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Desert Storm marked start of integration for Air Force reserves

January 26, 2016

Since the Gulf War, the role the Air Force Reserve and Air National Guard play in operations has drastically changed, moving from a back-up component to an integrated and essential part of today’s military.

Several active duty service leaders that Air Force Times spoke with said that they can’t carry out missions today without support from the reserve components — something that began in Desert Storm.

“In Desert Storm…we called in the National Guard,” said Kenneth Bray, the associate director of intelligence for Air Combat Command.

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