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Panama City logistician selected for NAVSEA leadership program

By Katherine Mapp | NSWC PCD Public Affairs | July 17, 2019


Heidi Pemberton, logistics management specialist at Naval Surface Warfare Center Panama City Division (NSWC PCD), was recently selected to participate in Naval Sea Systems Command’s (NAVSEA) upcoming cadre of Commander’s Executive Fellows Program (CEFP).

CEFP is a full-time program in which participants leave their current job and are dedicated to the program for a two-year duration. The CEFP offers NAVSEA's top enterprise performers (GS-12 to GS-15) a professional development and leadership program to expand their career path, potentially to the Senior Executive Service level.

Participation in the program is an unparalleled opportunity to tackle high visibility issues, gain demonstrable experience through complex assignments, build multiple professional networks, and to increase their overall strategic awareness of NAVSEA and Department of Defense (DoD) operations. Upon completion, CEFP fellows are well positioned for their next challenging duties within NAVSEA and the DoD. 

“I was intrigued by the CEFP program as a new career opportunity because it focuses on a tailored individual development plan that combines rotations, training, and a capstone project to build leadership and technical competencies,” said Pemberton. “I was surprised and honored to learn of my selection as there were many talented candidates across NAVSEA.”

Ed Stewart, NSWC PCD technical director, enthusiastically endorsed Pemberton and said he looks forward to placing her as a fellow in the CEFP.

“Heidi’s dedication to succeed, desire to improve, and commitment to the “One Team” Warfare Center approach make her an ideal candidate to represent NSWC PCD and the greater NAVSEA community in the CEFP,” said Stewart.

Pemberton is anticipating her new duties.

“I look forward to engaging in challenging and varied integrated logistics support work at NAVSEA headquarters with possible rotations at offices such as the Chief of Naval Operations and Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Navy,” said Pemberton.

Pemberton begins her CEFP journey in September 2019.