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MIP Notes from Coffee 2-21-2020

  • 21 Feb 2020 12:06 PM
    Message # 8762103
    Joni Ahlers (Administrator)

    NEXT Regular MIP meeting: 28 February 2020

    (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
    • ·         USAF Fully Funded for Tyndall, Offutt Rebuilds.  The Air Force says it has all the money it needs to rebuild bases struck by natural disasters in the past two years, after lobbying Congress for billions of dollars to backfill its coffers depleted by recovery efforts.  Congress allocated $5.3 billion for disaster relief through a patchwork of supplemental spending, reprogramming decisions, and the regular budget process in fiscal 2019 and 2020.  It’s enough that the Air Force didn’t need to ask for more in fiscal 2021.  “They gave it to us earlier than I would have anticipated,” Maj. Gen. John Pletcher, the Air Force’s deputy assistant budget secretary, told reporters Feb. 10.  “So that takes that requirement off of the table for FY '21 for the Air Force."   (19 February 2020)
    • ·         DoD Closing Dozens of Military Clinics to Retirees, FamiliesThe Pentagon is downsizing or closing 50 medical clinics, including 12 on Air Force bases, in a move the department says will “increase the readiness of our operational and medical forces.”  But the change will also force families and retirees away from some USAF facilities and into TRICARE civilian providers.  Matt Donovan, the former acting Air Force secretary who is performing the duties of the undersecretary of defense for personnel and readiness, outlined the changes in a Feb. 19 report to congressional leaders.  (20 February 2020)
    • ·         Air Force Touts Digital U Tech Reskilling Effort.  The Air Force is taking a servicewide approach to reskilling with its "Digital U" program.  Air Force Deputy Chief Information Officer Bill Marion said that initiatives like Digital U were part of the service's push to train all personnel in cyber capabilities, unlike other government programs like the Federal Cyber Reskilling Academy that targeted reskilling individuals who displayed technical aptitude.  See Federal Computer Week https://fcw.com/articles/2020/02/19/digitalu-usaf-marion-russell.aspx for the full article.  (21 February 2020)
    • ·         Congratulations Boyd Stephens.  Congratulations are in order for one of our MIP superstars, Boyd Stephens, who was named the 2019 Montgomery Advertiser Community Hero of the Year for his numerous contributions to the city and the region.  (21 February 2020)
    • ·         2020’s Top Paying IT Certifications.  Tom Wojszynski (Google) passed along this link which identifies the 15 Top Paying IT Certifications in 2020.  Go to https://www.forbes.com/sites/louiscolumbus/2020/02/10/15-top-paying-it-certifications-in-2020/#51500197358e.  #1 on the list = Google Cloud Architect at $174K / year.  (21 February 2020)
    • ·         The Need for a US Space Force.  Former AU Commander Lt gen Steven Kwast, USAF (Ret) delivered his case for the US Space Force recently.  The article and You tube can be viewed at:
    • ·         https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=139&v=KsPLmb6gAdw&feature=emb_logo
    • ·         https://imprimis.hillsdale.edu/urgent-need-united-states-space-force/
    • ·         Maxwell Clinic to Stop Services for Retirees, Family Members.  The Maxwell Clinic is one of 38 across DoD identified to limit services to active duty members.  See the article in the AFA  notes above, as well as https://www.military.com/daily-news/2020/02/19/pentagon-releases-list-health-clinics-closing-retirees-military-families.html?fbclid=IwAR09-UViTAIUo4f2zsGuG9UEZUWxtA_491WtlXfVHf5azj_-e3nz92gSpQw for more details.  An effective date has not yet been announced (which may leave the door open to Congressional scrutiny and oversight of the decision.  (21 February 2020
    • ·         Commissary Check outsThe new cash register system has been installed at the Maxwell and Gunter commissaries.  This includes new price check stations.  Please be aware that there are still some "learning curve" challenges, for example, the registers are have problems with some people removing their debt/credit card before transactions are complete, causing register shutdowns.  Issues are being addressed, so please be patient, especially if you use a self-check-out register.  (21 February 2020)
    • ·         AFCEA
    • ·         MITS 2020.  It may seem a long way off but NOW is the time to start planning to be here in Montgomery 18-20 May 2020.  The Annual AFCEA Golf Tournament to benefit the Education Foundation, followed by the MITS conference at the Renaissance, downtown Montgomery, and a BES Industry Exchange, make MITS the one conference in 2020 you should not miss.  Be sure you have this in your plans (and your Budget) for 2020.  (20 September 2019)
    • o   Sponsorship information is now LIVE on the AFCEA website!!  (15 November 2019)
    • o   http://www.afceamontgomery.org/Sponsorships
    • ·         Young AFCEANs (Go to www.afceamontgomery.org/events to sign up)
    • o   14 March 2020: Enlisted Heritage Hall 5k, downtown Montgomery
    • o   4 April 2020: Centerpoint 5k, Prattville
    • ·         AFCEA West.  Once again AFCEA West will be at the San Diego Convention Center 2-3 March 2020.  For additional information, agendas, lodging details and registration, please go to https://www.westconference.org/west20/Public/enter.aspx(6 December 2019)
    • ·         MGMWerx. 
    • ·         Several local high school robotics teams participated in a challenge to devise a way to safely airdrop 1,000 Raspberry Pi computers.  Their designs are being put to the test with an actual air drop in the near future.
    • ·         Students from the AF Cybercollege are participating in a Cyber Challenge and will be “pitching” their concepts and solutions during a session at MGMWerx next Friday 28 February from 0830-1030.
    • ·         Chamber of Commerce.
    • ·         Alabama Launch Pad Event.  The Montgomery Area Chamber of Commerce invites you to a pitch competition held by Alabama Launchpad, a program of the Economic Development Partnership of Alabama, 27 February 2020 1700-2000, The Warehouse at Alley Station, 130 Commerce Street. Every year, Alabama Launchpad helps high growth companies start, stay, and grow in Alabama, by investing up to $600,000 on startups. Come connect with key players in the Entrepreneurial space (ecosystem or landscape) and engage with representatives from Alabama’s largest early-seed fund. The Alabama Launchpad Startup Competition event will feature a networking reception and launch party where a winner among six Alabama companies will be awarded $100,000 in startup funds.  Go to https://www.eventbrite.com/e/alabama-launchpad-startup-competition-montgomery-al-cycle-1-2020-tickets-90330748701?aff=efbeventtix for tickets ($8 to $15) and further information.  (31 January 2020)
    • ·         Other Chamber Events. Details and registration for these events can usually be found at www.montgomerychamber.com.  Select “Calendar” from the top of the home page for a full summary of upcoming events.
    • ·         MOAA Luncheon.  On 12 March 2020, the monthly luncheon will be at the Maxwell Club.  The guest speaker will be COL Patrick Downing USA (Ret) who will speak about US Army Special Forces in Vietnam.  Menu choices are Traditional Style Baked Meatloaf with Mashed Potatoes and Green Beans; Vegetarian Baked Meatless Loaf with Mashed Potatoes and Green Beans; Creamy Chicken Salad (Chicken, Grapes, Celery, and Walnuts in Creamy Sauce); served on a bed of House Salad Blend.  All choices are $17.  Contact John O’Connor (sactrndklr@gmail.com) or Lt Col John Camp (272-8061) for reservations NLT 6 March 2020.  (21 February 2020)

