Nearly 70 inspectors are examining Fort Waynes Air National Guard base this week.
Personnel from the Guard and the Air Combat Command arrived at the 122nd Fighter Wing last Thursday and will be assessing the operation until Wednesday.
Col. David Augustine, commander of the 122nd Fighter Wing, said in a statement that the review is the most comprehensive inspection since the units inception in 1946.
The Ferguson Road base flies 20 combat jets. Inspectors are looking at performance in the flying, maintenance, support and administration of the squadron of A-10 Thunderbolt II planes, nicknamed Warthogs.
Theyre here to help us improve our processes and our methods, Master Sgt. Darin Hubble, public affairs superintendent at the 122nd Fighter Wing, said in a telephone interview.
He said all base personnel were on hand for three days ending Saturday to perform drills for inspectors. About 1,200 people are assigned to the base, although most are in part-time positions.
On Wednesday, we will find out how we did and what we can improve on, Hubble said.
He said plans for 100 inspectors were scaled back because of Air Force budget cuts. Part of the inspection is being done remotely from Langley Air Force Base in Virginia using electronic technology such as Skype, he said.
The inspectors who are on the base are the best of the best, Augustine said. We look forward to their inputs.
Five times the 122nd Fighter Wing has received an Outstanding Unit Award from the Air Force, most recently last year. The base also was named one of the top five flying units in the Air National Guard last year out of about 100 such units in the U.S.