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In wartime, the 910th Airlift Wing mission is to employ the Lockheed C-130 Hercules aircraft in combat operations of tactical airlift. These operations include low-level infiltration into a combat environment, where aircrews can deliver personnel and materials by airdrop and air-land techniques.
The 910th Airlift Wing is a United States Air Force Reserve Command (AFRC) unit located at Youngstown Air Reserve Station, Ohio. It is under the command of 22nd Air Force, Dobbins ARB, Ga., and Headquarters AFRC, Robins AFB, Ga. In the event of mobilization, the unit would be assigned to the Air Mobility Command, headquartered at Scott AFB, IL.
The 910th Airlift Wing is comprised of three groups and one medical unit, the 910th Medical Squadron. The 910th Operations Group is comprised of two flying squadrons and one support unit, the 910th Operations Support Squadron. The flying squadron is the 757th Airlift Squadron, which includes the only large-area, fixed-wing aerial spray mission in the Department of Defense. The 910th Maintenance Group is assigned two squadrons, the 910th Maintenance Squadron and the 910th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron. The 910th Mission Support Group is assigned seven units: the 910th Mission Support Flight, 910th Civil Engineer Squadron, 910th Security Forces Squadron, 910th Force Support Squadron, 910th Logistics Readiness Squadron, 76th Aerial Port Squadron and 910th Communications Squadron.
The 910th is authorized and assigned eight (8) Lockheed C-130H2 Hercules transport and cargo aircraft and one (1) back-up aircraft. The 910th Airlift Wing converted from the C-130 Hercules "B" model to the "H" model between August 1990 and April 1991. The aircraft can carry more than 36,500 pounds to include 6 pallets of cargo or 64 paratroopers or 74 litter patients or 92 combat troops or a combination of any these up to the cargo compartment capacity. It can land on unimproved or dirt airstrips of less than 3,000 feet in length. It may also accomplish strategic airlift of personnel and supplies at distances in excess of 3,000 miles.
* Manning (approximate as of Aug 2013)
1. Air Force Reservists - 1399
2. Air Reserve Technicians - 233
3. AGR/Active Duty - 45
4. AF DoD Civilian Element - 139
5. Naval & Marine Corps Reserve - 211
* Economic Impact
Civilian Pay - More than $25 million annually
Military Pay - More than $25 million annually
Local Expenditures - More than $25 million annually
(Utilities, construction, lodging, supplies and equipment)
Dollar value of indirect jobs created - More than $24 million annually
Total* - $105,909,520 million
*Per 910th Airlift Wing FY13 Economic Impact Analysis
SIGNIFICANT HISTORICAL HIGHLIGHTS
1951 - 1954 - The Air Defense Command negotiates with community to construct base for northern United States defense.
1955 - Air Defense Command constructs the base.
1957 - Construction of Reserve facilities completed. 26th Fighter-Bomber Squadron established, flying T-33 & F86H aircraft.
1958 - After 26th is deactivated, the 757th Troop Carrier Squadron, flying C-119 aircraft, moves here from Byrd Field, VA.
1960 - The Air Force transfers command of Youngstown Air Force Base from Air Defense Command to the 757th and the Continental Air Command (now the Air Force Reserve).
1965 - Unit C-119s cargo aircraft carry personnel and supplies to the Caribbean to aid in the Dominican Republic Crisis.
1969 - The tactical airlift mission ends as the unit is redesignated the 910th Tactical Air Support Group, flying U-3s and training forward air controllers.
1971 - Unit is converted to the 910th Special Operations Group, flying A-37 fighter-bombers in a close air support mission.
September 1973 - The unit is redesignated the 910th Tactical Fighter Group, retaining the same mission.
June 1981 - Unit is converted to 910th Tactical Airlift Group, flying C-130B models.
November 1990 - 76th Mobile Aerial Port Squadron is called to active duty for Desert Shield/Storm.
January 1991 - The 910th Medical Squadron is called to active duty for Desert Shield/Storm. The Group also assumed the Aerial Spray Mission for the Department of Defense (DoD).
April 1991 - The 910th Airlift Wing completed conversion from the C-130 Hercules "B" model to the "H" model. The aircraft conversion began in August 1990.
May 1994 - Three aircraft from the 910th deliver pallets of humanitarian cargo to Mother Teresa in India, becoming the first U.S. military aircraft to operate there in 22 years.
October 1994 - The 910th Airlift Group is redesignated the 910th Airlift Wing, with 16 permanently assigned and authorized aircraft. Youngstown Air Reserve Station (YARS) is also named as the site for a regional maintenance facility.
April 1995 - The 773rd Airlift Squadron is activated as a unit of the 910th Airlift Wing.
December 1995 - The 910th participates in the first-ever joint AFRES/ANG C-130 unit Air Combat Command Operational Readiness Inspection at Savannah, Georgia's Combat Readiness Training Center.
