In an effort to continue face-to-face communication, Anniston Army Depot Commander Col. Eric McCoy addressed the audience during his town hall session Nov. 16.
In an effort to continue face-to-face communication, Anniston Army Depot Commander Col. Eric McCoy addressed the audience during his town hall session Nov. 16. (Photo Credit: US Army Photo by Mark Cleghorn) VIEW ORIGINAL

ANNISTON ARMY DEPOT, Anniston, Ala --  “We have the opportunity to innovate within the Organic Industrial Base and set Anniston Army Depot on a course that allows it to endure for the next 80 years,” said Col. McCoy, installation commander, as he addressed the workforce during his second town hall meeting Nov. 16.

He also highlighted some of the discussion that took place last month during the TACOM Commander’s Forum. “The conversation involved people, how we can invest in human capital, and modernization,” he stated. “What do we need in our facilities?  What do we need for equipment?  What skill sets do we need for our people for the (combat vehicle) systems you see to your left and right?   What stays in our Army’s inventory? What are the new things to come and are we prepared for that?”

He then transitioned to discussions that took place with his senior leaders over the last two days at the Strategic Planning Session. “Although we are in times of challenges, I am optimistic about our future.   We have the most talented workforce in the OIB and the orientation to learn and instruct our fellow teammates that we can get through this.”

“What I would encourage people to do is to find those things that unite us – whether it is your taste in music, food preference, sports, families,” he said.  “When we find that common ground we can stand on, then we can explore the space that we disagree about.”

After recognizing employees with significant length of service awards, the focus shifted to workload. “Fiscal year 2022’s current state is what we have projected for FY23,” said Todd Dishman, director of production management. “We had a large decrease in FY21, but the projection looks the same.  Today, the workload looks stable but we will have more reliable numbers as we move forward.”

Updates continued on the Civilian Harassment Intervention Program, or CHIP, and appropriate conduct.

“Reference COVID cases, we are trending down both locally and on the depot,” said Phil Trued, the depot’s chief of staff. Supervisors have received guidance on the Employee Notification memo and the Vaccination Attestation form. Additional information will be shared as it is received. The goal is to get out of the mask and return to normal as soon as possible, in accordance with guidance received from our higher headquarters, he said.

The session closed with a question and answer period. Employees expressed concerns or sought clarity relating to the mask mandate, hiring practices, and the incentive awards program. McCoy encouraged employees to seek responses through their chain of command.   However, some concerns rise to the level of the open door policy.