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AG makes time for troops during his first JBLM visit

20th Public Affairs Detachment

Published: 11:16AM January 28th, 2016

The Adjutant General branch has existed in the Army for more than two centuries and, in that time, has seen 60 different generals lead the AG corps and tremendously expand its role in the Army.

Brigadier General James T. Iacocca, the 60th Adjutant General of the Army and executive director of the military postal service agency, made his first trip to Joint Base Lewis-McChord to speak with fellow Soldiers of the AG branch Jan. 20. Soldiers, ranking from senior noncommissioned officers to senior officers, had the opportunity to discuss thoughts and concerns they had about changes in the AG corps.

Iacocca spoke about issues directly concerning the AG branch, the role AG plays in the military and upcoming changes that impact the Army’s future. The general also spoke about key qualities of leadership and why he believes the changes to the Noncommissioned Officer Evaluation Report are so vital to an ever progressing Army.

“The NCOER had to change,” he said. “I’ve only known one NCOER since I came to the Army in 1988. So we had this form — this old Cold War form. We’ve changed our doctrine so much, and the NCOER wasn’t really aligned with our leadership doctrine, our competencies and our actions. We

had to get after an NCOER

that would measure that leadership.”

After an hour-long brief and discussion, Soldiers of the AG branch walked away with more knowledge of their role in the Army and what changes will affect their careers.

“I’ve seen a lot of areas that can help the chain of commands around the installation on specific areas,” said 1st Sgt. James A. Walters, first sergeant of Headquarters and Service Company, 7th Infantry Division. “Having experience in the AG field and being a first sergeant at the same time helps me with both the command side and the AG side in being able to take care of Soldiers.”