MIP Notes from Coffee 6-12-2020

  • 12 Jun 2020 9:51 AM
    Message # 9032904
    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 (TunnelVue), 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

    ·         Senate Confirms Brown to Lead Air Force in Historic Vote.  Senators confirmed Air Force Gen. Charles Q. Brown Jr. as the first black military service chief in American history in a 98-0 vote June 9.  Brown, the decorated four-star general in charge of Pacific Air Forces, will begin his four-year term as Air Force Chief of Staff once he is sworn in on Aug. 6.   As Chief of Staff, Brown’s priorities include pursuing joint all-domain command and control, changing how the service works with the defense industry and non-traditional suppliers, using new technology to train Airmen, empowering commanders to make decisions, ensuring space superiority, and establishing flexible logistics.  https://www.airforcemag.com/senate-confirms-brown-to-lead-air-force-in-historic-vote/  (10 June 2020)

    • ·         New Leaders Nominated for ACC, AMC.  Lt. Gen. Mark Kelly to receive his fourth star and take over as commander of ACC and Lt. Gen. Jacqueline Van Ovost for her fourth star and assignment as commander of AMC.  https://www.airforcemag.com/new-leaders-nominated-for-acc-amc/  (10 June 2020)
    • ·         DoD Rescinds Travel Restrictions in 44 Places in U.S., Overseas.  The Defense Department is rescinding its travel restrictions for troops in nearly four dozen places, though several appear to fall short of the Pentagon’s requirements for freer movement.  The Pentagon on June 8 named 38 states, the District of Columbia, and five countries where it says conditions have improved enough to let personnel move more freely: Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, D.C., Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, New York, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Oregon, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Washington, West Virginia, and Wyoming.  Bahrain, Belgium, Germany, Japan, and the United Kingdom.  https://www.airforcemag.com/dod-rescinds-travel-restrictions-in-44-places-in-u-s-overseas/  (9 June 2020)
    • ·         Senators Endorse Space Force Reserve But Question Guard.  The Senate Armed Services Committee endorsed the creation of a reserve component for the Space Force in new legislation but want more evidence that a Space National Guard is necessary as well.  The committee this week approved its version of the fiscal 2021 defense policy bill 25-2, and the legislation could head to the Senate floor for a vote by the full chamber as early as next week.  https://www.airforcemag.com/senators-endorse-space-force-reserve-but-question-guard/  (11 June 2020)
    • ·         Air National Guard to Fall Short of Fiscal 2020 End Strength Goal.  The Air National Guard will fall approximately 1,000 personnel short of its authorized end strength of 107,500 at the end of fiscal 2020 due to a drop in retention, despite recruitment being slightly on the rise, ANG Director Lt. Gen. Scott Rice said.  While the Air National Guard is working to determine the cause of the retention issues, Rice said he suspects the uncertainty and activation tempo associated with COVID-19 are contributing factors.  https://www.airforcemag.com/air-national-guard-to-fall-short-of-fiscal-2020-end-strength-goal/  (11 June 2020)
    • ·         Roper: KC-46 IOT&E and Full-Rate Production Could Be Accelerated Just a day after the Air Force announced that a full-rate production decision on the KC-46 tanker will have to wait until late fiscal 2024 due to extended testing of the redesigned Remote Vision System for tanking operations, the service’s acquisition executive offered his hope that the timetable may be accelerated by laboratory testing of RVS elements.The service and Boeing will work with the new and improved Remote Vision System in hardware-in-the-loop laboratories—one at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, and one at Boeing’s Everett, Wash., facility, Air Force acquisition boss Will Roper said June 10. The new system—called RVS 2.0—will have 4K cameras, a LIDAR system for three-dimensional visualization and distance measuring; all to correct perception and distortion problems with the existing RVS.  https://intrepidinc.zoom.us/j/94562591262?pwd=t2hjtfrfn0s3cna2m2nnejg4cdbrqt09&status=success  (11 June 2020)
    • ·         Tennessee Air Guardsmen Create VR Simulator for Maintainer Training A pair of Tennessee Air National Guardsmen are collaborating with the Warner Robins Air Logistics Complex and the augmented reality/virtual reality development studio Moth+Flame—with support from ARCWERX—to let maintainers practice running USAF aircraft engines using virtual reality.  https://www.airforcemag.com/tennessee-air-guardsmen-create-vr-simulator-for-maintainer-training/  (10 June 2020)
    • ·         Hickam, JBSA, Tinker to Host Next 5G Tests.  The Defense Department is rolling out fifth-generation wireless technology for experimentation and testing at seven more military bases, including the Air Force’s main training base.  Each base was selected for its ability to “provide streamlined access to site spectrum bands, mature fiber and wireless infrastructure, access to key facilities, support for new or improved infrastructure requirements, and the ability to conduct controlled experimentation with dynamic spectrum sharing,” according to a Pentagon release. The Air Force installations will each tackle a different mission area. The future 5G system at Hickam will focus on enhancing aircraft readiness, the network at Joint Base San Antonio will enable augmented reality for maintenance and training, and the system at Tinker will teach researchers about bi-directional spectrum sharing between the military and commercial industry.  https://www.airforcemag.com/hickam-jbsa-tinker-to-host-next-5g-tests/ (4 June 2020)
    • ·         AFA 2020 Air, Space & Cyber Conference.  Registration is now open for the Air Force Association's 2020 Air, Space & Cyber Conference.  The theme of the conference is Aerospace Nation: Air, Space & Cyber Forces in the Fight.  This conference is the nation's premier defense and aerospace professional development event, ideal for military, government, industry, and academic professionals interested in aerospace and cyber developments.  September 14-16, 2020, Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center, National Harbor, MD.  (15 May 2020)

    o   The Air Force Association staff is carefully monitoring and assessing COVID-19 pandemic implications daily.  We are currently planning to host ASC2020 as scheduled. We will contact all registered attendees immediately if the conference status changes, as well as post information on our website.  In the event that AFA must cancel the event, AFA will process full refunds for any confirmed registrations at the time of cancellation, minus any membership payments.

    Visit https://www.afa.org/events/calendar/2020-09-14/air-space-cyber-conference for more information about our conference and technology exposition.

    ·         AFA Golf Tournament.  Our annual Golf tournament is scheduled for 7 October 2020 at the Arrowhead Country Club.  This will be a best-ball scramble tournament followed by dinner and an awards ceremony.  Please mark your calendars as more information will be out in the near future.  (15 May 2020)

    ·         Personnel:

    • ·      N/A
    • ·         Job Opportunities:
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    • ·         Introductions:
    • ·         Ashley Roseboro, aroseboro@roseboroholdings.com, Office: (202) 780-7064 Mobile: (336) 508-1102

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

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