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Wing stands up new IG team for upcoming inspection

ST. JOSEPH, Mo. -- The 139th Airlift Wing, Missouri Air National Guard, recently stood up a new Inspector General team for a new inspection system.

Maj. Eric Rawlings, who is the officer in charge of the five person team, says they will focus more on being inspection ready rather than preparing for an inspection.

"The goal is to be mission capable at any point in time," said Rawlings.

Instead of having multiple inspections at different times now everything is combined into a weeklong event called a unit effectiveness inspection, or UEI, scheduled for the beginning of October in 2014.

The team includes Maj. Mark Ruehter, who will lead the actual inspections, Maj. Tracy Beattie, who will run the questions and complaints, Senior Master Sgt. Rodney Mcintosh, and Chief Master Sgt. Joseph Pflugradt, the Management Internal Control Toolset (MICT) manager.

The concept of the new wing inspection team, managed at the wing level, will be to take the subject matter experts out of the units and have them provide the outside eyes and subject knowledge to inspect for effectiveness of that particular unit they come from, said Rawlings.

Previous inspections were accomplished by inspectors from Air Mobility Command or a different wing. They would try to provide those outside eyes to inspect a unit for effectiveness without having the solid base understanding of how the unit was made up or what their mission requirements are.

"By having the IG inspection team managed at the wing level you're able to develop inspection processes and procedures to fit those unique mission sets of the wing or any unit on the installation," said Ruehter.

There are two tools of the new inspection system. The commanders inspection program (CCIP) which covers internal inspections, both wing wide programs such as fitness or large scale exercises, and those which cover specific units. The second is the MICT, a self-assessment checklist which comes from the functional area managers at the National Guard Bureau.

"We want everybody in the wing, no matter what rank you are, to be comfortable in working with our team," said Rawlings.