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Youngstown air base to lose planes, jobs

Published: Thu, November 21, 2013 @ 12:01 a.m.




The Youngstown Air Reserve Station’s 910th Airlift Wing is scheduled to lose four C-130 cargo planes and some 50 full-time and 150 part-time jobs in Fiscal Year 2014.

The 910th said Wednesday that two of its C-130 Hercules cargo transport aircraft, previously on loan to the C-130 training facility at Little Rock, Ark., were permanently transferred effective Oct. 1, which began Fiscal Year 2014.

Further, two more of the 910th’s C-130s are scheduled to be reassigned by March 31, 2014, bringing its complement of aircraft to eight.

As a result, the 910th will also lose about 50 full-time and 150 part-time positions associated with the reduction of the permanent aircraft inventory. The position reductions will take place throughout the fiscal year that ends Sept. 30, 2014, the 910th reported.

Colonel James Dignan, 910th and Youngstown Air Reserve Station (YARS) commander, said that while the wing could not control changes to the Air Force structure; the unit would make every effort to keep its personnel informed about what the future could hold for them.

“We will do everything possible to let our citizen airmen and Department of Defense (DoD) civilians know what changes lie ahead and how they will be affected. We will assist in any way we can to make these transitions as painless as possible in these uncertain times,” Dignan said.

Also, Dignan said the 910th would do everything possible to keep people in the Mahoning Valley and beyond informed about the mission and capabilities the air wing and installation provide to the nation.

“We have a duty to the American people and Congress to keep them informed about how tax dollars are spent here. We have many assets unique to our installation and we will continue to spread the word about what the 910th and YARS provides to the national defense,” said Dignan.

U. S. Rep. Timothy Ryan of Howland, D-13th, said he is disappointed the Air Force has decided to move four C-130 planes out of YARS and troubled that local jobs will be lost.

“They have decided to move these planes regardless of the fact that YARS airmen have been doing an outstanding job and the base has the infrastructure to support additional planes and additional military and civilian jobs,” said Ryan, a member of the House Appropriations and House Budget committees.

“I am a long-time supporter of the 910th and YARS, not only for its work in defending this nation, but also its contribution to our local economy. The air station has a long and proud history in the Mahoning Valley and a unique capability as the DoD’s only fixed-wing aerial spray unit. I will continue to advocate that the DoD make long-term investments and increase the manpower at YARS to take full advantage of its capabilities,” Ryan said.

The Youngstown Air Reserve Station is a leader and an important part of Ohio’s rich aviation and aerospace history, said U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH).

“That is why I am disappointed that YARS will lose two planes and about 200 full-time and part-time jobs. The men and women of the 910th Airlift Wing are talented enough and hardworking enough to take on more planes, not fewer,” the senator said.


1sneaux49(11 comments)posted 10 months ago

I live five miles from a Air National Guard base. This in Martinsburg WV. They converted from C130 to C5 a few years ago. Martinsburg is about one fifth the size of Youngstown. I wonder why the can keep their aircraft and Youngstown loses it's aircraft? C130s are a good cargo craft but they're a million years old.

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2Photoman(1004 comments)posted 10 months ago

Perhaps we are losing these aircraft because our representatives in Congress are great showboaters but they really aren't very strong in representing us-they'd rather not make any waves while accumulating seniority.

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3bmanresident(597 comments)posted 10 months ago

The Martinsburg WV area is a more God Fearing Republican area than the heathen invested Democrat cesspool that is the Youngstown Metro area. That is most likely why they have their C130s. Our Dumbocrat leaders sell us upstream every chance they get to line their pockets and become bedfellows with the administration.

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4Knightcap(699 comments)posted 10 months ago

That's ok Timothy, this area will keep supporting you, don't forget you're still a democrat. When are we supposed to get all those defense manufacturing jobs here? I remember a few years back there was a photo op with all these defense contractors you brought here. Also thanks for helping the Delphi salary get their pensions and keeping GE and RG Steel open.

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5walter_sobchak(1909 comments)posted 10 months ago

Well, I guess it's a great thing that Little Timmy Ryan is on the US House Armed Services Committee and Budget Committee. Yessiree... more good news. Hmm...maybe Ryan can trade his support for Clinton for increased inventory and staffing at the YARS. I seem to remember Bubba Clinton saying he would support the Y-town bid for the DFAS center in 1992, before the election. That worked out well for us and the former corrupt congressman Jimbo, Little Timmy's mentor.

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6author50(1121 comments)posted 10 months ago

Military-Industrial takes a teeny-tiny hit -- a needed hit. Now get to work on the rest of the fat.

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7ytownsteelman(628 comments)posted 10 months ago

Tim Ryan didn't seem to care about the people who lost their jobs at the GE plants after he backed the incandescent light bulb ban.

Tim Ryan didn't seem to concerned about the jobs at the Niles power plant when he voted against delaying the ridiculous new EPA pollution requirements that contributed to its closure.

Tim Ryan didn't seem so concerned about the full time jobs that became part time or were lost as a result of the Affordable Care Act which he voted for.

He votes against our wishes every chance he gets. He is supposed to REPRESENT our interests, not sabotage them!

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8rnbenson39(1 comment)posted 10 months ago

Think there working on closing this one down, before you know it, we will hear that there are to few planes to keep the base open.

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9newsmaker1(127 comments)posted 10 months ago

Arkansas's Democrat Senator Mark Pryor is in trouble with the voters, He also backed Obamacare without reading it. Obama's knows any Democrat can win this district. Pryor needs to show voters he can bring government jobs.

Urinate on this district, we remain the Democrat prositute. George Bush saved this important base. Obama will eventually close it, Obama is killing our Military in more ways more one. obama has purged 200 of our top military leaders(200) and replaced them with political plants. Beware America, soon we will be defenseless.

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10commoncitizen(961 comments)posted 10 months ago

Not to worry ---Timmy Ryan is supporting Hillary for president ---that will bring back all of the lost jobs!!! NOT!!

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11republicansareevil(4 comments)posted 10 months ago

We all know who is really to blame.
It is George Bush and his oil cronies. It was Bush's fault when Clinton and Gore told us we were getting Federal jobs downtown. Doggone Republicans !!

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12TheLostPatrol(756 comments)posted 10 months ago

But, Ryan gets re-elected every time he runs; even thought very long about a Governor spot, but told to back off by the Cuyahoga faithful. He and Jay, Career Politico's squealing as they slop it up at the public trough!

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13borylie(790 comments)posted 10 months ago

Vindicator with it's ringing endorsement of Rep.Ryan vs. Dr.Agana. Appropriations committee and his support of Obama care: US Rep. Tim Ryan’s experience, insights needed more than ever in hyper-partisan D.C. October 14, 2012. Vindy? Bueller?

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