (614) 466-6247

Web: ohiosenate.gov/senators/huffman-s

Ohio State House of Representatives - 133rd General Assembly

Rep. Willis Blackshear Jr. (D) – District 39
77 South High Street 11th Floor
Columbus, OH 43215
Phone: (614) 466-1607

Web: ohiohouse.gov/members/willis-e-blackshear-jr

Rep. Phil Plummer (R) – District 40
77 South High Street 11th Floor
Columbus, OH 43215
Phone: (614) 644-8051

Web: ohiohouse.gov/members/phil-plummer

Rep. Andrea White (R) – District 41
77 South High Street 11th Floor
Columbus, OH 43215
Phone: (614) 644-6008

ohiohouse.gov/members/andrea-white

Rep. Brian Lampton (R) – District 73
77 South High Street 13th Floor
Columbus, OH 43215
Phone: (614) 644-6020

ohiohouse.gov/members/brian-e-lampton

 

Legislative Updates

The purpose of both the National and Chapter Legislative Updates is to provide you "news you can use" as we all strive to support the Air Force and AFA's mission!

ROTC - Developing Quality Leaders for the Air Force

 

Air Force ROTC offers two educational programs – the Air Force ROTC Program and the Air Force Junior ROTC Program. Air Force ROTC's headquarters is at Maxwell AFB, Montgomery, AL.

The Air Force ROTC Program is designed to recruit, educate and commission officer candidates through college campus programs based on Air Force requirements. Units are located at 144 college and university campuses throughout the United States and Puerto Rico. Students from schools near Air Force ROTC host institutions can attend classes through 1025 separate crosstown enrollment programs or consortium agreements.

The Air Force Junior ROTC Program provides citizenship training and an aerospace science program at the high school level. Units are located at over 750 high schools across the United States and at selected Department of Defense dependent schools in Europe, the Pacific and Puerto Rico. More units are projected to open in each of the next three years.

ROTC Programs in the Dayton, OH Region
 

College/University

Air Force ROTC Detachment 643 is hosted out of Wright State University and serves the Greater Dayton Area.

The Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps (AFROTC) is a leadership program for college students interested in earning a commission and entering the active duty Air Force, as an officer, after completing a bachelor or masters degree. AFROTC instructs students in military heritage, the development of air and space power, military ethics, drill and ceremonies, communication, human relations, and leadership theory and techniques.

High School Junior ROTC Programs

The mission of the Air Force Junior ROTC is to develop citizens of charater, dedicated to serving their nation, and community.

  • Beavercreek High School Air Force JROTC OH-20182
  • Bellbrook High School Air Force JROTC OH-20061
  • Fairborn High School Air Force JROTC OH-031
  • Lebanon High School Air Force JROTC OH-771
  • Miami Valley Career Technology Center Air Force JROTC OH-20053*
  • Springboro High School Air Force JROTC OH-081
  • Tecumseh High School Air Force JROTC OH-881
  • Wayne High School Air Force JROTC OH-091
  • Walter E. Stebbins High School Air Force JROTC OH-022
  • Xenia High School **

 

*Needs verification
**No known OH-#

 

Community Programs

Education Programs

WMC actively participates in the Teacher of the Year program developed through our National AFA office. Each chapter is eligible to choose a winner for their chapter and submit the teacher's package for consideration at the state level. In recent years, WMC has been fortunate to have three state winners, and two of those were considered nationally. WMC is looking forward to submitting another teacher for state and hopefully national consideration again this year.

 

Help a child succeed in school!

  • We are working with Fairborn schools to support the school system outside the fence of WPAFB.
  • Time and grade levels or subjects are flexible. We will accommodate the tutor's schedule.
  • For more information, contact Shiela Wallace via 
    e-mail or phone at (937) 429-2473.
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WPAFB Educational Outreach

Wright-Patterson Air Force Base Educational Outreach

Facilitates partnerships with the K-12 educational community, and increases student awareness and excitement in all fields of Math, Science, Aviation and Aerospace.

