News: MHAFB receives 87.17 percent from LCAP inspection
Story by Senior Airman Benjamin Sutton
MOUNTAIN HOME AIR FORCE BASE, Idaho - As part of the Logistics Compliance Inspection Program, a team from Air Combat Command has been quietly reviewing and evaluating personnel here throughout the past week.
These members of the inspection team have reviewed virtually every aspect of maintenance and flightline operations as well as key logistics readiness squadron components in an effort to assist Gunfighters in finding any areas where they may need improvement.
"ACC sent a team here to look at specific squadrons within our wing and inspect their processes to ensure they are in compliance with the Air Force and local directives," said 1st Lt. Jesse Gariepy, 366th Maintenance Operations Squadron quality assurance officer-in-charge. "This inspection ensures they are all safe, standardized, repeatable and technically compliant operations."
The assessment resulted in an overall rating of satisfactory for the Gunfighters.
"Our entire mission is to provide war ready aircraft and airmen to go downrange and complete the commander's objectives," said Gariepy. "Part of this inspection and the reason behind it is to validate the processes we use and throughout the week, the inspectors will identify areas where we are considered 'best practices' and then in order to increase combat capabilities across the globe, share those with the rest of the Combat Air Force."
The inspection occurs every two years in a constant effort to ensure Air Force practices are top notch. This year the 366th Maintenance Group earned a satisfactory rating of 86.62 percent which according to Gariepy is the second highest in the CAF.
Additionally, the Mission Support Group and Logistics Readiness Squadron earned an overall rating of excellent with a score of 93.73 percent which was the highest rating of any base squadron.
"Inspectors look at our programs and overall practices to ensure we are performing our general maintenance in compliance with set standards," said Master Sgt. Christine Haslam, 366th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron specialist section chief for the Bold Tigers. "My section has avionics, electro-environmental, and engine technicians who are being inspected and evaluated.
"My airmen go out and perform their required maintenance tasks then receive personal and follow-up evaluations from inspectors," she continued. "Other areas inspectors look at is forms documentation, facility maintenance and ensuring our programs adhere to all Air Force instructions."
The evaluation results are an excellent way for airmen to find out areas they are strong and weak in.
"Everyone has a really positive attitude, the inspectors are fantastic and we are doing really well," said Haslam. "We had a few hiccups but our recovery has been phenomenal since then because our people are doing awesome."