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Eastern Ohio Military Affairs Commission

The Regional Chamber launched the Eastern Ohio Military Affairs Commission (EOMAC) in 2015 to preserve and promote the value of military operations between Cleveland and Pittsburgh, with an emphasis on the Youngstown Air Reserve Station and Camp James A. Garfield Joint Military Training Center, formerly known as Camp Ravenna Joint Training Center.

These unique regional military assets in the region include the USAF Reserve 910th Airlift Wing, which is the only aerial spray capability in the military. Furthermore, the 21,000-acre Camp James A. Garfield site has transformed in recent years from a World War II munitions to an advanced training site for thousands of troops in the Ohio National Guard.

EOMAC is a proud member of the Association of Defense Communities and part of the Ohio military commission network, with peers around the state, including Task Force Lima, Toledo Military Affairs Commission, Ohio National Guard Association and Dayton Development Coalition.

Military Members at YARS

EOMAC Team/Partners

The commission is led by Attorney Vito Abruzzino. Outside of this role, Atty. Abruzzino is a Major in the United States Army Reserve and has served with the U.S. Army Judge Advocate General’s Corps at Fort Jackson, S.C., and Fort Bragg, N.C. Abruzzino is a graduate of the West Virginia University College of Law and has also acted as a Special Assistant U.S. Attorney in Columbia, S.C.

EOMAC is proudly supported by generous contributions from the Western Reserve Port Authority, Trumbull 100, Regional Chamber and Trumbull County Community Foundation.

Accomplishments/Updates

  • Ohio Support: EOMAC is working with the Ohio Federal Research Network and state leaders to continue to grow opportunities to build national defense capacity at regional installations and to evaluate the potential for university and military research partnerships.
  • Military Value: The Reserve and Guard throughout the region continue to protect the nation by the most efficient and effective means. Data demonstrates that these installations offer major contributions to defense, all while keeping federal expenditures at a minimum. Keeping facilities and materials upgraded for optimal performance is a key to continuing this trend in excellence.
  • Community Partnership: Citizen soldiers contribute to our installations and communities. EOMAC is proud to grow these contributions through the USAF Community Partnership Program, in which 910th Air Reservists are receiving training credits to address local safety, education and emergency issues with stakeholders throughout the region.

Recent News

Could President Trump’s State of the Union Address Include Next Steps for Missile Defense…and Camp Ravenna?

Jan 29, 2018
Clues about how the Youngstown Air Reserve Station (YARS) and Camp Ravenna fit into the future of America’s national defense could be revealed Tuesday night during President Trump’s State of the Union Address, according to the director of the Eastern Ohio Military Affairs Commission (EOMAC).
Clues about how the Youngstown Air Reserve Station (YARS) and Camp Ravenna fit into the future of America’s national defense could be revealed Tuesday night during President Trump’s State of the Union Address, according to the director of the Eastern Ohio Military Affairs Commission (EOMAC).

The Youngstown/Warren Regional Chamber created the Commission to protect YARS from the next Base Realignment and Closure process, and to seek expanded missions for YARS and the Camp Ravenna Joint Military Training Center.

Vito Abruzzino, director of EOMAC, said, “Protecting the U.S. from nuclear threats in North Korea and Iran are a growing concern that can be enhanced by adding an Eastern site to the Ground-Based Midcourse Defense System. Of the three sites being considered to house Ground-Based Interceptors in the east, we feel Camp Ravenna is best suited.”

Camp Ravenna, Fort Drum in New York and Fort Custer in Michigan are the sites under consideration to house the Eastern site.

Since nuclear tensions between the U.S. and North Korea have escalated recently, officials with EOMAC and the Regional Chamber hope the President will provide some details on how the U.S. will increase its defenses. The timing of Tuesday’s State of the Union is relevant in that the Missile Defense Agency is scheduled to release its Ballistic Missile Defense Review in February, assessing the need for a third site that would contain defense missiles used to intercept a ballistic missile.

“We hope to see the president lay out the next steps for missile defense,” Abruzzino said. Just this past week, the Ohio Legislature approved a resolution in support of the Camp Ravenna role in missile defense. This builds on broad support among the Ohio delegation in Congress and local business, political and labor leaders who support the multi-billion dollar construction project, which would provide high-paying jobs and spark economic growth in the region.

Also due to be released soon is an overall assessment of the nation’s military. Abruzzino said the likelihood of a future BRAC and the role of the military’s only aerial spray unit, housed at YARS, could be gleaned from that report and the President’s speech on Tuesday.