Tampa Bay Military Newsletter – 17 October 2017

Spotlight Event

Department of Military Science USF Annual Golf Scramble – 3 November – the Claw at USF

Announcements

Tampa Bay’s 50th Vietnam Commemoration Breakfast.

Sponsors needed for Tampa Bay’s 50th Vietnam Commemorative Breakfast so the breakfast is totally free for Vietnam veterans and a guest.

What: Free breakfast and program honoring Vietnam Veterans and their guest

When: Friday 10th of November 2017, 0800 – 0930

Where: Palma Ceia United Methodist Church 3723 W Bay to Bay Blvd, Tampa, FL 33629

Why: To honor those who participated in the Vietnam War, 50 years later, and give them some of the welcome home they never received

Who: Free for Vietnam Vets and their spouses, but they MUST RSVP. Others are also welcome for a $10 fee. (fee subject to change with sponsorship)

RSVP: With name and unit you were assigned with to Tampavetbreakfast@gmail.com

Program: Two speakers, LTG (R) Don Lionetti, who served with Headquarters I Field Force Vietnam Artillery (IFFV Arty) first as a battery commander, then as Assistant S-3 (Plans) for this Corps Artillery level organization located in II Corps Tactical Zone, Nha Trang, RVN and Ernest Hooper, a columnist from Tampa Bay Times.

Any questions, please feel free to contact Deirdre Dixon at Deirdre.dixon84@gmail.com .

========================================================================================

OPERATION STARTUP (OPSU) is a business actuator providing the Veteran start-up community with access to mentoring, educational programs, co-working, early stage business accelerator, events, and myriad networking opportunities. These services help mitigate factors that contribute to business failure, while increasing the likelihood of successful start-ups. Perhaps most importantly, the Operation Startup environment is sensitive to the needs of the military population, which helps facilitate a positive transition to civilian business conditions.  For more information and services offered CLICK HERE

Tampa Bay Military Newsletter – 31 August 2017

Spotlight Event

Announcements

Tampa Bay’s 50th Vietnam Commemoration Breakfast.

Sponsors needed for Tampa Bay’s 50th Vietnam Commemorative Breakfast so the breakfast is totally free for Vietnam veterans and a guest.

What: Free breakfast and program honoring Vietnam Veterans and their guest

When: Friday 10th of November 2017, 0800 – 0930

Where: Palma Ceia United Methodist Church 3723 W Bay to Bay Blvd, Tampa, FL 33629

Why: To honor those who participated in the Vietnam War, 50 years later, and give them some of the welcome home they never received

Who: Free for Vietnam Vets and their spouses, but they MUST RSVP. Others are also welcome for a $10 fee. (fee subject to change with sponsorship)

RSVP: With name and unit you were assigned with to Tampavetbreakfast@gmail.com

Program: Two speakers, LTG (R) Don Lionetti, who served with Headquarters I Field Force Vietnam Artillery (IFFV Arty) first as a battery commander, then as Assistant S-3 (Plans) for this Corps Artillery level organization located in II Corps Tactical Zone, Nha Trang, RVN and Ernest Hooper, a columnist from Tampa Bay Times.

Any questions, please feel free to contact Deirdre Dixon at Deirdre.dixon84@gmail.com .

========================================================================================

OPERATION STARTUP (OPSU) is a business actuator providing the Veteran start-up community with access to mentoring, educational programs, co-working, early stage business accelerator, events, and myriad networking opportunities. These services help mitigate factors that contribute to business failure, while increasing the likelihood of successful start-ups. Perhaps most importantly, the Operation Startup environment is sensitive to the needs of the military population, which helps facilitate a positive transition to civilian business conditions.  For more information and services offered CLICK HERE

Tampa Bay Military Information – 7 July 2017

Spotlight Event

WID GTB Evening Social & Chapter Charter Celebration

Please join us for our annual Evening Social and Chapter Charter Celebration! Our annual Chapter Charter Celebration is an opportunity to celebrate our member and chapter successes – and plan for even better things next year! We look forward to networking with all current and potential members and sincerely appreciate the community’s support as we continue to grow the Greater Tampa Bay Chapter. Registration fee includes drink ticket and hors d’oeuvres.

REGISTER HERE!

Announcements

Interns Summer Program

Thank you to Digital Globe, Pragmatics and BAH who hired over a dozen interns to assist on their ongoing programs!

