Upcoming inspections to test units' readiness

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  • By Wayne Crenshaw
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The 116th Air Control Wing and the 689th Combat Communications Wing will soon both undergo a Operational Readiness Inspection.

An ORI team will inspect the 116th Saturday through Wednesday, in the first of two phases of the inspection. The first phase looks at the unit's deployment operations, while the second phase looks at how it actually performs its mission, said Lt. Col. Kenneth Chaloux, the 116th chief of wing inspections and exercises.

The dates of the second phase of the inspection have not been set.

The 689th will undergo its ORI, along with a Compliance Inspection, from Nov. 30 to Dec. 16. While an ORI grades the unit's operational capabilities, a CI looks at programs such as safety and records management.

The CI and ORI involve the entire wing, which includes the 5th Combat Communications Group at Robins and the 3rd Combat Communications Group at Tinker Air Force Base, Okla., but the focus of the CI will be the headquarters at Robins, said Capt. Travis Prater, 689th's chief of combat readiness.

Although the wing is just over a year old, he expressed confidence in a positive outcome to the inspection.

"In true combat comm fashion, we will rise to the occasion," Prater said.

Chaloux also said the 116th is ready for its inspection, which is being done over a weekend so more members of the wing can be involved. Although active-duty units typically get little or no notice of such inspections, the 116th has had a year's notice because it falls under the Air National Guard.

"We are ready to show the IG (Inspector General) what we are capable of," Chaloux said.