FORT MONROE, Va. (Oct. 30, 2009) - The U.S. Training and Doctrine Command Lean Six Sigma team was recognized for winning awards at the international level during the 2009 Annual Global Lean, Six Sigma and Business Process Improvement Summit & Industry Awards dinner at the Walt Disney World Swan & Dolphin Resort in Orlando, Fla. on Oct. 14.

The TRADOC team took home the following awards: Best Project Achievement in Innovation or Product Development, the Platinum Award for Process Excellence Project, and an individual award to Col. Robert Morris for the Six Sigma & Business Improvement Deployment Leader of the Year.

Morris, a service member who has served for 30 years and was the founder of the non-profit organization Partners International Foundation, now serves as the CEO of the public charity. In July 2008, the TRADOC Deputy Chief of Staff for Plans, Operations and Training (DCS G-3/5/7) recognized the need for change in training and brought Morris in to improve and implement strategies and programs.

"According to his bio, "[Morris'] application of Six Sigma tools to international response and development programs is internationally recognized. His 2009 work to use the tool in developing sustainable livelihoods for West African Countries by integrating and reducing waste across the seven capital forks (Political, Natural, Economic, Infrastructure, Cultural, Social, and Human) resulting in a request by World Health Organization for him to form a team to deploy the strategy at a national level for Gambia.""

Among the 43 entries of the 32 organizations, TRADOC Lean Six Sigma Team was the only U.S. government organization in the finals.

In the top three awards presented, the 'Best Project Achievement in Innovation or Product' award involves the "Five So What" analysis. This analysis is used in Lean Six deployments to identify problems and is learned quickly. Morris proposed a solution where a "So What" question asked five times will produce solutions and improvement in the Lean Six Sigma business and development.

The Platinum Award for Process Excellence Project was an award chosen by an international panel of judges and by all other finalist entries. All awards were given to the most achieved organizations for the development improvement programs to highlight the effort and development of accuracy produced by these organizations.

The TRADOC Internal Audit and Compliance Office (IRAC) provided audit support for the program. "I found the venue full of opportunity for learning, networking and sharing at all levels," said Pactricia Damrow, Vice President of Quality Management and the Six Sigma Champion.

Dawn Cyr, government financial manager director of internal review and audit compliance at TRADOC, stated, "The value of his team's work will improve the execution of more than 280 contracts costing the Army more than $230 million. The recommendations for the internal audit report alone will save more than $40 million in the distributed learning program over the next six years."