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24 Mar 21. Segula to set up Asia-Pacific HQ in Melbourne. The global engineering firm has revealed it will expand its office in South Melbourne to support its regional operations. Segula Technologies Australia has announced plans to expand its office in South Melbourne to oversee regional activities in the Asia-Pacific. The French engineering firm, with 140 offices and 10,000 employees in 30 countries, is expected to use its expanded Melbourne office to support defence, automotive, rail and medical activities in Australia and throughout the region.
According to Segula Technologies, Melbourne was chosen as its headquarters because of the city’s “renowned technological universities and industries” and its existing infrastructure and talent base. The firm, which has employed several former Holden engineers, is planning to employ more engineers, 3D designers and program managers in the next two to three years. The firm has worked a number of large defence and transport infrastructure projects, including the SEA 1000 Attack Class submarines program. Victoria’s Minister for Industry Support and Recovery, Martin Pakula, welcomed Segula’s announcement.
“We are pleased to be working with Segula, whose investment will mean more high-value defence and infrastructure technology jobs for Victoria,” Minister Pakula said.
“With Victoria’s strengths already set in manufacturing, this is a win-win for Victoria and for Segula.”
Treasurer Tim Pallas added: “Global companies appreciate the value offered by Victoria’s skilled workforce and a commercial environment that fosters innovation and growth – and they are voting with their feet.”
Segula Technologies Australia managing director, Asia-Pacific, Pierre Maciejowski thanked the state government for its support.
“We are grateful for the support of the Victorian government, which is a demonstration of its faith in Segula’s ability to grow valuable jobs for Victorian workers,” Maciejowski said.
“We are excited about our opportunities here in Victoria.” (Source: Defence Connect)
18 Mar 21. Cybersecurity company chooses Wichita for new regional office. Millennium Corporation, a defense contractor and cybersecurity company for the Department of Defense (DoD) and other federal agencies including McConnell’s 177th Squadron “Red Team,” has solidified their presence and support to the local community through the establishment of a regional Wichita office.
“Through this new office, we are extending the high-end, high-caliber cybersecurity personnel and support we provide our military clients to new corporate partners,” said Matthew Hulse, Director, Cybersecurity and Solutions, at Millennium. “We have been honored to work with the 177th Red Team of the 184th Wing of the Kansas Air National Guard at McConnell Air Force Base for years. We look forward to helping the broader Wichita community navigate the increasingly complex world of cybersecurity, in both compliance and technical security.”
Millennium Corporation is headquartered in the Washington, DC area, and operates in 21 states with satellite offices in Huntsville, Ala. and Charleston, SC. Hulse added that the company is in a temporary, shared co-working space, while it searches for a more permanent office space with room to grow its Wichita footprint.
Hulse said the Greater Wichita Partnership presented a strong business case and connections for the Wichita region. “We know the cybersecurity talent in this region has the skillsets necessary to serve as our Midwest base of operations, which we believe will significantly grow,” Hulse said.
The need for cybersecurity for Greater Wichita’s aerospace industry is high because any company with Department of Defense contracts must meet Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC) requirements to create a unified standard for implementing cybersecurity across all defense subcontractors.
“As a thought leader in the cyberspace and security industry, Millennium is a welcome addition to Wichita’s growing cybersecurity community,” said Senator Jerry Moran. “Regional businesses continue to be reliable and growing partners for our military through Department of Defense contracts, and with Millennium’s expertise and credentials, it will be a great asset in providing cybersecurity services for our nation.”
Cybersecurity and IT Systems and Support are identified as target industries for growth in the Regional Growth Plan, a strategy to grow the Greater Wichita’s economy, attract new businesses and expand existing industries. This is the second Wichita cybersecurity announcement in two weeks.
“Millennium’s new regional office is another critical win and demonstrates the strength our cybersecurity assets in the Wichita region,” said Adrienne Korson, Director of Economic Development for the Greater Wichita Partnership. “The expertise of our existing cybersecurity talent and national recognition of the 184th Wing at McConnell Air Force Base and our educational partners, combined with our competitive cost environment, is attracting attention.”
Millennium’s new office will also provide further opportunities to retain and grow cybersecurity talent, including for 177th Red Team and Kansas Air National Guard members as they complete their service. Millennium Corporation has been involved in developing a talent pipeline for information technology professionals, including support to Wichita State University’s National Cyber League team, sponsoring the local OzSec security conference, and participating in Pathfinder internships, for which Senator Moran also was instrumental in securing funding. (Source: PR Newswire)
23 Mar 21. German frigate returns to sea. The German Navy’s Sachsen-class (Type 124) anti-air warfare frigate FGS Sachsen commenced post-refit sea trials in early 2021. However, while the ship is now back at sea, photos taken in March show that the ship’s Mk 41 Vertical Launching System (VLS), which was irreparably damaged in 2018, has not yet been replaced and the opening is plated over.
The frigate, part of the German Navy Navy’s 2nd frigate squadron, suffered a missile misfire during a live-firing exercise at a range in Norway in June 2018 that saw a Standard Missile 2 (SM-2) surface-to-air missile burn out inside the ship’s Mk 41 VLS. The ship subsequently entered the Naval Arsenal in Wilhelmshaven for repairs.
