BigNews.Biz - Dec 27,2016 - Portman, Brown Amendment to Strengthen Youngstown Air Reserve Station Signed Into Law
Portman/Brown Measure Will Prioritize C-130 Upgrades for YARS
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Rob Portman (R-OH) and Sherrod Brown (D-OH) announced that the president signed into law the FY 2017 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which includes their legislation to prioritize C-130 upgrades for special mission units like the 910 Airlift Wing at Youngstown Air Reserve Station (YARS). Specifically, the amendment will require the Air Force to report on how it will prioritize upgrades from C-130H aircraft to new C-130J models, which YARS needs for its special aerial spray mission. Portman and Brown have been urging the Air Force to replace the 910th Airlift Wing’s current fleet with the new C-130J to ensure the Wing can complete its missions more safely and effectively.
“The Youngstown Air Reserve station is a model for other Air Reserve Stations throughout the country. Our provision puts YARS is in a better position to receive upgraded aircraft,” Portman stated. “C-130 modernization will improve the 910th’s aging fleet and ensure that the 910th’s specialized aerial-spray missions continue safely and effectively.”
“These updates are key to maintaining Mahoning Valley jobs and supporting the ongoing missions performed by the men and women at Youngstown Air Reserve Station,” said Brown. “We’ve been pushing for modernization of this fleet for years, and this law will call on the Air Force to get to work updating these aircraft so YARS can continue its critical missions.”