|The Installation Management Command (IMCOM)-Northeast
region welcomed a Fort McCoy employee as its 13th Lean Six Sigma (LSS)
black belt. Throughout IMCOM, there are 39 black belts.
U.S. Army Garrison Commander Col.
David Chesser, left,
presents Kathleen Peterson with the Lean Six Sigma Black Belt
U.S. Army Certification.
(Photo by Val Hyde)
Kathy Peterson of the Plans, Analysis and Integration Office at Fort
McCoy completed the one-month of training (four one-week sessions) at
Fort Hood, Texas, to receive the certification. LSS is a
process-improvement methodology that focuses on increasing speed and
quality or reducing cost of installation operations, she said.
According to the Army LSS guidebook, “black-belt training is a four-week
course that familiarizes students with principles, practices and tools
of LSS to maximize cost reductions and improve customer satisfaction ...
Successful graduates can identify non-value added activities and lead
teams tackling complex projects.”
People taking the course must complete a black-belt project as part
of the certification.
Peterson facilitated a project on the Fort McCoy Customer Training
Support Request process.
A black-belt project differs from a green-belt project in complexity
with a longer length of time to complete, requiring a deeper
understanding of LSS, and involving several departments or
After the project was completed, it was reviewed at the region and IMCOM
Headquarters levels before being sent to the Enterprise Task Force
(Department of the Army) level for final approval.
Peterson’s team was comprised of 12 members from various Fort McCoy
directorates and organizations, including major efforts on the part of
the Directorate of Plans, Training, Mobilization and Security (DPTMS).
Steven Shanks, Chief of the DPTMS Training Division, served as the
“In addition to regular team members, we had involvement from other Fort
McCoy employees,” Peterson said. “It was a total team effort to
successfully complete the project.”
Fort McCoy’s Deputy to the Garrison Commander and LSS Deployment
Director Al Fournier, has established a goal of three certified black
belts, which is based on IMCOM guidance.
Currently there is one certified black belt, one trained black-belt
candidate, and an additional black belt is being sought.
Candidates should have at least an associate’s degree, preferably in
engineering, business, or a technical/scientific subject, or equivalent
Desired qualifications also include supervisory experience; solid
project-management, team-leadership and group-facilitation skills; sound
quantitative-reasoning skills, and the ability to do statistical
Anyone who is interested or wants more information about LSS in the Fort
McCoy community can contact Peterson at 608-388-2003.