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08/25/2018  | 
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Greetings from the 108th Training Command Inspector General (IG) office. Our Office is in the Command Headquarters located at 1330 Westover Rd., Charlotte, NC 28205. Your 108th IG team includes LTC(P) Jason Weaver (Command IG), LTC Serena Ravenell (Deputy Command IG), Mr. Derek Holmes, MAJ James Payne, MAJ Brian Vincent, MSG Gladys Alamolozada, and MSG Megan Upperman.  You can contact us at 704-342-5141. 

Here is the contact information for the Division IGs.

104th TD Command IG is MAJ Stacey H. Rodriguez at 541-205-8301.

98th TD Command IG is LTC Mark A. Smith at 706-626-3127.

95th TD Command IG is MAJ (P) John T. Bowman at 580-442-3584.

Our mission is to be the eyes, ears, voice, and conscience of the Commanding General.  Our core functions include Inspections, Assistance, Investigations, and Teach and Train. We advise and assist Army leaders in maintaining Army Values, readiness, and effectiveness in the promotion of well-being, good order, and discipline.

The IG inspection is the primary IG function and the one that allows IG’s to have the greatest positive impact on readiness and war-fighting capabilities throughout the Army.  The primary purpose of all IG inspections is to identify and resolve systemic issues throughout the Army, evaluate the effectiveness of Army policies, determine the root cause of non-compliance, and recommend changes to policy proponents.  Once complete and approved for release all findings and recommendations will be published for the benefit of the Command. All IG inspection findings are non-attributable to individual units or individuals.

Last year, the 108th IG team was directed by MG McQueen to inspect the Drill Sergeant Program with a specific emphasis on identifying best practices and constraints in the recruitment, production, utilization, and retention of Drill Sergeants.  Over the last few months, we have travelled all over the country inspecting various units within the 108th footprint.  We have heard your praises, documented your frustrations, and have discovered ingenious ways that Soldiers accomplish missions under any circumstances. 

Assistance is an IG function that provides Soldiers, family members, DA civilians, and retirees, the ability to seek help from the IG on matters affecting their health, welfare, and personal readiness.  That means we are available to listen to you when you experience a problem that you cannot address on your own or observe an allegation that needs to be addressed.  However, before you bring your matter to the IG, remember these key points:

  • Be sure you have a problem, not just a peeve.
  • Give your chain of command a chance to solve the problem.
  • If IG assistance is needed, contact your local IG first.
  • Be honest and don’t provide misleading information.
  • Keep in mind that IG’s are not policy makers.
  • Keep in mind that IG’s can only recommend, not order a resolution.
  • Remember IG’s can only resolve a case on the basis of fact.
  • Don’t expect instant action on your request...Be patient.
  • Be prepared to take “No” for the answer.

Complaints can be filed by Soldiers, their family members, retirees, former Soldiers, or civilians working of the Department of the Army.  When in doubt, contact us.  We will direct you to the appropriate agency, office, or person.

Investigations is the IG function that provides the commander or directing authority another means through which to resolve allegations of impropriety.  Inspector Generals may investigate violations of policy, regulation, or law; mismanagement; unethical behavior; fraud; or misconduct. While investigations are a core function, as IG’s, we’d much rather conduct Teaching and Training, or answer any policy or regulation questions as a means of preventing having to conduct investigations.

Teaching and training is the fourth of the Army IG system’s four functions and is traditionally embedded in the first three – inspections, assistance, and investigations.  While inspecting, assisting, and investigating, IG’s enhance the war-fighting and readiness capabilities of the Army by teaching and training commanders, Soldiers, and civilians at all levels on current Army policy and doctrine.  Additionally, IG’s pass on lessons learned and good ideas observed during other inspections, assistance visits, and teaching and training sessions.

With these four core functions, Inspector General’s work to promote and enable stewardship, accountability, integrity, efficiency, good order and discipline to enhance total Army readiness.  We exist to support the Command in making our Army ready to fight today and in the future. 

Please feel free to contact your Division IGs or 108th Training Command IGs if we can help you in any way.

We thank each of you for your service to this great Nation, the Army, and the 108th Training Command.

“First Right, Then Forward”

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