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Sharks welcome inspectors to space coast

Brig. Gen. Wayne Monteith, 45th Space Wing commander, briefs the Air Force Space Command Inspector General Team on the 45th Space Wing’s mission during an in brief Dec. 7, 2015, at Patrick Air Force Base, Fla. The Unit Effectiveness Inspection will continue over the next two weeks, giving the 45th Space Wing the opportunity to showcase the team’s commitment to the 45th SW’s mission: one team … delivering assured space launch, range and combat capabilities for the nation. (U.S. Air Force photo by Benjamin Thacker/Released)

Brig. Gen. Wayne Monteith, 45th Space Wing commander, briefs the Air Force Space Command Inspector General Team on the 45th Space Wing’s mission during an in brief Dec. 7, 2015, at Patrick Air Force Base, Fla. The Unit Effectiveness Inspection will continue over the next two weeks, giving the 45th Space Wing the opportunity to showcase the team’s commitment to the 45th SW’s mission: one team … delivering assured space launch, range and combat capabilities for the nation. (U.S. Air Force photo by Benjamin Thacker/Released)

PATRICK AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. -- The Air Force Space Command Inspection General Team arrived at the 45th Space Wing and just in time to observe the launch of the Atlas V carrying Orbital ATK's advanced Cygnus spacecraft from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida, Dec. 6, 2015.

A team of 78 inspectors from Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado, headed by Col. Keith Balts, AFSPC Inspector General, is conducting a Unit Effectiveness Inspection on the 45th Space Wing's ability to manage readiness and compliance.

During the in brief, Monday, the 45th Space Wing Commander Brig. Gen. Wayne Monteith welcomed the team to the Space Coast.

"As you saw with the Atlas V OA-4 launch, we are a professional team consistently ready for 100 percent mission success," Monteith said. "You are welcome to come next week, in two weeks, next month, or six months from now and inspect any program at any time, and you will still see excellence."

The 45th Space Wing commander also discussed the mission of the 45th Space Wing and the increased launch tempo, which is expected in the coming year.

"This will be the busiest launch manifest we've had in decades," he said.

Following the 45th Space Wing portion of the brief, the AFPSC Inspector General and his staff introduced themselves and presented their plan of execution for the UEI.

As the UEI continues over the next two weeks, the 45th Space Wing has an opportunity to showcase the team's commitment to our mission: one team ... delivering assured space launch, range and combat capabilities for the nation.