Portman Says 910th AW in Youngstown Could Help Combat Zika, Other Biological Threats

April 15, 2016 | Press Releases

Washington, D.C. –Yesterday, Senator Rob Portman (R-Ohio), a member of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, questioned administration officials on how Department of Defense assets could be better utilized to combat the outbreak and spread of biological threats and diseases like Ebola and Zika. Specifically, he asked how the 910th AW in Youngstown, with its special aerial spray mission capability, could be used to help in the fight against Zika.

Excerpts of his questioning can be found below and a video can be found here.

“I just wonder what you think we can do in terms of leveraging all of our assets, including one that happens to be situated in Youngstown, Ohio, which is the 910th – it’s the airlift wing that provides aerial spray for our country. They do incredible work on our firing ranges, they do work with regards to oil spills, but they also do work with regard to mosquito infestations. Do they have a role here with regard to Zika? Particularly, in spraying in the southern part of the country where we can see, unfortunately, a movement from Latin American up toward the United States.”

“I want you to know the 910th is ready and willing. They, again, do outstanding work and I think it would a way to leverage some of those DOD assets to address a very real potential biological issue that we are currently facing, just as we did with Ebola over the last couple of years.”