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Naval center leaving Youngstown Air Reserve Station

All 32 sailors to transfer to Akron, other sites in US

VIENNA — The Navy Operation Support Center at the Youngstown Air Reserve Station will close Sept. 30, 2020.

All of the current Naval center personnel will be transferred at that time to the Akron Support Center unless they request a different location.

The facility at YARS “has the smallest drilling reserve population — 32 sailors — of any of the 122 Navy Operational Support Centers in the United States,” said Jenni Reid, its commanding officer.

She added: “The Youngstown facility is aged and requires a multimillion-dollar investment to correct structural problems. With three other Navy Operational Support Centers located (within) 80 miles of Youngstown, it is both fiscally prudent and improves operational efficiency to consolidate” Youngstown with Akron.

The Akron location “is a new facility and supports a drilling reserve population of 330 sailors,” Reid said.

The center at YARS has five active Naval members, 32 drilling reservists and one civilian. The estimated annual salary for the center is $870,000.

The Navy center moved to YARS in the early 1990s.

The base is the home of the Air Force Reserves’ 910th Airlift Wing, the nation’s only fixed-wing aerial spray unit. YARS is the largest employer in Trumbull County with about 1,900 personnel.

The facility also has a Marine Corps Reserve Center.

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