New Members Appointed to the Defense Advisory Committee on Women in the Services

The Department of Defense (DoD) announced today the induction of six new members to the Defense Advisory Committee on Women in the Services (DACOWITS). DACOWITS provides the department with advice and recommendations on matters and policies relating to the recruitment and retention, treatment, employment, integration and well-being of highly-qualified professional women in the Armed Forces. The new additions include retired Lt. Gen. Judith A. Fedder, retired Sgt. Maj. Norma J. Helsham, Therese A. Hughes, Kyleanne M. Hunter, Pat W. Locke, and retired Rear Adm. Cari B. Thomas.

 

The committee is comprised of 20 members, who include prominent civilian women and men from academia, industry, public service and other professions, as well as military retirees and veterans. Members represent a distribution of demography, academia, industry, public service and other professions. They are selected based on military experience or woman-related workforce issues.

 

„I am honored to be part of DACOWITS and to help the committee advise the secretary of defense on important matters affecting the service of women in our armed forces,” stated retired Lt. Gen.  Fedder.

 

Current and newly appointed committee members are:

·       Dr. Kristy E. Anderson

·       Retired Col. John Boggs, Marine Corps

·       Retired Maj. Gen.  Sharon K. G. Dunbar, Air Force

·       Retired Lt. Gen. Judith A. Fedder, Air Force

·       Sharlene W. Hawkes

·       Retired Sgt. Maj.  Norma J. Helsham, Army

·       Therese A. Hughes

·        Kyleanne M. Hunter, Marine Corps veteran

·       Retired Command Sgt. Maj.  Michele S. Jones, Army

·       Pat W. Locke, Army veteran

·       Retired Maj. Gen.  John Macdonald, Army

·       Monica Medina, Army veteran

·       Janie L. Mines, Navy veteran

·       Brian Morrison, Navy veteran

·       Retired Fleet Master Chief  JoAnn M. Ortloff, Navy

·       Vice Adm. (Ret.) Carol M. Pottenger, Navy

·       Sgt. Maj. of the Army (Ret.) Kenneth O. Preston, Army

·       Retired Rear Adm. Cari B. Thomas, Coast Guard

·       Retired Gen Janet C. Wolfenbarger, Air Force

·       Dr. Jackie Young

The six new members were sworn-in at the start of the committee’s March quarterly business meeting earlier today. Anthony M. Kurta, performing the duties of the under secretary of defense for personnel and readiness, provided formal remarks.

“I have followed the work of DACOWITS for years while on active duty,” said retired Rear Adm. Thomas, “I am humbled by those whose footsteps that I will now follow.”

About the New Committee Members:

Judith Fedder.  A retired three star general officer, Fedder now serves as the director of Global Sales and Marketing for the Boeing Company. Fedder is responsible for new business growth within the company’s premier performance-based logistics unit, and establishes and leads strategic and tactical planning, market coordination, and overall proposal development and support.

Norma Helsham.  A retired Army veteran with over thirty-two years of leadership experience, Helsham now works for United Airlines as a lead representative responsible for all manifest operations and handover of the aircraft to flight and ground control personnel at Dulles airport.

 

Therese Hughes.  Hughes has vast professional experience working at the local, county, state, and national level. She currently is finishing a photography project titled, “Military Women: WWII to Present,” honoring women veterans. In 2014, the project was featured at the Women in Military Service for America Memorial located at Arlington National Cemetery.

 

Kyleanne Hunter. A SuperCobra pilot with over 950 combat hours as an aircraft commander in support of Operations Iraqi and Enduring Freedom, Hunter received seven Air Strike/Flight Medals. She is currently a Ph.D. candidate of the Josef Korbel School of International Studies at the University of Denver, and works as a research associate for the Carnegie Corporation of New York.

 

Pat Locke. The founder and president of the Seeds of Humanity Foundation, Locke designed the program to promote the development and education of children. She was among the first class of women at the United States Military Academy and the first black woman to graduate from West Point. She is also the co-author of the book, “The Power of Civility.”

Cari Thomas. With over 20 years of leadership, education and training, organizational change and public relations experience as a flag officer in the U.S. Coast Guard, Thomas now works as the executive director of the Navy League of the United States. She previously served as the chairperson of the Board for the Sea Service Leadership Association, which hosts the annual Joint Women’s Leadership Symposium.

 

About the Defense Advisory Committee on Women in the Services

 

After over 65 years in existence, DACOWITS is one of the oldest DoD federal advisory committees. The committee was established following the signing of the Women’s Armed Services Integration Act in 1948, by then Secretary of Defense George C. Marshall. The new law enabled women to serve as permanent, regular members of the Armed Forces in the Army, Navy, Marine Corps, and the recently formed Air Force.

The committee provides an invaluable service to the department as an independent body of „citizen” advisors. The committee’s operations and output are focused and formalized. This requires a dedicated core of members who are available to receive specialized training on service issues and group facilitation techniques, and who can provide meaningful feedback and assessments.

The committee provides an annual report to the secretary of defense with information gathered through installation visits, business meetings, relevant reports and survey data, and input from individual Service members. This combination of research and first-hand experiences provides a solid basis for each DACOWITS recommendation.

More information about DACOWITS can be found at http://dacowits.defense.gov/

Advanced Clean Transportation (ACT) Expo Announces 2017 Keynote and Full Speaker Lineup

/EINPresswire.com/ — SANTA MONICA, CA–(Marketwired – March 22, 2017) – The Advanced Clean Transportation (ACT) Expo, North America’s largest advanced clean transportation event, today announced the featured speaker lineup for its 2017 conference, taking place May 1-4 at the Long Beach Convention Center in Southern California. Throughout the four-day event, attendees will learn from organizations that are driving clean transportation progress across all fleet applications in the midst of an ever-changing market and regulatory environment. All alternative fuels and advanced clean vehicles technologies will be covered — including electric, hybrid, hydrogen, natural gas, propane autogas, renewable diesel, and efficiency technologies. View the full agenda.

„In developing the agenda for the annual ACT Expo, we aim to bring together the leading fleet operators and other industry stakeholders that can share insight into the business case behind their commitment to deploying alternative fuel vehicles and expanding infrastructure,” explained Erik Neandross, CEO of clean transportation consulting firm and producers of the event, GNA. „From mitigating the impact of volatile petroleum prices to proactively addressing continually tightening emissions regulations, attendees will learn how low carbon fuels and advanced vehicle technologies will provide fleets with a competitive advantage in the near- and long-term.”

The opening keynote presentation will be provided by Thom Shea, a highly decorated U.S. Navy SEAL, distinguished author, renowned leadership coach, and president and CEO of Adamantine Alliance. With a number of policy and budget changes at the federal level, and the always present oil price roller coaster, the advanced technology and alternative fuels sectors face continued uncertainty and possible headwinds. Shea will share first-hand accounts from his time as a Navy SEAL and exhilarating insight on how the world’s most successful people can thrive in the face of adversity and uncertainty.

A public policy roundtable will feature leading policymakers and public agencies discuss how the new administration in Washington, DC will shift the landscape for advanced clean transportation technologies and infrastructure. Policy and regulatory influences have always played a critical role in fuel efficiency standards, cleaner engines, and other advanced vehicle technology development, procurement, and deployment — all of which affect fleet operations. Panelists include:

  • Margo Oge, former director of the Office of Transportation Air Quality at the U.S. EPA and author of „Driving the Future: Combating Climate Change with Cleaner, Smarter Cars,” who will provide insight into what to expect over the next four years at the EPA given her more than 30 years with the agency.
  • Randy Frye, State Representative of District 67 at the Indiana State House of Representatives, who worked with U.S. VP Mike Pence to advance alternative fuel vehicles in Indiana.
  • Anne Korin, co-director of the Institute for the Analysis of Global Security (IAGS) and senior adviser to the United States Energy Security Council, who has an in-depth understanding of the effect of petroleum resources in the current geopolitical landscape.
  • Sandra Berg, Vice Chair of the California Air Resources Board, who is urging the state of California to continue leading the nation in the development and deployment of clean transportation solutions.

Other featured speakers include:

  • Mike Casteel, Director of Fleet Procurement, UPS
  • Gary Maresca, Senior Director of Fleet Services, Bimbo Bakeries USA
  • Mark Matheson, CEO & President, Matheson Trucking
  • Kathryn Garcia, Commissioner, New York City Department of Sanitation
  • Pete Melin, Director of Zero Emission Technology, Metro Transit of King County
  • Mike Silva, Civil Engineer & Project Manager, CR&R
  • Kary Schaefer, General Manager of Marketing & Strategy, Daimler Trucks North America
  • Steve Center, VP of Environmental Business Development & Product Regulatory Office, American Honda
  • Bob Myers, Division Chief of Equipment, California Department of Transportation
  • Jonathan Randall, Senior Vice President of North American Sales, Mack Trucks
  • Rob Neitzke, President, Cummins Westport

The 2017 ACT Expo program is planned in partnership with leading industry associations-including the Electric Drive Transportation Association (EDTA), the North American Council for Freight Efficiency (NACFE), Propane Education and Research Council (PERC), Businesses for Social Responsibility (BSR), the California Hydrogen Business Council, Securing America’s Future Energy (SAFE), and the U.S. Department of Energy Clean Cities team, among many others.

Additional speakers, including keynotes, will be announced over the next few weeks. Value registration rates are available until March 31st. For more information, visit www.actexpo.com.

