MANAGEMENT ON THE MOVE
16 May 08. The Boeing Company held a grand opening for its new EA-18G Growler Support Center (GSC) at Naval Air Station Whidbey Island, Wash., Tuesday in preparation for the delivery of the first EA-18G Growler to the U.S. Navy fleet. The center will provide technical and logistics support for the Navy’s premier airborne electronic attack aircraft. The Navy will accept the first fleet Growler at Naval Air Station Whidbey Island, the aircraft’s home base, in early June.
22 May 08. Eurocopter Canada held a grand opening ceremony for its newly expanded headquarters and manufacturing facility in Fort Erie, Ontario, which was presided over by His Excellency Daniel Jouanneau, the French Ambassador to Canada. The newly expanded facility – which has grown to 135,625 square feet – will contribute to Ontario’s aerospace industry and manufacturing base. The expansion will also allow Eurocopter Canada to further develop its manufacturing of composite components for its worldwide fleet of helicopters – EC135, EC145, AS365 and EC130 models. Eurocopter Canada currently employs 200 people in skills-based jobs, and the current growth is expected to create an additional 30 positions by the end of 2008.
MILITARY AND GOVERNMENT
19 May 08. Malaysia: Visit of Army Chief. The Chief of the Malaysian Army, General Tan Sri Muhammad Ismail Bin Hj Jamaluddin, visited the Chief of the General Staff (19 May 08). Following discussions, the two Generals watched 1st Bn Royal Malay Regiment (1 RMR) change guard at Buckingham Palace. The Generals were accompanied by the Garrison Sergeant Major, London District, and RSM 1 RMR.
Comment: Public Duties are normally carried out by the Foot Guards Battalions based in London and Windsor, together with three Incremental Public Duties Companies and a Line Battalion based in Hounslow. Other Commonwealth Armies which have undertaken the Duties are from Australia, Jamaica and New Zealand. (Source: DNA DEFENCE NEWS ANALYSIS, Issue 0821, 26 May 08)
22 May 08. Rear Adm. Michael A. Lefever is being assigned as chief, Office of Defense Representative – Pakistan, U.S. Central Command, Islamabad, Pakistan. Lefever is currently serving as director, Military Personnel Plans and Policy Division, N13, Office of the Chief of Naval Operations, Washington, D.C.
22 May 08. Rear Adm. Richard B. Wren is being assigned as commander, Navy Region Japan/commander, U.S. Naval Forces, Japan/commander, Naval Component, U.S. Forces, Japan, Yokosuka, Japan. Wren is currently serving as commander, Carrier Strike Group Five, Yokosuka, Japan.
22 May 08. Capt. Ralph I. Portnoy has assumed command as Program Manager, Air Combat Electronics Program Office (PMA-209). In May 2006, Portnoy reported to PERS-43 Aviation Engineering Duty Officer Head Detailer and the Director, AIR-7.3, NAVAIR Total Force Strategy & Management Department. In September 2004, Portnoy was assigned as PMA-259’s Air-to-Air Missile Systems Program Office, Advanced Development Team Lead. In 2001, he joined the F/A-18 Program Office, PMA-265, initially as the head of F/A-18 System Safety and then Hornet Weapon Systems Integration Integrated Product Team Lead. (Source: Seawaves Publishing Inc.)
REST OF THE WORLD APPOINTMENTS
25 May 08. Lebanon MPs elect new president. Lebanon’s parliament has elected army commander General Michel Suleiman as president, ending deadlock which has left the post vacant since November. All sides had agreed to back Gen Suleiman as part of a deal reached on Wednesday to end some of the worst violence since the 1975-90 civil war. Applause broke out in the chamber as the election of Gen Suleiman was announced. Standing unopposed, he was backed by 118 votes out of 127, Lebanese TV said. Trumpets played and supporters waved flags in celebration in Beirut. (Source: BBC)
May 08. David Leslie is appointed