- Air Force Reserve Command
Infobox Military Unit
unit_name=Air Force Reserve Command
caption=Air Force Reserve Command emblem
dates= 17 February 1997 - Current
United States Air Force
type= Major Command
Robins AFB, Georgia
anniversaries=The Air Force Reserve Command (AFRC) is a major command (MAJCOM) of the
U.S. Air Forcewith its headquarters at Robins AFB, Georgia, United StatesIt became a MAJCOM of the Air Force on 17 February 1997.Previously, the Air Force Reserve (AFRES) was a Field Operating Agency (FOA).
The MISSION of the Air Force Reserve is the same as the Air Force: "to fly, fight and win ... in air, space and cyberspace."
The purpose of the Air Force Reserve as derived from Title 10 United States Code is to:
Provide combat-ready units and individuals for active duty whenever there are not enough trained units and people in the Regular component of the Air Force to perform any national security mission.
Air Force Reservists are on duty around the world. In addition to its role as a proven and respected combat force, the Air Force Reserve is also involved in international humanitarian relief missions, from repairing roads and schools to airlifting supplies.
At the request of local, state or federal agencies, the Air Force Reserve conducts aerial spray missions using specially equipped C-130s. With the only fixed-wing aerial spray capability in the Department of Defense, these missions range from spraying pesticides to control insects to spraying compounds used in the control of oil spills. Other specially equipped C-130s check the spread of forest fires by dropping fire-retardant chemicals. Other real-world missions include support of counter efforts, weather reconnaissance, rescue and aeromedical evacuation.
"To provide the world’s best mutual support to the Air Force and our joint partners—flying and fighting as An Unrivaled Wingman."
The Air Force Reserve Command (AFRC) has more than 74,000 officers and enlisted personnel who serve in thirty seven wings equipped with their own aircraft and seven associate units that share aircraft with an active duty unit. Four space operations squadrons share satellite control missions with the active force. The AFRC has more than 620 mission support units equipped and trained to provide a wide range of services, including medical and aeromedical evacuation, aerial port, civil engineer, security forces, intelligence, communications, mobility support, logistics, and transportation operations, as well as more than 440 aircraft assigned to it. This includes the latest, most advanced aircraft in the Air Force inventory, such as the
C-5 Galaxy, C-17 Globemaster III, C-130 Hercules, F-16 Fighting Falcon, F/A-22 Raptor, HH-60 Pave Hawk, KC-10 Extender, KC-135 Stratotanker, WC-130J Hercules ("Hurricane Hunter"), MC-130 Combat Talon, MC-130P Combat Shadow, HC-130P Hercules and A-10/OA-10 Thunderbolt II. On any given day, 99% of these aircraft are mission ready and able to deploy within seventy two hours without need for any additional training or preparation. However, Air Combat Command, Air Force Special Operations Command, Air Mobility Commandand Air Education & Training Commandwould gain these aircraft and personnel in the event that they are mobilized.
Although the Air Force Reserve provides slightly more than 10% of the Air Force's available manpower, the extent of its contribution is much greater. More than 30% of all Air Force missions are accomplished through the efforts of Air Force Reservists. Reservists average more than 360 missions away from home each month, supporting other Commands and Department of Defense requirements for important fighter, airlift, aerial refueling, rescue, and force projection assets.
Thirty-five wings, four groups, and 73 squadrons comprise the Air Force Reserve Command. Each wing is charged with a core mission that is accomplished through the collaboration of a variety of specifically tasked squadrons.
Reserve wings report to one of three numbered Air Forces reporting to Headquarters Air Force Reserve Command,
Robins Air Force Base, Georgia. The numbered Air Forces assist their wings in using the guidance and resources provided by their higher headquarters to ensure combat readiness.