Responding to questions regarding the absence of a new Mk 41 VLS, Katharina Theobald, spokesperson at the Federal Office for Bundeswehr Equipment, Information Technology and In-Service Support (BAAINBw), said the VLS was severely damaged during the 21 June 2018 misfire and declared a total loss. With a planned maintenance period scheduled from late 2018 already, Sachsen proceeded directly to the arsenal for repairs. A new 32-cell Mk 41 VLS in its latest version was ordered from Lockheed Martin after the damage assessment was completed, however it was not available in time for the overhaul period. According to BAAINBw spokesperson Soeren Schmelz, “A Mk 41 VLS is not a commercial off-the-shelf spare part which is stockpiled by the German Navy or the US Navy.” (Source: Jane’s)
24 Mar 21. Japan commissions 12th and final Soryu-class diesel-electric attack submarine. The Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) commissioned its 12th and final Soryu-class diesel-electric attack submarine (SSK) in a ceremony held on 24 March in Hyogo Prefecture in west-central Japan.
Named JS Toryu (with pennant number SS 512), the 84-m-long boat was inducted into the Escort Division 6 of Escort Flotilla 2, which is homeported at the Yokosuka naval base in Kanagawa Prefecture, shortly after being handed over by shipbuilder Kawasaki Heavy Industries (KHI) at its facility in Kobe. It is the sixth submarine of the class built by KHI, with the other six having been constructed by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI). Toryu, which is also the second boat of the class to be equipped with lithium-ion batteries, was laid down in January 2017 and launched in November 2019. The total procurement cost of the submarine was about JPY69bn (USD635m), a JMSDF spokesperson told Janes. The commissioning comes after GS Yuasa, a Kyoto-based developer and manufacturer of battery systems, announced in February 2017 that Japan would become the first country in the world to equip SSKs with lithium-ion batteries in place of lead-acid batteries. According to Janes Fighting Ships, the Soryu class has a beam of 9.1 m, a hull draught of 8.4m, and a displacement of 2,947 tonnes when surfaced and of 4,100 tonnes when submerged. The previous boats of the class have been fitted with two Kawasaki 12V 25/25 diesel generators and four Kawasaki Kockums V4-275R Stirling air-independent propulsion (AIP) engines, and use lead-acid batteries for energy storage. (Source: Jane’s)
19 Mar 21. Philippine Navy commissions second and final José Rizal-class guided-missile frigate. The Philippine Navy (PN) commissioned its second and final José Rizal-class guided-missile frigate in a ceremony held on 19 March at Pier 13 in South Harbor, Manila.
Named BRP Antonio Luna (pennant number FF 151), the 107.5 m-long warship had arrived in the Philippines on 9 February after leaving the facilities of South Korean shipbuilder Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) in Ulsan four days earlier.
The vessel, which was launched in November 2019 and completed sea acceptance trials off Ulsan on 18 December 2020, will now join first-of-class BRP José Rizal (FF 150), which entered service in July 2020.
Speaking at the christening and commissioning ceremony, Philippine Secretary of Defense Delfin Lorenzana said the completion of the frigate acquisition project “marks the advent of our future fleet towards having a modernised and multi-capable Philippine Navy – one that is ready to respond to the increasing and emerging threats in our vast archipelagic nation.
PN Rear Admiral Adelius Bordado, who also attended the ceremony, said, “As we christen and commission the FF 151, we expect to raise our capacity to protect our nation’s vast maritime interests. We also expect to improve our approaches in securing our sovereignty and territorial integrity, especially in the South China Sea.” (Source: Jane’s)
19 Mar 21. JMSDF commissions second Maya-class guided-missile destroyer. The Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) commissioned its second Maya (Improved Atago)-class Aegis-equipped destroyer in a ceremony held on 19 March in Yokohama City, Kanagawa Prefecture.
Named JS Haguro (pennant number 180), the 170 m-long warship was inducted into the service’s Escort Division 8 of Escort Flotilla 4, which is homeported at the Sasebo naval base in Nagasaki Prefecture.
The ship, which was launched in July 2019, entered service shortly after being handed over to the JMSDF by local shipbuilder Japan Marine United (JMU) Corporation, which also built first-of-class JS Maya (179).
Haguro, which was built for JPY170bn (USD1.56bn) under a contract awarded in 2016, has now become the eighth JMSDF vessel equipped with the Aegis Combat System.
The Maya class is 5m longer than the service’s Atago-class destroyers. Each ship of the class is equipped with the Aegis Baseline J7 ballistic missile defence (BMD)-capable weapon system. The Baseline J7 is supported on the ships by the Lockheed Martin/Raytheon AN/SPY-1D(V) phased array radar and the Northrop Grumman AN/SPQ-9B X-band (NATO I-band) (8–12.5 GHz) high-resolution fire-control radar.
