Employee recognitions and expanding skill sets were the main topics in outgoing WSMR Commander Maj. Gen. Gwen Bingham’s last Town Hall June 4 at the Post Theater.
“We have got to reinvest in each and every one of you,” Bingham said.
Bingham encouraged the workforce to prioritize leadership development, especially with a tightening budget, which may mean a workforce reduction in the future. Bingham said the WSMR leadership will do their best to encourage leadership development, to include the reintegration of leadership development programs. During last quarter’s Town Hall, a Leadership Development Board was introduced. The goal for the members of the board, which is run by current WSMR Commander Paul Mann, is to create a simpler path for the workforce to be able to apply for developmental opportunities.
“We’re going to get going in the right direction. The goal is to develop and grow at the same time,” Mann said. “It’s not what you see in paperwork it’s what you experience in your job that matters.”
The goal of the board is to market developmental programs like Reaching New Heights and the Executive Development Program as well as developmental assignments that will allow employees to train outside of their line of duty for a period of time.
“Leadership development is the kind of priority that never ends. It’s a continued command focus,” Mann said.
Aside from the reintegration of leadership opportunities, two new programs were officially introduced to the WSMR workforce during the Town Hall. WSMR Director of Plans, Training, Mobilization and Security Gerry Veara spoke about a new mass notification system that will allow for emergency notifications to pop up on your desktop, phone, and personal e-mail. The new system will allow for users to “acknowledge” the notification in order for Veara and his team to account for individuals during an emergency.
“This is a much more advanced system, a much better way than what we have right now,” Veara said.
“Once you acknowledge, we know you got it, we know you’re okay,” he added.
Veara said the workforce can register for the program by clicking on an icon on the computer. The icon looks like a purple globe and can be found when one clicks on the triangle on the task manager near the time and date icon. The functions of the system will be tested during an upcoming exercise and again in November on a larger scale.
Director of Logistics Readiness Mickey Mumfrey was also present to talk about the framework of a new program called Global Combat Support System that is currently being used to tie logistics and financial systems together.
“It’s going to give us real time capabilities of our funds and were the equipment is,” Mumfrey said.
After the series of presentations, Bingham ended her final Town Hall by presenting awards to her aide-de-camp and driver. An advocate for employee recognition, Bingham also presented over 140 awards to the WSMR workforce. Bingham’s new assignment will take her to Warren, Michigan where she will serve as the commander for the U.S. Army Tank-Automotive and Armaments Command. True to her character, before saying “so long until we meet again,” to the WSMR workforce, she put out an open invitation for the workforce to visit her at her new assignment.
“We’ll leave the porch light on for you and welcome you with open arms,” Bingham said.