Story by Mark Wyatt on 12/20/2018Air Force Life Cycle Management Center-Hanscom officials held a graduation ceremony here Dec. 12 for more than 20 program management interns who recently completed the PALACE Acquire internship program.
With their successful completion, the interns now have permanent, full-time positions managing Hanscom programs.
"The experience molded me into the professional program manager I am today," said Ashlee Michaud, one of the graduates.
She encourages others following her through the PALACE Acquire program to "have confidence in yourself and don't be afraid to ask a million questions."
"Never stop working on yourself, be your own advocate, and latch on to the good mentors when you find them," said Michaud, who is now the program manager for the C-17 Mission Planning Program.
Patrick Marr, Hanscom's Program Management career field manager, spoke about the interns' professional development.
"The interns have experienced both personal and professional growth while dealing effectively and ethically with change, complexity and problem solving," said Marr.
Cristian Georgescu, a program manager in the Digital Directorate, called the experience "a great starting point for my government career."
"The yearly rotations certainly made it so that I didn't have the same experience twice," he said.
Col. Ryan Mantz, deputy program executive officer for Digital, and the guest speaker for the ceremony, encouraged the newly-minted program managers to "push your programs faster to the warfighter."
Currently, AFLCMC-Hanscom has more than 35 program management interns in the acquisition career fields.
The PALACE Acquire Program offers employment in a wide range of occupations following a formal training plan designed for both personal and professional growth.
According to the program's website, the program requires one of the following: an associate's, bachelor's, master's, doctorate and professional or a vocational or technical degree, or certificate within the preceding two years. Those with a master's degree, or with a bachelor's degree and professional experience, may qualify for higher-level opportunities.
To learn more about this program and other employment opportunities, visit https://www.afciviliancareers.com/students.php.
Congratulations to the most recent program management intern graduates:
Oti Achamfour, Acquisition Excellence Operating Location Hanscom
David Bowers, Command, Control, Communications, Intelligence and Networks Directorate
Ellen Chacha, Digital Directorate
Zachary Desrochers, Strategic Services Division
Sam Dionne, Command, Control, Communications, Intelligence and Networks Directorate
Ryan Donnelly, Digital Directorate
Sharon Dubois, Command, Control, Communications, Intelligence and Networks Directorate
Garth Hauger, Strategic Services Division
Allen Jones, Digital Directorate
David Kelly, Command, Control, Communications, Intelligence and Networks Directorate
Lauren Manfredi, Digital Directorate
Taylor Manzi, Strategic Services Division
Neal Monagle, Command, Control, Communications, Intelligence and Networks Directorate
Ben Ng, Digital Directorate
Andrew Pankow, Digital Directorate
Lauren Paradiso, Digital Directorate
Daniela Procopio, Digital Directorate
Kristen Reed, Digital Directorate
Jeffrey Richer, Command, Control, Communications, Intelligence and Networks Directorate
Martin Street, Command, Control, Communications, Intelligence and Networks Directorate
Daniel Thomas, Digital Directorate