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Congressman Tim Ryan

Representing the 13th District of Ohio

Congressman Tim Ryan Announces Youngstown Air Reserve Station is One of Two Finalists to Receive New C-130Js

January 24, 2020
Press Release

Youngstown, Ohio – Congressman Tim Ryan announces that Youngstown Air Reserve Base is one of two finalists competing to receive four new C-130Js. Air Force Reserve today announced that they would place four new C-130J Super Hercules Aircraft within one of two Special Missions of the Air Force Reserve of which YARS is one. This falls in line with Air Force Reserve Commands previous testimony in response to Congressman Ryan at a hearing of the House Defense Appropriations Committee. Ryan secured funding for the four planes through his position on the Committee.

Ryan thanks Lt. Gen. Richard W. Scobee, the Chief of Air Force Reserve, and his staff, for prioritizing the Special Missions, which include the 910th Airlift Wing, based at Youngstown Air Reserve Station, in Vienna, Ohio and their unique Department of Defense large-area, fixed wing aerial spray mission.

“Though we still await a final determination on which Special Mission will receive these four planes, the Air Force Reserve's announcement is encouraging news and shows their support of our locally based men and women in uniform,” said Congressman Tim Ryan.  “Every day, the men and women stationed at YARS put their lives on the line for our safety, and it is our job to give them the resources they need to succeed. Today, was a step in that direction and I will keep fighting to ensure that these planes end up at YARS.”

“Congressman Ryan made it clear to Air Force leaders for years that the expert warriors of the Reserve Special Missions demand expert equipment,” Abruzzino said.  “Now, the basing process needs to run its course, with the hoped-for result that the men and women of the 910th Airlift Wing in Vienna will receive these new aircraft to carry out their unique aerial spray and tactical airlift mission well into the next decade,” said Vito Abruzzino, Executive Director of the Eastern Ohio Military Affairs Commission.

To see Air Force Reserve Command press release click here.

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