Sgt. Isaac Ofori
McAfee Health Clinic NCOIC
On April 23 McAfee United States Army Health Clinic civilian staff participated in an off-site team building event at Los Compas Mexican Restaurant in Las Cruces.
The purpose of the training was to bring the civilian team together to learn about team dynamics through collaborative group exercises.
Deputy Commander for Administration, Jeffrey Schend, facilitated a conflict management exercise that demonstrated to the attendees the need for all groups to work together rather than against each other.
Executive Assistant Abelardo Balcazar, led the attendees in a “Lost at Sea” exercise which is designed to work to develop team building, cooperation and leadership.
A short presentation on Group Dynamics and ATAAPS was given to wrap up the training portion of the event. After training a delicious lunch was enjoyed that provided an opportunity for camaraderie.
For the military staff the off-site professional development was held at the SHED in Las Cruces.
Members participated in “The Marshmallow Challenge”. The Soldiers were divided into teams of four with the following challenge – to build the largest structure they could in 18 minutes using 20 sticks of spaghetti, one yard of tape, one yard of string and one marshmallow, which has to be placed at the top of the structure.
The winning height was 27 inches from team 5: Sgt. Shaye Snyder, Spc. Oluwaseun Alajo and Spc. Jacob Fuqua. Second place was team 2 at 23 inches. Team 1 took third place with a height of 19 inches.
Overall, all teams did an amazing job with an enthusiastic participation, collaboration and teamwork.
The theme was a “Clear Understanding of a Common Purpose, Which Allows Us to Appreciate How Our Efforts, Consequently, Our ability to be Successful Are Inter-dependent”.
Commander of the Clinic Lt. Col. Elba Villacorta, echoed the importance of regular feedback.
“Informing employees and subordinates of their strengths and the direction their efforts should be focused at and how critical the timeliness of giving feedback is to their shared ability to be successful in their efforts and mission,” she said.
She pointed out that in the process they learned how to address and adapt to external changes in order to remain competitive and relevant.
Villacorta charged the McAfee team to create a culture where employees feel free to challenge assumptions, without fear of reprisals or finger-pointing.
“The environment and attitude is key to encouraging the kind of innovative thinking, which not only leads to developing ideas, but to creating tangible results,” she said.