Participants of the HQ, JMC Aspiring Leaders Program recently presented their final team projects to Ms. Fisher, Deputy to the Commander, Joint Munitions Command and the JMC Training Committee comprised of JMC senior leaders. During this session, participants demonstrated skills they learned throughout the year, showcased important JMC topics to classmates and leaders in the room, and made recommendations in different areas that could benefit the JMC workforce and mission.
Opening remarks were given by Mr. Norbert Herrera, JMC Deputy Chief of Staff for Human Resources (G1). He stated, “This program is an excellent program to develop upcoming aspiring leaders; it closes some important skill-gaps through team projects and helps the JMC workforce grow and develop throughout the command.” Approximately 34% of the JMC workforce is eligible for retirement, so it is important to continue growing our future leaders, said Herrera.
Five projects were presented, to include JMC’s onboarding program, Achieving Maximum Professional Employee Development Part 2; a JMC Wellness Campaign; Informal Recognitions; Team/Culture Building in a Virtual Environment; and a 360 Assessment Tool. Each team presented projects through brainstorming, idea development, demonstrating analysis, and potential paths forward. Ms. Fisher and the training committee provided evaluations and comments on each team’s presentation and provided guidance on potential process improvements. The teams will continue to work on their projects through the implementation stage.
The JMC Aspiring Leaders Program was a yearlong program that had 25 students targeted to GS-12/13 employees in any career field to help them learn about and develop important leadership skills such as strategic leadership, conflict management, and critical thinking. JMC’s talent management strategy is in alignment with the Army’s People Strategy to acquire, develop, employ, and retain employees while taking care of people. “We had a diverse group of participants this year from many different career fields such as logistics management specialists, engineers, and financial management specialist,” said Lindsay Dowell, Program coordinator, G1 Human Resource Specialist.
Closing remarks were provided by Ms. Fisher. She had this to say, “Congratulations on completing this year-long course, I know it had its challenges, but you all adjusted and successfully made it work. I’m so proud of all of you for taking on this initiative, you are all the future of the command and I can’t wait to watch you continue developing important leadership skills through project completion.”