688th IOW passes compliance inspection

LACKLAND AIR FORCE BASE, Texas -- LACKLAND AIR FORCE BASE, Texas -- The 688th Information Operations Wing at Lackland AFB, Texas, received an overall grade of "in compliance with comments" on a compliance inspection conducted Sept. 13-27, with no critical findings and no "not in compliance" areas.

Compliance inspections are conducted to assess areas mandated by law, as well as mission areas identified by senior Air Force and major command leadership, as critical or important to assess and assure the health and performance of organizations.

More than 50 inspectors from Headquarters Air Force Space Command inspected the 688th IOW, both at Lackland and geographically separated unit locations. Areas evaluated were communication and information, operations, logistics, contracting and safety, along with all other mission support activities. The demanding 14-day evaluation of the wing's mission is a thorough test touching every facet of the wing's wide-reaching responsibilities of providing integrated cyber operational support for the defense of the United States of America and its global interests.

"CIs are a challenging test for any wing. These inspections are rigorous, thorough and purposefully designed to not only assess unit compliance with all pertinent regulations, instructions, guidance and policy that governs the unit mission, but also how the wing prioritizes its resources to achieve mission success," said Col. Scott Gilson, AFSPC Inspector General.

"We try to cover every aspect of the wing's mission to identify areas where additional support and focus may be needed, from unit work centers to higher headquarters. We examine leadership and training at all levels of the organization and look for shortfalls in existing policies and guidance to ensure the wing is getting the support they need for maximum mission effectiveness," Colonel Gilson said.

"The men and women of the 688th Information Operations Wing demonstrated a strong performance across numerous areas that are worthy of emulation by other units across the command," he added.

"CIs demand the highest standards of compliance and this inspection showed the men and women of the 688th are up to that challenge," said Col. Robert Skinner, 688th IOW commander. "We have reached another milestone since the wing's activation just over one year ago ... and once again the dedication, ingenuity and professionalism came shining through ... from our lowest-ranking airman to the IG chief and his team."

"I am very proud of our team and their families for not only ensuring the inspection was a success but also for enabling us to provide unparalleled information operations effects around the clock," Colonel Skinner remarked. "The 688th IOW mission of driving the art of the possible isn't viable without the dedication exhibited daily by every member of this wing ... my hat is off to them."