The Maya class is also equipped with the US-developed Cooperative Engagement Capability (CEC) system, which enables each of the destroyers to act as part of a wider ‘grid’ of sensors and weapon platforms that allow other CEC-equipped ships and military aircraft – such as Northrop Grumman E-2D Advanced Hawkeye airborne early warning & control (AEW&C) aircraft – to share surveillance and targeting information. With this capability, the ship is expected to better counter threats such as those posed by North Korean ballistic missiles. (Source: Jane’s)
25 Mar 21. Fifty years ago on 21st March 1971, a bright yellow Lynx prototype (XW835) took off from Yeovil. The now-iconic aircraft piloted by Ron Gellatly, completed two short flights of ten minutes and 20 minutes respectively. In addition to the Chief Test Pilot, his Deputy, Roy Moxam occupied the co-pilot’s seat, and Dave Gibbings flew as the Flight Test Engineer, responsible for instrumentation management, stress data monitoring, and back-up observations. This landmark marks the 50th anniversary of Leonardo stepping into the leading position in this size/weight category in the helicopter market. The Lynx’s design and further development has met operators’ demands and changing requirements on land and at sea, which has led to the introduction of several variants in line with newly emerging technologies. The Lynx legacy also strongly contributes to the protection of the mainland and surrounding waters in the UK, ready to counter any potential threats in the maritime environment, in addition to performing in a combat helicopter role among others. More than 500 aircraft in this class have been built, serving operators worldwide. There are nine customers still using the aircraft today for missions such as anti-surface warfare, anti-submarine warfare, battlefield, search and rescue, coastal protection, light utility amongst many others. Current operators of Lynx variants include the Brazilian Navy, Royal Malaysian Navy, and South African Defence Force.
24 Mar 21. Bell Boeing V-22 Osprey Soars Past 600,000 Fleet Flight-hours. The Bell Boeing V-22 Osprey has logged more than 600,000 flight-hours, providing continuous customer support to maintain mission readiness and transport critical cargo and personnel.
Built by Bell Textron Inc., a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, and Boeing [NYSE: BA], the V-22 fleet has grown to more than 400 aircraft and is operated by the United States Marine Corps, U.S. Air Force, U.S. Navy and the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force.
The V-22 is the only military production tiltrotor aircraft in the world. Its speed, range, maneuverability and logistical capability make it one of the most versatile and cost-effective solutions for its customers.
“There is no other aircraft in the world capable of matching the unique capabilities of the Osprey,” said Kurt Fuller, Bell V-22 vice president and Bell Boeing program director. “The 600,000 flight-hours represent countless tactical, logistical and humanitarian assistance missions, and the dedication of the men and women who maintain and operate the aircraft every day to keep it an advanced aircraft.”
Bell Boeing directly supports V-22 readiness by providing comprehensive global services to V-22 squadrons, including maintenance support, training, on-site field representatives, data analytics and new and repaired parts. For example, the Naval Air Systems Command recently awarded Bell Boeing a contract to deliver and install kits for nacelle improvements and the conversion area harness onto the CV-22 aircraft for the Air Force. The program refines the design of the nacelles and wiring harnesses for better reliability and maintainability, ultimately reducing repair time and improving readiness.
“Each V-22 flight hour is the product of a team effort,” said Col. Matthew Kelly, V-22 Joint Program Office program manager. “Enabled by pilots, maintainers, testers, engineers, the program workforce and our industry partners who, together, ensure safe and effective V-22 operation.”
Recent program accomplishments include the V-22’s latest variant, the CMV-22B, assigned to the “Titans” of Fleet Logistics Multi-Mission Squadron 30, completing the first delivery of an F-35 engine to the USS Carl Vinson, along with successful paradrops with the U.S. Navy’s parachuting team, “The Leap Frogs,” earlier in the year.
“From its first flight over 30 years ago to achieving this significant flight-hour milestone, the V-22 has a demonstrated legacy of mission success,” said Shane Openshaw, Boeing V-22 vice president and Bell Boeing V-22 deputy program director. “As we look at optimizing future sustainment and support, our customer partnerships and commitment to innovation, flexibility and agility will ensure we build on the aircraft’s ability to support whatever the mission demands.”
19 Mar 21. HAL completes production of 140 raw material stage Su-30MKI aircraft. Indian firm Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) has announced that its Nashik Division completed production of 140 Su-30MKI jets from raw material stage (phase 4).
Indian firm Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) has announced that its Nashik Division completed production of 140 Su-30MKI jets from raw material stage (phase 4). The Sukhoi Su-30MKI is a multirole combat fighter aircraft equipped with thrust vectoring control and canards. It is jointly developed by the Sukhoi Design Bureau and HAL for the Indian Air Force (IAF). The Su-30MKI licence production programme in India is carried out in a four-phased manner. Phase 4 involves production from raw materials provided by Russia, which are processed into different components instead of carrying out final assembly, according to a report by The Times of India.
HAL Nashik is currently manufacturing thousands of components required for integration into the fighter jet.
Completion of the project brings an end to the manufacture of Su-30MKI aircraft for the IAF from raw material stage of the programme to manufacture the aircraft under licence from aircraft company Sukhoi in Russia.
In the previous phases, the manufacture of the aircraft was ‘progressively indigenised’.
