Cuts planned for air reserve station

VIENNA, Ohio (WKBN) – The Pentagon is cutting some planes from the 910th Airlift Wing at the Air Reserve Station in Vienna.

According to our print partner the Tribune Chronicle, one of the two flying squadrons that are part of the 910th Airlift Wing at the Air Reserve Station in Vienna will be deactivated.

The exact timing of the changes has not been determined, but officials say the elimination of the squadron is a direct result of the structural changes at the base resulting in a reduced number of aircraft.

An announcement was made last year indicating the base would lose 50 full-time and 150 part-time positions over the next several months.

Officials say the squadron being eliminated is just a by-product of those cuts.

Approximately 2,000 people work at the Youngstown Air Reserve Station in Vienna,  including 1,600 reservists and 400 full-time civilian employees.  Cuts are coming for employees as part of sequestration, from planes to personnel.

In May, Col. James Dignan, commander of the 910th Airlift Wing, spoke about the cuts during an interview. He said the reserve station has 12 planes currently and it is going down to 10. He also said the station will lose some full-time civilian employees and some reservists.

At that time, Dignan said the future of about 50 civilian employees and up to 120 reservists is up in the air.

Sources at the Youngstown Air Reserve Station said the cuts could be even deeper, with the station potentially dropping to eight planes and losing even more employees and reservists.

In July,  involuntary furloughs forced employees to take each Monday off through Aug. 26 and involved about 400 employees.

The cutbacks saved the Defense Department about $1.8 billion nationwide.

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