Town hall provides updates to garrison workforce

APG Garrison Commander Col. Robert Phillips III welcomes attendees to the first Garrison Town Hall of the fiscal year, held at the post theater Oct. 26, 2017. | U.S. Army photo by Sean Kief, USAG APG

APG garrison leaders expressed appreciation to the workforce and gave organization updates during the first Garrison Town Hall of the fiscal year, at the post theater Oct. 26.

Garrison Commander Col. Robert Phillips III and Garrison Command Sgt. Maj. Toese Tia Jr. hosted the quarterly meeting.

Phillips expressed gratitude to the workforce for making APG’s year-long Centennial Celebration a success.

“The success that we had this year really reflects all of you,” he said. “And I thank you for it.”

He added that the Army is changing, and the garrison workforce also needs to change alongside it.

“What I want from you is what you should expect out of me,” he said. “Every day you should expect my best professional effort.”

APG MWR

Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation Director Mike Lupacchino gave updates about post events including the Army Comedy Tour on Nov. 15, the Holiday Bazaar on Nov. 29 and the Holiday Tree Lighting on Nov. 30. For a comprehensive list of upcoming events, visit https://www.apgmwr.com/.

Starting Friday, Dec. 1, the post theater will show free movies the first and third weekend of the month. APG’s Better Opportunity for Single Soldiers program will sell popcorn, snacks and beverages.

“You are encouraged to participate,” Lupacchino said.

Inclement weather plans

Clint Zaengle, chief of plans and operations, discussed post closures or opening delays in the event of inclement weather. Updates are provided on the APG Weather Line at 410-278-7669; the APG Facebook page www.facebook.com/APGMd; and the APG Twitter page www.twitter.com/USAGAPG.

Zaengle also highlighted AtHoc, a mass notification system that sends users emergency warnings and other important information. This system can be used to send messages about accidents or incidents outside the gate to help Team APG make informed decisions, he said. The system is also used to announce post closures due to weather.

Registered individuals can add an alternate email or phone number so they can receive notifications when they are away from their work computer or phone.

For more information about the system, or to register, contact the AtHoc administrator Richard Rivera at 410-278-4337.

IMCOM priorities

During the town hall, a video message from Lt. Gen. Kenneth Dahl, commanding general, U.S. Army Installation Management Command, detailed the future of IMCOM and Dahl’s priorities: infrastructure, emergency services, Soldier training, Soldier programs and family programs.

Those priorities, based on guidance from the Chief of Staff of the Army and the Secretary of the Army, are to drive all IMCOM funding, mission priorities and services across Army installations— including APG.

Watch the video online at https://youtu.be/Ub_TcLWK958.

Robin Stokes, with the Army Substance Abuse Program, left, and Jason Sponheimer, with the APG Garrison’s Directorate of Public Works, talk about the Red Ribbon Week drug prevention campaign, before the start of the Garrison Town Hall at the post theater, Oct. 26, 2017. |U.S. Army photo by Rachel Ponder, APG News

Workforce updates

Phillips outlined his priorities to the Garrison workforce, including the completion of all annual training by April 2018. He encouraged employees to get ready for the transition to the Defense Performance Management and Appraisal Program. Employees should look out for forthcoming information and training from their supervisor.

The current Garrison Command Climate Survey deadline has been extended, at the request of Phillips. He asked all employees to take time to complete the survey so garrison leadership can evaluate how to communicate better with the workforce and improve or sustain current operations.

Finally, Phillips said the garrison is working to reshape the workforce in accordance with the approved FY19 TDA, or Table of Distributed Allowances. The garrison is working with the senior commander to determine appropriate services delivered to the installation.

APG Installation-wide Reassignment Program

Tina Betarie, with the APG Civilian Personnel Advisory Center, discussed the APG Installation-Wide Reassignment Program, or IRP. This program was established to provide DA employees with the opportunity to continue their careers without having to leave APG. IRP is voluntary and it allows non-competitive movements only, including reassignment and change to a lower grade.

According to Betarie, these positions are subject to personnel rules and regulations. This includes qualifications, eligibility and employment conditions. Vacancies for these positions will be posted on MilSuite, at www.milsuite.mil, which requires CAC log-in. For more information about IRP, contact Betarie at tina.m.betarie.civ@mail.mil.

The Garrison Town Hall also included an awards presentation and a question and answer session. The next town hall is scheduled for the first quarter of 2018.

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By Rachel Ponder, APG News