President’s Newsletter: May 2017

Hello all,

We’re half way through the 2017 Fiscal Year for our Chapter and we’ve much to celebrate! Thank you to all our volunteers at every level from those who support and lead our events, to Committee Chairs and Board Members…we couldn’t do what we do without your continued involvement. Because of this outstanding participation and hard work, we received the NDIA Model Chapter Award this year – congratulations to the Rocky Mountain Chapter!

This year, we set goals to stretch ourselves, to include:

  1. Deliver value to our membership through six meaningful membership events this fiscal year
  2. Deliver three white papers to local military organizations
  3. Collaborate with other defense-related professional organizations
  4. Develop relationships through support to four STEM activities and philanthropic programs
  5. Recruit and retain members through six social/mixer events

Here’s our report card to date:

MEMBERSHIP EVENTS: We held two luncheons, one special-guest event with Astronaut Michael Hopkins, and our Annual Membership meeting. We had great attendance at the luncheons and while the weather kept folks from our Winter Holiday Party, we had a fun time with lots of food! We have our next event in Denver on 14 June in conjunction with the Rocky Mountain Section of the American Institute for Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA). We will meet from 0800 through 1000 with the Commanders of the 460 Space Wing and the Aerospace Data Facility Colorado (ADF-C), each providing their respective mission brief. We will also have the Annual Ball on 6 October – look for more information on these events. If you’re interested in supporting or sponsoring an event, please contact Rayetta Lantzy (


WHITE PAPER: Our first white paper topic is the “Space Mission Force” or SMF and its reliance on reservists. The SMF white paper team is working diligently to deliver its results to the 50th Space Wing in the next month. If you’re interested in providing input or helping with the final review and editing, please contact Scott Gilson (


COLLABORATION: We sought to increase our participation with AFA and AFCEA this year…and we’ve expanded beyond those organizations. Together with AFA and AFCEA, we also had Rocky Mountain Section of the American Institute for Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) and the International Council on Systems Engineering – Colorado Front Range Chapter (INCOSE) participate with us in the NASA Astronaut visit with Astronaut Michael Hopkins. Additionally, we’re supporting the AFA program called the Multi-Domain Command & Control (MDC2) Conference. MDC2 is scheduled for 23 & 24 August at the Antlers Hotel. The following day, Friday 25 August, is our annual IMAGE golf tournament. IMAGE enjoys support from military and industry players (and duffers!) alike raising funds for our STEM activities. As mentioned earlier, we also have an event on 14 June in collaboration with the AIAA in Denver. For more information on MDC2, please contact Henry Baird; for IMAGE Golf, please contact Joe Kahoe (; for the joint AIAA/NDIA-RMC event please contact Scott Gilson ( or Kevin Mortensen (


STEM AND PHILANTHROPY: The STEM support efforts to date include a PongSat event with Edge of Space Sciences (EOSS). We helped three schools in a PongSat launch (St Mary’s High School, Fremont Elementary School, and Texarkana Middle School). NDIA-RMC sponsored the planning and the launch and recovery of a balloon that achieved an altitude of over 98,000 ft. Our Chapter provided judges to support two Science & Engineering Fairs. We also recognized six exemplary students in grades 6 through 8 at the Pikes Peak Regional Science Fair. We presented awards to students who exhibited creativity, science and engineering rigor, and with a potential application to national security. We also supported the annual fundraising events for the Armed Services YMCA, the local USO, and The Home Front Cares (THFC) together with our Women In Defense (WID) Chapter. We also participated in the annual STEM Fundraiser sponsored by our local WID Chapter. In the remainder of the fiscal year, we look forward to participating in even more philanthropic and STEM events. For more information and ways to provide support, please contact Michael Pennica (


MEMBERSHIP PROGRAM: We held three low-key social events for our more seasoned members to share their experience at “Mentor Moment” meetings. We worked with organizations around Colorado Springs to host these “Mentor Moments,” all had good attendance, and received positive feedback on the meetings as a valuable member service. If you would like to host a “Mentor Moment” or participate, please contact Rayetta Lantzy ( or Taylor Rodriguez (


Finally, a special thank you to those bringing our social media into the 21st Century. Along with our new website, we have LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter accounts, and use ConstantContact and PayPal to make event participation known and easy to register. Please visit each of these and follow us. For more information on our communications, please contact Taylor Rodriguez (


We’re very pleased with our progress to date in meeting our goals and look forward to continuing our reach-out to our members and the community. Our Government and Community Relations Committee Chair, Scott ‘Scooter’ Gilson, welcomes your recommendations for involvement in further developing our current relationships and beginning new ones; contact Scooter at


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