Air Reserve Personnel Center
Published July 07, 2016
The Headquarters Air Reserve Personnel Center, located at Buckley AFB, Colo., is a major command direct reporting unit of Air Force Reserve Command with technical and policy guidance provided by the Chief of Air Force Reserve.
The center was established Nov. 1, 1953, as Detachment 1, Headquarters Continental Air Command, to centralize the custody and maintenance of master personnel records of Reserve Airmen not on extended active duty. The detachment officially began operations March 1, 1954, at 3800 York Street in Denver, Colo., and soon had responsibilities for a wide variety of personnel actions, including administrative capability for mobilization of the Air Force Reserve.
The organization became Headquarters Air Reserve Records Center Jan. 1, 1957, acquiring the status of a numbered Air Force within Continental Air Command. Because of increasing involvement in all areas of personnel management, the center was renamed the Air Reserve Personnel Center, Sept. 1, 1965. ARPC was designated a separate operating agency Aug. 1, 1968, with no significant change in mission. The center moved to Lowry Air Force Base in September 1976. In 1978, its status changed to that of a direct reporting unit and organizational element of the Air Force Reserve. Separate operating agency status was re-established May 1, 1983. The center was designated as a field operating agency Feb. 5, 1991. With the establishment of the Air Force Reserve Command in February 1997, ARPC was assigned to AFRC as a major command direct reporting unit. Responsibility for maintaining personnel records of Air National Guard officers was added in July 1971, and enlisted Airmen in March 1978.
For more than 60 years, ARPC has provided personnel and administrative services for the Air National Guard, Air Force Reserve, and retired members.
The Air Force relied on those services to activate reservists during a national emergency or in time of war. Most significantly, ARPC supported six major mobilizations of reservists since the 1960s, beginning with the Berlin Crisis of 1961-1962 and continuing through current operations in Iraq and Afghanistan.
In 1962, the center introduced a national five-digit grid address system that made it easier to process address changes for reservists and arrange their assignments. Later, this address system became the basis for the post office department's ZIP code system.
In August 2011, the center relocated to our present facility on Buckley Air Force Base. This move was conducted without any downtime or hindrance in providing prompt and quality support to generations of Airmen.
In 2012, the Air Force celebrated its 65th anniversary. The American people expressed pride in the achievements of their nation's Air Force and its continuing role in promoting peace and security throughout the world.
Today, the center 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. As members of the total force, the men and women of ARPC can face the challenges that lie ahead with the confidence and knowledge of both the center's and Air Force's heritage and tradition of excellence.