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  • 109th Airlift Wing Members honored for performance

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  • SCOTIA — The U.S. Air Force Air Mobility Command recognized more than 60 members of the New York Air National Guard’s 109th Airlift Wing on March 25 for their individual or team contributions toward the successful unit effectiveness inspection.
    Maj. Scott Helmer, assigned to the wing’s 139th Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron, was noted as an exceptional performer as part of the aeromedical evacuation team. Helmer is from Frankfort.
    Maj. Glen Hisert, assigned to the wing’s 109th Airlift Wing, was noted as an exceptional performer as part of the inspector general team. Hisert is from Fort Plain.
    Air Mobility Command defines exceptional performance as, “an organized group or dedicated individual whose knowledge, perseverance and professionalism contributed greatly to the unit’s compliance with directives and high state of mission success.”
    The Air Force Inspection System relies on inspections by the inspector general and assessments and evaluations by functional area managers to ensure that wings comply with Air Force standards and are ready to execute their contingency missions.
    The Air Force implemented the new inspection system in 2013. The program empowers wing commanders to run their wing’s inspection system. By doing this, each commander will be able to focus on improving mission effectiveness every day, balancing resources and risks without the wasteful peaks and valleys of preparing for inspections. The goal of the new system is to make inspections a nonevent, part of the daily battle rhythm of continuous improvement.
    The New York Air National Guard’s 109th Airlift Wing is the first Air National Guard unit to undergo the new inspection process.
    Inspector general teams will evaluate wings with “capstone” visits every two years.
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