During a hearing Tuesday at the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Defence, Congressman Tim Ryan, D-13th District, asked about investment in the Youngstown Air Reserve Station and the 910th Airlift Wing.
Ryan asked about upgrading equipment, aircraft and other tools used by the airlift wing.
Lt. Gen Scobee told Ryan that the 910th was a priority for replacing the old C-130H aircraft with the newer model C-130J.
“Aerial spray is one of our most interesting missions because it also has a combat-related mission as well with spray, and I think it is vitally important,” Scobee said.
Scobee stopped short of confirming an investment in new planes saying the avionics will be upgraded in the C-130H and then if the Air Force has money, new planes could be assigned.
“Our servicemembers at YARS put their lives on the line to protect our country. When they have to deal with outdated equipment, it becomes a safety and national security issue. It’s our responsibility in Congress to ensure that our Reservists have the equipment they need to be ready to complete their dangerous missions. I will continue to advocate for the funding and resources necessary for our servicemembers at YARS and across the nation to do their jobs,” Ryan said.
For this first time in many years, the 2019 Department of Defense budget does not mention a Base Realignment and Closure Commission (BRAC).
Pentagon officials in the past have asked to close about 20 percent of bases across the globe, but has not had much success.
The 2019 proposed budget for the Department of Defense is $718 billion, which includes money for the construction of a wall on the southern border with Mexico.