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Mentors, networking key to personal, professional growth

Eight logistics management specialists graduated from the Navy Acquisition Development Program (NADP) in a ceremony at Naval Air Station (NAS) Patuxent River, Maryland, April 19, marking the completion of their internships. Pictured are (back row, from left to right): Dale Locklar; Jonathan Rosen; Cristobal Ceron, Operations research analyst; Todd Schmidt; Tom Rudowsky; (front row, from left to right) Matthew Stevenson; Jason Stroh, KC-130J supportability tester; Laquisha Thomas; Anthony Owens; Aviation Readiness and Resource Analysis (AIR 6.8) Director Roy Harris; and AIR 6.0 Developmental Program Manager Stephanie Souders.

Eight logistics management specialists graduated from the Navy Acquisition Development Program (NADP) in a ceremony at Naval Air Station (NAS) Patuxent River, Maryland, April 19, marking the completion of their internships. Pictured are (back row, from left to right): Dale Locklar; Jonathan Rosen; Cristobal Ceron, Operations research analyst; Todd Schmidt; Tom Rudowsky; (front row, from left to right) Matthew Stevenson; Jason Stroh, KC-130J supportability tester; Laquisha Thomas; Anthony Owens; Aviation Readiness and Resource Analysis (AIR 6.8) Director Roy Harris; and AIR 6.0 Developmental Program Manager Stephanie Souders.

May 11, 2018

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NAVAL AIR SYSTEMS COMMAND, PATUXENT RIVER, Md. – Eight graduates from the Navy Acquisition Development Program (NADP) took a step closer to their personal and professional goals at a ceremony held on Naval Air Station (NAS) Patuxent River, Maryland, recently.

Tom Rudowsky, Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) deputy assistant commander for Logistics and Industrial Operations (AIR 6.0A), told the logistics management specialists that leadership operates at all levels and involves stepping up where and when needed. “It requires being solution-oriented—don’t just figure out what the problem is, but how to get it solved. Become an expert in what you do,” he said.

Leadership, said Rudowsky, also involves taking an active role in growing the next generation and advised them to not only find mentors, but to be one as well. “Learning is never-ending. A mentor will help develop you as you progress in our organization,” he said. “Giving back is for everyone. Look out for those that are still in the internship program to ensure they maintain and build upon the standards you hold and value.”

Tracy Burruss, Industrial and Logistics Maintenance Planning Sustainment Department director (AIR 6.7), agreed. “You’ll encounter challenges that you can’t solve on your own and will require collaboration and consensus,” she said. “There is power in mentoring and networking.”

During his internship with the F/A-18 and EA-18 Physiological Event Initiative Logistics Analysis Team, Logistics Management Specialist Matthew Stevenson said networking was foundational to working through challenges.  “Don’t worry or second guess yourself if you don’t have all the answers,” he said. “I learned that there are others around who can provide support and resources that can help you get the job done.”

Dale Locklar, Total Asset Visibility Division (6.8.3) Special Tooling/Special Test Equipment contracting officer's representative and NADP graduate, also found networking and collaboration invaluable during his internship in NAVAIR Contracts (AIR 2.0).  “I experienced the challenges associated with getting an idea from concept to a final product and through the re-compete process to final award,” he said.  “Not only was it informative to see the entire contract process from beginning to end, it taught me how to overcome obstacles within NAVAIR.”

NADP gives graduates, such as Technical Data Logistics Elements Manager Laquisha Thomas, a fleet perspective of what it takes to produce readiness.

“During my external rotation with [Naval Air Warfare Center Training Systems Division], I was able to use the same trainers the warfighters use to qualify and see what they learn and experience before they fly aircraft,” Thomas said.

“Before NADP, my worldview of an asset was limited to its point of use—at the shelf,” Total Asset Visibility Division (AIR 6.8.3) Logistics Management Specialist Todd Schmidt said. “Now, I have a view of an asset’s total life cycle process and how logisticians’ work impacts the warfighter.”

“I saw Sailors aboard USS George Washington (CVN 73) working in an operational environment using my products,” said Jonathan Rosen, an operations research analyst with Commander, Naval Air Forces Air Maintenance Policy Division, about NADP and his opportunity to participate in the Civilian-to-Sea Program. “It gave me a better perspective on how my position can have a positive influence on the fleet,” he said.

F-35 Lightning II Autonomic Logistics Information System Release Manager Anthony Owens honed his leadership and networking skills during his internship in a multi-cultural environment.  Owens, a Marine officer currently serving in the Marine Corps Reserves, said his most memorable experience in the NADP program was working with international partners.  “Their culture and experiences brings unique perspectives. Overcoming the language and cultural barriers helped me become a more effective communicator and a better leader."

Rudowsky reminded the graduates that their current actions will have long-term impacts long after they complete their careers. “In most cases, Naval Aviation aircraft will be in service for 30 years or more,” he said.  “Most of us will be retired by then. Our focus must be on meeting squadron commanders’ logistics requirements today so they don’t have to make tradeoffs tomorrow. Naval Aviation leadership has high expectations for AIR 6.0.”

Other graduates include Cristobal Ceron, Operations research analyst and Jason Stroh, KC-130J supportability tester

NADP is a management program that trains and develops future Department of the Navy leadership for up to three years in the areas of finance, contracting, logistics, science and engineering.  Current civilian employees can participate in NADP’s professional development track as associates.

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