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NEWS | March 22, 2016

From Worst to First

By Col. John Lamontagne, commander 437th Airlift Wing

Next month, Air Mobility Command's Inspector General team will arrive at Joint Base Charleston to evaluate its units for one more week.  Essentially, they have evaluated us ever since they left Charleston in December 2013.  Some of that has gone well and some has not.

Approximately one year ago, the 437th Airlift Wing's commander's inspection program (CCIP) was rated among the worst in the command.  That feedback highlighted the fact that I was not doing my job as the commander.  I am here to say AMC was right...we were not where we needed to be.

Since then, we have been busy with a variety of vertical and horizontal inspections along with a set of robust exercises.  We have come a long way and worked hard to look at ourselves with a very critical eye.  Although the 437th Airlift Wing recently created its own Inspector General team, a big part of our recent success is due to our previous Joint Base Inspector General team led by Lt. Col. Roosevelt Loveless.  This hand-picked group of stellar Airmen developed a more vigorous wing inspection team, created a robust and dynamic set of exercises, built an aggressive inspection schedule and captured our lessons learned with in-depth reports. 

This week, Air Mobility Command recognized our Joint Base Inspector General team as the best in the command.  This is very well deserved and I offer my thanks and congratulations to the whole team to include Lt. Col. Loveless, Mr. Dave Hunt, Mr. Clay Coleman, Maj. Robert Beckenhauer, Maj. Robert Cross, Capt. Peter Theisen, Capt. David Sustello, 1Lt. Andrew Palmer, SMSgt. Emily Edmunds, MSgt. Renee Morales, MSgt. Anitra Towns, MSgt. James Jackson, TSgt. Thomas Courtney, TSgt. Ian Ouellette, SSgt. Troy Cuffee and SSgt. Marvin Richardson. 

Again, we have worked extremely hard over the past year and AMC has evaluated us the whole time.  We have executed our mission, managed our resources, led our Airmen and improved our unit.  We are ready for the capstone portion of this inspection.  Execute with confidence as the evaluators look over your shoulders.  I am confident the inspection will go well and you should share that confidence.  You should be excited to show the inspectors what you do and how you do it because you do it very well.  Thank you for everything you have done to get us to this point.  It's time to show them what we're made of!