by Tech. Sgt. Nicole Manzanares
140th Wing Public Affairs
10/19/2015 - BUCKLEY AFB, Colo. -- Airmen
from the 140th Wing, Colorado Air National Guard, participated in a
four-day large scale combat readiness assessment, the Wing Wartime
Readiness Inspection at Buckley Air Force Base, Oct. 15 -18.
The WWRI is one of the ways the 140th Wing is implementing the new Air
Force Inspection System which is intended to assess each unit
exclusively on their ability to perform their specific deployed mission.
"The WWRI differs greatly from any inspection we've had in the past,"
said Maj. Susan Ruby, 140th Wing Inspector General, "it brings
value-added training for each unit."
Under AFIS, the wing is able to focus on mission readiness and improving
mission effectiveness with a series of internally planned inspections
and evaluations throughout the year, rather than gearing up for one big
Operational Readiness Inspection every few years, as was done in the
The new inspection system relies heavily on the Commander's Inspection
Program, which is designed to give the wing commander responsibility for
the unit's compliance, readiness and ability to execute its mission.
The wing commander oversees the wing's Inspector General team, which
helps coordinate exercises and inspections to continually assess the
wing in four areas: managing resources, leading people, improving the
unit and executing the mission.
During the WWRI, the wing's IG team worked with designated inspection
team members to create training scenarios and exercises that were
specifically tailored to each individual unit's mission.
"We have trained Wing Inspection Team members throughout each
organization in the wing," said Ruby. "They designed the exercise
scenario for their own team that would stress critical areas so that
they could find weaknesses or areas of non-compliance within their
Since each unit was responsible for planning and executing their own
plans for the inspection, there were numerous events and exercise
scenarios running simultaneously throughout the course of the extended
The 140th Operations Group and 140th Maintenance Group worked together
to challenge the wartime flying mission, launching over 50 sorties
during a two-day period.
Members of the 140th Civil Engineer Squadron trained on Status of
Resources and Training System reports, shooting the M-4 carbine assault
rifle, gearing up to perform chemical, biological, radiological and
nuclear readiness training, and working on self-aid and buddy care,
while also constructing facilities on a simulated bare base.
"In the Air Force we are one piece on the chess board," said Lt. Col.
Jeremy Milliman, commander, 140th Civil Engineering Squadron. "Our job
as an Air National Guard CE unit is to be prepared to deploy; we are
exercising our wartime tasks."
This exercise was designed to be realistic, Milliman explained. "It puts
our Airmen in the scenario and teaches them to overcome and adapt to a
situation, rather than practicing multiple times to perfection and then
getting inspected," he said.
Meanwhile, on the other side of base, the 140th Security Forces Squadron
filled their days with expeditionary skills training scenarios, flight
line intruder exercises, and using the weapons training simulator, in
which students were put through lethal and non-lethal force situations.
"What we are assessing our patrolmen on are the basic foundational
skills and correct positioning when challenging an individual during use
of force simulations," said Master Sgt. Patrick Nay, SFS unit training
manager. "This benefits our SF members to be comfortable in using force
and to eliminate hesitation time."
Everyone from the inspectors to the lowest Airmen play a part in the
inspection. Under the new system, Airmen are encouraged to report to
their leadership any time they see something that is not right or in
accordance with regulations.
Senior Airman Kathryn Nay, a SFS patrolman, embraced the concept during
the SF training. "These are people we trust with our lives and they
trust us with their lives. It is important for us to communicate
everything we see and be honest with ourselves as a unit so that we can
Even members of the 233d Space Group, Greeley Air National Guard
Station, joined in and accomplished required training on loading and
unloading tractor trailers onto a C-17 Globemaster III from the 183rd
Airlift Squadron, Mississippi Air National Guard.
"You need a licensed driver, two load crew members and five Airmen on
each side of the truck to back a trailer onto an aircraft," said Tech.
Sgt. Michelle Scherger, a 233rd logistician. With little room for error,
the task tested the entire crew and helped fine tune their process for
All these exercises were only a small portion of the training that units
exercised over the long weekend, all with the intent to stress their
capabilities, find weaknesses, and fix them.
"After the WWRI is done, it's time to work on the improvement part,"
said Ruby. "There are three critical things; root cause analysis,
corrective action plan and the estimated completion date."
At the conclusion of the WWRI, each unit is tasked to find the root
cause of any noted deficiencies, create an action plan to improve, and
correct the scenario.
Ruby summed it up after a long and very busy drill weekend. "The goal
under the new Air Force Inspection System is to 'inspect to improve',
and I think we successfully accomplished that through the WWRI."