ESOHCAMP over, the hard work continues
By Tech. Sgt. Caycee Watson, 169th FW/PA
/ Published November 28, 2012
MCENTIRE JOINT NATIONAL GUARD BASE, South Carolina -- In November, McEntire welcomed a week-long Environmental, Safety and Occupational Health Compliance Assessment and Management Program inspection. ESOHCAMP is a multi-spectrum assessment of the base's environmental management systems, occupational health, ground safety, weapons safety and flight safety programs.
Though the inspection is over, the hard work continues. Col. Mike Hudson, 169th Fighter Wing commander, said, "Here at McEntire, we consider every inspection an opportunity to further improve our performance. Thanks to this ESOHCAMP, we've identified areas in which we can do an even better job, and our folks went to work on them immediately."
During the outbrief, the members of the inspection team shared positive comments on every section they looked at. One remark heard frequently was "your shops are clean and well organized." Some areas were even described as "immaculate." Most of the inspectors also commented on how McEntire's personnel had a clear understanding of their requirements and solid plans in place.
ESOHCAMP inspections are designed to verify an installation's environmental, safety and occupational health programs are working to protect human health and the environment while complying with all applicable laws, regulations and internal policies. Base ground safety manager Senior Master Sgt. Lee Shepherd said, "It provides a good outside objective view to help recognize areas that need to be improved."
Shepherd says one benefit to his team was learning tips for streamlining and changing processes to reduce workload and increase quality of work.
Inspection team chief Dick McCoy from National Guard Bureau commented on McEntire's complexity of operations. "People around the Air National Guard should get here and see how this unit operates," he said. "You make it look easy to keep up with all these programs, and it's not."