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355th FW awarded first ever Outstanding IG rating

DAVIS-MONTHAN AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. -- The Air Combat Command Inspector General team awarded the 355th Fighter Wing the first outstanding rating since the team’s implementation of the new Unit Effectiveness Inspection Capstone.

The accomplishment was announced by Col. James Meger, 355th Fighter Wing commander, during a commander’s call at the base theater here June 2.

The new inspection program has been functional since April 2015. Its grading scale has leaned out from the previous five tiers, to three tiers, with the ratings of ineffective, effective and outstanding.

The ACC IG team examined the 355th FW on its effectiveness and mission readiness to deploy, employ, support and sustain attack airpower in support of combatant commanders anywhere in the world at a moment's notice.

“We brought a team out here from ACC IG to validate all the great work the Airmen of the 355th Fighter Wing have been doing,” said Col. Gregory Stankewicz, ACC IG team chief. “It’s a real honor to be here at the 355th and see all the great work the Airmen of this wing are doing each and every day. I’m getting great feedback on the performance of the wing, and specifically all the great work the Airmen are doing in every one of the groups throughout the wing.”

In addition to there being no critical findings during the inspection, the 355th FW was also the first wing in ACC to receive an outstanding rating in the two mission areas of Commander Inspection Program and Executing the Mission, under the new grading criteria.

The ACC IG team recognized 23 superior teams and 81 superior performers. The team also presented 20 ACC IG coins to select Airmen.

“I’d really like to say thank you to all the Airmen here at Davis-Monthan for the great work they’re doing for the country and the great work they’re doing for the other Airmen out there, whether it be here, in the continental U.S. or in a deployed environment,” Stankewicz said. “(In regards to) the effort, the level of energy, the sacrifices they make for their families, I can’t thank them enough for all the hard work they put in for others.”