From the Top: Command making progress toward achieving full operational capability

Lt. Gen. Charles E. Stenner Jr., Air Force Reserve Command commander and chief of Air Force Reserve.

Lt. Gen. Charles E. Stenner Jr., Air Force Reserve Command commander and chief of Air Force Reserve.

Citizen Airman/June 2011 -- Two years ago, Air Force Reserve Command embarked on a journey that will ultimately lead to achieving full operational capability.

This journey involves a series of projects, collectively called AFR 2012, that are designed to make it easier for Reservists to volunteer, mobilize and deploy, while at the same time fulfilling all of our combat and support requirements. These initiatives will also improve our ability to manage people and resources, track unit availability and operations tempo, and provide better predictability for individual Reservists, families and civilian employers.

Although AFR 2012 represents some fundamental changes in the way we go about satisfying requirements, one thing remains constant: We continue to perform all of our many different missions with the same level of pride, dedication and professionalism we've always demonstrated. However, we're doing them in a more efficient, cost-effective manner.

The most significant change under the AFR 2012 umbrella is our new Force Generation Center. This organization, located at Robins Air Force Base, Ga., serves as a one-stop shop for providing Reserve manpower as well as resources to meet any requirement, from man-day support to exercises of any kind to wartime contingency operations. The goal of the FGC is to make it easier for everyone seeking Reserve support to get exactly what they need when they need it -- each and every time.

Since it became operational in October 2010, under the leadership of Brig. Gen. William Binger, the FGC has made remarkable progress toward achieving its goal. It has successfully responded to several real-world requests for Reserve support, and our "customers" are getting used to this new way of doing business.

This month's issue includes a complete update on the FGC. I invite you to take a look to see an outstanding example of how, in today's joint operational environment, AFRC is evolving to meet an increasing array of requirements from a wide variety of sources.