Will Brown | July 16
YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -
U.S. Senator Rob Portman visited the Youngstown Air Reserve Station Friday morning and discussed the future of the base.
Earlier this year, Portman announced that the base would receive a $9.4 million upgrade thanks to the Senate passing the National Defense Authorization Act and the Senate Appropriations Bill for Military Construction.
Portman said Friday that he is pushing to not only protect the 2,000 jobs at the base, but also to modernize its aircraft.
The base currently houses nine C-130 planes, but Portman expressed interest in replacing them with modernized versions.
C-130 planes are used by the military for tasks such as oil spill management and tactical air missions.
Portman said he is also attempting to get a new firing range on the base.