In response to the U.S. Air Force's announced restructuring plans, Jerid Kurtz, a spokesman for Rep. Tim Ryan, released the following statement:
"Today the U.S. Air Force announced restructuring plans that will impact 60 installations in over 33 states," said Rep. Ryan's spokesman. "Across the nation, over 227 aircraft will be retired or canceled in fiscal year 2013, with six older-model C-130 aircraft scheduled for retirement at the Youngstown Air Reserve Station.
"However, unlike other facilities, it was also announced that the Youngstown Air Reserve Station will receive four newer model C-130's during the restructuring. The transfer of these newer model C-130's to the Youngstown facility will enable local reservists to train on advanced technology aircraft and ensure that Youngstown has access to the same cutting edge instruments deployed throughout the U.S. Air Force.
"As we move forward with Congress' plan to cut half a trillion from the defense budget, everyone will be asked to make a little sacrifice. But news like this reminds us of Youngstown's resiliency and ability to come up with the best in difficult situations."