Hancock Air National Guard Base, NY --
Members of the New York Air National Guard’s 174th Security Forces Squadron, part of the 174th Attack Wing (ATKW) took part in the base wide compliance inspection (CI) Oct. 14, 2022 through Oct. 21, 2022.
CI’s are conducted to assess areas mandated by law as well as mission areas that are critical or important to the health and performance of an organization and to help standardize the way the Air Force conducts operations across the board, including active duty, Air Force Reserve and Air National Guard. The inspection was based on Air Force Instructions, local, state, federal, and Department of Defense requirements.
Inspection teams evaluated every aspect of how the 174th ATKW prepares to meet its mission to provide qualified airmen and weapon systems engaging in Global Air, Space, Cyberspace, and State Civil Support Operations.
Airmen in Security Forces trained to use multiple techniques, tactics, and procedures that allow the unit to develop skills to ensure readiness. Those same techniques, tactics, and procedures were executed many different times during the inspection.
Members had to demonstrate that they could perform their normal job functions while being in full Mission-Oriented Protective Postures (MOPP) gear. Some of those job functions include manning entry control points, conducting perimeter sweeps, patrols, and crowd control.
The preparation was beneficial for everyone involved. Especially the airmen who’ve never been able to experience an inspection.
“The past few months we’ve been training heavily for this, so the most exciting part for me is to actually get out here and execute all the training that we’ve been doing,” said Senior Airman Tyler Davis. “All of us have a basic knowledge of every job that we do here, but we all have assigned roles. My favorite role is working the towers with the heavy machine guns.”
Training isn't the only aspect that is addressed during the inspection.
“Getting a chance to come out here and execute the training is one aspect of getting the airmen all out together during the inspection, but another aspect is team building,” said Capt. Devin Will, Security Forces Commander.
“Being able to get out there to actually do some mounted and dismounted patrols, and go out to do recon missions together makes it a good time.
From the start of preparation to the execution is usually a long stressful process, but is rewarding when the inspection is completed successfully.
“Just witnessing all the training that everyone does for the entire year, and then actually coming out here to do it. I think the senior enlisted do an excellent job at putting together an annual training plan and pushing it out in bit and pieces, then coming out here and making everything work is the most exciting part for me,” said Will.