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NEWS | April 20, 2011

JB CHS - WS preps for IG inspection

By Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Jennifer Hudson Joint Base Charleston Public Affairs

The countdown is on as Joint Base Charleston - Weapons Station personnel make final preparations for the scheduled arrival of the Navy Region Southeast's Deputy Inspector General and his Area Visit team.

Navy Deputy Inspector General, Andrea Brotherton and an IG team comprised of more than 30 inspectors arrive April 27 and will inspect quality of life and mission readiness programs, ensuring the logistic processes of each program adhere to the standards regulated within Department of Navy regulations.

The inspection, April 27 to 29, will focus on compliance with Naval instructions, manuals and standard operating procedures. The inspection evaluates the command's effectiveness and efficiency in ensuring the programs are practiced in a safe, standardized and uniform manner.

Commands being inspected include Naval Support Activity, Naval Nuclear Power Training Command, Nuclear Power Training Unit, Naval Health Clinic Charleston, Naval Consolidated Brig Charleston, Navy Munition Command and SPAWAR Systems Center Atlantic.

The last time an IG team visited Charleston was in 2008, before the Naval Weapons Station merged with Charleston Air Force Base to form Joint Base Charleston in Oct. 2010. This inspection will be unique as it will be the first inspection since the merger and there have been a number of administrative changes for some of the commands since the two bases combined.

"It's like comparing apples to oranges in regards to our last inspection back in 2008," said JB CHS Command Master Chief Billy Cady. "With joint basing, many administrative and operational changes have been made, so the inspectors will have to consider these new procedures as we're evaluated. However, with the additional resources joint basing provides, we are able to improve the quality of life programs that are offered to our Sailors and their families and improve our overall mission readiness."