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Commentary: Practical LSET Advice

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  • By Lt. Col. Robert B. Mundie
  • 82d Reconnaissance Squadron
I always have preferred easy-to-follow, practical advice: "simple is better," "eat breakfast," or "wear sunscreen." These examples of practical, easy-to-execute, tested by time and error, pieces of advice, if followed, have the potential to help us all through our off-duty and on-duty time. 

With the Logistical Standardization and Evaluation Team (LSET) inspection right around the corner, I advocate the following five pieces of advice when working with the LSET inspectors: 

1. Be open and honest: Air Force core values matter. Integrity and honesty will be looked at by the entire LSET team. If your program is not where it needs to be, advocate how you will be the agent of change. Don't use cover-up tactics or try to deceive the inspectors.
2. Don't argue: If you sense an evaluator is drawing the wrong conclusion or you know that an evaluator is incorrect by action or statement, mention your understanding of the process or procedure, but don't argue! Before the evaluator turns uncovered issues into findings, the evaluation team will have to concur and back their findings up with the appropriate regulations or instructions.
3. Show enthusiasm: Your attitude is the easiest thing for you to control during an inspection.
4. Show a sense of urgency: It cannot be overstated how much this helps. Your motivation to get things done right, the first time, with a sense of urgency is immediately identifiable by the evaluation team.
5. Don't bluff: This is never a good idea. The evaluator looking at your processes was most likely a key part of writing the regulation and the evaluator knows what you're supposed to be doing. Show them how you execute your job or program, and how you apply the regulation. Save the bluffing for fishing or stories on your exploits back in school.

These five simple pieces of advice have served me well when I was undergoing any form of Air Force inspection or evaluation. They can be helpful; however they are no substitute for preparation and proper management of your program.

The LSET is upon us. Show the evaluators the fruits of your preparation, follow my five pieces of advice, and best wishes on a successful inspection!