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734 AMS earns dual 'Excellent' ratings in LCAP & MCCI

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  • By Senior Airman Veronica McMahon
  • 36th Wing Public Affairs
Airmen in the 734th Air Mobility Squadron scored an 'Excellent' rating in both the Mission Capability and Compliance Inspection and the Logistics Compliance Assessment Program assessment held Sept. 19 to23.

A total of 36 inspectors spent the week evaluating the effectiveness of personnel and logistics processes and the squadron's ability to perform their mission during the LCAP, and compliance with Air Force Instructions during the MCCI.

"A double inspection is a huge event," said Lt. Col. Larry Mitchell, 734 AMS commander. "It's been a lot of hard work. The host wing has helped us tremendously with preparation efforts and has been an impressive partner throughout this whole process."

Colonel Mitchell said his "squadron members have been working around the clock to ensure compliance, improve programs and increase proficiency."

"They've been working hard and long hours, doing the right things," the commander said. "They have far exceeded my expectations."

During the inspection Col. William Murphey, 715th Air Mobility Operations Group commander, and Chief Master Sgt. Thomas Thackrah, 715 AMOG Superintendent, visited from Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, and were impressed with what they saw in the squadron.

"Throughout the entire inspection preparation, the 734 AMS received tremendous support from everyone across Andersen AFB. It was impressive to watch the entire base community come together to support one of their own," Colonel Murphey said. "Armed with the support of their fellow Airmen, the 734 AMS succeeded because of the attitude of their Airmen and civilians. Throughout these difficult inspections, they absolutely exuded positive energy. Their pride in everything they do was evident to the inspection teams and played a role in their overall assessment."

Many squadron members were recognized during the inspection, but three Airmen stood out during the LCAP and were named Outstanding Performers. They are Senior Airman Reece Simpson, Airman Jennifer Shippy and Senior Airman Jeremy Jweinat.

The LCAP included 296 total inspections. The squadron achieved a final combined score, across three evaluation areas (maintenance, logistics and programs) of 94.1%, less than 1% from an 'Outstanding' rating.

The MCCI team recognized 89 strengths and three cross tells, or AMC Best Practices. According to Col. Adam McMillan, Team Chief for the inspection, the 734 AMS is "extremely well led, motivated and driven to achieve excellence in all they do."

The AMC/IG team was so impressed that they awarded six IG coins, five individual awards, and six team awards. Senior Airman Jweinat was the only member of the squadron to be named an LCAP Outstanding Performer and an IG coin recipient.

"Prior to the inspection, the whole squadron went to extended shifts at one time or another," said Master Sgt. Parker Alford, 734 AMS Combat Readiness Superintendent and one of several individuals recognized during the out brief. "Everyone got together, ran and re-ran checklists and gathered all the required documentation to ace the compliance portion of the inspection."

Across the board, leaders from the squadron, group, wing and inspection teams concurred that a great effort was made by every individual involved in the inspection.

"The result of 'Excellent' from not only the 'AMC/IG' team, but also the 'AMC/A4' LCAP team validates that the Airmen of 734 AMS exceed standards set by AFIs," Colonel Mitchell said. "And it gives confidence to our customers and partners that Team Andersen will deliver on the promise to expertly accelerate air mobility in the Pacific."

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