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An Airman from Nellis Air Force Base finalize preparations for the Unit Compliance Inspection, which begins Sept. 18, 2011. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Michael R. Holzworth)
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UCI tips for success

Posted 8/24/2011   Updated 8/24/2011 Email story   Print story


by Senior Airman Michael Charles
Nellis Public Affairs

8/24/2011 - NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. -- While many bases in the Air Force are wrapping up their end-of-year taskings, units assigned to Nellis and Creech Air Force Bases and the Nevada Test and Training Range are finalizing their preparations for the quickly approaching Unit Compliance Inspection, which begins Sept. 18.

In a little less than a month, the Installation will undergo an inspection to assess several areas mandated by law as well as areas identified as mission essential by the Air Force and Air Combat Command headquarters.

"The Unit Compliance Inspection is a time for us to showcase to Air Combat Command and the Air Force how well we conduct our day-to-day mission here at Nellis and Creech," said Dan Owens, 99th Air Base Wing Plans & Programs manager.

Unlike the Operational Readiness Inspection that the 99th Air Base Wing underwent at the beginning of 2010, which tested the readiness capability to deploy to an area of overseas contingency operations, the UCI evaluates several core compliance areas. These areas include records management programs, continuity books and training records.

For more than a year, the Installation's UCI preparation team has made several staff assistance visits to different squadrons and has developed a list of suggestions for Airmen taking part in the UCI. These recommendations are:

· Make sure you have knowledge of the Air Froce Instructions that govern the programs for which you are responsible.

· Identify areas that may be delinquent and devise 60-, 90- or 120-day plans to bring them into compliance.

· Conduct regular UCI preparation meetings. Unit leadership members should be meeting frequently with their teams to tackle issues and set suspense dates for corrective actions.

· Maintain strong continuity books in every section.

· Ensure compliance with the UCI checklist located at

· Make sure supervisors and training managers have kept an accurate account of training and training documentation for their unit. This includes ADLS, upgrade and additional duty training.

· Have all documentation ready. The inspection team will want to see documentation to verify checklist items are being complied with.

· Keep a positive attitude. This is your time to show the knowledge you have garnered over your program.

Installation Airmen have been working hard to accomplish the goal of a earning a successful UCI rating and mirroring the overall accomplishments of last year's ORI. By adhering to the provided tips and continuing to prepare, these Airmen are one step closer to making that objective a reality.

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