Portman Announces President Will Sign Into Law Funding for Camp Ravenna and Youngstown Air Reserve Station Later Today

August 13, 2018 | Press Releases

Defense Measure Includes $7.4 Million for New Machine Gun Range and $8.8 Million for YARS Main Gate Relocation 

CINCINNATI, OH — U.S. Senator Rob Portman (R-OH) announced that later today President Trump will sign into law the FY 2019 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) conference report, which includes $7.4 million to expand training capabilities at the Ohio National Guard’s Camp Ravenna Joint Military Training Center with a new automated machine gun range. Portman sent a letter to the chairman and ranking member of the Senate Armed Services Committee earlier this year requesting this investment in Camp Ravenna. The law also includes $8.8 million to relocate the main gate at Youngstown Air Reserve Station.  Portman discussed the importance of this project with the Youngstown-Warren Regional Chamber last month. Portman released the following statement: 

This bipartisan law includes important funding to help our National Guard units training at Camp Ravenna. A new automated multi-purpose machine gun range will give the Ohio Army National Guard an important, new, and much-needed training capability. It will provide our soldiers a realistic environment to meet their training requirements that currently is not available to them in the state of Ohio. 

Securing funding for the Youngstown Air Reserve Station main gate relocation in this law is also a real benefit to the base and the region.  This will both improve security and the flow of people and cargo on and off this busy facility. I applaud the president for signing it into law so these resources can head to the Mahoning Valley as quickly as possible.” 

NOTE: Earlier this year, Portman sent a letter to the chairman and ranking member of the Senate Armed Services Committee requesting this funding in the NDAA for Camp Ravenna. Senator Portman is a strong supporter and advocate for Ohio’s military facilities and research institutions. These assets provide significant jobs and economic impact across Ohio and directly influence the national security of our country.  Forty-three of Ohio’s 88 counties are impacted by these facilities.  Ohio Defense spending accounted for more than 66,000 direct jobs, more than $4 billion in salaries, and more than a $14 billion economic impact. Portman was awarded the Ohio National Guard Association’s Major General Charles Dick Award for Legislative Excellence for his years of strong support for the Ohio National Guard. 

Last month, Portman participated in the Youngstown Air Force Reserve Station ribbon cutting ceremony for their indoor firing range. In 2015, Portman secured the $9.4 million in funding to upgrade this indoor firing range facility. Following the ribbon cutting, Portman also delivered remarks at the Eastern Ohio Military Affairs Commission Annual Meeting.  He spoke at the annual meeting last year as well.  In 2016, the president signed-into-law Portman’s legislation requiring the Air Force to prioritize C-130 upgrades for the Youngstown Air Reserve Station (YARS), an upgrade that would strengthen its mission capabilities. Portman has been urging the Air Force to replace YARS’ 910th Airlift Wing’s current fleet of C-130H aircraft with new C-130J aircraft to ensure that the 910th’s Department of Defense (DoD)-mandated specialized aerial spray mission continues safely and without interruption. Portman, who has consistently used his position as a member of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee to advocate on behalf of YARS and its Airmen, will continue fighting to ensure that YARS has the leading edge capabilities needed to carry out their critically important national and homeland security missions.