MIP Notes from Coffee 4-12-2019

  • 16 Apr 2019 7:45 AM
    Message # 7284823
    Joni Ahlers (Administrator)

    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 Regular MIP meeting: 26 April 2019

    (Doors open NLT 0530; meeting starts at 0615)

    NO MEETING 19 April 2019 (Good Friday)

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

    Lee Terrell (Steel Point Solutions), Arnie Regan (Macalogic), John O’Connor (Oasis)

    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.

    • ·         MIP adopted a new policy. All job announcements distributed via MIP will require employees to work in the local tri-county area.  (5 April 2019)
    • ·         RIP: Lt Col Dick Cole, Doolittle Raider.  (from AFA Daily Report 10 Apr 2019)  Retired Lt. Col. Dick Cole, who served as co-pilot to Jimmy Doolittle on the first US offensive action against Japan in WWII, and who was the last surviving member of the Doolittle Raid, died in Comfort, Texas, on April 9, at the age of 103. (12 April 2019)
    • ·         AFA Daily Report
    • ·         New Space Command to be based in Colorado, Alabama or California.  The Air Force has identified the six military bases that could house the military's newest combatant command, US Space Command, according to an Air Force memorandum obtained by CNN.  The six finalist locations are Buckley Air Force Base, Cheyenne Mountain Air Force Station, Peterson Air Force Base, and Schriever Air Force Base -- all in Colorado -- as well as the Army's Redstone Arsenal in Alabama and Vandenberg Air Force Base in California.  (9 April 2019)
    • ·         Hyten Nominated as VCJS.  US Strategic Command chief Gen. John Hyten this week was nominated to become the next vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the second Air Force general in a row to hold the position.  His nomination was submitted to the Senate April 8.  Hyten, a leading voice in the Pentagon’s space enterprise overhaul and for nuclear weapons modernization, stepped into the top STRATCOM job in November 2016.  He also brings to the Joint Chiefs a background in space operations and procurement, as the former commander and vice commander of Air Force Space Command, as well as a former space acquisition official at Air Force headquarters.  Last year, Hyten also took over responsibility for building requirements for a new nuclear command, control, and communications portfolio and serves as the Defense Department’s top official overseeing the NC3 enterprise.  Choosing Hyten to be the second-highest ranking defense official emphasizes the Pentagon’s growing focus on strategic conflict with other advanced militaries like Russia and China under the new National Defense Strategy.  (9 April 2019)
    • o   General (then 2nd Lt) Hyten’s first assignment was at Gunter in November 1981 to December 1985 as Configuration Management Officer and Chief, Configuration Management Division, Automated Systems Program Office, which was part of the Air Force Standard Systems Center.
    • ·         TACP Receives Silver Star, Bronze Star with Valor for Two Missions During Same DeploymentAn Air Force tactical air control party airman on Tuesday received both the Silver Star and Bronze Star Medal with Valor for two separate missions in the same deployment to Afghanistan last year, where he is credited with saving members of the Army Special Forces team he was embedded with.  (9 April 2019)
    • ·         USAFA Band Concert, 12 April 2019.  The United States Air Force Academy Band from Colorado Springs presents “My Country ‘Tis of Thee” on 12 Apr 19, 1930, at The Riverwalk Amphitheater, 355 Coosa St, Montgomery.  This family-friendly event will celebrate the City of Montgomery’s Bicentennial year featuring the Concert Band in a program that highlights musical diversity represents the excellence of our men and women in uniform.  The concert is free and open to the public.  No tickets are required for this event and seating is open for General Admission.  (12 April 2019)
    • ·         Maxwell Main Gate Closure.  The Maxwell Boulevard Gate will be closed from 3 June to 31 July 19 for barrier upgrades.  The Visitors’ Center will remain operational in its current location.  Kelly St and Day St Gates hours will be modified to accommodate extra traffic.  (12 April 2019)
    • ·         Maxwell Clinic Closure.  All of the Maxell Clinic facilities will be closed on 18 April for “upgrades.” (12 April 2019)

    ·         Contract Award: Macalogic.  Congratulations to the Macalogic team for being awarded a task order under STARS II for FIAR support to HIB.  (12 April 2019)

    ·         AFLCMC Industry Day.  There is an industry day for AFLCMC, including all of the PEOs, planned for 19-21 August 2019, at Wright Patterson AFB.  (12 April 2019)

