Lecture on 910th Airlift Wing slated at Valley deli

The 910th Airlift Wing and the Youngstown Air Reserve Station in Vienna will be the focus of the next program in the William Holmes McGuffey Historical Society’s Memories of a Lifetime series.

Senior Master Sgt. Bob Barko Jr. will discuss the founding, history, development and importance of the 910th Airlift Wing, Youngstown Air Reserve Station and Youngstown-Warren Regional Airport.

Barko is the superintendent of the 910th Airlift Wing public affairs office and has served in the U.S. armed forces for nearly 24 years, with 10 years of service in the Ohio Army National Guard and nearly 14 in the U.S. Air Force Reserve. He is a 1993 graduate of Youngstown State University, with a degree in graphic design and a minor in computer graphics, and operates Steel Town Studios.

The program starts 10 a.m. Aug. 15 at Kravitz’s Deli meeting room, 3135 Belmont Ave., Liberty. Admission is $5 for members and $6 for nonmembers. Reservations are suggested and can be made by calling 330-726-8277.

Other programs scheduled for 2020 include:

– Sept. 19 — Tim Sokoloff, founder of the Youngstown Sheet & Tube Housing salvage efforts, will discuss the heritage of this industrial workers’ planned community and on-going rehabilitation of the complex.

– Oct. 17 — Bill Shilling, Dulcimer Society of Trumbull County spokesman, will detail the creation of this group of dulcimer players (mountain and hammered), acoustic instrumentalists, and singers.

– Nov. 21 — Justin Rogers, Mill Creek Metroparks’ planning and operations director, will explain the MCMP 2020 Plan and discuss the founding, history, development and future of the “green cathedral.”

– Dec. 19 — Fred Saluga will share his work as a Bigfoot, UFO, Cryptid and Humanoid researcher.


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