When I was reading AR 670-1, it says the Commander this & the Commander that... Does this mean the Commander is the only authorized to document ink & perform the body checks for racist/extremist tattoo's? In a real shit bag unit & they have tasked the squad leaders to conduct these checks & take photo's of them.
You are doing your job by documentating them and your commander will validate them. This is just like anything that has to be done. Do you think your commander wrote every policy letter, SOP, etc that has his signature?