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Class of 2019 Experiences Defense & Industry in Southern Maryland

LEONARDTOWN, Md. – November 15, 2018: On November 1, 2018, the Leadership Southern Maryland (LSM) Class of 2019 participated in the third of nine educational sessions for the 2018-19 LSM Executive Program – Defense and Industry. Class members headed aboard Naval Support Activity Indian Head where they received an overview of base operations from the host command.  They were also briefed on Naval Ordinance Safety & Security Activity (NOSSA) and heard from the commanding officer of Naval Surface Warfare Center, Indian Head EOD Technology Division (NSWC IHEODTD), Captain Scott Kraft.  The morning session concluded with remarks by Bonnie Green, executive director of The Patuxent Partnership and Brian Klaas, president of the Military Alliance Council who discussed how the community and the military are working together to build mutually beneficial partnerships.

The afternoon was segmented into tours of various NSWC IHEODTD facilities.  Participants watched an explosive ordinance disposal (EOD) robotics demonstration and learned about explosive detection equipment.  They then toured the cartridge- and propellant-actuated devices (CAD/PAD) manufacturing facility and a detonation science building.  The day ended with a behind-the-scenes look at the 420 gallon mixer and a question and answer session with several scientists and engineers working in the Energetics Laboratory.  As the class traveled around the base, they were treated to a windshield tour by Becky D’Ambrosio LSM’17, director of Public and Congressional Affairs, and John Hungerford LSM’18, director of Infrastructure Strategy, NSWC IHEODTD.

Most of the Class of 2019 had never had the opportunity to see what goes on at NSWC IHEODTD.  The day was both educational and inspiring and participants were left with a new-found understanding of the ways in which the defense and supporting industries in Indian Head critically impact our region.

The class wrapped up the day with a networking event hosted by the LSM Alumni Association at The Charles in La Plata, Maryland. Class participants were able to gather and reflect on the day’s experiences and lessons learned.

Leadership Southern Maryland is a nine-month tuition-based program that educates and inspires a diverse group of current and emerging leaders creating opportunities for collaborations and partnerships impacting the community needs of Calvert, Charles, and St. Mary’s counties ensuring a cross-section of the region including diversity of geographic location, profession, ethnicity and gender.

For more information, please contact Denise Foster, executive director, Leadership Southern Maryland, 301-862-7663, via email or visit


 Leadership Southern Maryland is an independent, educational leadership development organization designed to broaden the knowledge base of mid- to senior-level public and private sector executives about the critical issues, challenges, and opportunities facing the region. Leadership Southern Maryland is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit.