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Air Force Network Integration Center leads the way with new inspection

Col. Jeffrey Flewelling, Air Force Space Command Inspector General, provides the Unit Effectiveness Inspection out brief Oct. 28 for the Air Force Network Integration Center. AFNIC was the first AFSPC unit to be assessed under the new Air Force Inspection System, Oct. 21-28.  AFNIC received all passing scores during this inspection, validating successful mission execution. (U.S. Air Force photo/Shelly Petruska)

Col. Jeffrey Flewelling, Air Force Space Command Inspector General, provides the Unit Effectiveness Inspection out brief Oct. 28 for the Air Force Network Integration Center. AFNIC was the first AFSPC unit to be assessed under the new Air Force Inspection System, Oct. 21-28. AFNIC received all passing scores during this inspection, validating successful mission execution. (U.S. Air Force photo/Shelly Petruska)

SCOTT AIR FORCE BASE, Ill. -- The Air Force Network Integration Center was the first unit in Air Force Space Command to be inspected Oct. 21-28 under a new Unit Effectiveness Inspection.

AFNIC's inspection was part of the new Air Force Inspection System, which empowers commanders to inspect units, processes and personnel under their command; emphasizes continual improvement and efficient resource management; and allows Airmen to focus on mission readiness.

"As the first to take part in this new system, we have an opportunity to highlight our outstanding teamwork and expertise and help AFSPC shape the process," said Col. Amy Arwood, AFNIC Commander.

The new UEI runs on a two-year cycle, during which personnel report their compliance via self-assessment checklists. Local IG-led inspection teams validate and verify the responses to those checklists, and perform additional sampling to ensure the unit is always ready to execute its mission. Simultaneously, the MAJCOM IG team regularly inspects various areas of the organization via virtual means, often without the unit even knowing they've been inspected. The two-year cycle culminates with a report to the commander on the overall effectiveness of his/her organization, and an assessment of the adequacy of the local inspection system.

"The focus of the new UEI is the commander's internal inspection process. It provides an accurate site picture and validates their ability to successfully execute their mission," said Col. Ed Rimback, AFSPC Chief of Inspections.

This new inspection program is a change for all: commanders, staffs and unit-level Airmen. It represents a transformational shift in thinking about unit effectiveness and about the roles and responsibilities of commanders, inspectors and functionals.

"The new Air Force Inspection System enables us to continuously monitor ourselves to ensure we meet standards, search for process improvements and find the most efficient ways to accomplish our mission," said Arwood. "It is no longer a final exam mentality, but one of continuous process improvement."

During the inspection, multiple areas were reviewed and even AFSPC was assessed on its overall support to the unit.

"We really appreciate the great support we received all week. AFNIC received all passing scores during our inspection, great validation of AFNIC's ability to successfully accomplish its mission. AFNIC Airmen should feel quite proud of their mission, unit and people," said Col. Jeffrey Flewelling, AFSPC Inspector General.