Congressman Tim Ryan Co-Leads Bipartisan Ohio Delegation Effort to Secure New Aircraft for Youngstown Air Reserve Station
Washington, DC – Congressman Tim Ryan (OH-13) today co-led a bipartisan effort with thirteen members of the Ohio delegation urging the US Department of Defense and US Air Force to field its new C-130J jets with the 910th Airlift Wing at Youngstown Air Reserve Station, Ohio (YARS). Ryan was joined by Senators Rob Portman (R-OH) and Sherrod Brown (D-OH) and Representatives Marcy Kaptur (D-OH), Bill Johnson (R-OH), Mike Turner (R-OH), David Joyce (R-OH), Steve Chabot (R-OH), Troy Balderson (R-OH), Steve Stivers (R-OH), Robert Latta (R-OH), Bob Gibbs (R-OH), Brad Wenstrup (R-OH), and Anthony Gonzalez (R-OH). The Air Force Reserve Command conducted a site visit to YARS in January and will soon provide its results to the Air Force for review, validation, and endorsement to inform where the jets are ultimately placed.
“The Air Force Reserve and the 910th Wing in particular have taken great steps in achieving cost effectiveness and mission readiness. The proven performance of the unit, combined with the advantageous location, infrastructure, and community associated with the site, would give this location unique benefit to the Air Force,” lawmakers wrote. “We stand ready to assist [the Air Force and Department of Defense] in the selection process for assigning the C-130J’s to a well deserving wing, and believe that the 910th Wing in Youngstown, Ohio will best meet the needs of the mission.”
Funding for these aircraft was authorized and appropriated in the FY 2020 National Defense Authorization Act and the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2020. The current expectation for delivery of the new C-130Js is in 2023. The J-model C-130 features upgraded technology not found on older model C-130s, including improved turboprop engines, propellers and digital avionics. The J-model has greater range, a higher maximum speed and shorter takeoff and landing distances than previous C-130 models.
Particular qualities that may increase YARS’ suitability as a location for these aircraft are that it has unique access to uncongested airspace; YARS has ramp space for a total of 16 C-130 aircraft, so there is no need for additional MILCON to accommodate the additional C-130s; and YARS is located adjacent to a regional airport with Night Vision Goggle (NVG) training lighting and maintains control of a training range at nearby Camp James A. Garfield, suitable for both aerial spray as well as tactical airlift training — allowing the wing to conduct critical training nearly at will and maintain aircrew qualifications.
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