ARLINGTON, Va. - Army National Guard (ARNG) Soldiers from around the United States conducted a critical review of their force structure data at the Integrated Personnel and Pay System - Army (IPPS-A) offices in Arlington, Va., the week of Apr. 16-19. The activity, one of several conducted by the ARNG over the past three months, was a preliminary step to the deployment of Release 2 of the IPPS-A system later this year in Pennsylvania.

Soldiers from Alabama, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, New Hampshire and Tennessee participated in the Army Organization Server (AOS) Data Interface Initial Database Load workshop. Review and configuration of exiting AOS information to validate unit information accuracy and unit hierarchy alignment are essential steps for building the templates to uploading Soldier records into IPPS-A, according to CW4 Troy Skaggs, one of the technical experts from the IPPS-A ARNG Liaison Team.

CW3 James Ford, Kentucky Army National Guard, Joint Force Headquarters, comes to IPPS-A monthly to prepare Kentucky for the new system.

"If data isn't correct, you could process an erroneous actions for a Soldier," said CW3 Ford, "so it's very important to have correct data in the system. My advice to the other states is to stay engaged and involved in the program."

It was a first visit to IPPS-A for Maj. Wayne Boutwell, New Hampshire Army National Guard, Joint Force Headquarters-but he noted that much preparation had already occurred in his state. Maj. Boutwell credited several onsite IPPS-A experts for New Hampshire's smooth data transfer process. "It made all the difference in the world," he said. "It's also so important for our team to have experts who understand all the units and their organizational structures." He and his team can now serve as subject matter experts for the rest of the state when New Hampshire conducts its fielding of IPPS-A.