MIP Notes from Coffee 8-2-2019

  • 02 Aug 2019 11:57 AM
    Message # 7809368
    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: 9 August 2019

    (Doors open NLT 0530; meeting starts at 0615)

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

    Lee Terrell (Steel Point Solutions), Arnie Regan (Gentleman Farmer), 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.

    • ·         AFA Daily Report
    • ·         Webb Takes Over AETC.  Lt. Gen. Brad Webb took over as the head of Air Education and Training Command on July 26.  Webb, the former commander of Air Force Special Operations Command, took the guidon from Lt. Gen. Steven Kwast during a ceremony at JB San Antonio-Randolph, Texas. Kwast leaves AETC after less than two years in the top job, though the Air Force has not announced his next role.  Webb is a command pilot with more than 3,700 hours in several aircraft, including the CV-22, MH-52, and MC-130.  This is his first posting in AETC, after spending most of his career in special operations.  He takes over AETC as it reshapes basic military training, revamps pilot training to include virtual reality and other.”  (29 July 2019)
    • ·         Airmen Explore Multi-Domain Tech As Policy Takes Shape.  Tucked in a conference center on the outskirts of this growing technology hub, the Air Force is taking new steps to move multi-domain operations from a headquarters-level conversation to one tackled in all corners of the service.  Multi-domain command and control, part of the broader multi-domain operations concept, has been one of the Air Force’s top focuses under Chief of Staff Gen. David Goldfein since 2016.  It was the subject of a yearlong enterprise study that ran into 2017, then quietly morphed into a further research effort at Hanscom AFB, Mass.  Arecent gathering here hosted by AFWERX, an Air Force-owned innovation organization, aimed to streamline the process of connecting airmen with data-driven tools, even as bigger policy and operational questions are still being answered in the service’s top echelons.  (30 July 2019)
    • ·         Oracle vs. Pentagon: Why Judge Approved a Single Vendor for JEDI Cloud.  Recently released court documents reveal that federal judge Eric Bruggink had some doubts about the official justification for awarding the $10 billion JEDI cloud computing contract to a single vendor.  But ultimately, he ruled, those doubts didn’t outweigh the Pentagon’s sound reasons for rejecting Oracle’s bid.  Breaking Defense.  (31 July 2019)

    ·         USAF Orders Stand-Down to Combat Rising Suicide Rate Air Force units will stand down for one day this summer to address the rising problem of suicides, which Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David Goldfein called “an adversary that is killing more of our airmen than any enemy on the planet.”  As of the end of July, 79 suicides had occurred in the Air Force in 2019—nearly as many as were recorded last year in about half the time.  Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force Kaleth Wright told airmen this week he believes suicide is the biggest problem the service faces. “Let’s take a moment and breathe and spend a little time on our airmen and their resiliency, and make sure we’re not missing anything when it comes to suicide and suicide awareness,” Wright told Air Force Magazine.  (2 August 2019)

    ·         Senate Confirms New Air Force Deputy ISR, Cyber Chief.  The Senate confirmed Maj. Gen. Mary O’Brien as the Air Force’s next deputy chief of staff for intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance, and cyber effects operations by unanimous consent July 31.  O’Brien was nominated in May and is receiving her third star in the promotion.  She will take over for Lt. Gen. VeraLinn “Dash” Jamieson, whose next move is not yet public.  O’Brien is set to take the helm of the ISR and cyber enterprise as the Air Force merges the two missions for a more holistic approach to offensive and defensive “information operations.”  She currently serves as commander of 25th Air Force, which oversees ISR, cyber, and electronic warfare and is similarly combining with Air Forces Cyber to become a new numbered Air Force.  (2 August 2019)

    ·         Cotton Nominated for Air Force Global Strike Command No. 2.  Lt. Gen. Anthony Cotton is poised to return to Air Force Global Strike Command as its next deputy commander, according to an Aug. 1 Defense Department nomination announcement.  Cotton oversaw the intercontinental ballistic missile enterprise as 20th Air Force commander, from November 2015 to January 2018, before taking his current job as commander and president of Air University at Maxwell AFB, Ala..  He also is a former missile and space wing commander.  If confirmed, Cotton would replace Maj. Gen. Vito Addabbo.  Last month, Maj. Gen. James Hecker was nominated to succeed Cotton as head of Air University.  (2 August 2019)

