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MONTGOMERY INDUSTRY PARTNERS Notes 19 AUGUST 2016 NEWSLETTER

  • 19 Aug 2016 2:52 PM
    Message # 4201130
    David Hart (Administrator)

    MONTGOMERY INDUSTRY PARTNERS Notes 19 AUGUST 2016 NEWSLETTER

    BUILDING 500, SUITE 507 INTERSTATE PARK DRIVE

    MONTGOMERY, AL

    Montgomery Industry Partners (MIP) is a stand-alone informal association of both Montgomery area industry partners as well as the Maxwell AFB and Gunter Annex community.  We are not affiliated with any other organizations.

    NEXT MIP meeting: 26 August 2016 0615, Building 500 Interstate Park, Room 507

    Lee Terrell (TSCTI), Arnie Regan, John O’Connor (Windmill)

    There will NOT be a MIP meeting on 2 September due to Labor Day Weekend
    (and NCAA Football Returns!!)

    The MIP notes are intended for local Montgomery area Industry and Government Partners.  Recipients may choose to forward.  Any email lists associated with MIP should not be forwarded or shared outside of MIP

    FROM the Editor:

    If you have an item that should be included in the notes, please email that to MIPDistro@gmail.com NLT than 5 PM the day before a MIP meeting.  This will insure accuracy when being posted to the notes.  

    CHANGING EMAIL ADDRESS?  Send an email to MIPDistro@gmail.com with the old and new addresses.  It will be updated within a few days.

    RESUMES:  If you want to pass along a resume for distribution, you can also send that directly to MIPDistro@gmail.com. As we mentioned a few months ago, if the resume is for someone you are trying to help, suggest you do a little “peer review/QC” before forwarding on.  Some of the resumes of late that have been received could have used some help.  (Actually, some could have used a LOT of help!)

    Thank you!

    Format Notes:

    • ·       The date at the end of the content indicates when the item was last updated.
    • ·       Thank you The MIP received a presentation on the threat of Ransomware from members of the FBI and Secret Service Cyber Crimes task force this morning.  The presentation is not available for distribution, but it highlighted the threat and ways to deal with it.  A copy of a publicly available handout is attached.
    • ·       From the AFA Daily Digest
    • ·       More Contractors than Troops in Afghanistan.  Defense Department contractors make up 77 percent of the total US presence in Afghanistan, while contractors in Iraq have rapidly increased as the battle against ISIS continues, according to a new congressional report.  The Defense Department, as of March 2016, has 28,600 total contractors in Afghanistan compared to 8,730 troops.  The number is a dramatic drop off from a high of 117,227 contractors in Afghanistan in the second quarter of Fiscal 2012, the report states.  The total number of contractors has always outnumbered the number of US armed forces in Afghanistan, according to Congressional Research Service statistics.  In Iraq, there are about 2,485 contractors compared to 4,087 troops as of July 2016.  However the number of contractors has dramatically increased from about 250 in early Fiscal 2015.  The new numbers were a part of an Aug. 15 Congressional Research Service report released by the Federation of American Scientists and first reported by Politico.  The hefty presence has come at a cost, with the Defense Department spending about $220 billion on contractors between Fiscal 2007 and 2015. (18 August 2016)

    ·       Air Force Science, Mathematics and Research for Transformation Scholarship for Service Program (SMART).  Part of the National Defense Education Program, SMART was established by the Department of Defense to provide an opportunity for undergraduate and graduate students pursuing degrees in science, technology, engineering and mathematics disciplines critical to national security functions to receive a full scholarship and post-graduate employment.  The program aims to increase the number of civilian scientists, engineers and mathematicians working throughout the DOD on some of the world's interesting research projects and problems. In addition to working alongside some of the innovative minds in the world, SMART scholars also have access to many one-of-a-kind, world-class facilities.  Participants in SMART receive many benefits, chief among them being full tuition and education-related fees and an annual stipend of $25,000 to $38,000, depending on prior educational experience.  Scholarship awardees are assigned to a DOD facility where they are expected to serve as a summer intern and complete a period of post-graduation employment service as a DOD civilian.  The employment obligation to the DOD civilian science and technology workforce upon graduation is a one-to-one commitment. Scholarship participants commit to one year of civilian employment with DOD for each academic year of scholarship award.  All awardees should be at least 18 years old as of Aug. 1, 2017, and a student in good standing with a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale at the time of award.  Active duty military members who wish to apply for the SMART scholarship must be honorably separated or begin terminal leave on or before Aug. 1, 2017, to be eligible. Reserve and National Guard members are eligible to apply as are current government employees. The scholarship application deadline is Dec. 1, 2016.  Additional information and complete eligibility requirements are available at https://smart.asee.org/?source=GovD(19 August 2016)

