SMDC/ARSTRAT CG Honors Employees during Town Hall Meeting
August 22, 2008
REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. -- On Thursday, Aug. 21, Lt. Gen. Kevin T. Campbell, the commanding general of the U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command/Army Forces Strategic Command (SMDC/ARSTRAT), hosted a town hall meeting at the Bob Jones Auditorium at the Sparkman Center from 10 Aca,!" 11 a.m. His constant message throughout the presentation had an emphasis on peopleAca,!"supporting, awarding, and recognizing the hard work and innovative ideas of SMDC/ARSTRAT employees.
Campbell began the event by recognizing civilians with Length of Service awards. There were 18 members of the command that were acknowledged for 30 years of government employment, including eight who were in the audience. Three more employees were recognized for 35 years of service. Samuel T. Uptain was listed in the program for 40 years of service, while Wilfred H. Denis and Leon H. Riley both received recognition in the program for 45 years of service with the government.
Next, Campbell introduced 12 new members of the commandAca,!a,,cs leadership, including many who will work here and were present in the audience. One of the leaders he introduced was Sgt. Maj. Patrick A. Kutac, the senior enlisted advisor for the U.S. Army Kwajalein Atoll Reagan Test Site. This is significant because it is the first sergeant major at Kwajalein. Command Sgt. Maj. Ralph Borja negotiated for his presence, and he was successful in securing that position.
Campbell discussed many important aspects of the command as a whole throughout his speech, particularly concerning the well-being of employees. He reminded employees to keep perspective and act as a team, since keeping one another informed and acting as a unit is the best way to reach solutions, accomplish goals, and support the Warfighter. He also focused on the dignity and respect that should be present throughout the command.
Aca,!A"I expect both dignity and respect from everyone in the command. You should as well,Aca,!A? Campbell said. Aca,!A"Supervisors should be setting a standard, and everyone should expect a healthy work environment.Aca,!A?
The commanding general also spoke on many topics associated with the daily operations of SMDC/ARSTRAT as a command. He addressed the merger of the Aviation Missile Command (AMCOM) and SMDC Contracting Operations, which is expected to take place on Oct. 1. The transition is expected to take 12 months, with the intention that the same great service, flexibility, and responsiveness can be preserved with a phased approach. He also spoke about the commandAca,!a,,cs relationship with the Missile Defense Agency (MDA) and how Army money has been designated for employee salaries that were previously paid for by MDA. SMDC will continue to provide program-wide support to MDA until 2010. Campbell also mentioned that the command is working on the Advanced Hypersonic Weapon-Technology Demonstration with the U.S. Air Force Space and Missile Center.
Campbell spent a significant amount of time during the Town Hall honoring employees who had made outstanding contributions to the command recently. He recognized many programsAca,!"such as the ORTHON-Sensor Fusion Program, the Deployable Satellite Communication Terminal, and the SMDC-ONE nano-satelliteAca,!"and particularly commended those working on such projects.
Aca,!A"[Our employees are] working on important ideas, devising creative concepts and using innovative ideas to get the new equipment and technology into the battlefield directly,Aca,!A? Campbell stated. Aca,!A"This is truly tremendous work that is making a difference in peopleAca,!a,,cs lives.Aca,!A?
Campbell concluded his speech with a few logistics notes. First, he asked everyone to treat the building [Bldg 5220] with respect and especially to turn out office lights at the end of the day. He also asked Aca,!A"Big HandAca,!"a presumably tall man who apparently eats pizza dailyAca,!A? to cease his habit of leaving handprints on the elevatorsAca,!a,,c ceilings.
The town hall meeting ended with questions from the audience on topics such as non-competitive hiring, cyber operations, and streamlining key processes in the command. Campbell was pleased with the thoughtful questions and reinforced that employee input is important for everything the command does.