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460th Space Wing troops rally for ORI preparation

BUCKLEY AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. – Panther “General Buck Lee,” 460th Space Wing mascot, dances his way into the Buckley Fitness Center gym May 4, 2012, to kick off a commander’s call. Hundreds of Airmen rallied into the gym to review expectations of the upcoming Operational Readiness Inspection, which is scheduled for May 11-22. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Kathrine McDowell)

BUCKLEY AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. – Panther “General Buck Lee,” 460th Space Wing mascot, dances his way into the Buckley Fitness Center gym May 4, 2012, to kick off a commander’s call. Hundreds of Airmen rallied into the gym to review expectations of the upcoming Operational Readiness Inspection, which is scheduled for May 11-22. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Kathrine McDowell)

BUCKLEY AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. -- With Buckley's Operational Readiness Inspection right around the corner, hundreds of Airmen gathered into the Buckley Fitness Center May 4, for one last refresher on the expectations and requirements for the ORI, which scheduled for May 11-22.

The commander's call got off to an exciting start with the playing of some enthusiastic music and chants, a break-dancing panther, "General Buck Lee," and a rowdy introduction of the wing's leadership in full battle rattle.

Once things settled down, and more serious atmosphere settled in, it was time to talk about what to expect and what leadership expects during the ORI.

The briefings started with Master Sgt. Wade Rigsby, 460th Communications Squadron section chief of network operations, going over the importance of network vigilance.

"Trust nothing and verify everything," was Rigsby's biggest emphasis.

Be aware of phishing, no thumb drives, verify all e-mails and links, keep up with the mandatory shred policy and don't' let anyone unfamiliar or inspectors use computers or go through desk and work areas. These were keys points Rigsby touched on during his network vigilance briefing.

When the 460th SW commander and command chief approached the floor, they offered up advice as to how they feel the wing can go beyond a "satisfactory" rating, which no other space wing has accomplished.

"We've got to have positive attitudes the whole time they're here," said Chief Master Sgt. William Ward, 460th SW command chief.

He continued to say, that the positive attitudes need to carry on past work, meaning whether in line at the Base Exchange or working out at the gym, Airmen should maintain positive attitudes.

He said to expect challenges, and how those challenges are met and handled are going to be key in our success. According to chief, Airmen should depend on attitude and professionalism. If there's an unfamiliar scenario that pops up. He said Airmen should take a step back and don't get caught up in the fact they may not know something, but rather gain their composure and think about what they're going to do or who are they going to contact to meet the requirements.

Col. Daniel Dant, 460th SW commander, had some key points of his own for how he felt his Airmen can be successful.

"Back up what you say, prove it the IG. If you tell them you can do something then demonstrate how you can do that," Col. Dant said. "Pay attention to details and don't assume they don't want to see that."

Don't argue with inspectors and notify proper chain of command if there is going to be a discrepancy coming leadership's way, this way they're not blindsided and know what to expect at the end of the day.

The colonel concluded his commander's call with, "you will go 100 percent, full bore until someone tells you to stop because that's how we do business in the 460th."
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