HUNTSVILLE, Ala. -- The Army Materiel Command is taking care of its most valuable resource-- people.

Nearly 300 career program managers from across AMC and representatives from the Department of the Army gathered for a three-day summit to share best practices and identify paths forward towards developing the AMC workforce Aug. 31 -- Sept. 1, Huntsville., Alabama.

"It all starts with people, so it depends on you to make sure they have the resources they need to reach their full potential," said Lisha Adams, AMC's executive deputy to the commanding general.

In 2011, the Army Civilian Workforce Transformation established 31 career programs, based on common technical functions or occupational series. These career programs help create career paths, educational and developmental opportunities that ensure employees have the resources available to achieve their professional objectives.

Adams emphasized the importance of AMC's impact to the civilian career program. With nearly 26 percent of the Army civilian workforce, AMC employees represent all 31 career programs.

"AMC can lead the Army with the future of career programs. I ask that you take this week to learn, share experiences, and help shape the Army's civilian career programs," she said. "The health of the workforce is more than hiring the right person, it is making sure they have what they need to meet their goals."

The summit included training sessions and speakers from around AMC and the Army, including, Harry Hallock, deputy assistant secretary for procurement.

"We need to develop the workforce of the future. That means finding a way to protect the current workforce while bringing in new talent," said Hallock. "We have a new generation of employees who need to be challenged. Help them find those opportunities to learn something new. You might lose a great employee for a little bit, but the Army won't lose them forever."

Additional sessions included discussions on roles and responsibilities, individual development plans, civilian personnel management data tools, and the Redstone Arsenal Assignments Marketplace-a program seeking to increase awareness and participation in developmental assignments across Redstone Arsenal.