++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

SOFWERX Eco-System

SOFWERX seeks to bring the right minds together to solve challenging problems.  SOFWERX sends notices via its eco-system to notify potential participants of upcoming challenges or SOCOM areas of interest.  To receive these notices and participate in the SOFWERX eco-system, please sign up on the SOFWERX Eco-System website.

++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

SOF for Life programs: helping prepare transitioning personnel above what the government provides.Global SOF Foundation hosts an online portal in which current and former SOF personnel can upload their resumes to be viewed by Global SOF Foundation corporate partners for employment opportunities. The second SOF for Life program is run by The Honor Foundation: a rigorous 12-week transition program for SOF that are 12 – 18 months out from leaving military service, either through retirement or separation.

++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

Tampa Bay’s 50th Vietnam Commemoration Breakfast.

Sponsors needed for Tampa Bay’s 50th Vietnam Commemorative Breakfast so the breakfast is totally free for Vietnam veterans and a guest.

What: Free breakfast and program honoring Vietnam Veterans and their guest

When: Friday 10th of November 2017, 0800 – 0930

Where: Palma Ceia United Methodist Church 3723 W Bay to Bay Blvd, Tampa, FL 33629

Why: To honor those who participated in the Vietnam War, 50 years later, and give them some of the welcome home they never received

Who: Free for Vietnam Vets and their spouses, but they MUST RSVP. Others are also welcome for a $10 fee. (fee subject to change with sponsorship)

RSVP: With name and unit you were assigned with to Tampavetbreakfast@gmail.com

Program: Two speakers, LTG (R) Don Lionetti, who served with Headquarters I Field Force Vietnam Artillery (IFFV Arty) first as a battery commander, then as Assistant S-3 (Plans) for this Corps Artillery level organization located in II Corps Tactical Zone, Nha Trang, RVN and Ernest Hooper, a columnist from Tampa Bay Times.

Any questions, please feel free to contact Deirdre Dixon at Deirdre.dixon84@gmail.com

Tampa Bay Military Information – 1 June 2017

Spotlight Event

WID GTB “Get Informed” Luncheon “Work Like a Captain, Play Like a Pirate”

Join us as we welcome Ms. Jessica K. Rasco as our June luncheon Speaker. Ms. Rasco is based at CENTCOM and represents The National Geospatial Intelligence Agency (NGA) as Chief of Geospatial Intelligence (GEOINT). Prior to this role, she served as the Deputy Director for the CENTCOM NGA Support Team. She has received the Distinguished Civilian Service Medal, Outstanding Woman of NGA, and Visionary Leadership Award. Ms. Rasco will discuss the future of GEOINT and share lessons learned from her distinguished career.

Wednesday, June 7th, from 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

The Tampa Yacht & Country Club
5320 Interbay Blvd., Tampa, FL 33611
$25members/$30 potential members/$35 At the Door
$5 Students/Free Active Duty Military
REGISTER HERE!

 

Tampa Bay Military Information – 20 April 2017

Spotlight Event

WID GTB “Get Informed” Luncheon

“Leadership in Federal Law Enforcement”

Join us for our May luncheon event as we welcome Special Agents Tara Jones and Gina Galle. Special Agent Jones works for the Defense Criminal Investigative Service (DCIS), the law enforcement arm of the Department of Defense (DoD), Office of the Inspector General. The DCIS mission is to conduct highly relevant, objective, professional investigations of matters critical to DoD property, programs, and operations that provide for our national security with emphasis on life, safety, and readiness. Special Agent Gina Galle works with the U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command’s Major Procurement Fraud Unit (CID-MPFU), which specializes in complex financial investigations alleging fraud, waste, and abuse against the U.S. Army. Special Agent Jones and Galle will speak about their perspective regarding their roles within the DoD IG law enforcement community, the types of cases they run, and their impact on the military/warfighter and the American tax payer.

Wednesday, May 3rd, from 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

The Tampa Yacht & Country Club
5320 Interbay Blvd., Tampa, FL 33611
$25members/$30 potential members/$35 At the Door
$5 Students/Free Active Duty Military

REGISTER HERE!

Federal Budget Update
25 April 2017 (by Greg Lankler – Mercury)

Four items to discuss –
1. Status of the FY17 Defense Appropriations Bill
2. Status of the FY17 Supplemental request submitted in March
3. Outlook for passage of an FY17 Omnibus
4. Outlook for the FY18 Defense Budget request.

1. FY17 Defense Appropriations Bill – Conference Report approved by the House at the end of March. (Pending in the Senate as part of an omnibus appropriations bill.)

In total, the bill provides $577.9 billion, an increase of $5.2 billion over the fiscal year 2016 enacted level and $1.6 billion more than the Obama Administration’s request.

$516.1 billion in base DoD discretionary funding – an increase of $2 billion above current levels – and

$61.8 billion in Overseas Contingency Operations (OCO)/Global War on Terrorism (GWOT) funding – $3.2 billion above current levels.

When combined with the $5.8 billion in supplemental funding enacted in the Continuing Resolution that passed in December, the total Defense funding for fiscal year 2017 is $583.7 billion, an increase of $10.9 billion over fiscal year 2016.

The agreement denies the troop reductions proposed in the previous Administration’s fiscal year 2017 budget request. Instead it provides increases above fiscal year 2016, including funds for an additional 1,000 active-duty Army soldiers, 1,000 Army National Guard soldiers, 1,000 Army Reserve soldiers, and 1,000 active-duty Marines.

The agreement also fully funds the authorized 2.1 percent pay raise for the military.

2. FY17 March Supplemental Request – Busts the budget caps for FY17.

$30 billion – $25B in Base Bill funding, $5B in OCO

The Appropriations Committees in the House and Senate have proposed a plan to provide $15B of the funding requested. Due to the 2011 Budget Control Act (BCA) caps, all funding will need to be put in the OCO, which is not subject to the caps, so the funding provided must have some defensible correlation to contingency operations. Negotiations over this funding are tied to White House demands for funding to begin construction of the border wall. As the demands and likelihood for wall funding decrease, the likelihood for this defense spending increases as the tradeoff for the White House.

3. FY17 Omnibus (Only appropriations for the VA and Military Construction have been signed into law. Omnibus includes all remaining agencies including the DoD. Hope is to include parts of the March Supplemental request with this.)

April 28th, Continuing Resolution (CR) currently funding government operations expires.

Congress may need to pass a one week CR prior to Friday to allow time for consideration of an omnibus by the House and Senate next week.

Much progress has already been made this week to get an agreement on an omnibus appropriation. The White House indicating it will accept “border security” and defense funding in lieu of direct wall funding is having a major impact. Demands by the House Freedom Caucus (roughly 30+ votes) to cut funding for Planned Parenthood or to Sanctuary Cities have gained almost no traction increasing the likelihood that Democrats in both the House and Senate will provide the votes needed to get a majority vote in the House, and enough to prevent a filibuster in the Senate.

While all this continues to be extremely fluid, and there is always the possibility that some issue could become a major sticking point, negotiations are trending very positively as compared to a week ago.

4. Administrations FY18 Defense Budget Request –

Trump requested $603B. $574B base, $65B for OCO.

The request busts the current budget caps under the BCA and thus would require a waiver or repeal of sequestration under the BCA.

There was very little detail (barely a page and a half for defense) provided in the “skinny” budget request submitted. The full budget request (with program level detail) is expected the week of May 22nd.

Importantly, Republican defense leaders in both the House and Senate have stated the request is inadequate and have declared this request “dead on arrival”. They note that the request is only $18.5B above what President Obama estimated for FY18 in his last budget. They say it should be at least $640B. Any increases in DoD funding must be matched by increases in non-defense discretionary funding (that’s certainly not what Trump’s budget proposes) or Senate Ds will filibuster appropriations bill.

Outlook – Headed for another likely CR for FY18 in September, and budget showdown late this year.

Tampa Bay Military Information – 23 March 2017

Spotlight Event

WID GTB “Get Informed” Luncheon

Breaking the Mold:  Lessons Learned from Women Business Owners

Join us for a panel discussion featuring a diverse group of woman business owners — all leading defense companies with varying capabilities, revenue, and stages of growth. They will share insights about lessons learned, company core capability offerings, factors contributing to their success, partnership and teaming strategies, and the advantages and disadvantages of working the federal government space. Our panelists include:

• Jennifer Metz, Managing Partner, SE2S
• Lisa Rosenthal, CEO, Mayvin
• Donna Huneycutt, COO & Co-Owner, Wittenberg Weiner Consulting
• Heidi Akers, Vice President & CFO, SmartSAT

Our panelists will also explain how they measure success and what motivated them to start their own companies. Don’t miss this unique event!

Tuesday, April 4th, from 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

The Tampa Yacht & Country Club
5320 Interbay Blvd., Tampa, FL 33611
$25members/$30 potential members/$35 At the Door
$5 Students/Free Active Duty Military

Announcements

Are you a Vetrepreneur or aspiring Vetrepreneur and need some business advice? We have several business advisors who provide free consulting. Our advisors have a myriad of experience and are SMEs in all aspects of business. These are by appointment only. Make appointment at OPSU@hccfl.edu.

OPSU Business Consulting Hours – OPSU, 2101 E. Palm Ave, Tampa FL

Every Thursday 9:30am – 2:00pm **Times Vary**
Every Friday 12-3:00pm
Every Thursday thru April 2017 6-8:00pm **Veterans Florida Entrepreneurship Program Participants have priority during this time slot**

========================================================================================
Overwhelmed by the multiple social media platforms and not sure where to start in developing your social media marketing strategy. Our Social Media Strategist will help make sense of the platforms and help to determine which will lend to growth of your business. These are by appointment only. Make appointment at OPSU@hccfl.edu.

OPSU Social Media Strategy Consulting
OPSU, 2101 E. Palm Ave, Tampa FL
Every 3rd Tuesday 12-2:00pm

Tampa Bay Military Information – 17 February 2017

Spotlight Event

WID GTB “Get Informed” Luncheon

Featuring:  Dr. Sarah Spradlin, CEO, Vitruvian Advantage

“Emotional Intelligence: Hiring Right the First Time”

Join us for our March luncheon event as we welcome Dr. Sarah Spradlin, CEO of Vitruvian Advantage one of Richmond, Virginia’s top full service workforce development firms, and the first female Principal Staff Director at United States Marine Corps Forces, Special Operations Command. Dr. Spradlin is a leading expert in the study of emotional intelligence as it relates to talent acquisition and succession management planning, transformational leadership & organizational resilience. She will discuss how to establish organizational resilience and grow a resilient workforce through emotional intelligence.

Wednesday, 1 March – 11:30 am – 1:00 pm
The Tampa Yacht & Country Club
5320 Interbay Blvd., Tampa, FL 33611

$25members/$30 potential members
$5 Students/Free Active Duty Military

Announcements

SOF for Life programs: helping prepare transitioning personnel above what the government provides. Global SOF Foundation hosts an online portal in which current and former SOF personnel can upload their resumes to be viewed by Global SOF Foundation corporate partners for employment opportunities. The second SOF for Life program is run by The Honor Foundation,:a rigorous 12-week transition program for SOF that are 12 – 18 months out from leaving military service, either through retirement or separation.
=======================================================================================
Rough Rider’s St. Patrick’s Day Pub Crawl
Saturday, March 11th from 3pm-11pm – Volunteers needed to help run it! (asking organizations to staff individual bars, staff/volunteers can participate in the fun for FREE)
• Attempt to break world record of most people in a pub crawl (Kansas City set record in 2013 at 4,885 people- Philadelphia and Savannah both have attempted and failed, now it’s Tampa’s TURN!)
• All money raised will go to support VA Haley’s Veterans Recreational Support Therapy Program
• Participants must visit 10 pubs- drinking alcohol is NOT required
• 30 Bars are participating
• Entry is $15
• Website to be published by 17 January for registration and specific details
• Any questions, Please contact Billy Hogan- hoganbilly@live.com 727-641-4124

Tampa Bay Military Information – 1 February 2017

Spotlight Event

USF Department of Military Science Golf Scramble

Get your team together and come out to support the USF Suncoast Battalion at Bay Palms Complex, MacDill AFB. The Professional Philanthropy Network is hosting its January Happy Hour in support of USO Central Florida! Kick off the New Year by celebrating our military at World of Beer on January 18th! 100% of the proceeds go to our local service members and their families through USO Programs and Services.

Friday, February 17th
7:30 am Registration
9:00 a.m. Shotgun
Bay Palm Complex
1803 Golf Course Avenue – MacDill AFB

$65 Entry Fee
Includes Breakfast appetizers, 18 holes/cart,
goody bag, Lunch, 1 raffle ticket and a small
bucket of range balls

For more information contact
Virgil Dugo (321) 914-8553 or visit http:/tinyurl.com/gnwxjef

Announcements

SOF for Life programs: helping prepare transitioning personnel above what the government provides.  Global SOF Foundation hosts an online portal in which current and former SOF personnel can upload their resumes to be viewed by Global SOF Foundation corporate partners for employment opportunities. The second SOF for Life program is run by The Honor Foundation,:a rigorous 12-week transition program for SOF that are 12 – 18 months out from leaving military service, either through retirement or separation.

=======================================================================================

Rough Rider’s St. Patrick’s Day Pub Crawl

Saturday, March 11th from 3pm-11pm – Volunteers needed to help run it! (asking organizations to staff individual bars, staff/volunteers can participate in the fun for FREE)

  • Attempt to break world record of most people in a pub crawl (Kansas City set record in 2013 at 4,885 people- Philadelphia and Savannah both have attempted and failed, now it’s Tampa’s TURN!)
  • All money raised will go to support VA Haley’s Veterans Recreational Support Therapy Program
  • Participants must visit 10 pubs- drinking alcohol is NOT required
  • 30 Bars are participating
  • Entry is $15
  • Website to be published by 17 January for registration and specific details
  • Any questions, Please contact Billy Hogan- hoganbilly@live.com 727-641-4124

Tampa Military Information – 18 January 2017

Spotlight Event:

Professional Philanthropy Network January Happy Hour

 The Professional Philanthropy Network is hosting its January Happy Hour in support of USO Central Florida!  Kick off the New Year by celebrating our military at World of Beer on January 18th!  100% of the proceeds go to our local service members and their families through USO Programs and Services.

Wednesday, January 18th

6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

World of Beer – Tampa International

5301 Avion Park Drive, Tampa, FL 33607

$10 Donation

Each guest will receive a complimentary drink and

Appetizers with their $10 donation.

Don’t miss out on raffle prizes like SeaWorld tickets, a TV, and more!

Announcements

SOF for Life programs: helping prepare transitioning personnel above what the government provides.  Global SOF Foundation hosts an online portal in which current and former SOF personnel can upload their resumes to be viewed by Global SOF Foundation corporate partners for employment opportunities. The second SOF for Life program is run by The Honor Foundation,:a rigorous 12-week transition program for SOF that are 12 – 18 months out from leaving military service, either through retirement or separation.

=======================================================================================

Rough Rider’s St. Patrick’s Day Pub Crawl

Saturday, March 11th from 3pm-11pm – Volunteers needed to help run it! (asking organizations to staff individual bars, staff/volunteers can participate in the fun for FREE)

  • Attempt to break world record of most people in a pub crawl (Kansas City set record in 2013 at 4,885 people- Philadelphia and Savannah both have attempted and failed, now it’s Tampa’s TURN!)
  • All money raised will go to support VA Haley’s Veterans Recreational Support Therapy Program
  • Participants must visit 10 pubs- drinking alcohol is NOT required
  • 30 Bars are participating
  • Entry is $15
  • Website to be published by 17 January for registration and specific details
  • Any questions, Please contact Billy Hogan- hoganbilly@live.com 727-641-4124

Tampa Bay Military Information – 4 January 2017

Spotlight Event

WID GTB “Get Connected” Social

Network with current and potential members!
Join WID Greater Tampa Bay Chapter for a networking social and January membership drive! Meet your peers and learn about our upcoming events for 2017! We invite you to join our chapter in strengthening and influencing our defense and national security industry by inspiring women, growing professional relationships, and cultivating the advancement of women leaders in government, military, and industry professions. Our event will take place on the covered patio area of the Tampa Yacht & Country Club.

Wednesday, January 11th
4:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
The Tampa Yacht & Country Club
5320 Interbay Blvd., Tampa, FL 33611
$10 members and potential members
Free Students & Active Duty Military
Click here to register.  

Announcements

SOF for Life programs: helping prepare transitioning personnel above what the government provides.  Global SOF Foundation hosts an online portal in which current and former SOF personnel can upload their resumes to be viewed by Global SOF Foundation corporate partners for employment opportunities. The second SOF for Life program is run by The Honor Foundation,:a rigorous 12-week transition program for SOF that are 12 – 18 months out from leaving military service, either through retirement or separation.