MIP Notes from Coffee 3-27-2020

  • 27 Mar 2020 8:08 AM
    Message # 8861927
    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.

    “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.

    • ·         Maxwell and Gunter in HPCON Charlie (Health Protection Condition)
    • ·         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.
    • ·         AFA Daily Report
    • ·         Air Force Depots Not Slowing Down.  The Air Force’s depot maintenance activities continue unabated during the COVID-19 crisis, but Air Force Materiel Command is staying alert for supply chain issues that could affect throughput. “To date, no mission requirements have been impacted, and aircraft are still being inducted into the depots,” an AFMC spokeswoman said March 19. “Although we are monitoring for slowing of supply chain operations, we are not aware of any supply or material disruptions at this time,” she said.  (23 March 2020)
    • ·         Senator Pushes Pentagon for Personnel Guidance Amid Pandemic.  (Nextgov)  Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.) continued his pressure campaign on executive branch agencies to release guidance and response plans to the COVID-19 pandemic on March 19, this time directing questions to Defense Secretary Mark Esper.  In a letter, Warner, vice chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, requested the Defense Department issue guidance for uniformed, civilian, and contractor personnel and to clarify their options for paid leave and telework options during the pandemic.  (23 March 2020)
    • ·         Defense Contractors Can Go to Work Amid State & Local Lockdowns, Pentagon Says.  (Defense One)  The U.S. government declared defense companies and their suppliers part of the country’s “critical infrastructure sector,” a designation that will allow employees to continue reporting to work even if local and state governments order citizens to stay home amid the COVID-19 outbreak.  (23 March 2020)
    • ·         Stimulus Package Keeps Military Leaders in Place During Pandemic, Offers DOD $10.5 Billion.  The $2.2 trillion stimulus package under consideration on Capitol Hill to deal with the spreading coronavirus pandemic would allow military leaders, including Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David Goldfein and Space Force Chief of Space Operations Gen. Jay Raymond, to stay in their posts longer than planned for continuity, according to bill text released March 25 by the Senate Appropriations Committee. President Donald Trump may extend their tenure “until the date of the appointment of the successor to such incumbent,” the legislation states. The Trump administration on March 2 nominated Pacific Air Forces boss Gen. C.Q. Brown to replace Goldfein, who has served as the Air Force’s top uniformed officer since July 2016. His term is set to expire this year.  (26 March 2020)
    • ·         Military Raises Health Protection Level Globally, Halts Deployments.  The Defense Department on March 25 raised its Health Protection Condition level at every military installation globally to the second highest level as the new coronavirus outbreak spreads and more personnel test positive for the COVID-19 virus. The level—Health Protection Condition Charlie—means the virus has sustained community transition with a substantial morbidity threat. The designation means personnel should expect the cancelation of in-person gatherings, the limited access of supplies and services, and even more remote work. On March 25, the total number of COVID-19 positive cases across Active duty, dependents, civilians, and contractors jumped by 94 from the previous day to a total of 435, including both current and recovered. .  (26 March 2020)
    • ·         Defense Industry to DOD: If We Send Workers Home, Will You Penalize Us?  Executives want clarity on Defense Department guidance that suggests they must choose between sending employees to factories or defaulting on contracts.  See https://www.defenseone.com/business/2020/03/defense-companies-want-more-direction-relief-pentagon-amid-coronavirus-outbreak/164077/..  (26 March 2020)
    • ·         Amazon: Pentagon Trying to ‘Gerrymander’ JEDI Corrective Action.  In a March 24 legal filing, Amazon Web Services accused the Defense Department of attempting to “gerrymander” revisions to the Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure cloud contract it proposed to make earlier this month.  See https://www.nextgov.com/it-modernization/2020/03/amazon-pentagon-trying-gerrymander-jedi-corrective-action/164045/..  (26 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
    • ·         SBEAS Matchmaking at MITS

    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 events 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.

    • ·         SBA Disaster Relief.  Here is the link to the SBA website for small businesses to apply for disaster relief https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela/Information/PaperForms.  A couple of things to note:
    • ·         Wait until your state is declared (all states should be by Monday) so you can submit the application electronically and not via paper forms
    • ·         Select the EIDL option on the form (Economic Injury)
    • ·         You can look at all the forms that are going to be required to get everything together before submitting electronically.
    • ·         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
    • ·         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.

    ·         Brig Gen (S) Jennifer Hammerstedt
    FROM:   Military Assistant to the Deputy Secretary of Defense, Office of the Secretary of Defense, Pentagon, Washington, DC
    TO: Commander, Warner Robins Air Logistics Complex, Air Force Materiel Command, Robins AFB, GA

    ·         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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