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Gen. Mark Welsh: Active, Reserve Units Are Integral to Air Force Mission

Gen. Mark Welsh
Gen. Mark Welsh

Gen. Mark Welsh, chief of staff at the U.S. Air Force, believes the relationship among the branch’s three components is what makes the whole force greater, Defense News reported Sunday.

Aaron Mehta writes that Welsh has emphasized at a recent forum that all active-duty, Air National Guard and Air Force Reserve members have essential roles in delivering the service’s mission.

“If we can become more efficient as an Air Force without losing operational capability, by putting more things in the air guard and reserve component, then why wouldn’t we?” he told audience at the 136th National Guard Association of the United States general conference.

He added the Total Force Continuum office is reviewing weapon systems across the branch and expects to complete 80 percent of the assessments by the end of this year.

“The intent is to figure out how to quit doing things that stand in the way of doing things with common sense,” Welsh added, according to the publication.

Defense News reports the branch would consider TFC’s recommendations when it prepares a fiscal 2016 budget request.

Welsh noted that he plans to institutionalize analytics tools and methods at the Air Force to ensure that measures being put in place will remain part of the service going forward.

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