After 50 years, ARPC still committed to customer service: whether active duty, guard or reserve, we are all members of one team with one goal: the defense and preservation of our great country

After 50 years, ARPC still committed to customer service: whether active duty, guard or reserve, we are all members of one team with one goal: the defense and preservation of our great country – From the top

Jim Playford

We all look forward to celebrating special events in our lives, whether they be birthdays or anniversaries of someone type. At the Air Reserve Personnel Center, we just celebrated our 50th anniversary. Fifty years ago–Nov.1, 1953–the Air Reserve Records Center, later renamed the Air Reserve Personnel Center, was established in Denver to centralize and standardize reserve records custody. We have come a long way since then.

Today, our primary mission is mobilization. At the height of the mobilization after Sept 11, 2001, we processed more than 4,000 individual mobilization augmentees who came forward when our nation called. We are very proud of that fact. Additionally, we provide personnel and administrative support to more than 1.2 million Air Force Reserve and Air National Guard members to ensure they are ready, available resources for our total force team.

And while we’re proud of our small role in preparing the nation’s reserve forces, our citizen airmen have shown a remarkable willingness and readiness to serve in time of need. Current events have certainly made everyone aware that reservists are on the front lines of the nation’s war on terror. However, people are less familiar with the fact that reservists have always stepped up to the plate and played powerful roles during national emergencies. From the first mobilization of reserve forces in 1961 during the Berlin crisis to Operation Iraqi Freedom, reservists have served in Vietnam, Kosovo and Desert Storm/Desert Shield …. a powerful legacy of our founding fathers’ “citizen soldiers.”

As we celebrate 50 years of service at ARPC, we salute your contributions to that legacy. From Berlin to Iraq, the professionalism and patriotism of reservists serve to underscore the success of our total force. Whether active duty, Guard or Reserve, we are all members of one team with one goal: the defense and preservation of our great country.

As an active-duty commander, I truly believe that, and I am proud to be part of a great team of professionals here at ARPC who are 100-percent committed to providing the very best customer service to our reserve warriors.

Where will the next 50 years take us? We know that since the events of 9/11, the world in which we live has changed. But what is necessary to succeed today is the same ingredient we have needed for the past 50 years–people. The world’s leading-edge technology is useless without the well-trained, well-prepared men and women to field it.

For our part, we are steadfast in our desire to examine how we conduct business so we can continue to provide you the support to be successful. Transformation of our many processes is a subject Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. John P. Jumper and Secretary of the Air Force Dr. James G. Roche address in a new Air Force pamphlet, The Edge. Whatever the future brings in the way of transformation, change is something the men and women of the Air Force Reserve have being doing quite well for the past 50 years, and I know they will continue to excel and lead us in the next Golden Jubilee celebration of the American spirit of freedom.

In closing, I want to wish all of you the very best this holiday season. From our families to our employers to the riches and freedoms we all enjoy, there is much to be thankful for. Happy holidays and he safe!

Jim Playford

Commander, Air Reserve Personnel Center

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