Sharks welcome inspection team
By Eric Brian, 45th Space Wing Public Affairs
/ Published March 09, 2007
PATRICK AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. -- The Sharks of the 45th Space Wing will immerse themselves in their own version of March Madness when the Air Force Space Command Inspector General comes to town.
A team of 91 inspectors from Peterson Air Force Base, Colo., and augmentees from other bases, headed by the AFSPC Inspector General is expected to arrive Saturday and Sunday, said Bob Grijalva, 45th SW IG exercise evaluation team chief. The inspection begins Monday.
The Sharks are ready for their unit compliance inspection (UCI) and operational readiness inspection (ORI),said Maj. Mike James, 45th SW IG chief inspections and exercises.
"We help facilitate the process of preparing the wing for higher headquarter inspections," said Major James. "However, it's the responsibility of the commanders and all personnel to ensure units are inspection ready, which directly parallels with being mission ready."
Tech. Sgt. Rhonda Stonebraker, wing self-inspection program monitor, helped the wing prepare for the UCI. She works with the groups' and squadrons' self-inspection program monitors and commanders to prepare the wing for inspections.
"The Sharks are ready, thanks to everyone's hard work," said Sergeant Stonebraker.
"Commanders have given the responsibility of getting us ready to selected individuals within their units," said Mr. Grijalva. "These people have pushed hard through over 20 exercises to ensure all areas are capable to respond and mitigate the loss of Air Force resources during many different contingencies."
"We're ready, not only for our inspection, but for actual emergency responses. This stage of preparation should be crossing that final 'T' and dotting the last 'I.' Thanks for the hard work. It's time to shine."
General Helms, 45th SW commander, said she is happy with the hard work wing members have done while she was at Capstone.
"The Sharks are looking forward to showing the inspectors the outstanding work they do on a daily basis," General Helms said.