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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

  • OP-ED: Stay the Course for YARS and Camp Garfield

    Jan 04, 2019
    OP-ED by By Vito Abruzzino, Esq., Executive Director of the Eastern Ohio Military Affairs Commission During the past 12 to 18 months, much has happened concerning our local military assets. Both Camp Garfield (formerly Camp Ravenna) and the Youngstown Air Reserve Station (YARS) have had, arguably, their best year in more than a decade. To that end, the community as a whole, our state legislative leaders and our federal delegation have all contributed to their recent successes, with a nice “push” from the Youngstown /Warren Regional Chamber’s advocacy arm, the Eastern Ohio Military Affairs Commission (EOMAC). Where we go from here largely depends on staying the course and continuing to ring the bell for our local military installations.
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  • 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.
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  • Chamber, EOMAC Laud Valley Officials for Securing Millions for YARS, Ravenna

    May 18, 2018
    The Youngstown/Warren Regional Chamber and its Eastern Ohio Military Affairs Commission (EOMAC) are pleased to recognize members of the Valley’s Congressional delegation who helped secure more than $16 million for the Youngstown Air Reserve Station (YARS) and the Camp Ravenna Joint Military Training Center.
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  • Hundred of Letters Sent to Trump in Support of Camp Ravenna for the East Coast Missle Defense System Site

    Apr 04, 2018
    As the Trump Administration looks to choose a site in coming months for the East Coast Missile Defense System, support is quickly mounting across the State of Ohio for the Camp Ravenna Joint Military Training Center to be named the location for the $4.6 billion project.
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  • 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).
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  • Dignan Appointed to BRAC & Military Affairs Task Force

    Sep 13, 2017
    Regional Chamber COO James Dignan was appointed last week to the newly created Ohio House BRAC & Military Affairs Task Force (BMATF), which will study and analyze current Ohio Department of Defense and NASA assets, resources and missions in anticipation of potential Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) actions and other major mission realignment opportunities.
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  • EOMAC Serves As Regional Hub For Protecting, Growing Military Assets

    Jun 12, 2017
    After forming just two years ago, the Eastern Ohio Military Affairs Commission (EOMAC) can already point to several major wins as it bolsters its role as the regional hub to protect and grow military assets in Eastern Ohio.
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