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3M and military strengthen ties through executive program

DAELP graduation ceremony

3M recently hosted a military commander on-site at 3M Center in St. Paul, Minn., as part of a U.S. military executive development program called DAELP. At the DAELP graduation ceremony, from left, are Jim Long, program manager, Military Vehicles, Defense Markets Division, 3M; Mark Cramer, president, Institute for Business and Defense; program graduate Col. David L. Musgrave; and Lt. General Patricia McQuistion, commander of the Army Materiel Command.

As a participating organization in an executive development program called the Depot and Arsenal Executive Leadership Program, or DAELP, 3M recently played host to a military commander on-site at 3M Center in St. Paul, Minn.

DAELP participants are commanders and senior civilian leaders of U.S. depot, arsenal and ammunition facilities. The program integrates leadership development and management concepts, communicated through multiple delivery methods, including classroom and online learning, business study tours and corporate residencies.

One purpose of the program is to establish an atmosphere of cooperation and deepen relationships between DAELP participants and leading private and public sector organizations, such as 3M.

“3M was honored to host Col. David L. Musgrave, Commander at the Pine Bluff Arsenal in Jefferson County, Arkansas. He was the fourth individual to go through his residency at 3M, as did previous participants from the Army and the Marine Corps,” said Jim Long, program manager, Military Land-Based Vehicles, Defense Markets Division, and 3M host for the program.

The nine-month program involves four separate five-day residencies delivered in partnership with faculty of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. An additional on-site residency, such as the one hosted by 3M, is another part of the program.

During Musgrave’s two-week residency on campus at 3M Center, he met with a number of executives and other company leaders to expand his knowledge in areas of interest to the Army.

“Col. Musgrave learned about 3M’s Quality and Lean Six Sigma strategy from senior management and later saw it firsthand while visiting three of our manufacturing facilities,” said Long. 

Col. David L. Musgrave

Col. David L. Musgrave spent two weeks at 3M Center in St. Paul, Minn., as part of the U.S. military’s Depot and Arsenal Executive Leadership Program.

Best practices up close and personal

“During my office calls at 3M, I heard the language of Lean and Six Sigma copiously spoken. With this visit, I learned more exactly how the implementation is conducted and, for the first time, I truly understood the academics behind the process,” said Musgrave.

Through observing 3M best practices “on the ground,” especially in the areas of Lean Six Sigma, Supply Chain and Manufacturing, Musgrave got ideas for applying what he was learning. His time at 3M was also devoted to organizational strategy, change management and continuous quality improvement metrics.

“The 3M residency was truly the highlight of my DAELP program. It allowed me to see the principles of Lean and Six Sigma in action and understand the complexities that come with its implementation,” said Musgrave. “I intend to institute the best practices that I observed at 3M back at the Pine Bluff Arsenal. We will implement a Lean environment by first putting in place the right resources and organizational structure.”

Mutual benefits

The program reaps benefits for 3M as well.  

“For us, this program is all about building relationships. The DAELP Program is run by the U.S. Army Materiel Command, a very important organization for us,” said Bill Ryan, marketing manager, Defense Markets. According to its website, “The U.S. Army Materiel Command [AMC] is the Army’s premier provider of materiel readiness … across the spectrum of joint military operations. If a Soldier shoots it, drives it, flies it, wears it, eats it or communicates with it, AMC provides it.”  

“The Defense Markets Division gains great exposure within the military community as we expand our relevance with this very important customer,” Long said. “We generate new business opportunities while DAELP residents gain a much deeper understanding of 3M’s capabilities and processes.”

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