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Reserve unit introduces Capitol Hill to new mission at Nellis

Col. David Culbertson, 926th Group commander, presents Rep. Dina Titus with her first military coin during a recent visit to Capitol Hill. By tradition, a coin bears the organization's insignia and serves to prove membership. The 926th GP is a U.S. Air Force Reserve unit fully integrated into the United States Air Force Warfare Center at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev. Reserve personnel work alongside regular Air Force personnel on a daily basis to accomplish the mission. (courtesy photo)

Col. David Culbertson, 926th Group commander, presents Rep. Dina Titus with her first military coin during a recent visit to Capitol Hill. By tradition, a coin bears the organization's insignia and serves to prove membership. The 926th GP is a U.S. Air Force Reserve unit fully integrated into the United States Air Force Warfare Center at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev. Reserve personnel work alongside regular Air Force personnel on a daily basis to accomplish the mission. (courtesy photo)

NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. -- The commander of the U.S. Air Force Reserve's 926th Group recently returned from Washington, D.C., where he visited Nevada's congressional members and senate staff.

Col. David Culbertson made the trip to orient the legislators with the quickly expanding U.S. Air Force Reserve presence on Nellis AFB.

"It was an honor to meet with our representatives face to face and share our mission with them," said Colonel Culbertson. "We sincerely appreciate their enthusiasm with what we're doing here at Nellis and Creech and look forward to a long-lasting relationship."

Colonel Culbertson met with Rep. Dina Titus, Rep. Shelley Berkley and members of Rep. Dean Heller's, Sen. Harry Reid's and Sen. John Ensign's staffs. Additionally, meetings were held with staff members from Colorado Rep. Doug Lamborn's and Florida Rep. Jeff Miller's offices, as two of the group's six squadrons are in those states, respectively.

Through the Department of Defense's Total Force Integration initiative, 926th GP personnel are fully integrated into regular Air Force units at Nellis and Creech Air Force Base, accomplishing the mission side by side their RegAF counterparts on a daily basis.

Reservists integrated into the United States Air Force Warfare Center at Nellis are responsible for ensuring deployed forces are well-trained and well-equipped to conduct integrated combat operations by certifying equipment, developing tactics, and providing premiere education and exercise venues.

The personnel integrated into the 432nd Wing/432nd Air Expeditionary Wing at Creech support Unmanned Aerial Systems operations by training pilots, sensor operators and other crewmembers, and conducting combat surveillance and attack operations worldwide.

The group as a whole currently has about 250 members and is authorized 511 slots through 2013.