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August 30, 2012

Nellis Airmen excel during Logistics Compliance Assessment Program Inspection

U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Christopher Hubenthal
U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Neal Garret, 99th Logistics Readiness Squadron vehicle operations journeyman, secures a bobtail truck to a loading vehicle during the Logistics Compliance Assessment Program inspection Aug. 23, 2012, at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev. Several members of the 99th LRS prepared for the inspection by traveling to Shaw AFB, S.C., to witness the 20th LRS LCAP inspection.

NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. — Inspectors administering the Logistics Compliance Assessment Program arrived at Nellis AFB to evaluate all logistics functions and disciplines Aug. 20, 2012.

The LCAP inspection is a short notice inspection that solely assesses logistics functions on an installation.

Despite the massive mission required of them, the Airmen involved in the LCAP received positive feedback from the LCAP inspectors. The 57th Wing scored above the Combat Air Force average, and Nellis was one of only five bases with fighter aircraft assigned of 14 inspected in the past 18 months to not require the team to come back for a relook.

Nellis had 26 outstanding performers, 13 in the 57th WG. The 99th Logistics Readiness Squadron scored an “Excellent” rating with nine outstanding performers with 10 individuals “coined.” The 823rd Maintenance Squadron had four outstanding performers.

The 99th LRS was confident in their success during the LCAP, with a “stay calm” attitude throughout the inspection.

“One of the key points that I have been pushing over the past seven to eight months is to not get flustered and don’t panic,” says Capt. Jason Regester, 99th LRS officer in charge of quality assurance. “If you’re unsure, don’t try to make anything up because the inspector already knows the answer before you answer the question. If you are unsure of something you go to your Air Force Instructions, checklists, or references.”

Practice through repetition and constant training, has allowed the 57th Maintenance Group to make LCAP requirements second nature.

“All of the Aircraft Maintenance Units had to load a demonstrative weapons load in front of the evaluators,” says Master Sgt. Gaylon Simmons, 57th MXG weapons superintendent, “Prior to last week each of the AMUs sent a load crew down and we practiced over and over until it was completely standardized.”

The LCAP is structured to set up those evaluated for success.

“The LCAP is really an open book test,” says Maj. Craig Lane, 99th LRS operations officer. “You have 45 days to prepare and they give us a checklist of what they will be evaluating. That’s why we try to focus on what we call “stupid kills” such as the safety violations and the repeat items that we know they hit us on during the previous inspection.”

Through past inspections, the 99th LRS and the 57th MXG have adapted and put into place a preparation plan where leadership is confident in the performance of the unit during the evaluation.

“We sent some individuals to Shaw, Davis-Monthan and Holloman Air Force Bases,” says Master Sgt. Cory Cain, 926th Group and 57th MXG quality assurance chief inspector. “They brought us back excellent information to prepare us for what their looking for and how to better prepare ourselves.”

The 99th LRS and the 57th MXG practice and preparations help them tackle the mission they are required to execute. With the large amount of entities they are responsible for, a larger chance for an inspector to find a discrepancy is a valid concern.

“From a LRS perspective, Nellis is much different than a standard Fighter or Bomber Wing,” Lane said. “Our span of support is immense in comparison.”

“The complexity and diversity of Nellis and the different dynamics of the different weapon systems within the eight AMUs and all our flights and shops make it a greater challenge,” said Col. Joseph Yankovich, 57th MXG commander.

The hard work and positive outlook during the inspection is what really makes an endeavor like the LCAP successful.

“It’s all about the folks that were out there actually getting inspected,” Yankovich said. “It was the outstanding attitude and professionalism of the Airmen who are proud of their programs that made this LCAP a success. The preparation was the key. Overall, I was very pleased with the results of the inspection, especially with all we went thought last week and considering the low CAF LCAP pass rate.”

See photo feature on pages 16-17.




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