    • ·         Montgomery Mayoral Candidates IT Forum.
    • ·         DATE CHANGE!!  A forum with candidates for the mayor of Montgomery, focusing on how the City’s IT vision and potential will be held on Thursday 22 August 2019 beginning at 1700 in the Rosa Parks Museum auditorium.  This is an opportunity for those of us in the IT sector to see how these candidates understand the impact of IT on our community.  (21 June 2019)
    • o   With 13 qualified candidates for the Mayoral election, a decision was made to wait until after the initial election and the candidates for the runoff have been identified.  This will allow the forum to be more focused on the most likely candidates and allow for a wider range of topics to be discussed.
    • ·         Help Wanted!  This event needs help from the MIP membership.  We will need a POC to gather questions and prepare “read-aheads” for candidates.  We also need someone to coordinate the invitations and work with the candidates to prepare for the forum.  A moderator is also needed to manage the discussion.  Plan on discussing in detail as a main agenda item for next week’s MIP Meeting.  (21 June 2019)
    • ·         Topics and Questions Needed!!  All Montgomery Area MIP members are asked to draft a question or summary of a discussion topic that can be used during the Mayoral Candidates IT Forum.  Please send to mipdistro@mgm-partners.org and include “Mayoral IT Forum” as the subject.  (12 July 2019)
    • ·         AFCEA Leadership Reception.  The reception for all new leaders connected with Gunter and Maxwell Information and Communication activities will be on August 13 at Arrowhead Country Club, 1730 - 1900.  The new leadership are:
    • ·         Col (s) Dany Strakos, AFLCMC/HIZ
    • ·         Patricia Jones, Director DISA Montgomery
    • ·         Lt Col Brian Kirchner, Commander 26 NOS
    • ·         Maj. Mary “Molly” Braun, 42 CS Commander

    (2 August 2019)

    • ·         Military Night at the MMFA.  The annual Military Night at the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts will be Thursday evening, 22 August.  This is free for all military (Active/Guard/Reserve/Retired) and immediate family.  Dreamland BBQ will provide food, and music will be by Pre-Sputnik, celebrating the first moon landing with music from the first 57 years of the 20th Century.  (2 August 2019)
    • ·         TRIAD Event at Columbus OH.  The annual TRIAD (Technology Requirements & Innovation Awareness Days) event will be held at Franklin University, Columbus OH 19-23 August 2019.  Reserve your spot now! Register at: https://www.gdipartners.com/triad-ohio.  For additional information, see https://www.fbo.gov/index?s=opportunity&mode=form&id=a1c7e1db0ab79e056040d6a4277c9cd5&tab=core&_cview=0
    • ·         Base Gate Closures for Construction.
    • ·         Dalraida Gate Closure (Gunter).  The Dalraida gate is scheduled to be closed from 1-30 September to complete the new gate construction.  The Congressman Dickinson gate will remain the 24/7 access gate.  (10 May 2019)
    • ·         MGMWerx.
    • ·         Smart Community – Coding Sprint Are you a developer, designer, or technical writer?  The MGMWERX team wants to hear from you!  Applications are being accepted for participation in the Smart Community – Coding Sprint on August 25-28 in Downtown Montgomery, AL at MGMWERX.  We invite all experience levels of developers, designers, and writers to apply for this competitively selected team. The goal is to create an application that will help keep both military and civilian communities aware of what's going in the city!  Team members will leave with experience in an Agile software development environment, experience creating an open source minimum viable product, and receive credit in their developers’ programming portfolio.  Also, team members will receive some really cool swag and entrance to the Air Force Information Technology & Cyberpower Conference (AFITC).  Apply at: http://bit.ly/MGMWERXCodingSprint (Link is case sensitive.)  (2 August 2019)
    • ·         AFITC.
    • ·        Register for AFITC NOW!!  Everyone register for AFITC and spread the word both on and off base, since this is the best line-up of speakers in years.  There is not yet a good showing for Montgomery participants.  Just because you are here in town, don’t put it off (This applies to both Industry and Government!!)  (26 July 2019)

    ·        MGM E-Sports & Gaming.  The AFCEA Montgomery Chapter, in partnership with AFITC, TechMGM, and Dell, invite you participate in the MGM eSports & Gaming CS:GO Tournament on Tuesday, August 27th, 1700-1900.  Single and team registrations will both be taken.  Single registrants will be pooled into a team of 5 and notified ahead of time who their teammates will be and their team name, though it is recommended to register for the event as a team if possible.  Registration is $5 (individual) and $25 (team).  If you and some friends want to play together but don't have enough for your own team, please put their names and emails in the details of your registration so we can keep you together on a team if possible!  Register at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/mgm-esports-and-gaming-afitc-csgo-tournament-tickets-66565329693.   (2 August 2019)

