NOVEMBER 1 – 3

SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS

ADC has announced new safety protocols for this IIF, please visit installationinnovation.org/safety for details.

A New Age of Partnership & Innovation

A lot has changed since we gathered in San Antonio back in February 2020. Unprecedented challenges have rocked our nation and impacted nearly every aspect of our lives, both inside and outside the gate. But through it all, one thing has remained constant – the commitment of defense communities to support our military installations, missions, and families. This past year has taught us that the critical issues facing installations and military families do not recognize the fence line.

We must define a new normal for installations and defense communities. One that places partnerships and innovation front and center. This is what the Installation Innovation Forum has always been about, and that mission is now more important than ever.

PROGRAM

IIF General Sessions: Introducing Challenge/Solution Forums

 

Featuring top leaders and subject matter experts from DOD, the services, communities and industry, these featured sessions will dive into the top key issues facing installations and military families and explore the innovative efforts underway across the country to address them.

Installation Innovation Today

Installations are often the “bill payer” when it comes to the defense budget, forcing installation leaders to make hard decisions about where to invest limited resources. Faced with a growing list of internal and external infrastructure challenges, installation managers must devise innovative strategies, policies, and partnerships to achieve mission assurance.

A One Community Approach to Building Climate Resilience

In 2019 DOD submitted a report to Congress stating that two-thirds of the military’s operationally critical installations are threatened by climate change. In its assessment of those installations, the Army, Navy, and Air Force reported that that flooding, drought, wildfires, sea-level rise, and other extreme weather events such as hurricanes posed severe threats to mission assurance. The threat of climate change has continued to increase, and DOD is taking a hard look at how they can work with communities and the private sector to build installation resilience.

Supporting the Future of Our Defense Infrastructure

Our military relies on a complex network of roads, buildings, facilities, utilities, and land—both on and off-base—to provide the critical training and power-projection platforms needed to protect our nation. It is vital that installation and community leaders understand how this network operates, what the vulnerabilities are, and how it can be strengthened to advance mission assurance and readiness.

How Can Communities and DOD Work Together to Provide Quality Child Care?

The availability of childcare for military families has become a key challenge for each of the services. Like all the tough issues facing installations and military families today, it cannot be solved without a one-community approach that leverages the resources of both DOD and defense communities.

Addressing the Housing Challenge

Service members and their families across the country are feeling the sting of the hot housing market as they move to new duty stations. Many are paying out of pocket for longer stays in temporary lodging, waiting longer for on-base housing, and paying hundreds of dollars more per month for rentals than their housing allowance covers. For many who want to purchase a home, it means offering tens of thousands of dollars above the asking price and bidding against multiple buyers in a fiercely competitive market — and often losing out to higher bidders.

AGENDA

7:00 AM – 5:15 PM  |  Registration Open

0800 – 1100  |  Pre-Conference Town Halls

Air Force Town Hall (Lone Star Salon C )
Location: Lone Star Salon C 

SPEAKERS:

  • Col. John Boccieri, Vice Commander, 911th Air Wing, Pittsburgh Air Reserve Station, PA
  • Gray Bridwell, Chair, Abilene Military Affairs Council
  • Joseph M. Dingman, Executive Director and Director of Staff, Travis AFB, CA
  • Jeree Grimes, Director, Air Force Community Partnership Initiative, Joint Base Langley-Eustis, VA
  • Stephanie Grunze-Swanson, Air Force Community Partnership Specialist, 17th Training Wing, Goodfellow AFB, TX
  • Teran Judd, Director, Community, Partnership and Encroachment, U.S. Air Force
  • Col. Chris Miller, Air Force Community Partnership Initiative
  • Dan Rhoads, Chief Operations Officer, Robins Air Force Base 21st Century Partnership
  • Brian Thompson, Director of Staff, 81st Training Wing, Keesler AFB, MS
  • Col. Richard Ward, Director, 502nd Contracting Squadron, JB San Antonio, TX
Army Town Hall (Lone Star Salons DEF)

SPEAKERS:

  • Steve Austin, Assistant Chief of the Army Reserve
  • Ivan Bolden, Chief of Partnerships, U.S. Army
  • Carla Coulson, Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army (Installations, Housing and Partnerships)
  • LTG Jason Evans, Deputy Chief of Staff for Installations, G-9, U.S. Army
  • LTG Douglas Gabram, Commanding General, U.S. Army Installation Management Command

11:00 AM – 12:30 PM |  Lunch – On Your Own

12:30 PM – 1:30 PM |  Opening General Session

Installation Innovation Today (Lone Star Salons DEF)

Installations are often the “bill payer” when it comes to the defense budget, forcing installation leaders to make hard decisions about where to invest limited resources. Faced with a growing list of internal and external infrastructure challenges, installation managers must devise innovative strategies, policies and partnerships to achieve mission assurance. Led by a panel of experts and key leaders, this discussion will dive into the issues shaping the future of installation management.

