REDSTONE ARSENAL, Alabama -- With a theme of "Enlightening Engineers and Scientists for Success," one career field is continuing to educate its members.

The U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command/Army Forces Strategic Command hosted an Army Career Program, or CP-16 Career Development Day May 4. The Career Development Day included a morning session and career counseling in the afternoon.

"The purpose of Career Development Day is to provide the CP-16 professional with the latest information in Army training and professional development policies, processes, tools and opportunities," said James B. Johnson, deputy to the commander, USASMDC/ARSTRAT. "We have designed this event especially for you and your professional development."

The day was used to inform CP-16 careerists, supervisors, managers and other members of the field about management concepts, policies, procedures and programs in place designed to help each Army civilian to reach their full potential.

"The event was a resounding success because it provided this community with the tools they need to realize their professional goals," said Willie Nelson, SMDC's Command Career Program Manager for CP-16. "The objective of CP-16 is 'Enlightening Engineers & Scientists for Success.' With initiatives like Career Development Day, I believe we at SMDC are moving closer towards meeting that objective."

Topics covered included the Army Civilian Training, Education, and Development System, or ACTEDS, interns; GoArmyEd; Army career tracker; the ACTEDS catalog; professional development; the Army's Senior Enterprise Talent Management and Enterprise Talent Management; and training policy and competency management.

"In discussing these topics, we are sharing vital information about opportunities for education and professional development that our careerists would otherwise be unaware of," said Fred Beck, SMDC Technical Center Space and Strategic Systems Directorate. "Events like Career Development Day are important because engineer and science professionals should be able to receive the information they need in order to achieve their career goals.

"Additionally, Career Development Day acts as a forum where careerists can have their questions answered and it also allows for professional networking within the community," he added. "We would like to hold a similar event for CP-16 careerists at Colorado Springs, Colorado, in the near future. Events hosted by other career programs are held based on command interest and availability."

The Army currently has more than 18,000 engineers and scientists located in the United States and in more than 15 other countries.