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Inspection ends with high marks

  • Published
  • By Capt. Shannon Mann
  • 916th Public Affairs
The Air Mobility Command Inspector General team chief stood in front of the crowded room and proclaimed that the 916th Air Refueling Wing received an unusually high number of awards and recognition.

Twenty-two to be exact.

'The wing completed a Nuclear Operational Readiness Inspection on Feb 25 and the results had the Reserve wing members applauding at every turn.

Four areas of interest were evaluated to include unit generation, employment, mission support and safety. The wing pulled together to ensure that the overall rating for their efforts went above and beyond.

"Your hard work has paid off," said Colonel John Almind, AMC IG team chief. "You came through with flying colors."

He commented that it was great to see a wing put the extensive effort into an inspection when their operations tempo is so high. He also told the audience that their professionalism and positive attitudes were noticed by the entire inspection team.
"You've proven your expertise and war fighting ability," he said.

Four teams were recognized for outstanding performance to include the 916th Maintenance Group's aerospace ground equipment team and the aircraft configuration team. The 916th Air Refueling Wing's command post emergency action team and the wing plans team were also recognized.

Three individuals received top performer awards for their excellence, skills and knowledge in their jobs to include the 916th Operation Support Flight's 1Lt. David Ramirez and Staff Sgt. Dustin Murray and the 916th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron's Master Sgt. Michael Dawson. The IG team also presented coins to individuals for their support of the mission and team. Coins were presented to Senior Master Sgt. James Loper from command post, Senior Master Sgt. Jimmy Tart from maintenance, Master Sgt. Jennifer Conway from communications, Tech. Sgt. Demian Godshall from maintenance, Staff Sgt. Brittany Paus from security forces and 4th Fighter Wing Security Forces member Senior Airman Ava Davis.

Col. Almind ensured he mentioned the terrific support by the 916th's host wing, the 4th Fighter Wing. He singled out security forces, weather and mission support for their support roles in helping the 916th during the five-day inspection.

Col. Linsenmeyer, 916th ARW commander, told those gathered that from the initial reports he'd received earlier in the week the wing was doing well and added to the crowd's excitement by saying the IG told him this was the 'best seen to date."

"This was a team effort," said Col. Linsenmeyer. "Well-done and well-deserved."

When the IG team left the briefing room bound for home there was a loud applause from the audience for a job well done and a sigh of relief to end an inspection that involved extensive preparation ending in desired results.