Saturday, May 01, 2010

TOP STORY >> Inspectors grade base ‘excellent’

19th Airlift Wing Public Affairs

The 19th Airlift Wing has received an “excellent” grade in its unit-compliance inspection from the Air Mobility Command inspector-general team.

The inspection, which started April 19 and ended Tuesday, yielded six best practices and 32 team and 48 individual awards for the wing, also known as the Black Knights.

More than 80 inspectors looked at programs and processes across the base to ensure day-to-day compliance with executive orders, Department of Defense directives, Air Force and major command instructions.

Col. Thomas Freese, chief of the inspector general team, said the Black Knight attitude was evident throughout all units on base.

“You guys did phenomenal. You did well, extremely well, and I’m impressed,” said Freese at a briefing at the base’s theater.

Col. Greg Otey, 19th AW commander, said the hard work and preparation of every team member had a tremendous impact on the excellent rating.

“I could not be prouder. Thank you…those are the most powerful worlds we have, and I don’t say it enough. Thank you for who you are, for what you do and for your families because they work with us too,” he said.

Otey said the teamwork displayed by every organization during the inspection left a lasting impression on the inspectors and has raised the bar of excellence.

“You flat out blew them away. You did it with great attitude and teamwork… and that makes me prouder than anything,” Otey said. “What you can do when you work together is amazing and that’s what you have done. You’ve worked together as a team.

Thank for what you do.”

A unit compliance inspection is one of the most significant inspections a base can receive. Inspections are conducted to assess areas mandated by law as well as mission areas identified by senior Air Force and major command leaders as critical or important to assess or assure the health and performance of organizations.