By Col. Steve Griswold, 366th Mission Support Group / Published February 19, 2013
MOUNTAIN HOME AIR FORCE BASE, Idaho --
My how time flies! It seems like just yesterday--it was actually July 24th of last year--that Gunfighter 1 wrote his first article about our upcoming Operational Readiness Exercises/Inspections entitled "You Can't Stop Us!"
In his article, Col. Short described how during the next 9-10 months Gunfighters will be conducting ORE's to better prepare us for what we would be asked to do in a wartime tasking, with the final event being the Air Combat Command Inspector General's ORI in May 2013.
Specifically, the article mentioned our OREs would be broken up into three phases:
The "Crawl" phase from July 2012 through September 2012 was to familiarize our units with inspection reports, review lessons learned from other bases which have recently experienced ORI's, and practice part task training.
The "Walk" phase from September 2012 to January 2013 would kick off our first exercises to test unit readiness and gauge our performance in order to make needed improvements and adjustments.
Finally, the "Run" phase from February to April of this year would include a series of full-speed exercises, final tune-ups, and a full dress rehearsal.
So here we are already in February and we've just completed our first ORE of the "Run" phase.
Throughout the last six months we've learned some of our processes are running smoothly, but we've also learned that some still need to be improved. We've also learned when the HQ ACC IG team visits in late April-early May, it will be here not to conduct an ORI but to "over-the-shoulder" our Gunfighter Exercise Evaluation Team personnel as they evaluate our Wing in a "CRE."
(If you're unfamiliar with a CRE, I refer you to Gunfighter 2's article on this subject from November 2012, which can be viewed at http://www.mountainhome.af.mil/news/story.asp?id=123327809.)
As we "Run" toward our upcoming CRE we'll have at least two more OREs to fine tune our processes to ensure we're doing everything we can to execute our individual portions of the mission, as well as helping our Gunfighter teammates in accomplishing theirs.
So how do we do that? It all starts with ensuring YOU are ready to do your job, both in-garrison and at "Base X." This means YOU have prepared and packed your personal bag according to reporting instructions if YOU are to deploy, YOU are ready to respond when your unit recalls YOU to process through the Gunfighter Mobility Facility, and YOU are ready to accomplish your part of the Gunfighter mission downrange.
Even if YOU aren't tasked to deploy, YOU will play an important role in ensuring your fellow Gunfighters can deploy on schedule.
So, fellow Gunfighters, we are in "Run" mode now...are YOU ready?