So what about the 10th AF Readiness Focus?

NAS FORT WORTH JRB, Texas -- For 20 years our Air Force Reserve has served side by side with the active component, our sister services and collation partners to defeat our enemies. We are no doubt battle hardened and deployment savvy.

So, how does the Power and Vigilance numbered Air Force transition to a readiness focus without losing our edge or combat capabilities?

First, we need to recognize that readiness equates to a combination of unit mission- and combat-readiness, period.

Although our NAF staff will downsize, we are still responsible to provide ready, trained Airmen to fulfill combatant commanders' requirements. Passing an inspection is important however, more importantly, we need to ensure our units can accomplish their war-time missions.

Second, remember that inspections are only an assessment of readiness, not readiness in itself.

Last, in my mind, our job at the NAF does not change; we provide functional expertise and advocacy for and to our units, and in this way we ensure their readiness.

Helping our units get the training, equipment and funds needed to be ready to deploy remains job one, and when units need help, it's our job to advocate... to work with AFRC to get them what's needed.

We will continue to identify equipment and tactics requirements through the Combat Planning Council, test center, and Weapons and Tactics Conferences.

Our NAF jobs are going to become a bit more difficult as we downsize, so the challenge will be to shed ourselves of duties that don't pertain to the combat readiness of our 10th Air Force warriors. We need to remain functional experts and always advocate for our air, space and cyber missions.

I encourage you to send me your ideas on how to remain combat ready and not lose that edge the past 20 years of combat operations has developed. Additionally, I would ask you to help identify duties that need to be handed off to AFRC or to the unit-readiness offices.

Good Hunting...