MINOT AIR FORCE BASE Units of the 5th Bomb Wing at Minot Air Force Base have received the rating of satisfactory, the highest nuclear surety inspection rating.
The Air Force Global Strike Command Inspector General team visited Minot AFB to evaluate the bomb wing's ability to manage nuclear deterrence and global strike operations while complying with strict nuclear surety standards, said Tech. Sgt. Mark Bell, a spokesman for the base Public Affairs Office.
An NSI is conducted about every two years.
The bomb wing began its NSI Jan. 31 and completed it Tuesday.
The Inspector General team evaluated numerous scenarios, special interest items and conducted a formal assessment across the 5th Bomb Wing for its NSI inspection, Bell said. He said nuclear surety inspections are extremely detailed and demand the highest standards of compliance and accountability.
According to Air Force information, Nuclear Surety Inspections and other tools are used to constantly test, assess, evaluate, compare and hone processes, procedures, and readiness.
An NSI is designed to evaluate safe, secure and effective unit nuclear mission capability. Areas include operations, maintenance, security and support activities needed to ensure a unit is performing its mission in a safe, secure and effective manner.
Commanders use inspection results and reports to adjust focus and resources as needed to keep the units combat ready, safe, secure and effective at all times.
NSIs are tough to pass-a typical inspection requires that hundreds of items must meet high Air Force standards in order to receive a "satisfactory" rating.
Currently, the base's 91st Missile Wing is being inspected. Its NSI is expected to be completed next week.