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View From the Top: Balancing Reserve Triad key to our success

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/Dec. 2010 -- While we celebrate the holiday season and reflect on 2010, I want to take this opportunity to thank you for your service. Your ability to balance the "Reserve Triad" -- the Air Force, family and civilian employer -- allows us to remain a critical component of our national defense.

From humanitarian missions in Haiti and Pakistan to redeploying troops from Iraq while simultaneously supporting the Afghan surge, you stepped up to the challenges of worldwide operations. Closer to home, Citizen Airmen were responsible for mitigating the fallout from the environmental disaster in the Gulf of Mexico. Your selfless service made it possible for our three-component Air Force to excel across the globe, regardless of where you served.

I appreciate the sacrifices made by your families and employers in support of your service. Dee and I wish all of you the happiest of holidays, and our thoughts and prayers are with you as we look to the challenges of the New Year.