This excellent report has been professionally converted for accurate flowing-text e-book format reproduction. Two reports, for 2014 and 2015, provide up-to-date information and data on the work of America's Air Force Reserve.
For the past 68 years, the Air Force Reserve has provided combat-ready forces to fly, fight and win for our nation. Today, our force consists of nearly 70,000 Citizen Airmen who provide daily operational capability, strategic depth and surge capacity. These men and women are dedicated professionals, standing ready to deploy within as little as 72 hours to defend our nation.
Amid shrinking budgets, emerging threats and growing capability gaps, the Air Force Reserve stands ready as a hedge against risk. History has shown us there will always be another threat or disaster and we provide a cost-effective and experienced force capable of responding when needed. For example, in 2015 we performed more than 48,000 man-days in support of worldwide Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance, flew combat sorties, and provided critical capability during hurricane season with our Hurricane Hunters. Every airlift, airdrop and aeromedical evacuation demonstrated our commitment to our nation and combatant commanders around the globe. Our men and women served proudly in every Air Force core function, and continued to demonstrate a level of professionalism and commitment that is unparalleled.
We ushered in the first F-35s at Hill AFB, began preparations for the first KC-46 Reserve unit bed down at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base and helped with the last Global Positioning System IIF launch. These events represent a small fraction of our operations this year, but demonstrate our ability to remain an integrated, flexible and combat ready force today and in the future.
In today's rapidly shifting security environment, it is imperative that we continue to look to the future to determine how to build the future force, develop the team and recapitalize our fleet. As we continue to leverage our innovation, experience and strengths, I am confident we will remain ready for the next 70 years.
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