COLUMBUS—State Representative Mark Romanchuk (R-Ontario) applauded the recommendation of the Ohio Military Facilities Commission that $2.5 million be granted to the179th Airlift Wing of the Ohio Air National Guard who have operated out of the Mansfield Lahm Regional Airport since 1948.
If approved, the grant money will assist with a $4 million project to relocate a portion of a civilian used taxiway away from the security perimeter of the C-130 Hercules aircraft ramp, used by the 179th Airlift Wing to deliver cargo for disaster relief efforts and other domestic emergences. By relocating the taxiway, multiple deviations to military standards – related to the distance between the taxiway and the installation’s fence-line, roadway, and parking apron – would be eliminated.
The new taxiway will connect the parking and maintenance areas of the military airfield with the runways and provide access to hangars, docks, parking aprons and pads within the minimum required distance of 400 feet from the runway’s centerline.
“The mission of the 179th is critical to our nation, state, and the Mansfield community,” said Rep. Romanchuk. “This new investment will strengthen our position with the Defense Base Closure and Realignment Commission (BRAC) that will inevitably happen in the future.”
The Ohio Military Facilities Commission and $5 million in funding was authorized through Ohio House Bill 64, the state operating budget in the 131st General Assembly.  The 179th Airlift Wing and Toledo’s 180th Fighter Wing, also of the Ohio Air National Guard, were granted funds out of ten applicants.

The requests for the next stage have been submitted to the Office of Budget and Management and the Controlling Board for review.
The National Guard will provide the remaining $1.5 million in federally matching funds for the Mansfield project.

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