In addition to the Su-30MKI aircraft, HAL manufactures the AL31FP engine from raw materials supplied by Sukhoi at its Engine Division in Koraput town of Odisha. (Source: airforce-technology.com)
19 Mar 21. Boeing Inducts First EA-18G Growler for U.S. Navy Modification Program. A variant of the F/A-18F Super Hornet, the Growler will receive several capabilities common with the Block III upgrades. The first production EA-18G aircraft delivered in 2007 is the first Growler to receive this capability upgrade. Boeing [NYSE: BA] has started a five-year modification program for the U.S. Navy’s EA-18G Growler fleet with the induction of the first jet at Naval Air Station Whidbey Island. The modifications are focused on updating the jets’ structural and mission systems architecture, enabling future capability growth for the Navy’s 160 Growler aircraft. Growlers serve a critical role in jamming radar and communications signals of threat forces, disabling their ability to detect and track U.S. and allied military forces.
“We’re excited to have the Growler industry team here working on capabilities that will bring the fleet enhanced electronic surveillance, enhanced data link and the ability to carry the Next Generation Jammer pod,” said Capt. Chris “Needles” Bahner, commander, Electronic Attack Wing, U.S. Pacific Fleet. “We look forward to being a cooperative partner with PMA-265 and PMA-234 at Naval Air Systems Command and the Growler industry team on this exciting work.”
Following contract awards in October 2020 and February 2021 for materials and labor, the modification work includes various upgrades for Growler mission systems. The aircraft’s ALQ-218 receiver system will receive the Airborne Electronic Attack System Enhancements modification, enabling the Growler to operate in increasingly complex electromagnetic environments. Additional modifications will expand the Growler’s information pipeline for more rapid and secure data transfer to other aircraft and platforms as well as substantially improve the speed of data processing. Boeing also will prepare the Growler for the Next Generation Jammer, which greatly improves the Growler’s electronic attack capability.
“As the world’s premier electronic attack platform, we’re starting this program for the EA-18G Growler in solid partnership with the Navy,” said Mark Sears, Boeing vice president of Fighters & Strike Product Support. “These modifications will position it to meet the threats of today and those in the future.”
The program schedule forecasts that all Navy Growlers will be modified in five years. Full rate modification is expected to start in June 2021. Boeing has positioned people on-site at Whidbey, following state, local, customer and corporate COVID protocols, to ensure the program is fully staffed to support the work flow.
PLANT CLOSURES, JOB LOSSES AND STRIKES
23 Mar 21. Following confirmation of an early withdrawal of the RAF’s 14-strong C-130J fleet, Marshall Aerospace and Defence Group (MADG) is confident it can reduce the number of potential job losses by working with the Ministry of Defence to secure the effective resale of the aircraft.
Chief Executive Officer Gary Moynehan comments: “We have been anticipating that the MoD would bring forward the out of service date for the C-130 fleet however we had not expected such a short timeframe.
“There is no getting away from the fact that withdrawal by 2023 is disappointing news for Marshall, whilst we have enjoyed significant growth in our international C-130 business over recent years, our partnership with the RAF has remained the bedrock of our C-130 operation.
“It is still too early for us to be able to assess the full impact this decision will have on our operations at Cambridge
and Brize Norton but we will do everything we can to protect as many jobs as possible but unfortunately we also have to be realistic at a time when the aviation industry is already under enormous pressure.
“However, in line with Prime Minister’s commitment in the Integrated Review to prioritising UK industrial capability we expect to support the RAF in the successful resale of the C-130 fleet in order to maximise return for the UK economy and in turn reduce the risk of significant job losses within MADG.
“As we have for the last 50 plus years, we will work in partnership with the MoD to manage the withdrawal as effectively as possible given the timescales. Our teams have been justly proud to support 47, 206 and XXIV
Squadrons over so many years and will be incredibly sad to see that come to an end.
“At the same time, we do remain confident that our C-130 MRO business can continue to grow, we have 17 long term international customers and are continuing to win more contracts with overseas operators who recognise the unique capability of the platform.”
MADG won a 10-year USMC enablement contract last year to deliver scheduled and unscheduled maintenance across its 66-strong fleet of KC130J aircraft. The company currently employees over 1600 people across locations in Cambridge, Brize Norton, North Yorkshire, Netherlands, UAE and Canada.
MILITARY AND GOVERNMENT
25 Mar 21. Two-star general guilty of swindling £48,000 to pay for children’s private school fees. Maj Gen Nick Welch becomes the most senior officer in 200 years to be convicted at court martial and now faces 18 months in prison. A senior officer in the British Army has become the highest-ranking soldier to be convicted at a court martial since 1815 after he was found guilty of fraud.
Major General Nick Welch was found guilty of dishonestly claiming £48,000 in allowances to pay for his children’s boarding school fees and will be sentenced on Friday following a four-week trial at Bulford Military Court.
The 57-year-old two-star General, who left the military in 2018, had applied for the Continuity of Education Allowance (CEA) on the basis that he and his wife Charlotte would not be living close to the children’s schools at £37,000-a-year Clayesmore School and £22,500-a-year Hanford School between December 2015 and February 2017.
