NDIA's Tech Info Unit Initiates Apprentice Program

By Thomas, Richard C. | National Defense, December 2004 | Go to article overview

NDIA's Tech Info Unit Initiates Apprentice Program


Thomas, Richard C., National Defense


NDIA'S Technical Information Division has initiated a new apprentice-recognition program for individuals relatively new to the configuration and data-management disciplines. The initial group of apprentice candidates were qualified in 2003, and the process has continued throughout 2004.

Because of recent increases in activity at the Departments of Defense and Homeland Security, many individuals are entering the CDM discipline as an avenue for applying their talents in the business world. Accordingly, TID in 2003 launched a CDM apprentice program.

This initiative established a method for entry-level individuals to be designated a CDM apprentice, which is the first step of a progression ladder leading toward CDM certification after attaining NDIA'S experience requirements. It also allows those entering the discipline to become knowledgeable of all aspects of CDM and to have a basis to determine if they desire to continue oil the path toward certification. This new program has become an important aspect of the CDM certification program and a means of earning peer recognition.

During 2003, many individuals earned their professional status as certified configuration and data managers or certified configuration and data specialists. Those who achieved the highest examination scores included Hayden L. Leon, of Northrop Grumman Corp., at the managers' level, and Darlene J. Shevham, of Boeing Integrated Defense Systems, at the specialists' level.

The following, listed by level and employer affiliation, were certified in 2003. Those achieving designation as a CDM Apprentice also are listed.

Certified Configuration and Data Manager

James V. Beamon                                     Consultant
Chuck Bowen                                        Matrix, LLC
Kenneth Branch                         Stewart & Stevenson TVS
Pamela Clemens                               United Defense LP
Wayne S. Coffey                  Lockheed Martin Space Systems
Steve Collier                                      BAE Systems
Doug L. Dalager               Lockheed Martin Tactical Systems
Richard R. Davis                              U.S. Coast Guard
Shelley A. Diedrich                           U.S. Coast Guard
Patricia A. Doyle                Configuration Management Inc.
Debra K. Duncan                           Alliant Tech Systems
Scott S. Ellis                      ARINC Engineering Services
Carl A. Estey                 Lockheed Martin Tactical Systems
Kathryn Fuszner                        U.S. Air Force AAC/WMRA
Katherine J. Gavin             Dynamic Telecommunications Inc.
Sheena Gilbert                                     BAE Systems
Krishna Gupta                                United Defense LP
Greg W. Hocking              Boeing Integrated Defense Systems
Andrew E. Jost                           Lockheed Martin Corp.
Hayden L. Leon                          Northrop Grumman Corp.
Michael Lobster                        Stewart & Stevenson TVS
Julie K. McCloskey               Lockheed Martin Space Systems
Samuel H. McDaniel                                  Boeing Co.
Donett Murphy                              Qurent Systems Inc.
Vandana Nandwani                                     SETA Inc.
Laurie L. Nasta                                      SAIC Inc.
Michael J. Osborne                            LME Incorporated
Richard John Otto                                   Boeing Co.
Gary R. Quinn                    Lockheed Martin Space Systems
Sandra L. Randall                                   Consultant
Norman A. 

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