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Well Done, Sharks!

  • Published
  • By Brig. Gen. Anthony Cotton
  • Commander, 45th Space Wing
Sharks! Ten days of inspection has come and gone. In those 10 days you have demonstrated Logistics Compliance throughout the wing, your ability to provide first class health care to our medical beneficiaries, show that our legal professionals are first rate, and prove that we absolutely pay attention and pride ourselves on environmental compliance! Add to that the "normal items" inspected during a compliance inspection. Folks, that's what Air Force Space Command's first Consolidated Unit Inspection (CUI) accomplished.

Your hard work over the past several months paid off. It's that perseverance, discipline and composure throughout the inspection that makes me and your entire senior leadership team extremely proud. You ran through the tape.

At the time of this publication, we already had some great CUI results to report. The  Mighty Medics of the 45th Medical Group garnered an OUTSTANDING rating on their Health Services Inspection. Colonel Bowden and her team not only scored a solid outstanding rating, the mighty medics had an unprecedented score sheet that had no scores below a 3. Folks, that's a "3 of 4" or "4 of 4" rating for all inspectable areas. The Air Force Inspection Agency team lead said it was unprecedented and had never been seen throughout the Air Force! Congratulations, compliance and attention to detail absolutely paid off. Well Done!

On Tuesday, we received our Environmental Compliance Assessment Management Program (ECAMP) Tier 3 out brief. Eight programs at Patrick and seven programs at the Cape were "wire brushed" by the inspectors. All programs were rated "healthy," the second highest possible rating. The inspectors noted what we already know. We have a team of very knowledgeable environmental program managers and innovative  processes. They also identified Best Practices throughout our wing. Congratulations to the following, identified by the ECAMP team: Jeremiah Roan, Damon Luyanda, Richard Clark, Rob Lovell, Kelly Collins, Mark Dixon, and Jerry Rivera. Great job!

We also received our Logistics Compliance Assessment Program (LCAP) out brief. The wing had 27 logistic professionals reviewing every nook and cranny of our procedures to  ensure we were in compliance with Air Force directives. Over 2,100 tasks were reviewed. The wing received a very impressive 89.07% rating. The breakdown of individual group and squadron scores are even more impressive. Colonel Skeen's Launch Group led the way with a very impressive OUTSTANDING rating; the 45 LCSS and 5 SLS followed suit with an OUTSTANDING rating. Colonel Kelemen's Mission Support Group professionals walked away with a very commendable EXCELLENT rating. The 45 LRF demonstrated their capability with an EXCELLENT rating. Colonel Sleeth's Ops Group had an impressive run with a solid SATISFACTORY rating. Congratulations to the entire team!

Besides the CUI, the wing has done quite well at the NAF and MAJCOM levels.

For the 14th AF Third Quarter Awards, Master Sgt. Bruck Valk II from the Command Post won at the Senior Noncommissioned Officer level, Senior Airman Mary Johnson from the Medical Support Squadron won at the Airman level, and Mr. Anthony Pizzifred from the Security Forces Squadron won at the Civilian Supervisor Category II level. Thank you for all you do!

For the AFSPC Medical awards, we have 11 individuals and two team awards. Great job, Mighty Medics!

For the AFSPC A1 awards, Maj. Rob Jackson's 45th Force Support Squadron pulled in eight outstanding team/program awards including the installation-level Maj. Gen. Eugene L. Eubank Award.

This is a wonderful way to enter the holiday season! I have never been more proud to be part of the 45th Space Wing team.

You have all worked hard and have earned some rest and relaxation this holiday season. Have fun and come back refreshed, safe and ready to start the New Year! You are our greatest asset!

This is my last Missileer column for the year. Marsha, Bri and I wish you a safe and happy holiday season. We look forward to seeing you this afternoon at the BEACHHOUSE as we celebrate the end of our CUI and also ring in the holiday season! You might even see me fire up the ole snow blower!!

Keep pushing, Sharks!