Why an ORI?

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- Several Airmen recently asked me, "Why have an ORI? We are the most heavily deployed base in the MAJCOM."

Yes, we are the most deployed base in the command and yes an ORI does test a wing's ability to deploy. But every base, even those that deploy more Airmen than we do, found there is room for improvement.

The IG Team will look at our deployment process; but there is so much more to consider during an inspection. The biggest difference in the coming months is our attitude as we prepare for the inspection. It is the journey, not just the destination that makes a big difference. Attitude is everything! It's what drives us to bring to life our core values of integrity first, service before self, and excellence in all we do.

In September, we'll have the opportunity to demonstrate to ourselves, our fellow units and our leadership how we embody those core values as we go into the Operational Readiness Inspection. ORI's are challenging, and deliberately so. But success requires more than the ability to recite a checklist, run an exercise, or scramble into your chem gear during a North Star operation.

It demands that every one of us maintain a positive attitude and sense of urgency in everything, whether it's in the preparation or the actual execution of the ORI itself. Remember that the IG team -- and your teammates and Wingmen -- are not only watching what you do, but how you do it!

One of the most remarkable things about attitude is that it is extremely infectious. In the face of difficulty, one person with a positive attitude can raise the morale and performance of an entire team regardless of the difficulty of a situation. Contrast this with someone with a poor attitude who can pull down a team's morale and its ability to get the job done even in the best of times.

One of the examples of the power of a positive attitude is the true story of Daniel "Rudy" Ruettiger, who desired more than anything to play football at Notre Dame despite his small size and lack of physical talent. You'll recall from the biographical movie that he inspired his teammates to pursue new levels of excellence with an unstoppable drive.

Rudy only got to "suit up" once in two years. But as a result of his positive attitude on the practice field and in the locker room, his teammates were willing to give up their chance to play in their last game as seniors if that's what it took to get him on the field. Now there's one person with an amazing impact on an entire team!

The ORI will be challenging, but more importantly it's an opportunity to show how good we really are, that we can "walk the walk" as teammates and Wingmen. You and your attitude will be key to our collective success. Over the next few months, right up to the start of the ORI, we'll face all kinds of inconveniences and challenges. But like Rudy, if we maintain a positive attitude and live the Air Force Core Values daily, we'll be incredibly successful and proud!

Go Hawks!