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Youngstown Air Reserve Station included in congressional conference report

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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.

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