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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

EOMAC Programming Recipient of $5,530 of Donations

Oct 24, 2018
Eastern Ohio Military Affairs Commission (EOMAC) programming received support from two local organizations on Tuesday to help with EOMAC’s ongoing efforts to preserve and promote the value and work of the Youngstown Air Reserve Station (YARS) and Camp James A. Garfield Joint Military Training Center, formerly known as Camp Ravenna Joint Military Training Center.

Eastern Ohio Military Affairs Commission (EOMAC) programming received support from two local organizations on Tuesday to help with EOMAC’s ongoing efforts to preserve and promote the value and work of the Youngstown Air Reserve Station (YARS) and Camp James A. Garfield Joint Military Training Center, formerly known as Camp Ravenna Joint Military Training Center.

Proceeds from the inaugural 5K on the Runway, in the amount of $5,030, were presented to EOMAC Director Vito Abruzzino and Youngstown/Warren Regional Chamber President & CEO James Dignan at the Chamber’s offices in Youngstown. The event, which took place in July at YARS and the neighboring Youngstown Warren Regional Airport, garnered more than 125 participants and was organized through Youngstown Air Reserve Base Community Council Members Marcy Angelo and Cathy Moore.

In addition, the Mahoning Valley Mustangs, a charter regional group from the Mustang Club of America, donated $500 raised at its Can Am event in June, when five local mustang clubs shared a long weekend cruising around in their Mustangs, followed by a banquet in which they raised the funds for a cause. The group toured YARS during the event, and all members were highly impressed.

John Keller, regional director of the Mahoning Valley Mustang Club, said, “We decided to give back to YARS and EOMAC to show our appreciation and support.”

The Regional Chamber launched EOMAC in 2015. The commission 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.


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Youngstown Air Reserve Base Community Council Member Marcy Angelo presents proceeds from the 5K on the Runway event to EOMAC Director Vito Abruzzino, left, and Regional Chamber President & CEO James Dignan.

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John and Betty Keller, center, present funds raised at their Mahoning Valley Mustangs summer event to Abruzzino and Dignan. For more info about the Mustangs, which meet monthly in Canfield, visit mvmustangs.com.