WSMR Commander Brig. Gen. Timothy Coffin’s quarterly Town Hall March 5 focused on the establishment of a General Staff to garner the efficiencies of centralizing support to the command, the White Sands Test Center, and tenant partners.
Coffin said the G-staff structure will operate as primary staff sections, reduce institutional resource requirements, and promote uniform processes and policy.
“We’re looking at what the future looks like and how we need to get there,” Coffin said. “The efforts have been done before, but only in parts.”
A key point in the reorganization effort is the introduction of a new General Staff or G-Staff meant to provide organizational support to unit commanders and to define job roles and their level. The main goal of the G-Staff is to integrate, collaborate, and synchronize operations throughout WSMR, the Test Center, and tenant partners.
“I want to put the processes in place so that we’re doing things the right way — the way the Army expects,” Coffin said. “We have to think about how the installation will succeed 30 years into the future. There’s a lot of work we have to do between now and then.”
Coffin introduced WSMR Resource Management Director Dawn Way to the workforce during the town hall. Way is currently leading the G-Staff efforts. Under Way is a G 1/7/8 team who is in charge of assisting the workforce with issues on systems like ATAAPS and TAPES.
“This team is really a synergistic support to you. We’re going to be able to help you as you move forward as a unit…we’re going to be able to do all of the functions with fewer people,” Way said.
Way also presented a website link that will allow the community the opportunity to provide their input on the reorganization. Way invited anyone with concerns or ideas to visit the site and make their comments known.
“There are always rumors and concerns and we’d like to be able to address some of those in an open forum,” Way said.
New Performance Appraisal
Way introduced a new performance appraisal system she described as similar to TAPES but with a three-level performance appraisal rather than a four-level performance appraisal. The new system is scheduled to be implemented April 1, 2016. The objective for the new system is to provide a fair and transparent system that will allow supervisors to synchronize the employee’s performance to the missions and goals of the organizations. It will take about three months for the entire workforce to be fully integrated into the new system.
“We’re looking at what we can customize right here and make better for everyone,” Way said.
WSMR G6 Director Mark Tubbs provided critical information about computer updates that are currently ongoing and walked the audience through a refresher on how to properly shut down their computer device. Tubbs said his department works on about 192,000 patches a month. These patches do not reach the computers that are not properly shutdown at the end of the day.
Tubbs said systems must be rebooted daily. The proper way to reboot your system is by restarting your computer at the end of the day, inputting your Bitlocker Drive Encryption pin, and waiting to ensure that the screen goes back to the green “unclassified” screen.
“Green is good. Non compliant systems will be disabled and placed in quarantine,” Tubbs said.
As is customary in his town halls, Coffin started with a series of awards and recognitions for outstanding employees from the WSMR workforce. The awards included Lean Six Sigma Black Belt recognitions for Allen Tyree from Materiel and Test Directorate and Miguel P. Chavez from Installation Management; recognition of the WSMR Non-Commissioned Officer of the Quarter for Tech. Sgt. Jerome Cole; and a Length of Service certificate for Joe Salazar from the Public Affairs Office for 40 years of service.
“He’s just one example of so many of you who are doing great things for this community,” Coffin said of Salazar during his recognition.
Coffin also recognized an individual who went above and beyond his line of duty, Bill Godby from the Department of Public Works Environmental Division.
Godby was recognized for leading the project in digitizing nearly 40 years of WSMR newspapers. The newspapers are now available on a public website, www.wsmrhistoric.com, for the community to look through at their leisure.
To provide feedback on the upcoming reorganization visit: https://intranet.wsmr.army.mil/feedback.asp
“YOU have a Stake in OUR Success”
The web page at the link below provides access to a drop-box available to TEAM WSMR for the submission of questions or comments with regard to Workforce Shaping and Reorganization efforts https://intranet.wsmr.army.mil/feedback.asp