    ·         Tyndall AFB Recovery.  Cleanup and removal continue, with enough debris removed to date to fill the US Capitol rotunda more than 16 times.  There will be an Industry day in May to discuss plans and opportunities associated with the rebuilding.  In the April Air Force magazine, an article lays out a 5 year view of rebuilding Tyndall to be the “base of the future.”  (12 April 2019)

    ·         USAF's Kessel Run looks to industry for developers(from Ken Heitkamp)  The Air Force's agile software delivery system wants to expand its workforce, and is turning to industry for more people.  During a recent virtual industry day, officials with the Air Force's Kessel Run program fielded questions from private companies what the branch was looking for, and teased future contracting and service opportunities.  Essentially, Kessel Run is looking to hire companies to supply contractors with skills in software development and project management to work on their government-owned software repository.  In responses to questions from would be participants, Kessel Run officials emphasized the program's need to house employees at its Boston headquarters to work in person, noting that past attempts to try remote approaches "failed."  "We want people to want to be here," they said. "We are not trying to do remote, we are not trying to do distributed teams here. We are not there yet, we need people here working with us hand in hand under the same roof."  For the full article go to  (https://fcw.com/articles/2019/03/24/kessel-run-developers.aspx(12 April 2019)

    • ·         Thanks!! Zoo Bake Sale The Zoo Bake Sale made just under $4,000.00.  (The exact amount is $3,829.00.)  This beat last year’s amount Judy and Ted Lowry want to thank each of you that made this happen.  We appreciate your support and your work.  (12 April 2019)
    • ·         Kudos Prattville HS JROTC.  In this past year’s Cyberpatriot completion, the Prattville HS JROTC team finished as #1 among all of the Alabama JROTC teams. (12 April 2019)
    • ·         Mentors Needed for Montgomery Public Schools.  Ted Lowry has been doing outreach and mentoring to 5th graders at Flowers Elementary School.  What he really needs is additional mentors for some of the 5th grade boys who desperately need positive make role models in their lives, who can impact their character as much as their grades and learning.  If you can give just a few hours a week, please contact Ted at cthedford@charter.net(29 March 2019)
    • ·         MGMWerx.
    • ·         Virtual AOC? MGMWERX seeks technology displays for upcoming showcase.  On April 17, MGMWERX, 8am-5pm in collaboration with the U.S. Air Force’s Air University, will host a technology showcase designed to familiarize government stakeholders with technology and tools with the capability to aid in educational simulation of the functions within an Air Operations Center, or other control center.  Organizations or individuals that have a technology or tool that can facilitate virtual air operations center education which meets the following criteria should submit a 1-2 page white paper to: info@mgmwerx.org no later than 5 p.m. on April 1.  Training environment criteria:
    • ·         Adaptable – i.e., to non-standardized equipment and connectivity
    • ·         Scalable – i.e., allows instructors to “level up” training environment for students
    • ·         Intuitive – i.e., easy to use and administer
    • ·         Interactive – i.e., environment must be able to work for 1 to 100 trainees
    • ·         Measurable – i.e., allow instructors to limit and track users

    For event related questions, please contact Robyn Mack at rmack@mgmwerx.org or 334-240-8481.

