WASHINGTON, Oct. 2, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Institute for Defense and Business (IDB) announced its 2015-2016 class of IDB Executive Fellows at an induction ceremony at the Reserve Officers Association in Washington, DC. The Executive Fellows Program is a unique opportunity for selected retired senior leaders from the Department of Defense, the Department of Homeland Security, and the military services to share their knowledge and experience with participants in the IDB's educational programs. For the eleventh consecutive year, analytics software provider SAS sponsored the program.
The IDB Board of Directors hosted the ceremony where the Honorable James G. Martin, former North Carolina Governor and chairman of the IDB Board oversaw the event. United States Congressman David Price (D-NC) provided opening remarks to the attendees from the DoD, the Military, the civilian agencies of the Government, Non-Governmental Organizations, Academia, and the Private Sector.
Glenn Edelschein, Director of Strategic Initiatives at SAS Federal, also addressed the group.
"Through this program our logisticians greatly expand their knowledge and capabilities in a variety of disciplines," noted Edelschein. "But perhaps one of the most valuable and beneficial assets that the cohorts receive come from their interactions with these great leaders, whose experience, guidance and ongoing support of our men and women in uniform, continue to shape logistics excellence in the DoD, and the DHS."
Five executive fellows were inducted this year.
2015-2016 IDB Executive Fellows:
General Duncan J. McNabb, USAF (Ret);
Lieutenant General Raymond V. Mason, USA (Ret);
Rear Admiral Kathleen M. Dussault, USN (Ret);
Rear Admiral Ronald J. Rábago, USCG (Ret); and
Mr. Robert E. Love, OSD, SES (Ret)
"Executive fellows provide thought leadership and ensure that IDB programs remain current in the ever-changing logistics, business, and geopolitical arenas," said MG James L. Hodge, USA (Retired), President of the IDB. "I congratulate this year's inductees and thank them for their significant contributions to our Nation." Fellows are selected based on their expertise, experience, and exceptional records of accomplishment. They are involved in IDB programs and initiatives and serve as guest lecturers, represent IDB at conferences, work with faculty on key academic case studies and research, and serve as advisors on a spectrum of issues.
The ceremony also included the presentation of the annual General William G.T. Tuttle, Jr., USA (Ret.) Award for Business Acumen in Defense and Government. The Gen Tuttle Award was established in 2000 at the Center of Excellence in Logistics & Technology (LOGTECH) by the IDB and has since grown to encompass all IDB programs.
This prestigious award recognizes an IDB alumni and their colleagues for outstanding application of business principles learned in IDB educational programs. This year's recipient is Colonel (Ret) Emily A. Buckman and her team members CDR Mark Rice, Terri Ryder, Dr. Stephen Dubernas, and Lt Col (Ret) Adam Silverman. They created the Defense Logistics Agency-USTRANSCOM Support Division which strengthen the partnership and integration between DLA and USTRANSCOM. This team carried out initiatives transforming the supply chain in support of Combined Joint Operating Area-Afghanistan and made improvements at the enterprise level concerning air transport eligibility of materiel. They not only garnered tremendous cost savings but ensured the uninterrupted flow of supplies and materiel despite fluctuations in weather, speed, cost and political environment encountered in transiting contributing countries. Adding to the significance of the accolade, General Tuttle was there in person to present the award.
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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. www.IDB.org