Yokota braces for inspection by PACAFIG
YOKOTA AIR BASE, Japan — The 374th Airlift Wing is under scrutiny this week by the Pacific Air Forces Inspector General.
About 100 members of the IG detachment will be at Yokota through Friday, reviewing the base’s practices and policies in a Unit Compliance Inspection.
Essentially, “it’s a paperwork and processes check,” said 2nd Lt. Jessica Martin, a wing spokeswoman.
“Do we have all of our office processes in line and up to meeting standards? Are we complying with what our regulations say we need to be? That’s what they’ll be looking at.”
The wing underwent a handful of Operational Readiness Exercises in 2003 in preparation for the Operational Readiness Inspection, Martin said. But unlike those drills, which assess military readiness from a capability standpoint, the UCI is a little less physically demanding.
Still, servicemembers’ schedules could vary, depending on each unit’s commander.
“It’s not going to be like the ORI, where we’ll be working overnight,” Martin added. “It’s a completely different inspection, but it’s a very big inspection.
“We’ve definitely been pumped up for it, in terms of making sure we’re ready.”
That preparation included three wing-driven Unit Compliance Exercises last year, she said. The first two were internal, with each office checking its own practices. During the final rehearsal, staged in November, wing IG representatives reviewed procedures and standards, ensuring they complied with Air Force regulations.
Martin said the wing received a satisfactory rating for that UCE.
And the consequences of a substandard grade from PACAF?
The inspectors would return in approximately 90 days for a “relook,” according to Martin.
“The wing here is confident that will not happen,” she said. “This is a huge deal we’ve spent months and months preparing for. Everybody is prepared to show their very best.”