|TRAFICANT, James A., Jr.,|
Washington, D.C. – U.S. Rep. James A. Traficant, Jr. (D–OH) wants the Ohio National Guard to establish a presence at Youngstown Warren Regional Airport in Vienna, Ohio. "I stand ready to work with you personally should the Guard decide to increase its presence in Northeast Ohio at the Youngstown-Warren Regional Airport," said Traficant in a letter sent yesterday to Major General Richard C. Alexander, Adjutant General for the State of Ohio.
Youngstown Warren Regional Airport is the home to the Air Force Reserve's 910th Tactical Airlift Wing, one of the largest Air Force Reserve facilities in the country. In his letter to General Alexander Traficant noted that 94 percent of the buildings that the 910th utilizes are new or refurbished, and Youngstown-Warren Regional Airport is in the midst of a $47 million expansion. The 910th is also one of only two C-130 wings in the Air Force Reserve. Traficant observed that the "airport will continue to grow, and its facilities will only improve."
Traficant first broached the idea of a National Guard presence at Youngstown-Warren Regional Airport at an April 1997 meeting with General Alexander. At that meeting Alexander expressed great interest in the idea. Traficant has pledged to secure the necessary matching federal appropriations to accommodate the Guard should it decide to establish a presence at the airport.