Hill fighter wings to identify strengths, weaknesses during inspection

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Inspection teams from Air Force Reserve Command and Air Combat Command will visit the 419th and 388th Fighter Wings for a Unit Effectiveness Inspection Sept. 16-23.

Typically, combined inspections for the two wings occur every two years, but the UEI is a first for the wings. Inspectors from both commands will watch units on the job rather than staging scenarios to which they evaluate unit response.

"The biggest change is the fact that we're focusing on being 'mission ready' rather than being 'inspection ready,'" said Lt .Col. Terry George, inspector general chief for the 419th FW.

Prior to their arrival here, inspection teams reviewed 419th and 388th units through an online self-inspection program called Management Internal Control Toolset. Through the MICT database, inspectors are able to preview a unit's capabilities and day-to-day mission sets before they arrive.

The online system also gives inspectors an idea of unit issues and needs across each command.

"This new inspection system empowers Airmen at every level to identify shortfalls or potential problems and get the resources necessary to fix them," George said. "After years of being required to do more with less, the new system is designed so that we can now paint a true picture of where we are and what we're capable of doing."

The inspection will yield two reports with two scores ranging from "Outstanding" to "Ineffective." The final report will be released in October.