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(3) District Executive Steering Committee (DESC). The District Commander chairs this
ESC; other members include the Chief of Staff and the Division Chiefs.
(4) Maintenance and Logistics Command Executive Steering Committee (MLC ESC).
The MLC Commander chairs this ESC: other members include the Deputy
Commander and Division Chiefs.
TQM Coordinator.. TQM Coordinators will support ESCs, flag-level QMBs and large
Headquarters units. In addition, other large Coast Guard units will appoint TQM
Coordinators. There will be about 100 coordinators (appointed from existing billets at
each unit) throughout the Coast Guard. Coordinators should normally be mid- to upper-
managers who can effectively advise their commanders on TQM implementation. They
will also coordinate the efforts of the ESCs, QMBs, guidance teams, facilitators, and
TQM Facilitator. Facilitators should normally be mid-managers or staff resources who
can devote a minimum of 20% of their time facilitating and providing TQM training for at
least 12 months. Since facilitator training will be expensive and intense, each facilitator
should have a team assignment before attending training. Following training, the
facilitator should apply the skills and knowledge with a team before time dilutes his or her
Guidance Team (GT). The Guidance Team is an optional team formed by the QMB to
support the QAT's activities. Guidance Team members are normally senior managers with
diverse skills and resources. In order to preserve the linking pin structure, the team leader
of the QAT is also a member of the guidance team. When there is no Guidance Team, the
QMB acts as the Guidance Team.
Quality Action Team Leader. The team leader is the person who manages the team by
conducting meetings, handling or assigning administrative details, orchestrating all team
activities, and overseeing the preparation of reports and presentations. Ordinarily, team
leaders are supervisors or managers in the area of study. The team leader should consult
the QAT facilitator for TQM methods,