The Officer January/February 2011 : Page 44

Lt Gen John KeLLy Commander, Marine Corps Reserve operational Mindset Marine Corps Reserve remains focused on the individual Marine and Sailor while assuming a multitude of missions. he U.S. Marine Corps Reserve continues to be an integral element of the Total Force Marine Corps. We share the deployment and expeditionary mindset that has dominated Marine Corps culture, ethos, and thinking since our beginning more than two centuries ago. My Marines stand eternally ready to answer our nation’s call to arms and, as our charter requires, “be most ready when the nation is least ready.” An operational Reserve Since Sept. 11, 2001, 100 percent of Marine Corps Reserve units at the battalion and squadron levels have either been activated in their entirety or as task-organized detachments. The majority of these units and detachments deployed to the U.S. Central Command’s area of responsibility, which includes Iraq and Afghanistan. Thousands of other Marine reservists deployed in support of combatant commanders’ Theater Security Cooperation initiatives throughout the world. This operational tempo has built a momentum among our war fighters and a depth of experience throughout the ranks that is unprecedented in generations of Marine Corps reservists. In fact, today’s Marine Corps Reserve is more highly trained, capable, and battle-tested than at any time since the Korean War. O fficer / J anuary –f ebruary 2011 Our Force Generation Model is one of the important planning mechanisms for an operational reserve. It provides my Marines, their families, and, just as important, their employers, the capability to plan their lives five or more years out. The Force Generation Model also assists service and joint force planners in maintaining a consistent and predictable flow of fully capable Marine Corps Reserve units. This simple management tool is based on one-year activations to four-plus years in non-activated status, which makes our continued programmed utilization sustainable at a 1:5 deployment-to-dwell ratio over the long term. Predictable activation dates, mission assignments, and geographical destination years in advance enables me to direct the orientation of training on core mission requirements early in the dwell period, then transition the training focus to specific mission tasks as soon as the unit is 12 to 18 months from activation. Marine Forces Reserve supported all geographical combatant commanders during 2010. Our force units and major subordinate commands—the 4th Marine Division, 4th Marine Aircraft Wing, and 4th Marine Logistics Group—supported Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan and are in the final stages of preparing more Marines to deploy there this year. We also deployed Marines to many theater-specific exercises and 44 the

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