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Thursday, 13 October 2011 18:42

Exercising an Air Force Base Plan

Written by  Col. DOUGLAS P. WISE

On April 25, 2011, a tornado strikes the Midwest, wreaking havoc on cities and towns throughout the region. This system slowly progresses east into Ohio, spawning a record number of tornados. As a result, a tornado watch is initiated for the Miami Valley, including Wright-Patterson Air Force Base (WPAFB) in Dayton, Ohio. The next morning, local weather agencies elevate the watch to a warning, and personnel are directed to shelter in place as an EF3 tornado touches down near WPAFB. Fortunately, the tornado “skips,” limiting damage. No lives are lost, and there is no immediate damage to the base. Unfortunately, the tornado completely destroyed an electric substation, the only electrical power feed to a large portion of the base. In addition, the tornado took out about five miles of power lines/towers and debris blocks access roads to many base