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Another Top Notch Performance

KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. -- On April 14 -20, 2010 the Air National Guard Logistics Compliance Assessment Program (LCAP) Team conducted an assessment of the 173rd Fighter Wing. During this assessment, the team evaluated the 173rd Maintenance Group and Logistics Readiness Squadron's compliance with several local, Major Command, Air Force, and Department of Defense directives. The team determined compliance with these directives by reviewing Local Operating Instructions, LCAP Checklists, and by performing Task Evaluations.

The end result? An "EXCELLENT" rating for the 173rd FW with a 93.29%.

A total of 5,741 inspections/evaluations were conducted in both the MXG and LRS activities with no major and only two minor findings, to include six observations.

The LCAP team commented in their assessment that, "The professionalism, skill and enthusiasm of the Airmen assigned to the Maintenance and Mission Support Groups was noteworthy and emboldened their motto of 'No Slack'."

The members of LRS were commended on their professional and enthusiastic attitudes throughout the LCAP inspection; all personnel welcomed the inspector's input and suggestions, and took note of areas that required additional attention. Many of the flights were noted as having strong programs such as the HAZMAT pharmacy, the shelf life program, warehouse processes and repair cycle program. Additionally, the team noted that the pride of ownership was evident in the vehicle fleet as well as the fuel storage facilities. "Their desire to strive and rise above the rest was undeniable and their continued pursuit of knowledge and excellence should be commended."

"This was a selfless team effort. The inspection not only served as an opportunity to demonstrate how we perform our core tasks, but to receive guidance from functional subject matter experts in the Air National Guard and the Air Force," said Lt. Col. Curtis Waite, 173rd Mission Support Group commander.

The inspectors observed that the 173rd maintainers are highly motivated and laser focused on the unit's flying mission by providing safe and reliable F-15 aircraft. The proactive leadership within the group cares about safe and compliant aircraft maintenance. The team noted that the MXG is doing an excellent job of balancing an engine conversion, multiple aircraft transfers and the needs of the flying mission. Finally, the LCAP team was impressed with the enthusiastic manner in which all group and squadron leadership share resources to effectively produce aircraft to meet the 173rd FW's mission.

Many shops and individuals were noted as top performers during the LCAP team out brief. Top shop went to the 173rd MOF/MXOOP - Plans Scheduling and Documentation shop. Outstanding performers included Master Sgt. Roxanne Wilson and Christine McKenzie. Best practices were noted for Master Sgt. James Moyer - Electro Static Discharge program, Master Sgt. Roxanne Wilson - Automated and Manual AFTO form 95 Procedures and Guidance, Tech. Sgt. Steven Bell - Munitions Inspector Training Program, Master Sgt. Gerald Robinson - F-15 Landing Gear Maintenance Stands, and Master Sgt. Jeffrey Horton - Locally Manufactured Tools.

"This was a great effort by all involved. There was a lot of preparation that took place to achieve this result. It was the best fighter LCAP seen to date and a great start to our UCI preparation." said Capt. Micah Lambert, 173rd Aircraft Maintenance Squadron Commander.

All members of the 173rd Fighter Wing are now shifting their focus to another inspection in the near future. The wing wide Unit Compliance Inspection is scheduled for mid-September 2010.