Senior civilians selected for strategic leadership program

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/ Published February 07, 2014

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas (AFNS) --

A nine-member Air Force board selected 12 senior civillians to participate in an Air Force Civilian Strategic Leader Program.

CSLP is the Air Force senior corporate career broadening program designed to develop multiskilled GS-14 and GS-15 leaders to enable them to navigate through complex environments, said David Van Steenburg, the AFPC Force Renewal and Development Division chief.

CSLP is an experiential assignment program and participants normally work outside of their functional area of expertise for up to three years.

"The purpose of the program is to provide an avenue to develop our workforce through corporate experience, and then place the right people in the most challenging and critical leadership positions," Van Steenburg said.

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. 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 associate director of information and cyberspace policy, said Edward Vargas, the AFPC CSLP program co-manager.

CSLP has 70 worldwide enterprise positions, and selection for the program is very competitive, said Angela Cominetti, the AFPC CSLP program co-manager. Similar to the colonel command screening board, the CSLP board focused on selecting the most highly-qualified Airmen.

"This program is one more tool to help us deliberately develop our Airmen for the long term," Van Steenburg said. "The board, major commands, AFPC and stakeholders in the field all worked hard to ensure high-quality candidates were thoroughly assessed. 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:

  • Angela Anderson, 424th Supply Chain Management Squadron, Tinker Air Force Base, Okla.
  • Daniel Bell, 18th Force Support Squadron, Kadena Air Base, Japan
  • Neal Dollar, Headquarters Air Force Operations, Plans and Requirements, Pentagon, Washington, D.C.
  • Gina Gammick, Headquarters Air Force Manpower, Personnel and Services, Pentagon
  • Robert Graham, Space and Missile Systems Center, Los Angeles Air Force Base, Calif.
  • Mark Hornbostel, Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio
  • Lori Lloyd, Air Force District of Washington, Joint Base-Andrews, Md.
  • Mark Nunn, Air Force Safety Center, Kirtland Air Force Base, N.M.
  • Patricia Poole, Air Force Personnel Center, Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph, Texas
  • Randall Rowland, 96th Civil Engineer Group, Eglin Air Force Base, Fla.
  • Laita Snapp, Air Combat Command Maintenance and Logistics Directorate, Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Va.
  • Carol Zelczak, Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Wright-Patterson AFB

The 2015 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.

For more information about CSLP and other civilian personnel opportunities, go to the myPers website at

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