The Officer January/February 2011 : Page 40

LT GEN CHARLES STENNER JR. Chief of Air Force Reserve Fully Integrated Air Force Reserve uses modern constructs to live 21st century realities. ooking back on 2010, I continue to be impressed by the accomplishments of our Citizen Airmen, and I look forward to implementing new initiatives that will improve how we employ our extensive capabilities. The past year has again proved that our most important asset—our people—can remain ready, trained, and vigilant while we balance the needs of the Reserve triad: the Air Force, families, and civilian employers. From the Afghan surge to the Haitian earthquake, our people showed steadfast resolve that underscored the operational capabilities within our strategic reserve. These capabilities were leveraged on a daily basis, often with less than 72 hours’ notice. Our Citizen Airmen lived our core value of “Service before Self,” which is an essential element of our success. The three Air Force components, the Guard, Reserve, and Active Duty, share one mission: to fly, fight, and win in air, space, and cyberspace. Our four reserve-specific priorities allow us to remain a fully ready and capable force. These priorities are to maintain a strategic reserve while providing operational, combat-ready forces; preserve the viability of the Reserve triad; broaden Total Force Integration opportunities; and champion 40 the equipment and facilities modernization. Together, the priorities will maintain our strategic depth and ensure our readiness for tomorrow’s challenges. Although more than three-quarters of our forces are part-time, we remain a robust force provider to the combatant commanders. Air Force Reserve Command, the Air Force’s second largest major command (MAJCOM), provides 14 percent of total end-strength, at a cost just over 5 percent of the manpower budget. We gain talented individuals as they leave the regular Air Force, as reservists bring a broad range of civilian skills and expertise. Our reserve officers average roughly 15 years of experience and enlisted members 14 years, compared to 11 years and nine years of experience for the regular Air Force officers and enlisted, respectively. Our economic viability and unmatched expertise have led to our growth. Our current authorized end-strength of 69,500 will grow to 72,100 by Fiscal Year (FY) 2013. Air Force Reserve Airmen are in place across the globe and perform every active duty mission. We serve side by side at MAJCOMs, combatant commands, the National Capitol Region, and numerous Defense agencies. Force development remains a O fficer / J anuary –f ebruary 2011

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