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Job – Vehicle Mechanic in Gloucestershire
Location: Gloucestershire, UK
Job type: Contract
Category: Automotive Engineering
Job Reference: 147977MLB
Posted on: 3 Aug 2018
About the Role:
Maintenance and repair of light, medium and heavy MOD Vehicles, mechanical and electrical equipment in accordance with relevant AESPs
– Carry out work to the required standard and specification as detailed on the job card in accordance with EMERs & AESP’s, customer requirements, current regulations, local instructions, process plans and other technical publications.
– Undertake routine and immediate modifications on equipments.
– Ensure all Tranman transactions are carried out in accordance with processes and that time is booked daily.
– Completion equipment documentation and test certificates / reports.
– Ensure stores and equipment issued to job are used for their correct purpose.
– Maintain the requirements of COSHH, Health & Safety and other statutory regulations.
– Ensure a good standard of housekeeping, cleanliness and safety in his work area to ensure the correct disposal of any hazardous or waste products.
– Maintain tools and equipment in a good serviceable order, reporting any faults to the Team Leader/tool store man and is responsible for their security at all times.
– Consult his Team Leader regarding any problems affecting the repair process, especially when additional work is deemed necessary.
– Consult Team Leader regarding any problems affecting Quality or Health & Safety.
– Execute other minor duties commensurate with grade and post on occasional basis as detailed by Line Manager
Due to the nature of the role applicants are required to hold either a City & Guilds Level 3 or NVQ Level 3 or an Indentured Apprenticeship in Motor Vehicles.
29 Aug 18. Virginia’s Largest Capital Investment in Modern History Comes to the City of Manassas. Micron Technology plans total expansion of approximately $3bn and 1,100 new jobs in the City of Manassas. Governor Ralph Northam today announced that Micron Technology, Inc. (NASDAQ:MU), one of the world’s largest semiconductor companies, will invest $3bn to increase memory production at its operation in the City of Manassas, creating 1,100 new jobs by 2030 in a community that has become a regional hub for technology and advanced manufacturing industries. The City of Manassas and the Commonwealth of Virginia faced fierce competition against other U.S. states and countries like the Republic of Singapore to secure what the Virginia Economic Development Partnership estimates to be the largest private-sector capital investment in modern Virginia history. The expansion is also significant in that it marks the largest project win in terms of increased exports for the Commonwealth and strengthens Micron’s position as Virginia’s largest exporter. The City of Manassas plans to work closely with major education institutions like Northern Virginia Community College and George Mason University to ensure Micron has a continuous pipeline of qualified, technically-skilled labor. On the heels of the recent news that Aurora Flight Sciences will invest $13.75m in the City of Manassas, Micron’s expansion further cements the City as one of Virginia’s most highly sought after locations for technology companies. Manassas boasts:
- Tenth highest weekly wages and the 16th highest per capita income in Virginia;
- Fourth highest wages in professional and technical jobs in the Commonwealth; and
- More than 20,000 people commuting into this City of 43,000 each day to work at jobs in financial services, health care, homeland security and defense contracting.
“Micron’s expansion in the City of Manassas represents one of the largest manufacturing investments in the history of Virginia and will position the Commonwealth as a leader in unmanned systems and Internet of Things,” said Governor Northam. “This $3bn investment will have a tremendous impact on our economy by creating 1,100 high-demand jobs, and solidifies Micron as one of the Commonwealth’s largest exporters. We thank Micron for choosing to deepen their roots in Virginia and look forward to partnering in their next chapter of major growth.”
“For almost two decades Micron and Manassas have been partners in the manufacturing of semiconductors and community development, as the City was with IBM before them. The significant benefits that the company brings Manassas by virtue of their employment and investment help us make advances in public education, infrastructure development and in maintaining a stable tax rate for all of our citizens. On behalf of our entire community I am thrilled Micron has chosen to modernize and expand operations here which will guarantee the relationship continues into the future,” said Mayor Harry J. Parrish II.