The payment, which covers 90 per cent of fees, is aimed at allowing children of service personnel to remain at the same schools to enable their serving parent to be accompanied by their spouse as they are posted to different locations.
However the prosecution said Mrs Welch, 54, spent most of her time at the cottage in Blandford Forum, Dorset, close to the two schools, rather than at their allocated military accommodation in Putney, south-west London.
CEA rules state a spouse must not be away from the residence at work address (RWA) for more than 90 days per year.
The investigation was launched in February 2017 after a neighbour alerted authorities about the Welch family’s absence from their London home.
Welch denied being dishonest and said he believed he had complied with the requirements of accompanied service because his wife was living with him for the majority of the time.
The father of three abused Continuity of Education Allowance (CEA) to send two of his children to private schools in Dorset CREDIT: Solent News & Photo Agency
His barrister, Sarah Jones QC, added that the CEA system and the 90-day rule were a “mess” and not strictly enforced by Ministry of Defence (MoD) administrators.
Welch was also given character references by senior military commanders including former Commander Joint Forces Command, General Sir Richard Barrons, who said he believed the defendant was of “unimpeachable integrity”.
However prosecutor Sarah Clarke QC accused Welch of lying and “attempting to manipulate” the figures regarding his family’s locations to cover up his dishonesty.
The court martial board consisted of a retired Major General, a Rear Admiral, a retired Air Vice Marshal, two Commodores, a Brigadier and a civil servant.
It is understood that the board had to be made up of tri-service personnel because of Welch’s seniority meant he was well known among the Army.
The maximum sentence is 10 years for fraud however legal sources said it was like his custodial sentence would be no more than 18 months.
An MoD spokeswoman said: “If a service person has been reported to the Royal Military Police because it is believed they have committed a crime it is only right that it is investigated fully and the results of the investigation are presented to the Service Prosecuting Authority.
“It has been proven in this case that the retired Major General Nicholas Welch OBE did commit fraud and therefore he will be sentenced accordingly.”
Tobias Ellwood, chairman of the Defence Select Committee, cautioned that this “individual incident” did not “damage the overall value this support mechanism provides for Armed Forces families”.
He said: “The CEA has allowed many personnel to continue their careers knowing their children’s education is less disturbed.” (Source: Daily Telegraph)
26 Mar 21. Operational Honours and Awards list March 2021. The latest Operational Honours and Awards List recognises the bravery, commitment and commendable service of service personnel within the military. The serving personnel who have won from the array of awards and decorations have shown outstanding examples of courage and dedication to their work while on operation.
The service they have given to the country ensures that Britain remains ready to face intensifying threats at home and abroad.
The full list is below:
Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE)
- Colonel Douglas Malcolm George BOWLEY, QHS
- Surgeon Lieutenant Colonel Jeremy Hart LEWIN, The Blues and Royals (Royal Horse Guards and 1st Dragoons)
- Wing Commander Morgan WILLIAMS, Royal Air Force
Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE)
- Acting Lieutenant Colonel (now Major) Romesh Vanendra CHINNADURAI, The Royal Logistic Corps
- Major Damien Alexander MEAD, The Royal Regiment of Scotland
- Major Dominic Joseph Andrew DIAS, Corps of Royal Engineers
Mention in Dispatches (MID)
- Lance Corporal Michael Thomas CAMERON, Royal Army Medical Corps
- Lance Corporal (now Corporal) John WARDLE, Royal Army Medical Corps
Queens Commendation for Valuable Service
- Commander Robin DONOVAN, Royal Navy
- Lieutenant Commander Andrew NOLAN, Royal Navy
- Lieutenant Colonel (now Colonel) Sam Edward Armel CATES, The Rifles
- Corporal Modou FAYE, Adjutant General’s Corps (Staff and Personnel Support Branch)
- Lance Corporal (now Corporal) Anne Louise GOWDY, Intelligence Corps
- Lieutenant Colonel Robert Paul James KACE, The Royal Dragoon Guards
- Acting Major (now Captain) Oliver James LEWIS, Corps of Royal Engineers
- Lieutenant Colonel William John MCKERAN, MBE, Intelligence Corps
- Warrant Officer Class 2 Paul Stephen NANCOLLIS, The Rifles
- Major Simon James PIERSON, Royal Corps of Signals
- Wing Commander Edward Stephen KENWORTHY, Royal Air Force (Source: https://www.gov.uk/)
26 Mar 21. The Cabinet Secretary, with the approval of the Prime Minister, has announced the appointment of David Williams as the new Permanent Secretary to the Ministry of Defence (MOD). The Cabinet Secretary, with the approval of the Prime Minister, has announced the appointment of David Williams as the new Permanent Secretary to the Ministry of Defence (MOD). David will be replacing Sir Stephen Lovegrove who has been appointed National Security Adviser. David will take up his post on 6 April 2021. Shona Dunn will be appointed as Second Permanent Secretary at the Department for Health and Social Care (DHSC), moving to take over the role that David leaves. (Source: https://www.gov.uk/)
25 Mar 21. LG James E. Rainey, commanding general, U.S. Army Combined Arms Center and Fort Leavenworth, Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, to deputy chief of staff, G-3/5/7, U.S. Army, Washington, D.C.
