It's over ... or is it?
By Col. Heath J. Nuckolls, 94th Airlift Wing commander
/ Published August 19, 2008
DOBBINS AIR RESERVE BASE, Ga. -- Congratulations and thank you for all the hard work that you put forth during the inspections.
More than 100 inspectors inspected the wing for six major inspections all within one week. I'm pleased to say we passed them all, and the 94th Maintenance Group even received an "Excellent" rating on their Maintenance Standardization Evaluations Program (MSEP) inspection.
Team Dobbins, you should be proud of what was accomplished. For what this wing accomplished in a week, most other wings across the Air Force accomplish over a four-year period.
Now comes the question: is it over?
It is over in the sense that the inspections are done, but there is still work to be accomplished. The inspectors identified some things that we need to correct, so now we have to correct those items. The key will be to correct them as quickly as possible and to ensure what we put in place will be a long-term solution and not a short-term fix.
We put numerous programs in place in preparation for the inspections, and we need to make sure that we build on those programs and make them even better. We need to continue to operate on a daily basis as if an inspection is coming the next day. But it does not stop there.
Along with closing out the write-ups, we have an upcoming Air Expeditionary Force (AEF)
cycle in early 2009 that we need to help our Airmen prepare for. So as you can see, it is not really over. We just need to adjust our focus a little to ensure that the wing continues to move forward. There were a number of individuals that the inspection teams identified as superior or professional performers to whom I say: "Congratulations."
But I will add that there are a lot of people in the wing who are doing great things on a daily basis. They are the ones who work behind the scenes and they sometimes do not get the recognition that they deserve and to them, I say: "Thank You."
This has truly been a team effort. So take a moment to catch a breath and I look forward to seeing everyone at Family Day in October. Thanks again for all the work you do to
make the 94th AW a successful organization!
(For a list of superior and professional performers and teams, visit www.dobbins.afrc.af.mil)