“It was a truly amazing opportunity to be able to participate in a program where only 10 select acquisition officers per year get to work as an industry employee and experience life through their eyes,” said Henderson, who grew up near Pope High School.
“Mark has been a great addition to the Cisco team,” said Jim Lien, senior director at Cisco for Advanced Services Delivery and the TWI program director. “He’s an extraordinary individual who demonstrated constant professionalism, flexibility, adaptability and willingness to learn … he helped solve real-world problems and was consistent in looking for win-win solutions.”
The TWI program is designed to immerse the Army’s high-performing majors and lieutenant colonels in top companies throughout the country to gain management and industry experience that can be brought back to the Army.
Current participating companies include Amazon, Boeing, Cisco, Coca-Cola, CSC, Airbus Group Inc., General Dynamics, Intel, Lockheed Martin and Microsoft. After a rigorous selection process, the candidates are matched with companies based on the background and experience each company is seeking from the Army.
“In Lt. Col. Henderson’s case, he was a perfect match for Cisco with a proven track record of performance improvement and a background that includes information systems management and program management,” said Marti Giella, TWI program manager, Army director of the Acquisition Career Management Office within the U.S. Army Acquisition Support Center.
“As with all of our TWI personnel, (Henderson) showed the members of the Cisco team the quality of the individuals who volunteer for our military,” said Lien. “I am proud of his accomplishments. He made a real difference.”
Henderson was deployed from 2007-09 in Kuwait, Iraq and Afghanistan; and 2010-11 in Afghanistan. He received two Bronze Star medals and was one of 30 personnel who the U.S. Forces — Afghanistan selected to receive a coin from now retired Gen. David H. Petraeus. He has a MBA and master’s of education from Troy University in Troy, Ala., and a bachelor of science in Political Science and Government at Kennesaw State University in Kennesaw.