Resilient Airmen: Pacific Air Forces' Critical Enabler
AIR UNIV MAXWELL AFB AL AIR FORCE RESEARCH INST
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The sun never sets on Pacific Air Forces PACAF. From Alaska to Antarctica and from California to India, PACAFs area of responsibility AOR encompasses over half of the earths surface. Few regions are as culturally, socially, economically, and geopolitically diverse as the Asia-Pacific, home to 36 nations. In this challenging operational environment, PACAFs Airmen relentlessly provide continuous global vigilance, reach, and power for the United States and its allies. To this end, PACAF needs high performing, combat-ready, crossculturally competent and mutually supportive airmen and families advancing regional security cooperation, minimizing vulnerability, and ensuring persistent presence and quality forward. These attributes comprise the intent of the resilient Airmen RA strategic line of operation 100 and the foundation upon which we build and sustain PACAF. In the face of such a vast, diverse, and demanding operational environment, force resiliency is a must, and that resiliency begins and ends with PACAFs Airmen. Built on the three core tenets of expanding engagement, increasing combat capability, and improving war-fighter integration, PACAF has instituted the RA strategic 100 as one of five interdependent 100s that work in concert to posture forces for contingency operations, ensure stability and free access, deter aggression, and defend US interests. This article not only addresses the meaning of resiliency but also-and more importantly-examines why it is critical to the success of PACAFs mission. The article then scrutinizes the RA LOO in terms of specific initiatives, objectives, and desired effects. Finally, it demonstrates how the RA LOO is part of larger, strategic game plan to inject resiliency into our entire force structure as a means of fulfilling national objectives and reaching desired end states.
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