[http://www.afreserve.com/whatwedo_popup.html Reserve Structure]
4th Air Force( Air Mobility Command)
349th Air Mobility Wing, Travis Air Force Base, California
433d Airlift Wing, Lackland Air Force Base/ Kelly FieldAnnex, Texas
434th Air Refueling Wing, Grissom Air Reserve Base, Indiana
445th Airlift Wing, Wright Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio
446th Airlift Wing, McChord Air Force Base, Washington
452d Air Mobility Wing, March Air Reserve Base, California
459th Air Refueling Wing, Andrews Air Force Base, Maryland
507th Air Refueling Wing, Tinker Air Force Base, Oklahoma
624th Regional Support Group, Hickam Air Force Base, Hawaii
916th Air Refueling Wing, Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, North Carolina
927th Air Refueling Wing, MacDill Air Force Base, Florida
931st Air Refueling Group, McConnell Air Force Base, Kansas
932d Airlift Wing, Scott Air Force Base, Illinois
940th Air Refueling Wing, Beale Air Force Base, California 10th Air Force( Air Combat Command)
10th Air Force, NAS JRB Fort Worth, Texas
44th Fighter Group, Holloman AFB, New Mexico
78th Reconnaissance Squadron, Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada
301st Fighter Wing, NAS JRB Fort Worth, Texas
310th Space Wing, Schriever Air Force Base, Colorado
340th Flying Training Group, Randolph Air Force Base, Texas
419th Fighter Wing, Hill Air Force Base, Utah
442d Fighter Wing, Whiteman Air Force Base, Montana
477th Fighter Group, Elmendorf Air Force Base, Alaska
482d Fighter Wing, Homestead Air Force Base, Florida
917th Wing, Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana
919th Special Operations Wing, Duke Field, Florida
920th Rescue Wing, Patrick Air Force Base, Florida
944th Fighter Wing, Luke Air Force Base, Arizona 22nd Air Force(Air Mobility Command)
302d Airlift Wing, Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado
439th Airlift Wing, Westover Air Reserve Base, Massachusetts
22nd Air Force, Dobbins Air Reserve Base, Georgia
94th Airlift Wing, Dobbins Air Reserve Base, Georgia
302d Airlift Wing, Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado
315th Airlift Wing, Charleston Air Force Base, South Carolina
403d Wing, Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi
439th Airlift Wing, Westover Air Reserve Base, Massachusetts
440th Airlift Wing, Pope Air Force Base, North Carolina
512th Airlift Wing, Dover Air Force Base, Delaware
514th Air Mobility Wing, McGuire Air Force Base, New Jersey
908th Airlift Wing, Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama
910th Airlift Wing, Youngstown-Warren Air Reserve Base, Ohio
911th Airlift Wing, Pittsburgh International Airport, Pennsylvania
914th Airlift Wing, Niagara Falls International Airport, New York
934th Airlift Wing, Minneapolis-St Paul Joint Air Reserve Station, Minnesota
There are several categories of service in the Air Force Reserve. Most Reservists serve in the "Unit Program", in which they are required to report for duty at least one weekend a month and an additional two weeks a year.
A smaller but equally important category of Reservist is the "Individual Mobilization Augmentee" (IMA). IMAs are Reservists who are assigned to active-duty units to do jobs that are essential in wartime but do not require full-time manning during times of peace. They report for duty a minimum of one day a month and twelve additional days a year.
A small number of Reservists are selected to do thing such as serve on limited tours of active duty, usually at headquarters staff level or in other special assignments. Their job is to bring Reserve expertise to the planning and decision-making processes at senior levels within the Air Force and other services.
Reservists serving in the Active Guard and Reserve Program (AGR) perform functions for the Air Force Reserve Command that require full time manning. Recruiting is one of the fields in which a reservist can become an AGR. AGRs receive full pay and benefits just like active members of any branch of the armed forces. They serve four year controlled tours of special duty that can be renewed. AGR's have the option with good conduct and performance to serve 20 or more years and receive a retirement after 20 years just like active members of the armed forces.
Reservists serving in the
Air Reserve Technician Program(ART) carry dual status, working as full-time civil service employees for the Air Force and as military members in the same AFRC units where they work as civilians and performing the same job.
Reservists are categorized by several criteria in the Ready Reserve, Standby Reserve, Inactive Ready Reserve or Retired Reserve:
The Ready Reserve is made up of approximately 74,000 trained Reservists who may be recalled to active duty to augment active forces in time of war or national emergency. These Reservists are combat ready and can deploy to anywhere in the world in seventy-two hours.
The Standby Reserve includes Reservists whose civilian jobs are considered key to national defense or who have temporary disability or personal hardship. Most Standby Reservists do not train and are not assigned to units.
Individual Ready Reserve
These Reservists no longer train, but are qualified in their fields and eligible to be recalled in the event of a national emergency.
The Retired Reserve is made up of officers and enlisted personnel who receive pay after retiring from active duty or from the Reserve, or are Reservists awaiting retirement pay at age 60.
Civil Reserve Air Fleet
"This article contains information that originally came from a US Government website, in the public domain."
* [http://www.af.mil/factsheets/factsheet.asp?fsID=151 Air Force Link Fact Sheet]
* [http://www.afrc.af.mil/ Air Force Reserve Command Website]
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