WASHINGTON (Army News Service, Aug. 11, 2008) - Four civilian employees have been selected to participate in the Army Senior Fellows Program with one taking graduate classes at Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the others beginning career-development assignments this week.

This is the second class of senior fellows to participate in the program which is designed to provide a base of experience necessary to reach the Senior Executive Service level. The program comes under the auspices of the Deputy Under Secretary of the Army's Civilian Development Office as a transformation initiative.

The first class of 17 senior fellows reported last year and three of them have already been selected for the SES program.

The current class reported Monday for their 12 to 24 months of fellowship experience under which they will be mentored by SES managers or general officers.

Lynne Caroe reported Monday to a Senior Fellowship assignment at the Washington Institute of Near East Policy. She is a former college history and political-science instructor and Army veteran who has served in Hawaii, Japan and Germany. Her most recent service has been as director of financial-management systems at Department of the Army headquarters. Previously, she worked in Fallujah and Baqubah, Iraq, as a member of the Provincial Reconstruction Team as the comptroller for the Defense Security Service.

Anna Carter reported to the Diversity Task Force this week to work for Brig. Gen. Pinckney and will serve as director of Training and Education. She is a senior acquisition logistician in the Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Army, Acquisition, Logistics and Technology. Previously, she served as program manager for the Army's Equipment Loan-and-Lease program and chief of the National Logistics Coordination Office. She also served 23 years as an Army civilian in St. Louis, Mo.; Fort Bragg, N.C., and Alexandria, Va.

Jennifer Lasichak reported to the Comptroller Office of the Secretary of Defense to serve in a leadership position under the mentorship of Jeanne Karstens, director of operations. She is a 2008 graduate of the Industrial College of the Armed Forces. While serving as the chief of the Manpower and Program Analysis Division at U.S. Army Europe headquarters, she was responsible for 6,000 manpower spaces and a $1.5 billion annual budget. Her previous assignments have included work on the Army Knowledge Management Strategic Plan at HQDA; multiple analyst and strategic-planner positions at U.S. Forces Command Headquarters, and analyst and resource-management positions in Germany.

Mary Fletcher is currently attending MIT in a Transportation and Logistics Fellowship and is under the mentorship of George Topic, JCS, J4. She is a program analyst for the Department of the Army headquarters. Fletcher is a lawyer and former active-duty officer. She previously served as team chief for ballistic-missile defense systems; senior program analyst for America's Ground-based Midcourse Defense System; as a personnel specialist; battery commander of a Hawk-missile battery, and executive officer for a Patriot-missile battalion.

The Army Senior Fellows Program is designed to identify and develop high-potential civilian leaders capable of meeting the challenges of the changing national-security environment, officials said.

Applicants must be employed at the GS-15 or YC-3 level under the National Security Personnel System and be selected by an Army secretariat board.

"During this era of persistent conflict, the Army's civilians are stepping up to the plate, playing a larger, more crucial role in Army worldwide missions," said Karen Nolan, director of the Army Senior Fellows Program.

"The Senior Fellows Program is an investment in the Army's future," she said. "The goal is to have the right people with the right skills in the right place at the right time."

Army Senior Fellows have worked in a variety of Defense and non-Defense- Department areas, including in offices supporting the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Office of the Secretary of Defense, Department of the Army Headquarters, major Army command headquarters, and the Department of Energy and Department of Commerce.

Training venues for fellows include the Naval War College, Army War College, Industrial College of the Armed Forces, Tuft-Fletcher University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Harvard Kennedy School.

DUSA officials are seeking applicants for their next class. The application deadline is January 1, 2009. Candidates should demonstrate:

Aca,!Ac commitment to the Army, its Soldiers, families and civilian employees,
Aca,!Ac competency to lead, direct and evaluate programs and activities,
Aca,!Ac strong writing and speaking skills,
Aca,!Ac diverse background, and
Aca,!Ac interest in lifelong learning and self-development, through education and experience.

Application instructions are located in the Army Civilian Training, Education, and Development System, or ACTEDS, catalog at http://cpol.army.mil/library/train/catalog/ch04asfp.html.