Youngstown Air Reserve Station holds open house Saturday

Six of the C-130 transports were lined up on the tarmac for display at the Youngstown Air Reserve Station

Lawmakers discuss funding to support the future of the Air Reserve Station in Vienna.

VIENNA, Ohio (WKBN) – The Youngstown Air Reserve Station in Vienna was open to the public for the first time since 2007 on Saturday.

Hanger 295, which has been transformed into a display area, was the focal point of the free public open house.

“We’re part of the community and we want to make sure that the community knows that we’re out here for one, and knows what we do so it’s not just some mystery behind gate,” said Colonel James Dignan.

Friday was Family and Friends Day, a rehearsal for Saturday.

Among the items on display was an airman’s full gear for worst case scenarios.

“We would see them in this situation if there was a chemical warfare environment or a chemical, biological, nuclear environment,” said Senior Master Sergeant Jim Haupt.

Spectators were able to try on a helmet and flack jacket, and check out the military assault guns.

“We got a couple machine guns and then our standard carrier rifle, with a grenade launcher attachment,” said Sergeant Dana Portentoso.

“Every time we get folks from off base that get an opportunity to come on base, they say, ‘Wow, what a really nice piece of property, what a really nice gem we have here in northeast Ohio,'” Dignan said.

Six of the C-130 transports were lined up on the tarmac for display. They are the heart and soul of the Youngstown Air Reserve Station.

There were also interactive displays and local food vendors.

More information about the event is available on the Youngstown Air Reserve Station’s website.

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