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A picture of Airmen from the 177th Fighter Wing clapping.

Master Sgt. Anthony C. Henchinski, center, and Senior Airman Justyna M. Janasik, right, along with Airmen of the 177th Fighter Wing applaud after hearing the news that they received an "Excellent" rating on the Operational Readiness Inspection. On Oct. 8, 2009 the Air Combat Command Inspector General briefed the Airmen of the 177th Fighter Wing and leadership of the New Jersey Air National Guard on the results of the Wing's Operational Readiness Inspection, which was held Oct. 3-5. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Mark Olsen)

A picture of Maj. Gen. Maria Falca-Dodson New Jersey Air National Guard commander, shaking the hand of  Col. Robert C. Bolton, 177th Fighter Wing commander.

Maj. Gen. Maria Falca-Dodson, left, Commander, New Jersey Air National Guard, congratulates Col. Robert C. Bolton, Commander, 177th Fighter Wing, for his unit receiving an "Excellent" rating during the Operational Readiness Inspection. On Oct. 8, the Air Combat Command Inspector General briefed the Airmen of the 177th Fighter Wing and leadership of the New Jersey Air National Guard on the results of the Wing's Operational Readiness Inspection, which was held Oct. 3-5, 2009. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Mark Olsen)

A picture of Airmen from the 177th Fighter Wing applauding.

Maj. Gen. Maria Falca-Dodson, right, Commander, New Jersey Air National Guard, leads members of the 177th Fighter Wing leadership in applauding the Airmen of the 177th Fighter Wing for receiving an "Excellent" rating for the Operational Readiness Inspection. On Oct. 8, the Air Combat Command Inspector General briefed the Airmen of the 177th Fighter Wing and leadership of the New Jersey Air National Guard on the results of the Wing's Operational Readiness Inspection, which was held Oct. 3-5, 2009. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Mark Olsen)

A picture of Airmen of the 177th Fighter Wing, New Jersey Air National Guard cheering after receiving the news that the Wing had received an "Excellent" rating for their Operational Readiness Inspection.

Airmen of the 177th Fighter Wing, New Jersey Air National Guard cheer after receiving the news that the Wing had received an "Excellent" rating for their Operational Readiness Inspection. On Oct. 8, 2009 the Air Combat Command Inspector General briefed the Airmen of the 177th Fighter Wing and leadership of the New Jersey Air National Guard on the results of the Wing's Operational Readiness Inspection, which was held Oct. 3-5. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Mark Olsen)

Egg Harbor Township, NJ -- More than a year's worth of hard work was summarized by a single word: "Excellent."
This word and grade ensures the 177th Fighter Wing's future and means it is fully capable of performing its wartime mission - keeping jets flying and taking the fight to the enemy.
The 177th went through its first Operational Readiness Inspection in 13 years by the Air Combat Command Office of the Inspector General from Oct. 2-8.
Normally these inspections are held every five years.
September 11 changed that and as a result the 177th fell out of the inspection cycle.
The IG rates wings on three areas: Employment, which is about mission effectiveness - keeping the aircraft flying and putting bombs on target; Mission Support, which covers everything from logistics to engineering, command and control to medical, and finally the Ability To Survive and Operate - how wing personnel react to an attack, and more important how quickly they recover in order to get back to the primary mission of refueling, loading weapons and launching aircraft to continue the fight.
These areas are then broken into sub groups; failure in any one can be catastrophic to the entire wing.
The IG grades all these areas and sub groups either Outstanding, Excellent, Satisfactory, Marginal or Unsatisfactory.
In preparation, the Jersey Airmen travelled nationwide to observe how other Guard wings were training; then watched them perform during their ORIs.
The stakes are high: units that fail risk losing their missions; loss of mission could equal unit closure.
Unfortunately many units failed - the inspection is that tough.
The 177th pooled the lessons learned from those visits and nearly every month for the last six months have been running operational readiness exercises, which replicate the inspection's mission requirements and stress.
It paid off.
The IG recognized 33 Airmen and 12 teams, which are representative of the entire range of Wing functions for their performance during the inspection.
Excellent work 177th.