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  • Inspection Readiness vs. Day-to-Day Readiness

    In the past, thoughts and images of an inspector often conjured a sense of anxiety and panic. Armed with a checklist and a quota, the old “black-hat” inspectors would set out with one goal in mind; to find and report deficiencies. And if a deficiency was found, there was a good chance it would result in a bad performance report or the loss of a job. As a result, units often spent more time cleaning, polishing, and painting over any and all imperfections in hopes that inspectors would overlook a deficiency. This of course created two states of readiness; 1) day-to day-readiness; and 2) inspection readiness. The black-hat inspection methodologies resulted in inefficiencies, the tendency to hide problems, high levels of stress, and a false sense of readiness.
  • Otis Microgrid ribbon-cutting marks a new era in energy resiliency and grid security

    After three years of planning and construction, a ribbon-cutting ceremony took place on Aug 29 that marked the DoD’s first wind-powered microgrid, signifying the system’s readiness to support the 24/7 Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance mission of the 102nd Intelligence Wing.
  • ESGR Employer Appreciation Day at Joint Base Cape Cod

    Over 30 civilian employers of National Guard and Reserve service members participated in an employer appreciation event organized by the Massachusetts contingent of the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserves organization, on Friday July 13, 2018.
  • Winter storms highlight Massachusetts Guard teamwork

    Punxsutawney Phil was on the money this year when he predicted six more weeks of winter. And although they would never admit it, it probably felt a little like Groundhog Day for the 102nd Civil Engineers tasked to keep Joint Base Cape Cod up and running in the wake of four Nor’easters that struck the region last month.
  • 102nd Civil Engineers support Camp Tortuguero

    OTIS AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE, Cape Cod, Mass. - Last September Puerto Rico was hit by Hurricane Maria, one of the largest and most destructive hurricanes ever recorded on the island. Maria made landfall as a strong Category 4 storm with maximum sustained winds of 155 miles per hour. The hurricane devastated much of the island and left over a million people without electricity, and many without access to fresh water.
  • Ready To Deploy - Logistics Plans

    OTIS AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE, Cape Cod, Mass. - In the Air Force there comes a time for most people when you have to pack your bags, say good bye to loved ones and deploy overseas. When that time comes you’ll have a full appreciation for the Airmen who plan your trip and make sure you get over there and back safely.
  • I Am An American Airman - Senior Airman Yannick Adjei

    OTIS AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE, Cape Cod, Mass. - Senior Airman Yannick Adjei’s father knew he needed to get his family out of the West African nation of Cote d’Ivoire fast. It was 2002 and civil war had just erupted in the country. Adjei’s father was a close adviser to the former president, Robert Guei. On the first night of the conflict, Guei along with his family and aides were assassinated in the capital city of Abijan. As violence spread across the country, everyone in Guei’s administration and all of their families were under perilous threat of political violence.
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