AF Reserve News

Yellow Ribbon reveres military children
Dominick Lopez and Kyera Rowe, both children of military parents who recently deployed, participate in a dance-off contest during a Yellow Ribbon Reintegration Program event in Chicago, April 21, 2018. The children also were awarded certificates of accomplishment as part of the Month of the Military Child program celebrated annually during the month of April. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Benjamin Mota)
Miller Testifies on AFR Budget
Lt. Gen. Maryanne Miller, chief of Air Force Reserve, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C., and commander, Air Force Reserve Command, Robins Air Force Base, Georgia, speaks with Gen. Joseph Lengyel, chief of National Guard Bureau, before the U.S. Senate Committee on Appropriations hearing at the Dirksen Senate Office Building, Washington D.C., April 17, 2018. Miller met with the committee to discuss fiscal year 2019 budgeting for the Air Force Reserve. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Kat Justen)
Miller Testifies on AFR Budget
Lt. Gen. Maryanne Miller, chief of Air Force Reserve, and commander, Air Force Reserve Command, testifies with fellow Guard and Reserve component chiefs during the U.S. Senate Committee on Appropriations hearing at the Dirksen Senate Office Building, Washington D.C., April 17, 2018. The chiefs met with the committee to discuss fiscal year 2019 budgeting for the Guard and Reserve. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Kat Justen)
Miller Testifies on AFR Budget
Lt. Gen. Maryanne Miller, chief of Air Force Reserve, and commander, Air Force Reserve Command, testifies with fellow Guard and Reserve component chiefs during the U.S. Senate Committee on Appropriations hearing at the Dirksen Senate Office Building, Washington D.C., April 17, 2018. The chiefs met with the committee to discuss fiscal year 2019 budgeting for the Guard and Reserve. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Kat Justen)
Miller Testifies on AFR Budget
Lt. Gen. Maryanne Miller, chief of Air Force Reserve, and commander, Air Force Reserve Command, testifies with fellow Guard and Reserve component chiefs during the U.S. Senate Committee on Appropriations hearing at the Dirksen Senate Office Building, Washington D.C., April 17, 2018. The chiefs met with the committee to discuss fiscal year 2019 budgeting for the Guard and Reserve. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Kat Justen)
Miller Highlights AF Reserve Issues at Caucus Breakfast
Lt. Gen. Maryanne Miller, Chief of Air Force Reserve, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C., and Commander, Air Force Reserve Command, Robins Air Force Base, Georgia, speaks to the audience at the House National Guard and Reserve Component Caucus Breakfast at the Rayburn Building, Washington D.C., April 13, 2018. (U.S. Air Force photo by Lt. Col Denise Kerr)
Miller Highlights AF Reserve Issues at Caucus Breakfast
Lt. Gen. Maryanne Miller, Chief of Air Force Reserve, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C., and Commander, Air Force Reserve Command, Robins Air Force Base, Georgia, speaks with Ohio Congressman Brad Wenstrup (R-2nd) at the House National Guard and Reserve Component Caucus Breakfast at the Rayburn Building, Washington D.C., April 13, 2018. (U.S. Air Force photo by Lt. Col Denise Kerr)
Miller Highlights AF Reserve Issues at Caucus Breakfast
Lt. Gen. Maryanne Miller, Chief of Air Force Reserve, and Commander, Air Force Reserve Command, speaks with Maryland Congressman Anthony Brown (D-4th) at the House National Guard and Reserve Component Caucus Breakfast at the Rayburn Building, Washington, D.C., April13, 2018. (U.S. Air Force photo by Lt. Col Denise Kerr)
Lt. Gen. Miller Testifies before House Appropriations Committee
U.S. Air Force Lieutenant Gen. Maryanne Miller, Chief of Air Force Reserve, and Commander, Air Force Reserve Command, speaks with Lt. Gen. Charles D. Luckey, Chief of Army Reserve and Commanding General, United States Army Reserve Command, prior to meeting with the House Appropriations Defense Subcommittee at the U.S. Capitol Building, Washington D.C., April 12, 2018. The chiefs met with the committee to discuss fiscal year 2019 budgeting for the Guard and Reserve. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Kat Justen)
Lt. Gen. Miller Testifies before House Appropriations Committee
Component chiefs for the Guard and Reserve prepare to be seated prior to meeting with the House Appropriations Defense Subcommittee at the U.S. Capitol Building, Washington D.C., April 12, 2018. The chiefs met with the committee to discuss fiscal year 2019 budgeting for the Guard and Reserve. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Kat Justen)

