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YARS Names Janik Commander of 910th

VIENNA TOWNSHIP, Ohio — At a ceremony this Saturday, Col. Joseph D. Janik, vice commander of the 910th Airlift Wing, will assume command of the wing as well as installation commander of the Youngstown Air Reserve Station.

During the change of command ceremony at 2:30 p.m. on Feb. 9, Col. Daniel J. Sarachene will relinquish his duties to Janik, who started as vice commander in and senior air reserve technician in November 2017. Before that, he served as the 22nd Air Force director of operations and readiness at Dobbins Air Reserve Base in Georgia.

The 910th wing is comprised of more than 1,200 Air Force Reserve members and is equipped with eight C-130H2 aircraft. It trains and employs the C-130 Hercules globally on medium range airlift, tactical airland and airdrop, Modular Aerial Spray System and Aeromedical Evacuation missions

The ceremony will be presided over by Maj. Gen. Craig La Fave, commander of the 22nd Air Force at Dobbins.

Janik is a native of Buffalo, N.Y. and began his career in June 1989 as a tactical aircraft maintenance specialist with the 20th Fighter Wing at the former Royal Air Force Upper Heyford station in the United Kingdom. After completing a four-year active duty period at Cannon Air Force Base in New Mexico, he joined the Air Force Reserve with the 328th Airlift Squadron at Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station in New York as a C-130 flight engineer.

He earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the State University of New York at Buffalo and was commissioned at U.S. Air Force Officer Training School. After graduating from Undergraduate Pilot Training, he returned to Niagara Falls ARS as chief of the Standardization and Evaluation section. He has flown combat missions in support of operations Iraqi and Enduring Freedom, and has served as squadron commander for the 327th Airlift Squadron at Little Rock Air Force Base, as well as 914th operations group commander at Niagara Falls ARS.

Janik lives in Canfield with his wife, Annette, and their children.

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