ASC welcomes AMC Fellows Program graduates
July 18, 2013
ROCK ISLAND ARSENAL, Ill. -- After more than four years of hard work and perseverance, four civilian employees from Headquarters, Army Sustainment Command, graduated from the Army Materiel Command Fellows Program in a ceremony in the ASC Commanding General's Conference Room here July 16.
In addition, eight other ASC employees throughout the worldwide command graduated as AMC Fellows this year.
"Entrance into the program is very, very difficult and the outcome results in absolutely the cream of the crop [individuals]" said Sandi Schneider, ASC deputy chief of staff for Human Resources. "The graduates spend the first 13 months … obtaining their masters degree … then spend the next three or four years going through transitional programs within their selected career programs, gaining that experience, that knowledge, and that ability to become … future leaders of this command."
Those graduating here were Beasha Adams, Human Resources; James Henneman, Installation Logistics Directorate, Field Support Directorate; Tamara Newcomb, Intelligence & Security Office; and Franchelle Walker, Information Management.
"We are always trying to look at who is coming up in the ranks to be the next leaders of the organization," said D. Scott Welker, ASC deputy to the commander, who presented the graduates with their certificates. "We are fortunate to have the four of you here at Rock Island Arsenal."
Those ASC personnel graduating from the AMC Fellows Program at other ASC locations include: Charles Jenkins, 403rd Army Field Support Brigade (Korea); Davida Beck, 404th AFSB
(Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash.); Norah Talley, 404th AFSB (JBLM); Andrea Clemons, 406th Army Field Support Battalion (Fort Stewart, Ga.); Clara Ho, 406th AFSB (Fort Bragg, N.C.); Benjamin Mugo, 406th AFSB; Joseph Daniels, 407th AFSB (Fort Hood, Texas); and Daphne Zeigler, 407th AFSB.
The program started in 2001, and ASC began taking part in 2004. Over that time, there have been nearly 600 gradates, including 29 from ASC.
Despite the program's success over the years, this will be the last iteration and graduating class due to budget cuts, Schneider noted. She pointed out, however, AMC will use the Department of the Army Intern and Office of Personnel Management Pathways Programs to build its successor workforce.
The narrator for the ceremony was Emma Matthews, ASC Fellows Program Manager and graduate of the AMC Fellows Program.
Editors Note: Additional (unedited) photos of the AMC Fellows Graduation Ceremony can be viewed and downloaded from the ASC Flickr page. Go to the ASC homepage at: http://www.aschq.army.mil/home/ then click on the Flickr icon found in the Social Media box on the lower-left portion of the page. If you prefer, the direct link to the photo set is: http://www.flickr.com/photos/army_sustainment_command/sets/72157634670721528/