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News | June 12, 2019

Executive Leader Development Program Graduates

By DCAA Staff Writer

DCAA auditors Michael Mandolfo, FAO Manager Chicago Branch Office; Roberto Picon, Technical Programs Chief, Northrup Grumman Corporate Audit Directorate; and Poppy Greer, Chief Auditing Standards Division, Plans and Policy Directorate, graduated from the Executive Leader Development Program (ELDP) in June. This 10-month program trains DoD’s future leaders to recognize and respond to the issues facing DoD. ELDP provides participants with extensive exposure to the roles and missions of DoD through intense, hands-on field experience, and allows participants to experience first-hand the challenges our military face in carrying out their mission. During the ten months of training, participants travel to a variety of locations, within and outside of the Continental United States, to train with the warfighter. Participants of ELDP graduate from the program with an increased understanding and appreciation for today’s warfighters and the complexity of leadership at higher-level echelons.

When asked about the most memorable part of the course, the graduates were unanimous - the day they spent at Marine Corps Recruit Depot in San Diego. “We had got the opportunity to experience just a glimpse of what being a Marine Corps Recruit entrails: we stood on ‘yellow footprints’, conquered the Marine Corps Recruit Confidence Course, learned to shoot M16s (rifle), and even slept in barracks and ate MREs (meals ready to eat).  I gained a greater appreciation for the warfighter through that hands-on experience,” stated Michael Mandolfo.