Air Force Panel Mulls Guard-Reserve Merger Proposal; James Jackson Comments

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F35A military panel is considering a proposal to bring the Air National Guard and the Air Force Reserve under a single command structure, Defense News reported Monday.

Aaron Mehta writes the National Commission of the Structure of the Air Force held a hearing Oct. 24 to discuss the idea, which was proposed by five retired major generals.

The former officials told NCSAF in written testimony they believe an integrated unit could generate savings and eliminate redundancies, according to the report.

Lt. Gen. James Jackson, chief of the Air Force Reserve, also testified before the commission and highlighted the “synergistic value” of the branch having three separate components, Mehta writes.

“A merger of the two Air Force components, in my opinion, would be detrimental … and adversely affect the Air Force’s ability to provide forces to the war fighter and the combatant commanders,” Jackson told the panel, according to the report.

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