WELCOME:

  • Bob Ross, President, Association of Defense Communities; Executive Director, Connecticut Office of Military Affairs

MODERATOR:

  • Sal Nodjomian, City Council, Niceville, FL; CEO, Matrix Design Group; ADC Board of Directors

SPEAKERS:

  • LTG Douglas Gabram, Commanding General, Army Installation Management Command
  • VADM Yancy Lindsey, Commander, Navy Installations Command
  • Maj Gen John Wilcox, Commander, Air Force Installation and Mission Support Center

1:30 PM – 1:45 PM |  Networking Break

1:45 PM – 2:30 PM |  Breakout Sessions

Federal Grant Opportunities for Communities: What’s Out There Beyond DoD? (Lone Star Salons DEF)
What is resilience? What’s special about the DoD definition of resilience is recognition of the symbiotic relationship between a military installation and the host community to advance resilience for both. But defense communities are challenged to identify funding sources to implement their resilience strategies. This session highlights a framework for completing a defense community resilience review, outlining a process for identifying shared defense community/military installation vulnerabilities and risks, prioritizing actions to mitigate those risks, and, most importantly, share insights on partners and opportunities to fund defense community resilience.

SPEAKERS:

  • Emily Brock, Federal Liaison Director, Government Finance Officers Association
  • John Malueg, Manager of Resiliency Programs, Stantec
Reinvigorating Installation MWR (Lone Star Salon A)
The Army & Air Force Exchange Service is continuing to evolve to meet the needs and expectations of a new generation of service members. This session will explore the innovative programs, partnerships and initiatives AAFES is undertaking across the country to ensure that military families have access to the best consumer goods and services available.

SPEAKERS:

  • Jason Rosenberg, Chief Operating Officer, Army & Air Force Exchange Service
  • Mike Smietana, Senior Vice President of Real Estate, Army & Air Force Exchange Service
Moody Air Force Base and Lowndes County, GA: The First DoD Intergovernmental Support Agreement Still Blazing New Trails (Lone Star Salon B)
Building on a formal partnership that was established nearly a decade ago, Moody AFB and the city of Valdosta, GA continue to find new ways to develop new efficiencies to installation operations and to enhance quality of life. Hear from the key folks on the ground who continue to drive innovative partnerships.

SPEAKERS:

  • TSgt Joseph Dickerson, Contracting Representative, Moody AFB, GA
  • Paige Dukes, Lowndes County Manager, Valdosta, GA
  • John Eunice, Deputy Base Civil Engineer, Moody AFB, GA
  • Jessica Vuong, Civil Engineer, Moody AFB, GA
  • TSgt Tyler Walker, Contracting Representative, Moody AFB, GA
The Connected Army Family: Maximizing Infrastructure and Real Estate for Optimal Internet Services (Lone Star Salon C )
Access to reliable internet service on base has moved from luxury to necessity for service members and their families. Keeping pace with new devices, commercial capabilities and user expectations is critical. Unfortunately, many legacy processes can create workflow burdens on all parties, which in turn inhibit the timely, efficient and economical introduction of new services that can improve quality of life for on-post residents. This panel will explore how industry leaders are reinventing dated broadband models to connect soldiers and their families. A case study on Fort Carson will be included, discussing how Boingo worked with AAFES to leverage current infrastructure, maximize real estate and introduce innovative new solutions to deliver the next generation connectivity on-base communities deserve.

SPEAKERS:

  • Phil Carrow, CEO, Signal Point
  • Bruce Crair, Senior Vice President, General Manager, Military, Boingo Wireless, Inc.
  • COL Nate Springer, Garrison Commander, Ft. Carson, CO
  • Mark Verdeyen, Advanced Telecommunications Division, Merchandising Directorate, Army & Air Force Exchange Service

2:30 PM – 2:45 PM |  Networking Break

2:45 PM – 3:30 PM |  Breakout Sessions

Now Is the Time to Prepare: Wargaming Installation Mission Assurance Scenarios (Lone Star Salons DEF)
Through a moderated “choose your own adventure” format, interact with an installation resilience subject matter expert panel to choose scenario and rapidly “wargame” necessary actions and decisions. Join this session to examine real-world scenarios, understand complex decisions, and get a glimpse into the minds of today’s installation and community leaders.

SPEAKERS:

  • Dave Forbes, Principal, Booz Allen Hamilton
  • Brian Garrett, Deputy Director for Military Affairs, Utah Department of Veterans and Military Affairs
  • COL Nate Springer, Garrison Commander, Ft. Carson, CO
Goodfellow Air Force Base and the City of San Angelo: A True Example of a One Community Effort to Integrate Partnerships at all Levels (Lone Star Salon A)
Since 2014, the relationship between Goodfellow AFB/17 Training Wing and San Angelo, TX, through the Air Force Community Partnership Program, leads 63 USAF installations with the greatest number of partnership agreements. San Angelo was twice awarded Air Education and Training Command’s Altus Trophy for the most supportive community to a military installation. In the past two years, Goodfellow and San Angelo doubled their community partnerships, increased yearly cost savings from $400,000 to $6 million, and achieved DoD’s 1st IGSA for contracted quarters with a public university and the USAF’s 1st Base/Wing IGSA for faculty development with a public university. The key to their success is unity of effort focused on co-developing the overall community.

