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Buckley AFB passes ORI/CI inspections

PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. -- The 460th Space Wing at Buckley AFB, Colo., received an overall grade of "SATISFACTORY" during a "no-notice" Operational Readiness Inspection (ORI) and "IN COMPLIANCE WITH COMMENTS" on their Compliance Inspection (CI) conducted from Feb. 23 to March 10. The last 460 SW ORI was conducted in April 2008, and the last CI was in October 2005.

Operational Readiness Inspections (ORI) are conducted to evaluate and measure the ability of units with a wartime, contingency or force sustainment mission to perform their assigned operational missions. Compliance Inspections (CI) are conducted to assess areas mandated by law, as well as mission areas identified by senior Air Force and MAJCOM leadership, as critical or important to assess and assure the health and performance of organizations.

More than 75 inspectors from Headquarters Air Force Space Command conducted the inspection. Areas evaluated were Operations, Security Forces, Medical, Finance, and Civil Engineering along with other mission support activities. The demanding 14-day evaluation of the wing's mission is a thorough test touching every facet of the wing's wide-reaching responsibilities of delivering global infrared surveillance, tracking missile warning for theater and homeland defense and providing combatant commanders with expeditionary warrior Airmen.

"ORIs and CIs are a challenging test for any wing. We've reduced the amount of simulation allowed for these inspections to specifically identify those areas where additional higher headquarters support is needed; where leadership, training and operational shortfalls exist; where policies and guidance currently in place limit the Wing's ability to be as effective as they need to be; and where the wing has demonstrated superior performance worthy of emulation by other units across the Command," said Col. Scott Gilson, AFSPC Inspector General. "This was the first 'no notice' inspection we've ever conducted on a space wing, and the 460th Space Wing did a terrific job overall during this robust and stressful set of inspections."

"I am thrilled and honored to lead this team of professionals we have at Buckley Air Force Base," said Col. Clint Crosier, 460th Space Wing commander. "This is the seventh ORI/UCI I have gone through in my career, and this one was longer, tougher, more comprehensive, more penetrating, and more taxing than any I have ever seen before. To successfully pass an inspection of this scope and magnitude is a testament to the outstanding men and women of Buckley Air Force Base. I am extraordinarily proud of each and every one of them."
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