Friday, May 22, 2015

Rep. A. Smith's Statement on Opposition to NDAA

House Armed Services Committee Ranking Member Adam Smith released the following statement announcing his opposition to the National Defense Authorization Act:

Both Democrats and Republicans agree that the Budget Control Act caps are extremely damaging and as long as Congress fails to enact a solution, a variety of key national priorities will continue to suffer. I understand that finding a compromise to remove the caps has been elusive, but that does not justify the use of gimmicks to protect one part of the budget, and shortchange other portions that are vitally important to the future of our country. Even worse, this short-term work-around does not enable the Department of Defense to undertake long term planning or provide the certainty that they can count on such funding in the future.  I have great respect for Chairman Thornberry, but I cannot vote for this bill under these circumstances.

The National Defense Authorization Act has never been perfect. And it will never be perfect. What matters most is that, on balance, this bill represents a commitment to our national security, and to the individuals who we ask to stand watch and execute the missions necessary to ensure our security.  In today’s dangerous and unpredictable world, we must ensure that our military has the resources and tools that it needs to meet the threats of today as well as tomorrow.

However, that is just one piece of the puzzle. Maintaining our national security requires more than a strong military. If we do not have a strong economy, and build a solid foundation for future generations, then we cannot ensure our national security in the long term. If we stop investing in the American people, then we are undermining our national security and cutting short the promise of America. Unfortunately, the National Defense Authorization Act sends the message that we are only willing to fulfill half of that promise.

The White House has also made it clear that they will veto this bill as well as other appropriations bills that reflect a similar approach. Congress is wasting time with this dead-end approach. In the coming months, it is my hope that the House, Senate and President can come together and strike a compromise to remove the budget caps and move forward with a responsible approaching to budgeting.

Veterans Career Fair Next Month

Noteworthies with a Local Link

Brig. Gen. James B. Jarrard, deputy commanding general, operations, 7th Infantry Division, Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington, to director, Pakistan and Afghanistan Coordination Cell, J-5, Joint Staff, Washington, District of Columbia.

Brig. Gen. Kurt J. Ryan, commanding general, 593d Sustainment Command (Expeditionary), Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington, to commandant, U.S. Army Ordnance School, U.S. Army Sustainment Center of Excellence, Fort Lee, Virginia.

Army Command Sgt. Maj. Timothy S. Dotson, currently assigned to 2nd Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division, Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington, has been selected to replace Air Force Chief Master Sgt. Joseph Sluder as the command senior enlisted leader for Joint Task Force-North, Biggs Army Airfield, Fort Bliss, Texas.

Maj. Gen. Terry R. Ferrell, commanding general, 7th Infantry Division, Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington, to chief of staff, U.S. Central Command, MacDill Air Force Base, Florida.

Maj. Gen. Thomas S. James Jr., deputy chief of staff, G-3/5/7, U.S. Army Forces Command, Fort Bragg, North Carolina, to commanding general, 7th Infantry Division, Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Evergreen Fleet Cruise Opens for 2015

You may choose to be a host for the Evergreen Fleet Cruise.  Act promptly by downloading and submitting this form.  Reservations are limited and Chamber members will be given the priority opportunity to host.

Things to remember:

  • Host price covers two persons (spouse, significant other, colleague). Minors are not invited.
  • Only the Chamber invites military personnel (in coordination with local commands)
  • There is no other "duty" of hosts other than convivial hosting
  • The purpose of the Evergreen Fleet Cruise is to foster personal relationships between military and civilian leadership

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

2015 Northwest Aerospace & Defense Symposium

The 2015 Northwest Aerospace & Defense Symposium will increase your awareness of and ability to pursue current and upcoming defense, aerospace, and national security initiatives and contracts.

Confirmed speakers include:

  • Congressman Adam Smith, Ranking Member, House Armed Services Committee
  • Moon Duk-ho, Consul General, Republic of Korea
  • Pamela Munoz, Mission & Installation Contracting Director, JBLM 
  • Katrina Jones, Defense Market Analysis Director, Aerospace Analytics
  • Fred Smith, Mobility, Surveillance & Engagement, Boeing Military Aircraft
  • Anthony Waas, Professor of Aerostructures, University of Washington
  • J.J. Gertler, Defense Policy & Arms Control Manager, Congressional Research Svc.
  • Jim Nam, International Security Cooperation, Planning, and Strategy, US Air Force
  • Dr. Roger Myers, Executive Director, Advanced In-Space Programs, Aerojet Rocketdyne
  • Col. Scott McLaughlin, Commander, 446th Airlift Wing
  • Isaac Potoczny-Jones, Computer Security Research Lead, Galois
  • Ron Stearns, Research Director, Aerospace Analytics 
  • Lewis Hedge, First Secretary, Defense Acquisition Policy and Trade, British Embassy
  • Chin Hsing (Andy Chin), Director-General, Taipei Economic and Cultural Office

May 28-29, 2015, JBLM
Hosted by PNDC  and PNAA
Register here!

