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If you have a general military question, please refer to the Department of Defense Frequently Asked Questions page. If your question relates specifically to the Air Force, please refer to Air Force Link Questions.

If you have a question specific to the 477th Fighter Group, please send them to the webmaster. Below are a few helpful links about Elmendorf AFB and the Air Force Reserve you may choose to refer to.


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Where can I get more information about the Air Force Reserve?

For more information on the Air Force Reserve visit www.afreserve.com or call 800-257-1212 to speak to an advisor
How do I make lodging reservations on base?

For information about lodging on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, call 907-552-2454, dial extension x1118 to make a reservation, or visit North Star Inn.
How do I requests a flyover?

Requests for a military flyover at your special event can be made through the 3rd Wing Public Affairs Office or the U.S. Air Force Aerial Events Support home page.

Event organizers should be aware that military aircraft flyover requests are subject to a number of restrictions and are supported only where they do not impact operational mission accomplishment. Anyone requesting a military aircraft flyover must submit a completed DD Form 2535 a minimum of 90 days before the event to be considered for support. Less than 90 days notice greatly reduces the chance that support will be available. Requests received 30 days or closer to the event will NOT be considered.

You may download and print out a DD Form 2535 and follow the instructions for correctly filling out the form and submitting it.

The DD Form 2535 can be submitted to Air Force Public Affairs (SAF/PAN) either by fax (703) 693-9601, e-mail, or mail:

USAF Aerial Events
1690 Air Force Pentaon
Washington, DC 20330-1690

If you plan to request a military aircraft flyover, please call the 3rd Wing Public Affairs Office at 907-552-8941 beforehand to discuss your project. Although they cannot guarantee approval of your request, they can help make the application/request process a smoother experience.
How long can a Reserve unit be activated?

A reserve unit can be activated for up to two years. If the unit served the full two years, they can only be reactivated upon receipt of a new executive order. There is no set time between the end of an activation and the start of a new activation order. Personnel may only serve two years under the current executive order. If they didn't complete two years, they can be reactivated to serve the remainder of their two years.
What are the Reserve component categories?

Title 10, US Code states: "The Reserve components of the armed forces are Army National Guard of the United States, The Army Reserve, The Naval Reserve, The Marine Corps Reserve, The Air National Guard of the United States, The Air Force Reserve Command and The Coast Guard Reserve."

There are over 465,000 members in the Air Force Ready Reserve, Standby and Retired Reserve. All Reserve members who are currently serving or subject to recall are assigned to one of these three categories:

- Ready Reserve (Selected Reserve (SelRes) & Individual Ready Reserve (IRR)) is made up of nearly 118,000 trained reservists who may be recalled to active duty to augment active forces in time of war or national emergency. Within the Ready Reserve, greater than 75,500 reservists are members of the SelRes (Unit , Active Guard/Reserve (AGR) and Individual Mobilization Augmentees (IMA)) who train regularly and are paid for their participation in unit or individual programs. These reservists are combat ready and can deploy to anywhere in the world in 72 hours. Within the SelRes, over 13,000 are assigned in the IMA category and are charged with directly supplementing the active duty. Additionally, more than 42,000 are part of the Individual Ready Reserve (IRR). Members of the IRR continue to have a service obligation. Some members continue to participate in a non-paid status. Certain categories of the IRR are subject to recall.

- Standby Reserve are members whose civilian jobs are considered key to national defense, or who have temporary disability or personal hardship. Most standby reservists do not train and are not assigned to units. There are over 15,242 members in the Standby Reserve.

- The Retired categories include approximately 215,000 reserve members.

Another special category consists of retired members who are either over 60 years of age or have served more than 30 total years. The approximate total in this category is 515,000 members. These members will not be recalled under any circumstances.
What are the different types of Reservists?

What is Active Guard and Reserve (AGR)?

Active Guard and Reserve are members of a Reserve component on active duty under Titles 10 U.S.C., 14 U.S.C., or full-time National Guard duty under 32 U.S.C. 502(f) for a period of 180 consecutive days or more.

The tour purpose is organizing, administering, recruiting, instructing or training the Reserve components according to Subsection 101(d)(6).

Navy Training and Administration of the Reserves (TAR) and Canvasser/Recruiters, Marine Corps Active Reserves (AR), and Coast Guard Reserve Program Administrators (RPAs) are included in this definition.

What is an ART or Air Reserve Technician?

Air Reserve Technicians carry dual status, working as full-time Department of Defense civil service employees and as Reservists performing the same job in an Air Force Reserve Command unit. In their civilian role, Air Reserve Technicians provide full-time support throughout the month for their units and as Reservists wearing the uniform they participate in unit training assemblies in addition to annual active-duty tours.

What is an IMA?

Individual Mobilization Augmentees are Reservists who are assigned to active-duty units to do jobs that are essential in wartime but do not require full-time manning during times of peace. They report for duty a minimum of one day a month and 12 additional days a year.