JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-FORT SAM HOUSTON, Texas -- (Oct. 21, 2016) Two members of the Mission and Installation Contracting Command headquarters were selected by the Alamo Federal Executive Board to participate in its nine-month leadership program.

Lydia Hardy and Jennifer Hastedt were among the 45 participants selected from throughout San Antonio for the Leadership Federal Executive Board Program.

Established in 1993, the Leadership FEB Program is designed to develop a cadre of federal leaders with a greater understanding of challenges facing the federal community. Participants from various federal agencies throughout San Antonio come together once a month to examine in greater detail the working relationship between the city and its federal partner. They will hear from key decision-makers in both the public and private sectors representing San Antonio's top corporations, city offices, Bexar County, non-profit and federal organizations.

Hardy, an operations officer with the MICC Training, Readiness and Exercise Division, is responsible for civilian and military readiness and training management as well as military schools for more than 1,500 civilian and military personnel. She said she hopes to leverage her participation in the program to grow and develop as an Army civilian leader by gaining greater insight of applying her skills to better serve the federal government and city of San Antonio.

"I am honored to be a part of this leadership program," Hardy said. "I am excited about the developmental opportunities and the chance to network with colleagues from different agencies in San Antonio."

The 2007 Webster University graduate added she plans to take from this program the ability to influence civilian leader development and mentorship that builds upon the Army's Civilian Education System.

Hastedt is a contract specialist supporting the MICC acquisition of aviation services for Fort Rucker, Alabama. She believes local leaders need to take an active role in sustaining communities where federal employees work and reside, and that programs such as this will allow her to achieve personal goals of learning, professional growth and serving the greater good.

"I am humbled to be selected into the program and very excited to learn from the other participants," Hastedt said. "I look forward to exploring ways to work with other government agencies and enhancing the government's relationship in San Antonio."

Hastedt, a 2013 University of St. Mary's School of Law graduate, hopes to take from the leadership program lessons learned in fostering communication between organizations to explore developmental assignments that benefit both employees and organizations.

Both Hardy and Hastedt begin their training program this month.

Headquartered at JBSA-Fort Sam Houston, the MICC is made up of about 1,500 military and civilian members assigned to three contracting support brigades and a field directorate office throughout the United States who are responsible for contracting good and services in support of Soldiers. In fiscal 2016, the command executed more than 32,000 contract actions valued at more than $4.6 billion across the Army, including $2.1 billion to American small businesses. The command also managed more than 585,000 Government Purchase Card Program transactions in fiscal 2016 valued at an additional $741 million.