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Air Force Reserve visionary leaders1. Air Force Reserve visionary leaders: Maj. Gen. George Squier proclaimed that the provision establishing the Organized Reserve Corps was one of the most important sections of the 1916 National Defense Act. He sought to acquire a body of experienced technical men to organize and train in peacetime and be available when needed for war. (More) 

1948 - 19682. 1948 - 1968: 
The historical origins of an air reserve in the US military stem from the Preparedness Movement and the National Defense Act of 1916 that authorized an Organized Reserve Corps. The Air Force Reserve was formally established on April 14, 1948 by President Harry Truman who envisioned a program similar to one established during the First World War, whereby Reservists stood ready to serve during wartime. (More)

1969 - 19893. 1969 - 1989: As the 1970s unfolded, the challenge then was to find the right mix of forces for mission effectiveness. Secretary of Defense Melvin Laird adopted the Total Force concept in August 1970 with Secretary of Defense James Schlesinger declaring it policy in 1973. With the implementation of the Total Force Policy, the Air Force Reserve became a multi-mission force, flying the same modern aircraft as the active Air Force. (More)

Focus4. Focus: The Air Force Reserve's contribution to the security of the United States and the world fulfils visions begun one hundred years ago when, in 1907, the Aeronautical Division in the Signal Corps became responsible for military "air machines," and some sixty years ago when President Harry Truman directed in the National Security Act of 1947 that the services revitalize their reserve programs. (More

  1990-19995. 1990 - 1999: Air Force Reserve airlift and tanker crews were flying within days of Saddam Hussein's invasion of Kuwait in 1990. When ground operations commenced, Air Force Reserve A-10s operated close to the front lines along with Air Force Reserve special operations and rescue forces. A Reservist scored the first-ever A-10 air-to-air kill. (More)

 2000 - present6. 2000 - Present: When terrorists attacked the United States on September 11, 2001, Air Force Reservists responded in full measure. Air Force Reserve F-16 fighters flew combat air patrols (CAPs) protecting America's cities while KC-135 tanker and AWACs aircraft supported with air refuelings and security. (More)

  Reserve Everyday Heroes7. Reserve Everyday Heroes: "From the sands of Iraq to the mountains of Afghanistan from the jungles of South America to the Antarctic icecap, in the skies above the nation, inside hurricanes threatening our coastal areas and through wildfires endangering our countryside, dedicated Reservists answer the call to duty symbolizing the values of integrity, service before self, and excellence in all we do." (More)

our history

Repatriated POW's aboard an AF Reserve C-141 bound for freedomSince our formal establishment in April 1948, we have amassed a rich heritage with heroic accounts of responding to disasters, humanitarian aid, and conflicts. Our history is also a study of changing, adapting, and evolving from a strategic force held in "reserve" into an operational Reserve force with the most advanced weapons systems.

I congratulate each one of you--military, civilians, and family members--who helped us to fly, fight and win. We are confident of tomorrow's challenges and will serve with the same courage, commitment, and confidence that defined us in our first years.

We reaffirm our commitment to today's fight as a reliable and adept Total Force partner in air, space and cyberspace.

Chief, Air Force Reserve
Commander, Air Force Reserve Command

Historical Milestones

1948 - 1968

1969 - 1989

1990 - 1999

2000 - Present
2000 - present

Previous Years in Review
 2017 Year in Review
 AF Reserve 2016 Year in Review
AFRC 2015 Year in Review
AFRC 2014 Year in Review

Heritage Coloring Book
Heritage Coloring Book

The Commanders

Lt Gen. Stratemeyer Lt. Gen. Childre
Maj. Gen. Closner Lt. Gen. Maryanne Miller

Turning Point 9.11

Turning Point 9.11: Air Force Reserve in the 21st Century, 2001-2011

Turning Point 9.11: Air Force Reserve in the 21st Century, 2001-2011 recognizes the contributions Air Force Reservists are making to the security of the United States and the world.  
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AF Reserve at Robins