Surety inspection to assess 435th and 86th

Courtesy of 86th Airlift Wing Inspections and Readiness.

The 435th Air Base Wing and 86th Airlift Wing continues preparation for a U.S. Air Forces in Europe inspector general surety inspection to begin Aug. 30 here.
According to Maj. Alex Walford, 86th AW Inspections and Readiness chief, unit members have been putting forth extra preparation, under challenging conditions, to get ready for this inspection.
“The surety inspection is one of the most demanding compliance inspections,” Maj. Walford said. “Success is dependant on seamless integration of support and operation units from both wings. The inspection will be a demanding testimony to the countless hours of preparation; from training and program management to mission execution. Finally, the inspection also allows squadrons to not only demonstrate compliance, but showcase protection and readiness abilities which exceed the Air Force standard.”
The surety inspection assesses the unit’s ability to meet mission critical requirements as well as safety, security and statutory conditions. A major preparation item for this inspection happened in June, when the wings received a surety staff assistance visit from members of the USAFE staff and units.
Inspection team members will inspect and analyze specific areas of compliance using command inspection items. Additionally, team members may demand physical evidence of proof of accomplishments or knowledge of directives for command inspection guide items.
“The wings will be inspected beginning Aug. 30 and receive the out-brief from the USAFE IG team Sept. 16,” said Major Walford. “Please pay particular attention to reserved parking locations at certain installations – specifically the Ramstein Community Center – to allow access for the inspection team to necessary facilities.”
“We’ve been working hard and are looking forward to showing our abilities and readiness to the inspection teams,” said Col. Robert C. Kane, 86th AW commander. “I know real world events haven’t made things easy. I want to thank the entire wing for all of their hard work and preparations.”
Kane charges wing members to focus on safety, maintain a sense of urgency and take an extra effort to enhance base and unit appearance.
“I know we can accomplish our goals of being the best in the command – we’re prepared and ready to go,” added Kane.