WASHINGTON – Lt. Gen. Donna W. Martin, the 67th Inspector General of the U.S. Army, announced today the creation and authorization of the Inspector General Identification Badge, which was designed to aid with the visibility of Inspectors General throughout units, and recognize Army Inspectors General for their contributions to the Army’s people and readiness.
“Our inspectors general have been problem solvers for the Army since 1777,” said Martin. “From the days of the Continental Army and Baron von Steuben, IGs have focused on people and readiness.”
All current and former inspectors general in good standing throughout all components of the Army are eligible to wear the IGIB for the remainder of their careers.
The IGIB is an IG blue disk with a thin gold wreath around its perimeter. At the center of the disk is the gold IG branch insignia. The IG branch insignia is composed of a crossed-sword and fasces with wreath bearing the motto “Droit et Avant,” which is French for "First be Correct -Then Take Action" or more commonly "Be Right - Then Forward."
The metallic version is authorized for wear on the right pocket/breast of the Army Service Uniform, and the Army Green Service Uniform; the subdued sew-on version is authorized for the right breast pocket of the Operational Camouflage Uniform. Army Civilian IGs are eligible to wear the IGIB lapel pin. All IGIB items should be available through AAFES Clothing Sales by Spring 2022.
The IGIB was unveiled at the Army Inspector General Fall Forum by Lt. Gen. Martin and IG Sgt. Maj. Larry Orvis as they observed the 244th birthday of the Army IG enterprise, which was established by the Continental Congress on Dec. 13, 1777.
“Every member of our IG squad – past and present – has played a part in improving the Army and the day-to-day lives of our Soldiers, families and Army civilians,” Orvis said. “It’s good to see them receive an emblem signifying the important work they do.”
The IGIB will become widely available in the coming weeks. More information will be included in an ALARACT to be released this week.