Academy begins health, welfare inspections

U.S. AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. -- Academy commanders and supervisors begin a base-wide health and welfare inspection today, in compliance with the Air Force Chief of Staff's recent direction for every Air Force installation around the world.

Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Welsh III directed commanders during a Nov. 28 wing commander's call to examine their work settings and ensure Airmen at all levels consistently apply standards of professionalism and respect across the service.

The purpose of this inspection is to reinforce expectations for the workplace environment, correct deficiencies, and deter conditions that may be detrimental to good order and discipline. Commanders will look for and remove unprofessional or inappropriate items that hinder a professional working environment.

"Over the past months, I've discussed with our commanders, leaders and supervisors about the importance of pride and performance," Welsh said. "When Airmen work in a setting that is consistent with our core values of integrity, service and excellence, they perform with honor and distinction -- they deserve nothing less. Anything short detracts from that pride and cripples mission effectiveness."