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Class 2019-20 of the Huntsville Seminar, Senior Service College Fellowship, began its 10 month graduate-level studies July 22.

Defense Acquisition University provides the SSCF at four regional locations supporting Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland; Detroit Arsenal, Michigan; Picatinny Arsenal, New Jersey; and Redstone Arsenal. The Picatinny Arsenal location was recently established and Class 2019-20 will be their first to graduate.

In May, the Huntsville SSCF Seminar celebrated its 13th year of operation, taking pride in providing 122 graduates who have served, or are now serving as senior civilian leaders in defense organizations across Team Redstone. The total number of graduates from all locations is 281.

The assistant secretary of the Army for acquisition, logistics and technology tasked Defense Acquisition University to collaborate with the Army War College in developing SSCF focused on the civilian Army acquisition workforce. In 2013, the Army recognized SSCF as being a Military Education Level 1 program. The fellowship prepares board-selected Army senior civilians (GS-14/15 and equivalents) for leading at increased levels of responsibilities in various research, development, testing, acquisition, logistics and sustainment focused organizations across the Army and DOD.

Its graduate-level curriculum includes leadership development, national security policy, national speakers program, executive mentoring, staff visits to combatant commands, training centers, industry sites and other military installations; research to assist Army commands with analyzing complex acquisition issues and establishing appropriate actions; graduate level academic courses in leadership, and Defense Acquisition Workforce Improvement Act courses in senior program management and acquisition leadership.

The new class includes Craig Bergquist from Program Executive Office for Missiles and Space; Misty Glover from Program Executive Office for Missiles and Space; John Holdcraft Jr. from Program Executive Office for Aviation; Paul Lupo from Aviation and Missile Command’s Security Assistance Management Directorate; Wade McCollin from Program Executive Office for Intelligence, Electronic Warfare and Sensors; Jeannie Sommer from CCDC Aviation & Missile Center; Kadee Waterbury from Defense Acquisition University; and George Wiggs from CCDC Aviation & Missile Center.

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