Altus AFB shows continued mission readiness during inspection

by Senior Airman Kenneth W. Norman 97th Air Mobility Wing Public Affairs

August 23, 2013

ALTUS AIR FORCE BASE — The base recently participated in a Consolidated Unit Inspection conducted by the Air Education and Training Command Inspector General team, earning an overall grade of “Satisfactory” Aug. 12-16.

This inspection was the first of its kind since the release of new guidance combining a Unit Compliance Inspection, Aircrew Standardization and Evaluation, and Logistics Compliance Assessment Program all into one inspection.

During the inspection, more than 140 inspectors observed Altus AFB’s programs, plans, and procedures to ensure adherence to Air Force Instruction and Department of Defense Directives.

The inspection results are graded with the Air Force five tier grading scale: Outstanding, Excellent, Satisfactory, Marginal, and Unsatisfactory. Altus AFB achieved impressive results, not scoring below a satisfactory in any of the eight major graded areas.

“This team pulled together a tremendous score and we need to take pride in the fact that we really did well,” said Col. Bill Spangenthal, 97th Air Mobility Wing commander. “We scored a very high Satisfactory, which to me, with the challenges we’ve faced, is fantastic.”

Altus AFB personnel showed continued mission readiness despite the challenges of fiscal restraints, civilian furloughs and more. As Colonel Spangenthal addressed the wing, he expressed pride in the results, highlighted top performers and noted strengths throughout the base.

“I know we have faced recent challenges with budget cuts and losing a large portion of our workforce to the furlough, but we overcame those challenges, pushed forward and effectively executed our mission,” Colonel Spangenthal said. “I would like to thank each one of you for working hard with a can-do attitude and getting the mission done safely and efficiently every day.”