SCHRIEVER AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. --
“Stay ready in the off season” is a not only a motto intended for athletes, but something all Schriever members should strive for on a daily basis.
This message is the theme for the Wing Commander’s Inspection Program leading up to the Unit Effectiveness Inspection scheduled for Dec. 2018.
CCIP provides commanders timely and relevant information to improve unit effectiveness. For Schriever, the 50th Space Wing Inspector General office leads this program. The IG inspects groups, squadrons and other functions within the wing to maintain mission readiness.
“This program is important,” said Staff Sgt. Theodore Barnaby, 50 SW IG evaluation management system manager. “We need to know the status of programs. If a mission is on the edge of failure or is degraded, then mission planners need to elevate it so it goes up through all the proper levels to ensure mission success.”
The CCIP initiative aims to help Airmen build their knowledge of the program, challenge Team Schriever to stay inspection ready and enable its continued effectiveness.
“Stay ready in the off season” relates to the success or failure of any sports team relying on their off season preparation. Similar to sports teams, IG members encourage base members to not wait until the last minute to prepare for an inspection, but to make a daily effort to be mission ready.
“We want to fight the old inspection mentality of ramping up for inspection, then having everything drop off afterwards,” Barnaby said. “We are moving toward an era of self-identification, which is ‘embracing the red.’ If we don’t recognize a process is broken, we can’t fix it.”
The four major graded areas IG will inspect are managing resources, improving the unit, leading people and executing the mission.
“All of these tie directly into the commander’s handbook,” Barnaby said. “Doing the mission the way it’s supposed to be done, checking all the boxes and making sure programs are up-to-date are what we should be doing at all times. We need to stay ready in the off season, which is the interval between UEI’s.”
In the months to follow, there will be posters displayed throughout the wing to remind base members of the importance of staying ready at all times. There will also be an intramural sports-themed calendar available later this year. More information about these products will be circulated in the base bulletin and Schriever Sentinel.
“Seeing athletes from Schriever and people we work with as a part of the CCIP touches home - there’s pride that comes with that,” Barnaby said. “The more you can tie it directly into people, the more ownership they have for it, which creates a wider audience.”
He added the keys to making this program a success are to embrace self-inspection and understand that deficiencies IG finds are used as a stepping stone in fixing problems to ensure Team Schriever continues to succeed.
“This program directly ties into our new wing vision, ‘One team... mastering space and cyberspace operations… now and into the future,” said Col. Jennifer Grant, 50 SW commander.