RALEIGH, NC  |  SEPT. 27, 2022

The North Carolina Defense Summit (NCDS) will build our military, community, and defense industry through sharing state and national best practices.

  • Advocate installation, community and individual resilience
  • Build military installation and host community mutual support relationships
  • Coordinate military installation, defense sector, higher education, research

NCDS presents knowledge and best practices in advancing North Carolina as the most military, Veteran and defense industry state in the nation.

Who attends?

  • Stakeholders from across North Carolina and the greater mid-Atlantic region
  • Community leaders committed to supporting installation missions and military families
  • Military installation leaders from North Carolina bases
  • Federal and state government collaborators

Key topics include:

  • Energy Resilience
  • Land Management Training & Encroachment
  • Installation Sustainment
  • Installation and Community Advocacy
  • Intergovernmental and Cooperative Service Agreements
  • Military Quality of Life topics (Housing, Education, Childcare, Workforce)
  • Defense Industry and Military Contracting
  • Academic Research & Development
  • Legislative Initiatives
  • and a Military Hiring Event concurrent with the summit

Agenda

Tuesday, September 27

7:00 AM – 1:00 PM

Registration Open

7:30 AM – 8:30 AM  |  Crabtree Ballroom

Continental Breakfast

8:30 AM – 8:50 AM  |  Crabtree Ballroom

Welcome

9:00 AM – 10:15 AM

CONCURRENT

Environmental and Energy Management

Dogwood Room

Moderator:

  • Jennifer Mundt, Assistant Secretary of Clean Energy Economic Development, North Carolina Department of Commerce

Speakers:

  • Malcolm Charles, Director of Public Works, Military Ocean Terminal, Sunny Point
  • CDR Jared England, Facility Engineer, USCG Base Elizabeth City
  • Brian Joyner, Deputy Base Civil Engineer, 4th Civil Engineer Squadron
  • Audrey Oxendine, Chief, Energy and Utilities Branch, Fort Bragg
  • Christine Ploschke, Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army for Energy and Sustainability, U.S. Army
  • Steven Sample, Executive Director, Military Aviation and Installation Assurance Siting
Intergovernmental Cooperative Agreements

Sycamore Room

Moderator:

  • Mike Scalise, AC/S G-7, Marine Corps Installations East / MCB Camp Lejeune

Speakers:

  • Kacy Hunt, Deputy General Counsel, NC Department of Transportation
  • Ron Massey, Deputy City Manager, City of Jacksonville
  • Joe Ramirez, Director, Camp Lejeune and MCAS New River CPLO, Marine Corps Installations East
Installation Quality of Life

Creedmoor Room

Moderator:

  • Kirk Warner, Attorney, Smith Anderson, Member, NCMAC

Speakers:

  • John Bigger, Corporate Director of Behavioral Health and Sleep Medicine and Carolina Institute of Clinical Research, Cape Fear Valley Medical Center
  • Matt Borron, Executive Director, Association of Defense Communities
  • Col. Tammy McElhaney, Commander, US Air Force – 4th Mission Support Group
  • Dr. Angie Mullennix, Director of Innovative Practices and Programs/State Military Liaison, NC Department of Public Instruction
  • Valerie Nasser, Military Liaison Counselor, Craven County Schools
  • Sarah Williams, Compliance Coordinator, Marine & Family Programs Division – Family Care Program

    10:15 AM – 10:30 AM

    Networking Break

    10:30 AM – 11:45 AM

    CONCURRENT

    Installation & Community Advocacy

    Dogwood Room

    Moderator:

    • James Norment, Attorney, Ward and Smith P.A.

    Speakers:

    • Capt. James Belmont, Commanding Officer, Fleet Readiness Center East, U.S. Navy
    • Patricia Gray, Program Activity Lead, Compatible Use, DOD Office of Local Defense Community Cooperation (OLDCC)
    • Dr. Kevin Griess, Deputy Garrison Commander, USAG Fort Bragg
    • Jamie Livengood, Student & Family Support Coordinator, Wayne County Schools

    Introduced by: Tammy Everett, Executive Director, Defense Alliance of NC

      Defense Contract Opportunities

      Sycamore Room

      Moderator:

      • Scott Dorney, Executive Director, North Carolina Military Business Center

      Speakers:

