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Final thoughts before the UCI team arrives

Posted 8/19/2010   Updated 8/19/2010 Email story   Print story


by Master Sgt. Duane Helton
355th Fighter Wing Inspections, Plans & Programs

8/19/2010 - DAVIS-MONTHAN AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. -- The Air Combat Command Unit Compliance Inspection begins on Sunday, Aug. 22.

It has been more than four years since our last UCI in January 2006. Months of preparation and hard work by the Desert Lightning Team -- such as examining processes, reviewing compliance and standardization requirements lists, and evaluating programs -- have prepared us for this inspection. Next week, it'll finally be time to demonstrate our excellence and highlight our outstanding accomplishments to the inspector general team.

The IG team will be coming to your section, to evaluate and validate DM compliance with Air Force Instructions, and a good first impression goes a long way. Here are just a few pointers to help your inspection go smoothly:

Clean Up. Do a good "Tidy Friday" to ensure that your work area is inspection-ready. The appearance of the work area will be part of your first impression when the inspectors arrive. Eliminate clutter and ensure your work areas present a clean work environment.

Meet and greet your inspectors. If you read the last UCI story in this series, you'll remember how important this idea is to our wing vice commander. Meet the inspectors when they arrive, and if possible, be waiting to greet them. At a minimum, be at the door when they arrive and outside the door if possible.

Be proud of your work. You've put months and many extra hours of preparation into your presentation, dotting i's and crossing t's. Be proud of what you and your section have accomplished - including the routine duties you perform every day at a high level.

Remember customs and courtesies. Look sharp, feel sharp, BE SHARP. Your personal appearance will make as much of an impression on the inspectors as the appearance of your work area. Render all appropriate courtesies, and be aware that inspectors could be anywhere at any time -- they will have access to all of our facilities as necessary, and will be wearing identification badges to be easily recognizable.

Documentation, documentation, documentation. Be prepared to show documentation to verify that the checklist items are being accomplished. If you can't prove that you've done it on paper, or on an information system, you haven't done it.

Finally, remember that the IG team is coming to our base to verify and validate our processes. Our professionalism, adherence to standards, and positive attitude will be on display. The Desert Lighting Team is ready!

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