The Air Force Reserve performs many of the primary, day-to-day functions on the bases around the United States. While all of the bases work to fly, fight, and win, each base takes on specific roles to carry out certain missions. Therefore, positions that are available at one base, might not necessarily be available at another.

Mission: Aerial Fire Fighting

This mission supports the battle against wildfires if local volunteer and civilian resources cannot contain them. Reservists use Modular Airborne Fire Fighting Systems (MAFFS) installed in C-130 aircrafts to spray fire retardant or drop massive quantities of water on particular sites.

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Mission: Aerial Port

Aerial Porters account for and manage aircraft contents, including every piece of cargo and any and all people onboard.

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Mission: Aerial Spray

The only Aerial Spray missions in the Air Force are conducted out of the 757th Airlift Squadron of the 910th Airlift Wing, which operates out of the Youngstown Air Reserve Station in Ohio. This mission’s goal is to prevent the spread of disease by spraying insecticide over vast areas.

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Mission: Aeromedical Evacuation

Though this mission is used to support humanitarian efforts, its primary purpose is to transport troops in need of advanced medical attention. Essentially, trained technicians set up the interior of the aircraft and operate the medical equipment, while doctors and nurses turn these planes into flying intensive care units that transport patients to waiting hospitals.

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Mission: Air Operations Center

The purpose of the Air Operations Center (AOC) is to sift through all information that goes through the Department of Defense. Data must be sorted, evaluated, and formulated into action plans via systems that enable commanders to manage massive amounts of data.

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Mission: Airborne Warning & Control Systems

Airborne Warning & Control Systems (AWACS) is a constant flying command center that captures all of the action over a specific air space and reports the data in real time to the Joint Air Operations Center.

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Mission: Airlift

Roughly half of all the members of the Air Force Reserve are involved in the Airlift Mission in order to help move people and equipment safely around the world.

There are two kinds of Airlift missions: Strategic Airlift and Theater Airlift (also called Tactical Airlift).

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Mission: Bomber

Dating back to the Cold War, the B-52 Stratofortress Bomber carries weapons into combat for large bombing missions

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Mission: Combat Camera

The Combat Camera Mission’s purpose is to provide photographic and video imagery for use in operational analysis, training, public information and as a permanent historical record.

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Mission: Cyberspace

The Cyber Mission’s purpose is to prevent outside invasions and keep our nation safe and secure by doing so. It covers Cyberspace Operations and Cyberspace Systems, proving to be a critical component of modern combat.

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Mission: Fighters

The Air Force Reserve Jet Fighter aircraft are weapons systems designed to protect and support ground troops and operate independently in air-to-air and air-to-ground combat.

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Mission: Inflight Refueling

Tankers are aircraft that function as flying filling stations and maximize the reach of the U.S. military. They add the benefit of time that aircrafts might need to fly around restricted airspace and accomplish their mission. Missions can include military or humanitarian efforts.

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Mission: Intelligence Support

Intelligence is the product of collected information gathered through surveillance and reconnaissance – the observation of people, places, and things – in order to protect and defend the United States of America. It is used to brief servicemen on their target(s), all potential risks, and any other important aspects of their particular mission.

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Mission: Personnel Recovery

Pararescuemen are a small, elite group of men who are intensely trained to execute conventional and non-conventional rescues. Their primary mission is to rescue aircrews downed behind enemy lines. Para-jumpers, known as PJs, operate around the world and live by the motto "That others may live."

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Mission: Pilot Training

The Air Force Reserve is specifically involved with training pilots for the Reserve and the Active Duty Air Force.

Trainer pilots, who must have an FAA license, prepare the training missions and monitor students’ progress from pre-flight checks and understanding weather briefings, to flying the aircraft and operating weapons systems.

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Mission: Security Forces

A military base can be the size of a small city with a population into the thousands, and such population centers need a police force. That is the function of the Air Force Reserve Security Forces.

These Reservists are responsible for force protection; they secure the perimeter of the base and act against any threat attempting to enter the base.

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Mission: Space

The space mission exists to gain global access, persistence, and awareness in the 21st Century. It provides resilient and cost-effective space and cyberspace capabilities for the force and for the nation.

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Mission: Special Operations Forces

The 919th Special Operations Wing, located at Eglin Air Force Base Field 3 (Duke Field), FL, is the only special operations wing in the Air Force Reserve.

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Mission: Unmanned Aerial Surveillance/Interdiction

The United States has a growing number of unmanned, remotely-controlled aircraft that support long-range and high-altitude surveillance missions, as well as ground troops, by providing intelligence information and acquiring targets.

These vehicles can stay airborne for 24 hours and are part of communication and operation systems, which includes other air vehicles, a ground control station, communication equipment/links, and back up crews.

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Mission: Weather Reconnaissance

Weather Reconnaissance, also know as the Hurricane Hunters, save thousands of lives and millions of dollars by forecasting storm paths and predicting when and where the storm will hit land.

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