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Cannon inspection coming soon


June 4, 2009

Unit Compliance Inspections are conducted every three years and Air Commandos here will soon have an opportunity to show inspectors that the 27th Special Operations Wing is healthy and mission capable. From June 15-26, Air Force Special Operations Command inspectors will visit Cannon for the base’s UCI.

UCIs are assessments of mission areas identified by senior Air Force and Air Force Special Operations Command. After the inspection, the wing will receive one of three grades: In Compliance, In Compliance with Comments, or Not in Compliance.

The AFSOC Inspector General team will evaluate critical and important mission areas identified in the AFSOC Instruction 90-205 series of checklists. It will also evaluate the Common Core Compliance Areas such as the Total Force Awareness Training on Advanced Distributed Learning System that encompasses Human Relations, Information Protection, and Force Protection training. The CCCAs also include unit-level programs such as the Self Inspection program, Safety and Policy Boards, Voting Assistance Program, and numerous functional areas such as Aircrew Protection and Sexual Assault Prevention.

The key to success in a UCI is communication, both from individuals to the commanders and from commanders down to their members. Airmen must be self-motivated and take responsibility for ensuring their training is up to date and properly recorded. Each commander must ensure that the appropriate unit programs are in place and that all personnel know their jobs well. Not only should they be able to say whether or not a program is in place, but they should also have the proper documentation to prove that the required training has occurred and regulations are being followed.

“UCIs show commanders how well their personnel are complying with public law, Department of Defense regulations and Air Force instructions,” said Lt. Col. Ivette O’Brien, the 27th Special Operations Wing Inspector General. “This UCI will enable commanders here to improve their units by assessing how well the rules are being followed. Based on the effort I’ve seen so far to prepare for this inspection, I’m confident the base will perform well.”

The base’s inspection will consist of unit inspections during the first week and a base exercise during the second week. The outcome of the inspection will be briefed to base leaders on June 26.


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