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62nd AW commanders to conduct health and welfare inspections

Posted 12/5/2012   Updated 12/5/2012 Email story   Print story


by Staff Sgt. Sean Tobin
62nd Airlift Wing Public Affairs

12/5/2012 - JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD, Wash. -- Commanders at all levels within the 62nd Airlift Wing are set to begin conducting health and welfare inspections of all common work areas within their units, beginning Dec. 5, to ensure Airmen at all levels consistently apply standards of professionalism and respect in the workplace.

The health and welfare inspection is a tool routinely used by unit commanders, command chiefs and first sergeants to emphasize a culture of professionalism and discipline in their units.

"A culture of respect, trust and dignity must be the very foundation upon which a professional workplace is built," said Col.Wyn Elder, 62nd AW commander. "Commanders and supervisors have a responsibility to keep work areas consistent with that culture."

The purpose of the inspection is to reinforce expectations for the workplace environment, correct deficiencies, and deter conditions that may be detrimental to good order and discipline. Commanders will look for and remove unprofessional or inappropriate items that hinder a professional working environment.

The purpose of the inspection is not to try to get anyone in trouble for displaying inappropriate material, said Elder.

"We just want to a baseline idea of where we currently stand overall within the culture of respect," he said.

The inspection falls directly in line with the views of Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark A. Welsh III.

"When Airmen work in a setting that is consistent with our core values of integrity, service and excellence, they perform with honor and distinction - they deserve nothing less," Welsh said in a recent meeting with wing commanders Air Force wide. "Anything short detracts from the pride and cripples mission effectiveness."

Upon conclusion of the inspection, findings will be evaluated and sent to the CSAF.

Anyone with questions or concerns is encouraged to address them within his or her chain of command.

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