Our summer activities shine the light on our commitment to delivering value to our National Defense through active participation, collaboration, and relationship development of our many volunteers. In a three-month period, our outreach efforts resulted in joint mission briefs, townhall-like industry interaction, a symposium, and our annual STEM outreach event – IMAGE (industry Military Annual Golf Event). In the next two months, we will conclude our elections, hold our annual Ball, announce the recipients of the 2017 Hartinger and Patriot Awards, and install our new Board and Executives as we start the new fiscal year. Here is a brief run-down on our summer activities, followed by our planning to date for our fall activities.
In conjunction with the Rocky Mountain Section of the American Institute for Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA), we met with the Commanders of the 460 Space Wing and the Aerospace Data Facility Colorado (ADF-C) in Denver. Each Commander provided their respective mission brief to the attendees to inform industry on the mission and needs. We anticipate holding this forum annually to improve the relationship between industry and the 460th and ADF-C and develop pathways to support their mission needs.
What started as a white paper for the 50th Space Wing on the Space Mission Force (SMF) and industry involvement blossomed into a series of townhall-like meetings, the first held at Schriever AFB with the 310th Space Wing, the only space wing in the Air Force Reserve. The “Industry Day” event afforded the 310th an opportunity to discuss the SMF structure, staffing, and training needs, and receive input from industry on SMF influence on businesses and their employees, especially those employees also serving in the Air Force Reserves. With another briefing anticipated in September, we will deliver our White Paper to the 50th this fall and invite both the 50th and the 310th to discuss the SMF with Industry at a luncheon after the first four-month SMF rotation in early 2018.
We supported the Multi-Domain Command & Control (MDC2) Symposium here in Colorado Springs, sponsored by our local Air Force Association (AFA) Sijan Chapter. MDC2 Symposium offered professional development for our AF enlisted force as well as panels, discussions, and briefings on the various aspects of creating a MDC2 structure and way-ahead. Senior leaders to include Brigadier General Chance “Salty” Saltzman (HAF/A3O), Major General Dale Meyerrose, USAF (Ret), Lieutenant General Glen W. “Wally” Moorhead, III, USAF (Ret), and General John “Jay” Raymond (AFSPC/CC) delivered their insights and led panel discussions on MDC2 structure, technology, tools, and implementation to improve warfighting capabilities of our National Defense.
Our annual STEM fundraising IMAGE golf tournament jointly sponsored by our NDIA RMC, AFA Sijan Chapter, and local Armed Forces Communications Electronics Association (AFCEA) Chapter, raised funds to support STEM scholarships. Held after the MDC2 Symposium, we had a great chance to unwind together and further develop relationships (personal and professional) all while supporting a great cause. A great thank you to all the sponsors who joined us and lend their support to our cause.
Just around the corner is our Annual Ball. Held on 6 October, we opened the registration and sponsorships online as part of our move to a more internet-based, social media savvy approach to marketing and communicating. Industry responded. Our Ball Committee is finalizing the details while our Awards Committee is sending the recipient announcements for the Hartinger and Patriot Awards. A formal, black-tie event, the Annual Ball is a long-standing tradition with Colorado Springs military and national defense industry communities and promises to live up to its reputation as world-class event. To register or to sponsor the event, please go to our website or click on this link: https://www.ndiarmc.org/events/2017-rocky-mountain-ball/
Again, thank you to the Chapter members for your award-winning involvement and please let us know where you think your time and talent could help us as well.
Richard H. ‘Doc’ Klodnicki, PhD, PMP
Rocky Mountain Chapter
National Defense Industrial Association