DISCS : Personnel

Faculty

The DISCS faculty consists of civilian personnel and officers from the three military departments. All faculty members, regardless of specific assignment, are required to contribute to the overall educational aims of the entire Institute. In addition to classroom instruction, they may be charged with performing supporting roles, writing for publications or conducting research in response to the changes occurring in the field of security cooperation management.

Ronald H. Reynolds, D.P.A.
Commandant
Assistant Professor of Security Cooperation Management
D.P.A., Public Administration, University of Alabama, 2001
M.P.A., Public Administration, University of North Carolina at Charlotte, 1995
M.A., Business Management, Webster University, 1984
Bachelor of General Studies, University of Nebraska, 1979
Mark T. Ahles, Ph.D.
Deputy Commandant
Dean of Academic Affairs
Professor of Security Cooperation Management
M.S., Strategic Studies, U.S. Army War College, 2009
Ph.D., Computer and Information Science in the field of Political Science, The Union Institute and University, 2002
M.S., Computer Science, The Ohio State University, 1991
B.A., Computer and Information Science, The Ohio State University, 1986
A.A., History, The Ohio State University, 1985
Jason Arnold
Instructor of Security Cooperation Management
M.E., Adult and Secondary Education, University of Louisville, 1996
B.A., Psychology, University of Louisville, 1989
Mark Carter
Instructor of Security Cooperation Management
European Seminar Director
Advanced Security Studies, George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies, 2006
M.S., Military Operational Arts and Sciences, Air War College, 2003
M.S., Strategic Studies, Air Command and Staff College, 1999
M.S., Education Leadership, Troy State University, 1994
B.A., Biology, Virginia Military Institute, 1984
John E. Chere, Jr.
Instructor of Security Cooperation Management
U.S. Army War College, 2004
M.A. Columbia University, 1991
B.A. University of California, 1982
Barton D. Chess
Associate Professor of Security Cooperation Management
A.A., History, Sinclair Community College, 2016
A.A., Political Science, Sinclair Community College, 2015
M.S.A., Administration, Central Michigan University, 1996
U.S. Army Command General Staff College, 1995
B.S., Management Science, Wright State University, 1985
International Affairs Level III
Andrew Crawford
Instructor of Security Cooperation Management
M.A., International Relations: Conflict Resolution, American University, 2014
B.A., Modern Foreign Language, Wright State University, 2011
Joshua I. Cummins
Instructor of Security Cooperation Management
M.A., International and Comparative Politics, Wright State University, 2012
B.A., History and International Studies, Wright State University, 2010
Thomas M. Dop
Director of Operational Support
Associate Professor of Security Cooperation Management
M.S.A., Information Resource Management, Central Michigan University, 2000
B.S., Physical Science, U.S. Naval Academy, 1985
Daniel R. Eagle
Director of Strategy Instruction
Instructor of Security Cooperation Management
Associate Professor, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2016-2017
M.S., Rehabilitation Psychology, University of Wisconsin (Madison), 2013
Japanese National Institute for Defense, 1995
Air Command and Staff College, 1992
M.B.A., University of Portland, 1978
B.S., Electrical Engineering, University of Portland, 1977
Dwayne L. Eldridge
Director of Academic Planning and Technology
Assistant Professor of Security Cooperation Management
Associate Professor, The Ohio State University, 2004-2007
U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, 1998
M.S., Information Systems, Naval Postgraduate School, 1993
B.S., Quantitative Business Analysis, Indiana University, 1983
Ronald Farkas
Instructor of Security Cooperation Management
M.A., Diplomacy, Norwich University, 2011
B.S., Military Strategic Studies, United States Air Force Academy, 2008
Jeffrey S. Grafton
Associate Professor of Security Cooperation Management
DSCA International Affairs Certification, Level III, 2006
DoD Acquisition Certification - Program Management, Level III, 2001
DoD Acquisition Certification - Acquisition Logistics, Level III, 2000
Air Command and Staff College, Air University, 1995
M.S., Logistics Management, Air Force Institute of Technology, 1994
B.A., Business Administration, Cedarville College, 1983
Rosalind Greene
Instructor of Security Cooperation Management
M.B.A., Master of Business Administration, University of Phoenix, 2011
B.S., Business Management, Park University, 2003
Hilman Guillory, LT, SC, USN
Instructor of Security Cooperation Management
M.B.A., Business Administration, Bowie State University, 2015
B.S., Business Administration, Southwestern College, 2008
Robert Harris
Instructor of Security Cooperation Management
M.S.S., US Army War College
M.B.A., Keller Graduate School of Management B.S., Texas A&M University
Joanne B. Hawkins, Ph.D.
Professor of Security Cooperation Management
Ph.D., Education, Capella University, MN, 2011
