By Ryo Isobe, FLEACT Yokosuka Public Affairs
(YOKOSUKA, Japan) – Ship Repair Facility and Japan Regional Maintenance Center (SRF-JRMC) recently hosted the 2016 Strategic Plan Workshop at Commander Fleet Activities Yokosuka’s Chief Petty Officer’s Club, Nov. 2-6, 2015.
Workshop facilitators included four faculty members of the Naval Post Graduate School: Capt. Joseph J. Andrilla, USN (Retired), Susan Page Hocevar, PhD, Capt. Robert Huddleston, USN (Retired), and Paul T. Stames, PhD.
Naval Post Graduate School is an educational institute for commissioned Naval Officers. It provides and supports post graduate educational programs to enhance the Navy and Department of Defense (DOD) capability. It has met the demand for advanced education of Navy Officers for more than 100 years. SRF-JRMC Lean Six-Sigma Black Belt Certificate holders also facilitated the Command’s discussion.
Attendees were members of the SRF-JRMC Executive Steering Committee (ESC), including SRF-JRMC Commanding Officer Capt. Garrett Farman, Deputy Commander Capt. Edward Katz, Detachment Sasebo Officer-in-Charge Cmdr. Eric Williams, and all of the command’s department heads and senior Master Labor Contract (MLC) leaders.
“The main goal of the meeting was to develop the command-level strategic action items we want to accomplish in 2016 and ensure that they align with the Command’s mission, vision, and guiding principles,” said Business and Strategic Planning Officer James Ogburn.
During the five-day workshop, the attendees reviewed the command’s mission, vision, and guiding principles and evaluated their fiscal year 2015 accomplishments. The members also identified and finalized their fiscal year 2016 Strategic Areas, Tactical Goals (TG), and deliverables. Leaders from the ESC were assigned to each TG to ensure accountability, planning, and execution.
“The members joined the discussion with commitment,” said Farman. “Their engagement and positive attitude to the challenges were vital in drawing up a new 2016 Plan. The conversation was open, and they exchanged ideas freely.”
“One of the features of the workshop this year is the greater focus given to the SRF employees,” said Boiler Shop Group Master Hisato Kimata. “Our workshop topics in the previous years were huge and diverse. This year; however, we had fewer agendas and were focused on real problems.
“The center of our discussion was narrowed down upon the challenges our employees have in getting the job done,” added Kimata. “The workshop dialogue felt more immediate and closer to their daily jobs. Any way you slice it, supervisors can’t achieve all the command strategic initiatives. So it is important for each individual employee to understand the plan and fully support the execution of the strategic plan.”
Another attendee, Production Control Engineer and senior MLC leader Tadashi Miyahara explained the workshop’s achievement.
“This year’s workshop was significant in that we had different procedures and contents from last year’s workshop,” said Miyahara. “The discussion was heated and intriguing. More MLC ESC members were equipped with more to say in the discussion. We analyzed the results of our recent Command Climate Survey, Internal Survey and Customer Survey conducted before this Workshop. We also discussed how we prioritize challenges based on the opinions from ESC and MLC supervisors.
“We have important challenges we have to take care of, solutions of which are needed. The result we had for the 2016 Strategic Plan was firmly based on reality. I don’t believe it is the end of it, but it is the beginning of the path we have to take to overcome more challenges.”