FORT LEONARD WOOD, Mo. -- First Infantry Division Soldiers and Department of the Army civilians visited select staff members of the 4th Maneuver Enhancement Brigade between February 6 and 10 during the 'Big Red One's' annual command inspection.

"The 1st I.D. inspection focused on systemic issues that are having a deleterious effect on many of the brigade's units and Soldiers," explained Cpt. Mohammad Waseem, 4th MEB plans officer. "I.G. inspections highlighted the root cause of all identified problem areas and offered recommendations that - once implemented - will result in a permanent, long-standing solution to the problem."

The BRO Soldiers and civilian staff members reviewed several areas including unit Family Care Plan packets, motor pool and communications equipment maintenance, training records, tool room procedures and supply management.

"The goal of the inspection was more than ensuring that our units are complying with the policies and procedures that the Army has outlined for us," said Lt. Col. Jessie L. Robinson, the division's inspector general.

"We partner with the units at every level, from individual through brigade, addressing problem areas, sharing knowledge and building relationships," he said. "Having positive relationships encourages our subordinate units to ask subject matter experts for assistance."

The inspection, also known as a staff-assisted visit, included units from across the brigade and encompassed more than 100 individual reviews.

The reviews gave section heads from across the division the opportunity to encourage open lines of communication, said Jesus Delgado, Fort Riley strength manager and a retired noncommissioned officer.

"The (Soldiers) took lots of notes and asked lots of questions, some that I am still following up on," he added.

Delgado reviewed six of the 27 areas selected by the 1st Inf. Div. and conducted 28 individual reviews during the weeklong inspection.

"The effects achieved by the inspection at 4th MEB is that we are all meeting the commanding general's intent -- improving overall readiness by closing the knowledge gap of our junior leaders," Robinson said.