Gulf Coast Regional Defense Forum

Mississippi Gulf Coast
Defense Forum


Building Strong Defense Communities Along the Gulf Coast



December 3-4, 2018


Courtyard Marriott Gulfport Beachfront
1600 East Beach Boulevard
Gulfport, MS 39501



Assistant Secretary Phyllis Bayer

Energy, Installations & Environment, U.S. Navy


Congressman Steven Palazzo

(MS-04), Member of the House Armed Services Committee


Monday, December 3

 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Registration Open
 12:00 p.m. – 1:15 p.m. Office of Economic Adjustment Town Hall

This session will allow you to learn about some of the work the Department of Defense’s Office of Economic Adjustment (OEA) conducts, information about OEA’s programs of assistance, as well as present some of its past and current initiatives in Mississippi.

 1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Mission Briefs
Join us for briefs on the Services’ operations around the state.

Army Corps of Engineers, Vicksburg
Camp Shelby
Columbus Air Force Base
Keesler Air Force Base
Naval Air Station Meridian
Naval Construction Battalion Center, Gulfport
Naval Meteorology & Oceanography Command
Naval Small Craft Instruction & Technical Training School
Special Boat Team 22
 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. CONCURRENT MEETINGS
Commander’s WorkshopMississippi Military Communities Council
 5:00 p.m. – 5:15 p.m. Networking Break
 5:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. Welcoming Keynote
 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Welcoming Reception

Join us for a unique opportunity to network with various stakeholders and installations from across the state in a relaxed environment.

Tuesday, December 4th

8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Registration Open
8:00 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. Breakfast
8:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. General Session: Interview with Keynote Speakers

Hear from top leaders in DoD brief their vision for the future of Mississippi’s installations and the role communities can play in supporting current missions and military families.

9:30 a.m. – 9:45 a.m. Networking Break
9:45 a.m. – 10:45 a.m. Utility Resilience – Energy, IT and Water

Hear from experts who will explore the Services’ energy, information technology and water resiliency goals and the strategies they will employ to achieve them.

10:45 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Networking Break
11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Unmanned Systems

With near-peer adversaries evolving in their unmanned capabilities hear how Mississippi companies are responding by developing cutting edge technologies that will increase the warfighter’s lethality on future battlefields.
12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. Lunch & Keynote Speaker
1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. Quality of Life for Military Families

Learn about challenges facing military families in Mississippi and the collaboration between the Pentagon and local Commanders to resolve these issues.

2:30 p.m. – 2:45 p.m. Networking Break
2:45 p.m. – 3:45 p.m. Defense Diversification Initiative
3:45 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Networking Break
4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Statewide Military Support Organizations

Hear about the different ways statewide military support organizations have collaborated with local defense communities to maintain and grow DoD’s footprint within the state

5:00 p.m. Conference Ends


DOD Personnel
(Early Bird Rate)

Complimentary Registration

Early Bird Complimentary Registration only applies to DOD Personnel attending in an official capacity, before. Please register with your .mil email.

General Registration
(Early Bird Rate)


Early Bird General Registration applies to all attendees that are not DOD Personnel attending in an official capacity, 2018.







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