Decreased budget, workforce levels are discussed at employee town hall
March 14, 2011
SCHOFIELD BARRACKS, Hawaii - Col. Douglas Mulbury, commander, U.S. Army Garrison-Hawaii, held an employee town hall for the garrison workforce, March 3, at the Sgt. Smith Theater, here.
Garrison leadership holds biannual employee town halls as a way to communicate with its workforce and provide another forum for feedback. A town hall was also held at Fort Shafter, March 1, for employees who work in the south region.
Both town halls focused on recapping the garrison's recent accomplishments, civilian growth and development opportunities. They also gave details about the disestablishment of USAG-Oahu and the restructuring of USAG-Pohakuloa Training Area, as well as budget and force structure updates and information on feedback systems in place at the garrison.
All services USAG-HI provides for Soldiers and families stationed in Hawaii correlate with Installation Management Command's lines of efforts, among them, to support readiness, improve quality of life, optimize resources and ensure safety and security.
Complementing the Army's and IMCOM's civilian training and development opportunities, the Pacific Region and USAG-HI offer a number of programs and courses designed to build and sustain a cadre of agile and adaptable leaders and a multiskilled workforce, Mulbury explained.
On a regional level, IMCOM-Pacific offers its own mentoring and developmental assignment programs. Locally, the garrison's Workforce Development Office continues to offer Winning through Customer Service, Growing and Enhancing Leaders programs through Hawaii Garrison University, and has also recently launched a Fellows Program.
Disestablishment of USAG-Oahu and reorganization of USAG-PTA
The disestablishment of USAG-Oahu and creation of an Installation Coordinator Office is on track to be completed by June 30. All services and functions will be transferred by March 31. A complete listing and calendar of services and functions moving from USAG-Oahu to USAG-HI offices can be found on the garrison's website at www.garrison.hawaii.army.mil.
A casing of colors ceremony is scheduled for 1 p.m., May 17, at the Fort Shafter Gazebo on Palm Circle.
Also in the works is the reclassification of USAG-PTA into its own direct garrison with full responsibility and authority for base operations and mission support requirements on the Big Island. This action is currently on track for completion by the end of this fiscal year's fourth quarter. While the reorganization continues, USAG-HI staff will provide technical oversight and administrative and logistical support.
Budget and workforce structuring
IMCOM is currently determining the proper size and manpower mix to improve effectiveness and efficiency of installation services across the Army. Proposed staffing changes include a decrease in 453 employees. Feedback has been sent to headquarters for reconsideration.
Updated force structure guidance is expected this month, which will focus on IMCOM regional headquarters, but garrison force structure guidance is expected shortly after.
Mulbury said the garrison will continue to implement better business practices, right-size service levels, leverage other resources, and explore every opportunity to be more effective and efficient with current resources.
The town halls ended with a question and answer session. At both locations, employees asked Mulbury if voluntary early retirement settlements would be offered to help reduce the workforce size.
The garrison has not yet made any determinations about force structure changes, Mulbury said, but information will be distributed, once known.
Other questions concerned the garrison's energy policy and savings that could be realized by purchasing "no frills" government vehicles. Representatives updated audience members on current policies.
Since USAG-HI is in the business of providing services and facilities to Soldiers and their families, several programs are in place to gauge the level of service the garrison is providing and to help solve issues. Customers are able to provide feedback to garrison leadership in a number of ways: at town hall meetings, in surveys, through the Interactive Customer Evaluation, or ICE, system and via the Army Family Action Plan, which completed its annual conference in February.
Another round of employee town halls will be scheduled for the third or fourth quarter.
View the slides presented at the employee town halls at www.garrison.hawaii.army.mil. Click on "Town Halls" under the "Post Information" menu.
For more information on where services and functions are going, click on the "USAG-Oahu Disestablishment" link.