By Terri M. Bernhardt

On Aug. 14, Monica Shephard, Deputy Vice Director, Joint Staff J7, visited Team Orlando. The primary purpose of her visit was to address the Acquisition Academy. In conjunction with her visit, Shephard was briefed by the Army’s Simulation Training Technology Center (STTC), as well as the Naval Air Warfare Center Training Systems Division (NAWCTSD) PDX on the GIFT program of Intelligent Tutors. She also paid office calls on John Meyers, SES, newly appointed Technical Director at NAWCTSD and new AFAMS Commander Col. Franz Plescha.

Monica Shephard

Ms. Monica Shephard, Deputy Vice Director, Joint Staff J7

According to AFAMS, Shephard visited their new commander for a brief but spirited discussion focused on how to better assimilate the various service Live, Virtual, Constructive (LVC) strategies into a cohesive, fully interoperable effort. Col. Plescha and the staff at AFAMS are eager to work on this evolving effort with the Joint Staff/J7 to develop enduring solutions for their service’s LVC requirements.

Along with her duties at Joint Staff J7, Shephard is a member of the Senior Executive Service. She is the senior civilian executive in the Suffolk, Va. complex and helps oversee an organization that provides numerous critical services to the individual U.S. armed services, coalition and interagency partners. One of her key responsibilities is the oversight to ensure the DDJ7 serves as a one-stop-shop for developing the joint force, while working closely with Allied Command Transformation and multi-national partners. She is a well-respected mentor and leader of both civilian and military personnel.

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