by 1 Lt. Justin Phillips
125th Fighter Wing
10/23/2015 - ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. -- Col.
Brian Simpler, 125th Fighter Wing commander, announced Oct. 20, to a
room full of Airmen, the Wing had earned a "Highly Effective" rating
from the Air Combat Command Inspector General team.
The 125th FW received the IG rating after completing its last
self-inspection Oct. 16-19, utilizing the new Air Force Inspection
"AFIS eliminates the last-minute rush to make things look good," said
1st Lt. Justin Elliott, 125th Fighter Wing, inspection planner. "We have
made inspecting a continual process, ensuring our ability to complete
the mission is unwavering."
The new system is broken down into four graded components: managing
resources, leading people, improving the unit and executing the mission.
AFIS has allowed units to eliminate "inspection prep," which wasted
valuable time and resources, allowing those efforts to be focused on
The 125th Inspector General Inspections team has been in place for the
last two years managing internal inspections statewide. This team, led
by Maj. Jackson Whiting, has worked countless hours planning and
implementing inspections and exercises in an effort to self-identify
areas that need work and report them to leadership.
The IGI team along and the Wing Inspection Team are a group or wing of
subject matter experts. The teams ensure the wing is inspected across
all areas based on the commander's priorities. The inspection results
are reported to the commander and ultimately to the major command's
"The work that was done over the last two years is nothing less that
exceptional," said Simpler. "Under Maj. Whiting's leadership, our
Commanders Inspection Program has set the standard for the rest of the
Air Force to follow."
The days of spending countless resources before inspections, or what
many referred to as "painting rocks," are over. Today's Air Force is
focused on empowering commanders to ensure their Wings are 'Always on
More than 40 Airmen were called forward to accept certificates and
recognition from leadership for exceptional performance and highlighting
the total team effort required to achieve the rating. This rating is
nearly unprecedented in both Active and Reserve components of the United
States Air Force.
"These results validate what we knew all along--our Airmen are well
trained and execute their mission with a great deal of proficiency,"
said Simpler. "Our leaders at all levels are engaged, focused on their
Airmen and dedicated to improving their units. These results place us in
the very top tier of all Air Force units."