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Youngstown Air Reserve Base lobbies against downsizing

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WASHINGTON, D.C. - Congressman Tim Ryan (D-13th Ohio) is urging a reversal of planned reductions at the Youngstown Air Reserve Station.

In a letter to the National Commission on the Structure of the Air Force (NCASF) and the Acting Secretary of the Air Force, the congressman said plans to reduce the number of primary aircraft from 12 to 8 would negatively impact the manpower authorizations at the Youngstown base.

The Commission is touring Air Force installations around the country and will submit a report to Congress and the President on February 1 with its recommendations on the future structure of the Air Force.

According to a news release from the 910th Airlift Wing, members of the wing were scheduled to provide statements to the NCASF at a hearing at the statehouse in Columbus on Tuesday.  A group from the 910th is also scheduled to meet with members of NCASF as the commission tours Mansfield-Lahm Air National Guard Base, on Wednesday, according to the release.

Ryan, who is a member of the Defense Appropriations Subcommittee, said in his letter that the Youngstown base is the only facility providing large area fixed-wing aerial spray capability to control disease-carrying insects, pest insects, undesirable vegetation and to disperse oil spills in large bodies of water.

Congressman Ryan suggested that it would be in more efficient for the Air Force to increase the number of aircraft at the Youngstown Air Reserve Station to 16, claiming it would be to the benefit of both the Air Force and our national security.

Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio) also released a letter he wrote to the National Commission on the Structure of the Air Force. Portman's letter touts the Youngstown Air Reserve Station's efficiency and capabilities, but does not specifically call on the commission to reverse it's planned cutbacks.

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