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9th Reconnaissance Wing undergoes Unit Effectiveness Inspection Capstone

The inspector general office Air Force-wide adopted a new duty badge in August 2014, which is now worn by all assigned IG inspectors at RAF Mildenhall. (U.S. Air Force graphic)

Badge of the Inspector General Office. (U.S. Air Force graphic)

BEALE AIR FORCE BASE, California -- Beale's 9th Reconnaissance Wing is currently undergoing a Unit Effectiveness Inspection Capstone, which is being conducted by Air Combat Command's Inspector General team to rate how effective the wing is performing and accomplishing the mission. The inspection began Jan. 11, 2016, and is slated to be completed by Jan. 15

"The Unit Effectiveness Inspection Capstone is a culminating event in a two year process, and the ACC/IG team are here to validate and verify that we are applying key concepts of compliance, critical self-assessment, and continuous process improvement to our Wing's daily operations," said Col. Doug Lee, 9th RW commander.

This is the first UEI cycle under the new Air Force Inspection System for the 9th Reconnaissance Wing. AFIS is designed to focus inspection efforts based on mission, risk and commander's priorities. Being mission ready is being inspection ready. 

"The ACC/IG team is here this week to validate and verify the commander's inspection program, or CCIP, and independently evaluate the 9 RW's overall effectiveness," said Maj. Eric Steele, 9th RW/IG.

The inspection team rates the wing on four graded areas, which are: managing resources, leading people, improving the unit and executing the mission.

"The Capstone is just the last data point for the ACC/IG to assess the 9 RW as they wrap up this UEI cycle and provide us with an overall grade," Steele said. "The scope and depth of the actual inspection this week is dependent on the 9 RW's past performance over the two-year cycle, Air Force and ACC trends, and inputs from our wing commander. Essentially his priorities and focus areas."

Throughout the UEI cycle, the wing and unit commanders are required to continuously inspect their own programs utilizing the wing IG, the Wing Inspection Team and the Management Internal Control Toolset, as described in Air Force Instruction 90-201.

"I have tremendous confidence in all of you, and I know you are going to do great," Lee said. "All you need to do is the same superb job you do, each and every day. Remember a positive attitude, along with open and honest feedback to the inspectors, goes a long way."