- June 2, 2015
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The Youngstown/Warren Regional Chamber this week launched the Eastern Ohio Military Affairs Commission to promote Youngstown Air Reserve Station in northeastern Ohio ahead of a looming BRAC round. The commission will aim to enhance the military value and national defense excellence at the installation and other military facilities throughout eastern Ohio, reported Vindy.com. A local campaign successfully shielded the air station from the last round of base closures, but the installation’s mission and economic impact has declined over the past decade as four aircraft and the crews that maintain them were transferred elsewhere. “Along with many peers, we continue to see local operations shrink,” said John Rossi, president of the chamber foundation. “Instead of merely witnessing reductions, we choose to embrace the military decision-making process and demonstrate the value of our base and importance of our mission,” Rossi said. The air station generates about $180 million of activity annually for the Mahoning Valley’s economy. Two years ago, however, it produced more than $200 million annually for the region.