Post-Masters Certificate in College Teaching, Capella University, MN, 2009
M.S., Personnel Administration, Central Michigan University, 1993
M.Ed., Secondary Education, Campbell University of North Carolina, 1984
B.A., Communication, University of Miami, FL, 1981
James P. Hensley, Jr.
Assistant Professor of Security Cooperation Management
B.S., Management/Computer Information Systems, Park University, 2002
A.S., Computer Science, Community College of the Air Force, 1996
Byron Hinrichsen
Instructor of Security Cooperation Management
DoD Acquisition Program Management Level II Certification, 2016
Certificate, Logistics & Technology (LOGTECH), University of North Carolina, Kenan-Flagler Business School, 2014
Air Command Staff College (cor), 2011
Certificate, Executive Supply Chain Management & Leadership, Wright State University, 2009
M.S., International Business, Troy University, 2004
B.S., Industrial Technology, Southern Illinois University, 2000
Howard G. Jones III
Instructor of Security Cooperation Management
Ph.D., Business History, Johns Hopkins University, 2000
B.S., Economics and History, USAF Academy, 1985
Christopher M. Krolikowski
Associate Professor of Security Cooperation Management
M.B.A., International Business, Wright State University, 2005
B.S., Biomedical Engineering, Tulane University, 1999
Bill Krueper, LCDR, USN
Assistant Professor of Security Cooperation Management
M.A., Adult Education and Training,University of Phoenix, 2013
B.S., Natural Resources and Environmental Management, Ball State University, 1999
Thomas Kunk
Instructor of Security Cooperation Management
INDO-ASIA-Pacific Regional Seminar Director
M.S., National Resource Strategy, Industrial College of the Armed Forces (ICAF) War College, National Defense University, 2011
M.S., Human Resources Management (with Honors), Webster University, 2005
U.S. Army Command General Staff College, 2000
B.S., Business and Management, University of Maryland, 1992
David Martin
Instructor of Security Cooperation Management
Ed.D., Adult Education, The George Washington University, 2017
M.B.A., Business and Human Resources, Strayer University, 2014
U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, 2007
M.A., History of Land Warfare, American Military University, 2002
Certificate, Russian Studies, Defense Language Institute, 1999
B.A., History/International Studies, Virginia Military Institute, 1986
Mario D. Matos
Director, Western Hemisphere Seminar
Assistant Professor of Security Cooperation Management
International Affairs Certification Program, Level III, 2015
Joint Forces Staff College, JPME II, 2010
U.S. Air Force, Air War College, 2008
M.S., Aviation Management, Embry-Riddle University, 2004
U.S. Army, Command & General Staff College, 2003
A.S., Environmental Sciences, Community College of the Air Force, 1988
B.S., Computer Science, Park College, 1987
Ernest B. McCallister, Ph.D.
Director of Curriculum Development
Professor of Security Cooperation Management
Ph.D., Public Policy and Administration, Walden University, 2007
M.B.A., Business Administration, University of Toledo, 1983
B.S., Marketing and Finance, The Ohio State University, 1982
Gregory McCarthy
Instructor of Security Cooperation Management
MSS, U.S. Army War College, 2012
Ph.D., Catholic University, 2009
MSSI, National Intelligence University, 2000
B.A., Wheaton College, 1991
Susan L. McClure
Associate Professor of Security Cooperation Management
Air Command and Staff College (res), 1996
M.P.A., Public Administration, University of Dayton, 1981
B.S., Education, University of Dayton, 1977
Donald J. McCormick
Director of Instruction
Assistant Professor of Security Cooperation Management
M.S., Management, Troy State University, 1981
B.S., Industrial Management, University of Puerto Rico, 1974
Christian R. Miller, MAJ, USA
Deputy Director of Curriculum Development
Instructor of Security Cooperation Management
M.A., National Security Affairs, Naval Postgraduate School, 2013
U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, Fort Gordon, GA, 2010
B.A. International Politics, Penn State University, 2000
Kelly Miller
Instructor of Security Cooperation Management
B.S., Management, Park University, 2015
A.A.S., Instructor of Technology and Military Science, Community College of the Air Force, 2002
A.A.S., Contracts Management, Community College of the Air Force, 2000
Hallah Nilsen
Instructor of Security Cooperation Management
M.A., International Relations, Webster University, 2009
M.A., Communications, Hawaii Pacific University, Honolulu, HI, 2008
B.A., Historical & Political Studies, Chaminade University, Honolulu, HI, 1998
John B. O'Connor
Associate Professor of Security Cooperation Management
DoD Defense Acquisition Corps Member, 2011
DSCA International Affairs Level III Career Certification, 2010
DoD Acquisition Program Management Level III Certification, 2006
DoD Acquisition Test and Evaluation Level I Certification, 2000
M.S., Computer Information Systems, Naval Postgraduate School, 1991
Naval Aviator, Naval Air Training Command, 1981
B.S., Engineering Management, United States Naval Academy, 1980