SPEAKERS:

  • Dr. Brook Dickison, Assistant Professor, Department of Curriculum and Instruction, Angelo State University
  • Col. James Finlayson, Vice Commander, 17 Training Wing Goodfellow AFB
  • Steve Floyd, County Judge, Tom Green County, TX
  • Stephanie Grunze-Swanson, Air Force Community Partnership Specialist, 17th Training Wing, Goodfellow AFB, TX
  • Paul Hamilton, Associate Director of Housing, Angelo State University
  • Dr. Lana Hubbard, Dean of Instruction, Howard College – San Angelo
  • Walt Koeing, Chamber of Commerce President, San Angelo, TX
  • Mark Maxfield, Deputy Director, 17 Mission Support Group, Goodfellow AFB
  • Chief Breana Oliver, Command Chief, 17 Training Group, Goodfellow AFB
  • Dr. Don Tharp, Director of Operations, 17 Training Support Squadron, Goodfellow AFB
  • Susan Williams, Director of Affiliated Military and Veteran Relations, Angelo State University
Enhancing Your Defense Sector: Economic Development Strategies for Communities & States (Lone Star Salon B)
Peel back the veil to gain a clearer understanding of the entire defense ecosystem, going beyond just the installation, and explore how to characterize and map the underlying economic impacts the defense industry has on your state or community. Define the tools, means and methods available for public and associated organizations to extract actionable data from their communities and take effective steps to develop competitive market space to attract defense contractors. Learn how states and grant-supported coalitions are looking to provide direct support to the private sector by performing industry-wide supply chain mapping, connecting interdependent capabilities, enhancing workforce attraction and retention, and investing in business development.

SPEAKERS:

  • Elaine Bryant, Executive Vice President, Aerospace and Defense at Dayton Development Coalition
  • Terry McCaffrey, Vice President of Military and Defense Programs at Enterprise Florida
  • Charlie Perham, Director, Government Consulting Services, Matrix Design Group
  • Matt Schwalb, Senior Economic Analyst, Matrix Design Group
Leveraging the Natural Environment to Create Resilience (Lone Star Salon C)
The use of nature-based solutions to create a more resilient installation and associated community is an emerging and growing endeavor. This presentation will present a case study featuring how nature-based solutions are part of a plan to protect Army and community infrastructure in the Chesapeake Bay region and then will further explore federal funding sources available to support similar efforts. In particular, the USACE Engineering with Nature program will be discussed as one of the primary champions.

SPEAKER:

  • Sanita Corum, Senior Scientist, EA Engineering, Science & Technology, Inc., PBC
  • Samuel Whitin, Coastal Resilience Director, EA Engineering, Science & Technology, Inc.

13:30 PM – 3:45 PM |  Networking Break

3:45 PM – 4:30 PM |  Breakout Sessions

The First Blanket Intergovernmental Support Agreement: How the Alamo Area Council of Governments and Joint Base San Antonio Took Partnerships to a Whole New Level (Lone Star Salons DEF)
The blanket IGSA between Joint Base San Antonio and the Alamo Area Council of Governments, the first such agreement in Air Force history, is now two years old. Since its signing, JBSA and AACOG have undertaken task orders as diverse as the demolition of housing in an airfield clear zone and providing shuttle services for wounded warriors at the Brooke Army Medical Center. This session will present lessons learned, both positive and negative, and give a glimpse into the many diverse new opportunities JBSA and AACOG are currently exploring.

SPEAKERS:

  • Cliff Herberg, General Counsel and Senior Director, Alamo Area Council of Governments
  • Brian Hoffman, Vice-Director, 502nd Air Base Wing, Joint Base San Antonio, TX
  • Diane Rath, Executive Director, Alamo Area Council of Governments
  • Kim Turner, City Manager, Universal City, TX
  • Col Rich Ward, Commander, 502nd Contracting Squadron
Army Partnership Award Winner Spotlights (Lone Star Salon A)
Hear how the Georgia National Guard stepped up in the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic to help identify long-term care facilities that needed immediate help.

SPEAKERS:

  • Ivan Bolden, Chief of Partnerships, U.S. Army
  • COL Shane Strickland, Commander, 201st RSG Region IV Homeland Response Force
DoD’s First Joint-Regional Partnership (RIGSA) (Lone Star Salon B)
Learn about the process undertaken to develop the very first regional intergovernmental support agreement and how the Army, Marines and commonwealth of Virginia joined together to create this first-of-its-kind partnership. Understand how the region has expanded partnerships in other new areas to include cybersecurity, autonomous vehicles, commuter ferry, and diversity, equity and inclusion.

SPEAKERS:

  • David Leinberger, Program Manager, Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff of the Army (G-9)
  • Carl Reid, Senior Associate, Booz Allen Hamilton
  • Peggy Tadej, Director of Military Partnerships, Northern Virginia Regional Commission
Indiana National Guard Emergency Training – Implementing New Training for New Threats (Lone Star Salon C)
The Hoosier Defender is a joint training event, with local interagency partners, designed to build partnerships, expand capabilities, and share resources in preparation for emerging threats to our facilities and communities.

SPEAKERS:

  • LTC Robert Brake, Hoosier Defender 21 Exercise Director, Indiana Army National Guard
  • MAJ Benjamin Tooley, Indiana Army National Guard, Joint Forces HQ J36 (Cyber)
  • Clif Tooley, President of Defense Development, Indiana Economic Development Corporation
  • LTC Steve Spencer, Deputy Commander, Muscatatuck Urban Training Center

4:30 PM – 4:45  | Networking Break

4:30 PM – 5:30 PM |  General Session

Challenges and Solutions: How Can Communities and DoD Work Together to Provide Quality Child Care? (Lone Star Salons DEF)
The availability of child care for military families has become a key challenge for each of the services. And like all the tough issues facing installations and military families today, it cannot be solved without a true one-community approach that leverages the resources of both DoD and defense communities. This discussion will focus on what the challenge looks like enterprise-wide and on the ground and will explore success stories and new ideas that can help tackle these key issues.

MODERATOR:

  • Greg Douquet, Co-Founder & Managing Partner, Red Duke Strategies

SPEAKERS:

  • Patty Barron, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Military Community and Family Policy
  • Ray Girn, CEO, Higher Ground Education
  • COL Harry Hung, Vice Commander, Joint-Base Langley-Eustis, VA
  • Maj. Jacque Vasta, Commander, Air Force Personnel Center, HQ

5:30 PM – 7:00 PM |  Welcome Reception (offsite)

Celebrating America’s Great Defense Communities Reception (Grotto at the San Antonio Convention Center)

7:00 AM – 5:00 PM |  Registration Open

7:00 AM – 7:45 AM  |  Networking Breakfast

7:45 AM – 8:30 AM |  Breakout Sessions

Perfluorinated Compounds: Are Forever Chemicals To Be Forever Unregulated? (Lone Star Salon A)
After years of PFAS study, evaluation, consideration, meetings, conferences, press releases, human sampling, unenforceable guidance and political jockeying, could the end be in sight? State reaction filled the void created by a lack of effective federal response. Could that be approaching an end, but what then? Who pays? What is the potential for disparate standards? And what is the DoD response for active and former bases?

SPEAKER:

  • Sierra Redding, Staff Attorney, Environmental Law Division, Texas Commission on Environmental Quality
  • Barry Steinberg, Partner, Kutak Rock, LLP
Starting with the End in Mind: How to Integrate Vision and Successful Partnerships (Lone Star Salon B)
This case study-based discussion will dive into two intergovernmental support agreements focused on road repair and facilities maintenance.

SPEAKERS:

  • John Trylch, Military Partnerships Manager, City of Fountain, CO
U.S. Army Quality of Life Task Force: Improving the Quality of Life at Our Military Installations (Lone Star Salons DEF)
Join this session to hear first-hand from the Quality of Life Task Force about the advancements being made on our military installations.

SPEAKERS:

  • Dee Geise, Chief, Soldier & Family Readiness, U.S. Army
  • Helen Roadarmel, Army Child, Youth & School Services Program Manager, U.S. Army
Joint Base Andrews, MD SparkX Cell Innovation Center: Bringing Tomorrow’s Tools to the Warfighter Today (Lone Star Salon C)
Joint Base Andrews’ SparkX Cell Innovation and Idea Center gives airmen and JBA’s joint partners a creative space to advance solutions to problems. SparkX Cell users ask their fellow airmen and co-workers questions like, “What sucks?” and “What can be improved?” Based on their answers, the SparkX Cell helps identify potential solutions that include emerging technology, new equipment and processes, training, education, and partnerships throughout DoD, the state and local communities. These efforts bring tomorrow’s tools to the warfighter today.

SPEAKERS:

  • MSgt Earl Bagwell, USAF, 316 WG SparkX Cell Superintendent, Joint Base Andrews, MD
  • Kristofer Zimmerman, Community Planning Liaison, Joint Base Andrews, MD

8:30 AM – 8:45 AM |  Break

8:45 AM – 9:30 AM |  General Session

Challenges and Solutions: Supporting the Future of Our Defense Infrastructure (Lone Star Salons DEF)
Our military relies on a complex network of roads, buildings, facilities, utilities and land—on and off base—to provide the critical training and power-projection platforms needed to protect our nation. It is vital that installation and community leaders understand how this network operates, its vulnerabilities, and how it can be strengthened to advance mission assurance and readiness. This panel discussion will feature key military, community and private sector leaders who are redefining how we support our defense infrastructure.

MODERATOR:

  • Karen Holt, Vice President, ADC Board of Directors; Deputy Director, Harford County, MD Office of Community & Economic Development

SPEAKERS:

  • Paul Cramer, Performing the Duties of Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition and Sustainment
  • Keith Graf, Executive Director, Texas Military Enhancement Commission
  • Lance Spencer, Client Executive Vice President – Defense AT&T
  • Christopher Thomas, Director, Information and Technology Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff for Installations, G-9, U.S. Army

9:30 AM – 9:45 AM |  Networking Break

9:45 AM – 10:30 AM |  Breakout Sessions

Understanding the Building Blocks of a Military Installation Resilience Plan (Lone Star Salons DEF)
Congress directed DoD to integrate resilience plans into its installation master plans back in 2020. While limited progress has been made toward developing plans for each base, there is work being done that forms the building blocks needed to meet this requirement. The panel will discuss what installations need to do to develop such plans and how resilience plans will contribute to mission assurance.

SPEAKERS:

  • Michael Bilney, Global Senior Principal, Asset Management & Resilience
  • John Conger, Director Emeritus, The Center for Climate & Security
  • Richard King, Air Force Community Partnership Program, Joint Base San Antonio, TX
  • BG Tyler Smith, Assistant Adjutant General, Utah Army National Guard
  • Celeste Werner, Executive Vice President, Matrix Design Group
A+ Toolkit & Purple Star Readiness Program: Providing Templates for Creating Great Schools for Military Children (Lone Star Salon A)
SPEAKER:

  • Tim Farrell, Senior Vice President & COO, Military Child Education Coalition
  • Christine Karvwnaris, Lt Col, Chief of Academic Outreach, Air University
  • Destiny Little, Implementation Manager for Purple Star Readiness, Military Child Education Coalition
3-D Printed Barracks: A Texas National Guard Model for the Future (Lone Star Salon B)
SPEAKERS:

