SMDC leader newest member of SES corps
July 17, 2013
REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. -- A U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command/Army Forces Strategic Command leader became the most recent addition to the ranks of the senior executive service.
Thomas E. Webber, acting director of SMDC's Technical Center, and director of the Technical Center's Space and Cyberspace Directorate, was promoted to the SES July 16 at the Von Braun III auditorium.
"It is an honor and a privilege to be selected into the Senior Executive Service," Webber said. "Since leadership is the cornerstone of the SES ranks, I take great pride in the trust and confidence placed in me as a leader."
While some who are promoted to SES see a substantial change in their role, Webber has not.
"In my particular case, my role (job) has not changed significantly because I have been acting in this capacity for several months. But becoming an SES now solidifies my responsibility to look strategically across the organization and to focus on shaping our vision," he said.
The SES ranks consist of men and women charged with "leading the continuing transformation of government," according to the Office of Personnel Management website. These leaders are the major link between top presidential appointees and the rest of the federal workforce. Because "they operate and oversee nearly every government activity in approximately 75 federal agencies," the selection process is stringent.
"I'm glad the appointment process is done, because the selection process was very challenging, and understandably so," Webber said. "I want to thank Lt. Gen. (Richard) Formica for his outstanding leadership -- he sets the standard --and Mr. (Ronald) Chronister for putting his trust in me. I am also grateful that my family was able to be here for the ceremony. That meant more to me than they could ever know."
Webber said he wants to focus on why he serves.
"This is a responsibility that I gratefully accept, but I take on the position not for personal reasons but to make a difference for the men and women we serve, all those Soldiers, sailors, airmen, and Marines defending this great nation every day," Webber said. "We can never lose sight of why we are here and why we take our oath. We must defend our freedoms and continue to develop and prepare our future leaders."