Latest "blog" post on The Beacon Live - The Official Online Newsletter of the Idaho Air Guard:
Posted by Gary A. Daniel on October 27, 2011 at 2:39pm
The Air Combat Command Inspector General (IG) team recognized forty four 124th Fighter Wing airmen as superior performers and additionally recognized seven wing sections as superior performance teams during the Wing’s Operational Readiness Inspection (ORI). The IG team rated five major categories while assessing the wing's ability to convert to wartime status, deploy forces and aircraft to forward operating locations, and to maintain combat readiness in the deployed location. The IG rated the wing's command and control functions as outstanding, deployment processing as excellent, employment readiness as marginal, information operations as satisfactory, and force protection as excellent. The wing's overall ORI grade was marginal.
The IG also recognized seven work teams as superior performers. From the 124 Mission Support Group, the Deployment Control Center team, the Passenger Manifest team, and the Individual Protective Equipment Processing team, from the 124… Continue
Sorry, but I can't post the full story because access to The Beacon Live is still restricted for Wing members only. But I took screenshots of the latest related photos:
Senior Airman Patricia Westcott, a crew chief with the 124th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, guides an A-10C Thunderbolt II as it arrives at a simulated deployed base during an Operational Readiness Exercise. (U.S. Air Force photo by Robert Barney)
Note: External fuel tank on centerline station 6, ALQ-184(V)-1(long) ECM pod on station 1.
Maj. Justin Keskey, an A-10C Thunderbolt II pilot, leaves his plane after landing at a simulated deployed base during an Operational Readiness Inspection with the 124th Fighter Wing. (U.S. Air Force photo by Robert Barney)
Note: ALQ-184(V)-1(long) ECM pod on station 1.
A weapons load team with the 124th Maintenance Squadron loads simulated munitions onto an A-10C Thunderbolt II during an Operational Readiness Inspection with the 124th Fighter Wing. (U.S. Air Force photo by Robert Barney)
Note: Pictured in this very interesting flight line shot are some blue-painted 500lb GBU-38 training JDAMs.
Maj. Matthew McGarry, left, performs a preflight check of his A-10C Thunderbolt II with Tech. Sgt. Bradley Stoner, a crew chief, during an Operational Readiness Inspection, Oct. 15, on Gowen Field, Boise, Idaho. (U.S. Air Force photo by Robert Barney)
Note: Pictured is A-10C 78-0619 from the 190th Fighter Squadron. ALQ-184(V)-1(long) ECM pod on station 1.
By the way, at least in my eyes as a long-time journalist and also as a public relations guy, this restricted concept of The Beacon Live is simply wrong. Instead of that, 124th Fighter Wing Public Affairs should further update their official public website (including hi-res photo coverage) and also should create a fan page on Facebook, like some other USAF units. Sorry, but I'm tired to make screenshots again and again from The Beacon Live.