Commander proud of 'balanced' wing's inspection results

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U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Najee Jarrett, 18th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron maintainer, salutes U.S. Air Force Capt. Tyler Marsh, 44th Fighter Squadron fighter pilot, as he taxies out to the runway during Exercise Beverly Bearcat 12-1, a Pacific Air Forces readiness inspection, on Kadena Air Base, Japan (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Brooke P. Beers)
U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Najee Jarrett, 18th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron maintainer, salutes U.S. Air Force Capt. Tyler Marsh, 44th Fighter Squadron fighter pilot, as he taxies out to the runway during Exercise Beverly Bearcat 12-1, a Pacific Air Forces readiness inspection, on Kadena Air Base, Japan (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Brooke P. Beers)

Commander proud of 'balanced' wing's inspection results

by: Senior Master Sgt. J.C. Woodring | .
18th Wing Public Affairs | .
published: November 03, 2012

KADENA AIR BASE, Japan -- During his Oct. 29 official out brief to the wing for the Pacific Air Forces Readiness Inspection-Plus, 18th Wing Commander Brig. Gen. Matt Molloy said everyone should be very proud of their overall strong, very strong "Satisfactory" rating.

Acknowledging that the rating may "deflate you a little bit," the general said Airmen should not confuse the rating with meaning that we do not have exceptional Airmen.

"Our Core Values bring us to the point where we have exceptional Airmen," he said. "We expect excellence," and a satisfactory rating might not seem justified.

Within the context of this inspection, the commander said he needed to balance the real-world requirements such as responding to and recovering from multiple typhoons, deploying combat airpower to Southwest Asia and Alaska, as well as covering a surge of regional operational higher headquarters taskings with the wing's limited resources.

"A wing in balance looks like a strong satisfactory," he said. "I would love to have an 'Excellent,' but given the context in which this inspection occurred, I wouldn't want to dedicate any more resources or time ... I also do not regret taking last Friday off--taking a knee--to replenish Airmen and family resiliency rather than polishing our ATSO procedures one more day."

Overall, the inspectors certified that the wing could meet or exceed all requirements in the major-graded areas. Air Force Office of Special Investigations Detachment 624 received an overall "Outstanding" rating, and nine sub-areas were rated "Excellent."

"The Shogun Warriors 'can-do' attitude was evident from Day 1 through departure," said Col. David G. Van der Veer, the PACAF inspector general in a message on the results. "The entire IG team was impressed with the mission focus, engaged leadership and professional attitude of all the Airmen that make Kadena AB the 'Keystone of the Pacific.' The Shogun Warriors of the 18th Wing are ready to 'Fight Tonight' or execute whatever else they are tasked for!"

This was the first time Kadena, or any wing for that matter, had been looked at under the massive "RI-Plus," which combines the traditional "readiness inspection" with other simultaneous inspections such as the Consolidated Unit Inspection; Focused Compliance Inspection; Logistics Compliance Assessment Program inspection; Environmental, Safety and Occupational Health Compliance Assessment and Management Program inspection; and an Article 6 inspection. Additionally, inspectors from the Air Force Inspection Agency were on base to evaluate the PACAF inspectors.

The inspectors selected the following outstanding performers and outstanding teams. They also selected eight people to receive an IG coin.

Outstanding performers are:
· Capt. Emerson Raza, 18th Medical Group
· 2nd Lt. Hope Cronin, 18th Wing Public Affairs
· 2nd Lt Matthew Osborne, 18th Equipment Maintenance Squadron
· Master Sgt. Keisha Bady, 18th Component Maintenance Squadron
· Master Sgt. Jerry Davison, 18th Equipment Maintenance Squadron
· Master Sgt. Roger Pittman, 18th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron
· Master Sgt. Donald Walden, 18th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron
· Tech. Sgt. Derrick Adams, 18th Wing Judge Advocate
· Tech. Sgt. Caleb Dacay, 18th Civil Engineer Squadron
· Tech. Sgt. Timothy Dull, 18th Force Support Squadron
· Tech. Sgt. Timothy Horton, 18th Civil Engineer Squadron
· Tech. Sgt. Amy Mackey, 18th Communications Squadron
· Tech. Sgt. Jeremy Mitchell, 718th Civil Engineer Squadron
· Tech. Sgt. Robert Mitchell, 18th Munitions Squadron
· Tech. Sgt. Caery Poland, 18th Equipment Maintenance Squadron
· Tech. Sgt. Mario Rainge, 18th Civil Engineer Squadron
· Tech. Sgt. Richard Williams, 18th Civil Engineer Squadron
· Tech. Sgt. Jason Zakimi, 18th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron
· Staff Sgt. Arthur Cortez, 18th Communications Squadron
· Staff Sgt. Kevin Famsler, 33rd Helicopter Maintenance Unit
· Staff Sgt. Ferdinand Hooper, 18th Equipment Maintenance Squadron
· Staff Sgt. Robert Jarvis, 18th Civil Engineer Squadron
· Staff Sgt. Robert Pulley, III, 18th Equipment Maintenance Squadron
· Staff Sgt. Marlon Quitos, Detachment 1, 554 Red Horse
· Staff Sgt. Shequila Hunter, 18th Communications Squadron
· Staff Sgt. Brittany Torrence, 18th Wing Command Post
· Senior Airman Joseph Barthle, 18th Civil Engineer Squadron
· Senior Airman James Black, 718th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron
· Senior Airman Damian Boggs, 18th Civil Engineer Squadron
· Senior Airman David Bouyear III, 18th Equipment Maintenance Squadron
· Senior Airman Andrew Burgos, 718th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron
· Senior Airman Marjorie Deschamps, 18th Equipment Maintenance Squadron
· Senior Airman Matthew Giebner, 18th Munitions Squadron
· Senior Airman Nicholas Martin, 718th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron
· Senior Airman Allison Phillips, 44th Fighter Squadron
· Senior Airman Chad Schlossman, 718th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron
· Airman 1st Class Audrey McClesky, 18th Logistic Readiness Squadron
· Special Agent Terrell Harris, AFOSI Det 624
· Special Agent Jordan Kernodle, AFOSI Det 624
· Juanito Canon, 718th Civil Engineer Squadron
· Keita Uehara, 18th Civil Engineer Squadron
· Kenji Takamoto, 718th Civil Engineer Squadron

Coin recipients are:
· Maj. Scott Gunn, 18th Operations Support Squadron
· Tech. Sgt. Sergio Escobar, 18th Wing Command Post
· Tech. Sgt. Michelle Johnson, 18th Operations Support Squadron
· Tech. Sgt. Jeffery Tracey, 44th Aircraft Maintenance Unit
· Staff Sgt. Kristopher Kimmerle, 18th Communication Squadron
· Staff Sgt. Mark Simpson, 18th Comptroller Squadron
· Airman 1st Class Angela Heglar, 18th Comptroller Squadron
· Robert Glassheim, 18th Force Support Squadron

Outstanding teams are:
· 18th AES Aircrew and Ground Support Team
· 18th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron Weapons Load Crew 9
· 18th Civil Engineer Squadron Airfield Lighting Team
· 18th Communications Squadron Knowledge Operations Management Team
· 18th Force Support Squadron Readiness Section
· 18th Logistics Readiness Squadron Fuels preventive Maintenance Team
· 18th Security Forces Squadron Response Force
· 909th ARS Aircrew