The Air Force Reserve was created on April 14, 1948, shortly after the Air Force was established as a separate branch of the military. The Air Force Reserve has approximately 450 aircraft. Their focus, however, is much more than solely air missions. Their mission also includes security, medical, civil engineering, space-force type operations, among other things.
Reservists of all branches play an important role in the DOD’s strategy for manpower, military flexibility, and global reach. Since 9/11 the Air Force Reserve has played a major role in the air combat patrol missions in American airspace. Currently, there are more than 70,000 Americans serving the Air Force Reserve worldwide.
Happy 72nd Birthday Air Force Reserve!