YOKOTA AIR BASE, Japan — Yokota units earned solid marks in the year’s only Unit Compliance Exercise, and several participants turned in superior individual performances, base inspector general officials said Friday.
The drill, held May 24-26, basically was a review of the 374th Airlift Wing’s paperwork, policies and procedures to ensure they complied with Air Force standards.
Each squadron was inspected and given an overall grade, and groups then were rated as a whole based on the performances of its squadrons. They ranged from satisfactory to excellent, said Maj. Michael Mills, the complaints resolution chief for the 374th Airlift Wing’s inspector general team.
“The UCE went well,” he said. “As with every exercise, there were areas that stood out and excelled and there were the areas where there were some shortcomings. The wing’s goal is to strengthen the areas where there were identified shortcomings and even improve upon the areas that exceeded standards.”
The UCE is based on required legal and governmental standards, which include U.S. federal and host-nation laws, regulatory policies and instructions set forth by the Department of Defense, Air Force and Pacific Air Forces.
Yokota exercise evaluators assessed unit compliance in those areas by running through Air Force checklists, Mills said.
Special recognition coins were presented to Master Sgt. Darnell Murphy, who served on the exercise evaluation team; Tech. Sgt. Neil Wilke of the 374th Maintenance Squadron; and Tech. Sgt. Barry Jackson of the 374th Logistics Readiness Squadron.
Outstanding individual performers included: Staff Sgt. Cloydd Abordo, 374th Communications Squadron; Yoko Tatsumi, 374th Contracting Squadron; Jackson; Tech. Sgt. David Plourde, 374th Logistics Readiness Squadron; Staff Sgt. Larnell Smith, 374th Logistics Readiness Squadron; Minoru Nishio, 374th Logistics Readiness Squadron; Staff Sgt. Daniel Hansen, 374th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron; Capt. Scott Stewart, 374th Airlift Wing; Staff Sgt. Tanya Keller- Griffin, 374th Comptroller Squadron; Airman 1st Class Rosalin Yeghiasarian, 374th Comptroller Squadron; Wilke; and Staff Sgt. Phillip Gallaspie, 374th Maintenance Squadron.
Mills conceded that some units struggled in the UCE’s early stages but said that’s not uncommon.
“There are always struggles when an exercise kicks off,” he added, “so it doesn’t come as a surprise or shock that there were some initial difficulties. Over the next few months, we will have some exercises and the goal is to get every airman trained and ready so that when the [Operational Readiness Inspection] rolls around we don’t have those.”
Yokota’s 10-day ORI, which will be conducted by PACAF, is scheduled for March. The next UCE takes place in May.