Located outside the main gate for easier access

By William K. Alcorn



The Air Force Reserve’s new $600,000 regional recruiting center, located west of and just outside the main gate at Youngstown Reserve Air Station, was unveiled Monday.

The new facility, added onto the base Visitor Center, provides easier access to the recruiting office while maintaining the security of the Air Force Reserve installation, said Senior Master Sgt. Jo Ann G. Shaw, senior recruiter.

The air reserve station houses the 910th Airlift Wing and small Navy and Marine Corps contingents. Previously, the Air Force Reserve recruiting office was located east of and just inside the base’s main entrance for more than 30 years.

“A critical part of recruiting is availability and location. Our new building is easily accessible to any potential recruits or those just seeking information about the Air Force Reserve program,” said Shaw, flight chief of recruiting for the Lorain, Cleveland Heights, Akron and Youngstown area.

Also housed in the recruiting are Senior Master Sgt. John Wood of Ravenna, a native of Niles, who is in charge of recruiting professional medical personnel for a four-state area — Ohio, Michigan, Pennsylvania and New York; and Master Sgt. Randi Baum of Garrettsville, whose recruiting territory stretches from Youngstown-Warren to the Akron-Canton area. The Vienna recruiting office also encompasses a Cleveland recruiting office.

After cutting the ribbon to officially open the recruiting center, Col. James D. Dignan, 910th commander, said the YARS recruiting office “has been among the best in the command four years running.”

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