“Micron’s Manassas site manufactures our long-lifecycle products that are built using our mature process technologies, and primarily sold into the automotive, networking and industrial markets,” said Micron President and CEO Sanjay Mehrotra. “These products support a diverse set of applications such as industrial automation, drones, the IoT (Internet of Things) and in-vehicle experience applications for automotive. This business delivers strong profitability and stable, growing free cash flow. Micron is grateful for the extensive engagement of state and local officials since early this year to help bring our Manassas expansion to fruition. We are excited to increase our commitment to the community through the creation of new highly skilled jobs, expanded facilities and education initiatives.” (Source: BUSINESS WIRE)
27 Aug 18. US Navy aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln concludes TSTA evaluation. The US Navy’s Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) has successfully completed Tailored Ship’s Training Availability (TSTA) final evaluation period (FEP). The navy vessel has concluded the TSTA FEP in collaboration with the US Navy’s Carrier Strike Group 12, Destroyer Squadron 2, and Carrier Air Wing 7. During the TSTA assessment, Afloat Training Group (ATG) investigated and evaluated the aircraft carrier on a wide range of areas such as medical emergency responses, damage control environments, and everyday watchstanding. ATG member damage controlman 1st class Jordan Bailey said: “The issues that were identified in-port and the recommendations that were given by ATG were definitely taken on by the crew.
“During the event, USS Abraham Lincoln demonstrated its ability to deliver fuel to navy ships in the Carrier Strike Group 12 while the vessels carried out different operations. I could tell the recommendations and training were taken seriously. The improvement that I saw over the last two weeks was very impressive, and it goes to show the kind of crew the Lincoln has and the dedication they have to getting the mission done.”
Capabilities of the crew members were also tested on mass casualty responses, stretcher bearer skills, and flopper drills, where sailors were required to respond to medical casualties in their own workspace. In addition, ATG evaluated the damage control teams of the navy vessel to ensure the ship’s damage control readiness. As part of the TSTA FEP, CVN 72 successfully served as the delivery vessel to conduct fuelling at sea with the US Navy’s Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Mason (DDG 87). During the event, USS Abraham Lincoln demonstrated its ability to deliver fuel to navy ships in the Carrier Strike Group 12 while the vessels carried out different operations. Named after the 16th president of the US, CVN 72 was launched on 13 February 1988 and commissioned into service with the navy on 11 November 1989. (Source: naval-technology.com)
24 Aug 18. Brazil’s new helicopter carrier set to arrive. The Brazilian Navy’s newest ship, the multipurpose helicopter carrier PHM Atlantico(A140), is slated to arrive in Rio de Janeiro on 25 August. Brazil bought the former UK Royal Navy 21,578-tonne, 203 m-long HMS Ocean (L12) for GBP84.6mi (USD108.7m) on 19 February as part of its strategic ‘Obtaining Full Operational Capability’ programme. HMS Ocean was decommissioned from Royal Navy service on 27 March and commissioned as PHM Atlantico at HMNB Devonport in Plymouth, UK, on 29 June. The ship kept some of its original systems and equipment, including its Artisan, KH1008, and KH1007 radars, 30mm DS30M Mk2 guns and DNA(2) command system, and four Mk5B landing crafts. However, the 20mm Phalanx Block 1B close-in weapon systems, datalink systems, satellite communications terminal, electronic support measures system, torpedo defence system, 7.62mm M134 machine guns, and 130 mm decoy launchers were not transferred. The ship departed Plymouth on 1 August after completing the Royal Navy’s operational sea training course. The ship provides the Brazilian Navy with a significant capability to transport troops and equipment as well as to conduct amphibious assault, command-and-control, disaster relief, and humanitarian aid missions. The ship’s ability to operate helicopters will enable maritime aviation missions such as search and rescue, anti-submarine warfare, surface warfare, maritime interdiction, over-sea transport, surveillance, airborne assault, and close air support. (Source: IHS Jane’s)
24 Aug 18. New Zealand Navy to acquire dive and hydrographic support vessel. The Government of New Zealand has given approval for the acquisition of a dive and hydrographic support vessel to be used by the Royal New Zealand Navy. Owned and operated by Norwegian company Østensjø Rederi, the MV Edda Fonn multi-role offshore support vessel will provide new capabilities to the New Zealand Navy fleet. The total project budget for acquiring, upgrading and introducing the vessel into service is valued at NZ$103m ($68.99m). New Zealand Defence Minister Ron Mark said: “The MV Edda Fonn will be a great addition to the navy. Not only will it meet the government’s needs, it will be in service three years earlier than a newly built ship would have been.
