Mission ready: PACAF passes management inspection
JOINT BASE PEARL HARBOR-HICKAM, Hawaii -- Headquarters Pacific Air Forces proved "mission ready" after passing a management inspection that happened Jan. 29 through Feb. 9.
The inspection, conducted by the Air Force Inspection Agency, tested the major command's organizational performance in several key areas: strategic planning, organizational management, customers, process operations, resources, data-driven decisions, organizational performance and by-laws.
Col. Michael Fitzgerald, the MI team chief, praised the MAJCOM for its superior performance and hospitality during an inspection outbrief presentation Feb. 9.
"PACAF's performance in this inspection is a benchmark for the rest of the Air Force," Fitzgerald said. "You all treated our team like your 'ohana' (family), and we're very thankful."
PACAF scored "highly effective" and "effective" in all major graded areas, boasting the best performance from any of the 12 agencies inspected to this point, some of which included other major commands.
Fitzgerald highlighted several graded areas in which PACAF displayed outstanding performance, including organizational management, where the MAJCOM's ability to cultivate a culture of innovation and efficiency as part of the Every Dollar Counts campaign saved the Air Force $778,000 last year.
Another graded area Fitzgerald highlighted was organizational performance that included PACAF's engagement with other service components and partner nations.
"It was clear [PACAF] is dedicated to and fully engaged with its partner nations," he said.
Maj. Gen. Jon A. Norman, PACAF vice commander, praised the PACAF team for their mission performance before and during the inspection.
"I'm so proud of the continued hard work and dedication displayed by the men and women of this great organization," Norman said. "The management inspection validated the areas where we know we're exceptional and helped us better identify areas where we can improve.
"Thank you to the inspection team for your thoroughness, and for helping us become a better organization," he continued.
Additionally, the MI team recognized six individuals and four teams for their superior performances:
- Lt. Col. Matthew Keihl, Analysis Assessment and Lessons Learned Directorate
- Maj. William Ballard, Strategy, Plans and Programs Directorate
- Senior Master Sgt. Gillie Zamora, PACAF Cyberspace Systems Squadron
- Tech. Sgt. James Stewart, PACAF Public Affairs
- Stephanie Fortin, Financial Management
- Emi Kiyoi, Program Management Office
- PACAF Cyberspace Systems Squadron
- PACAF Chaplains Corps
- PACAF Financial Management
- PACAF Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance