Four members of Program Executive Office, Aviation were among 13 Army Acquisition Corps candidates identified by a centralized selection board as future project directors.

The fiscal year 19 and 20 acquisition PD centralized selection board met August 6--10 at Fort Knox, Ky., and the results announced Nov 16. Three PEO Aviation candidates made the principal PD list while another was selected as an alternate.

For the FY19 cycle, Ed Gozdur and Patrick Layden were primary selects, and Craig Besaw made the list as an alternate. Shawn Gresham was a primary selectee for the FY20 cycle.

Entering its fifth year of execution, this year's centralized selection board piloted a combined PD FY19 and FY20 selection at the GS-15 level in an effort to better align the PD selection cycle with the centralized selection list (CSL) product/project manager board's selection process

The civilian-centric board is a high priority talent management initiative championed by the Director, Army Acquisition Corps (DAAC). The board identifies high performing civilians possessing leadership potential to fill civilian PD positions commensurate with their military counterparts, ensuring the Army meets the future needs of our Soldiers.

The standard tenure for acquisition PDs is three years. The Director, Acquisition Career Management (DACM) Office, in coordination with the program executive offices, centrally manages the positions.

The slating for the PD positions will be announced in January and February 2019.