DVIDS – News – Employees’ shared sense of purpose drives high performance culture

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A successful organization needs leaders who are both creative and nimble, common traits among award winners who set the standard for others to follow.
Michelle Reese and Jennifer Condrad have been selected as Tobyhanna Army Depot’s employees of the quarter, for the second and third quarters of fiscal 2021, in the senior and supervisor categories, respectively. Reese is a logistics management specialist recognized for the work performed while assigned to the Sustainment Planning Division of the Production Management Branch. The division was recently consolidated under the Office of Strategic Initiatives. Condrad, who won the award for actions taken while head of the directorates’ C4 program management division, has since assumed the role of deputy director of production management. The award ceremonies have been postponed for several months due to circumstances related to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Condrad always puts his team and his mission first, according to colleagues who submitted the nomination form.
“She is an active mentor and goes out of her way to help others get to know the business better,” said Division Chief Operating Officer Maria Portonova. “Every day she demonstrates that leading is not about being in charge, but about setting the tone for the culture you want to see in the organization.”
Condrad received rave reviews from depot employees familiar with his work ethic and background. As division manager, she was responsible for overseeing the largest division in volume of work while having the most efficient division in terms of cost and schedule, according to information included in the appointment file.
“This award means a lot to me,” Condrad said. “It’s validation that what you do every day matters. My goal as a leader has always been to help others and this award is proof that I am heading in the right direction.
The leadership position encompasses many responsibilities, including leading a team of logistics professionals who manage a portfolio of C5 equipment, according to Condrad. Other duties include helping the team coordinate clients, oversee the execution of the US Army Forces Command’s top 20 programs and help develop future leaders, she added.
Condrad is calm under pressure, holds herself and her team accountable, and cares deeply about her employees, according to C4ISR Directorate Tactical Radio/COMSEC Division Manager Gary Roberts. “In short, she’s everything you could hope for in a leader.”
“I was very fortunate to spend time in many directions and learned a lot about Army processes. Most importantly, I have been able to grow in my leadership role through the diverse experiences I have had working with a diverse team,” Condrad said. “Developing relationships with others to help make improvements is key to getting needed systems back into the hands of fighters,” she said, crediting her success to her team.
Reese’s last supervisor praised his aggressive yet tactful approach to customer relations. Noting that relationships cultivated over time continue to provide new opportunities for deposit.
“It is clear that Tobyhanna Army Depot’s mission is her passion and she will always put the customer [warfighter] first,” said Kristyn Smith, former head of the planning division. “Michelle sets the bar high in everything she does. In particular, successfully managing public-private (P3) partnerships for the depot. Smith recently assumed the role of chief of staff for the depot.
The opportunity to provide new business to Tobyhanna Army Depot is what drives Reese in his quest to provide the best value and support to the warfighter. The P3 team is responsible for dozens of partnerships, some of which consist of direct sales or work sharing. Reese paved the way for the P3 team to orchestrate one of the largest partnerships in depot history, worth more than $40 million.
People who have worked with Reese agree that she is a true leader and team player who has a reputation for supporting the training and development of her colleagues.
“I’m very proud and appreciate the opportunities to speak about Tobyhanna’s C5ISR abilities,” Reese said. “I am a leader and proud to educate my colleagues, industry partners and government program offices about public-private partnerships.”
Daily mentoring, coaching and training ensures that Reese’s team members are positioned for success, according to information written in the nomination packet. She also trains other key internal stakeholders to ensure that commitments with industry partners are met on time and within budget.
“Michelle believes in complete transparency and communication,” Smith said. “If the client needs it, she makes sure it’s done, and above all, that it’s done well with cutting-edge quality service.”
Years of working in business development taught Reese how to be patient, yet persistent. Life lessons showed that his people must foster relationships to build trust, as well as how to align work and life ethics with Army leadership values ​​to succeed.
“I am honored to receive this award,” said Reese. “It is my goal, every day of my career, to showcase the depot’s Command Control, Communications, Computer, Cyber, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (C5ISR) capabilities through tours, events and symposiums as the best value for the fighter.”
Recognizing employees for a job well done is tied to one TOBY2028 goal — Investing in Our People. The goal is centered on developing an agile and innovative workforce dedicated to delivering the best value to the fighter. The Quarterly Awards Program identifies and rewards junior, senior and supervisory employees who, in the performance of their assigned duties, have established a pattern of excellence. Nominations may be submitted by colleagues who work with the nominee, directly or indirectly, with a minimum of at least four nominators or by an employee’s supervisor.
Winners receive a special parking spot for the term, a $500 on-site prize and a plaque. Winning packages are automatically forwarded to the US Army Communications and Electronics Command (CECOM) to compete in their respective categories. Quarterly C4ISR recipients receive the Department of the Army (DA) Civil Service Medal of Honor and quarterly CECOM recipients receive a DA Certificate of Achievement along with their name on a perpetual plaque.
Tobyhanna Army Depot is a recognized leader in providing world-class logistics support for Command, Control, Communications, Computers, Cyber, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (C5ISR) systems in the entire Ministry of Defence. Tobyhanna’s business philosophy, dedicated workforce and electronics expertise ensure that the depot is the joint C5ISR supplier of choice for all branches of the armed forces and industry partners.
Tobyhanna’s unparalleled capabilities include full logistics support for sustainment, overhaul and repair, fabrication and fabrication, engineering design and development, systems integration, post-production software support, technology insertion, modification, foreign military sales and global field support to our joint combatants.

Date taken: 27.01.2022
Date posted: 27.01.2022 13:29
Story ID: 413538
Site: Pennsylvania, United States

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