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From the Top: Answering the call with a ready force

Maj. Gen. James F. Jackson

Maj. Gen. James F. Jackson

Citizen Airman/Dec. 2012 -- My favorite part of this job is seeing our diverse missions and America's Citizen Airmen in action. One of my goals is to visit every location where we have a Reserve unit or organization. This gives me an opportunity to hear what's on your mind.
 
As we look forward to the New Year, I want to share my thoughts, specifically my three focus areas for the Air Force Reserve: remembering the fight, adapting the force and developing the team.

Remember the Fight - Today's and Tomorrow's. The Total Force team is still in high demand by combatant commanders around the world. Our mission is to be a reliable, accessible combat ready force for the joint fight. Further, with recent legislative updates to Title 10 Code, section 12304, the Reserve can be mobilized to support national security requirements in response to a homeland natural disaster or emergency. Air Force Reserve capabilities like hurricane reconnaissance, aerial firefighting and aerial spray are critical to the nation when catastrophe strikes. Airlift, aeromedical evacuation and personnel recovery are valuable, both in-theater and for homeland support. No matter when or where our nation needs us, we are ready to serve and will answer the call.

Adapt the Force. The Air Force Reserve is an integrated member of the Total Force team. As we look to the future, we need to have a holistic view of the right Air Force capability mix. What are the part-time missions that best fit the Active Duty, Air Force Reserve and Air National Guard? How much capacity do we need to ensure we can provide strategic depth? What can our nation afford? As we tackle these tough questions, we need to remain flexible, yet focused, and able to adapt to the changing Department of Defense landscape.
 
Develop the Team. Force development is vital to a quality Air Force Reserve. We grow Air Force leaders for our nation. We plan to put in place initiatives that allow our Citizen Airmen choices. We want to maintain a culture of Citizen Airmen who are stationed locally and serving globally, while also providing additional opportunities for those wishing to be considered as future senior leaders. Growing our future leaders today ensures we remain a superior combat force tomorrow.

Finally, as we celebrate this holiday season, I'd like to emphasize the importance of family. We all work hard during the year, so please make sure you take the time to enjoy loved ones. Also, please remember those in harm's way and offer a hand to those who are separated from their families.

I look forward to serving with you in the New Year. Thanks for all you do.