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FOC: initiative improves way we operate.

The 21st century security environment requires military services that are flexible--capable of surging, refocusing and continuously engaging without exhausting their resources and people. Moreover, the 21st century fiscal environment is becoming ever-more constrained as rising nations and pressing national interests compete for limited resources.

In this challenging environment, the Air Force Reserve has never been more relevant. It has provided sustained operational capability for nearly 20 years--at high ops tempo for the past eight years. And the Reserve provides cost-effective Tier 1 readiness to the nation available for strategic surge or on-going operations.

However, we cannot take for granted the high level of commitment our Reservists have thus far demonstrated. We must do our best to ensure their continued service. Accordingly, we are undertaking enterprise-wide actions to make service more predictable for our Reservists.

The actions taken under AFR 2012--Full Operational Capability will contribute to the overall health of the strategic reserve and improve the sustainability of Reserve and Air Force operational capability required by the war fighters of this new century.

Air Force Reserve Command FOC will improve the way the command manages and presents forces to the Air Force and force providers. Air Reserve Personnel Center FOC will improve Reserve and Air National Guard personnel administrative and management capabilities. And Office of Air Force Reserve FOC will improve Reserve interaction among the Headquarters U.S. Air Force staff to better support the chief of Air Force Reserve, chief of staff of the Air Force and secretary of the Air Force in discharging their service responsibilities.

Key elements of AFRC FOC

Under the FOC initiative, major commands will continue to support standardization of AFRC organizational, training and equipping activities. However, the administrative roles currently performed by gaining MAJCOMS related to sourcing and presenting AFRC forces will be performed by AFRC. AFRC functional managers will manage consolidated functional portfolios consisting of Reservists from unit, individual mobilization augmentee and Individual Ready Reserve programs.

To more efficiently meet combatant commander requirements, AFRC will assume full responsibility for identifying and scheduling Reservist participation in aerospace expeditionary force requirements and mobilization/demobilization activities through the Air Force force presenter to the regional unified command force providers (Air Combat Command for U.S. Joint Forces Command, Air Mobility Command for U.S. Transportation Command and Air Force Special Operations Command for U.S. Special Operations Command).

Consolidating these functions within AFRC will make the job of presenting Reserve forces simpler, easier and faster for AFRC functional managers and more responsive to the Air Force force presenters (ACC, AMC and AFSOC). Moreover, centralizing enables AFRC managers to readily integrate both voluntary and involuntary participation into a single force presentation process.

Key elements of ARPC FOC

Through the ARPC FOC initiative, ARPC and the Air Force Personnel Center will become full partners--fully integrated in AEF cycles--providing customer service to all deploying Airmen. ARPC will be the central servicing facility for any type of mobility preparation all the way to post-mobilization follow-up. All services will become institutionalized in a force presentation model that includes all three staffs.

Key elements of AF/RE FOC

Through the AF / RE FOC initiative, the Office of Air Force Reserve staff will conduct an in-depth analysis of its structure, organization and processes to optimize the ability to support the chief of Air Force Reserve in carrying out his Title 10 responsibilities. The staff will assess all applicable mission directives, Air Force instructions and other publications to illuminate capability gaps between Title 10 responsibilities and current processes.

The staff will also assess opportunities to develop and publish standard operating procedures between AF/RE and other Air Staff offices, as well as AFRC and ARPC, to more clearly delineate duties of all Air Staffs concerning matters affecting the Air Force Reserve.

Under AFR 2012--Full Operational Capability, the Air Force Reserve will not only be combat ready and responsive to daily operational needs, but service will become more predictable for Reserve Airmen and more sustainable in meeting the war-fighting demands of the 21st century.

By Lt. Gen. Charles E. Stenner Jr.

Commander, Air Force Reserve Command
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Author:Stenner, Charles E., Jr.
Publication:Citizen Airman
Date:Oct 1, 2009
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