Jackson takes helm of AF Reserve Command

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Lt. Gen. James F. Jackson became chief of the Air Force Reserve and assumed command of the Air Force Reserve Command in a ceremony July 30 at the Museum of Aviation here.

He replaced Lt. Gen. Charles E. Stenner Jr., who retired from the Air Force with 39 years of military service. Stenner had served as chief and commander since June 2008.

Air Force Vice Chief of Staff Gen. Larry O. Spencer officiated the ceremony.

As the chief of the Air Force Reserve, Jackson serves as the principal adviser on Reserve matters to the Air Force chief of staff. As AFRC commander, he supervises 71,400 reservists in the selected Reserve assigned to command units and the Individual Mobilization Augmentee program.

"The challenges will continue," Jackson said at the change of command ceremony. "I will do my best to lead us all to success.

"I will not overlook that the Reserve's strength is based on a careful balance of family, employer and military responsibilities -- the triad we always talk about. I will focus on projecting those strengths of citizen Airmen where they will most benefit the continued security of our nation and its interests."

Jackson became the deputy to the chief of Air Force Reserve in the Pentagon in May 2010. When he assumed command of AFRC, he became the chief of the Air Force Reserve.

He is a 1978 graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy. He completed more than 14 years on active duty, including flying tours in Europe and the Pacific, before joining the Air Force Reserve in 1992.

Jackson has held numerous wing leadership and command positions, as well as staff assignments at Headquarters, Pacific Air Forces, Headquarters, U.S. Pacific Command and Headquarters, U.S. Air Force.

"I believe George Washington explained it well as he spoke of his Continental soldiers in the war of independence," Jackson said. "His soldiers were farmers, clerks, lawyers, shopkeepers and factory workers. He (Washington) said, 'When we assumed the soldier, we did not lay aside the citizen.' Indeed, in today's Air Force Reserve, the Airman is the citizen and the citizen is the Airman."

(Courtesy Air Force Reserve Command Public Affairs)