McChord Field to welcome nuke inspectors

By Airman 1st Class Leah Young on November 11, 2011

The 62nd Airlift Wing will welcome inspection teams from the Air Mobility Command Inspector General Team and the Air Force Inspection Agency as they arrive to conduct the 62nd AW's Nuclear Surety Inspection, Nov. 15 to 21.

The Defense Threat Reduction Agency will also provide oversight of the AMC/IG team's execution of the inspection.

According to Lt. Col. Jason King, 62nd AW chief of wing safety, the teams will evaluate the six "major graded areas" of the Wing's Nuclear Surety Program throughout the inspection: management and administration; personnel reliability program; tools, test, tiedown and handling equipment; safety; emergency exercises and logistics movement.

During the management and administration major graded area, teams will look at wing, group and squadron leadership involvement in the program.

The PRP major graded area will focus on the 4th Airlift Squadron, the 62nd Medical Squadron and the 627th Force Support Squadron.

The tools, test, tiedown and handling equipment major graded area will examine tiedown devices and chains, maintained by the 62nd Aerial Port Squadron.

The safety major graded area will focus on compliance with nuclear safety standards and the Nuclear Surety Managers' management of the program.

An emergency exercise will be used to evaluate aircrew procedures.

Finally, the logistics movement major graded area will evaluate the wing's ability to execute Prime Nuclear Airlift Force missions, including the 4th AS flying the mission, the 62nd Maintenance Group selecting and preparing the aircraft, and the command post's role in monitoring mission movements.

"Our goal is to leave the inspectors with the sense that we're leading the Air Force in continuing to strengthen the nuclear enterprise," said Capt. Will Dabney, 62nd AW nuclear security manager. "We're aiming for the highest ratings possible in the major graded areas, and we're ready to achieve that."

The 62nd AW's Nuclear Surety Program has won an Air Mobility Command and Air Force Safety Award 12 of the last 13 years.

"To put an end to Cold War thinking, we will reduce the role of nuclear weapons in our national security strategy, and urge others to do the same," President Barack Obama said. "Make no mistake: As long as these weapons exist, the United States will maintain a safe, secure and effective arsenal to deter any adversary and guarantee that defense to our allies."