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Military Information – 22 June 2016

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Women In Defense Greater Tampa Bay  – 4th Annual Chapter Charter Celebration!

Join WID GTB on 12 July for our 4th Annual Charter celebration at the Centre Club in Tampa. Our guest of honor is General Ann E. Dunwoody, the First Female Four Star General. GEN Dunwoody will share her experiences, leadership style and her book, “A Higher Standard.” “A Higher Standard” will be available for purchase immediately following GEN Dunwoody’s presentation. We respectfully request you not bring any books purchased elsewhere. Only books sold at the Charter Celebration on 12 July will be signed by GEN Dunwoody.

Tuesday, July 12,
5:30 – 8:00 p.m.

The Centre Club – 123 South Westshore Blvd.

REGISTER HERE!

Announcements

The National Forensic Science Center is in need of sponsors and donors for its annual ROTC Cadet Summer Internship Program.

This summer, ROTC Cadets from across the country will attend a rigorous, two-week, one-of-a-kind Biometrics and Forensic Internship at our Largo headquarters. NFSTC has been committed to this program as it truly complements our work and because of this, we have provided this amazing opportunity at no charge to ROTC cadets or the Command since 2009.

This year, more than 80 Cadets applied for the coveted chance to learn skills, tools and techniques that will make them stronger leaders in our nation’s armed forces.

Once again, we have launched a campaign to ask companies and individuals to support this program through sponsorship and donations. Your support shows your commitment to educating future Army leaders through a unique internship experience they do not receive in college and or basic ROTC training.

Learn more about giving opportunities at nfstc.causevox.com, or download information here.

Custom corporate giving opportunities are also available.

NFSTC is proud to support our ROTC Cadets and science and STEM education, and we appreciate our sponsors. We are looking forward to meeting this year’s Cadets!
American Victory

GOAL: commemorate the 75th Anniversary of Pearl Harbor with a cruise on 3 December 2016

NEED: raise $250,000 in order to dry dock the ship in August – Our dollars will go a long way to preserve the ship as one of only four operational World War II merchant vessels in the U.S., and Tampa’s only non-profit, national historic landmark dedicated to community service. Sponsorship Levels: contribution by in-kind donation, credit card or check made payable to American Victory Ship

Interested Sponsors: contact Bill Kuzmick at director@americanvictory.org or (813) 228-8766 for more information.

 

Hillsborough Community College

4th Annual Veterans Entrepreneurship Training Symposium (VETS)

 This annual one day event (during Veterans Day week), provide Veterans, active duty service members, their spouses, and business partners with an opportunity to exchange ideas, learn about and explore the field of entrepreneurship and self-employment, while connecting with other entrepreneurs, business leaders, and community resources. Now in its fourth year, the VETS event has served over 1,000 attendees, and community partners. This event is 100% sponsored and is provided at no cost to the attendees.  The symposium features networking in the morning followed by keynote speakers, and a catered lunch. The afternoon revolves around a series of high impact workshops led by subject matter experts on various topics related to entrepreneurship. The capstone event for the day is a “shark tank” Business Pitch Competition, where Veterans pitch their early stage businesses or business ideas for cash prizes.

As with any event, especially an event completely free to our Veterans HCC is in need of sponsorship. Below are the links to VETS sponsor opportunities and the Eventbrite link to the event.

https://foundation.hccfl.edu/pages/VET-symposium

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/4th-annual-veterans-entrepreneurship-training-symposium-vets-tickets-25670846192?aff=eac2

Military Information – 15 June 2016

Spotlight Event

You are personally invited to the June Luncheon from

AFCEA Tampa Pelican Chapter.

 Our Guest Speaker:

Mr. Sean Belgrade – SVP Daytona International Speedway

 Speaker Topic: Daytona Rising

 Date:  16 June 2016 – 11:00 am

Location:  DoubleTree

4500 West Cypress Street, Tampa, FL 33607

 Register Now

Announcements

The Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce is looking for volunteers and participants for the Operation Partnership Civilian Career Day, presented by USAA on June 24, 8am-12pm. This is the event where active duty and reservists spend a morning with a business person, and see what a typical day in a civilian career would be like. For many service members, this will be their first networking experience with the Tampa Bay business community.