“The vessel features new advanced capabilities such as a 100t salvage crane, a remotely operated vehicle, and a contemporary dynamic positioning system. This vessel will ensure that the current capability gaps for diving and hydrography are filled as quickly as possible, with a proven, well-tested platform.”
Once purchased, the 85m-long ship will be equipped with the dive and hydrographic systems required by the New Zealand Defence Force. The offshore support vessel is due to be delivered to the Royal New Zealand Navy at the Devonport Naval Base in May. MV Edda Fonn has been designed to replace the legacy ships HMNZS Resolution and HMNZS Manawanui, which were decommissioned from service in 2012 and 2018 respectively. The vessel features new advanced capabilities such as a 100t salvage crane, a remotely operated vehicle, and a contemporary dynamic positioning system. It will be able to deliver improved capacity, speed, safety and capability compared to previously used navy ships. Once delivered, final modifications on the ship will be carried out in New Zealand and the vessel is expected to be in service by November next year. (Source: naval-technology.com)
24 Aug 18. Philippines commissions final two Parola-class vessels. The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) has commissioned its ninth and tenth Parola-class patrol vessels. The ships, which have been named BRP Bagacay and BRP Cape Engaño with pennant numbers 4410 and 4411 respectively, were commissioned on 23 August, marking the end of an almost two-year induction process for the entire class. Bagacay and Cape Engaño are the final two vessels in a 10-ship, PHP8.8bn (USD164m) contract that was signed between the Philippine Department of Transportation and shipbuilder Japan Maritime United Corporation (JMUC) in 2015. The programme’s first-of-class, BRP Tubbataha (4401), was commissioned in October 2016.The Parola class, which is also referred to by the Philippine Coast Guard as the multirole response vessel (MRRV), derives its design from the Raizan-class patrol vessel that is in service with the Japan Coast Guard. (Source: IHS Jane’s)
30 Aug 18. Z-20 Helicopter to be Deployed in Tibet, Analysts Predict. As new photos of China’s in-development Z-20 utility helicopter trend on Chinese online military forums, analysts said on Wednesday that the helicopter would appear at a November air show and replace the imported UH-60 Blackhawk to be deployed in Tibet. Photos showing the Z-20 taking off and flying appeared on Chinese social media and military forums, Sina Military reported on Monday. The Z-20 is a newly developed 10-ton medium-lift utility helicopter, which will fill the gap between light and heavy helicopters, Song Zhongping, a military expert and TV commentator, told the Global Times on Wednesday. As a utility helicopter, it will have different versions to adapt to different terrains and weather, and is expected to be used by both ground forces and the navy, Song said.
The Z-20 can serve as a shipboard helicopter on China’s aircraft carriers and destroyers. The Z-20 is also likely to be deployed on the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau as it is designed to deal with problems caused by high elevation including lack of oxygen, Song noted. China bought the UH-60 Blackhawk from the US in the 1980s to carry out military missions in Southwest China’s Tibet Autonomous Region, and the Z-20 with new technologies will be a better choice in the future, he said.
Chinese military fans are eager to see the Z-20 enter military service as soon as possible following other 20 series aircraft. The J-20, a stealth fighter jet, and the Y-20, a military transport aircraft, were commissioned in 2017 and 2016 respectively.
“The Z-20 is very likely to make its appearance at the Zhuhai air show in South China’s Guangdong Province in November,” Song said.
A small number of helicopters are already in experimental service and the Z-20 is expected to enter mass production soon, he said. The Z-20 is not a copycat of UH-60 Blackhawk, China’s military analysts stressed. The US did not give China core technology and it is impossible for China to copy the Blackhawk without a blueprint, Song said. Even though there may be resemblances in terms of appearance, the avionics and power systems are totally different, he said. (Source: ASD Network/Global Times)
29 Aug 18. F-35C aircraft conduct Operational Test-1 on US Navy carrier. F-35C Lightning II fighter aircraft in service with the US Navy’s Strike Fighter Squadron 125 have carried out their Operational Test-1 (OT-1) on board the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln. OT-1 has been conducted by the navy squadron in collaboration with Carrier Air Wing 7 and Carrier Strike Group 12. The operational test has been designed to evaluate the complete range of the aircraft suitability to conduct operation within a carrier air wing and ensure optimum mission effectiveness. The F-35C variant collects information and transfers it to other F-35 jets in the air, as well as to legacy aircraft, carrier air wings, strike groups and ground troops, improving the battle capability of the fleet. During the test, evaluators assessed the suitability of the aircraft on board the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier, demonstrating its ability to operate together with other aircraft. In addition, the OT-1 evaluators also tested the effectiveness of the fighter jet in realistic scenarios.
