Getting to know the garrison: Internal Review Office

By Amanda Sullivan, Fort Leonard Wood Public Affairs OfficeJune 21, 2021

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FORT LEONARD WOOD, Mo. — The Fort Leonard Wood Internal Review Office serves as the principal advisor to the garrison commander on internal control and audit matters.

According to Director Michelle Isbell, the IRO strengthens our nation’s defense strategy by further securing federal assets and mitigating fraud, waste and abuse through a variety of audit services.

“We are an independent, objective audit and analysis activity within the command designed to add value and improve the command’s operations,” Isbell said. “We provide the commanders and their staffs with a full range of professional, timely internal review services that support local decision makers and ensure effective stewardship.”

Isbell said the IRO helps Fort Leonard Wood organizations accomplish their objectives by bringing a systematic, disciplined approach to foster positive and strong management through objective examination of evidence for the purpose of providing an independent assessment of risk management; control and governance processes within the organization; and reasonable assurance that these processes are functioning properly.

“We coordinate with senior leaders for identification of high-risk areas and advocate for their needs on the annual audit plan,” she said. “We may look across the spectrum to identify areas of improvement for Soldier and family services and to mission readiness.”

To anonymously report a fraud, waste and abuse concern to the IRO, visit

Other Fort Leonard Wood services and resources can be found at, on official social media pages — such as the Fort Leonard Wood Facebook page — or in the Digital Garrison application, available for free in Google Play or Apple App Store.

The app also provides critical real-time updates regarding weather hazards and road conditions, community events or changes in hours of operation across the installation.

(Editor’s note: This series provides information on Fort Leonard Wood’s garrison directorates and programs to help service members and their families understand the resources available here.)