18 Facts About Air Force Reserve


Air Force Reserve Command is a major command of the United States Air Force, with its headquarters at Robins Air Force Base, Georgia.

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The inventory, both AFRC-controlled and active duty Regular Air Force-controlled, includes the latest, most capable models of aircraft that are assigned to the U S Air Force.

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Purpose of the Air Force Reserve, as derived from Title 10 of the United States Code, is to:.

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Air Force Reserve contains other specialized capabilities not found in regular active duty Air Force units.

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The Air Force Reserve conducts two unique mission sets for which it possesses the sole USAF capability:.

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The Associate Reserve program is based on providing manpower to complement the Total Force.

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Air Force Reservists contribute about 13 percent of total KC-135 aerial refueling requirements.

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AFRC Space Operations associate units aligned with the United States Space Air Force Reserve operate Defense Meteorological Satellite Program, Defense Support Program and Global Positioning System Satellites as well as various cyber warfare systems.

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The Air Force Reserve operates the WC-130 Hurricane Hunter in the weather reconnaissance mission and provides the sole USAF capability for this mission set.

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Air Force Reserve was created as a separate operating agency and replaced a major command – Continental Air Command – which inactivated in August 1968.

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Air Force Reservists supported humanitarian and disaster relief efforts, including resupply and evacuation missions in the aftermath of 1989's Hurricane Hugo.

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Air Force Reserve had become indistinguishable from the active force in capability; there was no difference between an Air Force Reserve pilot and an active duty pilot, or a boom operator, or loadmaster.

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For over six years, Air Force Reserve C-130s performed these Provide Comfort missions on a rotational basis while F-16s and combat rescue HH-60 Pave Hawks deployed to Incirlik Air Base, Turkey, for the no-fly operations.

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Accordingly, in February 1997, the Air Force Reserve officially became the Air Force Reserve Command, the Air Force's ninth major command.

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The Air Force Reserve proved itself as an adaptable and capable force, ready to perform the full range of Air Force operations on an integrated and daily basis in sync with the new Air Expeditionary Task Force concepts.

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Air Force Reserve F-16 Fighting Falcon fighters flew Combat air patrols protecting America's cities while AFRC KC-135 Stratotankers and E-3 Sentry AWACs aircraft supported with air refuelings and security.

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Air Force Reservists made significant contributions by flying close air support, combat delivery, rescue, strategic airlift, and air refueling missions supporting operations in Afghanistan.

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Air Force Reserve continues to expand its associate construct across the mission spectrum.

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