Joint Strike Fighter Fleet Integration Office director rear admiral Dale Horan said: “This is the first time we really see how the aircraft works on the aircraft carrier, how we do maintenance and sustain it while we’re at sea, how it integrates with the ship, how it interoperates with communications, datalinks, the other aircraft, and how we conduct missions and tie in to other aircraft when we conduct missions.”
The test provides the US Navy with an assessment of how the Lockheed Martin-developed F-35C Lightning II would perform after being deployed into service. OT-1 will lay the groundwork for future F-35C deployments on board other US Navy aircraft carriers following the initial operating capability declaration for the aircraft. (Source: naval-technology.com)
28 Aug 18. Commando Merlin HC4s prepare for carrier deployments and supporting future Littoral Strike Group. Three of the newly upgraded Commando Merlin HC4 helicopters belonging to 845 Naval Air Squadron embarked on the Royal Navy’s (RN’s) aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth on 20 August to participate in the aircraft carrier’s four-month ‘Westland 18’ deployment. Based at RNAS Yeovilton, Somerset, the helicopters are among 25 former Royal Air Force Merlins being cycled through the HC4 upgrade for shipborne operations. The first aircraft were delivered from conversion in May, and have since been preparing for this maiden deployment in addition to their other core roles supporting UK national maritime security operations and the Royal Marines Lead Commando Group (LCG) for global contingencies at short notice.
Royal Marines Colonel Lenny Brown, commanding officer of the Commando Helicopter Force (CHF), told Jane’s that the helicopters will undertake a number of roles as part of Queen Elizabeth’s work-up during ‘Westlant 18’.
“Our main role on this deployment will be providing the deployed search and rescue [DSAR] to support Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter fixed-wing trials,” he said. “Our upgraded Commando Merlin HC4 helicopters allow us to conduct day and night, all-weather SAR missions due to our coupled digital automatic flight control systems [DAFCS]. This allows us to conduct automatic transitions down to a stable hover to pick-up downed aircrew and personnel on land or at sea. We will also be undertaking maritime intra-theatre lift [MITL] in support of the Carrier Task Group.”
The CHF Commando Merlin crews have also been undertaking the Joint Personnel Recovery (JPR) role, working alongside Royal Marine Ground Extraction Force personnel from Lima Company, 42 Commando. The CHF will provide an enduring capability in support of the Carrier Task Group as well as providing a strategic rapid deployment, global contingency capability in support of the LCG. (Source: IHS Jane’s)
27 Aug 18. China-made large amphibious aircraft AG600 starts tests on water. China’s independently-developed large amphibious aircraft, the AG600, has completed trial ground flights and entered a new test phase on the water-surface. The AG600, codenamed “Kunlong,” successfully finished a trial flight from an airport in the city of Zhuhai, south China’s Guangdong Province, to an airport in Jingmen, a city in central China’s Hubei Province, on Sunday, according to China Aviation Industry General Aircraft Co. Ltd. The company said that it marked the start of a new journey for AG600 — a test phase on the water. The aircraft passed a series of tests since its maiden flight last December. Next, it will conduct tests and trial flights on the water, in Jingmen.
The technical tests and flight tests will be mainly conducted on the surface of the Zhanghe Reservoir in Jingmen. Endowed with unique geographical and water conditions, the Zhanghe Reservoir is also called the “cradle of China’s water planes.” It is home to the country’s only air harbor.
It has been long selected to conduct water-surface tests of multiple Chinese aircraft models, including the country’s first maritime boomber SH-5 and first amphibious aircraft Seagull 300.
Designed to be the world’s largest amphibious aircraft, the AG600 is powered by four domestically built turboprop engines and has a range of 12 hours, according to Huang Lingcai, chief designer of AG600. It will be mainly used for maritime rescue, fighting forest fires and marine monitoring.
POWERFUL “DRAGON” ON WATER
Its name “Kunlong” represents high expectation in Chinese culture, with the “kun” meaning an enormous legendary fish and “long” a dragon. The AG600 can carry 50 people during search-and-rescue missions, collect 12 tonnes of water in 20 seconds for firefighting and transport up to 370 tonnes of water on a single tank of fuel. The aircraft is designed to have a range of 12 hours and an operational range up to 4,500 kilometers. It is also capable of takeoff and landing in 2-meter waves.
“That means AG600 can land on and take off from water in China’s islands in the South China Sea, which are well within range,” Huang said.
As the “youngest” one of China’s large aircraft family, AG600 conducted its maiden flight on Dec.24, 2017 at Zhuhai Jinwan Airport. China’s large aircraft family includes the Y-20 large transport aircraft, C919 large passenger aircraft and AG600 large amphibious aircraft. (Source: News Now/http://www.globaltimes.cn)
MILITARY AND GOVERNMENT
30 Aug 18. The European Leadership Network (ELN) is expanding. As an independent, non-partisan, pan-European NGO with a network of 180 past, present, and future European leaders, the ELN is working to provide practical real-world solutions to political and security challenges. In order to achieve this, we rely on creative, motivated, and experienced staff. Could you support the smooth running of an organisation in an exciting period of growth? Do you have the confidence and initiative to drive forward a strong performance culture? If so, we are recruiting for the position of Operations Manager for our Central London Office.
Closing date: 5pm, Friday 21 September 2018
29 Aug 18. The British-led Baidoa Security Training Centre in Somalia has marked its 500th graduate, as part of the UK’s ongoing commitment to bring peace and security to the region. British personnel have been delivering training to the Somalian National Army (SNA) since January 2017, focussing on medical training, leadership development, intelligence, equipment care, logistics and human rights.
Armed Forces Minister Mark Lancaster said, “The training we have provided will help build a more stable and prosperous Somalia. The Somalian National Army have been motivated, keen to learn and professional and we remain committed to their country’s development.” The long-term aim of the programme is for Commanding Officers in the SNA to take what they have learned and become self-sufficient in training their own troops. This training forms just part of the UK’s work in the country, the UK is also the third-largest donor to the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM). In 2017, it was announced that Somalia would be the beneficiary of £21m in additional backing from the Conflict, Security and Stability Fund. The UK is also supporting the development of a joint funding mechanism for policing, which we have developed jointly with the EU.
27 Aug 18. Soldiers Prepare Georgian Troops for Afghanistan Deployment. The continuous dramatic thumping of the HH-60M Black Hawk helicopter’s rotor blades announced the arrival of help from above as the 4th Infantry Division’s 2nd General Support Aviation Battalion conducted a series of aviation and medical evacuation training exercises here in support of the Georgian military and Operation Atlantic Resolve, Aug. 21.
“We’re out here supporting Georgian troops who are being trained by U.S. Marine Corps joint terminal attack controllers, and are getting ready for deployment,” said Army Sgt. Rodolfo Echeverria, a flight medic with Charlie Company C, 2nd GSAB. “Out here in the field, they’re running through company- and platoon-level training lanes, and we’re also doing medical evacuation so that they have some training with the helicopters.”
The 2nd GSAB has been conducting the joint exercises since Aug. 19, and has focused on training designed to simulate combat scenarios.
“It’s important for the Georgians to know how to respond and work with U.S. medevac assets,” said Army Chief Warrant Officer 2 Jacob Martin, a pilot with the 2nd GSAB. “When they deploy, they will know how to evacuate their wounded.”
Preparing for Deployment
The Georgian military is preparing to deploy to Afghanistan, where it is crucial that they are able to communicate and work with medical assets in a timely, safe and efficient manner.
“They‘ll know some more about how the process works and how to approach the aircraft safely,” Echeverria said. “If they have to call in a medical evacuation, I feel like they’re pretty well prepared now.”
Training such as this further builds relationships between the U.S. Army and its Georgian partners, the soldiers said.
“This fosters a good spirit, they know that they can rely on us,” said Army Chief Warrant Officer 2 Michelle Huang, a pilot in command for the training mission with the 2nd GSAB. “They can call us, and we’ll come to get them.”