    • ·        Innovate AFITC. During the AFITC there will be 4 separate challenges for Innovate AFITC.  The challenges are being supported by Hyundai, AUM, Alabama Power, and Air University.  Topic details will be published early August.  (19 July 2019)
    • ·         Booth sales are now open for AFITC, 26-28 August 2019.  Go to https://www.afitc-event.com/exhibit/ for information and to reserve your booth space now.  (31 May 2019)
    • ·         Chamber of Commerce.
    • ·         Eggs and Issues with Rep Martha Roby (R-Al).  The Chamber will sponsor an Eggs and Issues breakfast with Rep. Martha Roby on 14 August 2019, 0730-0930, at the RSA Activities Center, Dexter Avenue, downtown Montgomery.  To sign up go to wwww.montgomerychamber.com.  (28 June 2019)
    • ·         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.  (26 July 2019)
    • ·         Montgomery Public Schools.
    • ·         Tutors and Mentors.  Ted Lowry needs volunteers to help a couple of hours a week with his school project this year.  His number is 334-315-9466. He also provided alarming statistics regarding status of college & career readiness throughout the Montgomery Public Schools (ranks 104 out of 108).  (26 July 2019)
    • ·         “Stuff the Bus.”  There is a "Stuff the Bus" school project at Eastdale Mall if anyone would like to place items in the bus or donate money.  There are similar events ongoing in almost all of the local communities. (26 July 2019)
    • ·         MOAA Luncheon.  There will not be a MOAA luncheon in August, but will resume September 12.  The annual MOAA BBQ will be on 10 August at the Hopper Lodge.  For tickets or information, contact John O’Connor (sactrndklr@gmail.com) or Lt Col John Camp (campjhj@charter.net).  (14 June 2019)
    • ·         PMI Dinner.  14 August 2019.  Social hour and dinner 1730-1930.  The guest speaker will be Tommy R. Lee, Sr., PMP, PMI-ACP, LIMS-EV Project Manager.  The presentation will be: PMI-ACP Certification Journey…Dang, I got audited Sign up at http://www.pmisouthalabama.org/.  You do not have to be a member of PMI to attend.  (19 July 2019)

    ·         Space and Missile Defense Conference.  The annual Space and Missile Defense Conference will be at the von Braun Center in Huntsville, Alabama on August 6, 2019.  For agenda, registration and other information, see www.smdsymposium.org(14 June 2019)

    ·         2019 AFA Community Partner Appreciation LuncheonWe are pleased to announce 2019 AFA Community Partners Appreciation Lunch on August 22, 2019, 1115 to 1300 at the Maxwell AFB Club. Due to limited capacity for this event, make reservations early.  Go to https://s01.123signup.com/servlet/SignUpMember?PG=1531364182300&P=15313641911433784900  (7 June 2019)

    ·         BEST Robotics.  Behind the scenes a lot of people have worked to establish a new host and venue for the BEST Robotics competition.  The 2019 BEST will be held here in Montgomery with the following key dates:

    • ·         5 Sep - BEST Robotics Kickoff at ASU
    • ·         6 Oct - BEST Robotics Practice Day at Eastdale Mall
    • ·         18 Oct - BEST Robotics Presentation at ASU Continuing Ed (32 Commerce Street)
    • ·         19 Oct - BEST Robotics Competition Game Day at the Montgomery Multiplex

    Volunteers are needed, especially for game day.  Sign up at mgmbest.com, or contact Lee Sumner at aleesumner41@gmail.com or 334.652.8641.  (2 August 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)
    • ·         Sir Richard Branson, global business leader, renowned philanthropist, and founder of Virgin Group will provide the opening keynote address at the 2019 Air Force Association’s Air, Space & Cyber Conference Sept 16-18.
    • ·         BX and Commissary News.
    • ·         Starting Jan. 1, 2020, all service-connected disabled veterans (0 – 100%), Purple Heart recipients, former prisoners of war and primary veteran caregivers will be eligible to shop at commissaries and exchanges, and officials from three federal agencies are preparing the way.
    • ·         The Maxwell Commissary will be closed 5-6 August 2019 for inventory.  The Gunter Commissary will be closed 4 Aug 2019 for inventory.
    • ·         Both Maxwell & Gunter Commissaries will be having new Inventory Management Systems installed in September & August respectively.  Also, both Maxwell & Gunter Commissaries will be having new Cash Register Systems installed in October & September respectively.  This will fix the long broken down belt self-checkout aisle at Maxwell.  This will be done on a rotating basis so not to affect checkout.
    • ·         BX Carwash at Maxwell:  ALL the equipment has finally arrived!!  Expect for it to open sometime this Fall.
    • ·         A Hunt Brothers Pizza machine is in the works at the Gunter Shoppette, estimate a Fall opening. 
    • ·         Maxwell AFB Air Show.  Save the dates!!! Saturday 18 April 2020 and Sunday 19 April 2020.  (10 May 2019)
    • ·         Visitors: N/A.

    ·         Personnel.

    ·         A retirement ceremony in honor of Col Kyna McCall will be held on 23 August 2019 at the Senior NCO Academy Auditorium at 1330.  For information and to RSVP, please go to https://einvitations.afit.edu/inv/anim.cfm?i=462926&k=066740007951.

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