Inspections prepare Airmen for real-world situations

by Airman 1st Class Dymekre Allen
86th Airlift Wing Public Affairs

The 86th Airlift Wing and the 435th Air Ground Operations Wing conducted readiness inspections Jan. 23 through 25.

The inspector general exercise planners conducted the first readiness inspection under the new IG construct, which changed the focus from training to a more
proficient way of ensuring that wings are prepared.

The inspection methods are more spontaneous, leaving the wing with little to no information to plan for scenarios similar to real world events. This new
construct was put in place to better assess units and ensure they are meeting standards.

“Even though the inspections do not provide a training environment, we feel that they build confidence if units can accomplish their mission effectively,” said Tech. Sgt. Peter Rockey, 86th AW/IG inspector and readiness planner. “If there are deficiencies, they are identified and corrected.”

The 86th AW, 435th AGOW and other supporting units participated in simulated attacks on base that involved radiological dispersive devices and hazardous material attacks at random locations on base, these new inspection methods tested readiness, emergency response and tactical efficiency situational capabilities.

“It was unexpected and frustrating to have no knowledge of what was happening within our own office, but it showed me how well we could handle situations thrown our way,” said Staff Sgt. Anitrea Bryan, 86th AW knowledge operations manager.

As the strategic nucleus for United States Africa Command, U.S. Air Forces in Europe, and a vital link to Central Command, it is imperative the 86th AW and the 435th AGOW are able to execute the mission while enduring local contingency operations.

“This inspection will provide the 86th AW commander with an accurate assessment of the wing’s ability to execute the mission and mitigate contingencies,” Rockey said.

Due to the new inspection system, 86th AW and the 435th AGOW are projected to be quicker and more efficient when responding to mishaps and terrorist threat
situations to ensure the safety and security of the installation.