PEARL HARBOR, Hawaii - The 9th Annual Pacific Inspectors General (IG) Conference gathered together IGs from around the Pacific theater Oct. 13-15.

With a theme of “Back to Basics,” this year’s three-day conference focused on the four core functions of Naval IG activities: assistance, investigations, inspections, and audit liaison.

The conference provided participants valuable training with topics including travel issues, ethics, contracting, social media, and other services they can take back to their commands to enhance mission effectiveness.

"The level of training that goes on at this IG conference is vital to other inspectors general both at the echelon two and echelon three levels," said Vice Adm. Anthony Winns, Naval Inspector General. "Here we are able to review and discuss many IG policy issues and align our efforts. As well, this training symposium fosters communication and camaraderie."

According to Pacific Fleet Inspector General Betty Vega, the annual conference offers the perfect opportunity for IGs to share practical applications and lessons learned.

“It’s important for all of the IGs from around the Pacific to meet in one place to get policy updates, advance training, plan strategically and to set goals and objectives for the next fiscal year,” said Vega. “The three-day conference helps all of us make sure that we align with the guiding principles and priorities of the Naval Inspector General and that of the Commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet.”

The mission of the IG is to assist the commander in maintaining effective command and control and high standards of operational readiness. They also serve as an extension of the eyes, ears, voice and conscience of the commander.

Pacific Fleet IGs were also honored at an awards luncheon held at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam Seabreeze restaurant where 11 IGs were recognized for their contributions throughout the year.