The exercises are multifaceted and are necessary training for both the 2nd GSAB as well as the Georgian military.
“It’s imperative that we get out here to conduct this type of training,” Martin said. “We are not able to do realistic training unless there is a ground piece as well.”
Joint training between the U.S. Army and its European allies ensures the readiness, agility and lethality of coalition forces, Huang said.
“The more that we can train with our coalition forces here, before they enter combat, the better,” she said. “We’ll have better camaraderie and a stronger working relationship with our allies.” (Source: US DoD)
24 Aug 18. Mattis Touts Past, Future at Transcom Change of Command. When witnessing the connectivity and capability of the U.S. Transportation Command, any doubts about America’s military might fade immediately, Defense Secretary James N. Mattis said today at Transcom’s change-of-command ceremony at Scott Air Force Base, Illinois. Army Gen. Stephen R. Lyons assumed command of Transcom at the ceremony, succeeding Air Force Gen. Darren W. McDew, who is retiring after a 36-year military career culminated by three years as Transcom’s top officer. (Source: US DoD)
27 Aug 18. USAF Chief Master Sgt. Jason L. France, currently assigned as the command chief for Headquarters Air Force Materiel Command, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, has been selected to replace Air Force Chief Master Sgt. Matthew M. Caruso as the command senior enlisted leader for the U.S. Transportation Command, Scott Air Force Base, Illinois.
29 Aug 18. Army Command Sgt. Major Tomeka N. O’Neal, currently assigned as the command sergeant major for Headquarters, U.S. Army Joint Munitions Lethality and Lifecycle Management Command; and Joint Munitions Command, Rock Island Arsenal, Illinois, has been selected to replace Air Force Chief Master Sgt. Stuart M. Allison as the senior enlisted advisor for the Defense Commissary Agency, Fort Lee, Virginia.
REST OF THE WORLD APPOINTMENTS
28 Aug 18. New Russian ambassador appointment indicates growing likelihood of policy and trade disputes with Belarus. On 24 August 2018, Russian President Vladimir Putin appointed Mikhail Babich as the new Russian ambassador to Belarus. He replaced Alexander Surikov, who had served as ambassador since 2006. Babich is a Russian career statesman who started his career in the armed forces and the security services. Since 2011 he served as presidential plenipotentiary in the Volga Federal District, serving as an intermediary between the Kremlin and the regional governments. According to the Russian media, Babich played a key role in decreasing the effective policy and budgetary powers of regional governments in the districts’ ethnic republics, including in Tatarstan and Bashkortostan, which had been the centre of political separatism in the early 1990s. (Source: IHS Jane’s)
27 Aug 18. Australia announces new defence leadership. The Australian government has shuffled its defence portfolio following Scott Morrison’s victory in a leadership poll within the governing Liberal Party. Morrison was sworn in as Australia’s prime minister on 24 August, replacing Malcolm Turnbull. New ministerial changes include Christopher Pyne, formerly minister for defence industry, replacing Marisa Payne as minister for defence. Payne becomes minister for foreign affairs. Replacing Pyne as defence industry minister is Steve Ciobo, formerly minister for trade. Commenting on his appointment, Ciobo said, “Last year I worked closely with Christopher Pyne to develop the Defence Export Strategy … I look forward to continuing Minister Pyne’s work to build an Australian defence industry that advances the Australian economy.” (Source: IHS Jane’s)
25 Aug 18. G Satheesh Reddy appointed as DRDO chief for two years. G Satheesh Reddy, who has a distinguished reputation for his research and development in missile systems and contributions towards advancement of aerospace technologies and industries, is presently employed as the Scientific Advisor to Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman. Renowned aerospace scientist G Satheesh Reddy has been appointed as the Chairman of the Defence Research Development Organisation (DRDO) for a period of two years and will succeed S Christopher, who retired in June. He is also appointed as Secretary in the Department of Defence Research and Development (DDR&D). (Source: indianexpress.com)
24 Aug 18. Maj. Gen. Dany Fortin of the Canadian army will lead the new NATO mission in Iraq. Alliance heads of state approved the NATO mission during July’s summit in Brussels. The mission will continue NATO’s efforts to train Iraqi forces as they work to prevent a return of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria or similar terror groups, alliance officials said. (Source: US DoD)
30 Aug 18. Ugis Romanovs appointed as Managing Director of Patria Group company Milrem SIA in Latvia. Ugis Romanovs, 42, has been appointed as Managing Director of Milrem SIA to develop defence sector services for the Latvian market. He will start in the position in the beginning of September 2018. Romanovs has a very solid experience in defence sector and has worked in the Latvian National Armed Forces in various positions for many years. After his military career Romanovs has acted as a lecturer, researcher, military adviser and consultant in the defence sector. He holds a Master’s Degree in Military Leadership and Security and a Bachelor’s Degree in Education at the Latvian National Defence Academy.
