Dayton Daily News reporter to be posthumously honored tonight for dedication to military coverage

The Military Reporters & Editors Association will posthumously honor Dayton Daily News reporter Barrie Barber tonight for his coverage of the military.

The winners will be formally announced at the Navy League of the United States headquarters in Arlington, Va.

Barber died earlier this year at age 52. As Dayton Daily News editor Jim Bebbington wrote: “A Naval veteran, he knew military protocol that often dictated how much his sources could tell him, and still he worked hard to get the most complete report possible, pressing three-star generals and senators for more if that is what it took.If he didn’t understand something, he took the time to learn so he could get it right.”

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Here’s a look at the stories that earned Barber the recognition:

The war you can’t see: U.S. cyber warriors protect us from daily attacks


Cyber warfare could lead to chaos and hackers could potentially attack water treatment and chemical plants, power grids, financial institutions and disable weapon systems, and have stolen personal data of millions of federal employees and consumers.

Every hour of every day, cyber warriors silently fight an unrelenting war with millions of daily attacks to battle invading adversaries thousands of miles from America’s shores.

At Wright-Patterson Air Force Base near Dayton, Ohio, in the quiet classrooms of the Center for Cyberspace Research, hundreds of cyber warriors learn offensive and defensive cyber capabilities

Cyber warfare is real.


Air Force facing growing crisis in pilot shortage


Faced with multiple deployments overseas and an airline industry on a hiring binge, fewer Air Force pilots are staying and have created a growing crisis for the nation’s air power.

The Air Force says it’s about 2,000 pilots short – out of a total force of about 23,000 — of the number it needs to carry out the United States security demands.

The service branch significantly pumped up aviation bonuses and promised pilots a reduction in administrative tasks not related to flying, but the numbers keep decreasing and have left Air Force leaders scrambling.

Commercial airlines, facing their own aviator shortages as aging pilots retire and the demand for air travel rises, have snatched some of the nation’s most seasoned military aviators into flying Boeing 767s instead of F-15s.


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