Members of the 910th Airlift Wing in Vienna are scheduled to provide statements to the National Commission on the Structure of the Air Force at a hearing at the Statehouse in Columbus on Tuesday.
According to a news release, NCASF is touring bases across the nation as they gather information and make recommendations for modifications and anticipated mission requirements for the Air Force.
The team of airmen from the 910th will address the commission highlighting the capabilities of the Airlift Wing and the Youngstown Air Reserve Station. The commission will also hold off-base hearings with state and local community leaders as well as members of the general public.
At this time, the commission has no visit scheduled to tour the Air Reserve Station in Vienna.
Congressman Tim Ryan, D-Niles, sent a letter to the commission asking them to reverse the planned force reduction at the Youngstown Air Reserve Station. In the letter, Ryan highlighted the Airlift Wing’s “unique capability, being the Department of Defense’s only large area fixed-wing aerial spray capability to control disease-carrying insects, pest insects, and undesirable vegetation and to disperse oil spills in large bodies of water.”
In response to the reduction in aircraft at the station from 12 to 8, Ryan said it would be more efficient to have 16 aircraft at YARS to “benefit both the Air Force and national security.”
Ryan serves on the Defense Appropriations Committee and is a representative of the U.S. Air Force installation.
U.S. Senator Rob Portman also sent a letter of support for YARS highlighting the aerial spray unit and capabilities unique to the air station.
A group from the 910th Airlift Wing is also scheduled to meet with commission members again on Wednesday at Mansfield-Lahn Air National Guard Base.