2017-09-08 / Viewpoint

IG builds on multi-component operations

PERSPECTIVE
BY LT. COL. JONATHAN FLANAGAN
Cyber Center of Excellence and Fort Gordon Inspector General

Success in Unified Land Operations requires human and technological connectivity across the operating force.

The Army Total Force concept is centered on interchangeable processes and concepts between the Regular Army, National Guard and Army Reserves. These ‘multi-compo’ formations have proven their resiliency after a decade plus of combined operations around the globe.

The Inspector General, as part of the commanding general’s personal staff, can perform their roles and functions best when they know and understand the units and unit missions operating within their geographic area of coverage.

The Cyber Center of Excellence and Fort Gordon IG deliberately touts multi-compo operations as one of its core tenets, and has begun IG to IG collaboration with the Georgia and South Carolina state IG offices.

We want to understand the units they serve and the issues common to their formations to identify trends and collaborate on ways to reduce systemic issues and educate Soldiers on systems and processes.

Fort Gordon trains a large number of compo-2, Army National Guard, and compo-3, Army Reserve Soldiers of several ranks and military occupational specialties.

There are multi-compo units that reside on the installation and other units that come from Georgia and South Carolina to conduct training on Fort Gordon.

Combining our knowledge of how the Army assesses readiness, the IG role in this process, and the constraints units face will allow the IG to develop focused training and inspection plans to enhance unit processes.

Army Regulation 20-1, IG Activities and Procedures, directs IGs to provide assistance on an area basis, so our collaboration enhances the services we can provide to a larger number of not only Soldiers but also their family members and retirees.

IGs must conduct sustainment training to provide the level of support required by governing regulations; the Cyber CoE & FG IG is working in conjunction with the Georgia and South Carolina state IGs to develop this training.

The changes in procedures for conducting IG roles and functions provides a basis for training, and going back over subjects we were taught in the IG school ensures we improve our job skills on a recurring basis.

The short distances between field offices is a great boon to our collaboration, giving us a chance to see other installation activities.

Leadership professional development sessions consisting of visits to installation facilities, information briefings and leader engagements will round out sustainment training. Collaboration with Fort Jackson, South Carolina, Fort Benning, Georgia, and Fort Stewart, Georgia., IGs is our longterm goal, and an IG workshop with all IGs as a culminating event.

Our collaboration ultimately allows us to support the commanding general and unit command teams using some of the same commander activities used during the operations process.

IGs can visualize, describe and assess the operational environment to execute their staff member role. The lethality of the total force is as good as the training and readiness oversight behind it. Multi-compo units are operating right now, and 3rd Infantry Division associated unit, headquartered at Fort Stewart, is one example.

The Georgia Army National Guard’s 48th Infantry Brigade Combat Team and Task Force 1-28 Infantry, an active Army infantry battalion stationed at Fort Benning, train with and, if called to do so, deploy and fight with the 3rd Infantry Division as an associated unit. The relationships and standards developed during home station training are critical to meeting both the capability and capacity required to conduct ULOs.

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