MIP Notes from Coffee 5-3-2019

  • 03 May 2019 12:11 PM
    Message # 7318610
    Joni Ahlers (Administrator)

    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.

    • ·         Google Groups, which is what we use to manage our distribution lists, is undergoing an upgrade.  We have had some ‘bugs” related to invitations and making changes (adds/deletes/mods).  Please be patient and email if you think you are missing some of the distribution
    • ·         AFA Daily Report

    ·         Northrop Overseeing Launch of Unified Platform Coding Center Northrop Grumman is taking the lead on standing up a new coding center dubbed “LevelUp” that will help field the secretive Unified Platform for US Cyber Command, a company spokeswoman said Monday. “Northrop Grumman will work with its own developers, as well as with those of the five other companies selected, to enhance multiple cyber platforms with a provision of services in the areas of command-and-control, planning, generation, execution, assessment, reporting, and visualization,” a Northrop spokeswoman said Monday.   (30 April 2019)

    • ·         GAO Finds Poor Conditions, Delayed Maintenance Timelines at Depots.  The Air Force’s three depots are plagued with expired equipment and have shown steadily decreasing on-time performance, prompting two of them to be listed in overall “poor” condition, the Government Accountability Office states in a new report.  (1 May 2019)
    • ·         Harness-Wearing Whale Was “Trained by Russian Military,” Researchers Say Fishermen off Norway's northern coast were astonished last week when they spotted a beluga whale wearing a harness, complete with mounts for a camera.  (1 May 2019)

    ·        How to approach Innovation at BES.  John Hulsey visited with MIP this morning.  BES is looking at ways to better understand what Industry can bring to the table in terms of innovation.  What BES needs is "state of the market," not necessarily the "bleeding edge" type of innovation. MGMWerx will be involved to help facilitate.  More to come.  (3 May 2019)

    • ·        
    • ·         Maxwell Main Gate Closure
    • ·         The Maxwell Blvd. Gate on Maxwell AFB will be CLOSED on Saturday, May 4th from 6:00 AM to 11:00 AM for the Capital of Dreams Triathlon.  The Day Street gate will be open to get on and off base. (3 May 2019)
    • ·         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.  Day Street will become the 24 hour gate during the construction, and the Kelly Street gate hours will be modified to accommodate extra traffic.  (3 May 2019)

    ·         Military Salute at Riverwalk Stadium is tonight.  The event is already a near sellout.  (3 May 2019)

    ·         AFLCMC Industry Day.  There will be an AFLCMC Life Cycle Industry Days event, including all of the PEOs, planned for 19-21 June 2019, at Wright Patterson AFB.  Go to https://www.wpafb.af.mil/lcid/ for full information. (26 April 2019)

    • ·         MGMWerx.
    • ·         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:
    • o   Still need Conference break sponsors for just $550 each.
    • o   Award dinner sponsorship is still available as well.
    • o   Contact Jim Dendis through www.afceamontgomery.org/sponsorships (26 April 2019)
    • 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   EARLY BIRD registration has ended
    • 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)
    • o   Donations for the golf tournament ditty bags or door prizes for the raffles are still being accepted (and needed).  Contact Lloyd Bateman at lgbateman@gmail.com.
    • ·         AFITCC.  Final approvals from the Pentagon are expected shortly.  Once in hand, be ready for the call for abstracts for seminars and papers to be presented.  (3 May 2019)
    • ·        
    • ·         NAWBO.  The National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO) has chapters throughout the US but none here in Alabama.  Ruby Tuck (ruby.tuck@pmtsincorporated.com) is part of a group working to establish a chapter here in Montgomery.  They have 8 already lined up, but need 25 members to be recognized as a Chapter.  Please contact Ruby for more information.  (3 May 2019)
    • ·         Chamber of Commerce.
    • ·         Upcoming Events:
    • o   7 May 2019, Eggs and Issues, Rep Mike Rogers, RSA Activity Center
    • o   7 May 2019, TechMGM, 1715-1915 at MGMWerx.  Join community leaders for a discussion on how Montgomery is embracing its tech talent, public-private projects focused on IT/Communications infrastructure, and its strong culture of innovation to fuel its emergence as a Smart Community and a key destination for new investment, tourism, and fulfillment.
    • o   16 May 2019, Business After Hours, Montgomery Regional Airport.

    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 Luncheon.  The May luncheon will be held at the Maxwell Club on Thursday 9 May 2019.  Social Hour begins at 1100, luncheon 1150-1300.  The speaker this month is Lt Col Kevin “Smash” Pugh, F-35 Unit Conversion Office Director, 187th Fighter Wing, Alabama National Guard.  Join us for an update on the F-35, the upcoming program schedule and effects on the unit’s mission.  Reservations must be made by COB TODAY.  Menu Choices are Vegetarian Salad, Chicken Croissant sandwich (both $16) and Lemon Tilapia ($17). For tickets or information, contact John O’Connor (sactrndklr@gmail.com) or Lt Col John Camp (campjhj@charter.net).  (26 April 2019)
    • ·         PMI Dinner.  The May 9 dinner will feature a roundtable discussion on PMP exam preparation. Social hour and dinner 1730-1830 followed by the roundtable.  Sign up at http://www.pmisouthalabama.org/(26 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)
    • ·         AFA 2019 Air, Space & Cyber Conference will be 16-18 September 2019 at the National Harbor Maryland convention center.  Registration and agenda information is now available at https://airspacecyber2019.expotracker.net/index.aspx(3 May 2019)
    • ·         Visitors:
    • ·         N/A

    ·         Personnel.

    ·         Joseph C. Pine, 87, passed away Friday April 26, 2019, at the Colonel Robert L. Howard State Veterans Home in Pell City, Alabama.  Joe served 20 years in the U. S. Air Force where he retired as a Chief Master Sergeant and later from Civil Service at Gunter Air Force Station. He served in both the Korean and Vietnam wars where he was awarded several medals including the Bronze Star. When he joined the Air Force, he wanted to become an aircraft mechanic but was chosen to work in computers where he became a highly respected Programmer.  A Celebration of Life Service will be held at 11:00 a.m. TODAY at Alabama Heritage Funeral Home with interment following in Alabama Heritage Cemetery, Montgomery, Alabama. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service.

    ·         Arnie Regan has retired from Macalogic, and will embark on his next career of a gentleman farmer and man of leisure.  He will continue (we hope) as part of the MIP Leadership Triumvirate.

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