Maurice Turner, a logistics specialist for foreign military sales in the Integrated Logistics Support Center's Materiel Fielding and Training Directorate graduated June 15, 2018 from the Defense Civilian Emerging Leader Development Program.

Turner was the Master of Ceremonies for the graduation at the Department of Defense Executive Management Training Center in Southbridge, Mass.

"For all the years that I served as a leader in uniform, and now to serve as a team member learning new leadership skills," said Turner " the DCELP Program was amazingly refreshing! To have been DoD selected and to have established a lifelong professional network and personal relationship with classmates from all the services, is most rewarding."

The National Defense Authorization established DCELP for entry level and emerging leaders in the Department.

DCELP provides participants with the leadership tools the Department needs to continue its mission of supporting the men and women in uniform.

The program develops civilian personnel in the full range of competencies needed to lead self, lead teams and lead projects in accordance with the DoD Civilian Leader Development Continuum.

DCELP fills a critical need by enabling the DoD to focus on development of emerging civilian leaders to build a solid foundation for further development as leadership responsibilities increase.

Participants move through the program and graduate with their cohort approximately four months after the start of the program.