This is For All our #KEM 2,000+ Facebook Fans – Thank You!

As the KEM team approaches its 3rd year being active in the social media community, we would like to thank you for engaging with us in our online journey.

Recently, our Facebook page has surpassed 2,000 likes, a milestone for which we want to express our appreciation to all of you that read our content, as well as our blogs that we maintain across our social media. We will continue to document our journey as a team and we value our virtual supporters both locally and across the world!

KEM also wants to recognize a key member of our communication’s team, Will Vith.   We thank Will for his hard work and creative spirit in our digital space helping KEM share our story and execute our mission.

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#KEM Remembers the Heroes Who Served and Gave the Ultimate Sacrifice: Memorial Day 2017

On Memorial Day 2017, KEM remembers and honors the heroes who have fallen and given the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom.  Freedom is Never Free


Honor Them

Today, we honor the heroes who served and gave the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom. #MemorialDay #HonorThem #GratefulNation

Posted by U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) on Monday, May 29, 2017

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#KEM Honored to Partner with Travis Manion Foundation’s Operation Legacy

“If Not Me, Then Who…”

#KEM sponsored a tree in honor of a fallen military hero as part of #OpLegacy. (May 2017)

KEM and Associates is honored to partner with the Travis Manion Foundation and the Mount Saint Joseph National Honor Society through Operation Legacy.  Both these organizations are based in excellence, dedicated, and aligned with KEM’s value of Charitable and Transforming Community Involvement through their mission to empower veterans and develop character in future generations.

KEM takes great pride in sponsoring a tree in honor of our fallen heroes in the Irvington neighborhood of Baltimore. #IfNotMeThenWho

The executive team at KEM is inspired by Operation Legacy that together, one tree at a time, we can honor our loved ones, continue 1st LT Travis Marion’s legacy, “If Not Me, Then Who…”, and help redefine America’s national character inspired by the spirits of true American Heroes.  Operation Legacy aims to cultivate character development in future generations. By uniting communities for a common cause through volunteer led service opportunities, volunteers live the “If Not Me, Then Who…” mantra of TMF and lead a movement of character, leadership, and selfless service.

Revised Legacy 42 Trees Release 5-17

KEM and Associates LLC is a strategy and innovation leader specializing in the Aerospace and Defense industry supporting key U.S. and global primes, suppliers, and related commercial markets globally.

Ken Miller Honored as 2017 Distinguished Fellow – Mississippi State University, Bagley College of Engineering

Mississippi State University’s Bagley College of Engineering honored 10 alumni for their accomplishments and commitment to the field of engineering at the 2017 Distinguished Fellows banquet on March 30.

KEM and Associates extends a well deserved congratulations to our CEO, Ken Miller, for earning and receiving the 2017 Distinguished Fellow Award.

“I am grateful to have attended and graduated from this great University and Aerospace Engineering Program.  I am honored and humbled to be recognized with these other fine alumni by the University that gave me a solid foundation in preparing me for my professional journey in Aerospace and Defense.  This award would not be possible without the many great people – my family, friends, teachers, colleagues and mentors – that have helped shaped my life.  Thank You”.   Ken Miller, CEO KEM and Associates LLC

The Distinguished Fellows program began in 1991 when 100 alumni were honored to celebrate the college’s 100th anniversary. Now, each spring, new alumni fellows are selected to recognize not only their great commitment to the engineering field, but also to represent the best and brightest that Bagley College has to offer.

Kenneth Miller

Miller is currently serving as the president and CEO of KEM and Associates. Prior to starting that venture, he spent more than 30 years in the military, first with the U.S. Navy and then with the Air Force. He won the Nathanial Stinson Award in 2003 and twice received the Meritorious Executive Presidential Rank Award. He is a member of both the Air Force Association and the Navy League.

Charles Bridges

Bridges has enjoyed a successful career as an engineer for General Electric. He spent more than 13 years in a variety of positions with GE Nuclear Energy before moving on to a customer quality manager role with GE Energy in 2003. Since 2006, he’s been the product line leader for large motors with GE Hitcahi Nuclear Energy Americas. In the community, he also was involved with Habitat for Humanity and the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

Walter Dowdle

Dowdle got his start as a reservoir engineer and well log analyst with Chevron Oil. Since then, he has served as a vice president at both Intercomp Resource Development and Engineering and at Galactica Enhanced Oil Recovery Corporation. He served as president of Dowdle, Fairchild and Ancell before starting and serving as president of Dowdle and Associates. He has also been active with the civil air patrol as part of the U.S. Air Force Auxiliary.

