Fort Bragg’s human resources community received a visit last week from Brig. Gen. James T. Iacocca, the Adjutant General of the Army, and Sgt. Maj. Ray Rodriguez, sergeant major for the Adjutant General of the Army. The two key HR leaders presented updates during a TAG Town Hall and answered questions from members of the audience.
Iacocca reviewed TAG Directorate’s areas of responsibility, including:
Army Continuing Education
Army Personnel Records
Casualty and Mortuary Affairs Operations Center
According to Iacocca, CMAOC represents the most sacred mission of TAGD.
“We have only one chance to get it right,” he said. “We meet people on the worst day of their life.”
Part of CMAOC’s mission that means the most to Iacocca is returning the remains of World War II and Korean War veterans to their Families, he said.
After reviewing the areas of responsibility, Iacocca highlighted his “hot topics” for attendees. These included evaluation entry system updates, a new academic evaluation report, Distinguished Service Cross and Silver Star review, and the Soldier for Life Transition Assistance Program pilot. The Army has chosen a few installations, including Fort Bragg, to participate in the two-year pilot program.
In the pilot program, commanders will decide which transitioning Soldiers would benefit from participating in all levels of the transition program and which Soldiers only need to participate in a few aspects of the program.
Iacocca and Rodriguez also reviewed the correction rates of the officer and non-commissioned officer evaluation report and emphasized the importance of completing these reports correctly.
“If you can teach, train and mentor individuals out there, maybe we can get down to single digit (correction rates),” Rodriguez said.
Iacocca agreed and said that HR personnel need to make sure they check the evaluation regulation before calling TAGD with questions.
“It may be something you can find yourself and you save yourself the trouble of waiting for us to reply,” Iacocca said. “It allows us to get to the questions that aren’t in the regulations that we need to sort through.”
For more information on TAGD, visit https://www.hrc.army.mil/content/The%20Adjutant%20General%20Directorate.