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Federally mandated cuts could affect Youngstown Air Reserve Station in Vienna

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VIENNA, Ohio - Like a ticking time bomb, a package of federally mandated spending cuts, known as the sequester, are now just days away.

If Congress can't find a way to solve the nation's deficit before a March 1st deadline, across the board cuts begin taking effect.

Some of the cuts will be felt at the Youngstown Air Reserve Station in Vienna.

Four hundred and nine civilians who work at the air reserve base face one day off without pay each week through the end of September if the countdown to sequester doesn't end in their favor.

"Twenty percent reduction on our mission is going to impact, I don't know to what degree, but it is significant," said Major Brent Davis, Chief of Public Affairs at the 910th Airlift Wing.

And it would take a bite out of their paychecks too. The plan which includes reducing flying hours by 18-percent could force planes to be grounded more often.

Major Davis says that would limit valuable training time for the 910th aircrew members flying C-130's.

All measures combined would result in an estimated savings of $3 million-dollars.

Hanging in limbo until the March 1st deadline won't be easy.

Major Davis says it's the uncertainty that's difficult for the personnel who work at the air reserve station. Many of them support a family, and they just don't know what's going to happen next.

"There's certainly frustration and kind of wondering how this is going to play out. You know, so, we're hoping for the best," Major Davis said.

The civilians who work at the air reserve station are also humanitarians in our Valley. They not only support the base with food, supplies and transportation, but also local fire departments and communities.

"We are very proud to be here to serve, to help out our community. Help out those that are in harm's way, to supply them, to support them, protect them," Major Davis said.

Major Davis expects to know by the beginning of next month how much of an impact decisions in Washington will have on their service.

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