Sen. Sherrod Brown paid a visit to his hometown of Mansfield on Tuesday to tour Lahm Air National Guard Base and the newly opened North Central Ohio Industrial Museum.

His visit came on the heels of last month's announcement that the home of the 179th Airlift Wing had been selected as the preferred site for the Air National Guard's first Cyber Warfare Wing.

"The discussion today really put faces to names with what really is going to happen with this new mission," Brown said. "There are, of course, people who hate the thought of losing the airplanes, but overall on the base, there is real enthusiasm about its future."

Brown and others lobbied for Mansfield to get the cybersecurity mission after the Air Force announced last year that it wanted to reduce its inventory of C-130 Hercules planes as part of its fiscal 2022 budget request. The 179th Airlift Wing is not included on a list to receive newer C-130J model aircraft.

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