By Michael Roknick
Herald Business Editor
The 910th Airlift Wing is getting its wings clipped at the Youngstown Air Reserve Station in terms of planes and jobs.
As of Oct. 1 of this year, two aircraft the local Air Reserve had on loan to the C-130 training facility based in Little Rock, Ark., were permanently transferred from the 910th Airlift Wing’s inventory. The transfer cuts the number of what the military calls “primary inventory’’ here to 10, C-130 Hercules tactical cargo transport aircraft.
The Airlift Wing is located at Youngstown-Warren Regional Airport in Vienna, Ohio.
Further, two additional aircraft are scheduled to transfer out of the 910th’s inventory by March 31, reducing the wing’s aircraft inventory to eight C-130 aircraft.
As a result of these plane transfers the local air wing will lose about 50 full-time and 150 part-time jobs. The job reductions will take place throughout the fiscal year which ends Sept. 30, 2014.
“We will do everything possible to let our Citizen Airmen and DoD civilians know what changes lie ahead and how they will be affected,” said Col. Dignan, 910th Airling Wing Commander. “We will assist in any way we can to make these transitions as painless as possible in these uncertain times.”
In addition to keeping those working at the air station informed about what lies ahead, the commander said the 910th would do everything possible to keep people in the valley and beyond informed about the mission and capabilities the air wing and installation provide to the nation.
“We have a duty to the American people and Congress to keep them informed about how tax dollars are spent here. We have many assets unique to our installation and we will continue to spread the word about what the 910th and YARS provides to the national defense,” said Col. Dignan.