The Officer January/February 2011 : Page 36

VADM Dirk Debbink Chief of Navy Reserve Maritime Strategy and Strength navy reserve’s plans, programs, and people energize a force that’s ready anytime, anywhere. he U.S. Navy is globally deployed, persistently forward, and actively engaged as we embark on 2011. Year after year, in peace and war, America’s Navy carries out the six core capabilities articulated in our Maritime Strategy, A Cooperative Strategy for 21st Century Seapower (CS-21): forward presence, deterrence, sea control, power projection, maritime security, and humanitarian assistance and disaster response. Our Navy derives its strength from the Total Force: Active and Reserve Sailors and Navy civilians. The Total Force is not just a concept; it is an operational and organizational reality in today’s Navy. There are no Navy Reserve missions, only Total Force missions that can be carried out by the Active Component, the Reserve Component, or a combination of both. CS-21 establishes naval power as an enduring concept and recognizes that the Navy must constantly evolve and innovate to face emerging and future challenges. These two concepts—the enduring mission of our Navy and the changing structure of our Navy Total Force— inform our efforts as we review where we have been and consider where we are going in the future. Peace to War in 2010 In January 2010, the chief of Naval Operations, the chief of Naval Personnel, and the chief of Navy Reserve signed and O fficer / J anuary –f ebruary 2011 released the Navy Total Force Vision for the 21st Century (NTF 21). This document clearly articulates the Navy’s vision for a Total Force and emphasizes that our Active Sailors, Reserve Sailors, and Navy civilians are the Navy’s most important resource and the critical component to meeting the demands of CS-21. NTF 21 guides our Navy’s personnel policies and strategies, and serves as the standard of Total Force thinking as an organizational fact of life. Operationally, the Navy Reserve is fully engaged across the spectrum of Navy, Marine Corps, and Joint Force operations, from peace to war. At the tip of the spear, an average of 6,500 mobilized or deployed Navy Reserve Sailors provide about half of the Navy’s ground forces serving in the U.S. Central Command and in other critical roles worldwide. Some deploy as rotational forces, such as our Seabees and riverine warfare units, and many other Sailors go forward as Individual Augmentees. While executing these mobilizations in 2010, the U.S. Navy also provided valued capabilities for urgent requirements and ongoing operational support. For example, in the immediate aftermath of the devastating earthquake in Haiti in January 2010, the Navy Reserve was an important part of Operation Unified Response and Joint Task Force Haiti. Within hours, 36 the

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