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Governor's office seeks opportunities to grow YARS and community

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  • By Staff Sgt. Jeffrey Grossi
  • 910th Airlift Wing Public Affairs

Retired Col. Joe Zeis, the Senior Advisor for Aerospace and Defense for the Ohio Governor’s Office, attended a Youngstown Air Reserve Base Community Council dinner here, June 14, 2019. During his time here, Zeis spoke with Reserve Citizen Airmen and several residents of Youngstown in search of synergies between the mission of the 910th Airlift Wing and the surrounding community, which he defined as “entangling alliances.”

One example of such a relationship is through new technological advances in research and development of additive manufacturing. Additive manufacturing—more commonly known as 3D printing—is the process of systematically outputting materials to make objects from 3D model data, usually layer upon layer, as opposed to subtractive manufacturing techniques which remove material from a larger sample. This method often reduces cost and time and has the capability to repair broken parts, resulting in reduced waste.

“We need to educate ourselves on what Ohio has to offer,” said Zeis. “What Youngstown has to offer. We can make Ohio more attractive to industry but we must be aggressively engaged. Switch from defense—protecting what we have—to offense and seeking out opportunities to expand.”