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NEWS | Oct. 6, 2020

Southwest Regional Maint. Center Hosts Third Leadership Program Graduation

By SWRMC Public Affairs

Southwest Regional Maintenance Center (SWRMC) hosted a graduation for the third cadre of their Leadership Exploration and Development (LEAD) Program on Oct. 6.

The LEAD program is a six-month leadership program developed internally to SWRMC to build skills and abilities in decision making, writing, communication, and organizational citizenship. The program’s objective is to provide leadership development opportunities to SWRMC employees in entry to mid-level, non-supervisory positions. This will also prepare employees for future leadership opportunities not only at SWRMC but other Department of the Navy agencies also.

 Cadre III overcame many challenges to complete the program during the COVID-19 pandemic – a circumstance which provided unique training for adaptability as future leaders while building and developing skills to succeed in the most challenging of situations. They shifted to learning online, conducting virtual meetings and using new platforms to meet the objectives of the program.

 “I am so proud with how much this group has accomplished while sticking with the program and adjusting to succeed despite the challenging COVID environment,” said Capt. David Hart, SWRMC’s commanding officer. “It is essential that we continue to train and develop the future leaders of SWRMC in an environment that fosters innovation, collaboration, knowledge sharing, communication, and trust.”

 Much like the previous two Cadres, the program concluded with the participants’ presentation of their Capstone Projects. The projects for Cadre III were focused on ways to improve the SWRMC community. They covered a SWRMC Technical Library, creating a museum showcasing the history of Naval Base San Diego, career roadmaps, and a SWRMC podcast.

 These projects, derived from Illuminate Th!nkshop challenge – “How to improve SWRMC,” support the mission priorities of on-time delivery, culture of affordability and developing talented people.

 “SWRMC is one community and our focus is to foster that sense of community,” added Hart. “The best way to do that is to get ideas from our employees who want to influence our Command’s future – like the participants in the LEAD program. Their ideas and drive will help build trust and confidence in our organization allowing us to meet our mission and be an organization the Navy can depend on into the future.”

 SWRMC is meeting its mission to provide superior ship maintenance, modernization, technical support, and training for the Pacific Fleet.

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