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Team JSTARS rated Excellent in ORI

U.S. Air Force Capt. William Martin, right, 116th Air Control Wing judge advocate general, is inspected by U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Mercadante Oreste, 138th Military Intelligence Company, exercise entry point assistant, during an operational readiness inspection (ORI) at Robins Air Force Base, Ga., Sept. 6, 2012.  Members of Team Joint STARS playing in the ORI received a thorough uniform inspection during in-processing prior to going to their work areas. (National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Roger Parsons/Released)

U.S. Air Force Capt. William Martin, right, 116th Air Control Wing judge advocate general, is inspected by U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Mercadante Oreste, 138th Military Intelligence Company, exercise entry point assistant, during an operational readiness inspection (ORI) at Robins Air Force Base, Ga., Sept. 6, 2012. Members of Team Joint STARS playing in the ORI received a thorough uniform inspection during in-processing prior to going to their work areas. (National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Roger Parsons/Released)

U.S. Air Force Airmen from Team Joint STARS 116th and 461st Air Control Wings set up a contamination control area (CCA) during an operational readiness inspection at Robins Air Force Base, Ga., Sept. 6, 2012.  The CCA was used to decontaminate simulated victims of chemical or biological attacks during the inspection. Portions of this image have been blurred for security reasons. (National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Roger Parsons/Released)

U.S. Air Force Airmen from Team Joint STARS 116th and 461st Air Control Wings set up a contamination control area (CCA) during an operational readiness inspection at Robins Air Force Base, Ga., Sept. 6, 2012. The CCA was used to decontaminate simulated victims of chemical or biological attacks during the inspection. Portions of this image have been blurred for security reasons. (National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Roger Parsons/Released)

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Aaron Wray, 116th Security Forces Squadron, watches a perimeter line from a guard shack during an operational readiness inspection at Robins Air Force Base, Ga., Sept. 6, 2012. Personnel from the JSTARS 116th and 461st Air Control Wings are taking part in the inspection to test their mission readiness in preparation for real world deployments in a combat environment. (National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Roger Parsons/Released)

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Aaron Wray, 116th Security Forces Squadron, watches a perimeter line from a guard shack during an operational readiness inspection at Robins Air Force Base, Ga., Sept. 6, 2012. Personnel from the JSTARS 116th and 461st Air Control Wings are taking part in the inspection to test their mission readiness in preparation for real world deployments in a combat environment. (National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Roger Parsons/Released)

U.S. Air Force Airmen assist one another while processing through a contamination control area during an operational readiness inspection at Robins Air Force Base, Ga., Sept. 6, 2012. More than 500 Airmen simulated a deployment that tested basic knowledge such as self-aid and buddy care, and chemical, biological, radioactive nuclear and explosive responses. Portions of this image have been blurred for security reasons.
(National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Roger Parsons/Released)

U.S. Air Force Airmen assist one another while processing through a contamination control area during an operational readiness inspection at Robins Air Force Base, Ga., Sept. 6, 2012. More than 500 Airmen simulated a deployment that tested basic knowledge such as self-aid and buddy care, and chemical, biological, radioactive nuclear and explosive responses. Portions of this image have been blurred for security reasons. (National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Roger Parsons/Released)

U.S. Air Force Airmen assist one another while processing through a contamination control area during an operational readiness inspection at Robins Air Force Base, Ga., Sept. 6, 2012. More than 500 Airmen simulated a deployment that tested basic knowledge such as self-aid and buddy care, and chemical, biological, radioactive nuclear and explosive responses. (National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Roger Parsons/Released)

U.S. Air Force Airmen assist one another while processing through a contamination control area during an operational readiness inspection at Robins Air Force Base, Ga., Sept. 6, 2012. More than 500 Airmen simulated a deployment that tested basic knowledge such as self-aid and buddy care, and chemical, biological, radioactive nuclear and explosive responses. (National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Roger Parsons/Released)

U.S. Air Force E-8C Joint STARS aircrew member’s board an aircraft in preparation for a sortie during an operational readiness inspection at Robins Air Force Base, Ga., Sept. 7, 2012.  Airmen from the 116th and 461st ACW are showcasing their ability to perform assigned tasks in wartime, contingency or force sustainment operation. Inspection areas include initial response, employment, mission support and ability-to-survive and operate in a chemical environment. (National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Roger Parsons/Released)

U.S. Air Force E-8C Joint STARS aircrew member’s board an aircraft in preparation for a sortie during an operational readiness inspection at Robins Air Force Base, Ga., Sept. 7, 2012. Airmen from the 116th and 461st ACW are showcasing their ability to perform assigned tasks in wartime, contingency or force sustainment operation. Inspection areas include initial response, employment, mission support and ability-to-survive and operate in a chemical environment. (National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Roger Parsons/Released)

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Paul Blando, 116th Air Control Wing crew chief , inspects the brake system of an E-8C Joint STARS during an operational readiness inspection at Robins Air Force Base, Ga., Sept. 8, 2012.  Airmen from the 116th and 461st ACW are showcasing their ability to perform assigned tasks in wartime, contingency or force sustainment operation. Inspection areas include initial response, employment, mission support and ability-to-survive and operate in a chemical environment. (National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Roger Parsons/Released)

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Paul Blando, 116th Air Control Wing crew chief , inspects the brake system of an E-8C Joint STARS during an operational readiness inspection at Robins Air Force Base, Ga., Sept. 8, 2012. Airmen from the 116th and 461st ACW are showcasing their ability to perform assigned tasks in wartime, contingency or force sustainment operation. Inspection areas include initial response, employment, mission support and ability-to-survive and operate in a chemical environment. (National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Roger Parsons/Released)

