Moving on up
Sergeant Kiyono Ireijo was recently promoted to Security Guard Supervisor on Torii Station, becoming the first female Security Guard Supervisor in U.S. Army Garrison-Okinawa history.
“I’m honored to become the first female supervisor,” Ireijo said, “I will have a lot of responsibility.”
The application process for becoming a Security Guard Supervisor is a challenging one. First, guards who would like a chance to become a leader and want a promotion apply through the Kadena Civilian Personnel Office. Once they are vetted for requirements by Kadena CPO, U.S. Army Garrison-Okinawa receives a list of top candidates. The second part of the process consists of holding a promotion board during which each candidate is asked a series of questions in front of five to six board members.
“Sergeant Ireijo stood out among her peers--her presence and confidence showed during the board which assisted her in being selected,” said Joseph Starzy, USAG-Okinawa Physical Security Chief.
Ireijo’s 10 years of experience working as a security guard allowed her to gain the experience needed for the demands of her new role. Among her new challenges is switching roles from being a student to becoming a teacher in order to lead her subordinates. When asked about her favorite part of her new job, Ireijo said “I like communicating with my co-workers.”
According to Mr. Starzy, “She has all the fine qualities that a leader should have especially at the rank of Sergeant. Her attention to detail when using judgment to make calls while working security related issues is what makes her a good leader. She is a team player that is well-respected among USAG-Okinawa PMO and most importantly among the Japanese Security Guards. She holds a leadership presence when conducting her duties and will not hesitate to make a decision.