910th commander talks YARS on Capitol Hill
By Master Sgt. Bob Barko Jr., 910th Airlift Wing Public Affairs
/ Published June 27, 2018
WASHINGTON, D.C. --
Air Force Reserve 910th Airlift Wing Commander Col. Dan Sarachene, based at Youngstown Air Reserve Station, Ohio, led a small group from YARS on a visit of the offices of congressional members from Ohio and Pennsylvania on Capitol Hill here, June 21, 2018.
Members of the Ohio and Pennsylvania congressional delegations invited the YARS team to visit their D.C. offices to discuss the wing’s mission as well as several issues concerning the unit and installation. The commander met with Ohio Senator Sherrod Brown, Congressman Bill Johnson from Ohio’s Sixth District, Congressman Tim Ryan from Ohio’s Thirteenth District and Congressman David Joyce from Ohio’s Fourteenth District. Sarachene also met with staffers from the offices of Ohio Senator Rob Portman and Congressman Mike Kelly from Pennsylvania’s Third District. Hundreds of service members and Department of Defense civilian employees assigned to YARS are the constituents of these congressional members.
The YARS team also had the opportunity to talk about the 910th’s one-of-a-kind large area, fixed wing aerial spray capability. They discussed the wing’s Department of Defense-unique mission with the legislators and their staffers. He also shared what the 910th brings to the Air Force Reserve and the DoD as well as how the wing’s mission contributes to the well-being of the populations of several states. A highlight of this discussion was the 910th’s September 2017 mosquito control aerial spray mission conducted over 2.7 million acres, an area roughly the size of the state of Delaware, in eastern Texas in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey.
“We appreciate the invitation from our congressional delegation to discuss matters concerning the 910th,” said Sarachene. “YARS is one of only nine Air Force Reserve host installations in the country. This little gem of a base in Northeast Ohio and our 910th Reserve Citizen Airmen have a huge impact on our local economy as well as the national defense across the globe and across the country.”