Civil Air Patrol

December Commanders Corner

‘Tis the season to be… READY!  Yes, it’s my favorite season of all – preparing for the holidays, singing Christmas music, decorating the house, and baking cookies.  But, we also have to start preparing – in full gear – for an upcoming SAV and compliance inspection.  Since we will be closing out the calendar year before these two important events, it’s paramount that we review the regulations (some of which are brand new) and start closing out our end of year reports.  These inspections are not just for our wing staff – they look at every program down to every squadron, so we all need to pull together in a real WI fashion to showcase your great programs.

The SAV (Staff Assistance Visit) is from Great Lakes Liaison Region.  It’s a ‘white hat’ precursor to the Compliance Inspection which is an AF/CAP HQ team.  The more we prep for the SAV, the easier the CI will be.  SAV’s are a time to thoroughly review our programs and determine where we are strong and where we have opportunities for improvement.  Areas that are strong should be highlighted!  If you’re doing something great – BRAG about it!  Back it up with numbers to show impact towards the mission and have supporting documentation.

Areas of concern are not all that bad for an SAV.  Once you highlight an area for improvement, come up with a plan to solve the problem.  It’s never good to try to hide something from our AF or HQ brothers and sisters – no program is perfect – but showing the team that you recognize an area of opportunity and have a plan in place to improve will go a LONG way.

Another great avenue is to collaborate with our partners throughout the region.  Start by reading some of the inspection reports in e-services.  If you see a wing is doing particularly well in an area where you may need help, reach out to them.

I sincerely want to thank all of you for your hard work and dedication to serve this great organization.  So prepare for the holidays (safely!) and don’t forget to prepare for the future of the “Wing of Excellence!”

Happy Holidays, Wisconsin Wing! You make me the proudest wing commander in all of Civil Air Patrol.

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