Tobyhanna Army Depot, COMSEC Receives a Shingo Silver Medallion
July 11, 2012
Tobyhanna, PA–The Tobyhanna Army Depot, Communications Security Division (COMSEC) facility has earned national recognition for achieving operational excellence.
“Winning an enterprise value stream Shingo Silver Medallion for our COMSEC mission is indicative of the growing maturity of our LSS program. We are honored by the recognition that goes with this prestigious international award, but more importantly, this award validates our commitment to continuously improve the efficiency of our operations in support of the men and women of our Armed Forces,” said Colonel Charles Gibson, Commander, Tobyhanna Army Depot.
In 2004, the COMSEC enterprise began its lean journey to streamline processes and provide the best value to their customers.
Their mission is to receive, store, maintain accountability and issue COMSEC and INFOSEC equipment and material. The branches within the COMSEC Division perform depot level maintenance of COMSEC/INFOSEC equipment and sub-assemblies, and secure demilitarization and disposal capabilities. The COMSEC Division also performs wholesale and retail logistics management efforts for the COMSEC enterprise.
They have been continually reaching benchmarks in their lean journey and constantly striving to improve. This awards marks Tobyhanna Army Depot’s 7th medallion award.
Tobyhanna Army Depot, COMSEC is to receive a Shingo Silver Medallion from the Shingo Prize for Operational Excellence, which is part of the Jon M. Huntsman School of Business at Utah State University. The mission of The Shingo Prize is to create excellence in organizations through the application of universally accepted principles of operational excellence and to empower people and transform organizational culture.
Tobyhanna Army Depot, COMSEC will be awarded The Shingo Silver Medallion at the 25th annual Shingo Prize Awards Gala, during the Annual International Conference on May 6-10, 2013. The awards gala is the conclusion to this four-day operational-excellence-centered event featuring a selection of workshops, plant tours, keynote speakers and breakout sessions that will provide ongoing knowledge, insights and experience for organizations on their transformation for operational excellence.
The Shingo Prize’s intent of assessing organizations is to evaluate the degrees to which organizations are aligned with the principles of operational excellence represented in the Shingo model, according to Robert Miller, the executive director of The Shingo Prize.
He said the Shingo Model is a way of thinking and transforming culture. It is represented in a diagram made up of two elements; the “house of principles” and the “diamond of transformation.”
“The model helps teach guiding principles, which are universal and timeless,” he said. “As practitioners and leaders come to understand these principles they become powerful organizational leaders.”
The transformation diamond diagram is a systematic approach to building a culture of operational excellence by aligning employee behaviors with correct principles, he said.
“The Shingo Prize is a recognition program that identifies organizations doing exceptional work in business improvement,” he said. “The intent is to motivate others to learn from them. The prize focuses on building excellence throughout the entire business enterprise. To achieve The Shingo Prize, organizations compete against the most rigorous standards in the world, rather than against each other.”
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