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Air Force Vision Helps Airmen Meet 21st Century Challenges
By Staff Sgt. A.J. Bosker, Air Force Print News, June 20, 2000.
Washington -- Senior Air Force leaders unveiled the service's updated vision -- America's Air Force: Global Vigilance, Reach and Power -- June 19, at the Pentagon.
"We want to provide our people with a clear vision of the purpose and value of their dedicated service," said Gen. Michael E. Ryan, Air Force chief of staff. "America's Air Force concisely provides that perspective. It gives airmen a guide to meet the diverse challenges they will face in the 21st century. Achieving our vision will involve the valuable contributions of all (Air Force) people."
According to Ryan, one example of these contributions can be found in the expeditionary aerospace force concept that depends on more than just the air expeditionary forces that deploy forward.
"Airmen from all across the Air Force contribute to our ability to deploy and sustain powerful aerospace capabilities," he said. "Air expeditionary forces are an important part of that but so are the capabilities -- ranging from the mobility to get them where they need to go to the acquisition, logistics, healthcare, education and training -- they depend on. It really is a team effort."
"Our experiences over the last several years have shown it doesn't matter if an asset is located in air or space or if it's manned or unmanned," said Secretary of the Air Force F. Whitten Peters. What does matter is, "We are an integrated aerospace force that uses whatever assets are available, regardless of their location, to best accomplish the mission."
Taking this experience and combining it with what needs to be accomplished in the future enables the Air Force to chart a course continuing its evolution to remain the premiere expeditionary aerospace force of today and tomorrow, according to Peters.
This updated vision builds upon and extends the foundations laid by past visions to reflect conceptual and organizational improvements, Ryan said. "It provides a broad outline enabling the Air Force to shape it's strategic planning for the future."
"The most important part of this vision is the people," Peters said. "We need to develop aerospace leaders who can take command of forces that fly in the air, unmanned assets, space assets and information assets, which is going to be one of the most important things we do over the next two decades"
Future planning and the Air Force's ongoing integration of air, space and information operations, requires leaders who have a good understanding of what all Air Force systems can do and how one can use them together to create a desired effect, he said.
"We will continue developing (airmen) who really understand and have experience with the full range of Air Force capabilities," Ryan said. "They will be able to capitalize on the most effective aspects of air and space seamlessly to lead aerospace and joint forces to victory."
* Secretary F. Whitten Peters
* Gen. Michael E. Ryan
* America's Air Force: Global Vigilance, Reach and Power