By Earl Bittner, NAVFAC Southeast Public Affairs Office
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (NNS) -- Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) Southeast Commanding Officer Capt. Christopher Kiwus recognized two of four employees March 20 for graduating from the NAVFAC Leadership Development Program (LDP).
Al Sanderlin, senior business analyst / Lean Six Sigma Black Belt Process Improvement instructor, and Christopher Cimento, Public Works Department Kings Bay utilities branch head, recently completed the two-year program and were recognized by Kiwus with LDP Level 1 certificates of completion.
"I commend you on your dedication and commitment to the program," said Kiwus to the graduates. "I have enjoyed speaking to both of you and look forward to seeing you continue to grow as leaders."
"I was elated to be selected into the program," said Sanderlin. "As I stopped and looked at some of the incredible people we have that didn't make it in this time, it really gives you some perspective of what a privilege and honor is it to be accepted into the program and to graduate from it."
Sanderlin said his goal now is to take the additional training and experience and spread that to others, and help others to either get into the program, help them to better themselves, or just help them overcome obstacles in their job or life to make them successful.
"It's about being a leader," continued Sanderlin. "Leadership ability is not defined by position title alone, helping others, building your 'people skills,' that's what will shape you into more of a leader. My goals are to apply what I learned not only here at work, but equally outside of work, too."
"This program has provided me with a very valuable insight into NAVFAC senior management ideals," said Cimento. "As I review the information and notes gathered over the past two years, I am genuinely surprised at the sheer volume of material. The obligations of the program never seemed burdensome yet a considerable amount of formal and informal training was received."
"This structured leadership training has improved my supervisory skill set," continued Cimento. "I am grateful for the opportunity to improve my management and leadership skills by participating in the LDP program."
Jeremy Thompson, deputy public works officer at Public Works Department Key West, and Michael Chmura, Integrated Product Team (IPT) South Atlantic engineer, also completed the two-year LDP program, but were unavailable to receive their certificates March 20. Their certificates will be presented at a later date.
NAVFAC created the LDP to provide more robust developmental opportunities for its future civilian senior leaders. The program is designed to provide leadership development through progressive learning opportunities consisting of formal education and training, rotational assignments, and other developmental activities.
Employees selected for the program are challenged to perform outside their sphere of influence and "comfort zone."
Annually, NAVFAC selects employees from around the corporation to be a part of the LDP program.