The United States Air Force Reserve celebrates its birthday every year on April 14, but according to the Air Force official site, Air Force Reservists can trace their heritage all the way back to the National Defense Act of 1916.
The Air Force Reserve Birthday will be on Wednesday, April 14th, 2021.
Reservists in every branch are an important part of the Department of Defense’s strategy for manpower, global reach, and military flexibility. The Air Force Reserve has approximately 450 aircraft, with a great deal of additional aircraft options thanks to the practice of the “associate wing” organization that allows active duty and Reserve components to co-locate flying operations.
According to several sources, a typical response time for the Air Force Reserve to become mission ready and fully deployable is approximately 72 hours.
The Air Force Reserve is not specifically focused solely on flying missions. Reserve forces include (but are not limited to) medical, civil engineering, intel, space force-type operations, and security.
Celebrating The Air Force Reserve Birthday
Like many similar observations for the Navy, Army, and Coast Guard, the Air Force Reserve Birthday on April 14th is celebrated at the command and unit level. Air Force Reserve Headquarters had a special event in 2018 to celebrate its 70th birthday; many units and Reserve bases will hold their own observations.
Celebrating the birthday of the Air Force Reserve can include taking part in such celebrations but it can also include volunteering at Air Force and Reserve-specific Veteran Service Organizations, charities, aid societies, volunteering with the Red Cross or working with the Air Force Aid Society.
There are also support groups such as the Air Force Sergeants’ Association and the Reserve Officers Association, which accepts any service member who served as a Reservist whether officer or enlisted. You may find that these organizations may organize their own celebrations or recognition of Reserve crews during the month of April.
Some will be interested in taking a more direct route to helping the Air Force Reserve honor its decades of service; those interested in talking to an Air Force Reserve recruiter should visit the AF Reserve official site and click “How To Join” in the toolbar.