    • ·         First Responder VR.  On 18 April, MGMWERX, in collaboration with Street Smarts VR, will host a technology demonstration period which is open to the public.  Street Smarts VR is a veteran-owned virtual reality (VR) training platform that provides distributed, immersive training to first responders
    • ·         MGMWerx Open House During MITS.  MGMWerx will have an open house on 22 May to allow those attending MITS to visit and learn more about MGMWerx.  This will be at 41 Commerce Street, Suite 100 (Chamber of Commerce Building).  (29 March 2019)
    • ·         MGMWerx Top Flight Pitch Night.  MGMWerx will host on 21 May at 6pm the Top Flight Pitch Night. More detail is forthcoming including the location and the guidelines for submitting a pitch.  The event will be free and open to the public.  (5 April 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!
    • o   Great opportunities: still need 5 conference break sponsors for just $550 each. (5 April 2019)
    • o   16th tee box is still available.
    • o   Lots of other opportunities to highlight your company and support the Montgomery AFCEA Education Foundation and scholarships.
    • o   MITS Golf and Conference registrations for individuals are now available on the website as well.
    • o   Register for EARLY BIRD discounts for MITS through 30 April.  After that, registration will be at full price.
    • o   MITS Sponsor committee is looking for contacts doing AF business under the VETS2 contract. If you have any contacts, please contact Mr. Jim Dendis through the  MITS website www.afceamontgomery.org/sponsorships.  (5 Apr 2019)
    • ·         Young AFCEANs.  There are 3 upcoming walk/run Get Fit events:
    • o   27 April 2019, Walk of Life 5K, downtown Montgomery, register NLT 17 April https://afceamontgomery.wildapricot.org/event-3230944
    • o   Planning has started for another resume workshop.  Stay tuned!
    • ·         Global Azure Bootcamp.  Announcing the Global Azure Bootcamp 2019 hosted by Troy University's IT Society on 27 April 2019.  Global Azure Bootcamp provides a one day deep dive class on all things Azure and Microsoft's posture on Cloud Computing.  See https://twitter.com/I85Cyber/status/1097542062361194497(22 February 2019)
    • ·          “Pre-MITS” Golf Tournaments
    • ·         ICS 13th Annual AFCEA Golf Tournament.  The 13th Annual AFCEA Golf Tournament will be held at the Wynlakes Golf & Country Club on Monday, April 22nd, with registration starting at 1100 and shotgun start at 1230.  $75 per player includes green fees, golf cart and lunch.  Register at www.icsinc.com/events/.  Proceeds to benefit the Montgomery AFCEA Education Foundation.  (22 February 2019)
    • ·         UNISYS Montgomery Golf Tournament.  This year’s annual UNISYS Golf tournament will be on Monday 29 April 2019 at the Arrowhead Country Club.  Online registration and payment are available at https://unisysmontgomerygolf.org/.  UNISYS POC is Mac McDonald (mark.mcdonald@unisys.com(22 February 2019)
    • ·         Chamber of Commerce.
    • ·         Upcoming Events:
    • o   7 May 2019, Eggs and Issues, Rep Mike Rogers, 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.
    • ·         Golf Tournament Thank You!!  To all th0se who played or sponsored for the MOAA Golf Tournament, we had a great day and the rain held off to the very end, with just a light drizzle.  All proceeds will be used to support our scholarship program.  (12 April 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)
    • ·         MOAA Luncheon.  The April luncheon will be held at the Maxwell Club on Thursday 9 May 2019.  Social Hour begins at 1100, luncheon 1150-1300.  Reservations must be made by Friday 3 May.  For tickets or information, contact John O’Connor (sactrndklr@gmail.com) or Lt Col John Camp (campjhj@charter.net).  (22 February 2019)
    • ·         Defense Entrepreneurial Forum.  The DEF will meet at the Aviator Bar on 23 April at 6pm.  The guest speaker is the Nellis AFB Group Commander.  He is going to discuss leadership challenges and decision making.  Invitations will be distributed via EventBright to the MIP group (likely early next week)  (5 April 2019)
    • ·         Gathering of Eagles.
    • ·         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.  Tickets are now available at $30 at https://tickets.asf.net/single/EventDetail.aspx?p=13056.  To support the Foundation and its outreach programs for STEM and related education initiatives, go to www.goefoundation.org(22 February 2019)
    • ·         AFA’s Gathering of Eagles Luncheon.  The annual Gathering of Eagles luncheon will be 28 May 2019 at the Capital City Club, 1100-1245.  To sign up for this event, please go to the Chapter’s website at http://www.123signup.com/home?Org=AFA(29 March 2019)
    • ·         Visitors:
    • ·         N/A. (Bill Woodhouse of ESA made one of his infrequent visits, but he really isn’t a visitor)

    ·         Personnel.

    • ·         Retirement Ceremony: Mr. Tommie Ellis.  Col Alvin F. Burse, Chief, Logistics Systems Division, Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Business and Enterprise Systems Directorate, invites you to attend the retirement ceremony honoring Mr. Tommie Ellis, Program Manager, Integrated Logistics System-Supply, for his 37 years of dedicated service to our nation.  The ceremony will be held on 26 Apr 19, 1000, at the Business and Enterprise Systems Auditorium, 490 East Moore Drive, Building 892, Gunter Annex.  Military:  UOD; Civilian:  Business Casual.  RSVP by 24 Apr 19 at https://einvitations.afit.edu/inv/anim.cfm?i=444827&k=066546017950.  A reception will be held immediately following the ceremony.  POC:  MSgt Anisha Brown at 416-4879 and MSgt Heidi Corbett at 416-4887.
    • ·         Position(s) Available:
    • ·         Indrasoft is looking for a Deputy to serve in the Montgomery Office.  If you wish to apply contact Mr. John Mason. John.Mason@indrasoft.com (5 April 2019)

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