Tactical-level errors result in unsatisfactory rating for 341st

By Nancy Cook | ncook@ktalnews.tv

Published 08/13 2013 06:06PM

Updated 08/13 2013 06:35PM

The Air Force Global Strike Command Inspector General team visited Malmstrom Air Force Base, Mont.,
Aug. 5-13 to evaluate the 341st Missile Wing's ability to execute operations
while complying with nuclear surety standards.


The 341 MW received an 'unsatisfactory' rating after
making tactical-level errors -- not related to command and control of
nuclear weapons -- during one of several exercises conducted during the
inspection. This failure resulted in the entire inspection being graded
'unsatisfactory.'


A failed inspection does not mean that the safety of
the nation's nuclear arsenal is at risk, AFGSC Commander Lt. Gen. Jim Kowalski
said.


"These inspections are designed to be tough to
pass," he said. "A failure doesn't mean the wing isn't able to accomplish
its mission."


Rather, Kowalski said identifying discrepancies is
part of the process to ensure a safe, secure and effective nuclear arsenal.


Nuclear Surety Inspections are extremely demanding,
ensuring the highest standards of compliance and accountability.


"Commanders use these inspections to continually
improve our training and procedures," he said. "These inspections
allow us to identify causes and find solutions to problems in areas that aren't
meeting our exacting standards."


The AFGSC/IG will return to inspect appropriate
aspects of 341 MW within 90 days in accordance with established Department of
Defense and Air Force guidance.



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