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Members of the 380th Air Expeditionary Wing participate in an individual protective equipment issue exercise May 29, 2019, on Al Dhafra Air Base, United Arab Emirates.

Members of the 380th Air Expeditionary Wing participate in an individual protective equipment issue exercise May 29, 2019, on Al Dhafra Air Base, United Arab Emirates. Bunker dives, individual protective equipment issues and accountability exercises are performed regularly to ensure constant readiness of base personnel. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Jocelyn A. Ford)

Staff Sgt. Desiree Bond, 380th Expeditionary Medical Group medical logistics technician, is the last stop in the line during an individual protective equipment issue exercise May 29, 2019, on Al Dhafra Air Base, United Arab Emirates.

Staff Sgt. Desiree Bond, 380th Expeditionary Medical Group medical logistics technician, is the last stop in the line during an individual protective equipment issue exercise May 29, 2019, on Al Dhafra Air Base, United Arab Emirates. The exercise included the standard gear issue as well as processing a medical line. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Jocelyn A. Ford)

Airman 1st Class Christpoher Swartzentruber, 380th Expeditionary Logistics Readiness Squadron materiel management, confirms the size of an Improved Outer Tactical Vest during an individual protective equipment issue exercise May 29, 2019, on Al Dhafra Air Base, United Arab Emirates.

Airman 1st Class Christpoher Swartzentruber, 380th Expeditionary Logistics Readiness Squadron materiel management, confirms the size of an Improved Outer Tactical Vest during an individual protective equipment issue exercise May 29, 2019, on Al Dhafra Air Base, United Arab Emirates. Bunker dives, individual protective equipment issues and accountability exercises are performed regularly to ensure constant readiness of base personnel. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Jocelyn A. Ford)

Senior Airman Tyrone Johnson, 380th Expeditionary Logistics Readiness Squadron materiel management, collects a helmet for a customer during an individual protective equipment issue exercise May 29, 2019, on Al Dhafra Air Base, United Arab Emirates.

Senior Airman Tyrone Johnson, 380th Expeditionary Logistics Readiness Squadron materiel management, collects a helmet for a customer during an individual protective equipment issue exercise May 29, 2019, on Al Dhafra Air Base, United Arab Emirates. Bunker dives, individual protective equipment issues and accountability exercises are performed regularly to ensure constant readiness of base personnel. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Jocelyn A. Ford)

A members of the 380th Expeditionary Logistics Readiness Squadron verify serial numbers on body armor plates during an individual protective equipment issue exercise May 29, 2019, on Al Dhafra Air Base, United Arab Emirates.

A members of the 380th Expeditionary Logistics Readiness Squadron verify serial numbers on body armor plates during an individual protective equipment issue exercise May 29, 2019, on Al Dhafra Air Base, United Arab Emirates. Bunker dives, individual protective equipment issues and accountability exercises are performed regularly to ensure constant readiness of base personnel. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Jocelyn A. Ford)

Members of the 380th Air Expeditionary Wing confirm the size of an Improved Outer Tactical Vest during an individual protective equipment issue exercise May 29, 2019, on Al Dhafra Air Base, United Arab Emirates.

Members of the 380th Air Expeditionary Wing confirm the size of an Improved Outer Tactical Vest during an individual protective equipment issue exercise May 29, 2019, on Al Dhafra Air Base, United Arab Emirates. Bunker dives, individual protective equipment issues and accountability exercises are performed regularly to ensure constant readiness of base personnel. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Jocelyn A. Ford)

Senior Airman Logan Best, 380th Expeditionary Logistics Readiness Squadron vehicle maintenance, verifies the size of an Improved Outer Tactical Vest during an individual protective equipment issue exercise May 29, 2019, on Al Dhafra Air Base, United Arab Emirates.

Senior Airman Logan Best, 380th Expeditionary Logistics Readiness Squadron vehicle maintenance, verifies the size of an Improved Outer Tactical Vest during an individual protective equipment issue exercise May 29, 2019, on Al Dhafra Air Base, United Arab Emirates. Bunker dives, individual protective equipment issues and accountability exercises are performed regularly to ensure constant readiness of base personnel. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Jocelyn A. Ford)

Members of the 380th Air Expeditionary Wing participate in an individual personal equipment issue exercise May 29, 2019, on Al Dhafra Air Base, United Arab Emirates.

