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12th Air Force leaders gather for Total Force Commanders Conference

DAVIS-MONTHAN AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. -- Wing leaders from active-duty, guard, and reserve components of 12th Air Force met for a two-day Total Force Commanders Conference here Mar. 10-11 to discuss a variety of topics, share information, and plan for the future.

More than 40 commanders and command chiefs participated in the annual conference, which followed the 2010 Outstanding Performers of the Year banquet, a well deserved recognition ceremony honoring the command's most outstanding personnel.

"Our organization is geographically separated, so having the opportunity to meet for a day and a half of face-to-face communication among commanders and command chiefs is invaluable," said Lt. Gen. Glenn Spears, 12th AF (Air Forces Southern) commander. "Additionally, we had the opportunity to congratulate our 2010 Outstanding Performers of the Year from across the ten 12th AF wings. Together, we celebrate the accomplishments of our individual superstars and our team, and pave the way for continued success in 2010."

The topics discussed during the Total Force Commanders Conference included issues facing the enlisted force, safety trends, Airman and family resiliency, readiness and inspections, as well as topics specific to Air National Guard and Air Force Reserve units. Senior leaders also received information on financial management from the Secretary of the Air Force office of Financial Management, future plans from the Headquarters Air Force A8 community, and various support available from the 12th AF headquarters.

"Total Force Integration capitalizes on the inherent strengths of the different Air Force components," said General Spears. "The Air Force team of Active Duty Airmen, Air National Guardsmen and Air Force Reservists provide the Joint Force with highly skilled, experienced and dedicated Airmen prepared to accomplish any mission. Total Force Integration enhances our combat and joint enabling capabilities today and well into the future."

12th Air Force (AFSOUTH) comprises 10 active-duty wings, 14 Reserve and Guard units, and one direct reporting unit in the western and midwestern United States. The command is also responsible for three forward operating locations, and military engagement in Latin America and the Caribbean.

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