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U.S. Air Forces in Europe, with headquarters at Ramstein Air Base, Germany, is a major command of the U.S. Air Force. It is also the air component of the U.S. European Command, a Department of Defense unified command.
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Inspector General

What is the Inspector General?

In the 52nd Fighter Wing, the inspector general serves as a grievance channel. We provide a place for people to bring a complaint when they see no other way to fix their problem. When we receive a complaint, our job is to dig into the facts surrounding that issue to get to the truth of the matter. We like to say that "we are an advocate for the facts, not the complainant or the Air Force." We work hard to uphold the highest standards of integrity, ultimately to instill greater trust in our leadership and the in Air Force as a whole.

Who may file a complaint?

Any Air Force military or civilian member may file an IG complaint. Depending on the circumstances, the IG may also accept complaints from retirees and dependents. Anyone -- even civilians with no AF affiliation -- may report something they believe constitutes Fraud, Waste, and Abuse.

How do I file a complaint?

You can make a complaint in person, by telephone, e-mail, letter or Fax. You may also submit a complaint anonymously, but identifying yourself allows us to gather additional information if necessary and provide you with the results of our inquiry. You do not need to make an appointment to see us, but it's always best to call before stopping in to make sure someone is available. We can normally meet with you on the day you contact us.

The IG will request you fill out an AF IMT 102, IG Complaint Form. The 102 helps capture the details of your complaint. The more information you can provide, such as, "who," "what," and "when," helps us respond more quickly to your complaint. 

Thoughts from the IG

Often, the best approach to solving problems is through your chain of command. Don't stop at your immediate supervisor; continue up the chain if necessary. Many times the IG will refer complaints back to the unit commander because our initial analysis of the issue shows it is more appropriately worked by unit leadership.

Issues appropriate for the IG include abuses of authority; violations of law, policy, procedures, or regulations; injustice; and inappropriate conduct.

The Air Force has established processes and grievance channels to work many types of issues people may encounter. For example, equal opportunity works complaints of discrimination or harassment, the medical community works complaints relating to medical issues, and the legal office works issues pertaining to legal matters. If the IG receives a complaint which falls into an area which the Air Force already has an established grievance process, by regulation we must refer the complaint to the organization responsible for such issues.

We are essentially the "end of the trail." You may speak to an IG at any level - here at the 52nd FW, USAFE, DoD, and even your Congressman - if you wish. We recommend you start at the lowest level first. We may not tell you what you want to hear, but we will give you a fair and impartial look. 

Contact information:
The 52nd FW IG is located in Bldg. 23 (Wing HQ), groundfloor, northeast corner. The IG or a 24-hour message machine can be reached at: 

Commercial phone: 06565 61 6521 
DSN: 452-6521 
Fax: 452-4075 
E-mail: 52FW.IG.Inspection@us.af.mil
Mailing address: 
52 FW/IG 
Unit 3680 Box 190 
APO AE 09126 

Other contact numbers: 
DoD IG Hotline: (800) 424-9098 (toll free stateside number)
USAF IG: DSN 312 425-1562
USAFE IG: DSN 480-6647

52nd Fighter Wing

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Mission: Deliver Airpower options to deter and combat aggression.

The 52nd FW maintains, deploys and employs F-16CM Fighting Falcons in support of NATO and the national defense directives.

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Wing History

Base history

   Spangdahlem AB and the 52nd Fighter Wing have a rich history. The wing has seen many people and aircraft come and go throughout the years, but one thing remains the same. The 52nd has always been prepared to SEEK ATTACK DESTROY.

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   The F-16 Fighting Falcon is a compact, multi-role fighter aircraft. It is highly maneuverable and has proven itself in air-to-air combat and air-to-surface attack. It provides a relatively low-cost, high-performance weapon system for the United States and allied nations.

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Base Personnel

The Public Affairs office is unable to redirect calls or provide phone numbers. If searching for a phone number on base, call the base operator.

Calling from CONUS:
Comm: 011-49-6565-61-1110
DSN: 314-452-1110

Calling from Germany:
Comm: 06565-61-1110
DSN: 314-452-1110