CHAPEL HILL, N.C., May 20, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Depot and Arsenal Executive Leadership Program (DAELP – www.daelp.org) honored 17 graduates Thursday evening during a ceremony at the Kenan Center at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill's Kenan-Flagler Business School.
Mr. James Dwyer, SES, Deputy Chief of Staff for Logistics, U.S. Army Materiel Command, addressed the group on the critical role industrial base leaders play in U.S. Army readiness. The event was attended by senior military officials, corporate leaders, and faculty who support and sponsor the program.
DAELP is an executive development program for commanders and senior civilian leaders across the defense industrial base. Participants learn the functional, analytical, and managerial skills required to effectively lead these large, complex organizations.
"During my time as commander of Red River Army Depot, I experienced first-hand the challenges depot and arsenal leaders face, and I understand the critical role their organizations play in Army readiness," said Dwyer. "The Depot and Arsenal Executive Leadership Program doesn't just tell its participants what works, it shows them. Through the benchmarking tour and corporate residency, participants experience industry-leading practices in action, providing concrete examples these leaders can assimilate to ensure effective, efficient operations for their organization."
Established in 2003 at the request of the Commanding General of U.S. Army Materiel Command (AMC – www.army.mil/AMC), DAELP is organized and administered by the Institute for Defense and Business (IDB – www.idb.org) and delivered in partnership with the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill's Kenan-Flagler Business School (www.kenan-flagler.unc.edu).
Participants complete a series of five residencies over a seven-month period:
- Three one-week academic residencies in Chapel Hill, North Carolina
- One week-long benchmarking tour of both Department of Defense industrial complexes and world-class private industry manufacturing, assembly, and distribution facilities
- One online Lean Six Sigma certification course
- One two-to-four-week corporate residency capstone with leading private and public sector organizations
Upon completion of their corporate residency, participants brief a panel of military leaders, private sector executives and program faculty advisors, highlighting best practices learned during the residency. This year's panel included:
- Mr. James Dwyer, Deputy Chief of Staff for Logistics G-4, AMC
- MG Jim Hodge, USA (Ret.), IDB President
- LTG Ray Mason, USA (Ret.), IDB Executive Fellow
- Dr. Clay Whybark, IDB Senior Faculty
- Prof. Steve Haynes, NCSU
- Dr. Paul Stanfield, NC A&T
The 2016 DAELP graduates are the 13th class to complete the program, and will join a network of more than 240 graduates. The graduates and their corporate residency hosts are listed in parenthesis:
- USA LTC Scott Bishop, Incoming Commander, Hawthorne Army Depot (Logistics Management Institute; UPS)
- USA COL James Brown, Incoming Commander, Tooele Army Depot (General Dynamics-Ordinance Tactical Systems)
- USA Ms. Deborah DeLaney, Director, Manufacturing & Engineering, Crane Army Ammunition Activity (General Motors; Combined Systems Inc.; Toyota)
- USA LTC Eric Dennis, Incoming Commander, Lake City Army Ammunition Plant (Cisco Systems; Caterpillar Defense)
- USA COL Norbert Fochs, Incoming Commander, Blue Grass Army Depot (Simpler Consulting; BAE Systems)
- USA Mr. Marco Garcia, Director of Powertrain Production, Corpus Christi Army Depot (AAR Corp; Warner Robins Air Logistics Complex (WRALC))
- USAF Col Jennifer Hammerstedt, Commander, 402 AMXG – WRALC (AAR Corp)
- USA COL Sean Herron, Commander, McAlester Army Ammunition Plant (General Dynamics-Ordinance Tactical Systems; Raytheon)
- USA COL James Hooper, Commander, Crane Army Ammunition Activity (Lockheed Martin; Orbital-ATK)
- USA Ms. Sheila Johnson, Deputy Commander, Blue Grass Chemical Activity (Robbins Gioia; Caterpillar Defense)
- USA Mr. Brent Jones, Director of Safety & Occupational Health, Red River Army Depot (Fluor; AAR Corp)
- USA COL Martine Kidd, Commander, Anniston Army Depot (Boeing; Microsoft)
- USA COL Allan Lanceta, Incoming Commander, Corpus Christi Army Depot (Boeing; AAR Corp)
- USA Ms. Jacquelyn Meckley, Deputy Director, Letterkenny Army Depot (Raytheon; Textron Systems)
- USA COL Joseph Morrow, Incoming Commander, Watervliet Arsenal (ATI Metals; Alcoa Defense)
- USA Ms. Sharon Smith, Deputy Director, Production Management, Tobyhanna Army Depot (BAE Systems; IBM)
- USAF Col Benjamin Spencer, Deputy Commander for Maintenance, Oklahoma City Air Logistics Complex (AAR Corp; General Electric)
About the Institute for Defense and Business
The IDB is a nonprofit research and education institute formed in 1997 by the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the state of North Carolina. The Institute provides custom executive and degree-granting education programs for all career levels from the military and government, non-governmental organizations, private sector, and international organizations. IDB features curriculum in the areas of logistics and technology, life cycle systems, leadership and organizational transformation, strategic studies, and stabilization and economic reconstruction. www.IDB.org
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