WMO Chief sets focus on Positivity, Proactivity, and Professionalism

Published Feb. 1, 2018

Kimberly Turnage, United States Army Corps of Engineers, Far East District, Workforce Management Office (WMO) chief, hosts a meeting at the WMO office located at the district headquarters, Seoul, South Korea, Feb. 1.

The United States Army Corps of Engineers, Far East District recently welcomed its new Workforce Management Office (WMO) chief, Kimberly Turnage.

Turnage is originally from Goshen Springs, Mississippi, where she completed her education at Jackson State University and Mississippi College. The Mississippi native began her career with the federal government in 2008 as a human resources specialist, after working in counseling in the private sector.

“My aunt, who is a computer scientist with the federal government, informed me of an opportunity to work as an intern,” said Turnage.

After her internship at Fort Riley, Kansas, Turnage worked at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers located in Vicksburg, Mississippi as a human resources specialist.

“When I was on assignment at Ft. Riley I had the opportunity to decide where I wanted to go because of my mobility agreement,” said Turnage. “It was very important for me to return to Mississippi so that I could finish my education specialist degree.”

This is her first time working in a supervisory position, and prior to relocating to the Far East District she was assigned to United States Army Europe (USAREUR) in Ansbach, Germany.

Turnage explained that in Ansbach she worked in the Civilian Personnel Advisory Center (CPAC) for USAREUR. Now that she’s with the Far East District she’s outlined a few expectations for herself and the WMO staff.

“I would like for my staff to continue to remain as customer service focused and oriented as possible,” said Turnage. “I want them to remain professional at all times, be persistent in their work, and remain positive about their workload and environment.”

Not only has Turnage set forth expectations for her team, she has things she’d like to personally accomplish at FED in her new position.

“I want us to get out and educate our employees about what it is that we do,” said Turnage. “I am here to be as positive, proactive, and professional as I possibly can and offer assistance.”

Turnage said she is excited to work for the district and shared a message to solidify FED’s confidence in the workforce management office.

“Customer service is my main focus,” said Turnage. “We’re here to help FED employees with any and all of their human resource concerns.”