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156th Airlift Wing completes Mid-Point Review Visit from Air Mobility Command Headquarters Inspector General

U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Jeremy Clarkson, Air Mobility Command aircraft maintenance inspector, reviews a hurricane evacuation plan checklist with Master Sgt. Julio Fuentes, 156th Maintenance Squadron aircraft maintenance coordinator, during a category 5 hurricane exercise on Muñiz Air National Guard Base, Carolina, Puerto Rico, April 30. Members of the AMC Inspector General team completed a mid-point review visit to evaluate the 156th Wing Inspection Team. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Efraín Sánchez)

U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Jeremy Clarkson, Air Mobility Command aircraft maintenance inspector, reviews a hurricane evacuation plan checklist with Master Sgt. Julio Fuentes, 156th Maintenance Squadron aircraft maintenance coordinator, during a category 5 hurricane exercise on Muñiz Air National Guard Base, Carolina, Puerto Rico, April 30. Members of the AMC Inspector General team completed a mid-point review visit to evaluate the 156th Wing Inspection Team. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Efraín Sánchez)

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Hector Alamo, 156th Wing Inspection Team members, completes a maintenance inspections on a Puerto Rico Air National Guard WC-130 Hercules aircraft during an Air Mobility Command Inspector General visit on Muñiz Air National Guard Base, Carolina, Puerto Rico, April 30.  Members of the AMC IG team completed a mid-point review visit to evaluate the 156th WIT inspection process. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Efraín Sánchez)

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Hector Alamo, 156th Wing Inspection Team members, completes a maintenance inspections on a Puerto Rico Air National Guard WC-130 Hercules aircraft during an Air Mobility Command Inspector General visit on Muñiz Air National Guard Base, Carolina, Puerto Rico, April 30. Members of the AMC IG team completed a mid-point review visit to evaluate the 156th WIT inspection process. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Efraín Sánchez)

U.S. Air Force members of the Air Mobility Command Inspector General team complete a mid-point review to evaluate the 156th Airlift Wing Inspection Team evaluation process. The 156th WIT conducted inspections on the wing's compliance to Air Force Instruction during a category 5 hurricane exercise at Muñiz Air National Guard Base, Carolina, Puerto Rico, April 30. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Efraín Sánchez)

U.S. Air Force members of the Air Mobility Command Inspector General team complete a mid-point review to evaluate the 156th Airlift Wing Inspection Team evaluation process. The 156th WIT conducted inspections on the wing's compliance to Air Force Instruction during a category 5 hurricane exercise at Muñiz Air National Guard Base, Carolina, Puerto Rico, April 30. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Efraín Sánchez)

Muñiz Air National Guard Base, Puerto Rico -- The Air Mobility Command Inspector General team from Scott Air Force Base, Ill. completed a mid-point Unit Effectiveness Inspection visit on the 156th Airlift Wing Inspector General Office here, April 30.

The AMC IG team visit is in anticipation to the unit's scheduled UEI Capstone event that is scheduled to take place in September.

"The UEI is a significant milestone for the unit as the results will have an impact on the future of the installation," said Col. Edward L. Vaughan, 156th Airlift Wing commander.  "We have made notable accomplishments within the major graded areas to improve our unit effectiveness. However, we must not lose sight of all that still need to be done before September's Capstone event."

The UEI is a continuous evaluation of performance that inspects a unit's ability to effectively manage resources, lead people, improve the unit, and execute the mission. 
During the visit, the AMC IG team evaluated the 156th Wing Inspection Team's ability to inspect the wing's compliance with Air Force Instructions during a unit exercise scenario in which a category 5 hurricane impacted the island of Puerto Rico.

"I am proud of the dedication and commitment demonstrated by our WIT members in preparation for this inspection and the final capstone event," said Lt. Col. Ileana Ramirez, 156th AW inspector general. "Their efforts have improved wing compliance and educated members on the new CCIP requirements."

Ramirez further explained how the 156th WIT was established two years ago in preparation for the UEI with unit subject matter experts in their respective career fields, who are fully trained in the commander's inspection program. 

According to Air Force Instruction 90-201, the UEI also validates and verifies the Wing Commander's Inspection Program for accuracy, adequacy and relevance, and helps the Wing Commander understand the areas of greatest risk from undetected non-compliance. Meanwhile, the Capstone event is the final on-site visit of the UEI intended to last approximately one week.  During the Capstone event, the IG will validate and verify the CCIP, conduct Airmen-to-IG-Sessions, and independently assess unit effectiveness through task evaluations, audits and observation to generate a UEI report.