Army Lean Six Sigma Excellence Awards Program
SENIOR LEADERS ARE SAYING
"We will start drawing down troops next July. We're very committed to beginning the drawdown then. But there will continue to be a large number of U.S. and allied troops on the ground in Afghanistan after July 2011."
- Navy Adm. Mike Mullen, in an interview with Fareed Zacharia, host of the CNN program, GPS, reinforcing the U.S. commitment to begin drawing down its forces in Afghanistan in July
Mullen: U.S. drawdown in Afghanistan to begin in July
WHAT THEY'RE SAYING
"We're still the eyes on the battlefield, now it's from above. It's a lot safer, too. You no longer have that three-man team out there hours away from help, hiding in the bushes. You can never fully replace the human element on the battlefield, but what I used to do has evolved into what the Gray Eagle does now."
- Staff Sgt. Raymond Ballance, the unit's senior enlisted trainer and master gunner, giving his unique perspective on the company's mission with the Gray Eagle
Army unit flies new unmanned aircraft in Iraq
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Warrior Care Month (Warrior Transition command)
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Army Lean Six Sigma Excellence Awards Program
What is it?
On Oct. 15th, the Army held the third Lean Six Sigma (LSS) Excellence Award Program (LEAP) ceremony for LSS practitioners leading superior process improvement and project execution. Developed by the Secretary of the Army and Chief of Staff of the Army, the LEAP Award is intended to recognize individuals and teams who demonstrate excellence in building, sustaining, and implementing results-driven process improvement projects.
The Under Secretary of the Army, the honorable Dr. Joseph W. Westphal, and Army's first Chief Management Officer (CMO), presented awards to winners at a ceremony in the Hall of Heroes, in the Pentagon.
What has the Army done?
Last year, those individuals who won the 2010 LEAP Awards, and thousands of others across the Army, produced $1 billion in cost savings and $3.3 billion in cost avoidances during fiscal year 2010. This financial benefit translates to supporting Soldiers and Soldier families with stronger processes and quicker results with fewer mistakes.
What continued efforts does the Army have planned for the future?
LSS is a concept that American manufacturer, service and healthcare industries have successfully pioneered and adopted to achieve a continuous process improvement in all areas of the business. The objective is to utilize a data-driven approach and methodology for eliminating defects and variation reduction from product to service. LSS attempts to make more cost-effective use of taxpayer dollars while better serving Soldiers and their families.
LSS is one of the main methodologies being used to help the Army meet the efficiency savings goals established by the Secretary of Defense. These savings will be realized by using LSS to transform organizations, management practices and systems that have created inefficiencies and waste.
Why is this important to the Army?
LSS uses a set of data-driven tools to improve operational and organizational processes. Applied to the Army, this total systems approach encourages enterprise-wide synergy. Typically, processes that seem localized and self-contained start to spread across the organization and require total Army leadership support. By embracing the enterprise approach, the Army can continue to benefit from and duplicate the success of LSS as a business organization, institution and culture. The LEAP Awards, as a part of the Army's LSS program, are helping the Army be better stewards of the taxpayer dollars.
Lean Six Sigma website
To see a list of 2010 winners: Army Chief Management Officer Presents LEAP Awards
ABOUT THE ARMY
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- Life-changing responsibility comes with MoH (Army Times)
- U.S. Army unveils 'revolutionary' XM25 rifle in Afghanistan (Fox News)
- Guardsman, Army at odds over PTSD claim (Army Times)
- 'Stop Loss' special pay application deadline approaches (The U.S. Army)
- Army private accused of murder in Afghan prisoner's death (Los Angeles Times)
- Father presents son Purple Heart Thanksgiving Day (The U.S. Army)
- 8th Army commander pays respects to fallen ROK Marines (The U.S. Army)
- Mullen: U.S. drawdown in Afghanistan to begin in July (The U.S. Army)
- U.S. engagement on Iran must be realistic: military chief (Reuters)
- NATO says it captures Afghan insurgent leader (Army Times)
- Officials: Targets survived U.S. missile in Pakistan (Washington Post)
- Close calls for al-Qaida's No. 2 (Yahoo)
- War report offers tempered optimism (Las Vegas Sun)
- TF Iron launches blimp over FOB Andar (The U.S. Army)
- Gates seeking to contain military health costs (New York Times)
- Gates sets Nov. 30 for 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' report release (The U.S. Army)
- Cables obtained by WikiLeaks shine light into secret diplomatic channels (New York Times)
- Pentagon tightens info controls (Politico)
- Officials may be overstating the danger from WikiLeaks (McClatchy Newspapers)
- U.S. embassy cables leak sparks global diplomatic crisis (Guardian)
- U.S.-Pak clash over national interest (Pakistan Observer)
- U.S. condemns Wikileaks diplomatic cables release (BBC)
- Afghanistan: Suicide bombs target police in Paktika (BBC)
- Afghan withdrawal will start in just over a year, says top general (London Daily Telegraph)
- U.S. troops pass Soviets' Afghan stay (Al Jazeera)
- S. Korea slams North's 'crime' (Al Jazeera)
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