To the Schweinfurt Military Community, this is your Garrison Manager Brian Adkins. For about the past six months and for the remainder of your time here I know that living conditions have been less than ideal. My family and I feel it too. But take some satisfaction in knowing that as we scale back services, it is your resiliency and understanding that have played a key part in our effort to meet the Army’s mission to close USAG Schweinfurt by September 2014. Thank-you!
Behind the scenes our garrison workforce continues to deliver the quality of life you deserve. Sure, today’s QOL might be different than the high standard you’ve come to expect from USAG Schweinfurt, but I can assure you that our employees care and are making tremendous sacrifices to serve Soldiers and Families—that’s why we’re here. But here’s what separates most garrison employees from Soldiers and Families: We don’t have PCS orders and many of us are uncertain what the future holds. Where will be in six months? Will we have a job? Can we be certain that we’ll be okay?
I want to take this time to specifically reach out to our American civilian employees. Wow! What a journey it’s been. I am so proud to be working with you. From our childcare staff, teachers and youth services specialists, to the team at Building 40, our postal heroes, and to those working at the Health Clinic, ACS and FMWR, as well as within logistics, operations and security—you continue to provide our Families with a strong, supportive environment where they can thrive. The USAG Schweinfurt workforce is a model to the U.S. Army.
For the past year garrison leaders and I have been managing and cross-leveling our talent within the workforce that best supports our mission. We are extremely lucky to have such a strong and loyal local national workforce to step up and fill gaps. But as we ready for closure I want you to walk away with the message that you must take care of yourself and your family. You come first. I want to enable you to look out for what is best for you and your family, both personally and professionally. As Department of the Army employees you have a right to know about the decision-making process that affects you.
To provide clarity:
- Employees, there is no one-size-fits-all solution to securing future employment. What’s important to know is that you should start applying for jobs now. I have asked that our ACS leadership host an Employment Readiness class March 28 focused on the federal resume and the federal job search system. Additionally, I am granting Schweinfurt employees the opportunity to attend the training during the work day. If the class fills up and we need to host another one, we will.
- To our garrison appropriated funds (APF) employees, you are eligible to be placed on the Priority Placement Program (PPP). But I highly encourage you not to wait. While it gives you placement rights for other DOD jobs, PPP doesn’t give you the predictability of landing the job you want. Think of it as a safety net. Temp and term employees are not eligible for PPP. Also, there are not enough positions open within the U.S. Army in Europe to maneuver management-directed reassignments. The bottom line is act now and apply now.
- The formal Reduction in Force (RIF) notification given to garrison appropriated funds employees is just around the corner. As soon as I am granted authority to issue these letters, I will host an APF employee briefing to answer your questions and concerns.
- Finally, I want to reiterate my open-door policy. I will make myself available to you if you have any questions or concerns. Don’t hesitate. It is my sincere objective to help all of you secure future employment and ensure you land on your two front feet as we all transition into the next chapter of our lives.
Schweinfurt employees, we are in this together. I know what you are going through. I too am looking for employment and am weighing my options with my family. But if we are proactive, if we use the resources we have available here, and if we look out for each other, I am confident we can adapt to any situation in today’s fast-paced, high-stress working environment.