Wright-Patterson employee to receive 'Extreme Home Makeover'

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A Wright-Patterson Air Force Base civilian employee living in Beavercreek, Ohio, will receive a complete home redo and be featured on ABC's "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" television program tentatively planned to air this fall.

Show producers selected James Terpenning, who is confined to a wheelchair due to polio, and his wife, Sharon, have four children under the age of 6. 

An avid wheelchair athlete, Mr. Terpenning also has an adopted brother living with him who has cerebral palsy.

Mr. Terpenning, an information technology specialist for the Aeronautical Systems Center, has been employed here for nearly 10 years. Mr. Terpenning's duties include providing IT support to the command section for the organization that develops, acquires and modernizes the Air Force's manned and unmanned aircraft systems.

"We're absolutely delighted that one of Wright-Patt's own has been selected to receive this honor and be highlighted on the show," said Lt. Gen. John L. "Jack" Hudson, the ASC commander. "James helps keep the computer systems operating that enable our Air Force acquisition professionals to communicate with one another in support of the mission. He's a selfless guy, with a real can-do spirit and a compelling personal story."

ASC officials manage 420 Air Force, joint and international aircraft acquisition programs and related projects, execute an annual budget of $19 billion and employ a work force of more than 10,600 people located at the base and 38 other locations worldwide. Approximately 9,000 ASC employees are assigned here, including 5,000 in the 88th Air Base Wing. Overall, more than 25,000 Airmen, civilian and contractor employees work in about 60 organizations at Wright-Patterson AFB.