Congressman Ryan Secures over $429 Million for Four New Air Force Reserve Aircraft
Washington, DC – Congressman Tim Ryan (OH-13), Vice Chairman of the Defense Appropriations Subcommittee, today announced he has secured the subcommittee’s approval for over $429 million to procure four new C-130J Super Hercules aircraft specifically designated for U.S. Air Force Reserve units.
“This is potentially a huge win for the men and women at YARS as well as our entire community in Northeast Ohio,” said Congressman Ryan. “The citizens of Northeast Ohio pay a lot in taxes to the federal government, and it is my job to bring as much of that money back to our community to create jobs, raise wages, and improve our quality of life. YARS is also the largest employer in Trumbull County and the third-largest employer in the Mahoning Valley. I will continue fighting to invest in our base which is not just important for the men and women who work there every day to keep our nation safe, but critical to the wellbeing of our entire local economy.”
The Youngstown Air Reserve Station (YARS) houses the 910th Airlift Wing, which utilizes the older C-130H model of aircraft for its unique aerial spray mission as well as combat support. Previously, Ryan had used his position on the Defense Appropriations Subcommittee to secure over $343 million for four C-130J Super Hercules designated for the Air Force Reserve, making a total of eight planes secured by Ryan for the Air Force Reserve. In January of 2020, it was reported that YARS was one of two finalists to receive new C-130J aircraft in the event Congress appropriated them.
Representative Ryan was also able to secure $8.7 million two weeks ago to widen an assault strip runway at YARS. The improvements will help to ensure the long-term viability of the Youngstown Air Reserve Station and preserve its annual economic impact, estimated at over $137 million per year.
The Defense spending bill now moves to the full House for consideration before advancing to the Senate.
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