Veterans Programs

The Wright Memorial Chapter of the AFA continues to improve and expand our support to the Dayton Veteran Administration (VA) Hospital as well as publicize information of interest to all our veteran members. AFA representatives attend the quarterly VA Voluntary Services (VAVS) quarterly meetings. George Simons, (937) 429-9466, is the Representative and Vita Eonta, (937) 429-5642, is the Deputy Representative to the VAVS.

In February our chapter sponsors an activity to honor veterans during the Salute to Hospitalized Veterans Week, at the Dayton VA Medical Center.

In June, our Chapter cosponsors a Summer Picnic

In December cosponsors a Christmas Party with the Air Force Sergeants Association (AFSA) in the Recreation Center,  Bldg 305, at the VA Medical Center.

The Wright Memorial Chapter supports veterans at the VA by contributing funds to their Unfunded Needs List.  We also support a summer picnic and holiday meal for veterans in the Psychosocial Rehabilitation Program.  We are the charter cosponsors of the biennial Women Veterans Conference.

The Wright Memorial Chapter of the AFA continues to improve and expand our support to the (veterans at the) Dayton Veteran Administration (VA) Hospital as well as publicize information of interest to all our veteran members. AFA representatives attend the quarterly VA Voluntary Services (VAVS) quarterly meetings. George Simons, (937) 429-9466, is the Representative and Vita Eonta is the Deputy Representative to the VAVS.  

For more information on the Dayton VA Medical Center and map of the campus go to the following link: http://www.dayton.va.gov

For information regarding other Health and Veteran Services go to: http://www.dayton.va.gov/services/index.asp

For information regarding Burials and Memorials, go to http://www.cem.va.gov/cem/hmm/index.asp. The Ohio Department of Veteran Serviceshttp://dvs.ohio.gov also has a comprehensive list of veteran benefits.

Benefits for Veterans & Dependents

Caregivers and Veterans Omnibus Health Services Act

 

Veterans Crisis Line - https://www.veteranscrisisline.net/
 

VA's Medallion Benefit

The Veterans Crisis Line connects Veterans in crisis and their families and friends with qualified, caring Department of Veterans Affairs responders through a confidential toll-free hotline, online chat, or text. Veterans and their loved ones can call 1-800-273-8255 and Press 1, chat online, or send a text message to 838255 to receive confidential support 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. More about the Veterans Crisis Line.

 
  Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio

Please call (937) 257-0580 or use our online calendar.

Wright Memorial Flyer

Wright Flyer Memorial

The HISTORY OF THE 1909 WRIGHT FLYER MEMORIAL
THE FIRST MILITARY AIRPLANE
 
  • In late 2001 the ASC Commander and senior staff decided to pursue the placement of a full scale replica of the 1909 Flyer at the renovated Gate 1B.
  • The Flyer would serve as the entry to the “Field of Dreams”, an array of aircraft models positioned in front of the Acquisition Management Complex. It would also commemorate the 100th anniversary of powered flight in 2003.
  • The bulk of the funding for the Flyer was to come via a fund raising project involving the sale of commemorative brick pavers to current and former base personnel. After the project commenced, corporate support was added.
  • To insure the Flyer was in place for the Dayton, 2003, 100th anniversary of powered flight celebration, the courtyard and statues of Orville and Wilbur needed to be funded via the brick sales.
  • The Wright Memorial Chapter of the Air Force Association was asked by the ASC Commander to be the financial conduit for contributions.
  • The role of the AFA grew as they became deeply involved in the corporate fund raising drive, contracting with the architect, working with the sculptor and paying the bills.
  • The AFA successfully raised the funds necessary to have the courtyard in place for an August 2003 ribbon cutting. The courtyard was officially accepted as a gift by the Secretary of the Air Force.
  • Fund raising continued and contracts were let for bronze statues of the Wright Brothers. The statues were placed at the Memorial in May 2005; Orville seated in the aircraft and Wilbur standing on the ground.
  • The AFA project’s final major contribution was in 2015; the placement of a monument commemorating Lt Benjamin Foulois, whose test flight with Orville Wright led to the purchase of the world’s first military airplane.
  • The Wright Memorial Chapter and Wright Patterson Air Force Base salutes the ceaseless fund raising efforts of Mr. Sam Greenwood, USAF SES Retired and Chairman of The Greentree Group for making the memorial possible.