4th FW exhibits excellence in first-ever two-day ORI

Senior Airman Brandon Wagoner 4th Expeditionary Security Forces Squadron stands guard during the Operational Readiness Inspection January 26. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Micky Bazaldua)

Senior Airman Brandon Wagoner 4th Expeditionary Security Forces Squadron stands guard during the Operational Readiness Inspection January 26. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Micky Bazaldua)

SEYMOUR JOHNSON AIR FORCE BASE -- After months of preparation for the first-ever two-day operational readiness inspection Jan. 25-26, the warriors of Team Seymour stepped up to the plate, earning an "excellent" rating for the 4th Fighter Wing .

"Going into the inspection, the men and women of the 4th FW practiced six times before the ORI," said Chief Master Sgt. Layton Clark, 4th FW command chief master sergeant. "Everyone was ready and it was obvious in the ORE earlier this month. No matter where people were in this wing, you could see the spark in their eyes, even through their protective masks. Their warrior spirit was enthusiastically bent on showing the inspector general what a war fighter wing can do. Everyone felt connected to put warheads on foreheads, simulated or real-world."

An ORI is designed to test a wing's capabilities and readiness skills in a wartime environment. Some of the things the IG team assesses are proficiency at job skills and the ability to survive and operate.

"During this ORI, we noticed a tremendous sense of pride, enthusiasm and total focus on combat employment throughout the 4th FW, directly impacting your war-fighting capability," said Col. J.R. Smith, Air Combat Combat Inspector General team chief. "We were truly impressed with the professionalism, teamwork, devotion and dedication to the mission displayed throughout this inspection."

Several organizations received outstanding marks, including the 4th Expeditionary Services Squadron, which received the highest inspection rating for Services throughout ACC in five years.

"This report should be nothing more than a motivator, a vision of what it is to be perfect," said Col. Steve Kwast in his latest 'Lion Talk.' "Take a moment and revel in your glory, but accept this win with a deep sense of humility that we are only as good as what we produce when our nation calls."
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