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23rd FG completes Phase I re-evaluation

SEYMOUR JOHNSON AIR FORCE BASE, N.C. -- The Air Combat Command Inspector General conducted a limited Phase I Operational Readiness Inspection of the 23rd Fighter Group July 10-13 at Pope Air Force Base, N.C. The fighter group received an overall satisfactory rating.

According to Col. David Russell, inspection team chief, the inspection was conducted to validate corrective actions in those areas which were rated below satisfactory in the January 2006 ORI.

"The January 2006 ORI of the 23rd Fighter Group was rated unsatisfactory with deficiencies in aircraft generation, aircraft deployment, deployment control center and network defense," he said.

During the limited Phase I re-inspection, the 23rd FG corrected all those deficiencies and received an outstanding in aircraft deployment, an excellent in DCC, aircraft generation and computer security, and a satisfactory in network defense.

Air Combat Command officials tasked the 23rd FG to simulate deployment of 327 personnel, 352.5 short tons of equipment and 14 A/OA-10 aircraft to a forward operating location in Southwest Asia in support of a simulated non-steady state, robust aerospace expeditionary force tasking.

"At the reference start time plus three hours, 23rd FG logistics planners integrated into the host wing deployment control center," Col. Russell said. "The integrated DCC assumed control of the deployment machine throughout the remainder of the deployment to efficiently deploy 282 personnel and 199.6 short tons of cargo to Base X."

Col. Warren Henderson, 23rd FG commander said, “We didn’t falter, we didn’t fail. The men and women of the 23rd Fighter Group rose to the occasion and showed ACC IG that we are ready to go to war, anytime, any place.”
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