Fort Riley, Kansas



Office of the Staff Judge Advocate leadership reviews personnel

By Maria Childs | 1ST INF. DIV. POST | February 08, 2017

     “You are an incredible group of professionals,” Brig. Gen. Paul S. Wilson, commander of the Judge Advocate General Corps, told Soldiers and civilians of the Office of the Staff Judge Advocate at Fort Riley during a meeting Jan. 27 at Patton Hall.

     Wilson, along with the JAG Corps Regimental Command Sgt. Maj. Joseph P. Lister, came to Fort Riley for an Article VI review, an inspection of the OSJA that occurs once every other year.

     Wilson spoke about many things including the state of the JAG Corps at this time. He said there has been a lot of restructuring by units to accomplish the mission. He said with this restructuring, judge advocate positions have not been eliminated.

     “As the Army gets smaller, they have been converting (existing) positions into judge advocate positions,” he said.

     He also spoke about the sergeant major of the Army’s objectives including readiness, future Army and taking care of the troops. He also talked about how those objectives pertained to paraprofessionals in the OSJA.

     Currently, 277 paraprofessionals are deployed and working in more than 27 countries. He acknowledged the importance of the civilian-sector of the OSJA. There are 805 civilian paraprofessionals working across the JAG Corps.

     “We can’t do anything without our civilian workforce,” he said.

     Capt. Katherine Faoro, operational law attorney, said the purpose of the visit is to connect those at the local level with the Department of the Army level leadership. It originates from Article VI of the Uniformed Code of Military Justice that states the JAG or a designee will make appropriate visits to the field to check on office personnel and see how things are going.

     “It helps us get to know leadership from D.C. and gives us a better idea of what is going on outside of our organization and the whole JAG Corps,” she said.

     She said during the visit, members of the Fort Riley OSJA were able to get an inside look at how a presidential transition effects the JAG Corps and the local office specifically.

     “For a lot of us, this is the first presidential transition we’ve been in the military for,” she said.

     Staff Sgt. Brock Rivera, battalion paralegal noncommissioned officer, 1st Combat Aviation Brigade, 1st Infantry Division, said the visit allows them to give leadership feedback about what is working at the local level and what could be improved.

     “They address the state of the JAG Corps, the current direction we are heading and the things we have improved on since the last time they were here,” he said.

     At the end of the briefing at Patton Hall, Wilson recognized three members of the Fort Riley office: Jennifer Gibson, paralegal; Spc. Brian Kong, battalion paralegal, 601st Aviation Support Battalion, 1st Combat Aviation Brigade, 1st Infantry Division; Spc. Mario Lloyd, paralegal specialist with the OSJA. They received a coin for their dedication to the Gold Standard, a standard that he said the local office staff should continue to strive to achieve. He said they meet the mark for customer satisfaction because of that standard.

     “You do that because you provide the Gold Standard to each of your respective lines,” he said.