NASIC senior civilian selected for strategic leadership program

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The Air Force selected 15 senior civilian leaders for the Air Force Civilian Strategic Leader Program following intense screening and assessment by a 10-member selection board.

CSLP is the Air Force senior corporate career broadening program designed to develop multi-skilled GS-14 and GS-15 leaders to enable them to navigate through complex environments. The purpose of the program is to provide an avenue to develop the civilian workforce through corporate experience, and then place the right people in the most challenging and critical leadership positions. CSLP is an experiential assignment program and participants normally work outside of their functional area of expertise for up to three years.

CSLP-selects will be vectored into one of three interrelated areas designed to enhance overall development and management of a specific segment of the civilian strategic workforce, said Edward Vargas, Air Force Personnel Center CSLP program co-manager. Those areas include installation level, with positions such as the deputy director of installation support; headquarters Air Force level, with positions such as congressional liaison representative; and joint positions such as supervisory strategic planner, CSLP has 63 worldwide enterprise positions, and selection for the program
is very competitive, said Deborah Billings, program co-manager. Similar to the colonel command screening board, the CSLP board focused on selecting the most highly-qualified Airmen.

"This program helps us deliberately develop our Airmen for the long term," said Vargas. "The board, functional communities, major commands, AFPC and stakeholders in the field all worked hard to ensure high-quality candidates were thoroughly assessed. The quality of applicants was outstanding and thanks to their efforts and this development program, the best and brightest leaders will now be in a position to help guide our service into the future."

The board assessed each candidate for high-quality leadership performance, progressive supervisory experience, advanced education and other criteria. Following the board, the Air Force chief of staff approved the list of selected candidates, who are now available for installation, HAF and joint level positions.

Program selectees and their current assignments include the following:
- Carol Schimmoller, Principal Intelligence Analyst, Wright Patterson AFB, Ohio
- Merry Wermund Chief, Materiel Management Branch, Wright Patterson AFB
- Dorotha Biernesser, Acquisition Program Management Specialist, the Pentagon
- Melissa Blakesly, Operations Research Analyst (Workforce Development), the Pentagon
- Roderick Davis, Human Resource Management Analyst, the Pentagon
- Thomas Dean, Deputy Chief, Command and Control Operations Division, Ramstein Air Base, Germany
- Edward Durell, General Engineer, the Pentagon
- Tracy Green, Technical Director, Robins Air Force Base, Georgia
- William Imhof, Management and Program Analyst, Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Virginia
- James Johnson, Chief, Organization Division, the Pentagon
- Michael Jackowski, Technical Director/Chief, Networks Division, Joint
Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas
- Paul Plescow, Chief, ISR Assessments Division, Joint Base
Anacostia-Bolling, District of Columbia
- Leon Spradling, Deputy Base Civil Engineer, Ramstein AB
- Richard Toney, Enterprise Program Manager, MacDill AFB, Florida
- William Wilson, Executive Advisor for Services, Ramstein AB

The 2016 CSLP call for nominations will be released in February with nomination packages due to AFPC by May 1. Candidates must be nominated by their local leadership.