Larry East, Jr.

East is currently the vice president of global engineering at Albermarle Corporation. He has previously served as general manager of Stone and Webster and was the recipient of the American Chemical Society “Heroes of Chemistry” award. He is a member of the Civil and Environmental Engineering Advisory Board while also serving on the board of directors of the South Louisiana chapter of Teach for America.

Jerome Gilbert

Gilbert is undoubtedly a familiar face among MSU faculty, staff, students, and alumni as he spent much of his career as a bulldog. He began his career at Mississippi State as an associate professor in agricultural and biological engineering in 1988 and served as department head in that department from 1996-2004. He was named associate provost in 2004 before becoming provost and executive vice president in 2010. Unfortunately, he left MSU last year and is now the president at Marshall University. He is also a fellow of both the Institute of Biological Engineering and the American Institute for Medical and Biological engineering.

Jeffrey Herren

Herren is the current CEO of Herren Associates, which was named as one of INC Magazine’s 500 fastest growing private companies and as one of the 50 fastest growing companies by the Washington Business Journal. He is a member of the National Society of Professional Engineers and has been involved with the Association of the United States Army and the U.S. Naval Institute. He was also the recipient of the inaugural GovStar Award by Smart CEO Magazine.

Elliott Will Henry Johnson

After receiving his Bacehlor’s degree in Chemical Engineering, Johnson immediately took advantage of the Mississippi State co-op program to earn his first job out of college with Eastman Chemical. While there, he received a U.S. patent for a scrubber system that is designed to eliminate hydrocarbon emissions to the atmosphere. In 1998, he moved to Chevron Chemical and has had a variety of roles there, most recently being promoted to plant manager at Chevron Phillips’ Plant in Orange, Texas. He is also active in the community as a board member of the United Way in Orange County, Texas.

Ronnie Martin

Martin spent more than 30 years of his career with Texaco Exploration and Production, rising to serve as vice president. Since 2002, he has been the senior managing director at FTI Consulting where he created the firm’s oil and gas litigation practice. He is a member of the mechanical engineering advisory board and an advisory board member at the Institute of Energy Law. He also won the Minerals Management Service’s Corporate Leadership Award.


Huey Jiun Ngo

Ngo first started his professional career at SkyTel after earning both a bachelor’s and a master’s degree at Mississippi State in electrical engineering. While at SkyTel, he won the Ovation Leadership Award and the Circle of Excellence Award. In 2006, he moved to Bomgar Corporation where he is serving as the executive vice president of products and services. He is the recipient of several patents and has been published in the areas of telemetry, telematics, secure access and management. He is also a member of the electrical and computer engineering advisory board.

Ginger Ricchetti

Ricchetti is currently serving as the director of application development at Regions Bank, where she has worked for the past 20 years. Prior to joining Regions, she was an application development manager at Bank of America. She is a member of the computer science and engineering advisory board and has also been active with Habitat for Humanity and Children’s Hospital.

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Group Photo: The 2017 Bagley College of Engineering Distinguished Fellows Walter Dowdle (from left), Ronnie Martin, Huey Ngo, Larry East Jr., Jeffrey Herren, Jerome Gilbert, Ginger Ricchetti, Charles Bridges, Elliott Johnson. Pictured Separately: Kenneth Miller

#KEM Values Strength through Diversity: Honoring DoD STEM Contributions during National African American History Month & National Engineers’ Week


#KEM joins the nation in celebrating National African American History Month (1-26 February) and National Engineers’ Week (19-25 February).

We honor all African Americans who have served our armed forces and contributed significantly to the Department of Defense’s (DoD) legacy in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) cultivating a “stronger, more diverse” military and civilian force.