27 Aug 18. Christian Hedelin New Chief Strategy Officer at Saab. Saab has appointed Christian Hedelin as new Chief Strategy Officer. Christian Hedelin takes up the position on 1 November 2018 and will then be part of Saab’s Group Management. Christian Hedelin is currently head of Strategy and Business Development at Ericsson’s business area Networks. Christian Hedelin graduated from Chalmers University of Technology with a MSc. EE degree in 1994. In 1998, Christian Hedelin completed a Masters of Business Administration at the School of Economics and Commercial Law at Gothenburg University. Christian Hedelin has held a number of positions within the areas of strategy, business development and product marketing at Ericsson, in Sweden, Malaysia and in China.
27 Aug 18. Gerald L. Gordon, Ph.D., whose work as leader of the Fairfax County Economic Development Authority to build and diversify the county’s business community and economy led its transformation into one of the world’s top business locations, announced today that he will retire at the end of this calendar year. Starting in January, Gordon will be serving as a fellow in the College of Charleston’s Joseph P. Riley Center for Livable Communities, where he will be working with faculty, staff and students to support the economic and cultural vibrancy of the City of Charleston, S.C. He also will teach in the college’s Master of Public Administration program. Additionally, Gordon will be consulting with institutions in northern Virginia and will serve on a local board.
22 Aug 18. Kacific’s New VP Sales and Marketing. He’ll Be Busy Marketing Broadband Products Up to Satellite Launch. Kacific Broadband Satellites appointment of Brandon Seir as Vice President, Sales and Marketing – Asia & International Carriers brings a whole list of ‘to dos’. In his role with Kacific Brandon is responsible for overseeing the development and introduction of the company’s complete range of satellite broadband products and service offerings leading up to the launch of Kacific1 in 2019. He is also responsible for sales of dynamic solutions to international carriers, ISPs and other service providers in Myanmar, Malaysia, Philippines, Guam, Bhutan, Bangladesh, Timor Leste, Nepal, Brunei and Fiji. Brandon is a marketing, sales and strategic planning specialist with over a decade of experience working in leading international telecommunications, internet service providers and digital technology companies. He spent 11 years over two periods with Roshan (Telecom Development Company), a subsidiary of AT&T, Talia Sonora & Monaco Telecom a GSM cellular provider with over 7.9M customers, initially as Director Sales, and then Chief Commercial Officer. Prior to that he was Director International Business Development for a Singaporean company, Technobiz Equipment, providing enterprise payments solutions to telecom operators, banks, internet and utility service providers. Brandon holds an MBA from the University of Liverpool and a BBA from (Source: Satnews)
28 Aug 18. Gary Gagnon has been named vice president of cyber strategy and chief security officer of the MITRE corporation, a nonprofit organization that manages federal research. He will be responsible for the organization’s cyber strategy and has been tasked with protecting the organization from physical and digital attacks. MITRE runs federally funded research and development centers that focus on scientific inquiry, development, acquisition and systems engineering. Gagnon was previously the vice president and chief information security officer at Amazon. He has also worked at MITRE for 30 years across leadership roles. (Source: C4ISR & Networks)
29 Aug 18. Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN) Chairman and CEO Thomas A. Kennedy announced today the appointment of Roy Azevedo as President, Space and Airborne Systems, effective September 1, 2018. Azevedo, 57, has been elected a corporate officer and has been named to the Raytheon Corporate Leadership Team. He succeeds Richard R. Yuse, who informed the company of his intention to retire from Raytheon on December 31, 2018. Yuse will serve as a senior advisor to the company during the interim period prior to his retirement.
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