ROCHESTER, Mich. -- Marion Whicker, U.S. Army Tank-automotive and Armaments Command Integrated Logistics Support Center acting executive director, received the 2017 Women in Defense-Michigan Excellence in Leadership Award during the WID-MI Ninth Annual Black Tie Gala on October 27. This award recognizes female senior executives in the defense industry who have made a significant contribution to U.S. defense and national security.

"I encourage our personnel to raise their hands for the tough jobs that no one else wants to take, this usually leads to the greatest opportunities," Whicker commented when talking about leadership. "I also inspire folks to 'be themselves' when they are leaders because when you try to be something you aren't, that will affect how you lead."

Whicker was recognized for her over 30-year career with TACOM which included roles of item manager, weapon system manager, branch requirements officer, and in fleet planning positions for both the M113 and Combat Engineer and Material Handling Systems programs. She has also held leadership positions including group leader for Petroleum and Water Systems and logistics group leader in the Development Equipment of Product Support Integration Directorate.

TACOM Deputy to the Commanding General Brian Butler earlier nominated Whicker for the Excellence in Leadership Award. He cited that Whicker is an exceptional leader, mentor and role model that has devoted her professional life to ensuring the security of our Nation and the safety, health and welfare of the men and women charged with defending it.

Also during WID-MI's Black Tie Gala, they honored industry leaders and young women entering science, technology, engineering, and math educational programs through the Horizon Industry Awards, Junior Horizon Awards, and Horizon Scholarships.

Women In Defense- Michigan Chapter is a non-profit professional networking and development organization for women and men across Michigan who contribute to national defense and security. Formed in 2007, the Michigan Chapter seeks to strengthen and influence the defense and national security industry by inspiring women, cultivating leadership, and growing professional relationships.