SSC-Natick Press ReleaseU.S. Army Soldier Systems
Public Affairs Office
Contact: Public Affairs Office
Date: September 29, 2008
Garrison employees recognized for their LSS achievements
Pictured left to right, Lt. Col. Kari Otto,
garrison commander, Kate Ozpeynirci and Lynn Valcourt,
Plans, Analysis and Integration Office, and Command Sgt.
Maj. Mittie Smith, at presentation of LSS Green Belt
certificates at the U.S. Army Garrison, Natick, Sept. 25.
Col. Donald G. Drummer, deputy director, Northeast Region,
U.S. Army Installation Management Command (not pictured),
presented Ozpeynirci and Valcourt their official LSS Green
Belt certification. (Photo by Richard Walunas.)
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NATICK, Mass. --
Col. Donald G. Drummer, deputy director, Northeast Region (NER),
U.S. Army Installation Management Command (IMCOM) and NER's Lean Six
Sigma (LSS) deployment director, visited the U.S. Army Garrison (USAG),
Natick, on Sept. 25 to present two garrison employees their official
LSS Green Belt certification.
Drummer presented the certificates to Kate Ozpeynirci and Lynn
Valcourt, members of the Plans, Analysis, and Integration Office (PAIO).
The certificate signifies a major step in the LSS hierarchy. It is
awarded to LSS Green Belts who receive training, pass exams,
complete a project and submit the paperwork describing the project
and its value to Department of the Army IMCOM.
LSS is a process that creates value-added opportunities that we can
capture to make a difference, said Drummer. He said he's seen many
changes throughout his years in the Army, but emphasized that he's
never seen any process that is as useful as LSS.
The presentation took place at the USAG, Natick's, Executive Quality
Council Meeting. During the meeting, Ozpeynirci, Valcourt, and PAIO
team member Walter Ulrich, a LSS Green Belt working his first
project, highlighted their LSS projects, the impetus for them, and
the results achieved.
Ozpeynirci's project, In and Out Processing of Employees, involved
developing a formal process for new employees that allows them to
complete necessary paperwork, mandatory training, and receive
orientation briefings to help ease their transition into the federal
government and installation. Previously, there was no formal
orientation when new employees joined the USAG, Natick team, and new
hires depended on co-workers to provide guidance and information.
Valcourt's project, PC Purchase, focused on developing a systematic
four-year PC replacement policy while purchasing in bulk buys for
standardization and compatibility.
"Each office was updating equipment on its own," she said, adding
that there was no standard for the equipment being purchased.
Now, the USAG, Natick, has a defined time-line and standard in place
monitored by the Directorate of Information Management that ensures
quality equipment for all garrison employees.
Ulrich said his project, Physical Relocation, involves improving the
process for moving offices and equipment on the installation. Ulrich
said there was no formal guideline for people to move from one
office to another. Employees in some offices moved their own
furniture and equipment while other offices depended on contracts to
get help to move.
The Physical Relocation LSS project's goal is to develop a process
that people could follow.
Drummer recognized the need to have formal guidelines to ease the
move process, since most employees move numerous times throughout
He also encouraged Ozpeynirci, Valcourt, and Ulrich to share their
improvements with other installations. He said that LSS helps us to
work smart, and we need to pass on those processes to others so the
Army can benefit from our improvements.
After presenting Ozpeynirci and Valcourt their LSS certificates,
Drummer unveiled the newly minted director's coin developed by NER
Director Russell B. Hall and the NER Command Sergeant Major. Both
Ozpeynirci and Valcourt received a coin. Drummer then concluded his
portion of the award ceremony by announcing that both will also be
receiving special act awards including a cash payout.
Ozpeynirci, Valcourt, and Ulrich all praised the team effort and
contributions of other members of the LSS project teams which
resulted in better processes and quality of life for employees.