Reflecting on my first year as IG

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  • By Col. Charles Hurry
  • 934th Airlift Wing Inspector General
Has it been a year already? Yes indeed, in fact almost a year and a half since I had the good fortune to join the 934th AW as the Installation Inspector General. I recall my first impression in my first assignment as a unit reservist was "how can you possibly get everything done in only two days a month?" After observing all of you for the last year, now I know. You focus on the important things and don't waste time on things that don't matter. You cut out the water cooler chatter and work on those things that make a difference. And I must say everyone I have encountered here is making a difference, making a contribution, and pulling their own weight.

Of course as with any IG office, we have had our share of activity. A number of individuals have found reason to submit complaints this last year. Frankly, in an organization this large, there are bound to be a few hiccups in the machinery from time to time. During the course of investigating complaints, I've found both overzealous and underzealous individuals that needed to be helped back in line. I've found a few balls that were dropped and needed to be picked up. But all in all there were surprisingly few genuine problems, considering the significant challenges the wing encountered with the deployment, the uncertainty of the flying mission, and is now facing with the home station ORE in June.

I want to thank both the individuals that had the courage to bring a problem to my attention so it can be fixed and the commanders who accepted the responsibility to take action to fix the problems; ultimately making this a better Wing for everyone.
My door is always open; stop by and see me or send me an email if you have a problem that you just can't seem to get resolved elsewhere or even if you just want to talk about your professional career development. If I can't help, I will steer you to someone who can.