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Let’s show them what we’re made of!

PATRICK AIR FOR BASE, Fla. - -- Team Patrick-Cape,

Before I get going on the upcoming inspection, let me start by offering our congratulations to Space X for successfully launching SES-8 from Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station late Tuesday afternoon.

We were proud to once again display the expertise and flexibility of the Eastern Range, and especially applaud the efforts of the people we have here who make these launches happen.

We don't cut corners here at the 45th Space Wing. We don't ever make excuses or apologize for waiting until we are sure we have things right before we launch.

We do, however, remain steadfastly committed to 100% mission success while continuing to assure public safety. Thanks Team; you did a superlative job once again.

OK, now let's turn to next week.

As I'm sure you know by now, an AFSPC IG team will be here starting Dec. 8 to conduct a Unit Effectiveness Inspection Capstone Event, which is designed to validate and verify the Commander's Inspection Program.

There are lots of moving pieces anytime a MAJCOM heads your way to perform a wing-wide inspection. Some of you have been through these kinds of "looks" many times in your varied careers, but for some, this is your first experience in what can be a nerve-wracking week for all of us.

All I can ask is that you remain confident, positive and professional, and give each other a hand, like you have been doing all along. You'll be awesome.

Like I have been saying since we found out this was headed our way, we all know there is ALWAYS room for improvement. During my out-briefing from the exercise we did a couple weeks ago, I was briefed on many positives about the 45 SW. But I was also briefed of some areas that need improvement.

What I want all of you to understand is that "findings" don't come from the areas we identify for improvement -- the real problems come from what we don't identify for improvement, what we know about our sections.

In other words, having "issues" you have identified and are working on is not the problem. It's all just a part of the inspection process.

It's not knowing you have issues -- that will cause issues.

So just be up-front with any inspectors, be honest, and eliminate those "issues." And don't forget: YOU are trained, certified, and READY for anything that comes your way. YOU are the experts, and no one in the world does it better than the Sharks of the 45 SW.

Stay Focused Sharks!