In the spirit of National African American History Month and National Engineers’ Week, #KEM stays committed to ensuring a diverse and well educated STEM future workforce.  We develop and promote diverse present and future Aerospace and Defense (A&D) STEM teams and industry leaders that create effective solutions as DoD challenges rapidly increase globally through the following activities:


Major General Robert S. Ferrell, U.S. Army, shares #KEM’s value of “Strength through Diversity” best in the below video: “The strength of our Army is when all service members are working together to accomplish a common goal”.



Join #KEM to Support our Service Men, Women, Veterans & their Families Around the World this Holiday Season

A sailor dressed as Santa Claus gives the signal to launch a T-45C Goshawk from on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS George Washington in the Atlantic Ocean, Dec. 10, 2016.

#KEM is grateful to come together this holiday season to support the warfighter and their families.  In the true holiday spirit of giving, please join #KEM in supporting our active troops, veterans and their families with amazing organizations such as these: DAV, Armed Services YMCA & USO





 Disabled American Veterans (DAV)

DAV is the most long-lasting veterans advocacy and assistance group in this country.  Dedicated to a single purpose: empowering veterans to lead high-quality lives with respect and dignity.  Join #KEM, Donate to DAV Here Now



Armed Services YMCA

Armed Services YMCA

Armed Services YMCA is a top-rated military nonprofit designed to make military life easier.  Provide hands-on, specialized programs to military and their families.  Join #KEM, Donate to Armed Services YMCA Here Now


Christmas Decorations Border with Text Happy HolidaysUSO

Millions of times each year at hundreds of locations around the world, the USO lifts the spirits of America’s troops and their families.  USO has an extensive range of programs at more than 160 locations in 27 states and 14 countries, and hundreds of entertainment events each year.  Join #KEM, Donate to USO Here Now

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#HonorThem: Thank You from #KEM to all our Veterans and their Families, Veterans Day 2016


Today and every day, #KEM thanks all those who have bravely and selflessly served our country. 

We will never forget your sacrifices.

#HonorThem #SomeGaveAll

On this day we observe Veterans Day to honor all the men and women who’ve served our country in uniform. The veterans from generations past and the new generation of veterans home and at war. We just want to say thank you for serving your country! (Source: Source: U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) @DeptofDefense)

Defense Secretary Ash Carter delivers his thoughts and well-wishes on Veterans Day.

#HailState: Ken Miller, MSU Alumni, tours Bagley College of Engineering & Attends Tailgate with Esteemed MSU Black Pioneers

Ken Miller, CEO of KEM and Associates, was excited and proud to support his Bulldog Family during their 2016 Homecoming Festivities.


Congratulations to our MSU Bulldogs on their 56-41 victory over Samford! #WeRingTrue

Hail State!  KEM’s Ken Miller was honored to cheer the MSU Bulldogs on to a 56-41 victory over Samford and attend the fantastic Mississippi State University Black Alumni Weekend event, Homecoming Tailgate Party with many esteemed Mississippi State Black Pioneers.  Also, a big thank you for the generous hospitality of Mr. Jeff Davis, Executive Director of of the Mississippi State University Alumni Association. #WeRingTrue @HailStateFB #BAW16

Thank You @msuengineering! Thank you so much for our warm reception, the opportunity to learn about your latest and innovative approaches and department information, and your gracious hospitality on our tour of the Bagley College of Engineering at Mississippi State.  It was an honor to receive an overview of the world class Bagley College of Engineering by Jason Keith, Ph.D., Dean of the Bagley College of EngineeringKari Babski-Reeves, Ph.D., CPE, Associate Dean for Research & Graduate Studiesand Bennett Evans, Development Director for the BCoE.  In addition, you have my deep gratitude for the aerospace engineering update presentation and my admiration for the continued excellence of this program spearheaded by Davy Belk Ph.D. Department Head and Professor Department of Aerospace Engineering.  

Mr. Miller began his career as an Aerospace Engineering major at Mississippi State University where he developed a love of flight, received the best education possible in aeronautics and astronautics, and was fully prepared to enter the workforce.  Mr. Miller then served over 35 years in the U.S. Government and now runs our recognized global Defense and Aerospace consulting practice.

KEM looks forward to the opportunity to support and strengthen MSU’s engineering assets for the next generation of aerospace game changers.

@msstate @msuengineering


#KEM: Good Luck to Team USA’s Military Olympians!