  • Lt. Col. Alexander Goldberg, Joint Technology Acquisition Officer, Strategic Engagement Lead – Southwest Region, Defense Innovation Unit, Office of the Secretary of Defense
  • Brendan O’Donoghue, VP Global Public Sector, ICON Technology
  • Brian Stevens, Deputy CFMO, Director, Plans, Programs and Innovation, Texas Military Department
Military Families in Crisis: How Can Communities and Installations Partner to Address Addiction, Mental Illness, and Domestic Abuse? (Lone Star Salon C)
SPEAKERS:

  • Rob McCartney, CEO, The Barry Robinson Center
  • Besa Pinchotti, CEO, National Military Families Association
  • Kathy Roth-Douquet, CEO, Blue Star Families

10:30 AM – 10:45 AM |  Networking Break

10:45 AM – 11:30 AM |  Breakout Sessions

Defense Manufacturing Community Support Program – Lessons Learned and Best Practices (Lone Star Salon C)
SPEAKERS:

  • Petra Bracko Mitchell, President & CEO, Catalyst Connection
  • Debra Franklin, Associate Vice President, Strategic Initiatives, Wichita State University, KS
  • Mike Gilroy, Program Director, Office of Local Defense Community Cooperation
  • Dr. Tony Schmitz, Professor of Mechanical, Aerospace & Biomedical Engineering, University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Partnerships for Mission Assurance (Lone Star Salon A)
The December 2020 Army Installation Strategy declares that partnerships and data analytics will be the two pillars upon which the strategy is built. The partnerships for future installation success must focus on building resilience in both the community’s and the installation’s critical infrastructure, which often overlap. This panel will focus on the cyber threats to critical infrastructure and highlight partnerships and techniques a remote Army installation and a Marine Corps air station in a metropolitan area have developed to ensure their mission resilience.

SPEAKERS:

  • COL Lisa Lamb, Garrison Commander, Fort Hunter-Liggett, CA
  • Ned McKinley, G-7, California State Director, Office of Intergovernmental and External Affairs, Marine Corps Installations Command – West
  • Fred Meurer, Chairman, Monterey Bay Defense Alliance
  • Christopher Thomas, Director of Information & Technology, U.S. Army Deputy Chief of Staff (G-9) Installations
How States Can Engage with DoD on Key Quality of Life Issues (Lone Star Salons DEF)
SPEAKERS:

  • Marcus Beauregard, Director, Defense State Liaison Office
  • Kevin Bruch, South Atlantic Regional Liaison, Defense State Liaison Office
  • Steve Bullard, Executive Director, Kentucky Office of Military Affairs
  • Eric Sherman, Southeast Regional Liaison, Defense State Liaison Office
  • Dale Vande Hey, South Central Regional Liaison, Defense State Liaison Office
Army Futures Command Software Factory Shared Space (Lone Star Salon B)
This project was created from the ground up, and the session will explore how the software development factory will benefit the Army, academia and private industries.

SPEAKERS:

  • Vito Errico, Director of Army Software Factory, Army Futures Command
  • Dr. Molly Beth Malcolm, Executive Vice Chancellor of Operations and Public Affairs, Austin Community College
Banshee Workforce Training and Air Force Labs (Bowie B)
MassChallenge and organizations at Hanscom Air Force Base Office of the Program Executive Officer for Command, Control, Communications, Intelligence and Networks Digital, and the Cyber Resiliency Office for Weapons System program office have entered into a partnership intermediary agreement with the Griffiss Institute through AFRL to deliver two key programs for the Air Force: Air Force Labs and Banshee Training. Through Air Force Labs, MassChallenge provides support to the Air Force to seek high-growth, high-impact “dual use” startups with the potential to solve our greatest national security challenges. The Banshee Workforce Training Program’s objective is to engage airmen in the innovation ecosystem, instilling a more entrepreneurial approach to problem solving developed through expert curriculum, and interactions with startup founders to assist personnel with tools to remove the traditional barriers to collaboration and make impacts at speed.

SPEAKER:

  • Brian Carr, Director of Innovation, Office of the Program Executive Officer for Command, Control, Communications, Intelligence and Networks, Hanscom AFB, MA
  • Jon Nordby, Managing Director, MassChallenge Texas

11:30 AM – 1:00 PM |  Lunch – On Your Own

1:00 PM – 1:45 PM |  General Session

Challenges and Solutions: A One Community Approach to Building Climate Resilience (Lone Star Salons DEF)
In 2019 DoD submitted a report to Congress stating that two-thirds of the military’s operationally critical installations are threatened by climate change. In its assessment of those installations, which included Army, Air Force and Navy installations, the services reported that flooding, drought, wildfires, sea-level rise and other extreme weather events such as hurricanes posed severe threats to mission assurance. Since that report was released, the threat of climate change has continued to increase, and DoD is taking a hard look at how it can work with communities and the private sector to build installation resilience. This discussion will focus on the climate challenges facing our installations and communities and what we can do to address them.

