For more than 40 years, the Senior Executive Service has ensured “that the executive management of the Government of the United States is responsive to the needs, policies, and goals of the Nation and otherwise is of the highest quality,” according to the U.S. Office of Personnel Management.
The SES was established by the Civil Service Reform Act of 1978, which was signed into law by President Jimmy Carter on October 13, 1978. The U.S. Army Combat Capabilities Development Command Aviation & Missile Center is proud to be home to several of these esteemed leaders.
“I am honored and humbled to be selected to serve you as your director. That's my job. I don't take that job lightly and I also don't come into this job thinking I know everything because I don't. I know what my weaknesses are but I know your strengths will help me and the organization and I know my strengths will help lead and guide you. To each of you I stand before you again, humbled and honored ready to serve in a position God has placed me in. I am here as your servant but also to provide you the leadership and guidance that you deserve." – AvMC Executive Director Dr. Juanita M. Christensen, during her SES appointment ceremony March 6, 2015
"I've wanted to work for the Army or NASA for as long as I can remember. It's a great opportunity to use the talents, skills, education, training and experience in serving my country and the memory of my dad. I enjoy the diversity of systems, functions, people, programs, teams and organizations that I come in contact with. Ultimately, it's very satisfying to see U.S. and coalition war fighters using our systems to protect and defend our freedom." – AvMC Technology Development Directorate Director Barry Pike, reflecting on his government career after his SES appointment in 2010
“I am very much aware that whatever successes I have enjoyed in this life, personal and professional, those successes were built upon the strong foundation that (my parents) formed many, many decades ago as I was growing up in their household.” – AvMC Systems Readiness Directorate Director Keith Darrow, during his SES appointment ceremony July 2, 2018
"CCDC AvMC and its predecessors provided me a lot of unique, challenging and rewarding opportunities throughout my career. This position is another opportunity to give back to an organization that I consider a national asset critical to the defense of our nation." – AvMC Software, Simulation, Systems Engineering and Integration Directorate Director Dr. James Kirsch, during his SES appointment ceremony, Aug. 9, 2019
The CCDC Aviation & Missile Center, formerly known as the Aviation & Missile Research, Development and Engineering Center (AMRDEC), is part of the U.S. Army Combat Capabilities Development Command, which conducts responsive research, development and life cycle engineering to deliver the aviation and missile capabilities the Army depends on to ensure victory on the battlefield today and tomorrow. Through collaboration across the command's core technical competencies, CCDC leads in the discovery, development and delivery of the technology-based capabilities required to make Soldiers more lethal to win our nation's wars and come home safely. CCDC is a major subordinate command of the U.S. Army Futures Command.