AIR COMMAND AND STAFF COLLEGE, AIR UNIVERSITY MAXWELL AFB United States
Over the past 35 years, AF Personnel Recovery PR has experienced major organizational changes, resulting in an unsettled community unsure of its true home in the Air Force. The PR mission belongs in its current location within Air Combat Command ACC because of the importance to the joint forces air component commander JFACC that PR remains a theatre assigned asset supporting its primary customer, the combat air force CAF. As such, the community of PR professionals must focus its communal identity on becoming members of ACC rather than Special Operations in order to settle PR in one command and develop an environment in ACC that will enable rescue to flourish. Through a qualitative problemsolution framework, this paper will analyze the origins of dedicated AF PR leading to the turbulent 35 years PR has found itself currently in. This background will give a solid base to where PR is lacking and aid in the development of solutions the AF and ACC can take to solidify PRs place in ACC. These include the establishment of a general officer in ACC to oversee all of the PR mission, increased funding and aircraft procurement for PR, clearer career paths for PR airmen, and the acceptance from the PR community that the mission belongs with ACC.