With the creation of a new military cabinet position, Gov. Mike DeWine is strategically positioning Ohio as a military and aerospace powerhouse to attract defense-related jobs and to protect the state’s military installations like Wright-Patterson Air Force Base.
DeWine appointed retired Col. Joseph Zeis Jr., a Centerville resident and Dayton attorney, last week to serve as senior advisor for aerospace and defense.
“I guess what’s amazing is this position hasn’t existed before,” DeWine told the Dayton Daily News. “Other states are doing this and have been doing this for some time and have been putting some money into it so I wanted someone to focus on this every day and Joe’s the right person.”