435th AGOW IG briefs new commanders

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  • By Airman 1st Class Lane T. Plummer
  • 86th Airlift Wing Public Affairs

RAMSTEIN AIR BASE, Germany—When new commanders come into the 435th Air Ground Operations Wing, they must attend a briefing with a 435th AGOW Inspector General member.


This is important for commanders so that they can understand IG’s role and what standards are expected to be maintained in areas such as safety, readiness, proficiency and more.


According to Lt. Col. Denis Briceno, 435th AGOW IG chief of inspections, this initial briefing, required within 30 days of assuming command, is part of a vital process to helping a new commander settle into his or her position.


“Part of my roles and responsibilities is to give a new commander an introduction into the Air Force Inspection System,” said Briceno. “It’s important for them to know how to comply with Air Force instructions and expectations that come with their position. They’re incredibly busy individuals; they may not have time to dig into inspection details, so they need that third party to come in and highlight these aspects.”


An IG is charged with examining the actions of a government agency, military organization or military contractor as a general assessor of their operations. This is to ensure compliance with generally established policies of the government, security procedures or to discover the possibility of misconduct, waste, fraud, theft or certain types of criminal activity by individuals or groups. In the United States, there are numerous IG offices at the federal, state and local levels.


One of the commanders who participated, Col. Andrew D’Ippolito, 435th Air and Space Communications Group commander, took to the briefing well.


“The briefing was very informative and was a great opportunity to learn more about the Self Inspection Process,” said D’Ippolito. “It contained great information for commanders to make them more successful and build more effective squadrons. I view the SIP as the building blocks toward creating an effective team.”


For more information about the 435th AGOW IG, call DSN 480-6575 or commercial 06371-47-6575.