Congressman Tim Ryan Attended YARS Firing Range Facility Ribbon Cutting Ceremony
Youngstown, Ohio – Congressman Tim Ryan (OH-13) attended the opening ceremony for the new $7.3 million, state of the art, Combat Arms Training Management Firing Range facility at Youngstown Air Reserve Station. The firing range will provide new opportunities in training and mission capabilities for local law enforcement partner agencies and the 910th Security Forces Squadron, respectively. Congressman Ryan helped secure these funds through his role on the House Appropriations Committee in Fiscal Year 2015.
“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,” said Congressman Ryan. “The state of the art Combat Arms Training Management Firing Range facility will ensure our service men and women have the best training facility necessary to remain combat-ready and complete their missions safely. I’m proud to have used my position on the House Appropriations Committee to secure the funds for this facility.”
- Since 2003, Congressman Ryan has secured over $28.6 million for the Youngstown Air Reserve Station through his seat on the House Appropriations Committee. Those projects include:
- purchase of upgraded aerial spray equipment
- design and construction of new base lodging
- King-Graves road improvements surrounding the base (specifically for the benefit of the base)
- indoor firing range
- security gate upgrades
- Congressman Ryan used his seat on the House Appropriations Committee seat to secure $30 million for a joint project between Air Force Research Lab, America Makes, Youngstown State University, and YARS to produce 3D printed parts for the U.S. Air Force.
- In 2003, Congressman Ryan was instrumental in helping to setup and coordinate Operation: Save Our Airbase Reservists (SOAR) which kept YARS off the federal Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) list.
- Passed legislation through the Military Construction/VA Subcommittee to expedite funding for YARS security gate
- Inserted language in Defense Appropriations bill that prioritizes specialty missions for upgraded planes
- Congressman Ryan’s Defense Appropriations Subcommittee passed the largest pay raise for service members in nine years (2.6% increase)