Fort Knox, Ky. – More than 30 senior noncommissioned officers from various installations and each Army component gathered Aug. 17-18 at the inaugural Inspector General Sergeants Major Summit.
This two-day event, comprised of working groups and briefings from Human Resources Command subject matter experts, was an opportunity for attendees to collaborate, communicate, share best practices, foster and enhance relationships, and develop tactics, techniques and procedures.
Prior to breaking into their working groups, Sgt. Maj. Larry Orvis, the Inspector General Sergeant Major, encouraged the attendees to devise actionable recommendations and solutions to the problem sets they received at the start of the summit.
“This is a chance for you to collaborate and create change for the entire IG enterprise,” he said. “No solution is too big or too small. Work together. Think strategically.”
As groups huddled and brainstormed, they recognized that differing outlooks and experiences were vital to creating well-rounded and cohesive solutions to complex IG-related issues.
“What makes it better is the difference of opinions. Sometimes we have to shake things up,” said Sgt. Maj. Tameka Herriot, Human Resources Command IG Sergeant Major.
On the second day, attendees discussed the topics below to enhance further collaboration between Senior IG NCOs:
· Efficiencies with the current IG intake system
· Implementation of the IG SGM/IG Noncommissioned Officer in Charge Mentorship Program
· 2023 IG of the Year Competition
· IG SGM positions/locations
· Communication frequency with subjects/complainants of investigations.
“It was a tremendous event that enhanced enterprise-wide communication and shared understanding of strategic-level challenges and priorities,” remarked Sgt. Maj. Cory Fairchild, Inspector General Sergeant Major of Army Forces Command.
All attendees agreed with Sgt. Maj. Fairchild’s assessment, thus paving the way for future annual summits.