Andrew Overfield
Africa Seminar Director
Instructor of Security Cooperation Management
Joint Forces Staff College, 2004
U.S. Army Command and Staff College, 2003
M.A., African Studies, Ohio University, 2000
B.A., Geography, University of Vermont, 1989
Kareem Owens
Instructor of Security Cooperation Management
M.S., Military Operational Art and Science, Air Command and Staff College, 2013
B.S., Occupational Education, Wayland Baptist University, 1996
Tamara Phillips
Instructor of Security Cooperation Management
M.A., Leadership and Management, Liberty University, 2014
B.S., Organizational Leadership, Wilberforce University, 2000
A.A.S., Information Management, Community College of the Air Force, 1998
Joseph Piontek, CAPT, USN
Deputy Director of Instruction
Senior Military Instructor
Instructor of Security Cooperation Management
M.A. National Security and Strategic Studies w/Distinction, U.S. Naval War College, 2013
JPME Phase II, U.S. Naval War College, 2013
M.B.A., University of Phoenix, 2006
M.M.A.S., Strategy, U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, 1999
JPME Phase I, U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, 1999
B.S., History w/Distinction, United States Naval Academy, 1987
Aaron M. Prince
Associate Professor of Security Cooperation Management
M.S., Administration, Central Michigan University, 2010
B.A., Marketing, Miami University, 1990
Ira C. Queen
Assistant Professor of Security Cooperation Management
Joint Forces Staff College, Norfolk, VA, 2001
U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, Fort Leavenworth, KS, 1998
M.A., International Studies, University of Washington, 1997
Romanian National Defense University, Bucharest, Romainia, 1995
B.S., Chemistry, Columbus University, 1984
Saul Ramos, Maj, USAF
Instructor of Security Cooperation Management
M.S., International Relations, Tufts University, 2012
M.S., Logistics Management, American Military University, 2009
Timothy E. Reardon
Assistant Professor of Security Cooperation Management
B.S., Management, Park College, 1989
A.S., Business Administration, Sinclair Community College, 1985
Christopher D. Reed
instructor of Security Cooperation Management
M.S., Strategic Studies, U.S. Army War College, 2012
U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, 2002
M.A., Liberal Arts/History, Louisiana State University, 1998
B.S., United States Military Academy, 1986
Richard C. Rempes
Online Learning Development Team Lead
Associate Professor of Security Cooperation Management
M.A., Adult Education and Distance Learning, University of Phoenix, 2005
B.A.A., Marketing, Broadcast, and Cinematic Arts, Central Michigan University, 1981
William E. Rimpo
Associate Professor of Security Cooperation Management
M.S., Logistics Management, Air Force Institute of Technology, 1986
B.A., Chemistry, University Northern Colorado, 1979
B.A., Elementary Education, Glassboro State College, 1976
Barbara Salera
Instructor of Security Cooperation Management
Ph.D., Political Science, Washington State University, June 2013
Erich Schubert, CDR, USN
Senior Military Instructor
Deputy Director for Instruction of Security Cooperation Management
JPME Phase I, Air Command and Staff College, 2005
M.S., in Global Leadership, University of San Diego, 2003
B.S., Oceanography, United States Naval Academy, 1997
Douglas N. Simmons
Assistant Professor of Security Cooperation Management
M.S.A Administration, Central Michigan University, 1993
B.S. Business, Wright State University, 1986
Monica Sollmann
Instructor of Security Cooperation Management
M.P.A., Public Administration, University of Dayton, 2000
B.A., Organizational Communications, Wright State University, 1983
Nicole R. Stompor Davis
Assistant Professor of Security Cooperation Management
M.S., Project Management, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, 2011
B.S., Journalism, Ball State University, 2008
James P. Toomey
Associate Professor of Security Cooperation Management
M.A., Political Science with Certificate in African Studies, University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida, 2000
A.A. Asian Studies, University of Maryland, 1994
M.B.A., International Business, Columbus State University, Columbus, Georgia, 1991
B.S., Business Administration/Marketing, Wright State University, 1986
Orlando E. Vilches
Instructor of Security Cooperation Management
M.S., Management, Troy State University, 2002
B.S., Industrial Technology, Southern Illinois University, 1991
Robert J. Weber, Ph.D.
Security Assistance Network (SAN) Team Lead
Associate Professor of Security Cooperation Management
M.S., Cybersecurity, Liberty University, 2016
Ph.D., Computer and Information Science, University of Minnesota, 2004
M.S., Computer Systems, Air Force Institute of Technology, 1999
M.S., Administration, Central Michigan University, 1995
B.A., English/Language Arts, St. John's University, 1984
Patricia A. White
Librarian
Instructor of Security Cooperation Management
M.L.S., Kent State University, 1991
B.A., History, Glenville State College, 1983
B.A., Education, Social Studies, Glenville State College, 1983

