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Senior Service College Fellows complete capstone

Senior Service College Fellows pose on the deck of the USS Missouri in Hawaii April 8-18, 2017. TACOM fellows included Kathy Lytle (front row, 4th from left), Chad Stocker (front row, 6th from left) and Paul Coles (back row, 5th from left).

Senior Service College Fellows toured the battlefield of WW IIís Operation Market Garden in Europe during military staff rides April 8-18, 2017. TACOM fellows were Michael Fraley (front row, 3rd from left) and John Gates (back row, 6th from left).

The Midwest Senior Service College Fellows completed military staff rides April 8-18. Kathy Lytle, Chad Stocker and Paul Coles visited the U.S. Pacific Command area of responsibility in coordination with Huntsville, Alabama, fellows. Michael Fraley and John Gates visited the U.S. European Command AOR in coordination with Aberdeen, Maryland, fellows. The visits exposed the fellows to Department of Defense combatant commands and component services, engagement with leadership, and visits to World War II historic sites where the fellows took lessons learned from historical events and discussed how they would apply them to leadership and acquisition today.
 
The Pacific trip included visits to USPACOM, Special Operations Command Pacific, Marine Forces Pacific, U.S. Pacific Fleet, Pacific Air Forces and U.S. Army Pacific. The group walked the battlefield of the attack on Pearl Harbor, visited to the USS Arizona Memorial, and toured the USS Missouri. Guides included faculty from the Army War College (Alfred Lord and Col. Douglas Winton) and Defense Acquisition University (Mark Lumb, Deborah DiCesare and Bill Colson).
 
The European trip included visits to geographical combatant commands, the Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe, and multiple World War II battlefields. It began with staff visits and leadership roundtables with U.S. European Command, U.S. Africa Command, U.S. Army Europe, and SHAPE, NATO’s strategic military organization. The MSR included walking the battlefields of the Battle of the Bulge, Operation Market Garden, and the Battle of Fortress Eben Emael. Guides included faculty from the Army War College (Dr. Paul Jussel and Col. Gregg Thompson) and DAU (Jim Oman, Jeff Caton and Mike Roche).
 
This capstone event provided the fellows with a hands-on learning environment and leaves a lasting impression of the lessons learned that the fellows can take back to their organizations.
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