A U.S. Air Force navigator on an E-8C Joint STARS reviews a flight plan prior to a sortie during an operational readiness inspection at Robins Air Force Base, Ga., Sept. 8, 2012.  Airmen from the 116th and 461st ACW are showcasing their ability to perform assigned tasks in wartime, contingency or force sustainment operation. Inspection areas include initial response, employment, mission support and ability-to-survive and operate in a chemical environment. (National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Roger Parsons/Released)

A U.S. Air Force navigator on an E-8C Joint STARS reviews a flight plan prior to a sortie during an operational readiness inspection at Robins Air Force Base, Ga., Sept. 8, 2012. Airmen from the 116th and 461st ACW are showcasing their ability to perform assigned tasks in wartime, contingency or force sustainment operation. Inspection areas include initial response, employment, mission support and ability-to-survive and operate in a chemical environment. (National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Roger Parsons/Released)

A U.S. Air Force navigator on an E-8C Joint STARS reviews a flight plan prior to a sortie during an operational readiness inspection at Robins Air Force Base, Ga., Sept. 8, 2012.  Airmen from the 116th and 461st ACW are showcasing their ability to perform assigned tasks in wartime, contingency or force sustainment operation. Inspection areas include initial response, employment, mission support and ability-to-survive and operate in a chemical environment. (National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Roger Parsons/Released)

A U.S. Air Force navigator on an E-8C Joint STARS reviews a flight plan prior to a sortie during an operational readiness inspection at Robins Air Force Base, Ga., Sept. 8, 2012. Airmen from the 116th and 461st ACW are showcasing their ability to perform assigned tasks in wartime, contingency or force sustainment operation. Inspection areas include initial response, employment, mission support and ability-to-survive and operate in a chemical environment. (National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Roger Parsons/Released)

A U.S. Air Force Airborne Radar Technician with Team Joint STARS, performs a pre-flight inspection at an operator work station aboard an E-8C Joint STARS during an operational readiness inspection at Robins Air Force Base, Ga., Sept. 8, 2012.  Airmen from the 116th and 461st Air Control Wing are showcasing their ability to perform assigned tasks in wartime, contingency or force sustainment operation. Inspection areas include initial response, employment, mission support and ability-to-survive and operate in a chemical environment. (National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Roger Parsons/Released)
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A U.S. Air Force Airborne Radar Technician with Team Joint STARS, performs a pre-flight inspection at an operator work station aboard an E-8C Joint STARS during an operational readiness inspection at Robins Air Force Base, Ga., Sept. 8, 2012. Airmen from the 116th and 461st Air Control Wing are showcasing their ability to perform assigned tasks in wartime, contingency or force sustainment operation. Inspection areas include initial response, employment, mission support and ability-to-survive and operate in a chemical environment. (National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Roger Parsons/Released)

U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Elliott Wilkins and Senior Airman Quinn Hansen with the 116th Air Control Wing, take cover after a simulated attack during an operational readiness inspection at Robins Air Force Base, Ga., Sept. 7, 2012.  Airmen from the 116th and 461st ACW are showcasing their ability to perform assigned tasks in wartime, contingency or force sustainment operation. Inspection areas include initial response, employment, mission support and ability-to-survive and operate in a chemical environment. (National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Roger Parsons/Released)
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U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Elliott Wilkins and Senior Airman Quinn Hansen with the 116th Air Control Wing, take cover after a simulated attack during an operational readiness inspection at Robins Air Force Base, Ga., Sept. 7, 2012. Airmen from the 116th and 461st ACW are showcasing their ability to perform assigned tasks in wartime, contingency or force sustainment operation. Inspection areas include initial response, employment, mission support and ability-to-survive and operate in a chemical environment. (National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Roger Parsons/Released)

Sept. 14, 2012 --
     An "Excellent" rating was received by the 116th and 461st Air Control wings as part of a recent Operational Readiness Inspection conducted by over 70 professionals from Air Combat Command's Inspector General team.
     "This year's successful ORI was the result of a lot of hard work by the entire team," said Brig. Gen. William Welsh, 116th ACW commander. "In preparation we also had to ensure that we met the requirement to continue to do operations overseas, while setting ourselves up for success with this inspection."
     That effort included the tireless dedication of operations and maintenance groups, as well as support personnel from across the 116th ACW, 461st ACW and Army's 138th Military Intelligence Company. The team had been preparing for this inspection the past year and a half.
     There were over 600 participants in this year's ORI, with the IG team in place Sept. 5-11.
     The priority was to test the ability of Team JSTARS to launch its airplanes on time and on station, meeting taskings while responding to various simulations from inspectors.
     Those included simulated chemical and mortar attacks, small arms fire, crash recovery and survival scenarios.
     "The objective is to see how much we can stress the organization and perform under that stress," said Col. Henry Cyr, 461st ACW vice commander.
     Cyr also credits the unique experiences brought to the inspection as part of the JSTARS total force construct of the Georgia Air National Guard, the Army and ACC forces. "When you put all this together, we are better suited to respond to complex situations," added Cyr. "We are fortunate to have that great team. Having that complex organization is in fact one of our strengths."
     As part of the "Excellent" grade, over the summer the IG team also evaluated a Virtual Flag exercise, designed to provide realistic warfighter training in a simulated environment. The exercise was hosted by the Air Force Distributed Mission Operations Center, and linked operational and tactical training of various weapons systems platforms across the armed forces, including the JSTARS platform.
     Over a 10-year period, Team JSTARS, an airborne battle management, command and control, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance platform based at Robins, has experienced steady deployments in support of various contingencies across the globe.
     The next Team JSTARS ORI is scheduled for 2017.