Ethics training at USAG-Red Cloud
November 8, 2009
RED CLOUD GARRISON, Republic of Korea - Mandatory training was conducted for all Soldiers and civilians within Area 1 for Ethics Training Nov. 4 at the USAG-RC Theater.
The semi-annual training was offered specifically to civilians required to file an Office of Government Ethics 450 form which regards those who participate personally and substantially through decision or the exercise of significant judgment, and without substantial supervision and review, in taking government action.
"Under Army Regulation 350-1(Army Training and Leader Development) annual Ethics Training is required for contracting officers and OGE 450 filers," said Cpt. Joon Hong, Office of Staff Judge Advocate chief of administrative law. "I hope that everyone learned on their ethical duties to maintain the public confidence and public trust."
The Ethics Training conducted in the theater was a relaxing classroom setting led by Hong, with talking points about conflicts of interest, impartiality and receiving as well as giving gifts with equally important subjects as well. Each topic that Hong presented was followed by a scenario on the subject and a multiple choice question of what the right thing to do is with the personnel regarding each scenario.
"Receiving gifts from outside sources is an issue here in Korea because there is a danger that people give someone a gift under a certain position and we want avoid the appearance of whoever is receiving the gift is giving preferential treatment based on the gift so today we talked about to really ensure
"I think the training is extremely important because it touches on the things that we take for granted on a day to day basis especially when it comes to the internal federal employee to federal employee gift giving." said Sgt. Maj. Dionne Davis, Directorate of Public Works.
"Anything," Davis adeded, "that refreshes people and keeps them updated on what could be improper or unethical is good training. I was under the impression that you were not able to accept gifts from prohibited organizations so that was something that I was wrong about and learned during the training."