About the Advanced Clean Transportation (ACT) Expo

ACT Expo is North America’s largest clean vehicle event, representing all weight classes and alternative fuels-including electric, hybrid, hydrogen, natural gas, propane autogas, renewable fuels, and advanced technologies. The seventh year conference and expo is set for May 1-4, 2017 in Long Beach, California and is expected to assemble thousands of attendees from across the advanced vehicle and alternative fuels industries. The annual event is produced by Gladstein, Neandross & Associates (GNA), the leading North American consulting firm specializing in market development for low-emission and alternative fuel vehicle technologies, infrastructure and fuels for both on and off-road applications. GNA and Penton Trucking, the transportation industry’s leading business intelligence provider and home of many premier brands for trucking insights, formed a strategic partnership in 2017 to further grow the annual event. Learn more at www.actexpo.com and www.gladstein.org

Indiana Mesothelioma Victims Center Now Offers Tips for A Diagnosed Navy Veteran in Indiana to Ensure They Hire the Nation’s Most Experienced Lawyers for A Better Compensation Outcome

Before a person in Indiana with mesothelioma hires a lawyer/law firm to assist with a compensation claim they are urged to contact the Indiana Mesothelioma Victims Center anytime at 800-714-0303 ”

— Indiana Mesothelioma Victims Center

NEW YORK, NEW YORK, USA, March 21, 2017 /EINPresswire.com/ — The Indiana Mesothelioma Victims Center is now offering vital tips about hiring a lawyer or law firm to assist with a mesothelioma compensation claim for a person who lives in Indiana-especially if they are a US Navy Veteran. The Center fears most people with mesothelioma in Indiana will never receive proper compensation for this rare cancer caused by asbestos exposure because they had no way of differentiating between the nation’s most skilled and capable mesothelioma attorneys and a local car accident or personal injury law firm.

Before a Navy Veteran or person in Indiana with mesothelioma hires a lawyer/law firm to assist with a financial compensation claim they are urged to contact the Indiana Mesothelioma Victims Center anytime at 800-714-0303 for extremely honest advice. http://Indiana.MesotheliomaVictimsCenter.Com

Vital Tips about hiring a law firm to help with a mesothelioma compensation claim for a US Navy Veteran with this rare cancer in Indiana from the Indiana Mesothelioma Victims Center: „If we had incredibly vital tips when it comes to hiring a lawyer or law firm to assist with a mesothelioma compensation claim in Indiana for US Navy Veteran they would be require the lawyer to provide references that he/she were the lead attorney on at least two mesothelioma compensation claims involving US Navy Veterans in the last twelve months that resulted in a million dollar compensation settlement. When the lawyer cannot prove- they have these types of references for a Navy Veteran please call us at 800-714-0303 for direct access to some of the nation’s top mesothelioma attorneys who have these types of references.” http://Indiana.MesotheliomaVictimsCenter.Com

The Indiana Mesothelioma Victims Center’s unsurpassed services for diagnosed people with mesothelioma in Indiana is a statewide initiative and available to a diagnosed person with mesothelioma in communities such as Indianapolis, Fort Wayne, Evansville, South Bend, Hammond, or Bloomington.

The Indiana Mesothelioma Victims Center says, “Mesothelioma is caused by exposure to asbestos. High risk work groups for exposure to asbestos in Indiana include US Navy Veterans, power plant workers, oil refinery workers, steel mill workers, manufacturing, or industrial workers, plumbers, electricians, auto mechanics, machinists, or construction workers. In most instances the diagnosed person’s exposure to asbestos occurred in the 1950’s, 1960’s, 1970’s, or 1980’s.

For the best possible mesothelioma treatment options in Indiana the Indiana Mesothelioma Victims Center strongly recommends the following heath care facility with the offer to help a diagnosed victim, or their family get to the right physicians at this hospital:

* Purdue University Center for Cancer Research West Lafayette, Indiana:
https://www.cancerresearch.purdue.edu/

The average age for a diagnosed victim of mesothelioma is 72 years old. Frequently victims of mesothelioma are initially misdiagnosed with pneumonia. This year between 2500, and 3000 US citizens will be diagnosed with mesothelioma. Mesothelioma is attributable to exposure to asbestos.

The states indicated with the highest incidence of mesothelioma include Maine, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Maryland, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Ohio, West Virginia, Virginia, Michigan, Illinois, Minnesota, Louisiana, Washington, and Oregon. Mesothelioma also happens in Indiana as the Center would like to explain anytime.

The Indiana Mesothelioma Victims Center says, “Please call us at 800-714-0303 and compare the qualifications of who we consider to be the nation’s most skilled mesothelioma attorneys to any other lawyer, or law firm.” http://Indiana.MesotheliomaVictimsCenter.Com

For more information about mesothelioma please refer to the National Institutes of Health’s web site related to this rare form of cancer: http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/mesothelioma.html

Michael Thomas
Indiana Mesothelioma Victims Center
800-714-0303
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Future Helicopter Technology Event 2017 – Final Early Bird Booking Discount Is Expiring This Month

Future Helicopter Technology 2017

Last chance to save on the next Future Helicopter Technology conference

LONDON, SELECT, UNITED KINGDOM, March 22, 2017 /EINPresswire.com/ — The final booking discount for SMi Group’s military conference, Future Helicopter Technology will expire on the 31st March 2017. This discount is available for all types of bookings and will be the last chance for attendees to save substantial money when booking their spot at this year’s leading helicopter conference.

Sponsored by ISOCLIMA spa and taking place on the 18th and 19th May at the Crowne Plaza Rome St. Peter’s Hotel & Spa, in Rome, Italy. Recent attendees include the likes of: NATO Defence College Foundation, Lockheed Martin, Hungarian Air Force, Transaero Inc. USA, Alkan, Vector Aerospace and more.

