USARPAC hosts IG Workshop
March 8, 2013
- If you are out and visible to the Soldiers then there is more of a chance they will reach out with their concerns.
- We need to create a work environment where our Soldiers can excel.
FORT SHAFTER, Hawaii -- U.S. Army Pacific Inspector General Soldiers and civilians gathered together Feb. 25 to discuss current IG issues, network with peers and ensure everyone is focused on the command priorities for the year.
Seasoned IGs were able to share words of advice with newer IG Soldiers. All attendees took the opportunity to share their current effective practices, to include how to advise Soldiers or provide guidance to a commander.
"Today we are here to share, network and crosstalk," said USARPAC IG Sgt. Maj. Raymond Rodriguez. "It's important we network closely with our fellow IGs. Even though you are a good IG, there is a possibility there is something you may have missed. If you are not networking to share best practices, or sharing your case notes with peers, you should be."
The workshop featured guest speaker Maj. Gen. Joseph G. Chavez, Army National Guard USARPAC Deputy Commander, U.S. Army, Pacific. Chavez set the stage for the workshop with opening remarks.
"Doing what's right builds trust amongst your subordinates," Chavez said. "You have to have a firm sense of morality for yourself, so you can provide the right assistance to the Soldiers and leaders who depend on you to help create a healthy work environment. We need to create a work environment where our Soldiers can excel."
Rob Faucher, assistant IG at USARPAC, said it is important for IGs to remain impartial, tactful and diplomatic.
"The minute you start taking sides, you are no longer an effective IG," added Master Sgt. Eric Arant, Noncommissioned Officer in Charge with 25th Infantry Division IG.
"Get out and do a 'walk about'," said Rodriguez. "If you are out and visible to the Soldiers then there is more of a chance they will reach out with their concerns."
Commanders must make tough decisions and at the end of the day a good IG will help them maintain the unit's "moral compass." Chavez reminded workshop attendees of the most important rule to remember when performing their duties.
"Treat others as you would like to have yourself be treated," said Chavez, "That is the root of respect, it conveys to the people (you advise) that you care. And that is what being an IG is all about."