MIP Notes from Coffee 3-20-2020

  • 20 Mar 2020 9:18 AM
    Message # 8844732
    Joni Ahlers (Administrator)

    “Virtual Edition”

    Until further notice, in accordance with the local Health Authorities recommendations, there will not be any MIP Meetings.  We will continue the weekly notes
    PLEASE, email any news or updates that should be included in the MIP notes to

    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.

    CMSgt Thomas W Gwaltney (USAF, Ret) passed away suddenly on 15 March 2020.  Tom was a major influence on so many of the groups and activities that made Montgomery and Maxwell Gunter what they are today.  AFCEA – AFA - Wright Flyers - Air University Foundation - Maxwell-Gunter Chiefs Group - Kiwanis Club - Montgomery Chamber of Commerce, just to name a few.  Arrangements are pending to coordinate with burial at Arlington.

    • ·         Only 1 Gate Open at Maxwell and Gunter
    • ·         Until further notice, all Maxwell AFB traffic, to include commercial vehicles, will use the Maxwell Boulevard Gate (main gate). Maxwell’s Kelly Street and Day Street gates will be closed.
    • ·         Additionally, all Gunter Annex traffic, to include commercial vehicles, will use the Congressman Dickinson Drive Gate (main gate).  Gunter’s Dalraida Street Gate will be closed. Please plan accordingly.
    • ·         See a chart at the end of the notes that summarizes available services at Maxwell Gunter
    • ·         AFA Daily Report
    • ·         Digital Twins Proliferate as Smart Way to Test Tech.  Faced with a congressional mandate to test its GPS system for cyber vulnerabilities, the Air Force commissioned a digital replica of the satellites and then asked contractors to hack the system.  The use of “digital twins” is expanding from modelling in conventional simulators to include testing of emerging technologies and systems, predicting engine performance, or training automated systems to fly a plane.  (16 March 2020)
    • ·         Roper Unveils AFVentures, Announces Nearly $1B in Small Business Contracts.  Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Acquisition Will Roper recently announced the creation of AFVentures, which will serve as an “umbrella organization for the Air Force’s efforts to work with small businesses to fund critical technologies for the warfighter,” according to a release.  During this year’s event, Roper also said the service intends to divvy up almost $1 billion in contracts among “more than 550 small businesses,” including 21 “big bet” organizations who will receive four-year, fixed priced follow-on contracts from AFVentures.  These companies are working on a variety of new technology, from an Advanced Battle Management System sensing network to a new Vertical Take Off and Landing unmanned aerial system, and Augmented Reality contact lenses.  (19 March 2020)
    • ·         Government’s Maximum Telework Policy Overlooks Contractors.  (From Nextgov)  This week the Office of Management and Budget issued a memo asking federal agencies and departments to offer “maximum telework flexibilities” to eligible employees.  A top representative for the federal services industry says it won’t do much good for contractors—or public health—if contracting officers aren’t specifically told to modify the relevant legal agreements.  See https://www.nextgov.com/cio-briefing/2020/03/governments-maximum-telework-policy-overlooks-contractors/163893/(20 March 2020)
    • ·         Statement from AFA Chairman on the Death of Retired Chief Master Sgt. Thomas Gwaltney.  (Air Force Association release)  “Chief Master Sergeant Thomas Gwaltney, USAF (Ret.), passed away Saturday, March 15,” the statement from Air Force Association chairman Gerald Murray, the 14th Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force, reads. “Tom was a long-time member and field leader in the Air Force Association, including the Montgomery Chapter President, Alabama State President, and South East Region President. All of us at AFA offer our sincere condolences to Tom’s wife Helen and their son and two daughters.”  (20 March 2020)
    • ·         Alabama Business Technology Conference
    • ·         Birmingham Technology Conferences

    ·         CMSgt Derrick M. Grames retirement ceremony (to be rescheduled)

    • ·         MOAA Scholarship Golf Tournament 2 April at Arrowhead (delayed)
    • ·         MACC Golf Challenge 2 April Wynlakes CC
    • ·         MOAA Luncheon 9 April, Maxwell Club
    • ·         Maxwell AFB Air Show 18-19 April

