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910th welcomes Ohio’s U.S. Sen. Rob Portman 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 U.S. Senator Rob Portman for a visit to Youngstown Air Reserve Station, Ohio, June 29, 2021.

The senator’s office requested the visit so Portman could meet with the new 910th and YARS installation commander, Col. Jeff Van Dootingh 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.

Portman started his time at the installation by meeting with Van Dootingh to discuss the wing’s legislative priorities.

Following his meeting with the wing commander, lunch with YARS leadership and a driving tour of the location of the installation’s new front gate project, the senator toured the installation’s state-of-the-art Combat Arms Training and Maintenance (CATM) indoor firing range and the 910th Security Forces Squadron training center, where he had a hands-on opportunity with the 910th SFS firearms training video simulator.

Van Dootingh said the wing welcomed this opportunity with the senator.

“We were pleased Sen. Portman was able to take time from his busy schedule to visit us and meet with me to discuss ways we can build the military value of YARS,” Van Dootingh said. “We also took this opportunity to show what the 910th’s Reserve Citizen Airmen and the Air Force Reserve’s best small host installation bring to the nation’s defense.”