Gulf Coast Regional Defense Forum

Mississippi Gulf Coast
Defense Forum

ABOUT THE CONFERENCE

Building Strong Defense Communities Along the Gulf Coast

DETAILS

DATE

December 3-4, 2018

LODGING

Courtyard Marriott Gulfport Beachfront
1600 East Beach Boulevard
Gulfport, MS 39501
228-864-4310

FEATURED SPEAKERS

Assistant Secretary Phyllis Bayer

Energy, Installations & Environment, U.S. Navy

Assistant Secretary Phyllis Bayer

Energy, Installations & Environment, U.S. Navy

Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary Richard Hartley

Installations, Environment and Energy, U.S. Air Force

Congressman Steven Palazzo

(MS-04), Member of the House Committee on Appropriations

AGENDA

Monday, December 3

 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Registration Open

Coastal Ballroom Prefunction Area

3:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. Mission Briefs

Harbor Room
Join us for briefs on the Services’ operations around the state.

5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. Welcome/Keynote Reception

Coastal Ballroom Prefunction Area

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

Introductions/Welcome:

  • Bill Cork, CEO, Hancock County Port and Harbor Commission
  • Bob Ross, Director, Association of Defense Communities Board of Directors; Executive Director, Connecticut Office of Military Affairs

Speaker:

  • Rep. Steven Palazzo, House Committee on Appropriations, (Miss.)

 

Tuesday, December 4th

8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Registration Open

Coastal Ballroom Prefunction Area

8:00 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. Breakfast

Coastal Ballroom Prefunction Area

8:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. Welcome & Interview with Keynote Speakers

Coastal Ballroom

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

Introductions/Welcome:

  • Bill Cork, CEO, Hancock County Port and Harbor Commission
  • Bob Ross, Director, Association of Defense Communities Board of Directors; Executive Director, Connecticut Office of Military Affairs

Moderator:

  • Bill Cork, CEO, Hancock County Port and Harbor Commission

Speakers:

  • Phyllis Bayer, Assistant Secretary, Energy, Installations & Environment, U.S. Navy
  • Richard Hartley, Principle Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Installations, Environment & Energy
9:30 a.m. – 9:45 a.m. Networking Break
9:45 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. Utility Resilience – Energy, IT and Water

Coastal Ballroom

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

Moderator:

  • Michael Johnson, Senior Vice President, Cassidy & Associates

Speakers:

  • Paul Harrison, Customer Distribution Services Manager, Mississippi Power
  • David Irwin, Opportunity Development Director, Air Force Office of Energy Assurance
  • Col. Marcia Quigley, Commander, 81st Mission Support Group, Keesler Air Force Base
  • Zig Resiak, Utility Manager, American States Utility Service
  • Capt. William Whitmire, Commanding Officer, Naval Construction Battalion Center, Gulfport
10:30 a.m. – 10:45 a.m. Networking Break
10:45 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Unmanned Systems

Coastal Ballroom

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.

Moderator:

  • Chris Thomas, Director of Legislative Affairs & Economic Development, Mississippi Military Department

Speakers:

  • CW2 Michael Bradburn, Unmanned Aerial Systems Operations Officer in Charge, Camp Shelby Joint Forces Training Center
  • Dr. William Burnett, Deputy Commander and Technical Director to the Commander, Naval Meteorology and Oceanography Command
  • Maj. Doug Harwell, Airspace and Ranges Operations Officer and Air Combat Training Systems Officer in Charge, Combat Readiness Training Center
  • Bob Marthouse, Director of Operations & Marine Business Manager, Teledyne Optech
11:30 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. Lunch & Keynote from Gov. Phil Bryant

Coastal Ballroom

1:00 p.m. – 1:45 p.m. Quality of Life for Military Families

Coastal Ballroom

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

Moderator:

  • Col. Gregory Michele, Executive Director, Mississippi Emergency Management Agency and Chair, Governor’s Defense Initiative Task Force

Speakers:

  • Col. Gary Hayward, Commander 14th Mission Support Group, Columbus Air Force Base
  • Capt. Brian Horstman, Commanding Officer, Naval Air Station Meridian
  • Col. Debra Lovette, Commander, 81st Training Wing, Keesler Air Force Base
  • Eric Sherman, Southeast Regional Liaison, Defense Liaison Office, Military Community & Family Policy, DoD
  • Capt. William Whitmire, Commanding Officer, Naval Construction Battalion Center, Gulfport
1:45 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. Networking Break
2:00 p.m. – 2:45 p.m. Defense Diversification Initiative

Coastal Ballroom

Learn how Mississippi is increasing the synergistic relationships among military, government, and private sector businesses to expand markets for defense companies, better leverage military assets, and expand innovation opportunities for entrepreneurs and researchers/scientists.

Speakers:

2:45 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Networking Break
3:00 p.m. – 3:45 p.m. Office of Economic Adjustment Town Hall

Coastal Ballroom

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.

Speaker: 

3:45 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Networking Break
4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Statewide Military Support Organizations

Coastal Ballroom

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.

Moderator:

  • Matt Borron, COO, Association of Defense Communities

Speakers: 

5:00 p.m. Conference Ends

REGISTRATION

Online registration is now closed.
You may still register onsite at the event registration desk.

Please contact Aleksandar ‘Pav’ Pavlovich at apavlovich@defensecommunities.org with any questions.

DOD Personnel

Complimentary Registration

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

General Registration

$75.00

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

EVENT SPONSORS

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SPONSORSHIP

Questions about sponsorship?

For details, contact Aleksandar “Pav” Pavlovich at:
apavlovich@defensecommunities.org for more information.