If you would like to register as a volunteer, you can use the link here. We are looking for 50 Active duty and reservists who want to attend can use the same link. Feel free to send this along to any service members you know who might be interested. Please let me know if you have any questions.

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The National Forensic Science Center is in need of sponsors and donors for its annual ROTC Cadet Summer Internship Program.

This summer, ROTC Cadets from across the country will attend a rigorous, two-week, one-of-a-kind Biometrics and Forensic Internship at our Largo headquarters. NFSTC has been committed to this program as it truly complements our work and because of this, we have provided this amazing opportunity at no charge to ROTC cadets or the Command since 2009.

This year, more than 80 Cadets applied for the coveted chance to learn skills, tools and techniques that will make them stronger leaders in our nation’s armed forces.

Once again, we have launched a campaign to ask companies and individuals to support this program through sponsorship and donations. Your support shows your commitment to educating future Army leaders through a unique internship experience they do not receive in college and or basic ROTC training.

Learn more about giving opportunities at nfstc.causevox.com, or download information here.

 

Custom corporate giving opportunities are also available.

 

NFSTC is proud to support our ROTC Cadets and science and STEM education, and we appreciate our sponsors. We are looking forward to meeting this year’s Cadets

Military Information – 8 June 2016

Spotlight Event:

You are personally invited to the June Luncheon from

AFCEA Tampa Pelican Chapter.

 Our Guest Speaker:

Mr. Sean Belgrade – SVP Daytona International Speedway

 Speaker Topic: Daytona Rising

 Register Now

Announcements:

The Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce is looking for volunteers and participants for the Operation Partnership Civilian Career Day, presented by USAA on June 24, 8am-12pm. This is the event where active duty and reservists spend a morning with a business person, and see what a typical day in a civilian career would be like. For many service members, this will be their first networking experience with the Tampa Bay business community.

If you would like to register as a volunteer, you can use the link here. We are looking for 50 Active duty and reservists who want to attend can use the same link. Feel free to send this along to any service members you know who might be interested. Please let me know if you have any questions.

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Military Information – 1 June 2016

Spotlight Event

Women in Defense Greater Tampa Bay Chapter June “Get Informed” Luncheon

 Featuring:   Ms. Janet E. Petro, Deputy Director, John F. Kennedy Space Center

 We are pleased to welcome Ms. Janet Petro, Deputy Director for John F. Kennedy Space Center as our June luncheon speaker.

 Ms. Petro will share insights from her distinguished career as a commissioned officer in the U.S. Army, executive management positions at SAIC, and McDonnell Douglas Aerospace Corporation, all leading to her career at NASA. Please join us for this exciting event.

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

 Tampa Yacht and Country Club – 5320 Interbay Blvd, Tampa, FL 33611

 Register Now

Announcements

The Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce is looking for volunteers and participants for the Operation Partnership Civilian Career Day, presented by USAA on June 24, 8am-12pm. This is the event where active duty and reservists spend a morning with a business person, and see what a typical day in a civilian career would be like. For many service members, this will be their first networking experience with the Tampa Bay business community.

If you would like to register as a volunteer, you can use the link here. Active duty and reservists who want to attend can use the same link. I’ve also attached the flyer for active duty and reservists. Feel free to send this along to any service members you know who might be interested. Please let me know if you have any questions.

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Military Information – 27 May 2016

Spotlight Event

Women in Defense Greater Tampa Bay Chapter June “Get Informed” Luncheon

 Featuring:   Ms. Janet E. Petro, Deputy Director, John F. Kennedy Space Center

 We are pleased to welcome Ms. Janet Petro, Deputy Director for John F. Kennedy Space Center as our June luncheon speaker.

