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910th welcomes Ohio State Sen. Sandra O'Brien to YARS

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

The Air Force Reserve’s 910th Airlift Wing welcomed Ohio State Senator Sandra O’Brien for a visit to Youngstown Air Reserve Station, Ohio, on Thursday, April 29, 2021.

The senator’s office coordinated the visit through Vito Abruzzino, the executive director of the Eastern Ohio Military Affairs Commission, so O’Brien could meet with YARS leadership and get an up-close look at the latest additions to the installation’s infrastructure. The visit also allowed the senator to see the 910th’s mission and some of it’s over $1 billion in federal assets first hand.

O’Brien, representing Ohio’s 32nd District, started her time at the installation by meeting with 910th Mission Support Group Commander and YARS Senior Air Reserve Technician, Col. Greg Meyer.

Following her meeting with Meyer, the senator toured the installation’s state-of-the-art Combat Arms Training and Maintenance indoor firing range and the 910th Security Forces Squadron training center, where she had a hands-on opportunity with a firearms training video simulator.

After her time with 910th SFS, she received a 910th Communication’s Squadron Mission Defense Team briefing and talked with Abruzzino about the state of Ohio and EOMAC’s efforts to build the military value of YARS and the Ohio National Guard’s Camp James A. Garfield in nearby Ravenna, Ohio.

Following the 910th CS MDT briefing, the senator rode aboard the 910th Civil Engineer Fire Department’s newest vehicle, a Panther fire truck, and operated the vehicle’s bumper-mounted water turret at the YARS fire training area, also known as the burn pit.

After working with the Fire Department, O’Brien visited the 910th Medical Squadron where she received a briefing on the wing’s COVID-19 vaccination program and practiced life-saving skills on a SimMan medical training manikin.

Following her stop at 910th MDS, the senator had lunch with the 910th’s group commanders, medical squadron commander as well as representatives of the Youngstown Air Reserve Base Community Council and the 910th Airlift Wing Public Affairs Office.

After lunch, O’Brien toured one of the wing’s assigned C-130H Hercules tactical cargo aircraft and met with 757th Airlift Squadron aircrew members and the aircraft’s crew chief, assigned to the 910th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron.        

Following the C-130 walkthrough, the senator visited the 910th Maintenance Squadron aerial spray maintenance facility and met with the wing’s aerial spray maintainers as well as operators from the Aerial Spray Flight.

The senator’s time at the installation concluded with a wrap-up meeting with Meyer, who said the wing welcomed this opportunity with the senator.

“We were pleased Sen. O’Brien was able to take time from her busy schedule to visit YARS,” Meyer said. “We hope we were able to show the senator the importance of YARS as her district’s largest employer and as a proud partner in several area mutual aid agreements including fire and law enforcement as well as a possible future medical partnership. We also wanted to show what the Air Force Reserve’s best small host installation and the 910th’s Reserve Citizen Airmen bring to the big picture of national security and defense.”