    From the Montgomery Chamber of Commerce Calendar

    ·         March 24 – Conversation: The Power of Leadership with Susan Taylor –POSTPONED, Date TBD 

    ·         March 25 – TechMGM Forum – Tech@Nite – POSTPONED, Date TBD 

    ·         March 26 – Business After Hours at Providence Partners – RESCHEDULED, August 20, 2020

    ·         March Board of Directors Meeting – CANCELED 

    ·         March 31 – Tourism Social – CANCELED 

    ·         March 31 – Small Business Briefcase: Retain, Recruit & Incentivize – POSTPONED, Date TBD 

    ·         April 2 – Chamber Golf Classic – RESCHEDULED, October 8, 2020 

    ·         April 3 – First Friday Social Builder & Social Hour – POSTPONED, Date TBD 

    ·         April 7 – Eggs & Issues with Congressman Mike Rogers – POSTPONED, Date TBD 

    ·         April 8 – 60 Minute Coffee at Wynlakes Golf & Country Club – POSTPONED, Date TBD 

    ·         April 14 – Chamber Orientation – CANCELED 

    ·         April 18-19 – Maxwell AFB Air Show – CANCELED 

    ·         April 21 – Small Business Bootcamp – POSTPONED, Date TBD 

    ·         April 22 – Conversations & Connections – POSTPONED, Date TBD 

    ·         April 23 – Business After Hours at the Montgomery Biscuits – POSTPONED, Date TBD 

    ·         April 28 – Tourism Meet Up – CANCELED 

    ·         April Board of Directors Meeting – CANCELED

    ·         May 1 – Military Night at the Biscuits – POSTPONED, Date TBD 

    ·         May 4-8 – Small Business Week – POSTPONED, Date TBD 

    ·         May 5 – MACC/AU Golf Challenge – POSTPONED, Date TBD 

    ·         May 6 – 60 Minute Coffee at Jason’s Deli – POSTPONED, Date TBD 

    ·         May 8 – Second Friday Culture Builder & Social Hour – POSTPONED, Date TBD 

    ·         May 12 – Small Business Briefcase: Improving Your Cash Flow – POSTPONED, Date TBD 

    There are still a few events which follow which have not yet cancelled (or told MIP that they have).  If they are in the next few weeks, in all likelihood hey have been cancelled or postponed.  Those further out are probably under review.

    • ·         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
    • ·         Small Business – SBEAS Matchmaking Session.  A “Matchmaking Session” is tentatively being scheduled for Thursday 21 May 202 (the day after MITS and the BES Industry Day).  It will be planned for a morning session so out of towners can still make afternoon flights out.  Details forthcoming.  (6 March 2020)
    • ·         Education Foundation:
    • o   AFCEA Summer Intern Program.  It’s that time of year again for the Education Foundation to be getting applications for summer interns.  But for the program to be successful, we need companies to be willing to sponsor an intern (or two or three…).  Contact Eric Sloan ericsloanmba@gmail.com for more information.

    ·         Job Opportunities:

    • ·         N/A

    ·         Personnel.

    ·         Mrs Judith Roberts passed away Sunday, 15 March in Wetumpka. Judith started at Gunter in the intern program, then became a technical editor, the program manager for AFORMS, which became ACES, as well as the CMOS PM for a short while.  Arrangements pending.

    ·         You are cordially invited to a retirement ceremony honoring Colonel Alvin F. Burse for his faithful and dedicated service to the United States Air Force.  The ceremony will take place on Friday, 28 August 2020, at 0900 in the Senior Non-Commissioned Officer Academy’s Auditorium, Gunter Annex, AL. Please RSVP through https://einvitations.afit.edu/inv/anim.cfm?i=499978&k=06684B007C5F.  If you need base access, contact 2nd Lt Teddy Whitton no later than 15 July at 334-416-4955, or by email at teddy.whitton@us.af.mil.  

    • ·         Calendar of Events.
    • ·      Until things normalize, we will not publish a calendar as we can’t keep up with cancellations and postponements

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