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Developing the Business Leaders for Our Defense Industrial Base

CHAPEL HILL, N.C., May 23, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Depot and Arsenal Executive Leadership Program (DAELP) recognized its eleventh class of graduates on the evening of May 21, 2014 at the Kenan Center at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill's Kenan-Flagler Business School. Lieutenant General Patricia E. McQuistion, Deputy Commanding General, U.S. Army Materiel Command, 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.

May 21, 2014 - LTG Patricia McQuistion, Deputy Commanding General of U.S. Army Material (center) congratulated graduates of the Depot and Arsenal Executive Leadership Program (DAELP) Cohort XI (Photo: Institute for Defense and Business)

DAELP is an executive development program for commanders and senior civilian leaders serving within the United States Military's Industrial Base. 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 conjunction with the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill's Kenan-Flagler Business School (UNC).

LTG Patricia E. McQuistion, Deputy Commanding General, AMC, said, "The Depot and Arsenal Executive Leadership Program provides a unique opportunity to learn and participate in the best practices in a study-work program designed for DoD and industry leadership.  This remarkable collaborative effort provides academic and business thought leadership coupled with extensive on-site exposure to world-class corporations which enables the graduates to return to their organizations and implement real and lasting improvement."

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: LTG Patricia McQuistion, AMC; LTG Kathleen Gainey, USA (Ret.), Cypress Int'l and IDB Executive Fellow; Mr. Jim Brunke, Brunke & Assoc and former Boeing Company VP and Mr. Frank Zardecki, Tobyhanna Army Depot.

Below is a list of the 2014 DAELP graduation class along with their residency hosts:

  • Mr. Robert Amaral, Director, Material Management, Pine Bluff Army Arsenal – Raytheon Company & Letterkenny Army Depot
  • Mr. James Bass, Director, Red River Army Depot – Daimler / Benz Trucks
  • Mr. Thomas Carlisle, Deputy Director of Production, Anniston Army Depot – Oshkosh Defense & Jankel
  • Mr. Steve Cox, Director, McAlester Army Ammunition Plant – Fluor & General Dynamics – Ordnance and Tactical Systems
  • Ms. Annette Cross, Adjutant and Director of Human Capital Management, Corpus Christi Army Depot – Pratt & Whitney & Robbins Gioia, LLC
  • Mr. Wallace Embrey JR., Director, Directorate of Emergency Services, Red River Army Depot – Fluor
  • Mr. Jon Farrell, Division Chief, Estimation and Analysis, Rock Island Arsenal – Oshkosh Defense, Mack Trucks, & Fleet Readiness Center – Southeast
  • COL Brandon Grubbs, Incoming Commander, Red River Army Depot – Caterpillar & Mack Trucks
  • Mr. Timothy Hillenburg, Director, Production Management, Corpus Christi Army Depot – Pratt & Whitney & AAR Corporation
  • Col. Jeffrey Hooks, Commanding Officer, Marine Depot Maintenance Command – United Parcel Service and Federal Express Corporation 
  • COL Lee Hudson, Commander, Blue Grass Army Depot – BAE Systems and General Dynamics
  • Ms. Crimson Jessup, Program Manager/Division Chief, Defense Logistics Agency – 3M Defense
  • Ms. Nia Landry, Deputy Director and Chief of Plans and Operations, ASC-Logistics
    Readiness Center - Sonoco Products Company & Logistics Management Institute
  • Col. Walter Lindsley, Director of Staff, HQ Air Force Materiel Command – GE Defense
  • Mr. Allan Marble, Director, Logistics Readiness Center (LRC) Gordon – Simpler Consulting & IBM
  • COL Roger McCreery, Commander, Tooele Army Depot – ATK & Alcoa Defense
  • COL Richard Menhart, Incoming Commander, 406th AFSB - Oak Grove Technologies
  • Mr. Franklin Pugh, Program/Site Manager Public Private Partnerships, BAE Systems – Fleet Readiness Center – Southeast & Marine Depot Maintenance Command
  • Ms. Anita Raines, Deputy Commander, Letterkenny Army Depot –Tobyhanna Army Depot & Raytheon Defense
  • COL Lee Schiller, Commander, Watervliet Arsenal – Battelle Memorial Laboratories & The Boeing Company
  • Ms. Marti Verbonitz, Director of Industrial Risk Management, Tobyhanna Army Depot – Battelle Memorial Laboratories & Cisco Systems

About the IDB
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 education programs in the areas of logistics and technology, life cycle systems, leadership and organizational transformation, strategic studies, and stabilization and economic reconstruction and the IU-UNC LogMBA program. The Institute for Defense and Business and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill's Kenan-Flagler Business School partner on development and delivery of a suite of LOGTECH, The Center of Excellence in Logistics and Technology, programs which include DAELP. The U.S. Army Materiel Command is the DoD Executive Sponsor for LOGTECH.

More information is available at or contact DAELP Program Director, LtCol. Ted Sturgeon, USMC (Ret.) at 919-969-8008 or


Media Contact: Maya Zumwalt, Director of Communications at 919-969-8008

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