Comments: SQUEAKY

Allow me to regale you with the story of the Transportation Management Office (TMO) @ McClellan AFB circa 1979. I was there to arrange transportation to a Temp. Duty (TDY) assignment. Ahead of me was a crusty old E-7, berating the E-3 behind the counter up one side and down the other. All the while the E-3 just smiled and nodded. When I went up to him I asked why were you able to maintain your demeanor so well. He told me the married E-7's orders were for Rheinmein AFB, and to guess where the household goods were going....... Can you say Tae Gu Korea??

And what is the lesson learned?

Never ever piss-off any one in Transportation, or Finance

Posted by BubbaBoBobBrain at June 21, 2006 01:27 AM

Hey, I work for the Army as a civilian now...and I cringe EVERY time I hear of a new "solution" that government's supposed to "provide" for us.

In spite of the new National Security Personnel System, which is supposed to improve the quality of civilian employees within the Department of Defense, I maintain that if the system's broken, it's broken at the top.

I've been to just about every leadership/management program available starting with a four year experience at West Point to the Army's equivalent to Command and General Staff College for civilians. They certainly talk a good game and if we could operate at 50% efficiency, I'd say that we'd be making major inroads into solving some of the problems that you've discussed right here.

Until the Army decides it's time to get better and start hacking the deadwood at the top of the tree in order to allow the younger, more capable (interested?) employees to move up the chain we're still looking at years of lukewarm efficiency.

Hope your stuff arrives in good shape!

MajorDad1984

Posted by MajorDad1984 at June 28, 2006 07:01 AM