Commander's Corner: Thinking strategically
June 22, 2009
- Strategic planning improves Army communities
<a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/usag-yongsan/2864699561/" title="USAG-Yongsan Commander Col. Dave Hall by usag.yongsan, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3190/2864699561_94840091a9_m.jpg" align="right" hspace="10" width="192" height="240" alt="USAG-Yongsan Commander Col. Dave Hall" /></a>Strategic Planning is the key to the success of any organization. Every now and then, organizations need to review mission, vision and goals and adjust fire on how to get the job done.
Earlier this week, my senior staff met to map out the Aca,!A"way aheadAca,!A? for U.S. Army Garrison-Yongsan. The most important aspect of this workshop was a discussion of how we as the garrison are meeting your needs as a community member.
ItAca,!a,,cs our goal to build relationships based on trust and confidence through open communication with all of you as customers and stakeholders. I want Yongsan community members to be satisfied with living and working at the garrison. We are truly committed to that end. This is a routine and recurring review that sparks a continuous cycle of improvement.
Why does USAG-Yongsan exist' The garrison brings vital life support services to a community of about 17,000 American Servicemembers, Civilian Employees, their Family Members, contractors and retirees serving in the Republic of Korea. These services include emergency first response, public works, such as utilities and roads, child care services, transportation and housing, to name a few.
There are 179 installations in the Army today. In 2008, USAG-Yongsan earned the title of Aca,!A"Army Communities of Excellence,Aca,!A? making it one of the top three organizations of its kind in the Army. Last year, we were in the top seven contenders for the title. We have a history of excellence. However, USAG-Yongsan is closing.
In the future, most of this community will be gone; the garrisonAca,!a,,cs mission will be completed. Our vision is to continue living up to the standards of the Army Communities of Excellence competition. We will do this until the last resident moves out. How we get there is a matter of reviewing our strategic plan, applying our values and engaging on each front.
I am happy to report to you that USAG-Yongsan has a plan that guarantees success. Our strategic planning is just a start.
We will improve quality of life in the Yongsan community through hard work and good management practices, and continue to design and develop processes that make Yongsan a great place to live and work.
You deserve the best home possible for all the great work you do. USAG-Yongsan is truly the Aca,!A"ArmyAca,!a,,cs HomeAca,!A? in Seoul.
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