SPEAKERS:

  • John Conger, Director Emeritus, The Center for Climate & Security
  • Paul Cramer, Performing the Duties of Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition and Sustainment

1:45 PM – 2:00 PM |  Networking Break

2:00 PM – 2:45 PM  |  Breakout Sessions

Building Innovative, Strong Defense Communities: The Vital Role of Veteran and Military Spouse Employment (Lone Star Salons DEF)
Research tells us that military families have more positive duty station experiences in locations where military spouses have increased career opportunities. Those positive experiences lead military families to return to those locations in retirement or transition. This panel discusses how creating economic opportunity for military spouses and veterans on the community level is vital to building innovative, strong defense communities.

SPEAKERS:

  • Juan Ayala, Director, Office of Military Affairs, City of San Antonio, TX
  • Mike Kelly, Assistant Vice President for Military Advocacy, USAA
  • Meredith Lozar, Executive Director, Hiring Our Heroes, U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation
  • Maggie Reinagel, Head of Military Talent & Events & Programs, Wells Fargo
  • LTC Keith Wilson, Regional Director, Army for Life Program
Expanding Your Horizons: An Inside Perspective on Army Installations Strategy (Lone Star Salon A)
This session will focus on the new Army Installation Strategy published in December 2020. It will discuss the innovative ways the Army will implement these new strategies.

SPEAKERS:

  • Lisa Gilley, Chief, SIG Strategic Readiness Branch, Army G-9
  • Andy Napoli, Assistant for BRAC, Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army, (Installations, Housing, and Partnerships)
Putting New Technology and Training into Action: A Breakthrough Partnership Among Ellsworth Air Force Base, the National Security Innovation Network, and the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology (Lone Star Salon B)
Ellsworth AFB, NSIN and SD School of Mines, as well as several other academic institutions nationwide, have come together to collaborate on innovative solutions to multiple local, regional, and potential Air Force-wide challenges. Not only do problems get solved, but relationships are made and strengthened, leading to even more synergy of effort. Learn how we’ve leveraged problem sets from concept to reality using a variety of avenues.

SPEAKERS:

  • Jason Combs, Program Director, National Security Innovation Network
  • Lorie Vega, Deputy 28th Mission Support Group, Ellsworth AFB
  • Joseph Wright, Associate Vice President of Research-Economic Development, South Dakota School of Mines and Technology
Strategies for Building a Military Family-Friendly State and Community (Lone Star Salon C)
This interactive discussion will explore state and community strategies for developing military-friendly legislation, programs and policies to attract and support service members, retirees, veterans and their families. Hear firsthand how these initiatives are being effective and how they will play a role in future basing, bed down and closure decisions.

SPEAKERS:

  • Arlene Allen, Armed Forces Insurance Marine Corps Spouse of the Year
  • Dan Beatty, Chairman, South Carolina Military Base Task Force
  • Ryan Blackburn, Manager, Veteran Workforce Development, Ohio Department of Veterans Services
  • Kathleen Jabs, Acting Secretary of Veterans and Defense Affairs, Commonwealth of Virginia
  • Zakary Payne, Deputy Director, Government Consulting Services, Matrix Design Group

2:45 PM – 3:00 PM |  Networking Break

3:00 PM – 3:45 PMBreakout Sessions

Cyber Security Infrastructure: Protecting Critical Assets and Mission Readiness (Lone Star Salons DEF)
This session will present a real-life network, specifically designed to provide assured operation of critical operational technologies and infrastructure during a cyber attack. The network is a platform for solving complex cyber problems like zero-trust, real-time detection of anomalies, and mitigating cyber attack vectors presented by convergence of traditional IT and OT. Additionally, the system implements required Risk Management Framework and integrates with the U.S. Air Force Civil Engineer Center’s Community of Interest Network Enclave.

SPEAKER:

  • Jeff Robertson, Senior Manager, Tetratech
Altus AFB, OK: How a Large Installation Partners with a Small Town (Lone Star Salon A)
This session details a few of the herculean efforts demonstrated by a small community to support its installation, Altus AFB, the sole airlift/tanker training base for the Air Force, and how the installation is working to bolster the community in its efforts. The partnership between Altus and Altus AFB makes it “Mobility’s Hometown.”

SPEAKERS:

  • Chuck Butchee, Deputy Commander, Altus AFB, OK
  • Amanda Davis, Public Affairs Officer, Altus Public Schools
  • Rodger Kerr, Director, Altus Chamber of Commerce/Economic Development
Next Generation Partnerships (Lone Star B)
This session will go in-depth to focus on the ideas and challenges that face next generation partnerships and highlight new ways to find opportunities to promote these needed advancements.

SPEAKERS:

  • Jason Dorvee, I-neXt Director, Marine Corps Installations Command
  • Grant Heslin, Vice President, SIA Solutions
  • Fred Meurer, Chairman, Monterey Bay Defense Alliance
Who’s Got the Hookup? Partnering Outside the Box for Utilities (Bowie B)
This discussion on alternative ways to provide for utilities infrastructure features utilities partnerships with Red Stone Arsenal, Rock Island Arsenal, and Fort Carson.

SPEAKER:

  • Art Douglas, Chief, Logistics and Sustainment, Installation Management Command, U.S. Army
Improving Military Child Education Opportunities: What’s Working at the Local Level? (Lone Star Salon C)
The quality of pre-K-12 education continues to emerge as a top-tier priority for readiness and quality of life across all branches of service. Leading this mission is the School Liaison Program, offering an array of services and resources to support students, parents, installation leadership, schools and the surrounding community. By working together with stakeholders, DoD and schools can build a support network to provide the best possible education experience for military-connected children and youth worldwide.

