2/7/2014 - WASHINGTON -- The National Commission on the Structure of the Air Force issued its report to the president and Congress Jan. 31.
The report calls for moving more Air Force manpower into the reserve
components but "disestablishing" Air Force Reserve Command and its three
numbered air forces.
"Many of the commission's recommendations are valid," said Lt. Gen.
James F. Jackson, chief of the Air Force Reserve and commander of Air
Force Reserve Command. "However, AFRC provides me the ability to execute
my key statutory obligation to manage Air Force Reserve resources.
Without AFRC's structure, the Regular Air Force would have to recreate
and duplicate what we use today."
The commission's report calls for creating integrated wings with
active-duty and reserve Airmen serving together at the squadron, group
and wing levels.
"In practice, the Air Force Reserve is integrated with the active
component today," Jackson said. "However, each component maintains
separate administrative chain of command to comply with law and service
policy. This ensures readiness and the effective force management of
The commission, established by Congress in the National Defense
Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2013, studied how the Air Force
structure should be modified to best fulfill current and anticipated
mission requirements for the Air Force in a manner consistent with
Jackson said that Air Force leadership has been receptive to his concerns.
"Both the secretary and the chief of staff have asked for my thoughts on
the commission's report," said Jackson. "I couldn't be more pleased
with the support the Air Force Reserve receives from Air Force
The commission traveled to 19 different locations and interviewed reservists, guardsmen, and active- duty Airmen.
"Providing adequate operational support funding to increase volunteer
opportunities for reservists, increasing associations between Reserve
and active Air Force units, and reducing the number of Reserve duty
statuses without reducing the overall compensation of reservists are all
positive recommendations that require further analysis to ensure they
can be implemented correctly," said Jackson, who testified before the
commission on four separate occasions.