Adjunct Faculty

Individuals who have repeatedly distinguished themselves through outstanding contributions to our mission.

Alan Beyerchen, Ph.D.
Adjunct Professor of Security Cooperation Management
B.A., German, University of California
M.A., History, University of California
Ph.D., History, University of California, 1973
Michael Braun
Adjunct Professor of Security Cooperation Management
B.S., Management, Park College, 1992
M.A., Political Science - International Affairs, Catholic University, 1998
William Cavanaugh
Adjunct Assistant Professor of Security Cooperation Management
Juris Doctor, University of Dayton
Brian J. Gerling
Adjunct Instructor of Security Cooperation, USACGSC
M.S., Material Logistics, Naval Post-Graduate School
B.S., Food Science, Kansas State University
Mr. Dan Honken
Adjunct Instructor of Security Cooperation, USACGSC
M.S., Adult Education, Kansas State University
B.S., Business/Finance, Northwest Missouri State University
LTC James R. Johnson
Adjunct Instructor of Security Cooperation, USACGSC
M.A., Security Studies, Georgetown University
B.A., Communications, Furman University
B.A., Political Science, Furman University
LTC David Lopes
Adjunct Instructor of Security Cooperation, USACGSC
M.A., South Asian Studies, University of Hawaii>
M.Sc, Art and Science of Warfare, University of Balochistan, Quetta, Pakistan
B.A., Psychology, Wheaton College
Gau Loye
Adjunct Instructor of Security Cooperation, USACGSC
M.A., Education, University of St. Mary
B.A., Political Science, Lamar University
LTC Keith Madere
Adjunct Instructor of Security Cooperation, USACGSC
M.A., Management, Webster University
B.A., Sociology, Louisiana State University
LTC Darrin Olinger
Adjunct Instructor of Security Cooperation, USACGSC
M.B.A., New York University
B.A., Economics, South Dakota State University
LtCol Brett T. Sherman
Adjunct Instructor of Security Cooperation, USACGSC
B.A., Human Resource Management, University of Arkansas
Gene Swanger, Ph. D.
Adjunct Professor of Security Cooperation Management
B.A., Capital University
B.D., Capital University
S.T.M., Oberlin College
Ph. D., University of Iowa
Robert H. Van Horn
Adjunct Associate Professor of Security Cooperation Management
B.S. Economics, Iowa State University, 1973
M.A. Political Science, University of Arizona, 1978
M.B.A. University of Kansas, 1997
LTC Jon Young
Adjunct Instructor of Security Cooperation, USACGSC
M.A., Latin American Affairs, University of South Florida
B.A., History, University of Texas at Arlington

