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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

CALENDAR

2010-2013: 60th Anniversary of the Korean War

November 2010

Military Family Appreciation Month (Presidential Proclamation)

Warrior Care Month (Warrior Transition command)

Native American Heritage Month


Nov. 16 & 17: Medal of Honor White House & Pentagon ceremonies for Staff Sgt. Salvatore A. Giunta

PROFESSIONAL WRITING

Updated on the first of each month: Army Professional Writing

TODAY'S FOCUS

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.

Resources:

Lean Six Sigma website

To see a list of 2010 winners: Army Chief Management Officer Presents LEAP Awards

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