VARNA, Bulgaria — The EUCOM Office of the Inspector General (IG) co-hosted a conference with the Bulgarian Minister of Defense IG here, May 12-14. The conference brought together top-level IGs from eight Black Sea countries and six of their U.S. National Guard State Partnership Program counterparts to discuss ways to remain relevant and help transformation efforts in their respective militaries.
The attendees included Armenia and their state partner, Kansas; Azerbaijan and Oklahoma; Bulgaria and Tennessee; Georgia and the state of Georgia; Romania and Alabama; Ukraine and California; Moldova; and Turkey. Also invited was the U.S. Naval Forces Europe IG as well as a representative from U.S. Africa Command.
Delegates shared their best practices as well as areas where they could use some help in improving their systems. U.S. delegates familiarized the group with the U.S. Inspector General model.
Areas of specific interest included measuring operational readiness as well as counter-corruption methods that can be employed by an Inspector General. Many of the Black Sea representatives had never met before, but open and frank discussions between delegations were both plentiful and productive.
U.S. European Command administered this conference, which was made possible through the military-to-military and Partnership for Peace programs.