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By Chuck Walker

MOBILE, Ala. – One of the goals of the Mobile District Leadership Development Program is to expose future leaders to different leadership styles and the importance of having their employees work as a team to accomplish tasks and deliver products to customers on time and within budget.

During their visit to the Tyndall Project Office, the LDP class had the opportunity to see how district leaders at Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla., are tackling the massive undertaking to rebuild the facility, after its destruction during Hurricane Michael in 2018.

Tyndall project managers guided them on how their office, in partnership with the Air Force, is carrying out the reconstruction task. They were able to see various projects currently under construction and witness firsthand the mission of the base, observing Tyndall AFB’s bi-annual Checkered Flag exercise.

“We wanted to expose them to the (US Army Corps of Engineers) program office leadership approach,” said Steven Daniels, chief of Tyndall’s program integration office. “We emphasized the importance of a vision as a leader and gave them examples of the Tyndall Program Office mission statement “Our mission is to rebuild Tyndall Air Force Base with outstanding excellence while putting people first, partnerships and proactive problem solving,” which hangs on the wall in our boardroom.

What made the trip invaluable for the LDP students was the chance to see firsthand just how awe-inspiring Tyndall’s reconstruction is and how it’s done from scratch after the storm.

“The intention of the Mobile District LDP’s visit to Tyndall was not only exposure to the scale and complexity of the program, but also the leadership challenges encountered in setting up a new regional office “, said Brendan Kight, regional engineer. “We devised strategies to execute the $3 billion+ workload and tackled numerous pre- and post-award issues.”

Jennifer Jacobson, head of the Environment and Resources Branch and head of Mobile LDP, said the tour was invaluable for the students because they could see how all aspects of leadership can be used to tackle n’ any task, big or small.

“For many students, this was their first exposure to a military project,” Jacobson said. “Rebuilding Tyndall is such a massive undertaking, one that requires not only strong leadership skills to execute, but also extensive communication, planning and transparency to ensure our military can continue their vital mission from this base. Not only did I want to expose them to these types of leaders, but also make them understand the importance of their current and future roles contributing to a larger overall effort.

Valerie Morrow, engineering technical lead and LDP student, said being exposed to the different leadership styles of the leaders they spoke to and their advice will be something she will implement as she goes. advance in his career.

“Various leaders have highlighted how they’ve been able to really focus on their people and create a culture where people really want to come to work,” Morrow said. “I think that’s something I’m going to push forward in the future as a leader, finding a way to lead from my seat.”

Another student, Josephine Bochiechio-Pace, a construction planner, said what impressed her most during the visit to Tyndall and the discussions with the leaders was how all of them, although they belonged to different branches of the military and agencies, worked together to solve problems. .

“What I will bring to my future jobs is learning how to work in partnership with other agencies and organizations and that it is necessary to partner with them to carry out such a complex project,” said Bochiechio Pace. “They told us that you have to listen and understand what your customer is looking for. Because if you don’t seek to understand what they need, you can’t meet their needs. As USACE, we need to understand our customers, to provide the best product so they will come back to us in the future.

Daniels said the main goal he wanted the LDP students to leave the tour with was to understand what it takes to be a leader.

“We wanted students to understand the essentials of being a good leader,” Daniels said. First, culture. We must create a culture of excellence. Second, is to organize. You need to hire good people and put them in the right role. Third, grow. You need to develop the capabilities of the individual and the team. Fourth is empowerment. You need to empower your team to make decisions to influence outcomes. And finally, deliver. You need to deliver high quality, on time and on budget. »

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