USARPAC commander commits to civilian leader development

| July 2, 2010 | 0 Comments

Nancy Rasmussen
U.S. Army-Pacific Public Affairs

MixonFORT SHAFTER — Professional development has always been crucial to successful military careers, and now Lt. Gen. Benjamin Mixon, commander, U.S. Army-Pacific, has established guidance essential for developing a diverse, professional and quality civilian workforce throughout the command.

In Memorandum 10-16, dated June 14, Mixon emphasized that leader development is a deliberate, continuous, sequential and progressive process, grounded in Army values, that develops civilians into competent and confident leaders capable of decisive action.

Mixon’s directive holds major subordinate commanders, theater-enabling commanders, direct reporting units and staff directors responsible for ensuring the training, education and professional development of Army civilians is fully and properly implemented. The comprehensive process is outlined in the memorandum, which also identifies Army civilian training resources, training definitions and methods, individual development plans and the civilian education system.

Dr. Gerry White, chief, Civilian Workforce Development Branch, USARPAC, sees his role as the provider of directive guidance as essential for developing a diverse, professional and high-performing civilian workforce.

“Lt. Gen. Mixon has stated that civilian workforce development is one of his ‘top three’ initiatives in the command,” White said. “To emphasize this point, Mixon will direct commands to brief their civilian education plans and training requirements to him. To accomplish this, civilian employees and their supervisors shall develop an individual development plan that will be used as a road map for employee (advancement).”

According to White, Mixon is emphasizing Army civilians’ professional development because the USARPAC civilian to active duty ratio is three civilian employees for every four active duty service members. With such a large civilian workforce that supports the Army mission and provides stability and continuity to the force during war and peace, it is absolutely essential to train the civilian workforce so that a competent and confident team meets all current and future goals and missions.

White will provide Mixon with a quarterly and annual snapshot of how USARPAC, and all subordinate commands, are doing with regard to civilian training.

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