McChord Chapter AFA Sets Benefit Golf Tourney

The "Air Force Association McChord Field Chapter's "Tee it high and let it fly" golf tournament is to support our Airmen on McChord Field.   

(Click on Image for a Larger & Complete View)

Friday, May 1, 2015

Open House about I-5 Corridor thru JBLM

Tired of sitting in I-5 traffic through the Joint Base Lewis-McChord area?

Come learn about proposed improvements to traffic flow during a WSDOT hosted open house and NEPA environmental scoping meeting on Tuesday, May 5 from 4 to 7 p.m. at the McGavick Conference Center in Lakewood.

This event is also intended to solicit public feedback and seek the public's input on items you think should be studied during the environmental process for the proposed improvements. No formal presentation will be provided. Attendees are welcome to come and go at their leisure during the three-hour event.

The McGavick Conference Center is located at 4500 Steilacoom Boulevard Southwest in Lakewood.

Find out more HERE.

View proposed changes to I-5 interchanges on Flickr.

Thursday, April 30, 2015

MAF Features the US Navy Submarines and Economic CyberSecurity


Date & Time:  Wednesday, May 13, 7:30 – 9:00 a.m.
Place:  La Quinta Inn | 1425 E. 27th St. | Tacoma 98421
Register: Online here.

Event Sponsor:

The event fee will be complementary hosted by our sponsor for invited Military Personnel who reserve with Janice Hutchins, (253) 683-4882.


CAPTAIN Brian N. Humm
Submarine Squadron 19 

Captain Humm served at sea as a Junior Officer on USS TINOSA (SSN 606), Engineer on USS TAUTOG (SSN 639) and Executive Officer in USS FLORIDA (SSBN 728) BLUE. He commanded USS BUFFALO (SSN 715) from May 2005 to July 2007 and USS OHIO (SSGN 726) BLUE from November 2010 to December 2012.

Ashore, he served as the Flag Lieutenant to the Commander, Submarine Group 2 in Groton, CT and the Submarine Squadron 3 Engineer in Pearl Harbor, HI. In August 2004, he completed a tour as the Submarine Executive Officer/Post-Executive Officer Detailer at the Bureau of Naval Personnel in Millington, TN. Following command of USS BUFFALO, he was the Senior Member, Tactical Readiness Evaluation Team, Pacific Fleet Submarine Force and served in J8 at U.S. Strategic Command as Chief of the Space and Global ISR Division. Most recently, CAPT Humm served as the Director for Operations (N3) on the staff of the Commander, Submarine Force Atlantic.

Cyber Security as a Regional Economic Issue
Michael K. Hamilton
Cybersecurity Policy Advisor
State of Washington Office of CIO

Join Cybersecurity Policy Advisor Mike Hamilton as he share an all-state strategy to treat infrastructure as an economic issue, and how the strategy centers around workforce development, infrastructure protection and research.

Evergreen Fleet Cruise:  Wed., June 24, Tacoma Yacht Club

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Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Army Commission Announces Chairman, Vice Chair

Retired Army Gen. Carter Ham, who most recently served as commander of U.S. Africa Command, will lead the National Commission on the Future of the U.S. Army, the commission announced last week.

Thomas Lamont, who served as assistant secretary of the Army for manpower and reserve affairs from 2009 to 2013, will be the panel’s vice chair.

The commission, created by the fiscal 2015 defense authorization bill, will assess the structure and size of the Army, determine the proper force mixture of the active and reserve components, and conduct policy analysis to document how policies affect mission requirements, according to a press release. Its findings are due Feb. 1, 2016.

The commission will need to settle the dispute over transferring the National Guard’s AH-64 Apaches helicopters to the active Army as well as tackle the long-troubled relationship between all three components of the Army, John Goheen, spokesman for the National Guard Association of the United States, told Breaking Defense.

“They have a lot to see and a lot of decisions to make before they can write the report,” Goheen said. “They’ve a fairly narrow window to meet that 1 February deadline,” he said.

The remaining six members of the commission, appointed by either President Obama or leaders of the Armed Services committees, are:
Larry Ellis, president and CEO of VetConnexx, a retired general who commanded Army Forces Command from 2001 to 2004;
Kathleen Hicks, director of the International Security Program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies and former director for policy planning at the office of the undersecretary of defense for policy;
Jack Stultz, a retired lieutenant general who was commanding general of Army Reserve Command from 2006 to 2012.
J.D. Thurman, a retired general who served as the commander of U.S. Forces Korea and previously served as commander of Army Forces Command;
Raymond Chandler, served as sergeant major of the Army until January 2015; and
Robert Hale, former Pentagon comptroller who now is Booz Allen Hamilton’s public policy representative.

Monday, April 27, 2015

Noteworthies with a Local Connection

The chief of staff, Army announced the assignments of Brig. Gen. John F. Haley, commandant, U.S. Army Ordnance School, U.S. Army Sustainment Center of Excellence, Fort Lee, Virginia, to commanding general, 593d Sustainment Command (Expeditionary), Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington.