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Chief's Corner - week of July 10

SCHRIEVER AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. -- Be perfect at the simple things

I've never been a fan of preparing for inspections. Let's be honest, it's a lot of work and distracts us from doing important mission-related tasks, right?

That's probably what a lot of people think about inspections.

By now many of you have heard the term Commanders Inspection Program or CCIP. Our approach to CCIP has been renewed over the course of the past year. The CCIP process drives all Airmen to state of continuous improvement and focus on mission readiness. For each of us this includes actively going through our checklists and preparing to have our units and processes inspected. Inconvenient, right?

The truth is, we need inspections to keep us on track and ensure we are performing our missions to the standard our customers require. I would challenge those who see it as an inconvenience to look at it differently. The consequence of failing at our mission, or not performing efficiently is too severe for any of us to not dedicate time and effort to the quality and effectiveness of our work.

While some of us may not be process owners, the majority will in some way be observed by the inspection team. One way you can prepare is by developing good habits when you're NOT being inspected. The best advice: be perfect at the simple things. The very first thing the Air Force taught us all to do was wear the uniform. We should all do that perfectly and we should all keep each other in check for simple things like haircuts and hair styles; handbags, backpacks and purses; proper wear of headgear, sunglasses, jewelry, and so forth. Those are simple things that we should do perfectly, 100 percent of the time.

From the beginning, we were all taught customs and courtesies including how to properly address senior ranking members, to stand up and acknowledge a senior ranking visitor, and proper saluting or when not to salute.

It's about being mission-capable, not preparing for inspections. The inspections drive us to make time to evaluate things that through time may have gotten overlooked. This is an opportunity, not inconvenience.

Be perfect at the simple things.
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