Christopher Lee has been serving his country for more than 30 years. First, he served in uniform in the Navy for 20 years and after retirement his career transitioned into a civilian role helping members of military.
Lee’s latest role is the Director of Human Resources (HR) for U.S. Army Garrison Yuma Proving Ground (YPG). He is responsible for supervising several programs at the installation.
YPG employees might recognize Lee from his position as the Army Substance Abuse Program (ASAP) manager for the last 9 years. That program is one of three that he now oversees. The other programs included the military personnel office and workforce development program.
The YPG Education Center also falls under the Directorate of Human Resources, yet it’s managed out of Fort Huachuca.
Lee’s position also has him working side-by-side as a liaison with the Civilian Personnel Advisory Center H.R resources specialist to assist with recruitment.
During the last 10 years, Lee’s role as ASAP manager provided learning opportunities for his current role, “I worked closely with the previous Director, very frequently working as their alternate and sometimes providing support for any number of issues.”
He served as interim Director twice. Now in the role he’s established goals, “One is to continue the excellence that Chrissy Randall established in this directorate. She was instrumental in creating a new program and providing new levels of support in respect to the human resources aspect of our directorate.”
He credits Randall for streamlining the process of getting people onboard.
For his second goal, Lee said, “I want to identify areas where we can improve our service to the community, whether it’s through the ASAP program or workforce development.”
He hopes to, “achieve a more robust workforce development program.”
Lee realizes it’s challenging because the current manager of those programs fills a lot of roles, like many in the Garrison. Lee knows a small installation like YPG cannot provide all the services a larger installation can, yet he still would like to, “create great opportunities for our workforce to encourage personal and professional development and prepare them for the next grades.”