Shutdown postpones unit inspection

Published: October 10, 2013, 3:01 pm, by Tom Roeder

Air Force unit shieldsThe government shutdown means airmen with the 302nd Airlift Wing will have to wait for a grueling inspection.

The wing, a reserve unit at Peterson Air Force Base best known for flying firefighting C-130 transport planes, was set for a consolidated unit inspection this month. The inspections are like a final exam that tests Air Force units on everything from wartime skills to paperwork prowess.

The stakes are high. Failure to pass the inspection can have career consequences for leaders.

For reserve units, the inspections are time timed to coincide with weekends when airmen are at work.

Ann Skarban, a spokeswoman for the 302nd said commanders are working to make sure airmen stay sharp while waiting for the inspection.

“We’ll be ready, absolutely ready when a date is announced,” she said.