Members of the Air Force Reserve’s 910th Civil Engineer Squadron, based at Youngstown Air Reserve Station in northeastern Ohio, last month partnered with a neighboring community to rebuild a wooden staircase leading from Veteran’s Park in the city of Newton Falls to the riverside.
The three-week project, which required the 910th to demolish the existing stairs and design and build a new staircase, was identified through local efforts to implement the Air Force Community Partnership program.
Newton Falls provided project materials and the 910th Airlift Wing provided engineering and manpower at no cost to the city, said City Manager Jack Haney. The project provided the Air Force reservists an opportunity to practice their skills and perform hands-on training, Haney said.
The 910th completed the work under an authority granted by a section of the U.S. Code and a DOD instruction outlining realistic military training off federal property, reported 910th Airlift Wing Public Affairs. Before the project could go ahead, the city and the Air Force Reserve needed to work out details such as project costs and liability.
“This [realistic military training] project is truly a win-win for the 910th and Newton Falls. Our citizen airmen have the opportunity to hone skills they need to do their jobs anywhere in the world right here in the Mahoning Valley,” said Kevin Riley, special assistant to the 910th Airlift Wing commander.
“In return, the city is able to utilize Air Force Reserve resources to help them realize the vision of having this landmark completely rebuilt,” said Riley, a retired Air Force Reserve colonel.