 Ms. Petro will share insights from her distinguished career as a commissioned officer in the U.S. Army, executive management positions at SAIC, and McDonnell Douglas Aerospace Corporation, all leading to her career at NASA. Please join us for this exciting event.

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

 Tampa Yacht and Country Club – 5320 Interbay Blvd, Tampa, FL 33611

 Register Now

Announcements

The Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce is looking for volunteers and participants for the Operation Partnership Civilian Career Day, presented by USAA on June 24, 8am-12pm. This is the event where active duty and reservists spend a morning with a business person, and see what a typical day in a civilian career would be like. For many service members, this will be their first networking experience with the Tampa Bay business community.

If you would like to register as a volunteer, you can use the link here. Active duty and reservists who want to attend can use the same link. I’ve also attached the flyer for active duty and reservists. Feel free to send this along to any service members you know who might be interested. Please let me know if you have any questions.

Military Information – 18 May 2016

Spotlight Event

OHH

Thursday, 19 May – 6:00 pm

Operation Helping Hand Dinner

James A. Haley VA Hospital

13000 Bruce B. Downs Boulevard, Tampa, FL 33612 Click here for more information

Since 2004, Operation Helping Hand has extended all necessary efforts to assist and support over 950 military wounded/injured being treated at the James A. Haley VA Hospital, and many of their visiting families. 

Operation Helping Hand’s main purpose in having monthly dinners to let the patients and their families know that we recognize, honor, support, and thank them for their sacrifices and for what they have done for us.

Their mission includes assistance and support to all poly trauma patients, both those presently in the VA Hospital and those “out patients” that are residing outside of the Hospital and still undergoing Hospital treatments, whether they are still on active duty OR are discharged or retired.  As long as they have served OIF or OEF (meaning they have served in Iraq or Afghanistan), Operation Helping Hand will help them in any way possible.

Military Information – 12 May 2016

Federal Budget Update
11 May 2016 (by Greg Lankler – Mercury)

Legislative action on the FY17 National Defense Authorization Act (commonly referred to as the NDAA, and which sets Department of Defense policies and authorizes funding for DoD programs), and the FY17 Defense Appropriations Act (which provides the appropriations for these activities) has begun in both the House and Senate.

The House Armed Services Committee approved its version of the NDAA on April 28th with a bipartisan vote of 60 to 2. The full House will begin consideration of this legislation as early as next week. Some highlights of the legislation –

• Halts and begins to reverse the drawdown of military end strength, preserving the active duty Army at 480,000 (the President’s request proposed a reduction of 20,000) and adding 3,000 Marines and 4,000 Airmen in FY17.

• Fully funds a 2.1% military pay raise.

• Prohibits the Department of Defense from implementing another round of Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC).

• Provides funding above the President’s budget request to restore a Carrier Air Wing, and provides the following procurement quantity increases above the requested levels: 11 additional F-35s and 14 F-18s, three C-130Js, four C-40s, and two V-22 aircraft; and 36 UH-60 Blackhawks and five Apaches.

• Provides $592 million to address war reserve shortfalls in critical munitions.

• Increases Navy Ship and Aircraft depot maintenance and afloat readiness by $530 million and Air Force depot maintenance by $430 million, while also including $160 million for Navy Cruiser modernization and $67 million for Marine Corps logistics.

• Supports 90% of requirements for facilities sustainment and 88% of requirements for facilities restoration and modernization. This is an increase of 19% above the President’s budget in each category.

• Provides $59 billion for Overseas Contingency Operations (OCO). About $16 billion in the wartime spending account has been designated to address shortfalls identified in the President’s regular DoD (base) budget request, meaning that the OCO funds will only last until April 2017.

A complete summary of the legislation is available here – Chairman’s Mark Summary: H.R. 4909 NDAA for FY17

The Senate Armed Services Committee is considering its version of the NDAA this week. Consideration in the subcommittees began on the 10th and the Full Committee is expected to complete action on the bill by the end of the week. While details on the legislation are embargoed until consideration is completed, some highlights have already leaked –

• Bans a new round of base closures requested by the Pentagon.

