By Airman Andrew Britten
JBER Public Affairs
When you hear Inspector General, or ‘Go to IG,’ what comes to mind? Is it the dreaded, ‘but that won’t solve anything,’ or is it an enthusiastic ‘Ok, thank you for the advice.’
Some installations have an IG office with a blend of active-duty and civilian personnel, but until recently Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson did not.
The 673d Air Base Wing IG office held an Inspector General Oath Ceremony Sept. 30 for two 673d Security Forces Squadron members - U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Scott Reynolds, the 673d ABW IG superintendent of inspections, and Tech. Sgt. Lindsay May, the 673d ABW IG inspections and exercise planner.
Much of the team is comprised of retired military service members, however, the two active-duty service members will bring a new perspective to the team, said Pharaoh Guice, the 673d ABW IG inspections coordinator.
The Inspector General manages the 673d ABW commander’s Inspection Program through efficiency and readiness management, mission-assurance exercise planning, and commander’s self-assessments.
“We’re the checks and balances,” Guice said. “The greatest car can have all the horsepower and torque in the world, but if it’s not moving in the direction you intend, then it’s not going to be super effective.”
Reynolds and May showed interest in the program and 673d SFS leadership recommended them for the roles. Their functional expertise and broad contemporary knowledge were also highly desired, Guice said.
Once the Defenders were selected, they underwent a comprehensive IG training course. Upon graduation, Reynolds and May were awarded an IG special experience identifier.
The positions they hold aren’t considered developmental special-duty assignments, but instead are part of a local initiative developed by the IG team and endorsed by the wing commander.
“This initiative lifts our capabilities,” said Guice. “Leadership starts with a capital L, and this initiative shows a healthy dose of leadership is what led these two wonderful noncommissioned officers to our team.”