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Eglin's civilians selected for 2020 CDE academic year

Air Force Materiel Command civilian Mary Kinney (second from left) completes an obstacle course during her participation in the Civilian Developmental Education Program's Executive Leadership Development Program. More than 735 Air Force Materiel Command Civilian Airmen were selected for Academic Year 2020 Civilian Developmental Education opportunities, filling nearly 49% of the Air Force program allocations for the academic year. (Courtesy photo)

Air Force Materiel Command civilian Mary Kinney (second from left) completes an obstacle course during her participation in the Civilian Developmental Education Program's Executive Leadership Development Program. More than 735 Air Force Materiel Command Civilian Airmen were selected for Academic Year 2020 Civilian Developmental Education opportunities, filling nearly 49% of the Air Force program allocations for the academic year. (Courtesy photo)

Air Force Materiel Command civilian Craig Smith (7th from left) completes a team-building task at Air Force Squadron Officer School. More than 735 Air Force Materiel Command Civilian Airmen were selected for Academic Year 2020 Civilian Developmental Education opportunities, filling nearly 49% of the Air Force program allocations for the academic year. (Courtesy photo)

Air Force Materiel Command civilian Craig Smith (7th from left) completes a team-building task at Air Force Squadron Officer School. More than 735 Air Force Materiel Command Civilian Airmen were selected for Academic Year 2020 Civilian Developmental Education opportunities, filling nearly 49% of the Air Force program allocations for the academic year. (Courtesy photo)

WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio --

More than 65 Team Eglin Civilian Airmen were selected for Academic Year 2020 Civilian Developmental Education opportunities.

“We are extremely pleased at the results. The competition for these positions was intense, and the significant increase in AFMC applications this year played a role in our success,” said Patricia Young, AFMC Executive Director. “The large number of AFMC civilian Airmen selected this year demonstrates the high-caliber of our workforce and their potential for leading our command and the Air Force into the future.”

AFMC experienced a 58% increase in the number of applications for CDE in 2019, with 1,663 applications received across all programs. Applicants represented every major career field nested within the command.

The CDE program is a portfolio of courses and training designed to address the developmental needs of the civilian workforce at all levels. Civilians can acquire associate through advanced college degrees at military and academic institutions, attend military professional education programs such as the Air War College or Squadron Officer School, embark on a fellowship with a think tank or industry, participate in a scientist or engineer exchange program, or grow professionally through a number of other program opportunities.

The overarching goal is to ensure civilians have the opportunity to excel in their current positions and to gain the skills required to succeed as future leaders in the organization.

Thirteen Senior Executive Staff members and two general officers reviewed 280 Air Force applications for 134 spots in Intermediate Developmental Education and Senior Developmental Education boarded programs. They also reviewed applications for the Civilian Strategic Leader Program, which provides three-year experiential assignments for employees outside of their primary functional areas.

Air Force career development teams reviewed applications for non-boarded programs, which include: Civilian Associate Degree Program; Developing Team Leader Course; Education With Industry; Defense Civilian Emerging Leader Program; Squadron Officer School; Air Command and Staff College - Online Master's Program; Leading With Impact; Civilian Leadership Course; and Leading Effectively Through Change.

The following is a breakdown of Eglin results for 2020:

  • Non-Boarded Programs:  53 individuals selected

Boarded Programs:

  • Intermediate Developmental Education:  1 individual selected
  • Senior Developmental Education:  7 individuals selected
  • Civilian Strategic Leader Program:  4 individuals selected

Individuals were notified of selection and acceptance requirements on Oct. 25.

“We are proud of all of our selectees across AFMC,” said Young. “We also encourage those interested in future CDE opportunities to begin prepping their resumes now for the upcoming CDE 2021 application cycle opening in January. The program has something for everyone, and the professional development and personal growth will help you to succeed now and as you grow with the Air Force into the future.”

The program selects are as follows:

Primary SDE Selects

  • Stacey Darhower
  • Nelli Hanson
  • Spears Herrmann
  • Kent Watson

Alternate SDE Selects

  • Michael Contratto
  • Stephen Pratt
  • George Rogers

Primary IDE Selects

  • Thomas Flaherty

Civilian Strategic Leader Program Selects

  • Gerold Goudy
  • Charles Robinson
  • Christopher Simpson
  • Joshua Vu

Non-Boarded selects and alternates

  • John Allison
  • Peter Antcliff
  • Kenneth Baldwin
  • Audrey Barnes
  • Kevin Brink
  • Meredith Bynum
  • Arthur Chappelka
  • Kevin Clark
  • Robert Cooney
  • Katherine Davis
  • Alan Dean
  • Angela Diggs
  • Ryan Dillaha
  • Dante Donahoo
  • Christopher Downing
  • Brian Ezell
  • Britany Gibson
  • Jeffrey Gibson
  • James Gosnell
  • Kerri-Anne Grant
  • Rose Gyampo
  • Kaitlin Harris
  • Ryan Harris
  • Tanya Hart
  • Matthew Hayes
  • Kirk Herzog
  • Dedra Hickman
  • Jeremy Hudson
  • Michael Kostelny
  • Kevin Kruse
  • Cheryl Majka
  • Patrick Mallard
  • Kevin McGarry
  • Kevin Miller
  • Jessica Mitchell
  • Brandy Mobley
  • Gina Morgan
  • Ross Novack
  • Carmen Parker
  • Joseph Procido
  • Shawn Reid
  • Cynthia Rivera
  • Lorinda Rivero
  • Shelby Robison
  • Briana Ross
  • Robert Ruble
  • Catherine Snow
  • Brandon Sweat
  • Shere Tuckey
  • Jennifer Wasilenko
  • Melissa Weisser
  • Melody Wilkinson
  • Marcelious Willis