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U.S. Africa Command Inspector General Conference

On 4/1/2010 1:20:31 PM Christine M. Byrne, chief of IG Outreach wrote:

Group photo of the IG Conference participants in front of the Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Centre

Group photo of the IG Conference participants in front of the Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Centre in Accra, Ghana

Between 23 and 25 March 2010, U.S. Africa Command held its first Inspector General (IG) Conference at the Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Centre in Accra, Ghana. The conference was hosted by the Command’s Inspector General, Colonel Ronald Baldinger, and the Commands Chief of IG Outreach, Christine Byrne, from the U.S. Agency for International Developments Office of Inspector General.

The stated conference goals were to:

  • Enhance the understanding of how Inspectors General serve as a sound construct for defense oversight and for strengthening confidence, morale and trust within a military service.
  • Develop a basic understanding of several functions of Inspectors General within a select number of countries and organizations.
  • Enhance the understanding of how corruption influences government’s ability to care for and protect its people, and how Inspectors General can assist in fighting corruption within the Military.
  • Develop a basic understanding of United States government ethics and standards of conduct required for its public servants and officials, and how these standards contribute to the above goals.

Conference participants included senior military leaders and inspectors general from 21 African nations located throughout the continent. Representatives from U.S. Africa Command, U.S. Army Africa, U.S. Naval Forces Africa, and the Utah National Guard, as well as the principal deputy for the U.S. Department of Defense’s Office of the Inspector General, Ms. Lynne Halbrooks, provided presentations on the U.S. Inspector General system within the U.S. military and the Department of Defense.

Colonel Nicolas Casanova from the French Inspection Generale des Armees (IGA) spoke about the French Inspector General System. In addition, several thought-provoking presentations on the impact of corruption in Africa and anticorruption efforts being taken within the continent were provided by representatives from the African Parliamentarians’ Network Against Corruption, the Anticorruption Commission of Sierra Leone, and the U.S. Agency for International Development.

Initial feedback from participants was extremely positive. In fact, several participants requested future conferences and training on the topic of Inspectors General to enhance and further develop the IG functions within their own country. The conference highlight was the closing address by the Commander of U.S. Africa Command, General William “Kip” Ward, who spoke to the great value of Inspectors General and his experiences with them throughout his career. IGs, in whatever function or capacity, have a great impact on the success of the organizations that they are associated with. I’ve always known this and am glad that it is being embraced more and more by our partners. After all, IGs really are here to help!!

Panel of speakers at the IG Conference

Panel of speakers at the IG Conference

General William E. Ward speaking at the IG conference

General William E. Ward speaking at the IG conference

General Receives Trumpet Award for Inspiring Others

MARIETTA, Georgia, Feb 4, 2010 — General William E. Ward, commander, U.S. Africa Command, became a Trumpet Award recipient, January 30, 2010, during the 18th Annual Trumpet Awards, for his ability to inspire others through his extensive military career.

“It is a pretty cool award,” Ward told reporters during media interviews after the presentation.

Men and women who have achieved success through consistency and longevity in a chosen profession or career and who through their achievements inspire others are eligible for consideration for this award, according to event officials.

Ward said that those who have been – and are – inspired by his life’s work are simply inspired by the work of a hard-working soldier, which makes being a role model easier.

“I am a soldier first, and as a soldier, I’ve always tried to do what I’d been asked to do and do it the very best I can,” he said. “I take the obligation (of being a role model) very freely, but I also take it knowing that maybe if I can be an inspiration to others then that’s OK with me.”

“If (individuals) do the things (they) are asked to do well … such that (one’s) teammates are better off because of what has been done, then all will benefit from that,” Ward explained. “In the military, (individuals) are given the opportunity to make a difference because of what (he or she) does and how (he or she) does it…not necessarily because of what (he or she) looks like.”

Ward’s inspiration toward a successful military career came from his father, who is deceased and who was a proud World War II veteran. Through military service, Ward said his father was afforded many opportunities as many servicemembers are afforded today.

“Today’s situation is the same,” he said.

The military is a launch pad for individuals to use their service experience to acquire character, discipline and professionalism-skills that will serve them well in both military and civilians career fields, Ward added.

Ward is the fifth African American to be promoted to the rank of four-star general in U.S. Army history.

As an African American and senior Army leader, Ward sees his accomplishments and the accomplishments of other military leaders as signs that the Army is a well-rounded institution.

“It represents that our Army is indeed a diverse organization. It is the strength of that diversity from which we all benefit,” Ward said. “As we take advantage of all the diversity that exists and the contributions each member can make, we as a whole are better…a better institution…a better Army.”

By Paul Prince
U.S. Army News Service

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