Corona returns to Maxwell AFB

CORONA returns to Maxwell

Lt. Gen. Jacqueline D. Van Ovost, Air Force director of staff, takes a moment away from Corona South to recognize top performers, Feb. 28, 2018, Maxwell Air Force Base, Ala. (U.S. Air Force photo by Donna L. Burnett)

CORONA returns to Maxwell

Tuskegee Airman retired Lt. Col. James Harvey (left) and Lt. Gen. Steven Kwast, Air Education and Training Command commander greet Chief Master Sgt. Erica Shipp, 42nd Air Base Wing command chief and Virginia Whitfield of Whitfield Consulting during a reception at the Alabama Supreme Court, Feb. 26, 2018, Montgomery, Ala. Other distinguished visitors of the event included Secretary of the Navy Richard Spencer, Chief of Naval Operations Admiral John Richardson, Chief Justice of the Alabama Supreme Court Lyn Stuart and Montgomery Mayor Todd Strange. (U.S. Air Force photo by Donna L. Burnett)

MAXWELL AIR FORCE BASE, Ala. (AFNS) -- The Air Force’s top leaders convened at Maxwell AFB for the annual Corona South conference, Feb. 25 - 28, 2018 to discuss present and future issues regarding the Air Force.

“This year’s CORONA was extremely successful and historic as it coincides with Maxwell’s Centennial anniversary.” said Col. Melissa Stone, 42nd Air Base Wing vice commander. “We are proud to bring Corona back to Maxwell (AFB) and know that the success achieved here will pay great dividends for the entire Air Force in the coming years,”

Attendees of the conference included Secretary of the Air Force Heather Wilson, Chief of Staff of the Air Force Gen. David Goldfein, Secretary of the Navy Richard Spencer and Chief of Naval Operations Adm. John Richardson.

Throughout the week, leaders engaged in high-level discussions about the Air Force and national strategy, joint leader and force development, and education and training.

Key attendees met with Air University’s Board of Visitors to discuss the overall direction of the university’s education and training programs and how they support Air Force strategy.

Leaders also took time to interact with local civic leaders by participating in a Montgomery Chamber of Commerce-hosted event at the Alabama Supreme Court. Leaders received a warm Southern welcome, and were able to provide local leaders a broad perspective on the Air Force mission.

For the first time in Corona history, attendees participated in a table-top exercise utilizing the unique capabilities of the LeMay Center’s Wargaming Institute to address global, strategic challenges.

“For a full day, critical issues were dissected and explored using state-of-the-art technology combined with the organization’s internally developed visualization software which pioneered a new 3D capability for this event,” said Col. Joseph Michalek, LeMay Center Wargaming Institute director. “This was the third consecutive CORONA conference that involved the Wagaming Institute in some capacity.”

“General Goldfein, the chief of staff of the Air Force, offered tall praise for what proved to be a highly successful Corona table-top exercise,” said Michalek. “With such high accolades, the Wargaming Institute's growth in operations is likely to continue.”

Corona conferences are held three times a year and are often the only time that all of the Air Force’s leaders meet in person and have open discussions concerning the Air Force and national defense.

The first recorded Corona meeting took place here in 1944. The Army Air Forces commander, Gen. Henry “Hap” Arnold, invited 40 generals to Maxwell AFB to discuss how the service was to move forward post World War II.

In 2006, former Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. T. Michael Mosley decided to bring Corona back to Maxwell AFB. The theme of the conference that year was, “Heritage to Horizons,” and Mosley said he wanted to continue the heritage theme by bringing Corona back to its roots.

Twelve years later, Corona has returned to its birth place once again.