☷Inspector General NCO of the year
U.S. Army ( By Press Release office)
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U . S . Army Sgt . 1st Class Andrew Sholtz ( right ) , an inspector general noncommissioned officer assigned to 3rd Infantry Division , Fort Stewart , Georgia , poses for a photo at the Pentagon with Maj . Gen . Mitchell Kilgo , the U . S . Army deputy inspector general , April 20 , 2022 , after being awarded the title of Inspector General Noncommissioned Officer of the Year . The Office of the Inspector General provides impartial , objective and unbiased advice and oversight to Soldiers through relevant , timely and thorough inspection , assistance , investigations and training . ( Courtesy photo ) U . S . Army Sgt . 1st Class Andrew Sholtz , a noncommissioned officer in the Office of the Division Inspector General assigned to the 3rd Infantry Division , Fort Stewart , Georgia , earned the title of Department of the Army Inspector General Noncommissioned Officer of the Year , which was announced April 20 , 2022 . Throughout the Army , NCOs compete amongst themselves to determine who is the best in their particular field and this competition determined exactly that for Inspector General NCOs . “We submitted three letters of recommendation and a memo for Sholtz , ” said Joel Smith , the deputy command IG for 3rd ID . “Sholtz displayed all the qualities of an outstanding IG NCO . ” In the competition for Inspector General NCO of the year , nominees from across the Army competed in the Department of the Army - level competition in Washington , D . C . U . S . Army Sgt . 1st Class Andrew Sholtz ( left ) , an inspector general noncommissioned officer assigned to 3rd Infantry Division , Fort Stewart , Georgia , poses for a photo with Sgt . Maj . Larry Orvis , the senior enlisted advisor for the Department of the Army Inspector General , at the Pentagon , April 20 , 2022 , after being awarded the title of Inspector General Noncommissioned Officer of the Year . The Office of the Inspector General provides impartial , objective and unbiased advice and oversight to Soldiers through relevant , timely and thorough inspection , assistance , investigations and training . ( Courtesy Photo ) “Sholtz has constantly demonstrated the complete dedication and overall excellence needed as the IG NCO of the year , ” Smith said . After a challenging board competition , Sholtz was named the winner . He had the honor of receiving his award at the Hall of Heroes inside the Pentagon . “It’s a huge accomplishment for me , ” said Sholtz . “The IG of the year NCO title is the first time in my career that I have been acknowledged as the best of something across the entire Army enterprise . ” Winning this award is a long way from where Sholtz began his Army career . Before joining the Army , he worked in retail making less than the minimum wage . “I woke up one day realizing that I was tired of living from paycheck to paycheck , ” said Sholtz . “I felt the need for something bigger than myself and the Army was that for me . ” Soon after , Sholtz joined the Army to be a cannon crewmember within the artillery field . In this job , Sholtz served a vital role helping his fellow Soldiers by providing timely and accurate fires that supported warfighters on the front lines . After years of hard work , Sholtz was handpicked by leadership within the field artillery branch to become an inspector general NCO . The Office of the Inspector General provides Soldiers with impartial and unbiased advice and with oversight through relevant and timely inspections , investigations and training to promote stewardship , accountability , integrity , efficiency , good order & discipline to enhance total Army readiness . These Soldiers serve in a position of trust , bound by the Army regulations and the information gathered is confidential . Confidentiality allows Soldiers and leaders to feel comfortable in contacting the Office of the Inspector General without risk of judgment or reprisal . Since beginning this new career path , Sholtz has handled cases relating to injuries , death , sexual harassment complaints and other forms of misconduct . “I love my job because it is one of the most impactful roles I’ve had in the Army , ” Sholtz said . “I have the ability to change someone ' s life for the better . ” During his time in the military , Scholtz was also able to acquire a bachelor ' s degree in homeland security , an associate degree in counterterrorism and is currently working on his master’s degree in business administration . As a husband and a father , Sholtz has always kept his family close to help with the daily stresses he faces . “My wife has always done an amazing job of taking care of things at home so I can focus on what I ' m doing at work , ” Sholtz said . “They have definitely been a driving factor in who I am as an NCO and a leader . ” Sholtz is scheduled to move to Oklahoma where he hopes to serve as a first sergeant . After his time in the Army ends , he plans to work as an IG Department of the Army civilian , where the experience he has gained as Inspector General NCO of the year will likely be invaluable . “He’s a dedicated Soldier , a quality individual , great husband and father , ” said Smith . “I’m sure when and wherever he goes , he will do an outstanding job for the United States Army . ”
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