25 Mar 21. MG (Promotable) Maria R. Gervais, director, Synthetic Training Environment Cross Functional Team, Orlando, Florida, to deputy commanding general/chief of staff, U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command, Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Virginia.
25 Mar 21. MG Richard E. Angle, deputy commander, Joint Special Operations Command, U.S. Special Operations Command, Fort Bragg, North Carolina, to commanding general, 1st Special Forces Command (Airborne), Fort Bragg, North Carolina.
25 Mar 21. MG Robert L. Edmonson II, deputy chief of staff, G-6, U.S. Army Forces Command, Fort Bragg, North Carolina, to commanding general, U.S. Army Communications-Electronics Command and Aberdeen Proving Ground, Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland.
25 Mar 21. MG James B. Jarrard, commanding general, 25th Infantry Division, Schofield Barracks, Hawaii, to chief of staff, U.S. Indo-Pacific Command, Camp H. M. Smith, Hawaii.
25 Mar 21. MG Mitchell L. Kilgo, commanding general, U.S. Army Communications-Electronics Command and Aberdeen Proving Ground, Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland, to deputy, The Inspector General, U.S. Army, Washington, D.C.
25 Mar 21. MG Joel K. Tyler, director, J-3 operations/cyber, U.S. Africa Command, Germany, to chief of staff, U.S. Africa Command, Germany.
25 Mar 21. BG Shan K. Bagby, commanding general, Brooke Army Medical Center; and deputy market manager, San Antonio Military Health System, Joint Base San Antonio, Texas, to commanding general, Regional Health Command-Central, Joint Base San Antonio, Texas.
25 Mar 21. BG Edward H. Bailey, command surgeon, U.S. Army Forces Command, Fort Bragg, North Carolina, to commanding general, Regional Health Command-Pacific; and market manager, Puget Sound Enhanced Multi-Service Market, Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington.
25 Mar 21. BG William M. Boruff, deputy commander, Combined Security Command-Afghanistan, U.S. Forces-Afghanistan, Operation Freedom’s Sentinel, Afghanistan, to program executive officer, U.S. Army Joint Program Executive Office, Armaments and Ammunition; and commanding general, Picatinny Arsenal, Picatinny Arsenal, New Jersey.
25 Mar 21. BG Winston P. Brooks, commandant, U.S. Army Field Artillery School, U.S. Army Fires Center of Excellence, Fort Sill, Oklahoma, to deputy chief of staff for operations, Allied Rapid Reaction Corps, NATO, United Kingdom.
25 Mar 21. BG Timothy D. Brown, director, J-2, U.S. Southern Command, Doral, Florida, to director, J-2, U.S. European Command, Germany.
25 Mar 21. BG Curtis A. Buzzard, commandant of cadets, U.S. Military Academy, West Point, New York, to deputy chief of staff, operations, Resolute Support Mission, NATO; deputy commanding general (operations), U.S. Forces-Afghanistan; and commander, U.S. National Support Element Command-Afghanistan, Operation Freedom’s Sentinel, Afghanistan.
25 Mar 21. BG Jack M. Davis, commanding general, Regional Health Command-Pacific; and market manager, Puget Sound Enhanced Multi-Service Market, Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington, to deputy chief of staff, quality and safety, U.S. Army Medical Command, Washington, D.C.
25 Mar 21. BG Johnny K. Davis, chief of staff, U.S. Army Futures Command, Austin, Texas, to commanding general, U.S. Army Cadet Command and Fort Knox, Fort Knox, Kentucky.
25 Mar 21. BG Christopher L. Eubank, commanding general, 7th Signal Command; and deputy commanding general, U.S. Army Network Enterprise Technology Command, Fort Gordon Georgia, to commanding general, U.S. Army Network Enterprise Technology Command, Fort Huachuca, Arizona.
25 Mar 21. BG Wendy L. Harter, commanding general, Regional Health Command-Central, Joint Base San Antonio, Texas, to deputy chief of staff, G-3/5/7, U.S. Army Medical Command, Falls Church, Virginia.
25 Mar 21. BG John D. Kline, deputy chief of staff, G-3/5/7, U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command, Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Virginia, to senior advisor to the Ministry of Defense, U.S. Forces-Afghanistan, Operation Freedom’s Sentinel, Afghanistan.
25 Mar 21. BG Mary V. Krueger, deputy chief of staff, G-1/4/6, U.S. Army Medical Command, Falls Church, Virginia, to commanding general, Regional Health Command-Atlantic, Fort Belvoir, Virginia.
25 Mar 21. BG Michael B. Lalor, commanding general, Army Medical Logistics Command, U.S. Army Materiel Command, Fort Detrick, Maryland, to commandant, U.S. Army Ordnance School, U.S. Army Sustainment Center of Excellence, Fort Lee, Virginia.
25 Mar 21. BG Michelle M. Letcher, commandant, U.S. Army Ordnance School, U.S. Army Sustainment Center of Excellence, Fort Lee, Virginia, to chief of staff, U.S. Army Futures Command, Austin, Texas.
25 Mar 21. BG BG Paula C. Lodi, commanding general, Regional Health Command-Atlantic, Fort Belvoir, Virginia, to deputy commanding general (Support), U.S. Army Medical Command, Joint Base San Antonio, Texas.
25 Mar 21. BG Joseph A. Ryan, deputy chief of staff, operations, Resolute Support Mission, NATO; deputy commanding general (operations), U.S. Forces-Afghanistan; and commander, U.S. National Support Element Command-Afghanistan, Operation Freedom’s Sentinel, Afghanistan, to commanding general, 25th Infantry Division, Schofield Barracks, Hawaii.
25 Mar 21. BG Michael J. Talley, commanding general, U.S. Army Medical Research and Development Command and Fort Detrick, Fort Detrick, Maryland, to deputy commanding general (operations), U.S. Army Medical Command, Falls Church, Virginia.
U.S. Army Reserve
25 Mar 21. MG Gregory J. Mosser, commander (Troop Program Unit), 377th Theater Sustainment Command, Belle Chasse, Louisiana, to deputy commanding general (Individual Mobilization Augmentee), U.S. Army Reserve Command, Fort Bragg, North Carolina.
25 Mar 21. BG John W. Aarsen, commander (Troop Program Unit), 451st Sustainment Command (Expeditionary), Wichita, Kansas, to deputy commanding general (Troop Program Unit), 79th Theater Sustainment Command, Los Alamitos, California.
25 Mar 21. BG Christopher Z. Barra, deputy commanding general – Support (Troop Program Unit), 63d Readiness Division, Mountain View, California, to commander (Troop Program Unit), 451st Sustainment Command (Expeditionary), Wichita, Kansas.
25 Mar 21. BG Mark E. Black, commander (Troop Program Unit), 350th Civil Affairs Command, Pensacola, Florida, to director of operations, (Individual Mobilization Augmentee), J-3 (Wartime), U.S. Forces Korea, Republic of Korea.
25 Mar 21. BG Aida T. Borras, commanding general (Troop Program Unit), Military Intelligence Readiness Command, Fort Belvoir, Virginia, to deputy commanding general, Southern European Task Force – Africa, Vicenza, Italy.
25 Mar 21. BG Timothy D. Connelly, commander (Troop Program Unit), 9th Mission Support Command, Honolulu, Hawaii, to deputy chief of staff, G-3/5/7 (Individual Mobilization Augmentee), Office of the Chief of Army Reserve, Fort Belvoir, Virginia.
25 Mar 21. BG Joseph D’costa, Reserve vice director (Individual Mobilization Augmentee), J-7, Joint Staff, Washington, D.C., to deputy commander – Support (Troop Program Unit), 412th Engineer Command, Vicksburg, Mississippi.
25 Mar 21. BG William B. Dyer III, assistant judge advocate general – operations (Individual Mobilization Augmentee), Office of the Judge Advocate General, U.S. Army, Washington, D.C., to commanding general (Troop Program Unit), U.S. Army Reserve Legal Command, Gaithersburg, Maryland.
25 Mar 21. BG Jeffrey M. Farris, commander (Troop Program Unit), 352d Civil Affairs Command, Fort Meade, Maryland, to deputy commander (Troop Program Unit), 108th Training Command (Initial Entry Training), Charlotte, North Carolina.
25 Mar 21. BG Stephanie Q. Howard, deputy commander (Troop Program Unit), 108th Training Command (Initial Entry Training), Charlotte, North Carolina, to commander (Troop Program Unit), U.S. Army Reserve Sustainment Command, Birmingham, Alabama.
25 Mar 21. BG Robert T. Krumm, Reserve deputy commander (Troop Program Unit), U.S. Army Corps of Engineers North Atlantic Division, Fort Hamilton, New York, to deputy commanding general – operations (Troop Program Unit), 81st Readiness Division, Fort Jackson, South Carolina.
25 Mar 21. BG Susie S. Kuilan, deputy commanding general – operations (Troop Program Unit), 200th Military Police Command, Fort Meade, Maryland, to commander, (Troop Program Unit), 95th Training Division (Initial Entry Training), Fort Sill, Oklahoma.
25 Mar 21. BG Jonathan C. Moyer, deputy commanding general (Troop Program Unit), 335th Signal Command (Theater), East Point, Georgia, to commanding general (Troop Program Unit), 335th Signal Command (Theater) Operational Command Post (Forward), Operation Spartan Shield, Kuwait.
25 Mar 21. BG Robert S. Powell, Jr., director J6/8/9 (Individual Mobilization Augmentee), Cyber National Mission Force, U.S. Army Element U.S. Cyber Command, Fort Meade, Maryland, to deputy commanding general (Troop Program Unit), 335th Signal Command (Theater), East Point, Georgia.
25 Mar 21. BG Jeffrey D. Pugh, commander (Troop Program Unit), Mission Command Support Group, 88th Readiness Division, Fort Snelling, Minnesota, to commander (Troop Program Unit), 350th Civil Affairs Command, Pensacola, Florida.
