by Senior Airman Divine Cox
8th Fighter Wing Public Affairs
5/3/2015 - KUNSAN AIR BASE, Republic of Korea-- -- The
sound of phones ringing rippled through the dormitories of the 8th
Fighter Wing at approximately 4 a.m., as operational readiness exercise
Beverly Midnight 15-3 kicked off here at Kunsan Air Base April 28.
For the next six days, Airmen and their units were inspected and
evaluated on simulated wartime scenarios by a team of select
individuals. These evaluators are known as the wing inspection team.
The WIT program is run by the 8th FW inspector general's office. The
intent of the program is to inspect, document and educate Airmen on how
to perform their jobs in any scenario.
"During exercises, WIT works directly for the inspector general," said
Lt. Col. Christopher Heber, 8th FW inspector general. "They inspect and
report all write ups to the wing commander to see how the wing is doing
in meeting regulation compliance and mission effectiveness
Kunsan implemented the new commander inspection program about six months
ago and it is an important part of improving the Wolf Pack's mission to
defend the base, accept follow-on forces, and take the fight north.
Heber said the new program is unique because it truly empowers the wing
commander to tailor their exercise to their wing's specific mission.
"This new program is extremely beneficial," said Heber. "Wing commanders
know their wing's mission better than anyone else, so these scenarios
implemented during these exercises are geared towards making us better
as a wing."
During the exercise, the 8th Civil Engineer Squadron fire department had
to respond to a structures fire while being inspected by Master Sgt.
Shawn Chenault, 8th CES assistant fire chief and WIT member.
"The WIT program gears Airmen up for real world situations by learning
and growing from their mistakes in a controlled environment," said
Chenault, "It's okay to make mistakes. We as people make mistakes every
day; we just have to learn from them and get better."
The Wolf Pack has been performing well during exercises under the new inspection program since its arrival early December.
"I have learned a lot from these exercise scenarios, which include
self-aid buddy care, post attack reconnaissance sweeps, and chemical,
biological, radiological and nuclear training," said Staff Sgt. Kenyan
Hudson, 8th Comptroller Squadron deputy disbursing officer. "The WIT
members really do a good job stepping in only when we need help."
The WIT worked tirelessly around the clock to ensure that their
respective units were executing each scenario flawlessly and correcting
anything that was non-compliant to the inspection.
The IG office will continue to work with WIT members to find ways to
strengthen the program so Airmen can continue to execute the mission.
"Our wing inspection team really leads by example," said Heber. "They
work hard and inspect hard so that the Wolf Pack will be ready to fight
tonight at a moment's notice."