Senior Enlisted Joint Professional Military Education (SEJPME)

The SEJPME Course is designed to expose enlisted personnel to joint education and prepare them to succeed by improving their ability to operate effectively as part of a future joint force and supervise multiple Service members.

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Citizen Airman magazine features JPME programs offered online by JFSC

Citizen Airman magazine

Norfolk, VA - December 12, 2013 - Citizen Airman is a bi-monthly magazine produced by the Air Force Reserve Command Public Affairs Office at Robins AFB, Ga. The December 2013 issue contains a feature article about the two joint professional military education (JPME) programs offered online by the Joint, Continuing and Distance Education School (JCDES) at Joint Forces Staff College (JFSC) located in Norfolk, VA. JFSC is one of the colleges within the National Defense University (NDU) system. College representatives Lt. Col. Tricia York, USAF, a senior member of the AJPME faculty and Mr. John Lipps, SEJPME program manager, are quoted within the article discussing these two programs - Advanced Joint Professional Military Education (AJPME) and Senior Enlisted JPME (SEJPME).

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USSOCOM Senior Enlisted Advisor Visits National Defense University

Command Sergeant Major (CSM) Chris Faris, U.S. Army Command Sergeant Major (CSM) Chris Faris, U.S. Army
(Photos by Katie Lewis of NDU Audio Visual)

Washington, D.C., October 23, 2013 - United States Special Operations Command's (USSOCOM) Senior Enlisted Advisor, Command Sergeant Major (CSM) Chris Faris, U.S. Army, spoke to the combined colleges of National Defense University in Lincoln Hall at Fort McNair in Washington, DC. The lecture was part of the NDU's Distinguished Leader Program Series. During each academic year, policy makers, practitioners, and innovative strategic thinkers address the NDU student body, the next generation of national and international security leaders, in a non-attribution setting. This DLPS series complements NDU's curriculum by exposing students to perspectives from senior leadership from the Department of Defense, our colleagues in the interagency community and industry, and key foreign partners and allies.

Command Sergeant Major Chris Faris Bio

According to an article in The Flagship, "The [FGDLA] award specifically cites the DL accomplishments of the JCDES, which provides oversight for two DL programs: Advanced Joint Professional Military Education (AJPME) and Senior Enlisted Joint Professional Military Education (SEJPME)."

For more of the story, click [here].

JFSC Recognized in Awards Ceremony by Federal Government Distance Learning Association (FGDLA)

FGDLA annual award ceremony

Accepting on behalf of JFSC, (center, left to right) Mr. Greg Frederick, COL Dale Fair, and Mr. John Lipps.

The FGDLA annual awards ceremony and reception was held Thursday, Aug. 15, at the 2013 Interactive Learning Technologies Conference, Hyatt Regency, Reston, VA. The awards ceremony recognized individuals and organizations throughout the Federal Government in their use of innovative learning technologies.

Among the numerous winners of the Five Star Award was Joint Forces Staff College. "In recognition of an organization for demonstrating excellence in providing enterprise-wide distance learning solutions for the Federal Government." Accepting on behalf of JFSC at the ceremony pictured in the center of photo, were COL Dale Fair, Mr. Greg Frederick, and Mr. John Lipps.

According to the FGDLA website, "The Federal Government Distance Learning Association (FGDLA) is a nonprofit, professional association formed to promote the development and application of distance learning in the Federal Government, in accordance with Section 501(c)(6) of the Internal Revenue Code for Business Leagues and charted by the State of Ohio. Additionally, the Association actively fosters collaboration and understanding among those involved in leveraging technology and instructional media in support of the education and training needs of the Federal Government."

For more information about FGDLA click [here].

19 June 2013 - Enlisted Leader Development Covered during ITX3 Conference at National Defense University

Enlisted Leader Development Panel (L-R) Mr. John Lipps, WO1 Marc Wicks, and Dr. Ralph Doughty

Washington, D.C. June 19, 2013. - The Third International Transformation (ITX3) Conference and Workshop on Leader Development for an Unpredictable and Complex World was held at the National Defense University (NDU) in Washington, D.C. on June 18-20, 2013. The conference was hosted by NATO - Allied Command Transformation (ACT) and supported by the International Transformation (ITX) Chairs Network and the Center for Technology & National Security Policy (CTNSP) at NDU.

Mr. John Lipps, Program Manager SEJPME Course at Joint Forces Staff College, addressed a large audience of international and national military leaders and educators on the subject of "Enlisted Leader Joint Education and Development." He was part of a two person panel and addressed the audience alongside Warrant Officer First Class (WO1) Marc Wicks, UK, Royal Marines, NATO-ACT Command Senior Enlisted Leader. The panel was moderated by the distinguished Dr. Ralph O Doughty, Major General, USAR, Ret. and Chair of Interagency and Multinational Studies at the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas.

The event was broadcast by NDU Livestream and covered on Twitter and Facebook by Institute for National Strategic Studies (INSS).

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Online Enlisted Course Graduates First International Students

NORFOLK, Va., April 8, 2013 - National Defense University's Joint Forces Staff College has graduated its first two international students from the Senior Enlisted Joint Professional Military Education Course. Coalition and multinational senior enlisted members have an opportunity to learn more about the U.S. military through the online course, known as SEJPME. (Read the full story here)"

NATO-ACT Command Senior Enlisted Leader Visits Joint Forces Staff College

Warrant Officer First Class (WO1) Marc Wicks
Warrant Officer First Class (WO1) Marc Wicks, United Kingdom (UK), Royal Marines

Norfolk, VA, November 2012 - Warrant Officer First Class (WO1) or Regimental Sergeant Major (RSM) Marc Wicks, United Kingdom (UK), Royal Marines, is the Command Senior Enlisted Leader (CSEL) and senior enlisted advisor to French Air Force General Stéphane Abrial, Supreme Allied Commander, North American Treaty Organization's Allied Command Transformation (NATO-ACT) headquarters in Norfolk, VA. Wicks visited JFSC to conduct an office call and hold discussions with SJPME Program Manager, Mr. John R. Lipps, Jr. While at JFSC he also participated as a distinguished visitor guest speaker to a Joint and Combined Warfighting School (JCWS) elective seminar - The Command Leadership team: A Focus on Command Senior Enlisted Leaders.

Wicks is the first British Non Commissioned Officer to serve as Senior Enlisted Leader (SEL) at Allied Command Transformation (ACT). He has a distinguished career record spanning 30+ years, with tours in Northern Ireland, Iraq and Afghanistan. A qualified Physical Training Instructor (PTI), he was the PTI for 42 Commando and in 1998 was appointed to be Physical Training Advisor for the United States Marine Corps officer candidate school. Prior to coming to ACT he was the Royal Marine Corps' RSM, the most senior position within the enlisted ranks of the Royal Marines.

He took over the role as command senior enlisted leader from Command Sergeant Major Ludek Kolesa, Army, from the Czech Republic who held the post from 2007 - 2011.

The Power of the Crowd

Crowd Sourcing
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Norfolk, VA, November 2012 - With the assistance of several members of the JFSC staff, Dr. Paulette Robinson, Associate Dean for Teaching, Learning & Technology at National Defense University's iCollege located in Washington, D.C., facilitated a collaborative event at JFSC to gather ideas and information from various sources - students, staff, and faculty - about the future of JFSC and NDU. The open ended question posed was, "What is the future of NDU?" Several hundred anonymous responses were gathered on sticky notes that were placed on white boards prearranged in different categories: classroom, technology, students, faculty, staff and administration, other ideas, etc. The information that was gathered was combined with that of similar events conducted at NDU's Ft McNair campus and will be used to assist NDU leadership and others to plan for the future of our University. Feedback about the event was overwhelmingly positive.

The end of course survey is where our online SEJPME Course students evaluate and provide their feedback about the course, academics, and ideas for program improverment. At various times throughout the year, the SEJPME program will have several thousand students enrolled online - that's a large group to gather feedback from! Thank you all for participating online and keep the great ideas coming in!

Top DOD Senior Enlisted Leaders Visit Joint Forces Staff College

SGM Gipe, MG Ward, SgtMaj Battaglia, and Mr. Lipps at JFSC.
SGM Gipe, MG Ward, SgtMaj Battaglia, and Mr. Lipps at JFSC. Photo credit - David McManaway.

Norfolk, VA, July 2012 - Sergeant Major Bryan B. Battaglia, USMC, Senior Enlisted Advisor to the Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff (SEAC), accompanied by Sergeant Major John D. Gipe, ARNG, Senior Enlisted Advisor to Assistant Secretary of Defense - Reserve Affairs (OSD-RA) visited JFSC to discuss senior level enlisted joint professional military education (EJPME) matters and receive an update on expanded opportunities for senior enlisted leader development at JFSC from College Commandant Major General Joseph S. Ward, USAF and SEJPME Course Program Manage, Mr. John R. Lipps Jr.