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Welcome to our new command chief and CUI prep

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  • By Col. Christopher Coffelt
  • 90th Missile Wing commander
Team -- as always, a lot happening around the Mighty Ninety, but I wanted to highlight of few of the big events to keep you informed about what is going on.

First, I would like to offer a big Mighty Ninety welcome to our new 90th Missile Wing command chief, Chief Master Sgt. Mike Garrou! Chief Garrou (pronounced ga-roo) hit the ground running. He spent his very first day on the job helping us host Gen. C. Robert Kehler, commander, United States Strategic Command, and Command Sgt. Maj. Patrick Alston, USSTRATCOM senior enlisted leader, during their recent visit. Chief Garrou is very eager to dig into our entire mission set, so please do not hesitate to get him immersed into the important work we do in your shop, duty section, post or operational area. I am very excited to have him on board as I know this tremendous leader and engaged warrior will help take our wing to the next level. Welcome, chief!

In addition to perfectly delivering our constantly ready, combat alert force for the nation last week, we also had some very important visits. As I mentioned earlier, we hosted General Kehler and Command Sgt. Maj. Alston. We executed an absolutely first-class visit and were able to showcase many of our top teammates and important work to our combatant commander, which I know reinforced the great confidence he already has in our wing. I would like to offer a very big thank you to all who helped plan, support and execute this important and very successful visit -- great job to all of you! Additionally, we hosted Maj. Gen. Everett Thomas, Air Force Global Strike Command vice commander, and Maj. Gen. Michael Carey, from the Joint Staff (and the incoming 20th Air Force commander) for brief visits, and Mike Gaughan, a Chief of Staff of the Air Force civic leader. All of these visits were highly successful, and I greatly appreciate the hard work put into each of these.

With the departure of our visitors, we begin to move into our final preparation efforts for one of the most significant events this year. The Air Force Global Strike Command Inspector General and about 200 inspectors will arrive on base May 6 to conduct a week-long, intense, Consolidated Unit Inspection. This inspection is our collective report card on our combat readiness and effectiveness as well as our compliance with a host of maintenance, support, security and operational orders and instructions. It is critically important that each of us recognize how important this event is and that we are doing all we can to ensure we know the instructions, technical orders and authoritative guidance that define our jobs and programs, and that we are fully and strictly complying with those directives to achieve mission success. Every single one of us has an important role to play to ensure we get the credit for the hard work we put forth to keep these missiles on alert, secure, combat ready and the entire force properly supported to ensure we are ready every minute of every day and for contributions by our teammates deployed overseas. Now is the time to re-read the governing Air Force Instructions, your technical orders, etc., one more time and critically think about what that guidance says, test whether or not we are in compliance, and ensure we can PROVE IT to an outside observer. Don't expect someone else in your organization or unit to do this for you -- each of us is responsible for knowing, and doing, our jobs and being a team player. I cannot emphasize enough the importance of your individual role and responsibility for your Area of Responsibility -- I see what we do every day and want every one of our teammates to the get the recognition they deserve.

I will hold a series of commander's calls next week to talk a little bit more about the CUI and to give you the rules of engagement we will operate under as well as some tips on how to perform your personal, and our collective, best in front of the inspectors.

I want us to fully demonstrate the excellence, standard of strict compliance, and precision that exists in our wing every single day, empty the IG's pocket of coins, force his hand to award the maximum number of "Professional Performer" and "Professional Team" awards he is allowed to award, and capture our team's awesome inspection performance and ratings in every teammate's next EPR or OPR as well as numerous award packages over the next year! It is time to kick it into high gear, leave no stone unturned, and show our IG what a top-notch combat outfit looks like. I have the utmost confidence in each of you and our team to knock this one out of the park in true Mighty Ninety fashion!