Fort Drum and Lean Six Sigma program officials recently took time to recognize employees whose efforts resulted in more than $6.6 million in savings and cost avoidance (a measure of efficiency improvements) generated by the program during fiscal year 2010.
Jim Garrett, Lean Six Sigma program manager and LSS black belt, presented a ceremonial check for $6.668 million to Col. Noel Nicolle, Fort Drum garrison commander; Judy Gentner, deputy to the garrison commander; and Garrison Command Sgt. Maj. John McNeirney during a luncheon at the Commons.
More than 30 people from across the installation attended the luncheon, which the Plans, Analysis and Integration Office’s Business Transformation Team organized to recognize the hard work and contributions of the staff to the Army Suggestion Program, the Garrison’s Idea Management system, and all members of project teams who had contributed during the year.
Department of the Army certificates of appreciation were presented to all project team members, resource managers and LSS belts on projects that were completed during the fiscal year.
Nicolle provided comments about the program’s many accomplishments for FY 10, including exceeding its belt certification goals for green belts and incorporating a yellow belt training partnership with MEDDAC, which has resulted in more than 100 people being trained.
The garrison commander said he feels LSS training was an investment in our workforce that provides the garrison immediate returns in the form of project savings and more efficient use of resources and provides the employee a return in skill development and possible enhancement of their careers in the future. He told the assembled audience that at a recent senior leader conference he attended, he was exposed to senior business leaders from around the country. The leaders universally endorsed the value of process improvement and LSS training and implementation for the organization and its employees.
Nicolle closed the event by asking everyone to continue to look for improvement opportunities to even better provide services to the Soldiers, Families and civilians we support.
Anyone who has an idea for improving a process or stretching resources (staff’s time, money or other resources) may submit it through his or her supervisory chain, the LSS ICE card, the Army Suggestion Program or via e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.