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The Very Operational Reserves


January 5, 2010—USAF's two Air Reserve Components together comprise about 35 percent of the Total Force, but the Air National Guard and Air Force Reserve Command contributions actually dominate some areas. For instance, the Air Guard's F-15 force in Fiscal 2011 will make up 55 percent of the Combat Air Forces' air superiority capability and currently cover 16 of the 18 air defense alert sites around the country. ANG also is the sole operator of the ski-equipped LC-130, used to support extreme cold weather operations, including the National Science Foundation polar research missions. AFRC provides 60 percent of USAF's Aeromedical evacuation capability, 75 percent of the port mortuary affairs capability, and 54 percent of the service's aerial port capability. The Air Force Reserve also operates USAF's weather reconnaissance fleet, specially equipped WC-130Js. And, both ARCs continue to expand their support to space and unmanned vehicle operations.    

Sources: Air National Guard FY11 Weapons Systems Modernization Requirements (caution, very large file); ANG Snapshot, July-September 2009; Air Force Reserve Snapshot, January-February 2010.