Installation town hall meeting highlights upcoming events, post improvements
August 14, 2012
ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. - Hundreds of Soldiers, civilians, contractors and Family members attended the installation town hall at the Post Theater Aug. 2, to receive updates from post leaders.
Maj. Gen. Robert S. Ferrell, Aberdeen Proving Ground Installation Commander and Commanding Gerneral of the U.S. Army Communications-Electronics Command hosted the event and discussed sharing resources and working together as a team to improve six focus areas: Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics and K-12 Outreach; Employee Wellness; Veteran Affairs, Gold Star Families, Wounded Warriors; Professional Workforce Development; Technician/Para-Professional Workforce Development; and System of Systems Engineering Workforce Development.
"I challenge you to look forward to the opportunities of tomorrow," Ferrell said. "I also challenge you to team with one another and help one another. You will find if you team together relationships build, morale increases and productivity is achieved. "
APG Garrison Commander Col. Gregory McClinton also gave remarks. This was the first APG installation town hall meeting for McClinton, who became the APG garrison commander June 19. McClinton introduced two new members of the APG community, Glenn Wait, deputy to the garrison commander, and Garrison Command Sgt. Maj. James E. Ervin, who assumed the responsibility July 17.
McClinton said that it is critical that the APG community provides direct feedback to the command team.
"The key thing that I need to get from you, as installation customers, is your feedback, McClinton said. "It is important to us that you give us the ability to communicate what your concerns are so that we can prioritize our efforts and make sure we are doing what needs to be done. "
After McClinton's remarks members of his staff provided updates regarding installation operations.
Tom Johnson from the Plans, Analysis and Integration Office, encouraged the community to use the Interactive Customer Evaluation comments to provide feedback to APG leadership. The APG community can submit comments by computer, kiosk, hard card, or QR code. Customers can submit an ICE comment by visiting http://ice.disa.mil/.
Tom Kuchar, from the Directorate of Public Works, said that DPW is working to resolve heating ventilation and cooling issues as quickly as possible, and DPW employees will work overtime, if needed, to resolve these issues. To report an HVAC problem, call 410-306-1400.
Kuchar added that grass cutting and water issues on APG South (Edgewood) are also a priority for DPW.
Other topics during the meeting included new dining options on APG North and APG South; Kirk U.S. Army Health Clinic's new Primary Care Clinic; free flu shots for active duty, Family, retirees and civilians; a housing update from Picerne Military Housing; and upcoming fall activities from the Directorate of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation. For a comprehensive list of upcoming FMWR activities, visit www.apgmwr.com.
The end of the meeting was reserved for questions from the audience, which included HVAC improvements, on-post housing for single Soldiers and child care options. A transcript of questions and answers from the event will be available on the APG website, http://www.apg.army.mil/. The presentation from the event is available at http://www.apg.army.mil/installationtownhall.cfm. For more information about the next installation town hall meeting, call the APG Public Affairs Office, 410-278-1147.