The Air Force Reserve Command, with headquarters at Robins Air Force Base, Ga., became the ninth major command of the Air Force on Feb. 17, 1997, as a result of Title XII - Reserve Forces Revitalization - in Public Law 104-201, the National Defense Authorization Act of Fiscal Year 1997. Before this act, the Air Force Reserve was a field operating agency of the Air Force established on April 14, 1948.
The mission of the Air Force Reserve Command is to provide combat ready forces to fly, fight and win.
Air Force Reserve Command provides the U.S. Air Force about 14 percent of the Total Force for about 4 percent of the manpower budget.
Reservists support nuclear deterrence operations, air, space and cyberspace superiority, command and control, global integrated intelligence surveillance reconnaissance, global precision attack, special operations, rapid global mobility and personnel recovery. They also perform space operations, aircraft flight testing, aerial port operations, civil engineer, security forces, military training, communications, mobility support, transportation and services missions.
Air Force Reserve Command units flew and maintain fighter, bomber, airlift, aerial refueling, aerial spray, personnel recovery and weather reconnaissance aircraft. Through the command's classic associate program, aircrews and maintenance personnel fly and maintain airlift, aerial refueling, fighter, trainer, and airborne warning and control system aircraft.
The Air Reserve Personnel Center at Buckley Air Force Base, Colo., is a direct reporting unit that reports directly to AFRC. Its mission is to "Provide 21st century life-cycle personnel services to all air reserve component members ... A Total Force provider servicing the needs of the nation.
The Air Force Reserve Command has three numbered air forces and a Force Generation Center.
- Fourth Air Force, March Air Reserve Base, Calif., and its subordinate units are responsible for "strategic reach forces," which includes aerial refueling and long-range, strategic airlift missions.
- Tenth Air Force, Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base Fort Worth, Texas, and its units are responsible for "power/vigilance with intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance, network operations, space, and special operations forces." These forces include fighters, bombers, remotely piloted aircraft, cyber, space operations, and special operations flying and training.
- Twenty-Second Air Force, Dobbins Air Reserve Base, Ga., and its units are responsible for "tactical airlift, combat support, training and institutional forces."
- Force Generation Center, Robins Air Force Base, Ga. The FGC serves as the single path to request and receive, as well as oversee and deliver, Air Force Reserve forces and capabilities.