Operational Readiness

“We interrupt this ORI for a photo opp…”

Much has been going on in my Wing lately that I haven’t discussed online, due to the sensitive nature of the work.  Sure, you could’ve figured it out if you buzzed around online, but better to wait and tell you after the fact.

This last weekend we finished up our Operational Readiness Inspection (ORI).  Can you hear the big sigh of relief from everyone on Peterson?  You should!  We’ve been working up for this for an entire year now!  Let me backtrack for everyone who may be new to the Air Force…

In a nutshell, the ORE/ORI is BMT’s

Even PDF members need to make drive-thru runs!

The IPR office does a host of classified tasks and knows the whereabouts of all deployed members at all time.  Over the period I worked with them, we prepared briefs for our primaries and alternates, managing that event, and controlling the entrance to only those with the appropriate security clearance.  When our members deployed, we prepared their NATO and deployment orders, briefed them a few more times, and took accountability countless times.  We were a tight knit group, spending tons of quality time together. 

During the both the ORE and the ORI I worked on the Personnel Deployment Function (PDF) line, which out-processes and in-processes deploying members.  While I didn’t work the PDF line for deployers this time, I did get to work the reception line!  Reception is my favorite part, one I referenced back in this blog post.  One of the biggest responsibilities of my job as a Personnelist is accountability.  During reception I get to meet the planes on the flight line, retrieve the manifest documents that detail the members on board the plane, as well as pick up crew orders and flight orders.  For someone typically cooped up in an office, you can imagine that it’s pretty exciting for me.  There’s just something amazing about being out there that reassures me that I made the right decision when enlisting in the Air Force.

It’s been a busy month, to say the least.  I’ve been on duty for a total of fourteen days so far, and I’m heading back again this weekend for the regular UTA.  I’ve closed on a house, prepared my commissioning packet, and put my new home together, all while entering my second trimester!  Thankfully, my days of being without DH are coming to a close very quickly.  Many, many good things happening in my life right now and I feel exceptionally blessed!

[Side note: I do not know the status of our ORI at this point, if we “passed” or not.  A failure would mean having to repeat the process in six months, which no one wants to do.]