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Focus Day aligns Air Force Space Command, guard, reserve efforts

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  • By Capt Christopher Merian
  • Air Force Space Command Public Affairs

PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. -- The annual Air Force Space Command Air Reserve Component Focus Day occurred here Wednesday.

The focus day brought together senior leadership from the total force including Gen. Jay Raymond, commander of Air Force Space Command, Lt. Gen. Maryanne Miller, commander of Air Force Reserve Command, and Maj. Gen. Kevin Bradley, the acting deputy director of the Air National Guard to discuss guard and reserve support to space command missions.

During the focus day, leaders discussed emerging and continuing missions and organizing, training, and equipping guard and reserve forces assigned to Air Force Space Command.

Col. David Keely, the Air National Guard advisor to the AFSPC commander, and Col. Lisa Johnson, the director of AFSPC reserve forces spoke about the importance of the event.

“The focus day is to align the guard and reserve components in the direction that Air Force Space Command is moving,” said Keely. “It’s meetings like this that provide the steel structure for a building, everything else flows after.”

Air National Guard and Air Force Reserve units help support numerous Air Force Space Command missions to include space operations, the Counter Communications System, early warning radar operations, cyberspace operations and network warfare.  

“The discussions we have truly highlight the importance of the total force concept in the space and cyberspace domains,” said Johnson. “On any given day the reserve component supports 10 to 20 percent of the Air Force Space Command mission.”

In total, approximately 8,200 guard and reserve members support Air Force Space Command missions.

“Our members are on mission, whether it’s flying a satellite, deploying to the desert to provide communications to the warfighter or manning a terminal and shoring up America’s cyberspace defenses,” said Keely.

Maj. Gen. Catherine Chilton, the mobilization assistant to the Commander, Air Force Space Command, also noted the importance of guard and reserve contributions to Air Force Space Command missions.

“The total force is imperative for the success of our missions,” said Chilton. “We simply could not get it done without the continued support of the guard and reserve.”