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908th Wing Inspection Team recruits new members

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Senior Master Sgt. Ce’Drea Young, 908th Airlift Wing sustainment flight operations manager and Wing Inspection Team member, observes the 908th Force Support Squadron’s exercise July 12, 2021, at Maxwell Air Force Base, Ala. WIT inspectors are given a checklist for the tasks that are supposed to be done during an exercise and the reference for the Air Force Instruction to back it up. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Shelby Thurman)

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From left, Master Sgt. Julian Swann, a 908th Airlift Wing Inspection General inspection coordinator, projects a training presentation to Major Rebecca McKenzie July 11th, 2021, at Maxwell Air Force Base, Ala. The Wing Inspection Team consists of Subject Matter Experts who augment the Wing IG conducting inspections and exercises under the authority of the Wing Commander. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Shelby Thurman)

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Master Sgt. Julian Swann, a 908th Airlift Wing Inspection General inspection coordinator, poses with a clipboard July 11th, 2021, at Maxwell Air Force Base, Ala. The Wing Inspection Team consists of Subject Matter Experts who augment the Wing IG conducting inspections and exercises under the authority of the Wing Commander. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Shelby Thurman)

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Senior Master Sergeant Monica Lorenzo, 908th Airlift Wing training manager and Wing Inspection Team member, observes the 908th Force Support Squadron’s exercise July 12, 2021, at Maxwell Air Force Base, Ala. WIT inspectors are given a checklist for the tasks that are supposed to be done during an exercise and the reference for the Air Force Instruction to back it up. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Shelby Thurman)

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In an effort to continue to keep the 908th Airlift Wing combat capable and in accordance with Air Force Reserve Command guidance, the 908th Inspector General’s office has recruited new members to the Wing Inspection Team.

“The Wing Inspection Team consists of Subject Matter Experts who augment the Wing IG by conducting inspections and exercises under the authority of the Wing Commander,” said Master Sgt. Julian Swann, 908th AW IG inspection coordinator.

The WIT members are guided by Air Force Instruction 1-2, Commander’s Responsibilities, Air Force Instruction 90-201, The Air Force Inspection System, the Commander’s Inspection Handbook, the IG office, the Commander’s Inspection Program, and the senior members of the WIT.

Senior Master Sergeant Monica Lorenzo, 908th AW training manager and new WIT member, said that she was used to being the inspected, not the inspector.

Lorenzo recently was a part of the WIT for the 908th Force Support Squadron’s four-day exercise this past July Unit Training Assembly. She used to be a member of the 908th FSS, so as a SME in 908th FSS-related tasks, it was only natural for her to be chosen as a WIT for this particular exercise. While there she noted that she was thankful to be on the inspection side of the exercise for once.

“We have to learn from our own errors; so, constructive criticism is always needed and very important,” said Lorenzo. “These reasons are why it is necessary to have the WIT.”

Even though the IG office was recruiting people to join WIT, this did not mean that all of them were new to the concept

One of those individuals was Major Rebecca McKenzie, 908th AW executive officer. Prior to joining the 908th AW, she used the Inspector General Enterprise Management System to focus on exercises and deployment lines as part of her job as an Installation Deployment Officer.

“We exist as a wing, and as an Air Force, to organize, train, and equip,” said McKenzie. “This is why we have to make sure that we are organizing, training, and equipping our people properly so that when we go down range we can execute our training properly. This is why the whole purpose of the IG office and the WIT is to make sure that we are ready to go when we need to.”