6/29/2012 - WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB, Ohio -- At approximately 4:35 p.m. severe storms with heavy rain and high winds passed over the base causing significant damage to the equipment staged to support Freedom's Call Tattoo on the grounds of the National Museum of the United States Air Force.
Base emergency personnel were already on scene and immediately took actions to protect personnel and render first aid. Up to 14 personnel were treated for injuries and six were transported to either the base or local hospitals for additional treatment. All of the injuries were classified as minor.
After an initial assessment of the damage, base officials determined a safe recovery was not possible and decided to cancel the Tattoo at 5:15 p.m.
"Safety of our personnel and our guests is priority number one," said Colonel Dan Semsel, 88th Air Base Wing vice commander. "Our personnel responded exactly as we trained and fortunately we came through the event without serious damage or injury."
Damage assessment has been suspended for the time being due to continuing weather concerns and decreasing light. Base personnel will continue working to make the scene safe, and recovery efforts will continue tomorrow.