November 2003 - The 910th transfers four C-130 aircraft to the 934th Airlift Wing at Minneapolis Air Reserve Station. The transfer leaves the 910th with 12 permanently assigned C-130H2 aircraft.
May 2005 - The DoD released its list of recommendations to the Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) Commission. YARS was not on the list, but the local public and private sectors voiced strong continued support of the installation in case it was added at a later date. When the final BRAC list was made public in September, the 910th was still not included.
November 2011- 2014 - The 910th "loans" two C-130 aircraft to 22nd Air Force Detachment 1 at the C-130 school house in Little Rock, Arkansas. This move leaves the unit and YARS in possession of 10 of the 12 permanently assigned C-130H2 aircraft.
RECENT UNIT ACHIEVEMENTS
July 2005 -- More than 90 Air Force Reservists from the 910th's 757th Airlift Squadron were honored for combat missions their unit flew while supporting the ongoing War on Terrorism. The Airmen were on active duty from February 27, 2003 to August 31, 2004 and supported six major military operations including Operations Joint Forge, Coronet Oak, Focus Relief, Shining Express, Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom. Deployment locations included at least 25 countries throughout Europe, Southwest Asia and the African continent. During this period, the C-130 aircrews transported more than 26,000 people and more than 5,000 tons of cargo on at least 3,400 flying missions, of which at least 2,300 were combat missions. The 757th flew more than 4,800 hours during its period of activation. The 910th commander presented 86 Air Medals and 11 Aerial Achievement Medals to 59 squadron aircrew members.
September-October 2005 -- The 910th Airlift Wing, home of the Department of Defense (DOD)'s only large-area, fixed-wing aerial spray unit is tasked to combat the potential deadly spread of infectious diseases from insect bites due to the flooding in the aftermath of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita in late August and in September 2005. When the mission concluded, the 910th helped the people of Louisiana and Texas by spraying more than 2.8 million acres. This equates to 4,501 square miles, or approximately an area the size of Connecticut. This was the largest aerial spray tasking since its beginning in 1973.
November 2005 -- A $700,000 night-vision goggle landing system was completed in November 2005. Air Traffic Tower-controlled night vision lighting is installed on the airport's main runway and on the reserve station's assault runway. The Air Force Reserve-funded project makes the air station an indispensable training asset for military aircrews learning to use night vision, which is required on hostile area missions such as Afghanistan and Iraq.
December 2005 -- More than 90 Citizen Airmen from the 910th's 773rd Airlift Squadron were honored here for their contributions to the War on Terrorism. These Air Force Reservists were on active duty from December 1, 2003 to November 30, 2005 and supported six major military operations including Operations Joint Forge, Coronet Oak, Focus Relief, Shining Express, Enduring Freedom, and Iraqi Freedom. Deployment locations included at least 25 countries throughout Europe, Southwest Asia and the African continent. During this period, the C-130 aircrews transported more than 50,000 people and more than 9,000 tons of cargo on at least 5,500 flying missions, of which at least 4,500 were combat missions. The squadron flew more than 6,000 hours during its period of activation. The 910th commander presented 220 Air Medals and 10 Aerial Achievement Medals to 80 squadron aircrew members.
April 2008 -- The 910th is evaluated, deemed combat ready during an Operational Readiness inspection at Gulfport Combat Readiness Training Center, Miss. The IG noted the 910th had the best initial response in more than two years.
September 2008 -- The 910th Airlift Wing, home of the Department of Defense (DOD)'s only large-area, fixed-wing aerial spray unit is tasked to combat the potential deadly spread of infectious diseases from insect bites due to the flooding in the aftermath of Hurricane Gustav during the months of August and September 2008. The 757th aircrews sprayed nearly three quarters of a million acres in the state of Louisiana from 150 feet above ground level.
September 2008 - The 910th hosts its first open house in more than 22 years drawing approx. 50,000 visitors.
December 2008 -- The 910th transports seven pallets (approx. 45,000 pounds) during a humanitarian relief mission to people in the Dominican Republic in the aftermath of a hurricane.
April 2009 - More than 30 members of the 910th Medical Squadron participated in Medical Readiness Training Exercise (MEDRETE) 2009 in the Dominican Republic. The team provided medical, dental eye and public health medical services to more than 10,000 Dominicans in a 10-day period.
June-August 2009 - More than 50 members of the 910th Civil Engineer Squadron construct a 60-student school in Bel Air, Guyana, South America. The project was part of New Horizons, a series of joint and combined humanitarian assistance exercises that U.S. Command conducts annually in Latin American and Caribbean nations.
August 8-9, 2009 -The 910th Airlift Wing hosts more than 71,000 people in two days for "Thunder Over The Valley," Youngstown Air Reserve Station's first air show since 1986. Attendees were treated to a show featuring the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds, the U.S. Army Golden Knights, the U.S. Air Force Reserve Jet Car Show and a wide variety of aerial and ground military and historic aircraft displays. The wing worked for nearly a year with on base and off base assets to bring an event with many logistical challenges that needed to be overcame to fruition. According to many letters and phone calls from event goers, the air show was one of the best organized events in recent memory, both in the valley and across the region.
