Taking AIM at basewide inspection

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  • By Lt Col David Marshall
  • 71st Flying Training Wing
"The secret of getting ahead is getting started. The secret of getting started is breaking your complex, overwhelming tasks into small manageable tasks, and then starting on the first one."
-- Mark Twain
"Help! Nothing has been done with this program since the last inspection and the primary point of contact no longer works here!"
Hopefully, this isn't something you are saying in your work area. But, just in case it is and you are at your wits end, maybe the following article will provide you with concrete resources to build, rebuild, or rehabilitate a particular program.
Since the object of next August's Operational Readiness Inspection is an "Outstanding" rating, each one of us should be taking A.I.M. at that goal. Taking A.I.M. is a good way to plan your course of action. Assess. Investigate. Modify.
ASSESS
Take stock of where the program stands. Dust off the cobwebs if need be. Is it working? Just barely? Really well? If you believe it is an outstanding program, let your supervisors know. It may be a candidate for a "Best Practice" acknowledgement. In any case, moving to the next step will get to the heart of the issue.
INVESTIGATE
Find as much information about the program as possible. No one is trying to re-invent the wheel, only to make sure the wheel is actually there and is in good working order. The big question is, "How?" Let's look at a laundry list of resources to help the search begin:
n Existing continuity folders (look around your office)
n Self-inspection checklists (your own and those accessible via the Vance IG Web page)
n Past ORI reports and other bases' ORI reports (accessible via the Vance IG Web page)
n People with prior experience in the program
n The phone book (Vance AFB and other bases have units with functions just like yours!)
n Best Practices (the AF Best Practices Web site is accessible via the Vance IG Web page)
n Newsprint articles (e.g. Major Folks' Airscoop article from Aug. 6 and TIG Brief magazine available online via the Vance IG Web page)
n The actual Air Force Instruction, policy letter, regulation, etc. (there is no substitute for the source document)
n The Vance IG Web page at https:// www.vance.af.mil/index.cfm?grp=71ig&pge=index.htm
The things you find out about your program are the same things the inspectors will be looking at. How is that possible? Because they have access to the same AFIs, policy letters, regulations and Air Education and Training Command-generated self-inspection checklists that you have access to.
MODIFY
This is the most obvious part of taking A.I.M., but perhaps is the most time consuming. If your investigation of the program reveals areas requiring attention, don't delay. Bad news, unlike a fine wine, doesn't get better with age. Replace that outdated regulation, start using the most current form, delete the redundant spread sheets, provide reports for the missing data, type up those minutes for the monthly meeting ... the potential list is endless. At this stage of the preparation game, time is on our side.
The players of Team Vance have a great reputation of being professional, of being achievers, of being mission oriented. To keep zeroed in on that target, let's take A.I.M. now!
"Individual commitment to a group effort -- that is what makes a team work"
-- Vince Lombardi