Miller takes command at Tenth Air Force

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  • By Maj. Rodney Ellison
  • Tenth Air Force
Maj. Gen. Ronald B. “Bruce” Miller took command of 10th Air Force from Maj. Gen. Richard W. Scobee during a change of command ceremony May 17 at the Naval Operational Support Center Drill Hall here.

Lt. Gen. Maryanne Miller, chief of Air Force Reserve and commander of Air Force Reserve Command, officiated the ceremony which formally transferred authority and responsibility for the numbered air force.

During her address to those in attendance, the AFRC commander praised the work of 10th Air Force. “Gen. Miller... you now step into this position at one of the most complex and challenging times in our Nation's history and that's not an understatement,” she said. “We are challenged by increased threats all around the world. Our number one job every day when we get up is combat readiness. There's no doubt about that, and Bruce, you are the person to take the helm right now, at this time, and take 10th Air Force to the next level."

After receiving the unit flag, Miller gave his first speech as the commander of 10th Air Force.

“We [the Air Force] provide three things to the joint fight that are craved by our joint partners and allies, ‘Global Vigilance, Global Reach and Global Power.’ Two of those reside here in 10th Air Force, we have the power and vigilance tenants.”

Tenth Air Force is responsible for all Air Force Reserve fighter, bomber, remotely piloted aircraft, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance, special operations, rescue, space, and cyberspace missions with units spread throughout the United States.

Miller continued his speech by reflecting on time he spent in deployed locations, as well as when he previously served in 10th Air Force and the impact the numbered Air Force’s Citizen Airmen have in conflicts around the globe including the current engagement with ISIS, showing that the Air Force is “always there.”

He concluded his first address as commander with instructions to the Airmen.

"So, commanders... as you go back to your units. Figure out what your ‘always there’ is, help your Airmen understand what their ‘always there’ is,” Miller said. “Those two words are so important that we’ve added them to the Reserve Vision. ’Reserve Citizen Airmen, an agile, combat-ready force answering our nation’s call…always there!’”