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NEWS | April 25, 2016

JB Charleston earns "effective" in major inspections

By Joint Base Charleston Public Affairs Joint Base Charleston Public Affairs

Recently, Joint Base Charleston's 315th and 437th Airlift Wings and its 628th Air Base Wing successfully completed the Air Force Unit Effectiveness Inspection, with each wing earning an overall score of "Effective."

UEIs encompass a two-year period, including virtual assessments by the Air Mobility Command, Air Force Reserve Command and Air Force Installation Mission Support Center (IMSC) staffs, a previous onsite visit during our installation exercise and culminating with a "boots on the ground" evaluation by two Air Mobility Command and one AFRC Inspector General Team. The inspectors validated each wing's readiness, economy, efficiency, state of discipline and effectiveness to execute the assigned missions.

All three wing commanders were pleased with the results.

"I'm very proud of the work we do here every day," said Col. Rob Lyman, 628 ABW commander. "We received great feedback about our Airmen going above and beyond; now we have validation of the quality of our work from the Air Mobility Command Inspector General."

Col. John Lamontagne, 437 AW commander, expressed similar thoughts.

"I couldn't be more pleased with this team.  It was very easy for the Inspector General to see how serious we are about executing the mission, leading people, improving the unit and managing resources.  We've come a long way and have a long way to go as we strive for continuous process improvement."

The UEI team was comprised of nearly 150 inspectors, 50 for each wing. Additionally, there were observers from Headquarters Air Force, the Air Force Inspection Agency and Secretary of the Air Force Inspector General looking for ways to streamline the inspection process across the Air Force.

"We proved to the inspectors what we already knew.  We are effective and mission ready," said Col. Greg Gilmour, 315 AW commander.  "Joint Base Charleston will continue to lead the way in providing support for the warfighter."

During a recap of the inspection results with the 628 ABW, Lyman closed by offering perspective on the wing's accomplishments.

"The missions we're a part of are some of our nation's most difficult tasks. To be effective at those is something to be proud of."