From the Top: Lessons learned over the past decade lead to number of program improvements

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/Aug 2010 -- I often say that this is the best time in history to be an Air Force Reservist. Our Citizen Airmen are proven in combat, and our reputation for excellence has never been higher.

We are recruiting and retaining the best and brightest Airmen the Air Force has ever had. Our units employ the most leading-edge equipment on the planet. We have the best benefits since our program began. And, our future is brighter than ever before as we continue to prove that we are the most cost-effective and efficient solution for Air Force manning challenges.

An integral part of our success is the depth of our strategic reserve and our ready-now status. In this issue of Citizen Airman, we are featuring how our command is using the lessons learned from nearly a decade of combat operations in Iraq and Afghanistan to improve our programs.

Our headquarters staffs at the numbered air forces are reinvigorating their focus on readiness -- ensuring our people and programs are ready to lead the Total Force team. Also, to better ensure we're all-in the joint fight, Air Force Reserve Command is standing up a new Force Generation Center. Read this article and learn about how this new center will streamline processes for coming on active duty and make it easier for all Citizen Airmen to volunteer, mobilize and deploy.

Our Reserve team has proven itself vital to the success of military operations around the globe. Every day, Citizen Airmen make contributions and sacrifices for our country, our communities and our families. We expect the new Force Generation Center and the renewed NAF focus on readiness to remove barriers and better prepare our Reservists who sacrifice so much to serve.