Sergeant Kiyono Ireijo

Sergeant Kiyono Ireijo

by U.S. Army Garrison Okinawa
U.S. Army

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.”

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