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ORI/UCI tips map road to success

Roadmap to the 2010 ORI

The Operational Readiness and Unit Compliance Inspection is pulling into the driveway and will be at our door very soon.

Successfully hosting our guests with the office of the Inspector General means successfully showing the team that we're good at what we do and we're proud of that.

We've exercised the scenarios time and again to sharpen and hone our skills. There is a good chance we will see some of the scenarios we've practiced. There's a great chance the IG will give us scenarios we've never seen just to test our limits.

The inspection should not be taken lightly. With that said, we can handle anything for two weeks by continuing to work together. Below are some tips from Larry Tunnicliff, 460th Inspector General chief, that will help us reach for the stars together.

- Don't make the IG's job easier. Answer their questions but don't volunteer deficiencies, broken processes, etc. Wing leadership will address these issues.

- Be prepared to brag about your program. Make the IG look at your Pro Team briefs, Operational Improvement Initiatives, etc. Don't let them leave without seeing your good stuff.

- Document problems, develop corrective plans, get well dates, may or may not buy a pass but no chance if a problem is not identified and operations were not working.

- Ensure 101s are open for all known discrepancies.

- Fix it now. If the IG identifies a problem you can fix immediately, fix it immediately!

- Don't make up answers or shoot from the hip.

- Use the checklist. It's a mistake to think you can memorize everything. Checklist discipline is often cited in final reports. Make it a positive citing.

- Ask for clarification; don't guess. If you still don't understand, ask again. Use a reference like the Airman's Manual, checklist, regulation, etc. if available.

- Demonstrate just as you would day-to-day. Don't simulate unless told to do so by an inspector.

- Hustle! Sense of urgency is paramount. Treat injects as real world unless briefed otherwise. Focus, from day one to out brief.

- Don't argue. Treat inspectors with professionalism and respect. Let leadership work the challenges, disagreements, etc.

- Be positive. Customs, courtesies, professionalism and respect, attitude, office appearance, clean, neat, dusted, polish. This matters.

- Don't just explain how to manage a program - show IG your binder, walk-through checklist, show your spreadsheets. "Wow" them with how well documented your process is.

- On a safety note, please make sure you wear your seatbelts at all times. Do not use cell phones while driving unless you have hands free devices.
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