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CAPE members tour Warfield ANG Base

A member of the Office of Cost Assessment and Program Evaluation sits inside the cockpit of an A-10C Thunderbolt II aircraft June 1, 2017, while speaking to a 104th Fighter Squadron pilot in the fuel cell hangar at Warfield Air National Guard Base, Md. As part of a base tour, members were given the opportunity to sit inside an A-10 and learn about the capabilities of the aircraft. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Airman Sarah M. McClanahan /Released Master Sgt. Chris Schepers)

A member of the Office of Cost Assessment and Program Evaluation sits inside the cockpit of an A-10C Thunderbolt II aircraft June 1, 2017, while speaking to a 104th Fighter Squadron pilot in the fuel cell hangar at Warfield Air National Guard Base, Md. As part of a base tour, members were given the opportunity to sit inside an A-10 and learn about the capabilities of the aircraft. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Airman Sarah M. McClanahan /Released Master Sgt. Chris Schepers)

Members of the Office of Cost Assessment and Program Evaluation listen to speakers from the 175th Wing June 1, 2017, in the fire station at Warfield Air National Guard Base, Md. Around 35% of the CAPE’s analytic civilian staff holds a doctorate in their field. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Airman Sarah M. McClanahan /Released Master Sgt. Chris Schepers)

Members of the Office of Cost Assessment and Program Evaluation listen to speakers from the 175th Wing June 1, 2017, in the fire station at Warfield Air National Guard Base, Md. Around 35% of the CAPE’s analytic civilian staff holds a doctorate in their field. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Airman Sarah M. McClanahan /Released Master Sgt. Chris Schepers)

Members of the Office of Cost Assessment and Program Evaluation participated in a base tour June 1, 2017, at Warfield Air National Guard Base, Md. The group of more than 30 members listened to several 175th Wing speakers and toured various areas of the base to learn more about the National Guard. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Airman Sarah M. McClanahan /Released Master Sgt. Chris Schepers)

Members of the Office of Cost Assessment and Program Evaluation participated in a base tour June 1, 2017, at Warfield Air National Guard Base, Md. The group of more than 30 members listened to several 175th Wing speakers and toured various areas of the base to learn more about the National Guard. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Airman Sarah M. McClanahan /Released Master Sgt. Chris Schepers)

Service members speak to a member of the Office of Cost Assessment and Program Evaluation June 1, 2017, at Warfield Air National Guard Base, Md. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Airman Sarah M. McClanahan /Released Master Sgt. Chris Schepers)

Service members speak to a member of the Office of Cost Assessment and Program Evaluation June 1, 2017, at Warfield Air National Guard Base, Md. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Airman Sarah M. McClanahan /Released Master Sgt. Chris Schepers)

Two service members talk to each other June 1, 2017, in the fuel cell hangar at Warfield Air National Guard Base, Md. They were participating in a base tour being conducted for visiting members of the Office of Cost Assessment and Program Evaluation. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Airman Sarah M. McClanahan /Released Master Sgt. Chris Schepers)

Two service members talk to each other June 1, 2017, in the fuel cell hangar at Warfield Air National Guard Base, Md. They were participating in a base tour being conducted for visiting members of the Office of Cost Assessment and Program Evaluation. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Airman Sarah M. McClanahan /Released Master Sgt. Chris Schepers)

A 104th Fighter Squadron pilot speaks to a member of the Office of Cost Assessment and Program Evaluation June 1, 2017, while seated inside an A-10C Thunderbolt II aircraft in the fuel cell hangar at Warfield Air National Guard Base, Md. The CAPE staff consists of around 160 members which include both government civilians and military officers. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Airman Sarah M. McClanahan /Released Master Sgt. Chris Schepers)

A 104th Fighter Squadron pilot speaks to a member of the Office of Cost Assessment and Program Evaluation June 1, 2017, while seated inside an A-10C Thunderbolt II aircraft in the fuel cell hangar at Warfield Air National Guard Base, Md. The CAPE staff consists of around 160 members which include both government civilians and military officers. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Airman Sarah M. McClanahan /Released Master Sgt. Chris Schepers)

Air Force Senior Master Sgt. Larry Norman, first sergeant, speaks to members of the Office of Cost Assessment and Program Evaluation June 1, 2017, in the fire station at Warfield Air National Guard Base, Md. The Office of CAPE was established as part of the Weapons System Acquisition Reform Act in 2009. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Airman Sarah M. McClanahan /Released Master Sgt. Chris Schepers)

Air Force Senior Master Sgt. Larry Norman, first sergeant, speaks to members of the Office of Cost Assessment and Program Evaluation June 1, 2017, in the fire station at Warfield Air National Guard Base, Md. The Office of CAPE was established as part of the Weapons System Acquisition Reform Act in 2009. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Airman Sarah M. McClanahan /Released Master Sgt. Chris Schepers)

