Today, the U.S. Air Force Reserve turns 74!
Formally established in 1948, the Air Force Reserve stemmed from the Preparedness Movement and the National Defense Act of 1916 that authorized an Organized Reserve Corps. The Corps served as “a body of experienced technical men to organize and train in peacetime and be available when needed for war.”
In April 1948, President Harry Truman saw the Air Force Reserve as a program similar to one established during World War I when Reservist stood ready to serve during wartime. Since it’s formation, the Air Force Reserve has evolved from a reserve force for emergencies to a major command (MAJCOM) of the U.S. Air Force.
Today, the Air Force Reserve performs about 20% of the work of the Air Force conducting traditional flying missions and more specialized ones like Weather Reconnaissance, Modular Aerial Fire Fighting, and Personnel Recovery. Headquartered at Robins Air Force Base in Georgia, there are approximately 70,000 Reservists comprised of commissioned officers and enlisted airmen.