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2. More informal get-togethers work well also . Some of the 27 COMMANDING AN AF SQUADRON Travis AFB commanders would meet and relax together on Friday afternoons . Many of the Mather AFB commanders would run together at noon a couple of times a week. " 3 . One commander explained to me how he and his fellow commanders met once a quarter to discuss upcoming wing personnel moves. If they all concurred on some proposed replacements, they would actively approach their boss with their unified suggestions .

2. A field maintenance squadron will have a wide diversity of personnel assigned to the enlisted side of the house alone-from chief master sergeants who entered active duty in the mid-1960s to young airmen who came on board in the late-1980s or later! The personal likes, dislikes, and interests of just these two groups are worlds apart. 3 . Stateside fighter squadrons often deploy to overseas and/or stateside locations for weeks at a time. 4. A strategic missile squadron always has a portion of its unit on alert, 365 days a year.

They all denote some type of formal inspection administered by higher. headquarters personnel, usually at major command level. These inspections are "counters," in that "the big boys" assess your unit's ability to perform its mission and/or function as a military organization . They are not to be confused with local inspections performed by wing agencies or informal "staff assistance" visits, which, although important and useful, pale by comparison to the importance of a visit from the MAJCOM IG .

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