Fort Polk Guardian 08-30-2019

4/ Guardian Aug. 30, 2019 Army news SAN ANTONIO, Texas — More than 60 Army housing managers from installations around the world traveled to San Antonio, Texas, Aug. 19-23, for the inaugural housing executive course host- ed by Installation Management Command. The week-long symposium offered more than 36 different classes focusing on traditional hous- ing, privatized housing, unaccompanied housing and program management, with an emphasis on group discussions, demonstrations and hands-on learning opportunities. “This has been a great training environment for everyone to do hands-on exercises and take back this knowledge to their installations,” said Connie Glenn, chief, Housing Division, IMCOM G-4. “As the senior housing careerist on the in- stallation, this training gives them the ability to speak from a position of authority on all things housing.” This housing manager training has been a year in the making. One area of focus was in resource management, specifically budgeting. “For me, I've been doing this for a very long time,” said Mary Scott, housing manager, Fort Gordon, Georgia. “The housing budget we’ve been working on now gets into the depth and knowledge that we need to manage our budget. “The spreadsheet we’re working on now gives us a hands-on experience and makes it comfort- able to make mistakes,” said Scott. “It’s a safe en- vironment to test our knowledge and test our un- derstanding on what we need to know about our budget.” “This training is wonderful, absolutely won- derful,” said Ingrid Misch, housing manager, U.S. Army Garrison Ansbach, Germany. “I’ve been challenged and have learned a lot. The budget process has been eye-opening to me.” Misch said the networking has been a great help to her as well as hearing from IMCOM sen- ior leaders. “I can get the help I need when I have a chal- lenging case,” she added. “Every course has been great. I draw it up like a sponge and am exhaust- ed at the end of the day. I'm proud to be a part of this team." Glenn added this type of training and net- working provides valuable opportunities for housing managers to share best-practices that will improve service at every Army garrison. “At the end of the day, what everyone is able to learn and take away from this training will di- rectly support Soldiers and their families,” said Glenn. “Our enduring effort is to ensure we remain focused on providing quality housing and servic- es for our Army.” SAN ANTONIO, Texas — The Army Career Skills Program provides Soldiers transitioning out of the Army with an opportunity to partici- pate in free or minimal-cost apprenticeships, on- the-job training, employment-skills training and internships. IMCOM has 200 career skills programs hosted at 32 garrisons, with more than 4,000 employers that return an impressive 93% career placement rate for Soldiers. Managed by Installation Man- agement Command, the program is open to Sol- diers 180 days prior to transitioning out of the military. “Since the program's inception in 2013, more than 17,500 Soldiers have been placed directly into high-wage careers post military service, con- tributing to a steep decline in unemployment compensation payments for the Army,” said Christine Krieger, Indtai Inc. contractor, Army Continuing Education System assistant program manager, IMCOM. “The Career Skills Program helps Soldiers turn their military skills into post-service careers,” Krieger said. Partner employers recognize the importance Army values and ethos bring to their companies in direct support of Soldier for Life. The program has won several prestigious awards, including the American Business Awards Gold Stevies for Best Overall Organiza- tion of the Year (governmental) and Best Overall Customer Service Team of the Year (small, non- profit); the Council of College and Military Edu- cators Barry Cobb Government Organization Award; and the Federal Recognition Awards for Large Teams (second place). The program also was a finalist for the Harvard University Innova- tion in American Government Award in 2018. IMCOM’s latest federal career skills program is a collaboration with the Army Civilian Human Resources Agency providing internship at Sol- diers’ garrisons with direct appointments to fed- eral careers as HR classifiers and specialists. Programs vary by Army garrison. Some of the areas covered are heating, ventilation, air condi- tioning and refrigeration; sprinkler fitting; forestry land management; diesel technician; welding; software and computer systems; telecommunications; air frame and power plant; and painting, drywall and glazing. Efforts are ongoing to increase federal agency participation, expand successful programs, and serve transitioning populations in nontraditional garrison locations. Soldiers interested in the program should visit the local installation administrator at their Edu- cation Center or Transition Office. IMCOM PUBLIC AFFAIRS IMCOM leaders host housing manager symposium Installation Management Command housing manager’s take part in a symposium in San Antonio,Texas, Aug. 19-23. I MCOM Career Skills Program helps Soldiers transition out of Army IMCOM PUBLIC AFFAIRS I MCOM