KAISERSLAUTERN, Germany – The U.S. Army Garrison Rheinland-Pfalz’s Team Member Orientation (TMO) program has one goal: to ease the transition for new employees coming into the garrison. The April 20 orientation kicked off with Michael Amarosa, Deputy to the Garrison Commander, welcoming 10 new employees and explaining the importance of the program within the Installation Management Command (IMCOM) structure.
“Team Member Orientation focuses on orienting new professionals to IMCOM’s culture, mission, principles, Army values and providing the team member an understanding of where they fit in to the organization," said Amarosa.
Ever-evolving, the monthly TMO aims to improve its program based on feedback given by the newcomers since it began last fall. Shea Giagnorio, training instructor for the garrison’s Directorate of Human Resources (DHR) explained that, “Here, at USAG RP, we place heavy emphasis on improving our organizational culture, and TMO is a wonderful first step to exactly this.” Since the program’s launch, a few improvements have been made in order to provide quality service to the garrison’s new employees.
“Before, we started with a half-day briefing at the Kazabra Club and then a half-day bus tour. Now, we’re doing a whole-day bus tour where newcomers get briefings from the directors, so that was a big improvement and a lot of coordination,” said Sabrina Gruener, administrative officer with DHR.
With several stops—to include Sembach, Kleber, Pulaski and Baumholder—the TMO provides employees new knowledge of the area that encompasses the garrison footprint.
“There’s a lot more to the military community in the area than at first glance,” explained Wyatt Cino, superintendent greens keeper at Rolling Hills Golf Course at Baumholder.
“In supporting 31 installations in 3 separate countries, it is important for senior leaders to show how every team member’s efforts support Army readiness and contribute to the overall accomplishment of the organizational and IMCOM mission and give them a sense of belonging to the larger organization," added Amarosa.
Katye-Jaye Fredieu, postal operations assistant for the Baumholder Post Office, recently joined the garrison and said the program “provided a wealth of information to Army civilians, new and seasoned. Everyone learned something new. We were supplied with abundant resources and tips beneficial to our jobs as well as living in Germany. I appreciated the opportunity to network, find mentors and learn how my job supports the mission. It's a valuable tool, one that I hope continues for years to come.”
“I appreciated the opportunity to network, find mentors and learn how my job supports the mission.”
The Team Member Orientation is conducted on the third Wednesday of each month.