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New Jersey Air National Guard unit is "Excellent" at IG inspection

Col. Andrew Molnar, team chief for the Air Mobility Command Inspector General, briefs the 108th Wing personnel about the Wing's performance during the IG inspection at the Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst theater on Tuesday, June 14. The 108th Wing was inspected for operational readiness by the AMC IG team from June 8 through June 12. The 108th Wing achieved an overall grade of "EXCELLENT" during the inspection. (Photo by Staff Sgt. Armando Vasquez, 108th WG/PA)

Col. Andrew Molnar, team chief for the Air Mobility Command Inspector General, briefs the 108th Wing personnel about the Wing's performance during the IG inspection at the Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst theater on Tuesday, June 14. The 108th Wing was inspected for operational readiness by the AMC IG team from June 8 through June 12. The 108th Wing achieved an overall grade of "EXCELLENT" during the inspection. (Photo by Staff Sgt. Armando Vasquez, 108th WG/PA)

June 14, 2011 -- JOINT BASE MCGUIRE-DIX-LAKEHURST, N.J. -- Amid applauds, cheers and high-fives, the 108th Wing based out of here, learned on June 14 they had received an "excellent" rating from the Inspector General's Office of the Air Mobility Command during their readiness inspections at JBMDL.

Present at the IG out briefing were Maj. Gen. Maria Falca-Dodson, commander of the New Jersey Air National Guard; Navy Capt. Andrew Butterfield, deputy commander of JBMDL; Brig. Gen. Michael Cunniff, commander of the 108th Wing; commanders from the 108th Wing groups and various 108th Wing Airmen and their families.

During the tough but fair inspection, they found that very strong leadership and teamwork were clearly evident at all levels in the 108th Wing, said the team of inspectors.

With a tough mission to support operation Odyssey Dawn, and other deployments around the globe, the 108th Wing prepared for two years to undergo the IG inspection.

"Team Air National Guard New Jersey; team joint base. I don't know what to call you, except I know to call you 'Excellent!'", said the IG team chief, Col. Andrew Molnar, as he announced the overall grade of the inspection to the 108th Wing personnel. "This is the best inspection I've ever witnessed and you can take that to the bank."

"'Brave and undisciplined will always lose or be killed by valor with discipline', and that is exactly what I saw in the Air National Guard," said Molnar as he paraphrased one of his heroes, Gen. George Patton.

"Teamwork from the joint base with you, and a discipline in every step of the operation at every rank, Airmen, NCO, officer, senior officer, leadership, a round of applause for yourself," continued Molnar as he described his overall observation of the 108th Wing during the inspection.

Cunniff thanked the IG team for their professionalism and fairness during the inspection.
In addition, Cunniff said he was proud of the Airmen of the 108th Wing for their hard work and excellent attitude throughout the inspection, and told his Airmen to thank their families for the sacrifices they made during preparations and deployments throughout the year as the Wing got ready for the inspection.

"I am extremely proud to be your commander," said Cunniff.