‘Pause’ protects 910th at Youngstown airbase
By William K. Alcorn
The 910th Airlift Wing at the Youngstown Air Reserve Station (YARS) received a “strategic pause” protecting it from a reduction of planes and personnel proposed by the Air Force in the 2013 Defense Authorization Bill.
The U.S. Senate on Tuesday approved the Fiscal Year 2013 budget, which includes a strategic pause for an Air Force proposal that would have resulted in a net loss of two aircraft and accompanying personnel.
The Senate’s action will preserve planes and personnel tied to the 910th’s C-130 program for at least an additional year, said Sen. Sherrod Brown of Avon Lake, a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee,
The 910th Airlift Wing is the sole fixed-wing aerial spray unit in the Defense Department. The men and women stationed at YARS carry out a unique and critical mission, Brown said.
In September, the 910th was granted a six-month strategic pause in equipment and manpower cuts proposed by the Air Force in the Fiscal Year 2013 defense appropriations bill, which runs Oct. 1, 2013, through Sept. 30, 2014.
In its budget, the Air Force proposed a shift in aircraft that would have resulted in a loss of two C-130s at the 910th and a net reduction of 97 traditional, part-time reservists who do their monthly training at the base and 33 full-time equivalent federal civilian employees and Air Reserve technicians.
“This legislation will ensure that aircraft and personnel at YARS remain intact for the following year, while giving Congress time to devise a long-term solution. I will continue to fight to ensure that the men and women of YARS, and their vital and one-of-a-kind mission, are protected in the months and years to come,” Brown said.