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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

Chamber Applauds State Leaders For Addressing Valley Priorities

Jul 18, 2019
The Youngstown/Warren Regional Chamber applauds the Valley’s state-elected delegation for securing funds advancing the region’s priorities.

The Youngstown/Warren Regional Chamber applauds the Valley’s state-elected delegation for securing funds advancing the region’s priorities.


State Sens. Sean O’Brien, D-Bazetta, and Michael Rulli, R-Leetonia, along with State Reps. Michael O’Brien, D-Warren; Gil Blair, D-Weathersfield; and Don Manning, R-Boardman, approved a budget with more than $3.6 million for the Valley. The governor signed the budget this morning.


The budget includes $2 million for Mahoning River revitalization, $1 million for America Makes and $600,000 to promote the region’s military installations, the Youngstown Air Reserve Station and Camp James A. Garfield Joint Military Training Center.


“The Regional Chamber has helped mobilize our community through outreach, organizing and drawing attention to issues that are vital to the Valley,” Regional Chamber President & CEO James Dignan said. “Waiting for others to do something for us is a bad idea. This proactive, bipartisan effort between the business community and our elected leaders reflects how community advocacy can make real change.”


Specific budget items praised by the Chamber include:

  • $1.5 million for low-head dam removal and $500,000 toward a riverside trail to assist in revitalizing the Mahoning River
  • $1 million to match federal and/or private sector investment in additive manufacturing at America Makes
  • $600,000 to help protect and grow military missions, including efforts to bring new C-130J aircraft to YARS and attract a $4 billion missile defense site to Camp Garfield


“Our representatives and senators are helping position Ohio to embrace the recommendations outlined in the Ohio BOLD report, which sites next-generation manufacturing at America Makes as a potential catalyst for the entire state’s economy,” said Regional Chamber Director of Government and Public Affairs Nick Santucci. “The policymakers supported other economic development priorities such as YARS, which is Trumbull County’s No. 1 employer, Camp Garfield and the Mahoning River.”



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