Professors Emeritus

John Duke Anthony
Professor Emeritus of Security Cooperation Management
Ph.D., International Relations and Middle East Studies, Johns Hopkins University, Washington, D.C.
B.A., History, Virginia Military Institute
M.S., Foreign Service, Edmund A. Walsh Graduate School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University
Frank J. Campanell
Professor Emeritus of Security Cooperation Management
M.A. Logistics and Management, Central Michican University
B.S. Business and Economics, Upsala College

Staff

The day-to-day operation of DISCS programs is handled by a support staff that is responsible for overall administration as well as academic support. These functions include budget, graphics, library, network operations, technical support, registrar’s office, publications, graphics, guest speaker, webmaster and technical support.

Don Bailey
IT Specialist
Elizabeth Beidelschies
Library Technician
Adrienne Bullard
Contractor, TiER1 Performance Solutions
Online Learning Developer
Anthony Campbell
Network Admin
Michael Cottrell
Contractor, TiER1 Performance Solutions
Blackboard Support
Kathy Creager
Contractor, General Dynamics
Associate Editor
Rebecca Dakin
Budget Analyst
Deborah Eisnaugle
Administrative Assistant
Jeff Fourman
Contractor, The Cumberland Group
Analyst
Jessica Fourman
Contractor, The Cumberland Group
Analyst
Robert Holbrook
Contractor, General Dynamics
IT Specialist
Scott Hunter
Contractor, General Dynamics
Budget Analyst
Patricia Jones
Contractor, General Dynamics
Registration Technician
Jeremy Julian
Contractor, General Dynamics
IT Support
John Kitchen
Contractor, General Dynamics
Logistics Technician
Amber Knowlton
Contractor, General Dynamics
IT Support
Rodney Lake
Registrar
Steven Lane
Contractor, General Dynamics
IT Support
Jesse Lewis
Budget Analyst
William Mack
Operations Manager Supervisor
Ramon Marques
IT Specialist
Meagan Marshall
Contractor, The Cumberland Group
Analyst
Ben McCullough
Contractor, Sabel Systems
IT Support
Theresa Mills
Contractor, TiER1 Performance Solutions
Online Learning Developer
Amy Moran
Contractor, The Cumberland Group
Analyst
Dustin Moses
Contractor, Sabel Systems
IT Support
Ben Ohlander
Contractor, Sabel Systems
IT Support
Marla Richardson
Registrar Support
Dewey Richmond, Jr.
Quota Manager
Christopher Roby
Contractor, General Dynamics
IT Support
Chelsea Salyer
Contractor, The Cumberland Group
Analyst
Megan Sanders
Administrative Support Assistant
Daniel Schlaubach
Contractor, TiER1 Performance Solutions
Online Learning Developer
Melissa Shrader
Guest Speaker Program Coordinator
Barbara Stephens
Contractor, General Dynamics
Registration Technician
Constance Stokesbury
Administrative Assistant
Stacie Tawney
Library Technician
Patrick Thompson
Contractor, General Dynamics
IT Specialist
Brian Tuley
Contractor, General Dynamics
Information System Security Manager (ISSM)
Timothy Zink
Network Admin

Research Assistants

Research Assistants assist with research projects of benefit to the security cooperation management enterprise. They have an educational background in an international-related field of study and can either be a senior in undergraduate school or participating in (or have graduated from) a Master's program. In return, they gain considerable understanding and expertise as they participate as facilitators, students, and eventually presenters in several of our courses. Their primary focus is within the regional studies programs, thus gaining a better understanding of the U.S. Government's (primarily DoD) interaction with international partners. They are recruited, hired, and paid by General Dynamics Information Technology Corporation.

Amanda Baker
Kuyer Fazekas
Porter Lyons
Jonathan Maze
Julie Tollefson


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Commandant's Corner

Hello Security Cooperation Workforce! I do my best to update this every 90 days, but things are working so hot and heavy that I could cover ground easily doing it monthly – things are moving very quickly and these few words are only a quick snapshot!

First and foremost, we welcomed LTG Charles G. Hooper as the new DSCA Director – the 17th Director of DSCA.

