Lt. Gen. Maryanne Miller took command of Air Force Reserve Command during a ceremony Friday at Robins AFB, Ga., becoming the first woman to lead the Air Force Reserve. Miller, who was confirmed to receive her third star in late May, replaced Lt. Gen. JJ Jackson, who has led AFRC since 2012 and is retiring after more than 38 years of military service. After taking command, Miller played down her role as the first female commander while thanking her guests, including USAF Chief of Staff Gen. David Goldfein, at the Museum of Aviation “for being here this morning in this amazing venue to share a part of history with the Air Force Reserve, I’ll add via the first Miller.” She said her vision for the next four years “will ensure that we protect our strengths as a Reserve component, that we build on the capabilities for the fight today, and that we shape the force for the fight for the future.” Miller noted she has been with the Reserves for 26 years. “I have been in your shoes and I know how hard it is to balance your life as a citizen and your life as an airman,” she said. “I stand with you today so that we can face these challenges of this complex world together.” Miller previously served as deputy chief of the Air Force Reserve. She is a command pilot with more than 4,800 flying hours in numerous aircraft, including the C-5A/B, KC-10A, and C-17.
Three B-1B Lancers from the 7th Bomb Wing flew over the Indo-Pacific alongside F-16s from the Japanese Air Self Defense Force recently, as part of a joint large force exercise. The mission began and ended in the continental U.S., as the bombers flew 31 hours and landed Jan. 11.