Recent Air Force Academy cadet, now Marine 2nd. Lt. David Higgins, center, competes in prone rifle. (Photo: U.S. Air Force) – Watch 12 Aug 2016

#KEM wishes all the USA’s Military Olympians good luck in participating and representing our country with pride in the Games of the XXXI Olympiad in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.  

Go Team USA!

We honor all who are competing and serve our country.

Here is #TeamUSA’s Military Olympian Roster for Rio 2016: (source:

  • 2nd Lt. David Higgins
    • Service: Marine Corps, Air Force Academy Class of 2016
    • Event: 50m rifle prone

    Sgt. 1st Class Keith Sanderson

    • Service: Army
    • Event: 25m rapid fire pistol

    Sgt. 1st Class Michael McPhail

    • Service: Army
    • Event: 50m rifle prone

    Sgt. 1st Class Glenn Eller

    • Service: Army
    • Event: Double trap

    Sgt. 1st Class Josh Richmond

    • Service: Army
    • Event: Double trap

    Spc. Dan Lowe

    • Service: Army
    • Event: 10m air rifle

    Vincent Hancock

    • Service: Army veteran
    • Event: Skeet

    1st Lt. Cale Simmons

    • Service: Air Force
    • Event: Pole Vault
    • When to watch: Aug. 13-20

    2nd Lt. Sam Kendricks

    • Service: Army
    • Event: Pole vault

    Staff Sgt. John Nunn

    • Service: Army
    • Event: 50K race walk

    Spc. Leonard Korir

    • Service: Army
    • Event: 10,000m run

    Spc. Shadrack Kipchirchir

    • Service: Army
    • Event: 10,000m run

    Spc. Paul Chelimo

    • Service: Army
    • Event: 5,000m run

    Sgt. Hillary Bor

    • Service: Army
    • Event: 3,000m steeplechase

    Regine Tugade

    • Service: Incoming Naval Academy midshipman
    • Event: 100m sprint (competing for Guam)

    Sean Furey

    • Service: Navy civilian
    • Event: Javelin

    Sgt. Nathan Schrimsher

    • Service: Army
    • Event: Modern pentathlon

    Lt. Edward King

    • Service: Navy
    • Event: Rowing, lightweight men’s four

    Peter Lombard

    • Service: Navy veteran
    • Sport: Mountain bike (competing for Guam)

Join #KEM & Gary Sinise Foundation this 4th of July to Support our Warfighters, Veterans & their Families

#KEM is grateful to support the Gary Sinise Foundation this #4thofJuly to honor our warfighters, veterans, and their families.  As we head into this 4th of July Weekend, THANK YOU to all our Armed Services, Veterans & their families who do so much everyday to defend our nation and our freedom!


Please join #KEM in supporting our armed services, veterans, and their families by supporting the @GarySiniseFoundation which serves our Nation by honoring our defenders, veterans, first responders, their families, and those in need by creating and supporting unique programs designed to entertain, educate, inspire, strengthen, and build communities.  

Flag and fireworks-American fourth of July

A happy and safe 4th of July 2016 to you and your family from the KEM Team!  

DID YOU KNOW THAT? Interesting Fourth of July Facts  

  • Unofficially, the United States’ Independence Day is July 2 — when the Second Continental Congress made the unanimous decision to break from England. However, the actual Declaration of Independence wasn’t approved and adopted until July 4, when the Liberty Bell was rung in Philadelphia. The document also didn’t become official until Aug. 2, 1776, when most congressional delegates finally signed it.
  • It’s often thought that July 4 kicked off the fight for independence, but the Revolutionary War actually began more than a year before that on April 19, 1775, when the first shots were fired at Lexington and Concord in Massachusetts. That was one day after the legendary ride of Paul Revere.
  • John Adams and Thomas Jefferson — both signers of the Declaration of Independence who later became president — died on July 4, 1826, within hours of each other.
  • On July 4, 1776, there were an estimated 2.5 million people living in America. On July 4, 2014, there were about 318.4 million, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.
  • Census Bureau stats also show that $203.6 million worth of fireworks — a huge part of Independence Day celebrations — were imported to the U.S. from China in 2013. That same year, $4 million worth of American flags were imported; $3.9 million of them came from China.

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