MIP Notes from Coffee 02-01-2019

  • 04 Feb 2019 11:53 AM
    Message # 7145839
    Joni Ahlers (Administrator)

    NEXT Regular MIP meeting: 8 February 2019
    (Doors open NLT 0530; meeting starts at 0615)

    No meeting 15 February for Presidents Day Weekend

    The Offices at Midtown
    Building 500 Interstate Park Drive, Room 507

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

    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.

    Format Notes:  The date at the end of the content indicates when the item was last updated.

    The Good News is we have a ”Guest Editor” (thank you Ron Betts) for the MIP Notes for 8-22 March.

    We still need someone to make the donut run and to open up the conference room (get coffee going). Contact John at sactrndklr@gmail.com or 334.220.6532 if you can help.

    • ·         From AFA Daily Digest.
    • ·         Federal IT Market Grew by 10% in FY2018.  The U.S. federal government spent an all-time high of $64.7 billion on information technology contracts in fiscal 2018, a 9.5 percent increase from fiscal 2017 levels, according to Bloomberg Government’s analysis.  (29 January 2019)
    • ·         Tyndall to Hold Industry day for $3 Billion Rebuild.  Tyndall AFB, Fla., on Jan. 31 will convene its contractor community for its first industry day focused on rebuilding the base since the site was decimated by Hurricane Michael in October 2018.  The sold-out event is expected to cover the current state of the installation, discuss future plans, and offer timelines for restoring the base.  Florida Chief Financial Officer Jimmy Patronis, Air Force Assistant Secretary  for Installations, Environment, and Energy John Henderson, 325th Fighter Wing commander Col. Brian Laidlaw, Tyndall Program Management Office Director Col. Scott Matthews, Air Force installation-planning expert Amy Vandeveer, Air Force Civil Engineer Center Director Terry Edwards, and unnamed other service leaders will speak, a service spokeswoman told Air Force Magazine.  (31 January 2019)
    • ·         Data Evolution, Cyber Threats Under Scrutiny.  Faced with mounting cyber threats from China, Russia, Iran, and North Korea, defense and intelligence community officials testifying before two Senate committees this week stressed the importance of developing algorithms to help root out disinformation and to secure the military’s supply chain.  The US intelligence community’s unclassified 2019 Worldwide Threat Assessment report raises cyber and data issues as top concerns, and notes China and Russia’s strategic interests are growing more closely aligned.  (31 January 2019)
    • ·         Gathering of Eagles.  Maj Ashley Ritzert, who is this year’s Gathering of Eagles (GOE) Foundation president, and Maj Valyncia Hill, who is also on GOE Committee, spoke to MIP about this year’s Eagles and associated activities.  In addition to the activities at ACSC for “Eagles Week,” there will be many community events, including an Evening with the Eagles at the Alabama Shakespeare Festival on 29 May.  To support the Foundation and its outreach programs for STEM and related education initiatives, go to www.goefoundation.org(1 February 2019)

    ·         Free Tech Training Adds Hiring Partners.  An online training course targets recent college graduates with skills in programming, bringing them together in teams to create an app and develop professional skills for their specific career. It costs $50 to apply, but the course itself is free for those who are selected through the application process. Students who finish the course are matched with openings at companies across Alabama.  Those companies now include Alfa Insurance, Protective Life, Hospice Link, Enterprise Technologies, Fleetio, IllumiCare and original partner MotionMobs. All of them have signed on to be hiring partners with the CodingSolutions program, which launched last year.  The idea is to keep local tech talent here while helping them grow their careers. It’s free thanks to the backing of retired businessman Rod Frazer, who helped set up the program as local tech openings piled up.  The state had more than 5,000 computing job vacancies last August, according to the governor’s office. There were more than 2,000 openings in the Montgomery area in 2017, the mayor’s office said. For more information see http://montgomeryadvertiser.al.newsmemory.com/?publink=045f7fd19(1 February 2019)

    • ·         CCNA Training.  A Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) certification course will be offered at Troy Montgomery 12 February through 18 April, with classes 1800-2130 on Tuesdays and Thursdays of each week.  Full scholarships are available.  For further information, contact Renita Scott, 334.420.4400, rscott@trenholmstate.edu(11 January 2019)
    • ·         AFCEA Coming Events

    ·         Resume Workshop.  Tija Brown (Young AFCEA President) and Tom Wojszynski (Google) are setting up a Resume Workshop on Thursday 7 February 2019 1700-1900 at the Hilton Garden Inn.  While the target participants are Young AFCEANs, the workshop to anyone who's interested in creating a more effective resume.  Sign up at https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1OuE9WZoq_OcMkreaNqtTcQ45DR7k7DYMzaV98bMHGdI/viewform?edit_requested=true