• Includes a lower-than-projected pay raise of 1.6 percent, rather than 2.1 percent approved by the House.

The House Appropriations Defense Subcommittee will consider the FY17 Defense Appropriations Act on Wednesday evening. Specific funding levels for DoD programs will not be released until the Full Committee considers the bill next week, but following are some available highlights –

• Includes $517 billion in base budget funding—about $587 million less than the administration’s budget request—and $59 billion for Overseas Contingency Operations (OCO).

• As in the House Armed Services Committee (HASC) budget, about $16 billion in the wartime spending account has been designated to pay for base expenses, meaning that the OCO funds will only last until April 2017.

• Includes $3 billion above the request for end strength – denying the troop reductions proposed by the President, and adding 28,715 active forces and 25,000 selected reserve forces above the requested levels.

• Fully funds the authorized 2.1 percent pay raise for the military, instead of 1.6 percent as requested by the President.

• Includes: $21.6 billion to procure 15 Navy ships, including two DDG-51 guided missile destroyers and three Littoral Combat Ships; $8.3 billion for 74 F-35 aircraft; $1.35 billion for 16 F/A-18E/F Super Hornet aircraft; $1.2 billion for 72 UH-60 Blackhawk helicopters; $881 million for 52 remanufactured AH-64 helicopters and $374 million for 10 new aircraft; $689 million for 27 CH-47 Chinook helicopters; $1.8 billion for 11 P-8A Poseidon aircraft; $2.8 billion for 15 KC-46 tanker aircraft; $440 million for 123 Stryker Double V-Hull upgrades; and $332 million for the Israeli Cooperative Programs.

The Senate Defense Appropriations Subcommittee is expected to begin consideration of its version of the FY17 Defense Appropriations Act during the week of May 23rd. Details for this legislation will be available just prior to Memorial Day weekend.

Announcements

Employers needed for 2016 Navy Veteran & Wounded Warrior Conference: On June 1-2, Tampa will host the 2016 Department of the Navy Veteran & Wounded Warrior Hiring and Support Summit. The conference brings together government, military and industry leaders who are committed to hiring and supporting veterans and Wounded Warriors in the workplace.

If you are interested in attending as an employer, or as someone who is interested in supporting the conference, please email Caitlin Williams at Caitlin.williams@navy.mil .

 

WID

Military Information – 4 May 2016

Spotlight Event

WID GTB Chapter May “Get Informed” Luncheon

Featuring: A “Smart Talk” on Intelligence for the Defense Industry

by Mr. Jim Griffin Intelligence Advisor to USSOCOM

We are pleased to welcome Mr. Jim Griffin, a key Intelligence Advisor to USSOCOM, for a “Smart Talk” on life after ISIL and the impacts to our nation, SOF and the defense industry. Mr. Griffin has more than 22 years of national security experience and will share valuable insights and his assessment of the current status of ISIL and what to expect in the future. In addition, we are collecting used (or new) women’s business clothing to donate to female veterans looking for jobs, in partnership with the Military Support Outreach Organization. Please bring in any donations on hangers to the luncheon.

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

Tampa Yacht and Country Club

5320 Interbay Blvd, Tampa, FL 33611

$25 members/$30 potential members

$5 Students/Free Active Duty Military

Register Today!

Announcements

Employers needed for 2016 Navy Veteran & Wounded Warrior Conference: On June 1-2, Tampa will host the 2016 Department of the Navy Veteran & Wounded Warrior Hiring and Support Summit. The conference brings together government, military and industry leaders who are committed to hiring and supporting veterans and Wounded Warriors in the workplace.

If you are interested in attending as an employer, or as someone who is interested in supporting the conference, please email Caitlin Williams at Caitlin.williams@navy.mil .

