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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(169 comments)posted 4 months, 3 weeks 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(12 comments)posted 4 months, 3 weeks ago

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

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3gdog4766(1401 comments)posted 4 months, 3 weeks ago

You have to be a complete idiot to praise the loss of jobs and wages. These people all seem to be of the same political bent. Just this week the senate had a veterans bill come on the floor that would greatly improve medical and other benefits for them. The republican senators tried to attach addendums to the bill that had nothing to do with veterans. When they failed they voted the bill down. Way to show your patriotism and gratitude to the people who have risked and lost their lives for you.

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4cbrook88(16 comments)posted 4 months, 3 weeks ago

i always thought when you heard any military aircraft overhead you would say 'sounds like freedom'.
8 year U.S. Army Veteran

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5dontbeafool(835 comments)posted 4 months, 3 weeks 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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6dontbeafool(835 comments)posted 4 months, 3 weeks 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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