    • ·         And of course, MITS, 20-22 May 2019.
    • o   MITS SPONSORS!!!! Sponsorships are about to be open for reservations.  If you want to have the same sponsorship as last year, you need to make your commitment early.
    • ·         Young AFCEANs.  There are 3 upcoming walk/run Get Fit events:
    • o   9 March 2019, Enlisted Heritage Hall 5K, downtown Montgomery register NLT 27 February https://afceamontgomery.wildapricot.org/event-3230919.
    • o   6 April 2019, Centerpoint 5K, Willis Bradford YMCA, McQueen Smith Road,  Prattville, register NLT 27 March https://afceamontgomery.wildapricot.org/event-3230926
    • o   27 April 2019, Walk of Life 5K, downtown Montgomery, register NLT 17 April https://afceamontgomery.wildapricot.org/event-3230944
    • ·         AFCEA Luncheon.  Thanks to all who joined as MIP for the AFCEA luncheon on 15 January 2019.  In the future, if you are not going to be at a corporate table, plan on joining us and Sit with MIP.  Same price, you get to sit with the cool kids, and avoid the “Table of Misfit Toys” at the back of the room. J
    • ·         AF “Pitch Day.”  The Inaugural Air Force Pitch day for Small Businesses will be held on 6-7 March in New York City.  The competition has already begun and those firms who have been down-selected will make their final “pitches” at this event.  For more information on this innovative approach go to https://www.afsbirsttr.af.mil/AF-Pitch-Day/Small-Business/(1 February 2019)
    • ·         Chamber of Commerce.
    • ·         7 February 2019: 60 Minute Coffee, Montgomery Rotary, RSA Activity Center, 0800-0900.
    • ·         21 February 2019: Business After Hours, Dreamland BBQ, 12 West Jefferson St, 1600-1800
    • ·         6 March 2019: 60 Minute Coffee, Jason’s Deli, 1520 Eastern Blvd., 0800-0900.
    • ·         11 March 2019 Eggs and Issues, Sen Richard Shelby (R-Al) RSA Activity Center, 0730-0830
    • ·         21 March 2019, Business After Hours, Dream Field Farm, 6376 US 82, Fitzpatrick AL 1600-1800
    • ·         9 April 2019, MACC/AU Golf Challenge, Montgomery Country Club
    • ·         10 April 2019, Alabama Update, Gov. Kay Ivey, RSA Activity Center

    Other Chamber Events. 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.

    • ·         MOAA. 
    • ·         MOAA monthly luncheon [DATE CORRECTION]: The luncheon will be on 21 February 2019 1130-1300, at the Maxwell Club.  Maj Ashley Ritzert, ACSC Student and this year’s president of the Gathering of Eagles Foundation, will speak about this year’s Eagles activities.  Lunch choices are Vegetarian Lasagna, Chef Salad, or Turkey Croissant.  For tickets, menu choices or information, contact John O’Connor (sactrndklr@gmail.com) Reservations need to be made by 15 February 2019(25 January 2019)
    • ·         MOAA Scholarship Golf Tournament.  The annual golf tournament to benefit the scholarship fund will be held on 4 April 2019 at the Arrowhead Country Club.  Thanks to the tournament, $15,000 in scholarships were awarded last year.  Individual golfer or team signups, as well as corporate sponsorships are available.  For more information or to sign up, contact Lynn Oborn at lfoborn@yahoo.com.  (25 January 2019)
    • ·         MOAA Scholarship.  Applications for this year’s scholarship are available for download at www.macmoaa.org/home/scholarship/.  The scholarship is available to high school seniors in Autauga, Elmore, Lowndes, and Montgomery counties served by the Montgomery Chapter.  Applicants do not have to have a military affiliation.  All applications, transcripts and letters of recommendation must be submitted by 26 April 2019.  (25 January 2019)
    • ·         BBQ Lunch Benefit for “That Animal Group” (TAG).  TAG is sponsoring its annual BBQ lunch fundraiser on Friday March 8, from 1100-1400, at Dalraida United Methodist Church, 3817 Atlanta Highway.  BBQ Sandwich, chips, pickle and dessert for just $7.00 (cash or check payable to TAG).  Place orders by contacting Charlene Roberson 334.262.8738.  See the flyer at the end of this week’s notes.  (1 February 2018)
    • ·         AFA Issues LuncheonDate change: Chapter 102 of the Air Force Association will hold its Issue Luncheon at the Maxwell Club, 14 March 2019, 1130-1300.  The speaker will be Brig Gen Christopher Niemi, Commander, Holm Center.  Seating is limited so early reservations are recommended.  See http://www.123signup.com/home?Org=AFA for further information and to sign up.  (4 January 2019)
    • ·         Air University 4th Annual Language Regional Expertise, and Culture Symposium will be held at Maxwell AFB 27-29 March.  For registration and additional information, please go to https://www.airuniversity.af.edu/AFCLC/AU-LREC/ or call 334.953.7450.  (1 February 2019)
    • ·         Visitors:
    • ·         Maj Ashley Ritzert and Maj Valyncia Hill from the Gathering of Eagles Foundation.

    ·         Personnel.

    • ·         Col Kyna R. McCall, Chief, Operations Division, PEO/BES, requests the pleasure of your company at a Retirement Ceremony honoring CMSgt O’Connor, Superintendent, Operations Division. The ceremony will be held on 15 Mar 19, 1000, in the AFSNCOA Auditorium, Gunter Annex, AL.  Reception immediately following the ceremony.  RSVP https://einvitations.afit.edu/inv/anim.cfm?i=433419&k=0662410D7A5E by 1 Mar 19.
    • ·         Position(s) Available
    • ·      N/A.

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