GOWEN FIELD, Idaho - “Congratulations, you should feel very good about where we are. The future is very bright for us,” said Col. Mike Nolan, 124th Fighter Wing Commander, when he addressed the Airmen of the Idaho Air National Guard after successfully passing the 2013 Consolidated Unit Inspection (CUI) Aug. 7.
The CUI was a six-part inspection by the Air Combat Command (ACC) Inspector General (IG). The 124th Operations Group’s Airfield Management Office successfully completed the Airfield Operations Certification Inspection (AOCI). The AOCI examines all aspects of airfield operations and management.
The Article 6 Uniform Code of Military Justice Inspection passed with a satisfactory and the Aircrew Standardization Evaluation Visit (ASEV) passed with an impressive excellent.
The 124th Fighter Wing (FW) and the 124th Air Support Operations Squadron (ASOS) all passed multiple inspections with satisfactory grades.
“As far as the overall CUI, everyone did really well with an overall satisfactory grade. To me, a satisfactory is getting a B plus. This was a very hard IG team and they found some things we needed to fix. Throughout the inspection everyone worked well together, even with long hours and long days,” said Lt. Col. Neal Murphy, Deputy Commander of the 124th Mission Support Group. “In the end, we successfully passed this inspection which enabled us to make sure we get to where we need to be, to continue on, and to be prepared for future deployments.”
“I am very proud of what we accomplished as a wing and group and feel optimistic about our future.” from Lt. Col. Chad Kornberg, 124th Fighter Wing Maintenance Squadron Commander.
The 124th Fighter Wing passed its Logistics Compliance Assessment Program (LCAP) with an impressive 88.91 percent success rate, Logistics Readiness Squadron’s overall score of 93.05 percent strong excellent and wing score with 88.91percent. The Air National Guard LCAP IG team congratulated wing, maintenance and support group command, and maintenance and logistics squadron leaders for their effort.
“For the LCAP it was a group effort, the Logistics Readiness Squadron was inspected and did very well with excellent and outstanding grades. The 124th Communications Flight and 124th Civil Engineering Squadron and others from the Mission Support Group really helped (continued on page 4) getting the entire team set up. I am very happy with the outcome,” said Murphy.
The LCAP IG team awarded three outstanding teams, the Logistics Readiness Squadron’s Traffic Management, the Vehicle Operations sections, and the 124th Maintenance Group Inspection Section.
Staff Sgt. Seth Aberasturi, from the 124th Maintenance Squadron and Staff Sgt. Mikel Turner, from the 124th Security Forces Squadron were the only two Airmen to receive the Air Combat Command Inspector General’s coin, an accolade reserved for only a select few for outstanding performance during this CUI.
Wednesday morning’s ACC IG briefing was the final summary of a weeklong series of inspections for the Idaho Air National Guard at Gowen Field, Boise and Airman let out a sigh of relief with a loud applaud and cheer.
“This was a very important inspection for our unit as a whole. Everyone took it very serious and everyone was very engaged,” said Chief Master Sgt. Carlo Fenicottero, 124th FW Command Chief.
“I am very proud of all of us and also very proud of our leadership. They had a good plan to get us all through this. It was a steady and clear plan that was clearly communicated to us; it never changed and it remained constant. Our goal and our target never moved. There was never any wasted energy, allowing us to arrive to test day confident and ready to engage to be a success.”
“Morale and motivation were high going into this inspection and the difference, there, is good strong leadership, it gives people the confidence to be a success. The inspectors saw that when they arrived here,” said Fenicottero.
Assistant Adjutant General for Air, Brig. Gen. Richard Turner said some key words to focus on and take away from this inspection were ‘teamwork, enthusiasm, and attitude.’ “In my 41-years here I don’t think I’ve ever been prouder to be part of an organization,” said Turner.
Idaho Adjutant General Major General Gary Sayler reminded all leaders and supervisors “Be sure to congratulate your traditional troops, they sacrifice a lot, and we can’t accomplish our mission without them.”