January-February 2010 - 910th Aircraft and aircrews provide airlift support to Operation Unified Response, an international relief effort in the aftermath of an earthquake that struck the island nation of Haiti. AFRC reported its units flew 201 aircraft missions that moved 2495 passengers, more than 1000 patients and transported nearly 6 million pounds of cargo.
May-June 2010 - The 910th's 757th Airlift Squadron is directed to conduct aerial spray for Operation Deep Water Horizon. The aerial spray mission was to use dispersing agents to neutralize the oil spill caused by the April 2010 sinking of the Deepwater Horizon drilling platform in the Gulf of Mexico. This mission marked the first real world application of oil spill dispersants by the 910th. This mission marked the first real world application of oil spill dispersants by the 910th.
October 2011-January 2012 - Four aircraft and approximately 140 Citizen Airmen, assigned to the the 910th Airlift Wing, deployed to Southwest Asia for four months to support airlift operations to various military installations throughout the U.S. Central Command Area of Operations. During their deployment, the 910th service members and aircraft completed 2,562 flying hours during 354 missions. During these missions, the aircrews moved 7,047 passengers, hauled 2,862 tons of cargo and transported 230 patients for a mission effectiveness rate of 99.3 percent. The 910th Airlift Wing is allotted about 2,800 flying hours per a typical year according to the 910th Operations Group. However, these Citizen Airmen completed more than 2,500 hours of flying in about four months.
April 2013 - The 910th received full credit for its 2013 Operational Readiness Inspection. The wing received the full credit for the ORI due to the continued preparedness and ability to deploy its personnel to theaters of operations across the globe as well as the unit's support of real world contingencies such as the Haiti earthquake and the Deep Water Horizon Oil Spill.
The Air Force Outstanding Unit Awards: September 1, 1983 through August 31, 1985; September 1, 1995 through August 31, 1997; and September 1, 2003 to August 31, 2005 (910 OG). The Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross with Palm: February 14 through March 1968; October 26 and 27, 1972.
CAMPAIGN STREAMERS: Rome-Arno; Southern France; North Apennines; PO Valley; Air Offensive, Europe; Normandy; Rhineland; Central Europe Air combat; European-African-Middle Eastern Theater.
UNIT AWARDS: 910th Safety office, Safety Office of the Year for AFRC in FY 2012, 910th SFS, Best SF Unit in AFRC
for 2005; 1994 Air Combat Command Flight Safety Award; 1995 10th Air Force Maintenance Effectiveness Award.
AFRES Outstanding Host Unit Administrative Award FY90; AFRES Fire Protection; 14 AF Excellence Award Recruiting 3rd Qtr FY91; Skills competition, Second Place FY90 and First Place 91; Patriot Ace II-Air Transportable Clinic First Place FY90; AFRES Fuels Readiness Competition FY90; AFRES Outstanding Operational Contracting Office FY90; AF Airlift Rodeo (1st in AFRES) FY90; AFRES Supply Effectiveness Award FY90; AFRES Best Small DP Program Award FY90; 21 AF Outstanding Mobile Aerial Port Air Reserve Component (ARC) Award FY90; MAC Outstanding Mobile Aerial Port Air Reserve Component FY90. 21 AF Reserve Forces award for flying excellence, Honorable Mention FY89; AFCC Commander's Achievement Award (Best Reserve Unit) FY89; AFCC Outstanding Base Civil Engineering Organization of the year FY89; 14 AF Top Recruiting Award 1st and 2nd Qtr FY89
The 910th Airlift Wing sponsors numerous examples of community service activities such as an active Base-Community Council. The Base-Community Council, Inc. is a non-profit, tax-exempt organization formed to support Youngstown Air Reserve Station and the men and women who work here. The council conducts regular meetings to discuss current events at the base and find ways it can support the mission of the Wing.
The 910th also supports local Reserve Officer Training Corps units including conducting a boot camp at the base each year for the Cleveland East Tech High School AFJROTC unit. The 910th also has a current support agreement with Civil Air Patrol Squadron 051. The 910th hosts scheduled Red Cross blood drives. The Public Affairs office conducts tours of the base to demonstrate to taxpayers how their tax money is spent to support Youngstown Air Reserve Station and a speakers bureau program to provide military speakers for various community events.
The Public Affairs office also coordinates civic leader and news media orientation flights and tours which help inform the Mahoning Valley of the mission, history, activity and economic impact the 910th has on northeastern Ohio. A Pilot for a Day program is also conducted for the benefit of local children who suffer from a chronic or life-threatening disease or illness.
The base fire department participates in a local mutual aid program and provides primary fire protection for civilian as well as military aircraft accidents in the area. They also conduct a yearly fire training school involving many departments from the tri-county area.
(Current as of March 2014)