Members of the 380th Air Expeditionary Wing participate in an individual personal equipment issue exercise May 29, 2019, on Al Dhafra Air Base, United Arab Emirates. Bunker dives, individual protective equipment issues and accountability exercises are performed regularly to ensure constant readiness of base personnel. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Jocelyn A. Ford)

A member of the 380th Expeditionary Communications Squadron reviews a checklist inside of a bunker during an exercise May 28, 2019, on Al Dhafra Air Base, United Arab Emirates.

A member of the 380th Expeditionary Communications Squadron reviews a checklist inside of a bunker during an exercise May 28, 2019, on Al Dhafra Air Base, United Arab Emirates. Bunker dives, individual protective equipment issues and accountability exercises are performed regularly to ensure constant readiness of base personnel. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Jocelyn A. Ford)

A member of the 380th Expeditionary Communications Squadron reviews a checklist inside of a bunker during an exercise May 28, 2019, on Al Dhafra Air Base, United Arab Emirates.
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A member of the 380th Expeditionary Communications Squadron reviews a checklist inside of a bunker during an exercise May 28, 2019, on Al Dhafra Air Base, United Arab Emirates. Bunker dives, individual protective equipment issues and accountability exercises are performed regularly to ensure constant readiness of base personnel. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Jocelyn A. Ford)

Members of the 380th Expeditionary Communications Squadron run to a bunker during an exercise May 28, 2019, on Al Dhafra Air Base, United Arab Emirates.
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Members of the 380th Expeditionary Communications Squadron run to a bunker during an exercise May 28, 2019, on Al Dhafra Air Base, United Arab Emirates. Bunker dives, individual protective equipment issues and accountability exercises are performed regularly to ensure constant readiness of base personnel. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Jocelyn A. Ford)

AL DHAFRA AIR BASE, United Arab Emirates --

The office of the inspector general can be described as the eyes and ears of the commander, working directly for the wing commander to ensure compliance of Air Force instruction and guidance.

“We observe and report,” said Lt. Col. Justin White, 380th AEW IG. “We observe what’s going on, we weigh it against the guidance that’s out there, and we report.”  

The IG office is open to all Airmen and federal employees to hear complaints of wrong doings; they also provide an independent look during exercises and inspections, giving them the ability to identify undetected non-compliance and possible risks.

At home station, the IG ensures readiness for various in-garrison contingencies. In a deployed environment, readiness remains a priority, but the scenarios may look different. Each planned exercise at the 380th Air Expeditionary Wing is at the discretion of the wing commander.

“Everything that we do is based on the wing commander’s intent,” said Senior Master Sgt. Randy Bray, 380th AEW IG superintendent.

While deployed to Al Dhafra Air Base, Airmen will play out some exercise scenarios. Bunker dives, individual protection equipment issue and accountability exercises are performed regularly to ensure the right mindset of the personnel assigned to the base.

 “Where we really see results is when we advise commanders of risks that they can accept as well,” said Bray. “What risks can they accept? Where do they need to focus their efforts? We help them to really apply that effort towards what is critical to their mission instead of wasting it.”

The term inspection may not inspire excitement among Airmen, but the inspector general is trying to make things better.

“We want to drive continuous process improvement,” said Bray. “We want the wing to be the best it can be; make things more efficient and effective.”

The way to do this is go out and see what is being done, but they don’t do it alone. The IG uses wing inspection team members, also known as WIT, to assist. The WIT member is a subject matter expert in their field, therefore assisting the IG in understanding their specific mission as it relates to the whole.

White said that it is satisfying to know that when he goes out and performs inspections, he is able to touch and experience all the different missions across the wing, though he doesn’t directly perform them.  

Inspections and exercises are perhaps what IG is known for most, but complaints resolution is another satisfying aspect of the career.

“It is also satisfying to know that we can help Airmen out here of all ranks from junior Airmen all the way up to senior officers,” said White. “We are here as a point of contact to report wrong doing or willful violations of AFI or other guidance or laws.”

If there are people within the wing breaking the rules, Airmen or any federal employees can go to the IG to have protected communication in order to report that wrong doing.  

“We have the ability to drive change,” said Bray.

The inspector general observes and reports, as well as listen and act, and their door is always open. 

For more information on the Inspector General or to file a formal complaint, call 484-6384.