ARPC change of command
(Left to Right) Lt. Gen. James “JJ” Jackson, chief of the Air Force Reserve and commander of the Air Force Reserve Command, Chief Master Sgt. Brian Wong, Air Reserve Personnel Center command chief, Col. Patricia S. Blassie, outgoing commander, and Brig. Gen. John C. Flournoy, Jr., ARPC commander prepare for the change of command ceremony on Buckley Air Force Base, Colo., Jan. 25. General Flournoy, who was the 349th Air Mobility Wing Commander at Travis AFB, Calif., before assuming command of ARPC, assumed command of the center from colonel Blassie, who left the center to serve at the Air Force Reserve Command as the chief of the Professional Development Center. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Rob Hazelett)
ARPC receives new commander



by Tech. Sgt. Rob Hazelett
Air Reserve Personnel Center Public Affairs


1/25/2013 - BUCKLEY AIR FORCE BASE, Colo.  -- Brig. Gen. John C. Flournoy, Jr., became commander of the Air Reserve Personnel Center here in a change of command ceremony Jan. 25.

General Flournoy became the 32nd commander when he assumed command from Col. Patricia S. Blassie in a ceremony officiated by Lt. Gen. James F. Jackson, chief of the Air Force Reserve and commander of the Air Force Reserve Command.

"Colonel Blassie, you experienced a lot of change during your tenure as commander -- from a physical move to Buckley AFB to huge leaps in the modernization of ARPC," General Jackson said. "Thank you for your leadership and dedication to ARPC, and the incredible service you and ARPC provide for our Citizen Airmen."

General Flournoy is the former 349th Air Mobility Wing Commander at Travis AFB, Calif. Colonel Blassie is moving to Robins AFB, Ga., to become the chief of the Professional Development Center.

"Thank you, General Jackson, for the opportunity to lead such an incredibly accomplished organization," General Flournoy said. "Team ARPC, thank you for your seamless service to all of our Airmen. I am honored to be your commander and stand with you: wingmen, leaders, warriors."

"To the men and women of ARPC: No matter what we faced, we stood strong together to accomplish our unique mission," Colonel Blassie said. "You are a magnificent team of professionals. The people who serve the people who serve. I am so tremendously proud to have served as your commander."

ARPC is responsible for personnel support to nearly 1 million Air National Guard, Air Force Reserve and retired members, ensuring they are ready to deliver strategic Total Force war-fighting capability for the Air Force. From initial entry to retirement, the center provides world-class support for "Generations of Airmen" throughout their military careers. The center is a major command direct reporting unit of Air Force Reserve Command.