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Army employee mentors peers, earns accolades

Photo of Welding Work Leader checking a part against the print

Welding Work Leader Robert Miller checks a part against the print provided to ensure it is correct prior to issuing to a welder at Tobyhanna Army Depot.  

Selfless service and a commitment to continuous improvement are key attributes of an Army employee here recently recognized during a quarterly awards ceremony.

Welding Work Leader Robert Miller was named the depot’s 2013 Employee of the Quarter for the fourth quarter in the senior category.

Miller’s ability to work well as part of a team has helped set him apart from his peers.

“He consistently drives his team to exceed production schedules, encourages them to identify inefficiencies and effectively communicates the importance of a quality product across the organization,” said Michael McKeefery, chief of the Manufacturing and Assembly Division, Systems Integration and Support (SIS) Directorate. “He is continually seeking self-improvement opportunities to better himself as an employee, including facilitating an internal Lean event and registering for developmental and college-level courses.”

Miller played a vital role in the design, development and implementation of his cost center’s visual management workload control system, resulting in significant cost savings to welding customers.

“His willingness to take on this challenge required him to build and engage a team that developed standard processes focused on how to save money,” said McKeefery. “His technical expertise and leadership style was the perfect recipe for a successful improvement project that generated more than $10,000 in savings to our customers in less than 60 days.”

Miller is humbled by the award and honored to be recognized by his coworkers.

“Being named an employee of the quarter was a surprise and is a great honor to receive recognition from my peers and upper management for doing an outstanding job,” said Miller. “I always strive to do the best I can.”

During his time as a temporary supervisor in the SIS Directorate’s Welding Branch, Miller conducted a Lean event and GEMBA walk (inspection of shops where production takes place) during which he gained valuable skills he brings to the depot every day.  Lean is a business method that basically eliminates non-essential processes to increase efficiency.

“My experiences have taught me to listen more closely to what others have to say,” he said. “I have become a better welder and a better mentor to other leaders as well as to my fellow employees. It all has inspired me to pursue a degree in business management so I can continue moving forward in my career.”

Tobyhanna Army Depot is the Defense Department’s largest center for the repair, overhaul and fabrication of a wide variety of electronics systems and components, from tactical field radios to the ground terminals for the defense satellite communications network.  Tobyhanna’s missions support all branches of the Armed Forces.

About 3,500 personnel are employed at Tobyhanna, which is located in the Pocono Mountains of northeastern Pennsylvania.  Tobyhanna Army Depot is part of the U.S. Army Communications-Electronics Command. 

Headquartered at Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md., the command’s mission is to research, develop, acquire, field and sustain communications, command, control computer, intelligence, electronic warfare and sensors capabilities for the Armed Forces.

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