ReserveNet changes to ARCNet, welcomes Air National Guard
/ Published September 14, 2009
ROBINS AIR FORCE BASE, Ga. -- ReserveNet has a new name and a new mission. After a year of coordination between the Air Force Reserve and the Air National Guard, ARCNet was established Sept. 1 to provide ReserveNet capabilities to ANG members.
Until now, only reservists had access to these resources used to train, communicate and prepare for executing their missions. The new name, ARCNet, was chosen to reflect users across the Air Reserve Component spectrum.
"ARCNet will provide a standard ancillary training program for the Air National Guard," said Chief Master Sergeant Leo Kreifels of the Nebraska Air National Guard. "Prior to ARCNet, each wing created its own way of monitoring ancillary training requirements. The introduction of ARCNet will streamline the process across the Air National Guard."
The ANG community currently is interested in using part of the ARCNet capability - ancillary training, management inspection and volunteer opportunity systems. Air Force reservists will continue to have access to the all of the previous ReserveNet capabilities, including reserve duty planning and participation and status management.
Six National Guard units initially will have access to ARCNet. The National Guard Bureau plans to bring the remaining ANG units on board in 2010.
"The Air Force Reserve and Air National Guard face similar challenges in maintaining a fighting force of primarily part-time workers," said Lisa Woodson ARCNet program manager at Robins AFB. "Partnering together to address these challenges provides value for both sides." (Air Force Reserve Command News Service)