Readiness leads to lethality

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  • By Chad Watkins

The 55th Wing recently completed open ranks inspections throughout the wing as directed by Gen. Ken Wilsbach, Commander, Air Combat Command.

These open rank inspections ensure that the sword of professionalism remains sharp within the 55th Wing and throughout ACC.

“ACC will focus even more on readiness as part of the Air Force’s reoptimizing for Great Power Competition changes, and readiness starts with the enforcement of standards,” said Chief Master Sgt. David Wolfe, ACC command chief. “Airmen at all levels must ensure we are collectively devoted to a culture of excellence.”

Open ranks inspections are in-person assessments of each Airman. They are evaluated on customs and courtesies and adherence to dress and personal appearance  standards in accordance with Department of the Air Force policies. Each squadron was tasked with conducting these inspections, to be completed no later than July 17. The 55th Wing completed all their inspections by July 10.

“Our job is deterrence,” said Maj. Caitlin Oviatt, 55 th Logistics Readiness Squadron commander. “Each one of us serving in the Profession of Arms is an individual deterrent sending a unified message to our adversaries that we are the most credible, disciplined, and lethal Air Force in the world. Our actions and identity as a force are predicated on our high standards.”

With the Air Force's plans to reshape, refocus, and optimize the Air Force to maintain supremacy in their respective areas and better position the service to deter and triumph in an era of Great Power Competition, there is a heightened emphasis on readiness and lethality at the forefront of the fight.

“Ensuring our professionalism and readiness is paramount to our mission,” said Col. Mark Howard, 55th Wing commander. “The completion of our open ranks inspection ahead of schedule reflects the dedication and discipline of our Airmen. By maintaining the highest standards, we send a clear message to our adversaries that we are prepared and capable of defending our nation in any scenario.”