Army G-4 Lean Six Sigma

What is it? This program helps focus G-4 efforts in leading business innovations while delivering logistics readiness at best value to our nation and the United States Army.

What is the Army doing?  We are committed to delivering logistics readiness at best value to our customers.  In 2006, we embarked on an aggressive campaign to train LSS principles and apply them to improving our high value logistics processes. Our LSS projects focus on our highest priorities: equipment reset; retrograde and redistribution; requirements determination; financial accounting; in-transit visibility and policy development.  The process improvements we are targeting will significantly improve our logistics readiness and ensure our limited resources are most effectively applied.

What continued efforts does the Army have planned for the future?  Program highlights and ongoing efforts include:

Training Highlights

-  Executive Awareness Training (all GO/SES) – 100% complete
-  Awareness Training (all personnel) – 44% complete – 190 of 379
-  Project Sponsor Training (all Colonels/GS-15s) – 16 completed

Project Execution Highlights

Black Belt
- Depot Level Maintenance Management Process:  Goal is to reduce the time required to conduct program analysis and execution and improve accuracy of reporting.

- Replacing Equipment Battle Losses/Washouts:  Goal is to reduce inaccuracy in operational loss reporting. Standardize Operational Loss and Operational Damage definitions. Reduce time required to validate an operational loss.

Green Belt
- Class VII Retrograde Disposition (Completed):  Reduced the cycle time of disposition requests and instructions to the DA Goal of three days.

- Improving the Accuracy and Compliance for the Subsistence in Kind Account:  Goal is to improve visibility and control over financial obligations within the Subsistence-in-Kind (SIK) account in order to establish accountability.

- Mortuary Affairs Personal Effects:  Goal is to improve the accuracy of delivery and reduce time to deliver by 50%.

- Secondary Item Retrograde:  Goal is to improve the classification policies and procedures of excess material to increase the speed and reliability of the retrograde process.

- G-4 Publication Update Process:  Goal is to create and publish a SOP that will establish consistent data tracking for Army G-4 publications.

- War Reserves Secondary Items Requirements:  Goal is to have a War Reserve Sustainment stock program that minimizes forward stock items, eliminates redundancy in stockage between AMC and DLA, leverages existing DLA stockage and surge capability.

- G-4 Staff Action Process:  Goal is to develop a consistent process for completing staff actions within required timelines.

- G-4 Personnel System of Record:  Goal is to design and implement a process for timely, accurate data capture into a single, secure data repository with flexible, responsive reports and queries.

Why is this important to the Army?  Timely logistical support is critical in providing support for the warfighters in our ongoing long Global War on Terror and Army Transformation efforts.  Our Soldiers’ effectiveness depends upon a sustained but flexible national commitment to equip and support them properly.