Budget request calls for more people, money
/ Published May 27, 2009
WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama recommended more people and more funding for Air Force Reserve Command in his fiscal 2010 defense budget request.
Under the proposal released May 7, the command's military personnel account would increase by 7.4 percent. The account represents about a third of the command's overall budget.
If approved, the Air Force's Selected Reserve end strength would climb to 68,500, an increase of 2,100 reservists. The command would get $72 million for bonuses and education benefits. Other funds would help the Reserve increase its focus on skill-level training and preparations to deploy people.
Two-thirds of the budget request for the command goes towards the operation and maintenance account. Under the president's proposal, the O&M would get a 2.8 percent boost compared to FY 2009. Funding would add 414 more air reserve technicians and set aside nearly $126 million for overseas contingency operations.
One percent of the budget would cover four military construction projects.
For the president's request to become law, the House and Senate must reach a consensus before sending it to the president for his signature. (Air Force Reserve Command News Service from the Office Air Force Reserve Policy Integration Directorate Bulletin)