Reserve refueling wing completes NORI

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  • By Master Sgt. Grady Epperly
  • 507th Air Refueling Wing Public Affairs

The 507th Air Refueling Wing here successfully concluded a Nuclear Operational Readiness Inspection Sept. 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.

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

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.

“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,” said Col. Michael Parks, 507th Air Refueling Wing commander. “The nation expects all components of the nuclear enterprise to comply with unwavering security, safety and reliability standards.”

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.

“The NORI validated our compliance, confirmed our support capabilities and highlighted our flexibility to accomplish our most complex mission task,” Parks said.

After the conclusion of the inspection, the 507th ARW continues to train to provide combat ready airpower at a moment’s notice.