Fort Rucker leaders begin laying groundwork for long-term strategic change

FORT RUCKER, Ala. -- Nearly 100 garrison leaders, key program managers, primary stakeholders and customers began laying the groundwork for long-term change here during a workshop April 6-8.

Col. Yvette Kelley, U.S. Army Garrison-Fort Rucker commander, hosted the strategic sustainability goal-setting event at The Landing.

The audience received information on integrating strategic sustainability concepts into all aspects of planning and operations, which will enable the garrison to plan and better support future missions, build relationships with surrounding communities and preserve resources for future use.

"These few days were clearly time well spent," Kelley said of the workshop. "This dynamic team of leaders, stakeholders and customers made great strides this week in bringing substantive, positive change to Fort Rucker."

Wade Becnel, U.S. Army Aviation Center of Excellence Knowledge Management officer, provided the keynote address on the USAACE Change Culture program, highlighting the need for change in order to remain relevant. He invited attendees to actively contribute to solutions and be a part of the collaborative environment that is being enabled through the USAACE Senior Leader Team, Leading Change Team and strategic initiative sub-teams.

"When you consider what is going on with USAACE's Change Culture and what we're doing at the garrison, it's clear that change is coming to Fort Rucker," Kelley said. "We need everyone to get involved. We need to do things better and more efficiently, and we need the entire community to be a part of the process."

In an effort to break "silo think or stovepipe," workshop attendees were grouped into cross-functional teams. This provided a unique opportunity for garrison service providers to actively listen to and collaborate with their customers and stakeholders.

Working with facilitators from the Center from Sustainable Solutions and Army Environmental Command, the teams collectively validated the garrison's goals and developed long-term objectives that support the Installation Management Campaign Plan and the USAACE Campaign Plan.

The directors of Plans, Training, Mobilization and Security, Bill Leyh; Public Works, Ed Janasky; Family, Morale, Welfare and Recreation, Tim Laster; Civilian Personnel Advisory Center, Rodney Wilkerson; and Plans, Analysis and Integration Office, Deena Jones provided out-briefs on the garrison's goals.

These are enhancing the support to the Army Force Generation and mission training; sustaining, transforming and modernizing the installation; enhancing the well-being of the military community, developing and sustaining a service-oriented, mission-focused and capable workforce; and transforming business processes to optimize resources.

A follow-up workshop to further define initiatives and action plans is scheduled for May.

"I appreciate everyone who worked hard to get these goals in place, but we need to keep leaning forward," Kelley said. "We still have work to do to turn these goals into plans, and then the plans into actions to make sure we're doing all we can to take great care of Soldiers, Families and employees, and that we're doing it as efficiently as possible.

"I would also like to thank the non-garrison participants who recognize the value of these strategic planning sessions and who shared in the process."

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