Senator: "Youngstown Air Reserve Station future looks promising" - WFMJ.com News weather sports for Youngstown-Warren Ohio

Senator: "Youngstown Air Reserve Station future looks promising"

Posted: Updated:

The future of the 910th Air Reserve Station could soon be looking much brighter.

Ohio Senators, Rob Portman and Sherrod Brown certainly agree on something, and that's the importance of retaining the 910th Airlift Wing in the Mahoning Valley.
Both men managed to get an amendment added to the 2017 National Defense Authorization Act that would direct the U.S.Air Force to prioritize upgrades to the aging C-130 fleets at the 910th.

"We both recognize the importance to our national and domestic security and the importance that the Youngstown Air Reserve Station has on the economy and the vitality of the Mahoning valley," says Brown.

"If we have older aircraft or if we are not upgrading our base it's easier to push that base aside in the context of a base closing commission process that's likely to take place in the next several years," says Portman.

And having the older C-130H fleet presents a big problem for the future of the station.

910th Public Affairs Superintendent, Bob Barko Jr., says "Our current fleet is just a few years away from being prevented from flying in airspace over parts of the u.s. or Europe due to new regulations coming down the pike."

So the new legislation would address whether the government should upgrade the current fleet or completely replace them with the new C-130J models.  So far expects say replacement would be more cost effective.

The house is expected to vote on that legislation as early as Friday and then the Senate would vote on it early next week. 

  • More From wfmj.comHot ClicksMore>>

  • What is lava haze? A look at Hawaii's latest volcanic hazard

    What is lava haze? A look at Hawaii's latest volcanic hazard

    Tuesday, May 22 2018 3:45 PM EDT2018-05-22 19:45:48 GMT
    (U.S. Geological Survey via AP). In this image provided by the U.S. Geological Survey, lava from fissure 20 enters the ocean near Pahoa, Hawaii on Sunday, May 20, 2018. The volcano that is oozing, spewing and exploding on Hawaii's Big Island has gotten...(U.S. Geological Survey via AP). In this image provided by the U.S. Geological Survey, lava from fissure 20 enters the ocean near Pahoa, Hawaii on Sunday, May 20, 2018. The volcano that is oozing, spewing and exploding on Hawaii's Big Island has gotten...
    White plumes of acid and extremely fine shards of glass are billowing into the sky over Hawaii as molten rock from Kilauea volcano pours down a hillside and into the ocean.More >>
    White plumes of acid and extremely fine shards of glass are billowing into the sky over Hawaii as molten rock from Kilauea volcano pours down a hillside and into the ocean.More >>
  • School shooting victims killed attempting to ward off gunman

    School shooting victims killed attempting to ward off gunman

    Tuesday, May 22 2018 2:57 PM EDT2018-05-22 18:57:28 GMT
    (AP Photo/Fareed Khan). Abdul Aziz Sheikh, center, father of Sabika Sheikh, a victim of a shooting at a Texas high school, shows a picture of his daughter in Karachi, Pakistan, Saturday, May 19, 2018. The Pakistani foreign exchange student is among tho...(AP Photo/Fareed Khan). Abdul Aziz Sheikh, center, father of Sabika Sheikh, a victim of a shooting at a Texas high school, shows a picture of his daughter in Karachi, Pakistan, Saturday, May 19, 2018. The Pakistani foreign exchange student is among tho...
    An outgoing and 'really funny' student who blocked the door to try to prevent the gunman from entering the classroom and an exchange student who aspired to work in civil service were among the 10 people killed at a...More >>
    An outgoing and 'really funny' student who blocked the door to try to prevent the gunman from entering the classroom and an exchange student who aspired to work in civil service were among the 10 people killed at a Texas high school.More >>
  • Miss Nebraska wins Miss USA competition

    Miss Nebraska wins Miss USA competition

    Tuesday, May 22 2018 4:13 AM EDT2018-05-22 08:13:46 GMT
    The show has begun to see who will go home with the Miss USA title.More >>
    The show has begun to see who will go home with the Miss USA title.More >>
Powered by Frankly
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2018 WFMJ. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms