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MONTGOMERY CHAPTER CHAPTER - Jun 18, 2013
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Who Moved the USAF's IT Cheese?

In June, the chapter hosted two annual events within the same week: a highly successful fundraiser for the Education Foundation immediately followed by the annual Montgomery Information Technology Summit (MITS). On Monday, the week kicked off with the Tom Brantley Golf Tournament in support of the chapter’s Education Foundation. More than 200 golfers and volunteers enjoyed camaraderie and fun at Wynlakes Country Club, Montgomery, Alabama. Numerous companies sponsored the event, and with the help of individuals, contributed nearly $150,000 to the Education Foundation. Among the top corporate donors were THE CENTECH GROUP Inc., Array Information Technology, Iron Bow Technologies, Northrop Grumman, IBM and Unisys. In conjunction with the golf tournament, the chapter hosted the Presidents Appreciation Luncheon as a thank you to all sponsors. A dinner social, sponsored by Harris, and a raffle event concluded the evening. On Tuesday and Wednesday, the chapter welcomed more than 600 military, government and industry attendees to MITS 2013, held at the Renaissance Hotel and Spa at the Convention Center, Montgomery, Alabama. The conference featured one and a half days of speakers presenting their ideas on the ongoing information technology (IT) evolution within the U.S. Air Force relative to the conference theme, "Who Moved My IT Cheese?" playing off author Spencer Johnsons best-selling book "Who Moved My Cheese?" On Tuesday, Lt. Gen. Mike Basla, USAF, chief information officer; Maj. Gen. Craig Olson, USAF, program executive officer for C3I and Networks; and Brig. Gen. Kim Crider, USAF, mobilization assistant to the chief information officer (CIO), kicked off the conference by laying the foundation of the Air Force’s transformation and the CIOs evolving role. Next, Alfred Rivera and Scott Baker, Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA), explained how DISA is changing and reorganizing to meet the new challenges of the Air Force and the Defense Department, especially in the areas of cloud and mobile computing. Dr. Tim Rudolph, chief technology officer, Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, then explained how the Air Force is taking advantage of a commoditized IT infrastructure that should result in more capability at a lower cost. Robert “Shof” Shofner closed the executive session by encouraging the audience members not only to embrace change but in keeping with the conference theme to savor the adventure and enjoy the new cheese. The Air Force is adopting mobile technology to enhance mission effectiveness, and the afternoon session included a lively panel discussion with various experts in mobile technology. Bill Marion, chief technology officer, chief information officer, Air Force Space Command, provided key insights into current and future plans for getting more mobile technology into the hands of the Air Force personnel. Various industry experts provided their views on how the USAF can best take advantage of this profound technology. Throughout the remaining day and half, audience members were briefed on various topics ranging from IT operations in support of Operation Unified Protector to upcoming business opportunities at the Program Executive Office for Business and Enterprise Systems. Overall, the conference was a great success and the chapter extends a thank you to all corporate sponsors, attendees, speakers and event volunteers.

Event Photographs:

Bill Marion (seated l), chief technology officer, Air Force Space Command, answers a question during the mobile computing panel discussion in June. Other panel members include (seated, 2nd from l to r) Henry Torres, Brocade Communications Federal Sales, U.S. Air Force and National Guard; Michael Zirkle, associate director of public sector solutions and marketing, Verizon Enterprise Solutions; and Dave Meeker, Roundarch Isobar vice president. Joe Besselman (standing l), chapter president, and Bob Frye, panel moderator, react to Marion’s comments.
Bill Marion (seated l), chief technology officer, Air Force Space Command, answers a question during the mobile computing panel discussion in June. Other panel members include (seated, 2nd from l to r) Henry Torres, Brocade Communications Federal Sales, U.S. Air Force and National Guard; Michael Zirkle, associate director of public sector solutions and marketing, Verizon Enterprise Solutions; and Dave Meeker, Roundarch Isobar vice president. Joe Besselman (standing l), chapter president, and Bob Frye, panel moderator, react to Marion’s comments.
Besselman (l) introduces speaker Robert “Shof” Shofner, who spoke to MITS attendees regarding “Setting the Integration Stage” in June.
Besselman (l) introduces speaker Robert “Shof” Shofner, who spoke to MITS attendees regarding “Setting the Integration Stage” in June.
In June, Steve Wright, chief, Integration Division of the Program Executive Office C3I and Networks (C3I&N), Maxwell Air Force Base-Gunter Annex, speaks to MITS attendees regarding Integration Successes within the C3I&N Collaborative Information Environment.
In June, Steve Wright, chief, Integration Division of the Program Executive Office C3I and Networks (C3I&N), Maxwell Air Force Base-Gunter Annex, speaks to MITS attendees regarding Integration Successes within the C3I&N Collaborative Information Environment.
MITS 2013 conference attendees network during a break between speaker presentations at the June event.
MITS 2013 conference attendees network during a break between speaker presentations at the June event.
Volunteers provide well-needed refreshments for participants at the chapter's June Education Foundation fundraiser.
Volunteers provide well-needed refreshments for participants at the chapter's June Education Foundation fundraiser.

For more details regarding this event contact:
Tom Wojszynski
2022698020

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