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Posted 10/26/2014

Release no. 14-051


By Satoshi Oka
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers-Japan District Public Affairs

CAMP ZAMA, Japan - Two graduates from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Japan District were recently recognized for completing the Pacific Ocean Division’s USACE Leadership Development Level 3 Program (ULDP).  Victor Michimoto, chief of Information Management Office and James Kelly, quality management representative completed the rigorous two-year session which began Oct 2012. 

Michimoto and Kelly were two of 10 students, graduating from the 2014 regional class, which consisted of participants from Alaska, Far East, Japan and Honolulu districts. Through its ULDP, the Corps is developing civilian leaders who will encourage innovation, teamwork and partnerships to maximize the Corps’ efficiency and effectiveness.

Their activities included interactive training sessions about strategic leadership and organizational transformation, and a visit to Corps’ headquarters and the Pentagon in Washington, D.C. to see leaders in action. The group also attended Regional Management Board meetings and a Regional Program Budget Advisory Committee, participated in a formal mentorship program, and developed a group project.

“The program helped me to understand the differences between an effective leader and effective manager,” said Michimoto. “It also has helped me better understand regional challenges. It showed me how I can use the nuggets I've learned and apply or adapt it to fit my style. I now judge people or problems from a different perspective.”

The group had an opportunity to speak with leaders at the Japan District’s regional headquarters and hear their perspective on leadership. Listening to long-time Senior Executive Service leaders Gene Ban and Jim Bersson allowed Level 3 members visualize the bigger picture.

“It was a privilege to participate in the ULDP at the regional level,” Kelly said. “It proved to be a challenging learning experience in leadership theory, team dynamics, and time management. It allowed me to see a broadened perspective of individual, group, and organizational behavior,” said Kelly. “Pursuing leadership and personal development opportunities can enhance your life in many ways, and I would highly recommend it for everyone.”

The rigorous course provided Michimoto and Kelly with valuable tools, skills, and networking opportunities as they advance in their career.