Linda Nogle is the first U.S. Army Combat Capabilities Development Command employee to win the Inspector General of the Year award after a grueling three-day competition at the Pentagon. She competed for the annual title against nine other Army inspectors general and won the Department of the Army Civilian (GS-12/13) IG of the Year award category.
“The first two days of the competition comprised seven stations and more than six hours of written exams. The exams tested our writing and communication skills, and our knowledge of IG processes and procedures. During the last day of the competition, a six-member panel tested our advanced IG knowledge and our articulation of specific issues,” Nogle said.
The competition included questions on all aspects of the Army’s Office of the Inspector General, including the four core IG functions: Inspections, Assistance, Investigations, and Teaching and Training.
Nogle has been an IG since 2009, and she joined the DEVCOM Command IG team in 2022. Nogle’s education aligns with DEVCOM’s efforts to acquire the best talent – she has a bachelor’s degree in biology and was commissioned as a Military Police Officer through the Reserve Officer Training Corps. Nogle also has a master’s degree in administration.
“IGs serve as an extension of the eyes, ears, voice and conscience of the commanding general. Specifically, IGs use the four core functions to identify systematic areas that may adversely affect the command and the Army. Then, they make recommendations to address and resolve any issues,” Nogle said.
DEVCOM Command Inspector General, Albert LaBella, was impressed with Nogle’s preparedness – soon after accepting the position, Nogle presented to him for review an annual report, a fiscal year inspection plan, and a long-range IG training plan.
“Linda is committed to excellence in every respect, and she is always willing to assist and contribute to the overall mission readiness of the command. She is the consummate team player and significantly supports projects at every opportunity,” LaBella said.
He nominated Nogle for the award, and Maj. Gen. Edmond ‘Miles’ Brown, DEVCOM commanding general, endorsed the nomination.
“It was professionally fulfilling to be encouraged to compete and then be recognized based on my experience and IG acumen. I am proud of my achievement in winning the competition against a highly competitive group of IGs,” Nogle said.
The winners were formally recognized at the Worldwide Inspector General Conference in Little Rock, Arkansas, May 23, 2023. The categories included: Department of the Army Civilian (GS-9-11) IG of the Year; Department of the Army Civilian (GS-12-13) IG of the Year; Department of the Army Civilian (GS-14-15) IG of the Year; IG Non-Commissioned Officer of the Year; and IG Officer of the Year.
Each winner earned an Army Commendation Medal or Civilian Service Commendation Medal. All other participants received the Army Achievement Medal or Civilian Service Commendation Medal. Nogle received the Civilian Service Commendation Medal at the ceremony.
Prior to becoming IGs, Department of the Army service members and Civilians must complete a three-week IG course. Civilian IGs are also required to complete a one-week advanced course every five years.
The U.S. Army Combat Capabilities Development Command, known as DEVCOM, is home to thousands of Army scientists, engineers, technicians and analysts working around the globe to leverage cutting-edge technologies and empower the American warfighter with the data and abilities to see, sense, make decisions and act faster than our adversaries – today and in the future.
As part of Army Futures Command, DEVCOM takes calculated risks to find new technological solutions each day. Our experts drive innovation, improve existing technologies and engineer solutions to technical challenges. Our work goes beyond theory to simulation and prototyping. We take potential science and technology solutions from the lab “into the dirt” for experimentation alongside Army Soldiers. DEVCOM prides itself as a global ecosystem of innovators, from world-class universities and large defense contractors, to small, minority-owned businesses and international allies and partners.