By Staff Sgt. Debbie Lockhart
50th Space Wing Public Affairs
The 50th Space Wing Inspector General Office recently earned the Maj. Gen. Junius W. Jones IG Award and was named ‘Best in Air Force Space Command’ for an outstanding Commander’s Inspection Program here.
“I hope the 50 SW is proud of the fact that we’ve been recognized as having a commander’s inspection program that is best in Space Command,” said Maj. Nicholas Sanders, 50 SW installation inspector general.”
The Maj. Gen. Junius W. Jones IG Award was created in 2014 and highlights CCIPs whose performance is proactive and performs above and beyond the completion of day-to-day mission requirements.
The 50 SW IG Office serves more than 8,100 people, 16 major tenants and 10 geographically separated units, and insists they couldn’t have won the award without the help and support of the entire 50 SW.
“It was a joint effort not just from our guys here in the IG office, but all of our Self-Assessment Program monitors in all the units and that is really the reason why we were nominated”, said Capt. Dane Skousen, 50 SW inspection planner. “The entire base was plugged into the CCIP and that is where the team work really came in — it wasn’t just this office.”
Although the award is meant to highlight outstanding IG offices across the Air Force, the 50 SW IG emphasizes this award is one for everyone within the wing to share.
“It wasn’t an IG-centric award, I mean we get the credit, but actually it is a 50 SW award,” said Sanders. “I think [being named best in Space Command] speaks to continuous improvement across the base, and shows that we took a lot of actions and a lot of units were very proactive when we first took on the Air Force Inspection System as far as every Airman being a sensor.”
There is no stopping this IG team. With aspirations to further improve the CCIP, the team hopes to continue to push forward in the evolution of the program, engage the installation and meet mission requirements.
“I hope the units here realize this is truly a cohesive 50 SW team, we’re part of that team, and our job is to make sure every unit is performing the way we know they can,” said Sanders.
The 50 SW IG Office will now compete at Air Force-level, and winners for this award will be announced later this year.