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By Heather Heiney, 21st Space Wing Public Affairs
/ Published November 04, 2019
Just like people, organizations need regular checkups to make sure that they are healthy and that everything is functioning the way it’s meant to. That’s why wings across the Air Force maintain inspection programs. The Air Force Space Command Inspector General recently concluded a week-long capstone inspection of the 21st Space Wing that dove into its different organizations and programs.
This capstone inspection was the culmination of a larger, 30-month, unit effectiveness inspection period in which the IG also conducted several on-site visits at Peterson Air Force Base, Cheyenne Mountain Air Force Station and Schriever Air Force Base, Colorado; Cavalier Air Force Station, North Dakota; Thule Air Base, Greenland; and the Maui Space Surveillance Complex, Hawaii.
Inspection team members looked at the wing through the lens of four major graded areas to create a comprehensive assessment of unit effectiveness. Those areas are executing the mission, managing resources, improving the unit and leading people. Each area and wing as a whole can be graded ineffective, marginally effective, effective or highly effective.
The 21st SW was graded effective overall and within each of the major graded areas.
“The UEI evaluates commander’s inspection program accuracy, adequacy and relevance, and it provides an independent assessment of the wing’s resource management, leadership, process improvement efforts and ability to execute the mission,” said Tech. Sgt. Shierae Bryan, 21st SW IG inspection planner. “The UEI focuses on identifying areas where risks from undetected non-compliance are greatest and aiding wing commanders in identifying areas for improvement in the Commander’s Inspection Program.”
Col. Thomas Falzarano, 21st Space Wing commander, said that while there’s always going to be areas that have room for improvement, he believes that the wing nailed the inspection as a team.
“The IG was thoroughly impressed with your professionalism,” he said. “I appreciate everything you do every day.”
The IG also recognized individuals and teams within the wing that stood out as professional performers.
“We have an entire wing of outstanding and amazing airmen and professional performers and I wish we could catch all of you doing great things,” Falzarano said.
Individual professional performers included:
Professional teams included: