- Independent, objective inspection and evaluation
- Oversight and standardization of the IG enterprise
- Educating and training the Inspectors General
- Analysis of inspections to drive better decisions
• Integrates medical inspectors with Major Command (MAJCOM) Inspector General (IG) teams to conduct Unit Effectiveness Inspections (UEI)
• Provides oversight of MAJCOM-conducted Nuclear Surety Inspections (NSI) and select initial NSIs to assess MAJCOM IG performance and provide The Inspector General (TIG), Chief of Staff of the Air Force (CSAF) and Secretary of the Air Force (SecAF) an independent perspective of the safety, security and reliability of units and nuclear weapons
• Observes the conduct and performance of MAJCOM IG teams during all inspection types and provides feedback to IGs and SAF/IG on their effectiveness to improve and standardize processes across the Air Force Inspection System (AFIS)
• Plans and conducts management inspections of Air Force MAJCOM HQs and Air Staff Directorates to report on their efficiency, economy, and discipline
• Conducts Air Force-wide analysis on IG inspections to identify systemic issues, trends, and leading indicators across the Air Force allowing senior leaders to make data-driven decisions
• Prepares and publishes TIG Brief which communicates to the Air Force relevant information about the full spectrum of IG activities.
• Maintains an appropriate staff to provide legal reviews/recommendations to the command team
• Processes UEI surveys for all Major Command Inspectors General
• Provides A1 and A6 support for all AFIA personnel
• Serves as the lead agent for Air Force Wounded, Ill, and Injured inspection
AFIA traces its roots back to 1927 when the US Army Chief of the Air Corps established an Inspection Division to perform technical inspections in support of flight safety objectives. By the end of World War II, this function was aligned under the Air Inspector. In July 1948, Air Force Letter No. 20-4 directed consolidation of Headquarters U.S. Air Force inspection activities at Kelly AFB, Texas, and provided for inspectors general at echelons of command below Headquarters U.S. Air Force.
On Sept. 20, 1950, the Vice Chief of Staff authorized the creation of a Directorate of Technical Inspections at Norton AFB. Organized operations began in February 1951 with 128 officers, 29 noncommissioned officers and 31 civilians. Duties for this function included evaluations of and recommended improvements to the maintenance, modification and overhaul of aircraft, related components and equipment.
To complete the consolidation of activities required for effectively conducting its technical inspection mission, in August 1951, the Deputy IG at Norton AFB subsumed the Directorate of Procurement and Supply Inspection which was transferred from the Pentagon. By the end of 1952, the Directorate of Readiness Inspection was also moved from the Deputy IG at Kelly AFB to Norton AFB to become the Directorate of Readiness and Materiel Inspections.
On Jan. 7, 1963, the Deputy Inspectors General for Safety and Inspections were combined to establish the U.S. Air Force Deputy Inspector General; however, safety activities were still divided. The Directorate of Aerospace Safety remained at Norton AFB while the Directorate of Nuclear Safety resided at Kirtland AFB, New Mexico. Under this plan, a single deputy was responsible for the Air Force Inspection System and safety programs.