MIP Notes from Coffee 02-08-2019

  • 08 Feb 2019 2:05 PM
    Message # 7154078
    Joni Ahlers (Administrator)

    NEXT Regular MIP meeting: 22 February 2019

    (Doors open NLT 0530; meeting starts at 0615)

    No meeting NEXT WEEK - 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. Contact John at sactrndklr@gmail.com or 334.220.6532 if you can help.

    • ·         From AFA Daily Digest.
    • ·         DoD’s Cyber “Red Teams” Stressed as Security Tests Grow.  Cybersecurity threats are proliferating faster than the Defense Department can discover and address them in operational evaluations, Director of Operational Test and Evaluation Robert Behler said in his Fiscal 2018 report published Jan. 31.  He warned the best “Red Team” members are leaving for higher-paying commercial jobs as their groups are stretched thin by growing testing needs.  “DOT&E is working with the DoD Red Teams to close that gap by helping them acquire additional personnel, more advanced capabilities, and training,” Behler wrote.  “More resources are urgently needed in this area.”  (5 February 2019)
    • ·         CyberSecurity.  Be sure to read this month’s (Jan/Feb 2019) Air Force Magazine. article From Cybernetics to Cyberspace (page 51).
    • ·         RFP.  The “Transportation Family of Systems” RFP was released on VETS II.  (8 February 2019)
    • ·         TunnelVue.  A new company, TunnelVue, has started in Montgomery with a focus on innovative approaches to cybersecurity and encryption.  Derrick Catman is the COO.  Watch for big things to be coming out of TunnelVue.  www.tunnelvue.com(8 February 2019)
    • ·         Robins Gioia.  Robins-Gioia is one of two awardees under the SAF/MG Business capability Life Cycle Management ID/IQ.  (8 February 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)
    • ·         Alabama World Affairs Council.  Tuesday 12 February, AWAC will present Dr William “Drew” Wagstaff discussing China Ascendant China has grown rapidly since the late 1970s when Deng Xiaoping first began implementing radical reforms.  Today, China challenges the United States militarily in the region and diplomatically around the world.  How are we to understand this rise?  This presentation provide the context for understanding what China’s growth means for the international community, how Chinese leaders view their place in the world and what problems they must surmount to achieve those goals.  This will be held at the Gold Room, Troy University, 231 Montgomery Street (adjacent to the Davis Theater).  Members, free, Nonmembers $20 at the door.  To register visit alwac.org/events or contact Dahdee Bullen at awacbullen@gmail.com (334-567-0953).  (8 February 2019)
    • ·         MGMWerx. 
    • ·         MGMWerx will host the Defense Entrepreneurs Forum’s (DEF) Think and Drink event on 19 February 1800-200 at MGMWerx, 41 Commerce Street.  Our guiding theme for the evening will be "leveraging the Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR) program to advance Air Force priorities." Come join us for a chance to learn more about this awesome topic, how you fit into the broader ecosystem, and meet other virtuous insurgents!  To register for this FREE event, go to https://www.eventbrite.com/e/def-montgomery-drink-think-tickets-55847009910.  (8 February 2019)
    • ·         Join MGMWERX, Team Sijan, and the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts for a special screening of the documentary "SIJAN" at 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 26.  The documentary will run about 1.5 hours and will conclude with a 30-minute question and answers session hosted by Capt. Lance P. Sijan's sister and the documentary producer, Janine Sijan-Rozina.  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/mgmwerx-presents-a-special-screening-of-sijan-tickets-56066788273 to get your ticket or reservation.  (8 February 2019)
    • o   GO TO <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EynzRphMkFk> TO WATCH THE TRAILER NOW!
    • o   Special Movie & Dinner seating option!  Café M located inside the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts will offer a special limited-seating dinner following the screening of the Sijan Documentary. The three course meal is $25, payable at the venue at time of service. Drinks and gratuity are extra.
    • ·         Young AFCEAN Resume Workshop.  Based on feedback from those who attended, the event was a big success.  This will be a repeat event, so if you missed last night, stand by!  Thanks to Tom Wojszynski and Tia brown for organizing and moderating the event.  (8 February 2019)
    • ·         AFCEA Coming Events
    • ·         MITS, 20-22 May 2019.
    • o   MITS SPONSORS!!!! Sponsorships are OPEN for reservations.  If you want to have the same sponsorship as last year, you need to make your commitment early.  Go to www.afceamontgomery.org/sponsorships and sign up NOW!
    • ·         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
    • ·         BEST Robotics. The BEST (Boosting Engineering, Science, and Technology) robotics competition is a comprehensive program for middle and high school students that has been furthering STEM education in Alabama for almost 20 years.  Local river region teams have long competed in Auburn University's War Eagle BEST robotics competition, but unfortunately, that hub is now closing.  A group of community leaders from the Chamber of Commerce, TECHMGM (Charisse Stokes), ASU, AUM, AFCEA (Eric Sloan), Air University, and other local organizations is working to bring the competition to Montgomery. To do this we need around $75,000 and are looking to companies, organizations, and individuals who are invested in the River Region to achieve that goal.  We would love to have you join with us.    For more information on the program, visit the national website at www.bestinc.org.  Feel free to contact Lee Sumner directly at aleesumner41@gmail.com or 334-652-8641.  (8 February 2019)
    • ·         Chamber of Commerce.
    • ·         Leadership Change:  The Board of Directors of the Montgomery Area Chamber of Commerce announced President Randall L. George will retire effective April 1 and Chamber Executive Vice President Anna B. Buckalew has been elected President & CEO effective April 2.  (8 February 2019)
    • ·         Upcoming Events:
    • o   21 February 2019: Business After Hours, Dreamland BBQ, 12 West Jefferson St, 1600-1800
    • o   6 March 2019: 60 Minute Coffee, Jason’s Deli, 1520 Eastern Blvd., 0800-0900.
    • o   11 March 2019 Eggs and Issues, Sen Richard Shelby (R-Al) RSA Activity Center, 0730-0830
    • o   21 March 2019, Business After Hours, Dream Field Farm, 6376 US 82, Fitzpatrick AL 1600-1800
    • o   9 April 2019, MACC/AU Golf Challenge, Montgomery Country Club
    • o   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:
    • ·         Ying Huo, CGI, (one of the attendees from the resume workshop).
    • ·         Chris Kindler thryv, christopher.kindler@thryv.com.
    • ·         Zackery Bennett, Tunnel VUE, Zackery.bennett@TunnelVUE.com.
    • ·         Jennifer Johnson, IndraSoft, Jennifer.johnson@indrasoft.com.

    ·         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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