SPEAKERS:

  • Dr. Carl Dethloff, Superintendent, San Angelo Independent School District
  • Paulette Fryar, Armed Forces Insurance Military Spouse of the Year
  • Ms. LaurieAnn Goodier, School Liaison Program Manager, 49th Wing, Holloman AFB, NM
  • Ms. Theresa Goodwin, School Liaison Program Manager, Goodfellow AFB, TX
  • Col Ryan Keeney, Wing Commander, 49th Wing, Holloman AFB, NM
  • Col. Eugene Moore, Commander, 17th Mission Support Group
  • Dr. Ken Moore, Superintendent, Alamogordo Public Schools
  • Goodfellow AFB, TX
  • Lori Phipps, Director of Operations, Air Force School Liaison Program
  • Jerrod Wheeler, Superintendent, Knob Noster Public Schools District, MO; ADC Board of Directors

3:45 PM– 4:00 PM  |  Networking Break

4:00 PM – 4:45 PM |  Breakout Sessions

Defense Community Infrastructure Program – Lessons Learned and Best Practices ( Lone Star Salons DEF)
The Defense Community Infrastructure Program is quickly establishing itself as a vital resource for both installations and communities as they look to address key infrastructure challenges. This session will dive into how the program is working, highlight four successful projects and provide key insights on how your community can take advantage of this innovative new grant program.

SPEAKERS:

  • Dan Glasson, Deputy Director for Programs, DoD Office of Local Defense Community Cooperation
  • Don Mills, Deputy Director for Public Works & Transportation w/ St. Mary’s County, MD
  • Janet Nichols, Military Community Liaison, Manhattan, KS
  • Matt J. Posner, Senior Advisor, Pensacola & Perdido Bays Estuary Program, Escambia County, FL
  • Erika Schuyler, Principal Engineer, Kitsap County, WA
Future of Work: How Have the Pandemic and Remote Work Capability Changed the Game? (Lone Star Salon A)
SPEAKERS:

  • Dave Dentino, Executive Director, Air Force Civil Engineer Center
  • Paula Monachelli, Director of Basing, Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Energy, Installations & Environment
  • Andy Napoli, Assistant for BRAC, Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army (Installations, Housing, and Partnerships)
  • Stacey Shepard, Vice President, Federal & Environmental Solution, Jacobs
Native Connections (Lone Star Salon B)
The session will present an overview of Native American and Alaska Native communities, executive guidance regarding tribal inclusion and government-to-government consultation. It will include a look at Alaska’s Native cultures, the strong connection between Indigenous People and the military, and Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson’s relationship to Native organizations. The brief will share ideas on Native community inclusion at military installations, reference, and resources for the audience’s consideration

SPEAKER:

  • Joy Boston, Air Force Community Partnership Program, Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson
Smart Installation: Sustainability and Resiliency (Lone Star Salon C)
Driving sustainability and resiliency to improve situational awareness, enhance command and control of installations assets and operations, delivering integrated solutions, built on a highly secure, robust and reliable infrastructure.

SPEAKERS:

  • Jack Crowley, Executive Vice President, U&S Services, Inc., A Stark Tech Company
  • Ronald Singleteary, Senior IoT & Data Solutions Consultant DOD National Security, AT&T

5:00 PM – 6:00 PM |  Innovation Canteen Happy Hour (Grand Hyatt 5th Floor Terrace)

7:30 AM – 12:00 PM |  Registration Open

7:30 AM – 8:30 AM |  Networking Breakfast

7:45 AM – 8:30 AM |  Breakout Sessions

Creating Safer Environments: Pathogen-Safe Infrastructure for the Military (Lone Star Salon A)

SPEAKER:

  • Dr. Linda Lee, Chief Medical Affairs & Science Officer, UV Angel
Case Study: Establishing the Fort Belvoir Military Spouse Co-Working Space (Lone Star Salon B)
This session will focus on the new and upcoming concepts for a military spouse co-working space in support of the chief of staff of the Army’s Quality of Life Task Force. Learn how you can bring this exciting concept to your installation.

SPEAKERS:

  • Ivan Bolden, Chief of Partnerships, U.S. Army
  • Beth Lachman, Senior Operations Analyst, RAND Corporation
  • LTC Keith Wilson, Regional Director, Army for Life Program

8:30 AM – 9:15 AM |  General Session

Challenges and Solutions: Addressing the Housing Challenge (Lone Star Salons DEF)

Service members and their families across the country are feeling the sting of the hot housing market as they move to new duty stations. Many are paying out of pocket for longer stays in temporary lodging, waiting longer for on-base housing and paying hundreds of dollars more per month for rentals than their housing allowance covers – if they can even find a rental. For many who want to purchase a home, it means offering tens of thousands of dollars above the asking price and bidding against multiple buyers in a fiercely competitive market and often losing out to higher bidders. This panel discussion will dive into this complex challenge and explore potential installation-community partnerships and solutions.

MODERATOR:

  • Matt Borron, Executive Director, Association of Defense Communities

SPEAKERS:

  • Dave Bonney, Principal & District Advisor, First Command
  • Jack Lyon, Director, Robert D. Niehaus, Inc.
  • Brittany Smart, Economic Development Director, Fairbanks North Star Borough, AK
  • Keith Klaehn, Chairman, Colorado Defense Mission Support Task Force; ADC Board of Directors

9:15 AM – 9:30 AM |  Networking Break

9:30 AM – 10:15 AM |  Breakout Sessions

Installation & Defense Industry Supply Chains: A New Strategic Imperative (Lone Star Salons DEF)

As the impacts of COVID-19 stretch supply chains to the breaking point, installations are bearing much of the brunt of key supply and maintenance shortages. This one-on-one interview with the top DoD logistician will dive into the key issues driving supply chain challenges, what DoD is doing to address them, and how installations, defense communities and their industry partners will need to adapt to maintain mission assurance.

