Preparation ‘now’ key to success for 2011 UCI
Tech Sgt. Jasmine Jenkins and Mr. Ernie Giovannoni of the 99th air base wing plans and programs office look through lists of unit requirements as they begin preparations for the 2011 UCI. Although the actual UCI will occur over a year from now, all units should begin their self-assessments now to make sure all requirements and objectives are met.
by Tech Sgt. Jasmine Jenkins
99th Air Base Wing Plans and Programs
6/29/2010 - NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. - -- The summer and fall of 2011 may seem eons away, but for those preparing for the 2011 Unit Compliance Inspection, it will be here in no time.
The 99th Air Base Wing Plans and Programs division recently kicked off a year-long plan in order to ensure those affected by the 2011 UCI are ready.
Organizations assigned to the 99th ABW, 57th Wing, 98th Range Wing, 432nd Wing, 53rd Test and Evaluation Group and 505th Operations Group are tentatively scheduled to be inspected in September 2011, while 820th Red Horse Squadron and the 12th Combat Training Squadron are scheduled to be inspected in June 2011.
For the UCI, the Air Combat Command Inspector General will inspect each units' administrative procedures and processes. These include compliance and standardization requirements lists, wing commander-certified programs and common core compliance areas. The requirements list has a number of critical compliance objectives for each unit, which can vary from five to 50 objectives.
Mr. Ernie Giovannoni of the 99th ABW Exercises, Plans and Programs Office stressed the importance of the UCI.
"Although we are fully capable of accomplishing mission requirements on a day-to-day basis, there is always room for improvement--especially when it comes to dotting 'I's' and crossing 'T's,'" Mr. Giovannoni said. "Our purpose is to help in any way we possibly can."
According to the XP, each unit needs to begin by conducting a self-assessment, which they believe is the most critical part of preparation.
"Be honest and hard on yourself," Mr. Giovannoni said. "If you're not sure about whether you're meeting an objective, say 'No' so that you can fix it."
After the self-assessment, units will report their findings to the XP, which will then conduct pre-inspections to ensure all necessary documentation exists and coincides with the respective administration requirements of each unit.
The XP will take a week to conduct each pre-inspection for each unit. The current projected schedule for these assessments is available on the Plans and Programs Community of Practice website.
According to Mr. Giovannoni, the XP will use guidelines laid out by the requirements lists, and work to carry out inspections stricter than the actual UCI conducted by the IG.
"We will want to put eyes on every checklist item and all supporting documents and materials," Mr. Giovannoni explained. "The information provided needs to show us how you do your job, track results and comply with applicable laws, guidance and established procedures."
The XP is available to answer any questions regarding the UCI and can be reached at 652-5192.