Adjutant General's Corps Regimental Association

AG School Commandant Sends Message

Adjutant General’s Corps Teammates,

I am honored to serve with you as 36th Commandant of the U.S. Army Adjutant General School and 23rd Chief of the Corps. My family and I are blessed, and I wish to thank everyone that has welcomed us to Fort Jackson and to the SSI and AG School (AGS) Teams. I also want to thank COL Marcus Motley, for his leadership over the past two years as our Commandant and for his hard work to transform our Corps for the future.

I am inspired by this diverse and talented group of AG professionals and with our HR stakeholders worldwide. We look forward to the coming months as we focus on historic changes in our HR data systems and deliver capabilities to our entire Army. Simultaneously, we must ensure our fielded force structure meets the needs of our Army to fight to win our nation’s wars in 2030 and beyond.

In just a few short months we will see the latest release of the Integrated Personnel and Pay System for the Army (IPPS-A), a comprehensive human resources information system (HRIS). This will be historic for both our Corps and the Army as we integrate Active, Guard, and Reserve HR data into a single platform, subsuming multiple legacy systems. The availability of multiple data points on individual Soldiers will present new opportunities to better manage our talent across the force. Our HR professionals will be called upon as the subject matter experts to help Commanders manage their people.

Our Adjutant General’s Corps Strategy, published just a few months ago, is a framework for everyone in our Corps to strive to be HR professionals of excellence, remain tactically and technically proficient in our craft, and be relevant to our Army. The strategy outlines a path to modernization and the increased effectiveness of our Corps.

In just the short time I have been on board, I am impressed by the volume of impactful projects that our team is already tackling. From structure and force design challenges presented to our proponency division, to the modernization of our Captain’s Career Course and other Professional Military Education, to the training of IPPS-A in our Advanced Individual Training and Functional Courses, there remains an ongoing effort to meet the demands of the field by developing quality HR professionals. We must also recognize our Band professionals at the Army School of Music (ASOM), and the joint service team at the Inter-service Postal Training Activity (IPTA). ASOM and IPTA are an integral part of our school family and provide critical skills to support the Army mission.

I am excited about the future of our Corps. Together, with the Regimental Command Sergeant Major, CSM Tamika DeVeaux, and the Chief Warrant Officer of the Branch, CW5 Mark Hickman, we are focused on leading, shaping, training, and developing our HR experts for this great Army, serving its people, past, present and future!

COL Chesley D. Thigpen, Jr.

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