CHAPEL HILL, N.C. -- Army Materiel Command's deputy commander Lt. Gen. Patricia McQuistion delivered the keynote May 21 as the Depot and Arsenal Executive Leadership Program recognized its graduates at the Kenan Center at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill's Kenan-Flagler Business School.

The event was attended by senior military officials, state government officials, corporate leaders and faculty who support and sponsor the program.

Now in its 11th year, DAELP is designed to provide an academic and industrial experience that prepares depot commanders for their role as leaders and managers of organic industrial base facilities. The Army Materiel Command established the program and since its inception has evolved to include participants from all of the military services, the Defense Logistics Agency and the private sector.

"The Depot and Arsenal Executive Leadership Program provides a unique opportunity to learn and participate in the best practices in a study-work program designed for DoD and industry leadership," McQuistion said.

DAELP is organized and administered by the Institute for Defense and Business and delivered in conjunction with the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill's Kennan-Flagler Business School.

DAELP provides participants with management concepts as well as specific business tactics and strategies for effective leadership of large industrial complexes. The comprehensive educational experience, spanning seven months, is comprised of the following elements:

Three weeks of in-residence academic instruction at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
•A one-week series of benchmarking site visits to fellow depot and arsenal facilities as well as leading corporations
•An online Lean Six Sigma for Executive Champions certification offered in partnership with North Carolina State University
•A two- to four-week corporate residency with leading private and public sector organizations.

Partner corporations include Letterkenny Army Depot, UPS, Daimler, General Dynamics, Alcoa, Mack, GE, AAR, BAE Systems, LMI, IBM, 3M, Jankel, Raytheon, Fluor, Battelle, Boeing, CAT, FedEx, Robbins Gioia, ATK, Pratt & Whitney, Sonoco, MDMC, Cisco, and Oshkosh Corporation.

The corporate residency serves as the integrative capstone for the program, allowing substantive information exchanges with executives across functional areas. This enables participants to identify industry-leading practices that they can adapt and implement at their respective organizations to cut costs and improve efficiency.

Upon completion of their corporate residency, participants briefed a panel of military leaders, private sector executives and program faculty advisoes regarding their executive corporate residency learning experience, with an emphasis on best practice replication. The panel included McQuistion; retired Lt. Gen. Kathleen Gainey, Cypress International and IDB executive fellow; Jim Brunke, Brunke & Associates and former Boeing Company vice president; and Frank Zardecki of Tobyhanna Army Depot.

Editor's note: This article was adapted from the PRNEWS Wire.