Army IG visits to discuss direction

| April 19, 2012 | 0 Comments

Sgt. Gaelen Lowers
8th Theater Sustainment
Command Public Affairs



FORT SHAFTER — The Army is in a period of change and Soldiers and leaders at every level are feeling the effects of the military’s drawdown.

That’s why Lt. Gen. Peter Vangjel, Army inspector general, and Lt. Gen. Francis Wiercinski, commander, U.S. Army-Pacific, gathered with USARPAC’s senior leadership, here, April 3, to discuss the Army’s new direction.

“This is my third drawdown since I’ve been in the Army,” Wiercinski said. “The sky is not falling and the roof is not caving in.

“Being a professional in the U.S. Army — what does that encompass?” Wiercinski asked his senior leaders. “Our history, our legacy, our essence. The essence of being a Soldier. We all took an oath to support and defend the constitution of the U.S. against all enemies, both foreign and domestic.”

He then asked how to make sure that each Soldier remains on track with the essence of today’s Army.

“That’s your job,” Wiercinski told his leaders. “I ask you to come back to me with recommendations on how we track and look at that, and, also, how we are making sure that we are maintaining the professionalism of the Army.

“What you heard from (Wiercinski) today is no different than what you would hear from Gen. (Raymond) Odierno, (Army Chief of Staff,) ” Vangjel said. “It’s time to get back to the basics.”

One of the most important points the IG made was noncommissioned officers will not be kept from or denied professional development.

The schooling and professional development that the Army provides all of its NCOs is what helps make the NCO Corps the backbone of the Army.

“This is the jewel in our profession, and we can’t lose it,” Vangjel said.

“We’re still the best-equipped, manned and resourced Army in the world,” Weircinski concluded. “We’re going back to the basics and will continue to be able to defend this country from any and all attacks.”

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