by 477th Fighter Group Public Affairs
4/14/2015 - JOINT BASE ELMENDORF-RICHARDSON, Alaska -- April
14 will mark the 67th birthday of the U.S. Air Force Reserve which was
formally established by President Harry S. Truman nearly seven decades
Since that time, reservists have provided combat ready forces to fly,
fight and win across the globe, and the 477th Fighter Group here is no
exception. The 477th is the world's most experienced F-22 organization
in the Air Force and is responsible for recruiting, training, developing
and retaining a combat-ready force of approximately 350 reservists to
support the active duty and Expeditionary Air Force.
Operating in various locations around the world, the Air Force Reserve
has evolved from a "stand by" force for emergencies into a Major Command
and currently performs about 20 percent of the work of the Air Force.
As the only Air Force Reserve unit in Alaska, the 477th serves as the
backbone of the Total Force Enterprise here, volunteering for 5,000
hours of alert operations and contributing three pilots with more than
1,000 hours in the F-22. With reservists integrated in every part of the
Raptor operations, from maintenance and ground equipment to pilots and
support staff, the 477th sets the standard for total force integration.
In addition, Reserve members live work and serve in and around the
communities locally. From parish priests to school superintendents, and
Cub Scout leaders to community volunteers, group members contributed
thousands of hours to the Alaskan economy and way of life.
Take time this month to recognize the men and women of the Air Force
Reserve, honor their service and wish them a happy birthday.