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Budget cuts may stall $60M in improvements at Youngstown air base

Sunday, March 6, 2011



Federal budget cutbacks could bring a screeching halt this year to new construction projects at Youngstown Air Reserve Station.

The 910th Airlift Wing’s project wish-list alone has more than $60 million worth of construction projects, including $10.6 million for Phase 3 of new lodging facilities for Air Force, Navy and Marine Corps reservists while they train. Phase 3 would replace 40-year-old lodging buildings.

At this point, only $8 million has been budgeted for the entire Air Force Reserve Command for fiscal 2011, which began Oct. 1, 2010, said Col. Fritz Linsenmeyer, 910th and reserve station commander.

Linsenmeyer said funding for Phase 2 of the lodging facility, which is under construction and should be done this fall, is secure.

Other top future construction projects on reserve station’s priority list include a $9.4 million indoor small arms firing range, and security forces facilities totaling $18.3 million, according to a January 2010 station document.

Linsenmeyer said he is confident money will be made available for necessities, such as maintenance of facilities and equipment.

But, he said, “This is a very difficult fiscal environment. We have to do more with less. We should all be better stewards of the taxpayer’s money.”

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