The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

April 18, 2013

Vance receives satisfactory rating

By Jeff Mullin, Senior Writer
Enid News and Eagle

ENID, Okla. — Satisfactory. That was the verdict of the team that spent most of last week at Vance Air Force Base conducting the biennial Consolidated Unit Inspection of the 71st Flying Training Wing.

Col. Darren James, 71st FTW commander, received the decision of the inspector general’s team Wednesday and delivered the news to Team Vance Thursday afternoon during an after-CUI Picnic held indoors at the Armed Forces Reserve Center due to the unseasonably chilly weather. At that time he also announced the grades awarded to individual squadrons.

The report is not yet final. It is awaiting the signature of Gen. Edward A. Rice, commander of Air Education and Training Command.

James said he was pleased with the IG team’s findings. He said the satisfactory rating means “The wing’s performance meets all mission requirements. The wing’s procedures and activities are carried out in an effective and competent manner, and all resources and programs are efficiently managed. The senior leadership of the 71st Flying Training Wing is extremely proud of the collective effort put forth by our entire team.”

Satisfactory is the middle rating in the five-point grading system that includes outstanding, excellent, satisfactory, marginal and unsatisfactory. That was the same grade the wing received in 2011 and 2009.

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