YOUNGSTOWN AIR RESERVE STATION, Ohio --
Due to the partial shutdown of the federal government which went into effect at midnight on Jan. 20, the 910th Airlift Wing (AW) and Youngstown Air Reserve Station (YARS) are in a non-operating status until further notice. Installation employees were asked to report for duty as normal this morning in order to sign their furlough notice and conduct an orderly shutdown.
Until further guidance is issued, the base will cease normal operations and be unable to provide some services to Department of Defense ID card holders including ID card issuance services.
YARS is the fourth-largest employer in the Mahoning Valley, with nearly 2000 employees. During the shutdown, unless further guidance is issued, civilian employees will be placed in a furloughed no pay, no work status. Military and non-furloughed civilian Reserve Citizen Airmen (those who are excepted because they are performing work that, by law, may continue during a lapse in appropriations) will continue to work and will continue to earn pay for the period of the shutdown but will not receive it until Congress provides appropriations.
Col. Dan Sarachene is the commander of the 910th Airlift Wing.
“This lapse in appropriations puts undue hardships and uncertainty on our workforce as well as retirees and veterans in our community who rely on our services,” said Sarachene. “Stability is critical to readiness. Continuing Resolutions do not provide the stability we need. The Air Force needs an enacted appropriation for the entirety of Fiscal Year 2018 as soon as possible.”
The mission of the 910th Airlift Wing is to provide a current, qualified, mission-ready force so the Air Force can fly, fight and win. Fulfilling this mission requires the steadfast work of our full-time employees who provide support and training to the warfighter. In the absence of appropriations, our ability to perform our mission suffers.