Operation Partnership needs you! The Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce’s military outreach is expanding with Operation Partnership’s three events in 2016. On May 13, they will be holding an employment workshop at the 927th Air Refueling Wing Headquarters, followed by the civilian shadowing day on Friday, June 24. In the Fall, the Chamber will have their 3rd annual Business After Hours for Veterans, Military Spouses, and Active Duty.

We need mentors who can either participate in the employment workshop, or shadowing day. If you’re able to spend a Friday morning working with service members on their resumes, or showing them around your business, email me at mmaurino@tampachamber.com .

WID

Military Information – 28 April 2016

Spotlight Event

WID GTB Chapter May “Get Informed” Luncheon

Featuring: A “Smart Talk” on Intelligence for the Defense Industry by Mr. Jim Griffin Intelligence Advisor to USSOCOM

We are pleased to welcome Mr. Jim Griffin, a key Intelligence Advisor to USSOCOM, for a “Smart Talk” on life after ISIL and the impacts to our nation, SOF and the defense industry. Mr. Griffin has more than 22 years of national security experience and will share valuable insights and his assessment of the current status of ISIL and what to expect in the future. In addition, we are collecting used (or new) women’s business clothing to donate to female veterans looking for jobs, in partnership with the Military Support Outreach Organization. Please bring in any donations on hangers to the luncheon.

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

Tampa Yacht and Country Club

5320 Interbay Blvd, Tampa, FL 33611

$25 members/$30 potential members

$5 Students/Free Active Duty Military

Register Today!

Announcements

Employers needed for 2016 Navy Veteran & Wounded Warrior Conference: On June 1-2, Tampa will host the 2016 Department of the Navy Veteran & Wounded Warrior Hiring and Support Summit. The conference brings together government, military and industry leaders who are committed to hiring and supporting veterans and Wounded Warriors in the workplace.

If you are interested in attending as an employer, or as someone who is interested in supporting the conference, please email Caitlin Williams at Caitlin.williams@navy.mil .

Operation Partnership needs you! The Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce’s military outreach is expanding with Operation Partnership’s three events in 2016. On May 13, they will be holding an employment workshop at the 927th Air Refueling Wing Headquarters, followed by the civilian shadowing day on Friday, June 24. In the Fall, the Chamber will have their 3rd annual Business After Hours for Veterans, Military Spouses, and Active Duty.

We need mentors who can either participate in the employment workshop, or shadowing day. If you’re able to spend a Friday morning working with service members on their resumes, or showing them around your business, email me at mmaurino@tampachamber.com .

WID

Military Information – 21 April 2016

Spotlight Event

Women in Defense Greater Tampa Bay Chapter 

April “Get Connected” Networking Social

Join the WID GTB Chapter for a networking social and membership drive!

Reconnect with your peers and learn more about our upcoming events for 2016! 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.

Tuesday, April 26th

From 4:00-7:00 p.m.

Duke’s Patio Bar at Hula Bay Restaurant

$10 members/$12 potential members

$5 Students/Free Active Duty Military

(Members – bring a friend and they just pay member’s price)

Register Today

Announcements

Employers needed for 2016 Navy Veteran & Wounded Warrior Conference: On June 1-2, Tampa will host the 2016 Department of the Navy Veteran & Wounded Warrior Hiring and Support Summit. The conference brings together government, military and industry leaders who are committed to hiring and supporting veterans and Wounded Warriors in the workplace.

If you are interested in attending as an employer, or as someone who is interested in supporting the conference, please email Caitlin Williams at Caitlin.williams@navy.mil .

Operation Partnership needs you! The Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce’s military outreach is expanding with Operation Partnership’s three events in 2016. On May 13, they will be holding an employment workshop at the 927th Air Refueling Wing Headquarters, followed by the civilian shadowing day on Friday, June 24. In the Fall, the Chamber will have their 3rd annual Business After Hours for Veterans, Military Spouses, and Active Duty.

We need mentors who can either participate in the employment workshop, or shadowing day. If you’re able to spend a Friday morning working with service members on their resumes, or showing them around your business, email me at mmaurino@tampachamber.com .