Managing the 21st Century Air Force Reserve
Air War College Air University Maxwell AFB United States
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Since September 11, 2001more than 32,000 reserve airmen, representing nearly every Air Force mission area, have volunteered or been mobilized for active duty to fill critical worldwide combat and support requirements. John Winkler noted in Joint Forces Quarterly, during Operations NOBLE EAGLE, ENDURING FREEDOM and IRAQI FREEDOM it became clear that reliance on reserve forces in the operational environment would continue as far as could be envisioned. The Reserve Component had fundamentally changed, and approaches to managing reserve forces would also have to be changed to meet the new demands. The new reality of the long war requires an optimized force management process to better serve our airmen.