Depot and Arsenal Executive Leadership Program Announces 2015 Graduates

Developing the Business Leaders for Our Defense Industrial Base

May 22, 2015, 08:23 ET from Institute for Defense and Business

CHAPEL HILL, N.C., May 22, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Depot and Arsenal Executive Leadership Program (DAELP – recognized its twelfth class of graduates on the evening of May 21, 2015 at the Kenan Center at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill's Kenan-Flagler Business School. Mr. James Dwyer, SES, Army Standardization Executive (U.S. Army Materiel Command Deputy G-4 Support Operations), delivered the keynote address. The event was attended by senior military officials, N.C. Government officials, corporate leaders, and faculty who support and sponsor the program.

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill's Chancellor, Carol Folt, set the stage for the graduation followed by Governor James G. Martin's, Chairman of the IDB Board of Directors, opening remarks.  In a special moment, General Benjamin S. Griffin, USA (Retired), former Commanding General of the U.S. Army Materiel Command and current IDB Executive Fellow, having been presented with the Order of the Long Leaf Pine at a previous DAELP Graduation, was able to propose the North Carolina State Toast to begin the dinner.

DAELP is an executive development program for commanders and senior civilian leaders serving within the United States Military's Industrial Base. To date, there are 236 DAELP alumni. Established in 2003 by the U.S. Army Materiel Command (AMC –, DAELP is organized and administered by the Institute for Defense and Business (IDB – and delivered in partnership with the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill's Kenan-Flagler Business School (

In honor of their impending graduation, General Dennis L. Via, Commanding General, U.S. Army Materiel Command, addressed the 2015 cohort the afternoon of Tuesday, May 19th.

"The Army Materiel Command's vision is for the Organic Industrial Base to be positioned to respond to the needs of the nation through building partner capacity in training, sustainment, and foreign military sales. The Army's Organic Industrial Base (OIB) is a National Security Insurance Policy, enabling DoD to respond with capacity, readiness, and unique capabilities rapidly in support of the joint warfighter. The OIB returns $1.83 worth of capability for every dollar invested." Via continued, "The Depot and Arsenal Executive Leadership Program provides a unique executive education experience for military and civilian leaders to learn business acumen focused on industrial operations. DAELP provides an opportunity for our Army's future industrial base leaders to learn best practices through tailored interaction and sharing with world-class industry leaders."

DAELP provides participants with management concepts as well as specific business tactics and strategies for effective leadership of large industrial complexes. The comprehensive educational experience, spanning seven months, is comprised of the following elements:

  • Three weeks of in-residence academic instruction at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill;
  • A one-week series of benchmarking site visits to fellow depot and arsenal facilities as well as leading corporations;
  • An online Lean Six Sigma for Executive Champions certification offered in partnership with North Carolina State University; and
  • A two to four-week corporate residency with leading private and public sector organizations.

The corporate residency serves as the integrative capstone for the program, allowing substantive information exchanges with executives across functional areas. This enables participants to identify industry-leading practices that they can adapt and implement at their respective organizations to cut costs and improve efficiency.

Upon completion of their corporate residency, participants briefed a panel of military leaders, private sector executives and program faculty advisors regarding their executive corporate residency learning experience, with an emphasis on best practice replication. The panel included:

  • GEN Dennis L. Via, Commanding General, U.S. Army Materiel Command;
  • MG James L. Hodge, USA (Retired), President, Institute for Defense and Business;
  • Maj Gen Kathleen D. Close, USAF (Retired), IDB Executive Fellow;
  • Mr. Jim Brunke, Brunke & Associates and former Boeing Company VP;
  • Dr. D. Clay Whybark, Macon D. Patton Distinguished Professor of Operations, Technology and Innovation Management, Kenan-Flagler Business School, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and IDB Senior Faculty Member;
  • Mr. Steve Haynes, Adjunct Professor of Management and Supply Chain, North Carolina State University, and IDB Faculty Member.

Below is a list of the 2015 DAELP graduation class, along with their residency hosts in parentheses:

  • Mr. Michael Addington, Director, Directorate for Resource Management, Red River Army Depot (Robbins Gioia and BAE Systems)
  • COL Chadwick Bauld, Commander, Pine Bluff Arsenal (Trane and BAE Systems)
  • Lt Col Kenyon Bell, Deputy Commander, 76th Propulsion Maintenance Group, Oklahoma City Air Logistics Complex (United Airlines and GE Aviation)
  • Mr. Todd Black, Director, Product Assurance, Letterkenny Army Depot (Textron and Caterpillar)
  • Brig Gen (select) Steven Bleymaier, Incoming Commander, Ogden Air Logistics Complex (United Airlines)
  • Ms. Debora Browy, Mission Manager, Sierra Army Depot (BAE Systems and FedEx)
  • LTC Trenton Conner, Incoming Commander, Letterkenny Munitions Center (Minnesota Manufacturing and Mining Corp (3M), General Dynamics - Ordnance and Tactical Systems, and UPS)
  • SGM Marvin Jones, Joint Manufacturing and Technology Center Sergeant Major, Rock Island Arsenal - Joint Manufacturing and Technology Center (AAR Corp and Alcoa)
  • LTC Brian Kuhn, Incoming Commander, Sierra Army Depot (United Parcel Service and Logistics Management Institute)
  • Mr. Brian Laird, Deputy Director, Future Plans, Defense Logistics Agency - Distribution, Defense Logistics Agency (United Parcel Service and General Dynamics Land Systems/Anniston Army Depot)
  • Mr. Victor Lopez, Director(A), Infrastructure & Risk Management, Corpus Christi Army Depot (Fluor and Caterpillar)
  • COL Edward Maddox, Incoming Commander, Letterkenny Army Depot (Raytheon and Red River Army Depot)
  • COL Gregory Peterson, Incoming Commander, Tobyhanna Army Depot (U.S. Army Communications-Electronics Command and Cisco)
  • Mr. Richard Stevenson, Director, Quality Management, Corpus Christi Army Depot (GE Aviation and The Boeing Company)
  • Mr. Joseph Turcotte, Deputy Commander, Watervliet Arsenal (GE Aviation and Boeing)
  • LTC Aaron Wolfe, Commander, Milan Army Ammunition Plant (General Dynamics - Ordnance and Tactical Systems and Orbital ATK)
  • COL Donald Wols, Incoming Commander, Rock Island Arsenal - Joint Manufacturing and Technology Center (International Business Machines (IBM))

About the Institute for Defense and Business
The IDB is a non-profit 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.


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