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Youngstown air base to lose 773rd squadron

Published: Fri, February 28, 2014 @ 12:10 a.m.

By William K. Alcorn



The loss of C-130 cargo planes and some 50 full-time and 150 part-time job positions at the Youngstown Air Reserve Station in fiscal 2014 has led to the elimination of the 910th Airlift Wing’s 773rd Airlift Squadron.

The positions being lost may not translate to an equal loss of personnel, however, said Robert Barko Jr., Air Force Reserve master sergeant and superintendent of the 910th public affairs office.

Barko said Air Force Reserve Command has ordered a 10 percent increase in strength, which means some of the personnel who had the eliminated positions may get other positions at YARS or at other Department of Defense facilities.

It is not known when the 773rd will be decommissioned, he added.

The mission of the 773rd — airlifts and air drops — will be taken over by the 757th Airlift Squadron, which has the only fixed-wing aerial spray mission in the Defense Department, Barko said.

He said six of the eight remaining C-130s in the YARS inventory that will be left after two planes leave by March 31 have spray capability.

Also, Barko said that in fiscal year 2015, which begins Oct. 1, YARS is supposed to be assigned a backup aircraft. He said, however, no money or personnel are associated with the plane.

The recent downsizing of the YARS complement of C-130 Hercules cargo/transport aircraft and job positions began when two of planes, previously on loan to the C-130 training facility at Little Rock, Ark., were permanently transferred to Little Rock effective Oct. 1, 2013, the beginning of fiscal year 2014.

Two more of the 910th’s C-130s are to be assigned by March 31, bringing its aircraft complement to eight.

The position reductions will take place throughout this fiscal year, which ends Sept. 30, the 910th reported last year.


1thirtyninedollars(418 comments)posted 1 year, 2 months ago

My prayers have been almost fully answered. Now if we can just get the rest the heck out of this area. If the flyboys would learn some respect and quit buzzing the residential areas of this region with those noisy birds of theirs, they may have still kept their jobs.

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2realitylesson(13 comments)posted 1 year, 2 months ago

Thats just about the dumbest comment I have read on here and I have read some dumb comments

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3redeye1(4965 comments)posted 1 year, 2 months ago

39 dollars They fly over my house constantly , What's your problem? My family tries to wave to the pilots .

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4paulydel(1410 comments)posted 1 year, 2 months ago

Thirty-nine dollars your statement isn't worth two cents. You must have voted for the imposter and chief. That base provides the way to haul cargo and troops that help to keep our country safe. People like you have abused our freedom and most likely have contributed nothing to help keep us free. Most likely it won't bother you but the next time you look at our flag take a look at the red stripes. There is a reason why there is one more red stripe than white.

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5DSquared(1469 comments)posted 1 year, 2 months ago

Welcome to Obamaville! The bread line forms in the rear! Don't forget to pick up your sack of rice, too!

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6dontbeafool(1319 comments)posted 1 year, 2 months ago

Obama cutting military by 5.9%. Makes sense since we are coming out of 2 wars. We still spend more money on military defense than the next top 11 countries combined. Sounds like common sense to reduce spending, which is what the right is always preaching! But since it is under Obama, it is a tragedy! Cheney had the nerve to criticize O for doing it, but when he was Sec of Def, he cut the military size by 25%, citing the same reasons. Hypocrisy once again. I feel bad that the people in this area lost some work though. Btw eivo, do you know who are the recipients of a large amount of food stamps? MILITARY FAMILIES!

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7dontbeafool(1319 comments)posted 1 year, 2 months ago

You are correct. Even after being around these planes on a daily basis during my military time, a good old flyover still give me goosebumps.

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