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 Inspectors from Air Education and Training Command are scheduled to conduct a Consolidated Unit Inspection here Aug. 12-15
 Each unit will be graded individually and the base will receive an overall grade according to a five-tier grading system
 The CUI is conducted to ensure all base units are accomplishing their assigned mission in compliance with law, policy and instructions
 Results of the inspection are scheduled to be announced Aug. 21
Altus AFB anticipates upcoming inspection

Posted 7/31/2013   Updated 7/31/2013 Email story   Print story

    


by Airman 1st Class Klynne Pearl Serrano
97th Air Mobility Wing Public Affairs


7/31/2013 - ALTUS AIR FORCE BASE, Okla.  -- Inspectors from Air Education and Training Command are scheduled to conduct a Consolidated Unit Inspection here Aug. 12-15. Inspectors are to visit and assess various units and the base as a whole.

The CUI involves similar evaluation items and procedures as what used to be known as the Operational Readiness Inspection and the Unit Compliance Inspection, which is critical to the health of the Air Force.

Each unit will be graded individually and the base will receive an overall grade according to a five-tier grading system: Outstanding, Excellent, Satisfactory, Marginal and Unsatisfactory.

The CUI is conducted to ensure all base units are accomplishing their assigned mission in compliance with law, policy and instructions.

"[The inspectors] will look at everything from flight operations to our uniforms and customs and courtesies," said Maj. Kelly Sandusky, 97th Air Mobility Wing deputy inspector general.

The 97th AMW implemented the use of the Management Internal Control Toolset November 2012, allowing all units on base to conduct self-assessments with the goal to get the base familiar with MICT. The wing has assessed more than 100,000 checklist items since the implementation of the new program.

"We ran all the checklists twice, once in November [2012] and again in May [2013] to make commanders aware of areas that their units are doing well in and also those that they are deficient in," Sandusky said. "These assessments allow an honest look at readiness and are essential to executing the mission."

By conducting self-assessments through MICT, units have been able to identify how they can improve and remain mission-ready.

"This helps us prepare for an inspection, but the main purpose is to have accountability and validation at the lowest level of command within the wing to make sure we're doing what needs to be done the way it needs to be done," said Boone Nicolls, 97th Air Mobility Wing IG.

Both the IG and deputy IG encourage all Airmen and base personnel to continue to have personal responsibility for appearance, accountability and integrity.

"The bottom line for this inspection and any other inspection is that we ought to be able to have [the inspectors] come in at any time and catch us doing what is right...catch us doing our job right," Nicolls said. "There shouldn't be any surprises."

Results of the inspection are scheduled to be announced Aug. 21.

Nicolls emphasized that the continuing focus is not so much on inspection preparation, but on accomplishing the mission effectively and efficiently at all times.

"With that as our focus, we will do well on the inspection," Nicolls said.



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