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Youngstown air base to lose planes, jobs

Published: 11/21/13 @ 12:01




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.


Posted by Photoman (anonymous) on November 21, 2013 at 6:38 a.m.

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.

Posted by bmanresident (anonymous) on November 21, 2013 at 7:35 a.m.

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.

Posted by walter_sobchak (anonymous) on November 21, 2013 at 8:27 a.m.

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.

Posted by author50 (anonymous) on November 21, 2013 at 8:37 a.m.

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

Posted by ytownsteelman (anonymous) on November 21, 2013 at 8:39 a.m.

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!

Posted by rnbenson39 (anonymous) on November 21, 2013 at 9:18 a.m.

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.

Posted by Roger_Thornhill (anonymous) on November 21, 2013 at 10:04 a.m.

Tim Ryan will save us!

Posted by redeye1 (anonymous) on November 21, 2013 at 11:35 a.m.

The demoncrats know that this area is full of gullible voters. Watch, just before the next election. Little Timmy will bring a pittance our tax dollars. back here And the fools of this valley will be out in droves, saying how great it is that we have him as our congressman. Time for Timmy to GO !!!

Posted by redeye1 (anonymous) on November 21, 2013 at 11:36 a.m.

One other thing, The only job that little Timmy is worried about is his own

Posted by JoeFromHubbard (anonymous) on November 21, 2013 at 1:28 p.m.

The government needs to be downsized and military bases can be combined to help accomplish this.

It hurts when the reductions are in my back yard.

Everyone says "Not In My Back Yard" but that is where it needs to start.

Posted by republicansareevil (anonymous) on November 21, 2013 at 4:23 p.m.

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 !!

Posted by borylie (anonymous) on November 21, 2013 at 8:50 p.m.

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?