Sarachene assumes command of 910th

YOUNGSTOWN AIR RESERVE STATION, Ohio --

The 910th Airlift Wing welcomed back Col. Daniel J. Sarachene as he returned to become the next commander of the wing and the installation commander of YARS. Col. Sarachene assumed his duties during an Assumption of Command ceremony that took place at 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 4, 2017, here.

The ceremony was presided over by Maj. Gen. John P. Stokes, Commander of 22nd Air Force, Dobbins Air Reserve Base, Georgia.

“Leading these Airmen is a privilege, and Col. Sarachene is the man to do it,” said Stokes. “I know him to be a true professional, a skilled aviator and a leader who can rightly balance between the mission and the people.”

Sarachene returned to YARS after his most recent assignment as vice commander of the 914th Airlift Wing, Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station, New York. Prior to his assignment at Niagara Falls ARS, Sarachene was assigned to YARS from 1992 to 2014. During that time, he served as a pilot, instructor and evaluator pilot, chief pilot and commander of the 910th Operations Support Squadron, 773rd Airlift Squadron and 757th Airlift Squadron, respectively.

Sarachene, a long-time resident of Austintown, Ohio, is the first Mahoning Valley resident to take command of YARS since at least 1981 when the 910th Tactical Airlift Group, the wing’s heritage unit, began flying the C-130B model cargo aircraft.

“I’m very excited to come home,” said Sarachene. “I never thought this opportunity would arise. It’s very exciting to be back home with family and friends and working with Airmen I got to work with in the past.”

Sarachene talked about the characteristics he felt were important to achieve the 910th Airlift Wing’s mission: Deploy, deliver, defend.

“Trust, teamwork and leadership,” said Sarachene. “That’s what I see in you all, and I hope that’s what you see in me. And that’s what will keep the pride, attitude and integrity rolling. It’s go time.”