April 21, 2011

192nd Fighter Wing earns “Excellent” inspection rating

By Cotton Puryear
Virginia Department of Military Affairs

JOINT BASE LANGLEY-EUSTIS, Va. — The Virginia Air National Guard's 192nd Fighter Wing earned an overall grade of “Excellent” alongside the 633rd Air Base Wing and 1st Fighter Wing for the recent Phase 1 Operational Readiness Inspection conducted April 8-13, 2011, at Joint Base Langley-Eustis. The units were evaluated on major mission areas including command and control, deployment processing, employment readiness, information operations and force protection.


A 192nd Fighter Wing maintainer reviews F-22 Raptor forms on a computer upon return to base during an Operational Readiness Inspection April 10 at Langley Air Force Base. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Bradley Camara)

The inspection was the first of its kind for a joint base, as well as the first for an Air Combat Command combat-ready F-22 unit.  Collectively, the three wings “deployed” more than 470 Airmen, prepared 260 short tons of cargo and processed 120 personnel records checks with no errors.  The efforts of 1st Fighter Wing and 192nd Fighter Wing exemplified the total force initiative, successfully deploying and regenerating their tasked number of aircraft during the inspection. As part of the TFI, the Air Guard’s 192nd Fighter Wing is integrated into the operations of the 1st Fighter Wing and 633rd Air Base Wing under Air Combat Command.

Col. Bryan Turner, 192nd Fighter Wing commander, congratulated Virginia Air National Guard Airmen for their efforts and for participating in the total force initiative.

"I can't say enough about how proud I am of the 192nd Fighter Wing members for their efforts and tremendous attitude over the last 20 months as we worked our way to and through the inspection," Turner said. "The key takeaway was that the IG team was blown away by the attitudes and professionalism that the three wings exhibited throughout the inspection. The TFI integration between all areas was praised, and we truly are one seamless team."

The Virginia Air National Guard has been a part of the last two Operational Readiness Inspections at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, and both inspections resulted in an overall grade of "Excellent," Turner explained. He said that when you look back at the last grades of all the other Air Combat Command wings, the total number of "Outstanding" and "Excellent" grades in sub-areas is the highest they have seen to date.  The areas where the Virginia Air Guard personnel were working jointly alongside the 1st Fighter Wing and 633rd Air Base Wing had no sub-areas graded below a grade of "Excellent."

"To me, this clearly demonstrates our Total Force cohesiveness in respect to professionalism, technical expertise and dedication to duty," Turner said. "I am beyond proud of our Virginia Guard Airmen and once again we've proven we are ready to meet the call." 

The evaluation was combined for all three squadrons, and members of the 192nd Fighter Wing were integrated into all areas of operations, maintenance, personnel readiness and deployment. Forty percent of the generation team was made up of Virginia Air Guard maintainers as well as 15 percent of the regeneration team, and both received a rating of "Outstanding", the highest rating possible. The command and control of the wings also received an "Outstanding" rating.

The 192nd Maintenance Group along with the 1st Fighter Wing were able to launch 17 of 18 primary aircraft into operation with eight spares, deployed 18 of 18 tasked aircraft and successfully regenerated all 18 for possible future missions within eight and half hours.

"I am very proud to serve with the men and women in the 192nd Maintenance Group” said Maintenance Group Chief Mike Bouley. “They continuously rise to any task before them and perform in an outstanding manner. The 192nd Maintenance Group Virginia Air National Guardsman can be counted on by both our state as well as federal government in defense of our country."

Col. R.C. Craig, ACC Inspector General team chief, announced the inspection results to a full auditorium of JBLE leadership and personnel. The colonel commended base Airmen, Soldiers and civilians for their professionalism, devotion and execution during the ORI. Even as lawmakers took Federal budget negotiations to the brink of a government shutdown on the eve of the inspection, the wings remained resilient and prepared for the challenge.

"I give these commanders huge kudos for taking a new wing and a new joint base from the start and bringing that into a huge ORI like this," he said. "The wings have their act together. Your Airmen understood the importance of this inspection, and their attitudes reflected that."

Both individuals and teams were recognized for outstanding performance:

Generation Production Section: 1st & 192d Aircraft Maintenance Squadron
Group Intelligence Team: 1st & 192d Operations Group
In-Flight Refuel Team: 1st & 192d Aircraft Maintenance Squadron
Mobility Team: 27th & 149th Fighter Squadron

Maj. Matthew R. Hummel, 192nd Aircraft Maintenance Squadron
Capt. Sarah M. Beck, 192nd Maintenance Operations Flight
Master Sgt. Roy A. Perkins, 192nd Maintenance Group
Master Sgt. Lakeisha N. Sistrunk, 192nd Operations Group 
Staff Sgt. Jesse A. Brown, 192nd Operations Group
Staff Sgt. Michael P. Geoghegan, 192nd Maintenance Squadron
Staff Sgt. Shawn L. Phillips, 192nd Aircraft Maintenance Squadron
Staff Sgt. Chad A. Provo, 192nd Aircraft Maintenance Squadron
Staff Sgt. Megan A. Winesett, 192nd Maintenance Operations Flight
Senior Airman Joseph J. Hayes III, 192nd Maintenance Squadron
Senior Airman Jeffery E. Koontz, 192nd Aircraft Maintenance Squadron
Airman 1st Class Christopher A. Raines, 192nd Aircraft Maintenance Squadron

Additional reporting by Airman 1st Class Jason J. Brown, 633rd Air Base Wing Public Affairs

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