IMCOM wins Army Lean Six Sigma award
John Nerger, center, executive director of Installation Management Command, accepts the Organizational Deployment Award as part of the 2009 Army Lean Six Sigma Excellence Awards Program ceremony held Nov. 24 at the Pentagon. Presenting Nerger the award are Joyce Morrow, administrative assistant to the secretary of the Army, and Lt. Gen. Robert Durbin, special assistant to Secretary of Army for Enterprise Management.

ARLINGTON, Va. - Installation Management Command was recognized Nov. 24 at the Pentagon for continued successful Lean Six Sigma implementation.

IMCOM received the Organizational Deployment Award as part of the 2009 Army Lean Six Sigma Excellence Awards Program, which highlights Army organizations and project teams that earn distinction while employing LSS methodologies.

John Nerger, executive director of IMCOM, proudly accepted the award plaque, coins and certificate, which will forever serve as reminders of the dedication and accomplishments of the IMCOM team. "This is great recognition for IMCOM's hard-working team but, more importantly, it shows this command's commitment to delivering services for Soldiers, Families and Commanders better, smarter and more economically," Nerger said.

Examples of the evaluated processes, which comprise the LSS Deployment Maturity Model, include organizational capability, leadership and measurement - as well as efforts by the organization within the previous year to enhance maturity.

IMCOM's Lean Six Sigma deployment has been effective largely in part due to its leadership commitment and support, said Kathy Ahsing, chief of IMCOM's business transformation and innovation directorate.

"Since initiating its deployment in 2006, IMCOM has established LSS-based targets for all its leaders who are responsible for meeting annual training and certification targets and overall financial goals," Ahsing said.

Additionally, she noted, policy has been established that requires practitioners to include at least one LSS performance requirement in their National Security Personnel System objectives. LSS performance measures have also been incorporated into the Army Communities of Excellence Award Program.

During the IMCOM Garrison Commanders' conference earlier this month, Lt. Gen. Rick Lynch, commander of IMCOM said, "We must look for efficiencies in spending money; we will do better with less."

Accordingly, "Lean Six Sigma is one approach being used to help improve how we provide and deliver services to our Soldiers and Families," said Ahsing, noting additional benefits include savings realized by executing successful LSS projects will provide an opportunity to transfer funding to other programs of importance to the Army community.

And, she believes, it provides training that develops and enhances leadership skills.

IMCOM winning the LEAP award, said Ahsing, "strengthens and validates our commitment to improving the effectiveness and efficiency of every IMCOM service. Our mission is to provide predictable, stable, consistent and equitable services to Soldiers and to Families in support of Army Force Generation and the Army Family Covenant. By setting priorities, establishing performance targets and holding leaders accountable to performance, IMCOM leadership has validated their commitment to closing performance gaps identified by the command."

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