    • ·       Dalraida gate is now open both directions 0600-1800.
    • ·       Chamber of Commerce. Details and registration for these events can usually be found at www.montgomerychamber.com. Select “View Calendar” from the left side of the home page below the “Calendar of Events” listing for a full summary of upcoming events.
    • ·       AFITC is BACK!!  Registration for the Air Force Information Technology & Cyberpower Conference is now open.  Please register now if you plan to attend.  Invited speakers include Gen John Hyten (AFSPC/CC), Lt Gen Bender (SAF/A6 CIO), and Lt Gen Kwast (AU/CC).  There is no cost to Government active duty military members and Civil Service personnel.  The cost to non-Government personnel is $125.  Go to the new AFITC website at http://www.afitc-event.com for registration, the agenda, exhibit information, training opportunities, and accommodations.  Downtown hotel accommodations will sell out fast, so act now to reserve your room if you want to have lodging downtown.  The Renaissance is over $300 a night and requires a 4-night stay Embassy Suites is already sold out.  The Double Tree still had vacancies the last time we checked.  (2 June 16)
    • ·       Sponsorship Opportunities at AFITC   There will be a number of opportunities for sponsorships for the breaks during the conference, as well as for an evening social event.  Available dates are August 29, 30, and 31.  Contact Rick Plaskett at the Chamber, email rplaskett@montgomerychamber.com or by phone 334-240-9437.  (3 June 2016)
    • ·       PLEASE Register as soon as possible.  This will help the planners get a good estimate on the attendance and the logistics that will be needed to support the conference.  (17 June 2016)
    • ·       YACC Golf Cancelled.  Due to a late start and slow registrations, this year’s YAAC Golf Tournament has been cancelled, but WILL be part of the events in conjunction with AFITC 2017. (19 August 2016)
    • ·       AFITC Banquet is 30 August. Kenny Edmundson is heading up the Dinner Banquet planning committee and Lloyd Bateman is the Point of Contact for obtaining giveaways.  We still need giveaways.  Please contact Lloyd Bateman lgbateman@gmail.com with your donation. (15 July 2016)
    • ·       Key note speaker gifts.   We are looking for $450 to pay for the Keynote Speaker gifts. We are looking for a company to sponsor the gifts.  Please contact Rick Plaskett. (15 July 2016)
    • ·       PMI Dinner meeting will be 8 September 2016 beginning at 1730 at the RSA Plaza, 1730 Washington Street, on the 6th Floor.   Register at www.pmisouthalabama.org.  You do not have to be a PMI member to attend.  Gary Smith will present on Marketing Strategies for Small Volunteer Organizations.  (19 August 2016)
    • ·       MOAA
    • ·       The September luncheon will be held on Wednesday September 14th.  (Note: this is a change from the normal monthly luncheon date.)  The guest speaker will be CAPT Joe Sipos, Royal Canadian Navy (Ret) who will talk about the Commonwealth Graves Commission and the gravesites at Oakwood Cemetery for RAF Free French and other allies who dies in training here at Maxwell Gunter during World War II.  Luncheon choices will be Turkey croissant ($12.25); Pork loin ($17.50), or Vegetarian Salad ($13.75).  reservations needed by 9 September 2016.(12 August 2016)
    • ·       The 13 October monthly luncheon will feature Lt Gen Dana Atkins (USAF, Ret) MOAA President as our guest speaker.  Details to follow. (5 August 2016)
    • ·       Military Open House at Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts. Don't forget to mark your calendars on August 25 to attend the free Military Open House at the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts, located at the Wynton M. Blount Cultural Park, One Museum Drive.  The Open House is from 5:30-7:30 p.m. and will include art-making activities, music and dinner provided by Wintzell's Oyster House.  All active, Reserve, Guard and retired military and their immediate families are invited to attend.  For more information, call the museum at 240-4333 or visit www.mmfa.org.  (5 August 2016)
    • ·       20th Anniversary Zoobilation!  The 20th Anniversary Zoobilation will be held on 15 September 2016 at the Montgomery Zoo, 1800-2100.  Dance to the groove, delight in drinks and food samplings from the finest eateries in the River Region, try your luck at the vast collection of auction items and rub elbows with the area's finest animal lovers.  Zoobilation is a fundraiser geared for adults only.  All guests must be 21 years old or older to attend.  Tickets are $50 per person (all guests must be at least 21 years old to attend).  Individual and table tickets may be purchased online at www.montgomeryzoo.com or at the Zoo's gift shop and museum.  (5 August 2016)
    • ·       AF Ball.  Maxwell will celebrate the 69th Birthday of the Air Force with the annual Air Force Ball at the Maxwell Club on 16 September 2016.  Details forthcoming.  (3 June 2016)
    • ·       AFA Air, Space & Cyber Conference.  Registration is now open for the Air Force Association's 2016 Air, Space & Cyber Conference.  Themed Airmen, Industry & Allies - A Global Security Team, it is an ideal opportunity for professional development for military, government, industry, and academic professionals interested in aerospace and cyber developments.  The conference is 19-21 September 2016 at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center, National Harbor, MD.  The keynote speaker will be Deputy Secretary of Defense Robert O. Work.  The conference has been approved in accordance with IAW Air Force Conference Policy.  Registration is free for all US uniformed military and DoD civilian personnel.  For additional information on this conference or to register, please go to https://airspacecyber2016.expotracker.net/index.aspx  (24 June 2016)
    • ·       AUM Government Career Fair.  AUM’s Career Development Center cordially invites you to participate in the AUM Government Career Fair on Tuesday, October 11, 2016, in Conference Rooms 221-222 of the Taylor Center from 1300-1400.  Please visit https://www.myinterfase.com/aum/employer; click on Career Events to register your organization for the upcoming Government Career Fair.  The registration fee this year is only $100.00. Please call us at (334) 244-3342 or 344-2244 if you have any questions. (12 August 2016)
    • ·       Visitors:
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    • ·       Personnel.
    • ·       Deb Watkins father, John Watkins, passed away last week.  We know there are those that were friends with John, those he mentored, those he kept out of trouble, those he played softball with and those he golfed with.  His obituary is at http://www.nelson-hillestad.com/obituaries/John-Watkins-10/ His funeral was held back home in Minnesota, but there will be a memorial in Montgomery when Deb returns, and we will post that information when it is available.
    • ·       Position(s) Available:
    • ·       Quarksoft-USA has an immediate requirement for a Test Engineer. This is a fulltime position at Gunter.  Basic requisition is attached to the notes.


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