SPEAKER:

  • Steven Morani, Acting Assistant Secretary of Defense for Sustainment
Base of the Future: Using Hybrid Energy Technology to Advance Resilience (Lone Star Salon A)
Hybrid technology approaches to address behind-the-meter resiliency have made great advancements in the past two years. Combining solar with closed-loop geothermal could help drive the levelized cost of energy down while also providing installation resiliency and supplying reliable energy back to the grid.

SPEAKERS:

  • Shawn Bennett, Air Force Office of Energy Assurance
  • Benny Ethridge, Senior Vice President, Power Generation, CPS Energy
  • Charlie Gilreath, Managing Director, Global Green Energy
  • James Jackson, Senior Vice President, Project Development, Eavor Inc.
  • John Redfern, CEO, Eavor Technologies
  • Richard “Mick” Thomas, Division Administrator, Minerals, State of Idaho
The Rise of Regional and State Defense Alliances: How Communities are Organizing at Higher Levels to Support Their Defense Sectors (Lone Star Salon B)
Many of the key challenges facing installations are not confined to a single community, or even a single state. Climate change, training range encroachment, workforce and other key issues often cross borders and require a regional or multi-community approach. This session will explore how several states and communities came together to create new organizations dedicated to finding regional solutions.

SPEAKERS:

  • Trent Armbrust, Chief Strategy Officer, Kansas Department of Commerce
  • Gene Fisher, Executive Board, California Defense Communities Alliance
HVAC & Energy: How these Critical Services Create Installation Resilience (Lone Star Salon C)

SPEAKERS:

  • Mark Lavin, Executive Vice President Investments at Balfour Beatty
  • Shannon Jameson, Director of Field Operations and Quality, Motili
  • Karl Pomeroy, President, Motili / Goodman

10:15 AM – 10:30 AM |  Break

10:30 AM – 11:15 AM |  General Session

DoD Office of Local Defense Community Cooperation Town Hall (Lone Star Salons DEF)

Hear directly from OLDCC leadership as they discuss their latest projects, upcoming programs and grant opportunities. This is a can’t-miss session for defense community and installation leaders alike.

SPEAKER:

  • Patrick O’Brien, Director, Office of Local Defense Community Cooperation

11:15 AM – 12:00 PM |  ADC Members Only Town Hall

ADC Member Town Hall: Crafting ADC’s 2022 Federal Policy Agenda (ADC Members Only) (Lone Star Salons DEF)
Help ADC define its 2022 policy agenda during this open discussion of the key issues the association needs to address during the next congressional cycle.

SPEAKERS:

  • Matt Borron, Executive Director, Association of Defense Communities
  • Jill McClune, Co-Chair, ADC Federal Outreach and Advisory Council; General Counsel, Avon Protection Systems, Inc.

FEATURED SPEAKERS

Stephen Austin

Assistant Chief of Army Reserve

PATTY BARRON

Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Military Community and Family Policy

Marcus Beauregard

Director, Defense-State Liaison Office

Ivan Bolden

Chief of Army Partnerships for the U.S. Army

Joseph Bryan

Senior Advisor on Climate to the U.S. Secretary of Defense

PAUL CRAMER

Performing the Duties of Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition and Sustainment

CARLA COULSON

Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army (Installations, Housing and Partnerships)

DAVID DENTINO

Executive Director, Air Force Civil Engineer Center, Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland

LTG JASON EVANS

Deputy Chief of Staff, G-9

DR. LYNETTE FRAGA

CEO, Child Care Aware of America

LTG DOUGLAS GABRAM

Commanding General, U.S. Army Installation Management Command

RAY GIRN

CEO, Higher Ground Education

JIM HOLLAND

Deputy Director, DOD Office of Local Defense Community Cooperation

COL. HARRY HUNG

Deputy Commander, Joint Base Langley – Eustis, Va.

TERAN JUDD

Director, Air Force Community, Partnership and Air Force Encroachment, Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for
Installations

VICE ADM. YANCY LINDSEY

Commander, Navy Installations Command

PATRICK O’BRIEN

Director at Department of Defense Office of Local Defense Community Cooperation

PAULA MONACHELLI

Director of Basing, Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Navy (EI&E)

STEVEN MORANI

Acting Assistant Secretary of Defense for Sustainment

SHELLEY RICHARDSON

Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army, Strategic Integration

LANCE SPENCER

Client Executive Vice President – Defense AT&T

CHRISTOPHER THOMAS

Information & Technology Director, Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff, G-9

MAJ. GEN. JOHN WILCOX

Commander, Air Force Installation and Mission Support Center, Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland

MAJ. JACQUE VASTA

Air Force Personnel Section Commander, Kinderspot Program

EVENT LOCATION

All IIF Sessions and Meetings will be held at the Grand Hyatt San Antonio.

Note: This is not the same Hyatt property IIF used in 2020.

Registration

Pre-Registration is now closed.

On-site registration is available, but you must contact us to get approval. Email info@defensecommunities.org for more information.

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