      • Joe Angell, Federal Program Manager, Wiley Wilson
      • Ashley Bullock, Government Sales Manager, Elevate Textiles, Burlington Industries, LLC
      • Joseph “Jay” Dodd, Vice President, Booz Allen Hamilton
      • Percy Jones, Deputy Director, MICC – Fort Bragg
      • Denny Lewis, Director, NC DEFTECH
      • Dr. Afsaneh Rabiei, Founder and CEO, Advanced Materials Manufacturing

      Introduced by: Greg Manson, Vice President of Security, Audit, and Compliance, Tego

      Off-Base Housing Opportunities

      Creedmoor Room

      Moderator:

      • Etteinne Mitchell, Member, NCMAC; County Commissioner, Craven County

      Speakers:

      • Alicia Arnold, Deputy Housing Director, Wake County Government
      • Tucker Bartlett, Executive Vice President, Self-Help
      • Scott Farmer, Executive Director, North Carolina Housing Finance Agency
      • Yolanda Winstead, President, DHIC

      Introduced by: Larry Hall, Attorney, Wallace & Graham

        11:45 AM – 1:15 PM  |  Crabtree Ballroom

        Lunch, Legislative Update and Keynote Address

        Introduced by: Chad Sydnor, Vice President, Cassidy & Associates

        1:15 PM – 1:30 PM

        Networking Break

        1:30 PM – 2:45 AM

        CONCURRENT

        Land Management Training and Encroachment

        Dogwood Room

        Moderator:

        • Dr. Mary Lou Addor, Adjunct Assistant Professor, NC State University – NC Sentinel Landscape Partnership

        Speakers:

        • Barry Hull, ITAM and ACUB Coordinator, Fort Bragg
        • Jeffrey Marcus, NC Longleaf Applied Scientist, The Nature Conservancy
        • Addie Thornton, SERPPAS Coordinator, Texas A&M University
          Academic Research Opportunities

          Sycamore Room

          Moderator:

          • Kathie Sidner, Director, Defense Partnerships, University of North Carolina System Office

          Speakers:

          • Dr. Sambit Bhattacharya, Professor, Computer Science and Director, Intelligent Systems Lab, Fayetteville State University
          • LTC (Ret.) Stephen DeLellis, Executive Director and Senior Technical Advisor, Fort Bragg Research Institute
          • Dr. John Hardin, Executive Director, Office of Science, Technology and Innovation, NC Department of Commerce
          • Dr. Ola Harrysson, Edward P. Fitts Distinguished Professor and Director, Center for Additive Manufacturing and Logistics, NC State University
          • Dr. Stacy Meardon, Associate Professor, Physical Therapy and Director, ECU Human Movement Analysis Lab, East Carolina University
          • Dr. John Willson, Associate Professor, Physical Therapy and Director, ECU Human Movement Analysis Lab, East Carolina University

          Introduced by: BG (Ret.) Arnold Gordon-Bray, Senior Advisor of Military Affairs and the Director of FSU’s Center for Defense and Homeland Security (CDHS), Fayetteville State University

           

          Workforce and Spouse Employment

          Creedmoor Room

          Moderator:

          • Kimberly Williams, Founder & CEO, North Carolina for Military Employment (NC4ME)

          Speakers:

          • Andrea Bennett, Workforce Initiatives, Office of State Human Resources
          • CSM Alvin Brown, Transition Services Specialist, Fort Bragg
          • Will Doerfer, Assistant City Manager, Franklin County
          • Lane Dyer, State Director, USDOL VETS
          • Marv Gordner, Lead Associate, Booz Allen Hamilton
          • Jamie Kight, Executive Director, JK Premier Marketing

          Introduced by: Lane Dyer, State Director – NC Veterans’ Employment and Training Service (VETS), NC Department of Commerce

            2:45 PM – 3:00 PM

            Networking Break

            3:00 PM – 3:30 PM  |  Crabtree Ballroom

            Awards and Closing Remarks

            3:30 PM – 4:40 PM  |  Crabtree Ballroom

            Reception

              REGISTER

              Pre-registration has closed. Onsite registration will be available

              Event Location

              Raleigh Marriott Crabtree Valley
              4500 Marriott Dr, Raleigh, NC 27612

              Raleigh Marriott Crabtree Valley

              EVENT SPONSORS