April 22, 2008 (by 2nd Lt. Georganne E. Schultz) - Team Langley continued its legacy of firsts by earning an "excellent" rating in the first Phase II Operational Readiness Inspection since integrating with the 192nd FW and declaring the F-22 fighter squadrons here fully operational.
Firefighters from the 1st FW prepare to extract a pilot from an F-22 Raptor during an ORI on April 14, 2008. Airmen from the 1st and 192nd FWs were tested on their ability to survive and operate in a deployed environment. [USAF photo by MSgt. Carlos Claudio]
The 1st and 192nd Fighter Wings secured excellent ratings in the three graded categories of employment, mission support and ability to survive and operate during the inspection held here April 13-19.
"We were impressed with your professionalism, warrior spirit and exceptional unit pride," said Col. William Mullins, Air Combat Command Inspector General team chief.
Superior performers included 28 teams and 129 individuals who were recognized for their exceptional efforts during the inspection, which tested the wings' ability to operate in a forward deployed location.
IG Team commended the 1st and 192nd Fighter Wings for their "laser focus on mission accomplishment," said Colonel Mullins.
In 48 hours Team Langley generated more than 100 sorties and proved to be outstanding in mission preparation, execution and effectiveness.
"Every single Airman has a part in the fight," said Brig. Gen. Mark Barrett, 1st FW commander. "At the end of the day, it's all about how we come together as a team."
A total of 116 inspectors evaluated Team Langley's response to scenarios such as missile attacks, security breaches and mass casualties, all while maintaining a high operations tempo.
"There's nothing like a little bit of stress to bring the two wings closer together," said Col. Jay Pearsall, 192nd FW commander.
The 1st and 192nd Fighter Wings prepared extensively for the ORI and worked side-by-side to ensure it was a success. Langley conducted five Phase II Operational Readiness Exercises in the past eight months to hone Airmen's skills, which paid off during the inspection.
"The effort and attention to detail of the Airmen in the 1st and 192d Fighter Wings was amazing," said Lt. Col. Phillip Guy, 192nd FW Plans and Programs officer. "With an unprecedented 221-0 kill ratio during the ORI, Team Langley demonstrated that the F-22 Raptor is more than ready for combat operations."