25 Mar 21. BG David M. Samuelsen, deputy commanding general (Troop Program Unit), 80th Training Command (The Army School System), Richmond, Virginia, to deputy commanding general – operations (Troop Program Unit), 200th Military Police Command, Fort Meade, Maryland.
25 Mar 21. BG Charles S. Sentell III, commander (Troop Program Unit), 95th Training Division (Initial Entry Training), Fort Sill, Oklahoma, to deputy commanding general – support (Troop Program Unit), 377th Theater Sustainment Command, Belle Chase, Louisiana.
25 Mar 21. BG Katherine A. Simonson, commander (Troop Program Unit), 2d Medical Training Brigade, Salt Lake City, Utah, to director, research and development (Individual Mobilization Augmentee) Defense Health Agency J-9, Falls Church, Virginia.
24 Mar 21. Army Sgt. Maj. Brant C. Shyrigh, currently assigned as the G-3 sergeant major for the Headquarters Army Material Command, Redstone Arsenal, Alabama, has been selected to replace Navy Command Master Chief Philip R. Ibanez as the command senior enlisted leader for the Defense Threat Reduction Agency, Fort Belvoir, Virginia.
19 Mar 21. Army Command Sgt. Maj. JoAnne Naumann, currently assigned as the command sergeant major, Joint Special Operations Intelligence Brigade, Fort Bragg, North Carolina, has been selected to replace Command Master Chief Stephen White as the command senior enlisted leader for Special Operations Command – Korea.
REST OF THE WORLD APPOINTMENTS
23 Mar 21. Rear Admiral Ovais Ahmed Bilgrami has assumed the responsibilities as Commander Karachi (COMKAR) during Change of Command ceremony held at Karachi. Vice Admiral Faisal Rasul Lodhi handed over the Command to the newly appointed Commander Karachi. Upon assumption of Command, Rear Admiral Ovais Ahmed Bilgrami is now Commander of all training units of Pakistan Navy at Karachi. Rear Admiral Ovais Ahmed Bilgrami was commissioned in Operations Branch of Pakistan Navy in July 1989. The Admiral has an illustrious career with wide ranging Command and Staff experience. His major Command appointment was Commanding Officer of PNS KHAIBAR. His distinguished Staff appointments include Directing Staff at NDU, Director Naval Development Plans, Director Naval Operations, Chief Staff Officer to Commander Pakistan Fleet, Assistant Chief of Naval Staff (Operational Plans) and Principal Secretary to Chief of the Naval Staff at Naval Headquarters Islamabad. The Admiral has also performed duties as Additional Secretary at Ministry of Defence. Prior assumption of duties as Commander Karachi, the Admiral was serving as Deputy Chief of Naval Staff (Operations) at Naval Headquarters Islamabad. (Source: Aerospace Daily & Defense Report)
22 Mar 21. CGI (NYSE: GIB) (TSX: GIB.A) announced the appointment of Stephanie Mango to President of CGI Federal with transition activities effective immediately. In this role, she will lead CGI Federal’s 7,000 professionals, partnering with more than 85 government agencies to provide solutions for defense, civilian, healthcare and intelligence missions. Mango’s career at CGI Federal spans 25 years, most recently as the Senior Vice-President and leader of the Security, Assistance, Justice and hEalth (SAJE) Business Unit, where she led a large, diverse client portfolio and oversaw the company’s mergers with Sunflower Systems and TeraThink Corporation. (Source: PR Newswire)
23 Mar 21. InVeris Training Solutions appoints Al Weggeman as CEO. InVeris Training Solutions, the leading provider of integrated live-fire and virtual weapons training systems and services for domestic and international military and law enforcement, announced today the appointment of Al Weggeman as CEO, effective April 5, 2021. InVeris Training Solutions is a portfolio company of Pine Island Capital Partners. Weggeman has more than 20 years of experience leading top-performing teams to deliver sustained growth in engineered component and product businesses serving military, law enforcement, and other customers. He most recently served as President of Block Engineering, LLC, a leader in cutting-edge chemical detection systems for military, law enforcement, global government agencies, and process industries. Before that, he was President of L3 Technologies Security & Detection Systems, where he led their global security and detection systems business focused on aviation, transportation, government, and critical infrastructure markets. Weggeman earned an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University in 1992. He graduated Magna Cum Laude from Northeastern University in 1988.
23 Mar 21. Voyager Space Holdings, Inc. (Voyager), a global leader in space exploration, today announced the appointment of Ellen Lord to the company’s Board of Directors. Lord joins a revered group of industry experts including National Security Expert and four-star Air Force General William Shelton, leading investor Gabe Finke, world renowned planetary scientist, Dr. Alan Stern, former undersecretary of technology, Dr. Cheryl Shavers and experienced technology executive and financial leader, Marian Joh. Lord will join the Board in providing strategy and guidance for Voyager as the company continues to successfully support the growth needs of commercial space companies through sustainable, long-term investments. (Source: PR Newswire)
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