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910th welcomes U.S. Sen. Brown for YARS visit

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  • By Master Sgt. Bob Barko Jr.
  • 910th Airlift Wing Public Affairs

The Air Force Reserve’s 910th Airlift Wing welcomed Ohio’s senior U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown for a visit here, Tuesday, April 16, 2019.

The senator’s office requested the visit so Brown could meet with YARS leadership and get an up-close look at the latest additions to the installation’s infrastructure as well as the 910th’s mission and some of it’s over $1 billion in federal assets.

During his time at the installation, Brown met with 910th Airlift Wing and YARS installation commander, Col. Joe Janik, and Mr. Vito Abruzzino, Eastern Ohio Military Affairs Commission Executive Director. Following his meeting with Janik and Abruzzino, the senator toured the installation’s new state-of-the-art Combat Arms Training and Maintenance indoor firing range and also visited the wing’s Aerial Spray Maintenance facility. The YARS visit concluded with time for local media outlets to conduct interviews with Brown and a representative from the 910th’s Public Affairs office.

Janik said the wing welcomed this opportunity with the senator.

“We were pleased Sen. Brown was able to take time from his busy schedule to visit YARS,” Janik said.

“We were able to show the senator and his staff what the Air Force Reserve’s best small host installation and our Reserve Citizen Airmen bring to the big picture of national security and defense.”

During the installation visit, Brown emphasized the continued relevance of the 910th and the installation on the local, national and global stage.

“You see how important YARS is to the Mahoning Valley and to our national security and our domestic security, taking care of areas, particularly after natural disasters, and the work it does in so many ways,” Brown said. “It’s a huge employer in the valley, but it’s also important to the rest of the country in the missions that it flies.”