Capstone event underway

Major Christopher Tusing, the 167th Airlift Wing's director of inspections, addresses
the Air Mobility Command Inspector General and his inspection team during the Wing's
capstone event in-brief Nov. 4. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Master Sgt. Emily Beightol-Deyerle)

Major Christopher Tusing, the 167th Airlift Wing's director of inspections, addresses the Air Mobility Command Inspector General and his inspection team during the Wing's capstone event in-brief Nov. 4. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Master Sgt. Emily Beightol-Deyerle)

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. -- The 167th Airlift Wing's Unit Effectiveness Capstone event kicked off the morning of Nov. 4 with a welcome brief for the inspectors visiting the base.

A team of nearly 70 inspectors for the Air Mobility Command Inspector General are scheduled to be on base for about a week as the final part of the Wing's Unit Effectiveness Inspection.

The UEI is a continual evaluation of the Wing's performance based on four major graded areas: managing resources, leading people, improving the unit and executing the mission.  The capstone event is the final part of the inspection process, which will culminate with a report from the AMC/IG.

When the final report is submitted the Wing will begin its next UEI cycle.

During the capstone event the inspectors will be validating and verifying the Wing's inspection system. They will do task evaluations, audits and observations and they will conduct interview sessions with Airmen in group and individual settings; all to determine the overall effectiveness of the Wing.

"What do you do day in and day out? That's what we're here to see," said Brig. Gen. James Jacobson, the Inspector General for the Air Mobility Command, during the capstone in-brief.

The inspection team will look at the processes and systems in place at the Wing and will identify what is working and where there is room for improvement. The Wing can expect a thorough and professional inspection according to Col. Bradley Bridges, the AMC/IG team chief.

A small group of inspectors from the Air Force Inspection Agency are also visiting the 167th AW during the capstone. Their mission is to observe the conduct and performance of the AMC/IG team and provide feedback to ensure process improvement across the Air Force inspection system.

Inspectors will be conducting the group and individual interview sessions and visiting sections around the base over November's unit training assembly. Inspectors will be in the shops on Monday discussing ways unit members can enhance their programs.

The remainder of the inspector's time will be spent preparing their findings for the Inspector General's final report. Wing leadership will be briefed on the results Nov. 10.

"At the end of the day we hope to leave you with value added feedback," said Bridges.