Conference highlights include:

1. Top military rotary commanders from Italy, Spain, Germany, Denmark and Belgium, giving you essential access to those making strategic and equipment decisions

2. More helicopter platforms represented than any other military event in 2017 including: NH90, TIGER, Sikorsky UH-60, Bell UH-1Y, CH-53E Super Stallion and Merlin Mk3

3. NEW for 2017: A detailed focus on Maritime Helicopter Optimisation with high level briefings from USMC, Royal Navy and Commander Italian Naval Aviation

4. A dedicated solutions zone where cutting edge solution providers will showcase the very best helicopter technologies and systems available today

Unlike other events, Future Helicopter Technology 2017 will deliver real insight and learning experiences through its expertly selected speakers from around the world.

Organisations presenting this year include: Italian Air Force, Austrian Air Force, Royal Danish Air Force, Italian Army, German Army, Spanish Army, US Marines, Italian Navy, DGA, Belgian Air Component, Commando Helicopter Force, NATO (NAHEMA), OCCAR, European Personnel Recovery Centre, International Test Pilot School, Research Council Canada-Institute for Aerospace Research and many more still to be announced.

A special rate of £899 is available to government and acting military personnel. Register by 31st March to save a further £100.

A detailed agenda and full speaker line-up can be viewed on the website.

Future Helicopter Technology 2017
Rome, Italy
18 and 19 May 2017
http://www.futurehelicopter.co.uk/einpr

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Contact Information:
Proudly sponsored by ISOCLIMA spa, for information on sponsoring and exhibiting, contact Sadia Malick on: +44 207 827 6748, smalick@smi-online.co.uk
For media enquiries, contact Shannon Cargan on +44 207 827 6138 or scargan@smi-online.co.uk
To register, visit the event website at http://www.futurehelicopter.co.uk/einpr

About SMi Group:
Established since 1993, the SMi Group is a global event-production company that specializes in Business-to-Business Conferences, Workshops, Masterclasses and online Communities. We create and deliver events in the Defence, Security, Energy, Utilities, Finance and Pharmaceutical industries. We pride ourselves on having access to the world’s most forward thinking opinion leaders and visionaries, allowing us to bring our communities together to Learn, Engage, Share and Network. More information can be found at http://www.smi-online.co.uk

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Dunford: Now is the Time to Address Military Readiness Shortfalls

WASHINGTON, March 22, 2017 — Military readiness must be bolstered, Defense Department leaders told the Senate Appropriations Defense Subcommittee today.

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and Marine Corps Gen. Joe Dunford, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told the senators that sequestration gutted military readiness and asked the committee to approve a $30 billion amendment to the fiscal year 2017 defense budget request to help the department recover.

Dunford was quick to point out that service members are sacrificing and that because of those sacrifices, “the joint forces can defend the homeland and our way of life, we can meet our alliance commitments and we maintain an overall competitive advantage over any potential adversary.”

The general does not want any potential adversary to think the United States cannot defend itself. Still, if the current budget climate is allowed to continue, the U.S. competitive advantage will continue to erode, he said.

Military actions around the globe add their own special erosion. “Fifteen years of war have also taken a toll on our people and our equipment,” Dunford said. “Many of our men and women continue to deploy as much as they are home. Similarly, our platforms, weapons and equipment are showing signs of wear. In many cases, we have far exceeded the planned service life for our vehicles, our aircraft and our ships.”

Delayed Modernization

Budget battles also impose readiness blockages. “Eight years of continuing resolutions and the absence of predictable funding has forced the department to prioritize near-term readiness at the expense of modernization and advance capability development,” the general said. “We now face what has been described as a bow wave of modernization requirements for both our nuclear and our conventional forces.”

Potential foes see this, he said, and invest money into capabilities in space, cyber, electronic warfare and missile defense, again closing the gap between themselves and the United States.

“It’s important that we reverse that trend,” Dunford added.

The fiscal 2017 defense budget request is a much-needed first step and it will address the most urgent near-term readiness concerns, the chairman said. It will fund current operations, address personnel shortfalls, resource training and improve maintenance across the joint force. “The additional request for resources also allows us to procure limited quantities of needed equipment to fill holes in our deploying units,” he said.

The budget amendment also contains $5.8 billion for overseas contingency operations. This will allow the military to further accelerate the campaign against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, Dunford said. “From my perspective, not having the OCO money will restrict our ability actually to accelerate the campaign and seize opportunities,” the general said. “We’ll lose some flexibility.”

The extra money is needed to buy spare parts, ammunition and for more soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines. “We really do have many of our people that are home about an equal amount of time to the time they deployed,” the chairman told the subcommittee. “I visited one U.S. Navy ship last September. They were under way in a previous 12 months 70 percent of the time. They were at sea because of an important ballistic missile defense capability.”

Equipment Shortages

The budget asks for some extra equipment. “We see that particularly in the case of the aviation enterprise, where units have fewer aircraft than they rate,” he said, which creates two problems.

The first is the unit doesn’t have the system needed to go to war. “The other is they don’t have sufficient aircraft to train,” Dunford said. “And so, our pilots also have degraded readiness as a result of not have sufficient aircraft.”

