Department of the Army Office of the Inspector General Inspector Todd Blose came full circle during a recent inspection at White Sands Missile Range.
Blose did his first inspection at WSMR back in 1998 and was back for his second to last inspection Sept. 16 before he retires at the end of the year.
Blose said he got started in the job field while in the U.S. Army when he was assigned to the nuclear weapons unit.
“That was my introduction into the nuclear surety program,” Blose said.
In 1977 he was stationed in Saudi Arabia and when he came back after that tour was over he was looking to see where he would be assigned. It just so happened that the person that was filling the job was going to be reassigned and they were looking for somebody to replace him.
“When the assignments officer realized that I had a nuclear surety background I got assigned to the IG and took over the position,” Blose said. “The first inspection I went on with the person that I was replacing was at White Sands.”
Blose said he continued doing the same job after he got out of the military when they converted his military position into a civilian position – he applied for it and got the job.
“I’ve been doing the job for 15 years.”
Blose said he’s had the opportunity to work with many organizations and help them improve in various areas.
“I have been able to see organizations evolve over time. I would like to think that I helped assist them,” Blose said. “I hope I assisted them in getting the things they needed in order for them to accomplish their mission.”
Blose said most of the organizations he and his team inspect have a rather large civilian workforce.
“So many of the folks that I have been inspecting, I’ve been inspecting the entire time.”
“We developed relationships of trust to where if they had problems they could call me. We built both a professional and personal relationship,” Blose said.
Blose said what attracted him to the job was primarily going out and identifying shortfalls in programs and helping the organization try to figure out how to get that fixed.
“I’ve also been blessed with having a good team of folks. They have evolved over the years. Most of them have been with the team anywhere from 5 to 10 years.”
Blose said that he realizes he has spent more time with his team than with his family.
“I’ve been on the job for 15 years and figured out that I’ve been on TDY approximately seven and a half years of that time. So it’s always good to have a good team with you,” he said.
Blose said coming to WSMR is like coming home since he was stationed at Fort Bliss for two and a half years as a young captain.
One thing Blose said he likes about WSMR is that the mission is one of a kind in the U.S.
“I don’t believe most people are aware of the total mission of WSMR, especially the nuclear effects mission.”
Blose said they’ve had challenges over the years at WSMR but folks have worked hard to correct those.
“In this particular case we are completing our inspection. We were looking at the personnel reliability program processes, and we have found no deficiencies. It’s good to end that way,” he said.
“We’ve had a change in processes and because of the uniqueness of the reactor, there are very few people around that understand how that works, and so we ended up using the same people to do those inspections. What happened the years we came out to inspect, is the Army Reactor Council would come out to inspect along with us.”
Although Blose’s job requires him to travel he said he plans to travel to places he hasn’t seen during his retirement.
“Except I’ll have my wife with me instead of 10 other people,” he said.
Blose said he will also get back into some gardening and finally get a chance to work on over 100 model kits he’s been collecting for over 40 years.
As a young lieutenant Blose said he used to build models of ships, planes, etc., but they were destroyed during his first move.
“I didn’t want to spend the time building them so that they would get destroyed, so I’ve been collecting kits to build later. It’s time to get started.”