In my last update, I talked about the start-up of the DISCS campus being established in the National Capital Region (NCR). Let me take this “edition” to update everyone on the milestone. I’m pleased to say that the campus was activated on 2 October 2017. We have 5 personnel currently on board, with their faculty qualification ongoing. While their primary duties will involve instruction and administration at the DISCS-NCR campus, upon certification DISCS-NCR instructors, will support broader course development as well as instruction for DISCS courses at all locations. Likewise, DISCS faculty at WPAFB will continue to support DISCS-NCR courses in both interim and long term operations. This is to help ensure that professional expertise and interaction among our faculty, DSCA headquarters personnel and representatives of organizations and agencies in the NCR remains robust.

DISCS-NCR personnel will work out of offices in DSCA headquarters until the new DISCS –NCR campus is constructed. Classes will continue to be held in the interim at rented facilities, but we anticipate classes commencing in January 2019 in the new DISCS-NCR campus on the third floor of the Crystal City Gateway Two building (CG-2) following construction slated to begin next summer (2018). This is exciting!

Work does continue on the Security Cooperation Workforce Development Program (SCWDP) effort. There is a Working Group Meeting coming up on 23-24 October in Arlington, VA with much focusing on the “Final Guidance” for the Program which is due to Congress around Christmas. That will provide much of the direction on where the Program will be headed as we move ahead. Coordination will be in the works in the next few weeks. There’s no way that I can cover a lot of the details here and won’t try. However, know that your organization very likely (if you’re reading this, should) have someone participating in the Working Group who can give you the very latest information. If you can’t find someone, please let me know and I’ll help you find them.

Finally, DISCS announced its program of course offerings for FY18 with everything now posted on our website. Thank you for bearing with us – we anticipate getting next year’s plan (for FY19) out earlier to enhance your planning calendars as well.

I’ll stop there and re-establish a goal of updating the Commandant’s Corner as often as possible to keep you informed in a more timely way in this fast-paced environment.

Sincerely,

Dr. Ron Reynolds

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Commandant's Corner

Hello Security Cooperation Workforce! I do my best to update this every 90 days, but things are working so hot and heavy that I could cover ground easily doing it monthly – things are moving very quickly and these few words are only a quick snapshot!

First and foremost, we welcomed LTG Charles G. Hooper as the new DSCA Director – the 17th Director of DSCA.

In my last update, I talked about the start-up of the DISCS campus being established in the National Capital Region (NCR). Let me take this “edition” to update everyone on the milestone. I’m pleased to say that the campus was activated on 2 October 2017. We have 5 personnel currently on board, with their faculty qualification ongoing. While their primary duties will involve instruction and administration at the DISCS-NCR campus, upon certification DISCS-NCR instructors, will support broader course development as well as instruction for DISCS courses at all locations. Likewise, DISCS faculty at WPAFB will continue to support DISCS-NCR courses in both interim and long term operations. This is to help ensure that professional expertise and interaction among our faculty, DSCA headquarters personnel and representatives of organizations and agencies in the NCR remains robust.

DISCS-NCR personnel will work out of offices in DSCA headquarters until the new DISCS –NCR campus is constructed. Classes will continue to be held in the interim at rented facilities, but we anticipate classes commencing in January 2019 in the new DISCS-NCR campus on the third floor of the Crystal City Gateway Two building (CG-2) following construction slated to begin next summer (2018). This is exciting!

Work does continue on the Security Cooperation Workforce Development Program (SCWDP) effort. There is a Working Group Meeting coming up on 23-24 October in Arlington, VA with much focusing on the “Final Guidance” for the Program which is due to Congress around Christmas. That will provide much of the direction on where the Program will be headed as we move ahead. Coordination will be in the works in the next few weeks. There’s no way that I can cover a lot of the details here and won’t try. However, know that your organization very likely (if you’re reading this, should) have someone participating in the Working Group who can give you the very latest information. If you can’t find someone, please let me know and I’ll help you find them.

Finally, DISCS announced its program of course offerings for FY18 with everything now posted on our website. Thank you for bearing with us – we anticipate getting next year’s plan (for FY19) out earlier to enhance your planning calendars as well.

I’ll stop there and re-establish a goal of updating the Commandant’s Corner as often as possible to keep you informed in a more timely way in this fast-paced environment.

Sincerely,

Dr. Ron Reynolds