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US Air Force 507th Air Refueling Wing Completes Nuclear Operational Readiness Inspection

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US Air Force 507th Air Refueling Wing Completes Nuclear Operational Readiness Inspection

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US Air Force 507th Air Refueling Wing Completes Nuclear Operational Readiness Inspection
US Air Force 507th Air Refueling Wing Completes Nuclear Operational Readiness Inspection

The 507th Air Refueling Wing here successfully concluded a Nuclear Operational Readiness Inspection (NORI) September 16-18. The NORI is a routine evaluation used to determine a unit’s capability to perform as a nuclear support unit. Throughout the three-day inspection, the wing was graded on two major areas: Force generation and employment. NORIs test, assess, and evaluate readiness, and also compare processes and procedures. These inspections are detailed and require a demanding standard of compliance and accountability. Earlier in 2022, the 507th ARW Inspector General Inspections Offices rigorously trained the Wing Inspection Team to autonomously and objectively scrutinize the nuclear readiness mission. The training allowed the WIT to evaluate the program on their ability to accurately self-assess. After the conclusion of the inspection, the 507th ARW continues to train to provide combat ready airpower at a moment’s notice.

“The Okies did a great job across the board showing the inspectors our key role in nuclear deterrence operations. And they did it all while maintaining clear and effective communications,,” said the 507th Air Refueling Wing command chief, Chief Master Sgt. Stephen Nicholas.

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US Air Force 507th Air Refueling Wing Completes Nuclear Operational Readiness Inspection
KC-135s taxi back to the ramp after the 507th Air Refueling Wing successfully concluded a Nuclear Operational Readiness Inspection on Tinker Air Force Base, Oklahoma, Sept. 18. The NORI is a routine evaluation used to determine a unit’s capability to perform as a nuclear support unit. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Master Sgt. Grady Epperly)

“Within a challenging no-fail exercise scenario, the 507th Okie Airmen clearly demonstrated their ability to execute our U.S. Air Force’s top priority mission. The nation expects all components of the nuclear enterprise to comply with unwavering security, safety and reliability standards. The NORI validated our compliance, confirmed our support capabilities and highlighted our flexibility to accomplish our most complex mission task,” said Col. Michael Parks, 507th Air Refueling Wing commander.

The 507th Air Refueling Wing is a reserve component flying unit of the United States Air Force. It is assigned to Fourth Air Force of Air Force Reserve Command, stationed at Tinker Air Force Base, Oklahoma with elements at Altus Air Force Base, Oklahoma. The 507th ARW executes air refueling, airlift, and training in support of Air Mobility Command and U.S. Strategic Command’s national emergency war order requirements. The wing employs approximately 1,100 men and women made up of a mix of Traditional Reservists, full-time Air Reserve Technicians, AGRs and Air Force civilians. The wing also provides mission support for all other reserve units stationed at Tinker AFB.

US Air Force 507th Air Refueling Wing Completes Nuclear Operational Readiness Inspection
A B-1 Lancer from the 28th Bomb Squadron assigned to Dyess Air Force Base, Texas refuels with a KC-135 Stratotanker assigned to the 465th Air Refueling Squadron, Tinker Air Force Base, Oklahoma, over north Texas October 21, 2022. (U.S. Air Force photo by 2nd Lt. Mary Begy)

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