HANSCOM AIR FORCE BASE, Mass. – The Air Force Materiel Command Inspector General team has concluded its Unit Effectiveness Inspection of the 66th Air Base Group, rating it as “Effective” in carrying out its vital base- and massive regional-support missions.
AFMC inspectors assessed four major graded areas: managing resources, leading people, improving the unit and executing the mission.
“Despite unprecedented circumstances, our Hanscom Warhawks found innovative and creative ways to accomplish the mission,” said Col. Katrina Stephens, installation commander. “I am incredibly proud of the effort put forth by everyone to showcase our strengths to the AFMC IG team, but more importantly, for doing what they do every day to support our mission partners, on-base tenants and seven-state regional customers.”
Officials spent a week examining, inspecting, discussing and assessing Hanscom personnel and their processes. Members of the team met with key subject matter experts to evaluate how their units perform on a daily basis.
The IG team recognized three members of the 66th Air Base Group as Superior Performers: Staff Sgt. Joshua Pimentel, 66th Comptroller Squadron; Tech. Sgt. William Trimble, 66th Medical Squadron; and Anthony Renzoni, 66 ABG Plans and Programs.
“One thing that stood out to me was their care for others, care for other Airmen,” said Col. Greg Buckner, AFMC inspector general, who presented coins in the atrium of the ABG headquarters building.
Buckner recognized Pimentel for creating an electronic in-processing program during the early stages of the pandemic that will be maintained post-COVID.
“When I think of Josh I think of innovation,” said Buckner. “He’s trying to take care of a process and make it better [for the customer].”
Trimble, an MDS flight medicine technician, received his coin for “efficiently and effectively” managing multiple flight programs.
Airmen like Sergeant Trimble, Buckner said, remind him that the Air Force is a great place.
The IG commended Renzoni for his work with the ABG’s 2021 Strategic Planning initiative and the Crisis Action Team’s COVID response.
“When you take something, and take it as your own, it shows true leadership and followership,” said Buckner. “When we can walk around the command and [see that] people are following it [strategic plan], that’s something special. That doesn’t happen everywhere.”
The command team from Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Ohio consisted of experts in a variety of specialties.
“Every member of the workforce here has a role in maintaining the warfighter’s edge,” said Lt. Col. Sidney Squires, 66 ABG IG. “This is a strong organization and the UEI results prove that.”
A new UEI cycle now begins, and the Hanscom IG will continue to evaluate and inspect to find ways to improve, Squires said.
Inspectors also highlighted the following individuals as Outstanding Performers: Barbara Martin, Senior Airman Jaelyn Savage, Scott Sheehan, Tech. Sgt. Raphael De La Rosa, Senior Airman Benjamin Perez, Bobby Jacques, Senior Airman Elisha West, Emerald Lundy, Andy Meacham, Staff Sgt. Christian Bagtas, Christopher Vozello, Officer Isaac Rosales and Tech. Sgt. Kile Barrett.
The following teams were recognized as Outstanding Teams: Sexual Assault and Response, Suicide Prevention, Military Personnel, Emergency Management, Security Forces Plans and Programs, Infection Prevention and Infrastructure Project Development and Programming.