Transient Personnel Unit Commanders Attend Conference

Story Number: NNS060629-07Release Date: 6/29/2006 2:57:00 PM
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By Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Mary Popejoy, Northwest Region Fleet Public Affairs Center

SILVERDALE, Wash. (NNS) -- Transient Personnel Unit (TPU) commanding officers and command master chiefs from around the fleet visited TPU Puget Sound here June 20-21 to attend the annual TPU Conference.

The major items discussed during the event were standardization within the TPU organization and across Navy regions, and the vision of the future of the organization.

"Ten years from now there may not be a TPU as we know it today," said Cmdr. Robin Csuti, branch head, Navy Shore Corrections and Transient Personnel Units at Commander, Navy Installations Command. "This organization may evolve into one better suited for providing all transition services needed by the fleet and the war fighter."

Csuti went on to say that with the dynamic nature of the Navy, it's important for the TPU leadership from around the fleet to get together and discuss information that can better serve the Sailor.

"For example, when a Sailor is ready to either transition to the civilian community or PCS transfer, they want to move on; they don't want to be held in place," she said. "If we can find a speedier way to make that happen, then the Navy and the individual and their family is better because of it."

Getting the TPU leadership together once a year is vital because they can learn a lot from each other, which in turn makes them better at their jobs and helps them provide more efficient and effective service to the fleet.

"We found out that while fundamentally we're all doing the same job, each of us has come up with unique twists on certain items," said Lt. Fred Weisbrod, TPU Puget Sound commanding officer. "By coming together, we're able to share these best practices, discuss current difficulties, and coordinate our plan for excellence in the future."

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