Participants also have opportunities to work on high-level Air Force projects that help them grow professionally as both logisticians and leaders. Past projects have included the development of a new school for civilian hires and work as action officers for the Air Force’s “Benchmarking with Industry” Project.
“The program has completely transformed my understanding of the acquisition and sustainment enterprise, which I now better understand is a COG (center of gravity) for readiness and winning our wars,” said Capt. Ryan M. VanArtsdalen, a current career broadening officer at the Ogden Air Logistics Complex, Hill Air Force Base. “The depot is where many organizations come together as an enterprise team. Understanding how each organization works, communicates, partners and relies on each other has strengthened my ability to manage and lead organizations horizontally and vertically.”
Officers in logistics career fields, which include aircraft maintenance, munitions and missile maintenance and logistics readiness, are eligible to apply for the program during the application cycle, which typically opens in early spring. The program is also open to the scientific utilization field, developmental engineers, acquisition managers, contracting and financial management officers. To be eligible for the program, officers must have four to seven years of commissioned service as of the application close date.
“LCBP has been the most informative, educational and influential assignment in my career and has completely changed the way I think and lead in the logistics profession,” said VanArtsdalen. “I highly encourage anyone who enjoys solving difficult problems and learning about people, processes and procedures – someone who wants to think strategically about DoD (Department of Defense) and Air Force issues – to apply. You will use what you learn the rest of your professional career.”