The chairman used a Navy squadron in Oceana Naval Air Base, Virginia, as an example. The squadron rates 10 aircraft, but actually has only five mission-ready aircraft. “You can’t get pilots to the right level of training proficiency on those five aircraft, which has two effects: one, is a readiness effect,” he said. “The other is, over time, is a morale issue. We see the same thing with helicopters in the Army.”

The chairman’s experiences over the past decade give him a much broader definition of readiness. “To me, it’s about what actions are necessary to make units whole, to allow them to be combat effective and deployable,” he said. “Today, it’s a combination not only of maintaining equipment that we have; not only addressing the spare parts shortfall, but actually … now replacing shadows [on] the ramp where equipment doesn’t physically exist in the unit at a material condition that would allow us to deploy it.”

Now is the time to address this situation, he said. Any delay just pushes the readiness problem down the road. The military will ensure that units deploying in harm’s way have the training, personnel, spare parts and equipment they need. But the units at home station will be stripped and the cost to bring readiness to acceptable levels will be much more farther down the budgetary road.

“So admittedly, some of these initiatives won’t realize a readiness benefit until 2019 or ’20, but if we don’t take the action in ’17, that will simply become 2021 or ’22,” he said.

(Follow Jim Garamone on Twitter: @GaramoneDoDNews)

Dunford: Now is the Time to Address Military Readiness Shortfalls

WASHINGTON, March 22, 2017 — Military readiness must be bolstered, Defense Department leaders told the Senate Appropriations Defense Subcommittee today.

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and Marine Corps Gen. Joe Dunford, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told the senators that sequestration gutted military readiness and asked the committee to approve a $30 billion amendment to the fiscal year 2017 defense budget request to help the department recover.

Dunford was quick to point out that service members are sacrificing and that because of those sacrifices, “the joint forces can defend the homeland and our way of life, we can meet our alliance commitments and we maintain an overall competitive advantage over any potential adversary.”

The general does not want any potential adversary to think the United States cannot defend itself. Still, if the current budget climate is allowed to continue, the U.S. competitive advantage will continue to erode, he said.

Military actions around the globe add their own special erosion. “Fifteen years of war have also taken a toll on our people and our equipment,” Dunford said. “Many of our men and women continue to deploy as much as they are home. Similarly, our platforms, weapons and equipment are showing signs of wear. In many cases, we have far exceeded the planned service life for our vehicles, our aircraft and our ships.”

Delayed Modernization

Budget battles also impose readiness blockages. “Eight years of continuing resolutions and the absence of predictable funding has forced the department to prioritize near-term readiness at the expense of modernization and advance capability development,” the general said. “We now face what has been described as a bow wave of modernization requirements for both our nuclear and our conventional forces.”

Potential foes see this, he said, and invest money into capabilities in space, cyber, electronic warfare and missile defense, again closing the gap between themselves and the United States.

“It’s important that we reverse that trend,” Dunford added.

The fiscal 2017 defense budget request is a much-needed first step and it will address the most urgent near-term readiness concerns, the chairman said. It will fund current operations, address personnel shortfalls, resource training and improve maintenance across the joint force. “The additional request for resources also allows us to procure limited quantities of needed equipment to fill holes in our deploying units,” he said.

The budget amendment also contains $5.8 billion for overseas contingency operations. This will allow the military to further accelerate the campaign against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, Dunford said. “From my perspective, not having the OCO money will restrict our ability actually to accelerate the campaign and seize opportunities,” the general said. “We’ll lose some flexibility.”

The extra money is needed to buy spare parts, ammunition and for more soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines. “We really do have many of our people that are home about an equal amount of time to the time they deployed,” the chairman told the subcommittee. “I visited one U.S. Navy ship last September. They were under way in a previous 12 months 70 percent of the time. They were at sea because of an important ballistic missile defense capability.”

Equipment Shortages

The budget asks for some extra equipment. “We see that particularly in the case of the aviation enterprise, where units have fewer aircraft than they rate,” he said, which creates two problems.

The first is the unit doesn’t have the system needed to go to war. “The other is they don’t have sufficient aircraft to train,” Dunford said. “And so, our pilots also have degraded readiness as a result of not have sufficient aircraft.”

The chairman used a Navy squadron in Oceana Naval Air Base, Virginia, as an example. The squadron rates 10 aircraft, but actually has only five mission-ready aircraft. “You can’t get pilots to the right level of training proficiency on those five aircraft, which has two effects: one, is a readiness effect,” he said. “The other is, over time, is a morale issue. We see the same thing with helicopters in the Army.”

The chairman’s experiences over the past decade give him a much broader definition of readiness. “To me, it’s about what actions are necessary to make units whole, to allow them to be combat effective and deployable,” he said. “Today, it’s a combination not only of maintaining equipment that we have; not only addressing the spare parts shortfall, but actually … now replacing shadows [on] the ramp where equipment doesn’t physically exist in the unit at a material condition that would allow us to deploy it.”

