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MONTGOMERY CHAPTER CHAPTER - May 20, 2014
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MITS Conference Boasts Impressive Presentations and Attendance

In May, the chapter hosted its annual Montgomery Information Technology Summit (MITS) at local venue the Renaissance Hotel & Spa at the Convention Center, Montgomery, Alabama. The event drew a diverse crowd of more than 700 professionals from industry and government and featured an impressive lineup of speakers discussing the topic "Navigating Today's DoD Information Maelstrom." The conference agenda featured speakers from leadership positions within the Defense Department information technology, current and former military operators and intelligence professionals, and lively panel discussions. Conference presentations began after a brief introduction by Chapter President Lt. Col. Leonard Boothe, USAF. Lt. Gen. Michael Basla, USAF, chief, Information Dominance and chief information officer, Office of the Secretary of the Air Force, kicked off the day's agenda, followed by Maj. Gen. Steven Kwast, USAF, commander, Curtis E. Lemay Center for Doctrine Development and Education and vice commander, Air University; Lt. Gen. Ronald Burgess Jr., USA (Ret.), Auburn University; Col. Stephen Monks, USA (Ret.), Defense Acquisition University; Herbert Hunter Jr., director, Air Force Enterprise Service Division; Andrew White, research vice president, Gartner; and Maj. Gen. Craig Olson, USAF, program executive officer for C3I and networks. The agenda also featured a panel discussion moderated by Robert Shofner, program executive officer, Business Enterprise Systems, and included the following government speakers: Douglas Wiltsie, program executive officer for Enterprise Information Systems, Army; Victor Gavin, program executive officer for Enterprise Information Systems, Navy; Dr. Kenneth Fielding, deputy program executive officer for Defense Logistics Agency; and Terry Carpenter, component acquisition executive technical director for Defense Information Systems Agency. The impressive program of speakers continued with: Lt. Gen C.D. Moore II, USAF, commander, Air Force Life Cycle Management Center (AFLCMC); Brig. Gen. Kevin Wooton, USAF, director, communications and information, Air Force Space Command; and Tim Denman, cyber expert, Defense Acquisition University. An industry panel moderated by Dr. Tim Rudolph, technical adviser, Air Force Integrated Information Capabilities, AFLCMC, closed out Wednesday’s lineup, and featured the following professionals: Michelle Rudnicki, vice president, Cloud Computing and Growth Initiative, IBM; Tom Wojszynski, co-manager, Department of Defense Business, Google; Sean O'Leary, applications modernization consultant, HP; and Jason Opdycke, Department of Defense chief architect, Microsoft. Additionally, the chapter decided to once again host its annual Education Foundation Awards Luncheon in conjunction with MITS. The event drew a full house of industry and government MITS attendees who proudly applauded the hard-working students as they received more than $40,000 in various scholarship awards. In support of the Education Foundation, the chapter also hosted its Annual Tom Brantley Charity Golf Tournament at local venue Wynlakes Golf Course. Donations generated from the event totaled more than $140,000 for the Education Foundation to put toward supporting various science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) academics related initiatives such as scholarships, grants for underprivileged schools and dedicated students in the River Region. More than 50 companies made charitable donations and attended the event in support of the Education Foundation. The chapter thanks all corporate sponsors who generously donated via a golf and/or conference sponsorship in support of the Education Foundation. Overall, MITS 2014 was a great success. The chapter extends sincere thanks to all speakers for taking time to share their thoughts on "Navigating Today’s DoD Information Maelstrom" and the chapter looks forward to an equally as successful MITS 2015, tentatively scheduled for May 18-20, 2015.

Event Photographs:

Lt. Gen. Michael Basla, USAF, chief, Information Dominance and chief information officer, Office of the Secretary of the Air Force, kicks off the Montgomery Information Technology Summit (MITS) 2014 in May with an engaging presentation.
Lt. Gen. Michael Basla, USAF, chief, Information Dominance and chief information officer, Office of the Secretary of the Air Force, kicks off the Montgomery Information Technology Summit (MITS) 2014 in May with an engaging presentation.
Maj. Gen. Steven Kwast, USAF, commander, Curtis E. Lemay Center for Doctrine Development and Education and vice commander, Air University (l), networks with an attendee after his presentation during MITS 2014 in May.
Maj. Gen. Steven Kwast, USAF, commander, Curtis E. Lemay Center for Doctrine Development and Education and vice commander, Air University (l), networks with an attendee after his presentation during MITS 2014 in May.
In May, Program Executive Office (PEO) panelists Douglas Wiltsie (2nd from l), PEO, Enterprise Information Systems, Army; Victor Gavin (3rd from l), PEO, Enterprise Information Systems, Navy; Dr. Kenneth Fielding (3rd from r), deputy PEO, Defense Logistics Agency; and Terry Carpenter Jr. (2nd from r), component acquisition executive technical director for Defense Information Systems Agency, accept appreciation plaques from Lt. Col. Leonard Boothe, USAF, (far r), chapter president.  Robert Shofner (far l), PEO, Business Enterprise Systems, moderated the panel.
In May, Program Executive Office (PEO) panelists Douglas Wiltsie (2nd from l), PEO, Enterprise Information Systems, Army; Victor Gavin (3rd from l), PEO, Enterprise Information Systems, Navy; Dr. Kenneth Fielding (3rd from r), deputy PEO, Defense Logistics Agency; and Terry Carpenter Jr. (2nd from r), component acquisition executive technical director for Defense Information Systems Agency, accept appreciation plaques from Lt. Col. Leonard Boothe, USAF, (far r), chapter president. Robert Shofner (far l), PEO, Business Enterprise Systems, moderated the panel.
Dr. Tim Rudolph (far l), technical adviser, Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, moderates a discussion of industry panelists (l-r) Tom Wojszynski, co-manager, Department of Defense Business, Google; Michelle Rudnicki, vice president, Cloud Computing and Growth Initiative, IBM; Sean O'Leary, applications modernization consultant, HP; and Jason Opdycke, Department of Defense chief architect, Microsoft, during MITS 2014 in May.
Dr. Tim Rudolph (far l), technical adviser, Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, moderates a discussion of industry panelists (l-r) Tom Wojszynski, co-manager, Department of Defense Business, Google; Michelle Rudnicki, vice president, Cloud Computing and Growth Initiative, IBM; Sean O'Leary, applications modernization consultant, HP; and Jason Opdycke, Department of Defense chief architect, Microsoft, during MITS 2014 in May.
Members of Array Information Technology display signage and prepare to network during the Tom Brantley Annual Charity Golf Tournament. Array was a master level sponsor, donating a total of $7,500 to the Education Foundation via sponsorships. The company's recent AFCEA Information Technology Internship Program participant, Taylor Hopper (far l), assisted Array during the event, and received an invaluable opportunity to network with representatives from over 50 different companies, as well as members of government and the military.
Members of Array Information Technology display signage and prepare to network during the Tom Brantley Annual Charity Golf Tournament. Array was a master level sponsor, donating a total of $7,500 to the Education Foundation via sponsorships. The company's recent AFCEA Information Technology Internship Program participant, Taylor Hopper (far l), assisted Array during the event, and received an invaluable opportunity to network with representatives from over 50 different companies, as well as members of government and the military.

For more details regarding this event contact:
Taylor Gardiner
334-314-6763

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