Air Force Lt. Col. Christine G. Estacion, medical service corps officer of 175th Medical Group, speaks to members of the Office of Cost Assessment and Program Evaluation June 1, 2017, in the dining facility at Warfield Air National Guard Base, Md. Estacion was answering CAPE member questions during a working lunch. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Airman Sarah M. McClanahan /Released Master Sgt. Chris Schepers)

Air Force Lt. Col. Christine G. Estacion, medical service corps officer of 175th Medical Group, speaks to members of the Office of Cost Assessment and Program Evaluation June 1, 2017, in the dining facility at Warfield Air National Guard Base, Md. Estacion was answering CAPE member questions during a working lunch. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Airman Sarah M. McClanahan /Released Master Sgt. Chris Schepers)

A member of the Office of Cost Assessment and Program Evaluation asks a question June 1, 2017, at the dining facility at Warfield Air National Guard Base, Md. More than 30 CAPE members traveled to Warfield to participate in a base tour and stopped to eat lunch at the dining facility. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Airman Sarah M. McClanahan /Released Master Sgt. Chris Schepers)

A member of the Office of Cost Assessment and Program Evaluation asks a question June 1, 2017, at the dining facility at Warfield Air National Guard Base, Md. More than 30 CAPE members traveled to Warfield to participate in a base tour and stopped to eat lunch at the dining facility. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Airman Sarah M. McClanahan /Released Master Sgt. Chris Schepers)

A member of the Office of Cost Assessment and Program Evaluation sits inside the cockpit of an A-10C Thunderbolt II aircraft June 1, 2017, in the fuel cell hangar at Warfield Air National Guard Base, Md. More than 30 CAPE members traveled to Warfield to participate in a base tour and were shown various aspects of the base, including hangers, aircraft and the dining facility. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Airman Sarah M. McClanahan /Released Master Sgt. Chris Schepers)
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A member of the Office of Cost Assessment and Program Evaluation sits inside the cockpit of an A-10C Thunderbolt II aircraft June 1, 2017, in the fuel cell hangar at Warfield Air National Guard Base, Md. More than 30 CAPE members traveled to Warfield to participate in a base tour and were shown various aspects of the base, including hangers, aircraft and the dining facility. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Airman Sarah M. McClanahan /Released Master Sgt. Chris Schepers)

Air Force Brig. Gen. Randolph J. Staudenraus, wing commander of the 175th Wing, gives a welcome briefing June 1, 2017, to members of the Office of the Cost Assessment and Program Evaluation at Warfield Air National Guard Base, Md. The CAPE members were at Warfield for a base tour and to learn about the National Guard. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Airman Sarah M. McClanahan /Released Master Sgt. Chris Schepers)
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Air Force Brig. Gen. Randolph J. Staudenraus, wing commander of the 175th Wing, gives a welcome briefing June 1, 2017, to members of the Office of the Cost Assessment and Program Evaluation at Warfield Air National Guard Base, Md. The CAPE members were at Warfield for a base tour and to learn about the National Guard. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Airman Sarah M. McClanahan /Released Master Sgt. Chris Schepers)

Members of the Office of the Cost Assessment and Program Evaluation listen to a briefing June 1, 2017, in the A-10 maintenance hangar at Warfield Air National Guard Base, Md. The brief was conducted by the wing commander and was the first stop of a day-long tour of the base. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Airman Sarah M. McClanahan /Released Master Sgt. Chris Schepers)
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Members of the Office of the Cost Assessment and Program Evaluation listen to a briefing June 1, 2017, in the A-10 maintenance hangar at Warfield Air National Guard Base, Md. The brief was conducted by the wing commander and was the first stop of a day-long tour of the base. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Airman Sarah M. McClanahan /Released Master Sgt. Chris Schepers)

BALTIMORE --

BALTIMORE, Md. – Members of the Office of Cost Assessment and Program Evaluation participated in a base tour June 1, 2017, at Warfield Air National Guard Base, Middle River, Maryland.

    The CAPE mission is to provide the Department of Defense with timely, insightful and unbiased analysis on resource allocation and cost estimation problems to deliver the optimum portfolio of military capabilities through efficient and effective use of each taxpayer dollar.

    CAPE helps to shape the Department of Defense’s budget on an annual basis, said Col. Nashid Salahuddin, commander of the 175th Mission Support Group. We have approximately 16 CAPE analysts, who are primarily GS employees, and have had very limited exposure to the National Guard.

    “The National Guard Bureau arranged for them to come and visit us today,” said Salahuddin. “The 175th Wing is representing the entire National Guard, not just the Air National Guard. This gives them an opportunity to get exposure to an actual ANG wing.”

    The visiting CAPE members were given a tour of wing facilities and listened to various speakers talk about mission sets, said Salahuddin. The Maryland Army National Guard was present to talk about their missions, as well.

     “The analysts here are making billion dollar decisions and they spend most of their time in the Pentagon,” said Salahuddin. “We hope to get them exposed to the National Guard so they can put a face to the missions we have. So as they are thinking about where defense money is going to go, they can think about their tour here, the missions we have, and the amazing people we have.

    As they perform their analytical work, their exposure to the Maryland National Guard will help them shape their decisions, said Salahuddin.