Members of the 345th Combat Support Hospital prepare a casualty for triage during training. Such efforts to prepare Army Reserve units for deployment will be more efficient thanks to a Lean Six Sigma project by 1LT Terrance Wilson of the 3rd Medical Command staff. His plan reduced post-mobilization training time for a CSH from 109 days to 68 days and saved more than 1.5 million dollars.

The training plan makes use of training venues to include distance learning, the Medical Readiness and Training Command, exportable Joint Readiness Training Center events and the regional training center at Fort Hunter Liggett, Calif.

"The model will drop it to 27 days ... Based on guidance from First Army, our goal is to get to a 'Train, Alert, Deploy' status with all training conducted and validated before the unit is alerted," Wilson said.

(Photo by 1SG D. Keith Johnson/Business Transformation Office)