50th Space Wing Public Affairs
The 50th Space Wing Inspector General office conducted a Commander’s Inspection Program roadshow May 27 and 29 at Schriever Air Force Base.
The roadshow is one of several steps that the wing is taking to help educate and inform the men and women of the 50 SW about the commander’s inspection program and how it fits into the whole Air Force Inspection System.
“An effective CCIP is the cornerstone of AFIS,” said Col. Bill Liquori, 50 SW commander. “Our CCIPs need to give all commanders on base along with our wing Airmen the right information at the right time to assess risk, identify areas of improvement and to determine root cause in order to effectively focus our limited resources. Ultimately, we need to make a mindset shift that identifying deficiencies is a good thing because it enables leadership to make appropriate decisions to shift resources, accept risk, or request waivers from certain requirements.”
During the briefing, the IG team presented the wing’s AFIS plan, leadership’s inspection plan charter, expectations and key responsibilities, major graded areas as well as various tools for continuous self-improvement.
“Everyone is a sensor,” said Maj. Nicholas Sanders, 50 SW inspector general. “It is our responsibility not only to inspect ourselves but our unit and environment as well.”
Liquori’s intent is to institutionalize CCIP comprehensively at all levels from the wing down to group, squadron, flight and office in order to consistently measure and report unit status. The purpose of which is to accurately measure wing performance and compliance; identify and elevate issues early for leadership situational awareness and action; enable risk-based decision making at appropriate levels; enable continuous improvement; and track closure of wing deficiencies.
With the program, every member of the wing should understand their role as a sensor and be comfortable reporting discrepancies, non-compliance, and resource disconnects to their supervisors, who in turn elevate the information for decision making on necessary task adjustments, resource requests and waivers.
“We want to empower our Airmen,” Sanders said. “We are all responsible for supporting the CCIP.”
The roadshow also unveiled Liquori’s expectations of all commanders, functional area managers and wing personnel as well as their responsibilities.
“All wing personnel will act as a CCIP sensor that identifies and reports discrepancies, non-compliance and resource disconnects,” Sanders said. “We want them to actively participate and support all CCIP efforts and events. Accurate, honest and timely reporting of unit status is essential to a successful wing CCIP.”
The IG also addressed the AFIS’s four major graded areas — executing the mission, improving the unit, managing resources and leading people — as well as the CCIP tools wing personnel may use at their disposal, one of which is the Management Internal Control Toolset. MICT is a web-based system of record for organizational self-assessment and checklist management requirements.
“However, MICT is just a small tool in the inspection program,” said Sanders. “It is important that wing personnel use it, but it is not the whole Air Force Inspection System.”
Sanders reiterated the importance of communication, especially in AFIS.
“I encourage you to always have an open communication with your functional area managers, commanders, supervisors and fellow Airmen,” he said.