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Unit effectiveness is everyone’s responsibility

PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. -- In preparation for the Unit Effectiveness Inspection re-inspection June 19-20, 2017, the 21st Space Wing Inspector General is working to assure everyone in the wing is aware they have a role to play in the outcome.

The Air Force Space Command Inspector General conducted a UEI capstone March 5-17 and the final assessment did not yield the expected results. The re-inspection allows the wing to demonstrate that it does indeed operate effectively, said Lt. Col. Sacha Tomlinson, 21st Space Wing inspector general.

“It is our hope that the wing as a whole - Airmen, commanders, civilians, even contractors - understand they have a role in the Air Force Inspection System,” Tomlinson said. “They’re an active part of the Self-Assessment Program and valued by our Wing leadership, which is why the vice commander himself is teaching part of the Self-Assessment Program Manager training.”

The manager training is planned for May 8th at noon in the Peterson Air Force Base Education Center. Col. Eric Dorminey, 21st SW vice commander, will brief background information to help strengthen readiness in regard to the Commander’s Inspection Program. By teaching parts of the training, Dorminey and wing leadership want to demonstrate their level of investment in the inspection process.

The classes also serve to bring a thorough understanding of the inspection process to all levels of Airmen from the most senior to the most junior. For their part, Tomlinson said SAP managers cannot simply pay lip-service to their units' Self-Assessment Programs.

“This is not a once-a-month activity to meet a deadline,” she said. “But a commitment to improving their units, ensuring their units’ compliance with laws, regulations, instructions and policies through active monitoring and engagement with leadership and program managers.”

The classes will help bring everyone onto the same page as far as what responsibilities need to be met. Tomlinson said they want robust Commander’s Inspection and self-assessment programs executed at the wing level.

“While the Wing IG has a huge responsibility to this end, we are not in this alone,” said Tomlinson. “The entire Wing has a responsibility to honestly assess their compliance and performance, and to report their status and capabilities up through their leadership to the Wing commander.”

Accurate reporting is important, she said, so the Wing Commander can make well-informed, data-driven, risk-based decisions to ensure the Wing's continued mission excellence, proper application of resources, and quality of life.

According to Air Force Instruction 90-201, UEIs are continual evaluations of performance during an inspection period and viewed more like a photo album instead of a snapshot. UEIs validate and verify a Wing’s CCIP and provide an assessment of a wing’s ability to execute the mission.

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