VIENNA, Ohio (WKBN) – Senator Sherrod Brown got a close-up look at the newest addition to the Youngstown Air Reserve Station during a visit Tuesday afternoon.
The addition is a state-of-the-art combat arms training and maintenance indoor firing range. Brown’s visit to see the firing range gave him the chance to see how the military construction budget is being used.
“You see how important YARS is to the Mahoning Valley and to our national security,” Brown said.
YARS is home to the Department of Defense’s only large area-fixed ariel spraying mission. It is used not only at military bases across the country to control things like mosquitos, but after natural disasters too.
Brown also had the chance to see the mission’s maintenance facility. These are just some of the reasons why he said it’s important to keep protecting YARS in Washington.
“Taking money from our national defense is a really bad idea with what’s called the gate reallocation at YARS. It’s a stupid idea, it’s wrong,” Brown said.
“There’s a lot of different ways that this base, YARS, which has been around since 1955, benefits our community, the country at large and then all around the world,” said Master Sergeant Bob Barko with the 910th Airlift Wing.