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Youngstown Air Reserve selected as preferred location for new C-130Js

While the final decision won't be made until this summer, Youngstown's selection as the preferred site offers hope for the Valley.

Thursday, December 22nd 2022, 6:09 PM EST

By Robert McFerren

The Youngstown Air Reserve Station has been selected as the preferred location to replace its eight C-130Hs with eight C-130Js out of the four locations being considered.

Youngstown ARS was selected to host this mission after a site survey was conducted that assessed the location based on factors related to the mission, infrastructure capacity, community support, environmental considerations, and cost. 

"The men and women of the 910th Airlift Wing are excited by the news that Youngstown Air Reserve Station, Ohio, has been selected by Secretary of the Air Force Kendall as the preferred basing location for eight new C-130J aircraft. The replacement of our eight C-130Hs with these new planes will allow the 910th to continue to answer our nation's call anywhere around the globe for the foreseeable future," said Col. Jeff Van Dootingh, 910th Airlift Wing commander.

While the final decision won't be made until this summer, Youngstown's selection as the preferred site offers hope for the Valley. Peterson Space Force Base, Colorado; Dobbins Air Reserve Base, Georgia; and Minneapolis-St. Paul ARS, Minnesota, remain as alternative locations for the C-130Js.

The new C-130J reduces manpower requirements, lowers operating and support costs, and provides life-cycle cost savings over earlier C-130 models. It can also climb faster and higher, flying farther at a higher cruise speed, and taking off and landing at a shorter distance. Youngstown ARS will continue supporting Air Force Northern Command aerial spray and tactical airlift missions.   

"Every day, the men and women stationed at YARS put their lives on the line for our safety, and it is our job to give them the resources they need to succeed," said Congressman Tim Ryan. "Today's announcement is the culmination of many years of effort in concert with my Ohio Delegation colleagues, and I couldn't be prouder to have helped make it happen."

"The 910th Airlift Wing performs critical missions throughout the country and around the globe," said Senator Sherrod Brown. "The Youngstown Community proudly supports the 910th. I'm grateful that the Air Force Reserve Command, and Secretary Frank Kendall, recognized how important Youngstown Air Reserve Station is to our national security and selected it as the preferred location for eight C-130Js. Congressman Ryan and I have worked with the entire delegation to upgrade these planes, and it's finally happening." 

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