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MONTGOMERY CHAPTER CHAPTER - May 22, 2018

MITS Stresses Delivery of Capability at Speed of Need

The chapter hosted the 25th annual Montgomery Information Technology Summit (MITS), themed "Capability @ Speed of Need," in May at the Renaissance Montgomery Hotel & Spa at the Convention Center in Montgomery, Alabama. Brian Knott, chapter president, and F.R. Schnell, U.S. Air Force Business and Enterprise Systems (BES) and MITS government liaison, opened the conference. A welcome from Montgomery Mayor Todd Strange and Montgomery County Commission Chairman Elton Dean followed. The conference featured assorted presentations from speakers such as Richard Aldridge, program executive officer (PEO), BES, Maxwell Air Force Base, Gunter Annex; Brig. Gen. Michael Schmidt, USAF, PEO, Command, Control, Communications, Intelligence and Networks (C3I&N); Maj. Gen. Sarah Zabel, USAF, director of information technology acquisition process development in the Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Acquisition; William Marion, Air Force deputy chief information dominance and deputy chief information officer; Lauren Knausenberger, Air Force cyberspace innovation director; and Maj. Gen. Kimberly Crider, USAF, mobilization assistant to the undersecretary of the Air Force. MITS also included five panel discussions. In the first, Tony Nicholson, Air Force Integrated Logistics Systems-Supply (ILS-S) program manager, and Paul Saladna, lead engineer, NTT Data, discussed the success story of the ILS-S re-platform. The second panel presented a variety of Air Force road map briefings. Tanya Lambert, Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, BES, moderated the panel, which included Col. Kjall Gopaul, USAF, A-1, Air Force Personnel Operations Agency; Aspasia Wooldridge, Headquarters Air Force, A-4, portfolio advocacy; John Koski, Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Financial Management and Comptroller (SAF/FM); and Col. Corey Brunson, USAF, Deputy Undersecretary of the Air Force, Management (SAF/MG). The third panel focused on digital transformation and included GE Aviation executives Mark Banks, vice president, digital product management, and Todd Stiefler, general manager, military digital solutions. The fourth panel examined the common computing environment, including common service, automation, status and plans. Col. Robert King, USAF, moderated this discussion that included representatives from Isobar, CCE lead integrator, Amazon Web Services, AIS, The MITRE Corp. and Akamai. In the final panel, Maj. Theodore Erickson, USAF, led Kiran Chittargi of Leidos, Sam Brabham of eSolution Architects and Mike Chase of Smartronix in a discussion about cloud migration lessons, status and plans. MITS attendees were invited to the chapter's annual Education Foundation Luncheon. At the luncheon, nine students from the local River Region were recognized for their achievements with more than $45,000 in scholarships and internship opportunities.

Event Photographs:

Chapter President Brian Knott (c) welcomes Montgomery Information Technology Summit (MITS) presenters Richard Aldridge, program executive officer (PEO), Business and Enterprise Systems (BES) Directorate, Maxwell Air Force Base, Gunter Annex, Alabama (l), and Brig. Gen. Michael Schmidt, USAF, PEO, Command, Control, Communications, Intelligence and Networks (C3I&N), to the May event.
Chapter President Brian Knott (c) welcomes Montgomery Information Technology Summit (MITS) presenters Richard Aldridge, program executive officer (PEO), Business and Enterprise Systems (BES) Directorate, Maxwell Air Force Base, Gunter Annex, Alabama (l), and Brig. Gen. Michael Schmidt, USAF, PEO, Command, Control, Communications, Intelligence and Networks (C3I&N), to the May event.
Maj. Gen. Sarah Zabel, USAF, director of information technology acquisition process development in the Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Acquisition, speaks at MITS in May.
Maj. Gen. Sarah Zabel, USAF, director of information technology acquisition process development in the Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Acquisition, speaks at MITS in May.
Knott presents Lauren Knausenberger, Air Force cyberspace innovation director, with a token of appreciation for speaking at the May summit.
Knott presents Lauren Knausenberger, Air Force cyberspace innovation director, with a token of appreciation for speaking at the May summit.

For more details regarding this event contact:
Brandy Silvers
416-5656

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