Now is the time to address this situation, he said. Any delay just pushes the readiness problem down the road. The military will ensure that units deploying in harm’s way have the training, personnel, spare parts and equipment they need. But the units at home station will be stripped and the cost to bring readiness to acceptable levels will be much more farther down the budgetary road.

“So admittedly, some of these initiatives won’t realize a readiness benefit until 2019 or ’20, but if we don’t take the action in ’17, that will simply become 2021 or ’22,” he said.

(Follow Jim Garamone on Twitter: @GaramoneDoDNews)

USO-Metro Honors Enlisted Leaders, Actor Gary Sinise

ARLINGTON, Va., March 22, 2017 — The USO of Metropolitan Washington-Baltimore and Marine Corps Gen. Joe Dunford, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, honored military senior enlisted advisors and presented actor Gary Sinise with the Spirit of Hope Award during a gala here last night.

The gala built upon the USO slogan, “The Force Behind the Forces” in presenting awards to the top noncommissioned officers in the joint force and their wives. Actor-comedian Jon Stewart was master of ceremonies for the event, which also recognized former Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Terry Bradshaw for his contributions to the USO.

Tireless Efforts

Sinise was honored for his tireless efforts to meet and entertain troops around the world with his Lt. Dan Band, named for the military character he played in the 1994 movie “Forrest Gump.” In presenting the Spirit of Hope Award to Sinise, who stars in the current TV series “CSI: New York,” Dunford spoke about a visit he and his wife made to a military hospital Balboa, California.

“It was a quiet Saturday morning, and as we were walking through the ward, there was a little bit of a hubbub in front of us,” he said. “As we walked up, there was Gary Sinise. There wasn’t any cameras rolling, there wasn’t any media covering anything. It was a Saturday, and Gary Sinise was there to entertain troops at Camp Pendleton. But before that, he had a personal interaction with each one of the troops and each of the families, and you could tell when he left the room that they knew this was somebody who, in his heart, actually, genuinely cared.

“For all the things he’s done, I think what I am most appreciative of is that Gary cares for the people that I call my family,” the chairman added.

Sinise was characteristically modest in accepting the award — the first time an individual has received USO-Metro’s highest award, which is named after legendary USO supporter Bob Hope.

“When I first started doing this, no one knew my name, but they had all seen the movie so they called me Lieutenant Dan,” he said. “My first visit to Bethesda-Walter Reed was on Sept. 11, 2003. It was a tough time. … We were losing way too many troops, there were way too many Gold Star families, way too many wounded. I just wanted to do something.”

Meaningful Role

His iconic “Forrest Gump” role as an Army lieutenant who lost both legs in combat in Vietnam was something far too many American service members could identify with. “After Sept. 11, we had a whole new generation of Lieutenant Dans coming home,” he said. “There was a role for me to play. Who would have thought that playing a role in a movie could actually mean something?”

When he visited the wounded, Sinise said, they would ask about Lieutenant Dan and he would talk about the character’s resilience in moving forward, and overcoming his injuries and succeeding in life. “That story of Lieutenant Dan seemed to mean something to others,” he added. “It was greater than just me playing a part.”

Honoring Enlisted Leaders

Elaine Rogers, the president of USO-Metro, said the organization wanted to honor senior enlisted advisors because of their integral efforts in shaping the organization’s programs. “They were the first people in the military I contacted when I came to the USO, and they have been there for us ever since,” she said.

A battle buddy or shipmate couple introduced each senior enlisted couple:

— Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Paul F. Zukunft and his wife, Fran, introduced Master Chief Petty Officer of the Coast Guard Steven W. Cantrell and his wife, Janet;

— National Guard Bureau Chief Air Force Gen. Joseph L. Lengyel and his wife, Sally, introduced Air National Guard Chief Master Sgt. Mitchell O. Brush and his wife, Blaire;

— Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David L. Goldfein and his wife, Dawn, introduced Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force Kaleth O. Wright and his wife, Tonya;

— Vice Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Bill Moran and his wife, Patricia, introduced Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy Steven S. Giordano and his wife, Elka;

— Marine Corps Commandant Gen. Robert B. Neller introduced Sgt. Maj. of the Marine Corps Ronald L. Green and his wife, Andrea;

— Army Vice Chief of Staff Gen. Daniel B. Allyn and his wife, Debbie, introduced Sgt. Maj. of the Army Daniel A. Dailey and his wife, Holly; and

— Dunford and his wife, Ellyn, introduced Army Command Sgt. Maj. John Wayne Troxell, the senior enlisted advisor to the chairman, and his wife, Sandra.

Troxell spoke on behalf of all senior enlisted leaders across the joint force and said they accepted the award on behalf of all advisors throughout the military.

Invaluable Advice

“Senior enlisted advisors serve at battalions and squadrons, on ships at sea, at major combatant commands and right here in our nation’s capital,” he said. “They provide the invaluable advice to our chiefs, our chairman and those who are in command — responsible for accomplishing missions and upholding our Constitution and exacting the will of the American people.”

Troxell said enlisted leaders care for the nation’s greatest resource: the men and women of the joint force.

“It’s those men and women who make up our greatest competitive advantage over any adversary who challenges our nation, our partners, our freedom and our way of life,” he said.

USO-Metro operates four airport lounges in the Washington-Baltimore area and has six USO centers on military installations throughout the region. USO-Metro also has the special task of providing support at Walter Reed National Military Center in Bethesda, Maryland.

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Terrestrial Energy Announces Appointment of Former Chief Technology Officer of Westinghouse Regis Matzie To Advisory Board

/EINPresswire.com/ — OAKVILLE, ONTARIO–(Marketwired – Mar 22, 2017) – Terrestrial Energy announces that it has appointed Regis Matzie, PhD, to its Advisory Board. Dr. Matzie is recognized internationally as an expert in the nuclear power industry, having spent 35 years in technical and management roles, as well as 30 years in the United States Navy, in active and reserve service. Dr. Matzie’s career has been devoted primarily to the development of advanced nuclear systems and advanced fuel cycles. He currently serves as International Subcommittee Chair on the Nuclear Energy Advisory Committee, which provides independent advice to the US Department of Energy – Office of Nuclear Energy.

Dr. Regis Matzie served as the Chief Technology Officer at Westinghouse Electric Company from 2001 to 2009. Dr. Matzie was responsible for all research and development and advanced nuclear plant development at Westinghouse. Prior to this, Dr. Matzie spent 25 years with ABB Combustion Engineering (CE) and its predecessor organization CE, in various roles of the Nuclear Power section, including: Vice President of Nuclear Engineering; Vice President of Nuclear Systems Development; Director of Advanced Water Reactor Projects; Manager of Reactor Engineering; and Manager of Analog Plants.

Dr. Matzie graduated from the United States Naval Academy, where he obtained a BS in Physics, and served in the United States nuclear submarine program for five years. He earned his MS and PhD in Nuclear Engineering from Stanford University. He is the author of more than 110 technical papers and reports on the subject of advanced nuclear systems and advanced fuel cycles.

Dr. Matzie made the following comments about his appointment:

„This is an exciting time for the nuclear industry, and a time of change. After studying Advanced Reactors for most of my career I am very pleased to see real progress in the deployment of these game changing reactors. I have been impressed with Terrestrial Energy’s molten salt reactor system. The company’s ability to deliver on its plans positions it as a clear advanced reactor leader. I am proud to lend my decades of experience to its efforts internationally, and I am excited to see an Advanced Reactor power plant, one using Terrestrial Energy’s Integral Molten Salt Reactor technology become a commercial reality.”

About Terrestrial Energy

Terrestrial Energy is a vendor of an Advanced Reactor power plant that uses its proprietary Integral Molten Salt Reactor (IMSR®) technology. This technology represents true innovation in cost reduction, safety and functionality. It will provide clean, convenient, dispatchable and cost-competitive heat for many industrial applications, including electric power provision and heat for industrial processes, such as chemical synthesis and desalination. IMSR® technology extends the application of nuclear energy far beyond electric power markets. IMSR® power plants promise to transform industrial competitiveness, energy security, and drive economic growth. Their deployment can realize rapid global decarbonization of the primary energy system by displacing fossil fuel combustion across a broad spectrum. Using an innovative design based on proven and demonstrated Molten Salt Reactor technology, IMSR® power plants can be brought to market in the 2020s.

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Terrestrial Energy Announces Appointment of Former Chief Technology Officer of Westinghouse Regis Matzie To Advisory Board

/EINPresswire.com/ — OAKVILLE, ONTARIO–(Marketwired – Mar 22, 2017) – Terrestrial Energy announces that it has appointed Regis Matzie, PhD, to its Advisory Board. Dr. Matzie is recognized internationally as an expert in the nuclear power industry, having spent 35 years in technical and management roles, as well as 30 years in the United States Navy, in active and reserve service. Dr. Matzie’s career has been devoted primarily to the development of advanced nuclear systems and advanced fuel cycles. He currently serves as International Subcommittee Chair on the Nuclear Energy Advisory Committee, which provides independent advice to the US Department of Energy – Office of Nuclear Energy.

Dr. Regis Matzie served as the Chief Technology Officer at Westinghouse Electric Company from 2001 to 2009. Dr. Matzie was responsible for all research and development and advanced nuclear plant development at Westinghouse. Prior to this, Dr. Matzie spent 25 years with ABB Combustion Engineering (CE) and its predecessor organization CE, in various roles of the Nuclear Power section, including: Vice President of Nuclear Engineering; Vice President of Nuclear Systems Development; Director of Advanced Water Reactor Projects; Manager of Reactor Engineering; and Manager of Analog Plants.

Dr. Matzie graduated from the United States Naval Academy, where he obtained a BS in Physics, and served in the United States nuclear submarine program for five years. He earned his MS and PhD in Nuclear Engineering from Stanford University. He is the author of more than 110 technical papers and reports on the subject of advanced nuclear systems and advanced fuel cycles.

Dr. Matzie made the following comments about his appointment:

„This is an exciting time for the nuclear industry, and a time of change. After studying Advanced Reactors for most of my career I am very pleased to see real progress in the deployment of these game changing reactors. I have been impressed with Terrestrial Energy’s molten salt reactor system. The company’s ability to deliver on its plans positions it as a clear advanced reactor leader. I am proud to lend my decades of experience to its efforts internationally, and I am excited to see an Advanced Reactor power plant, one using Terrestrial Energy’s Integral Molten Salt Reactor technology become a commercial reality.”

About Terrestrial Energy

Terrestrial Energy is a vendor of an Advanced Reactor power plant that uses its proprietary Integral Molten Salt Reactor (IMSR®) technology. This technology represents true innovation in cost reduction, safety and functionality. It will provide clean, convenient, dispatchable and cost-competitive heat for many industrial applications, including electric power provision and heat for industrial processes, such as chemical synthesis and desalination. IMSR® technology extends the application of nuclear energy far beyond electric power markets. IMSR® power plants promise to transform industrial competitiveness, energy security, and drive economic growth. Their deployment can realize rapid global decarbonization of the primary energy system by displacing fossil fuel combustion across a broad spectrum. Using an innovative design based on proven and demonstrated Molten Salt Reactor technology, IMSR® power plants can be brought to market in the 2020s.

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RAPIDGate® Program Marks 13th Year of Securing U.S. Military Facilities, Saving Contractors Time at the Gate

HILLSBORO, Ore.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–SureID, Inc., the national leader in high-assurance identity management solutions, announced today that its flagship RAPIDGate® program has facilitated 380 million entrances and flagged 4 million ingresses at military facilities across the U.S. since its first military implementation at Washington state’s Joint Base Lewis-McChord1 in March 2004. Since that time, the RAPIDGate program has identity-proofed and credentialed more than 1,407,000 third-party personnel representing more than 78,000 companies and including more than 200,000 PIV-I credentials issued since 2014.

The RAPIDGate program provides increased security and streamlined access to highly secure facilities such as military installations, government buildings, federal agencies, manufacturing and distribution sites, commercial buildings, and ports. The program provides a single identity management and perimeter installation access control solution and credential for the high-assurance identity management of vendors, suppliers, service providers and other contractors who are not authorized to receive a Common Access Card (CAC). The program saves time and money both for the U.S. government and for the individual participants who seek access to RAPIDGate-enabled installations.

Over the last 13 years, individuals have accessed U.S. military installations using RAPIDGate credentials nearly 380 million times. The U.S. Navy first awarded SureID a contract on October 31, 2006 and adopted the RAPIDGate Program as the Navy Commercial Access Control System (NCACS) in 2010. In addition to the Navy the program can be found at U.S. Marine Corps, Coast Guard and Army installations throughout the U.S. and is used daily by thousands of companies and their employees.

The RAPIDGate program supports businesses of all sizes by handling the management of participant screening and credentialing for installation access while reducing unproductive wait times to get on base. Once a person is an approved participant of the RAPIDGate program, there is no need for daily visits to the Pass and ID office for a temporary access pass.

“Our primary goal is to ensure the safety of our military installations through unparalleled identity management solutions while streamlining the process for those who need access to bases,” said Steve Larson, CEO and founder of SureID, Inc. “Working across branches of service within the Defense Department and various departments within the federal government the RAPIDGate program stands alone in its low cost and high effectiveness to the military and in providing ease of use for the vendors and contractors using the program.”

The RAPIDGate program’s unique business model has enabled the Defense Department to realize cost savings because vendor participants, not the DoD or the individual service, generally pay a fee for enrolling in the RAPIDGate program.

Costs to vendor companies are generally recaptured through increased productivity of their employees. Often, vendors, suppliers and service providers who do not hold a RAPIDGate credential are required to obtain a new pass from the Pass and Identification Office for each visit to a specific base. This can be a long process that entails waiting in highly congested commercial vehicle inspection points. A RAPIDGate credential enables individual participants to quickly move through installation Entry Control Points.

Visit our website to learn more about the RAPIDGate program or to enroll.

About the RAPIDGate Program

The RAPIDGate program is an end-to-end high-assurance identity management solution. The program manages the identities and installation-specific access privileges of tens of thousands of program credential holders for access to military installations throughout the nation. RAPIDGate program participants can, with one credential, access any installation where the program is implemented so long as the company they represent has been sponsored by the installation or a tenant command, and is approved by the installation commanding officer. The RAPIDGate program is further enhanced by SureID’s complementary solution, the RAPID-RCx® program, which allow security personnel to scan driver’s licenses, CAC cards, Teslins, and TWICs.

About SureID, Inc.

SureID, Inc. (www.SureID.com) is the market leader in high-assurance identity solutions. The company creates end-to-end trusted identity programs offering full credential lifecycle management through the combination of registration, identity proofing, background screening, credentialing and identity authentication for government, private enterprise and individuals including contractors, vendors and other authorized personnel. SureID’s RAPIDGate® program provides an enterprise-wide, single-credential high assurance identity for the U.S. Navy, Marine Corps, Coast Guard and Army and the critical infrastructure sector across the country. SureID, Inc. is the leading issuer of PIV-I credentials. Founded in November 2001, SureID is headquartered in Hillsboro, Ore., with offices in Minot, N.D., and Alexandria, Va.

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The base was formerly known as The United States Army Fort Lewis.