USAG-HI grows next generation of leaders
March 22, 2011
SCHOFIELD BARRACKS, Hawaii - A group of employees here is learning how to become the people others will want to follow.
Fifteen employees within the U.S. Army Garrison-Hawaii are participating in the inaugural USAG-HI Fellows program, the garrison's newest, internal, professional development program.
Created and managed by Jocelyn Changchuck, chief, Workforce Development, with guidance from James Duttweiler, deputy, USAG-HI, the 12-month program supports the Installation Management Command's Line of Effort 3 for Leader and Workforce Development. The program's intent is to grow leaders, supervisors and staff.
Changchuck got the idea for the program from an Enhancing Leaders program student; the graduate said it would be nice to learn more about the garrison.
"We all have the big picture of the organization, but learning more about the garrison would be the next step after the Enhancing Leaders course," Changchuck said. "It took me about half-a-year to think about the course and to put it together. I asked myself 'what would I like to know as a leader.' And that's how I always think ... what would I like to know'"
Besides learning more about the garrison, fellows will engage in individual study and group projects, participate in monthly site visits, and attend monthly Fellows luncheons. Graduation is slated for January 2012.
The first site visit was conducted Feb. 22, at the Directorate of Planning, Training, Mobilization and Security's training facilities.
"I learned a lot about the training efforts that go into preparing a Soldier for deployment," said Katy Kluck, program manager, Directorate of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation, in an e-mail. "It was amazing to see all the new innovative technology that is being developed to help in the advancement of skills among Soldiers."
Kluck also enjoyed talking with staff at the locations.
"There is a lot more than I ever knew existed within the DPTMS," she said. "I am so grateful they took the time to speak with us. It was an eye-opening experience."
Kluck applied for the Fellows program to improve her leadership skills and build relationships within the garrison, and to gain a better understanding of the garrison.
Bambi Bjugstad, wanted to learn more about USAG-HI and improve her leadership skills. Bjugstad works as a supply technician at the Directorate of Public Work's Logistics Department, and she's looking forward to the program's required departmental/office mentorship.
"Learning from the leaders/mentors in our field is a privilege, and I'm hoping for an increased understanding of the other departments and selections within (the) garrison," Bjustad wrote, in e-mail.
She applied for the program because she "feels there is more to be learned," allowing her to expand her horizons.
"I've witnessed firsthand which programs our Soldiers are training with and which of those training simulations work best for our Soldiers, but we can also identify ways to refine and improve them," Bjustad said.
Another Fellows candidate, William Brazill, who also works for DPW, but in the Supply Branch, said, in an e-mail, that he doesn't think the program will change him as a person, but it will improve his working knowledge of USAG-HI. Brazill predicts an improvement in his communication skills.
Brazill, along with the 14 other Fellows, were competitively chosen. With the exception of one who was nominated as an exceptional candidate, they are all graduates of USAG-HI's Growing/Enhancing Leaders courses.
The group also attended their first luncheon and toured the Directorate of Public Works, Monday.