Youngstown Air Reserve Station included in congressional confere - WFMJ.com News weather sports for Youngstown-Warren Ohio

Youngstown Air Reserve Station included in congressional conference report

Posted: Updated:
WASHINGTON -

Both of Ohio's U.S. Senators have announced that a congressional report includes promising news for the future of the Youngstown Air Reserve Station.

Senators Rob Portman and Sherrod Brown said on Wednesday that the 2017 National Defense Authorization Act conference report has been released after months of negotiations between the House and Senate.

The report includes the Senators amendment to prioritize C-130 upgrades and strengthen the Youngstown Air Reserve Station and its mission capabilities.

Specifically, the amendment directs the Air Force to report on how it will prioritize upgrades to new C-130J aircraft for special mission units like the 910th Air Wing that have special capabilities such as aerial spray, airborne firefighting, and weather reconnaissance.

Portman and Brown have been urging the Air Force to replace YARS’ 910th Airlift Wing’s current fleet of C-130H aircraft with new C-130J aircraft to ensure that the 910th’s Department of Defense mandated specialized aerial spray mission continues safely and without interruption.

“Prioritizing upgrades for new C-130 aircraft will help maintain and strengthen our special mission units like the 910th at the Youngstown Air Reserve Station, which has become a model for other Air Reserve Stations throughout the country,” Portman stated. “C-130 modernization is critical for Youngstown and Ohio.”

“The Air Force should prioritize these special mission wings when allocating aircraft. This language will benefit not just the Mahoning Valley, but all communities that benefit from the special mission at YARS,” said Brown.

A representative of Portman's office says the House plans to vote on the Conference Report on Friday, and a Senate vote could come next week.

Related coverage:

Group gathers to shield 910th Airlift Wing against future closures

  • More NewsMore>>

  • Campbell remains under boil advisory, water pressure restored

    Campbell remains under boil advisory, water pressure restored

    Saturday, May 27 2017 9:20 AM EDT2017-05-27 13:20:47 GMT

    Water pressure is restored in Campbell, but the city remains under a boil alert Saturday until further notice, water department officials say.  The alert was first issued Friday as crews worked to repair a water line break in the area of Jackson Street off Wilson Avenue.  Reports of little to no water pressure first came in Thursday night around 10 p.m., police say.  That was enough to close Campbell City schools Friday. Officials still haven't indicated when the bo...

    More >>

    Water pressure is restored in Campbell, but the city remains under a boil alert Saturday until further notice, water department officials say.  The alert was first issued Friday as crews worked to repair a water line break in the area of Jackson Street off Wilson Avenue.  Reports of little to no water pressure first came in Thursday night around 10 p.m., police say.  That was enough to close Campbell City schools Friday. Officials still haven't indicated when the bo...

    More >>
  • Credit card skimming reported at Mercer County service station

    Credit card skimming reported at Mercer County service station

    Friday, May 26 2017 5:06 PM EDT2017-05-26 21:06:52 GMT

    Authorities in Mercer county are investigating reports of thieves skimming credit guards to steal consumers personal information. It happened recently at Wagler's Camp Perry service station in Clarks Mills.   Skimming happens when thieves unlock gas pumps and connect a skimmer to the card reader which steals information when a customer swipes a credit or debit card. 

    More >>

    Authorities in Mercer county are investigating reports of thieves skimming credit guards to steal consumers personal information. It happened recently at Wagler's Camp Perry service station in Clarks Mills.   Skimming happens when thieves unlock gas pumps and connect a skimmer to the card reader which steals information when a customer swipes a credit or debit card. 

    More >>
  • Have $3.9 million? Check out this millionaire's retreat in Transfer

    Have $3.9 million? Check out this millionaire's retreat in Transfer

    It's one of the premier properties in our region: 101 Carrier Road in Transfer. This Wednesday, it will be sold at auction. The asking price is a cool $3.9 million for this one-of-a-kind spot in Mercer County. 

    More >>

    It's one of the premier properties in our region: 101 Carrier Road in Transfer. This Wednesday, it will be sold at auction. The asking price is a cool $3.9 million for this one-of-a-kind spot in Mercer County. 

    More >>
Powered by Frankly
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2017 WFMJ. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms