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Women in Defense – Michigan Chapter to Honor Marion Whicker for Excellence in Leadership

ROCHESTER, MI – Marion G. Whicker has been selected to receive the 2017 Women in Defense-Michigan (WID-MI) Excellence in Leadership Award. This prestigious award recognizes women who have made significant contributions to U.S. defense and national security throughout their careers. Whicker will be honored at the WID-MI Ninth Annual Black Tie Gala to be held on October 27 at the Royal Park Hotel in Rochester.

In her over 30-year career with the U.S. Army Tank-automotive and Armaments Command (TACOM), Whicker served in a variety of roles including Item Manager, Weapon System Manager, Branch Requirements Officer, and in Fleet Planning Positions for both the M113 and Combat Engineer and Material Handling Systems (CE/MHE) programs. She has also held leadership positions including Group Leader for Petroleum and Water Systems and Logistics Group Leader in the Development of Product Support Integration Directorate (DE PSID). Currently, Whicker is the TACOM Life Cycle Management Command Acting Executive Director, Integrated Logistics Support Center (ILSC).

The Black Tie Gala will also honor industry leaders and young women entering science, technology, engineering, and math educational programs through the Horizon Industry Awards, Junior Horizon Awards, and Horizon Scholarships.

  • The Horizon Industry Awards recognize defense and national security professionals who distinguish themselves in their field and help their organizations achieve critical business objectives and goals.
  • The Junior Horizon Awards encourage high school women to pursue Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) careers related to the national security and defense interests of the United States.
  • The Horizon Scholarships also encourage women to pursue careers related to national security and defense as well as provide development opportunities to women already working in these fields. To date, $100,000 scholarships have been awarded.

WID-MI is accepting applications until the beginning of September for each of these awards. For more information or to nominate an outstanding Michigan woman, visit www.wid-mi.org.

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