WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio – The Air Force Life Cycle Management Center headquartered here, recently kicked off a new leadership development program for high performing mid-level employees from across the center.

The Strategic Acquisition Leadership Team or SALT, was developed based on feedback from attendees at recent AFLCMC leadership summits, and is designed to help employees who have or will soon transition from technical experts into leadership positions.

Over the next three months, SALT participants will work to solve real world acquisition challenges facing their own organizations.

The program will include over 65 hours of academic curriculum to include learning from professionals from the University of Dayton as well as Georgetown University’s Government Affairs Institute.

The team will also participate in weekly briefings to senior leaders, multiple workshops, and a trip to Washington DC that will include discussions at the Pentagon, Capitol Hill and State Department.

A key part of the program is mentorship, and participants will be paired with senior material leaders who will provide guidance and assistance in developing solutions to challenges that are identified.

At the conclusion of the program, participants will do a “shark tank” style out brief where they will discuss their findings and make recommendations to specific challenges.

“SALT is a great program,” said Capt. Jerry Pribyl, a SALT participant and chief of avionic modifications for C-130Js in the AFLCMC Mobility Directorate. “It not only gives us an opportunity to solve a real world problem, but SALT will also give us tools required to be an effective mid-level supervisor.”

For more information about SALT please contact Lt. Col. Jeff Hamblin at jeffrey.hamblin@us.af.mil.

This year’s SALT participants were as follows:

Andrew Scarberry, Air Force Security Assistance and Cooperation Directorate

Capt. Brandon Reeves, Battle Management Directorate

Penny Mason, Program Development & Integration Directorate

Karl Berger, Intelligence Directorate

Amber Brinks, Mobility Directorate

Stefanie Kelley, Mobility Directorate

Capt. Jerry Pribyl, Mobility Directorate

Eric Timinski, Command, Control, Communications, Intelligence and Networks Directorate

Michael Sahlu, Det. 3

Ann Witt, Det. 3