    ·         PMI.  The next monthly PMI meeting will be on 12 March 2020 at the RSA Plaza, 770 Washington Street, 6th Floor 1730-1930.  Dr. Mark Wentling, PMP will present on the topic Critical Thinking for Program Managers.  Go to www.pmisouthalabama.org for reservations and additional details.  (21 February 2020)

    • ·         Air Force Association Chapter 102 Air Force Issues Luncheon.  AFA Chapter 102 will hold their Annual Air Force Issues Luncheon on 11 March 2020, 1130–1300, in the Maxwell Club Ballroom.  The guest speaker will be Brig Gen Evan “Lamar” Pettus, Commandant, Air Command and Staff College.  Come early for check-in and socializing as we will start promptly at 1130.  You may register by going to the Chapter's Web Site (http://www.afa102.net ) and clicking the luncheon registration link on the front page of the site.  Deadline for registration is 6 March 2020.  (24 January 2020)
    • ·         MOAA Golf Tournament.  This year’s golf tournament, which directly supports the local Chapters scholarship program for students in the river region, will be 2 April 2020 at Arrowhead.  $75 entry fee includes greens fee, cart lunch range balls and door prizes.
    • ·         Sponsorships are also available, ranging from $500 to $1,500.
    • ·         Contact John O’Connor (sactrndklr@gmail.com) 334.220.6532 to sign up or for more information.  (21 February 2020)
    • ·         Maxwell AFB Air Show.  Save the dates!!! Saturday 18 April 2020 and Sunday 19 April 2020.  (10 May 2019)
    • ·         Visitors:
    • ·         Rich McAdams, President, Ignite, rmacadams@ignitenow.net, 256.270.9012 (office), 256.658.5941 (cell)

    ·         Job Opportunities:

    • ·         A GS-14 position as an IT Project Manager is open with the EPA in Montgomery.  You must apply no later than 25 February 2020.  For full information on the position and to apply, go to https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/560213800.  (Thanks to Kenny Hickox for passing along)
    • ·         A Program Manager for one of the SBEAS companies is being sought.  Contact Bill Stevenson (billstevenson@att.net) for further information.
    • ·         BAH is looking for an experienced Portfolio Manager for a position that is expected to be open in the August timeframe.  Contact Kayleen Amerson at amerson_kayleen@bah.com for information.

    ·         Personnel.

    ·         Debbie Sumaria, CEO and co-founder of Sumaria Systems, Inc., passed away after a very brief illness yesterday, February 19, 2020.  Please keep Debbie and her family in your prayers as they navigate this challenging time.


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