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KEM is a Proud New AUSA Member & Attends 2017 Annual Meeting Reception at The Ambassador of Norway Residence

KEM is a proud new member of the Association of the United States Army (AUSA) and continued affiliate of The Norwegian-American Defense and Homeland Security Industry Council (NADIC).  We were honored to attend the esteemed Ambassador of Norway’s reception in honor of the AUSA’s Annual Meeting and Exposition on Sunday, October 8, 2017 at the Ambassador’s Residence in Washington D.C.

Thank you Ambassador Kåre R. Aas for your gracious hospitality and continued commitment to strength through cooperation between the Norwegian-American Aerospace and Defense communities in order to keep pace with the shifting global security landscape.

The 2017 AUSA Annual Meeting and Exposition’s theme, “Building Readiness: America’s Army from the Great War to Multi-Domain Battle” was prevalent throughout the event.  The AUSA’s meeting is the largest land power exposition and professional development forum in North America, conducted over three days to deliver critical presentations on the state of the Army, pertinent military and national security subjects, and networking events highlighting the capabilities of Army organizations and supporting industry products and services.

For a full view of the schedule, click here: 2017 AUSA Annual Meeting 9 -11 Oct

#KEM Team Attends AFA Air Space & Cyber Convention 2017: Breaking Barriers Heritage to Horizon

#KEM Team Attends #ASC17: Breaking Barriers Heritage to Horizon. The nation’s premier event for defense and aerospace professionals from across the globe.

The #KEM team was excited to attend the Air Force Association’s 2017 Air, Space & Cyber Convention, September 18 – 20, 2017, in the National Harbor, Maryland.

Our team had a successful week engaging with senior Air Force leadership and connecting with our strategic partners and clients in industry and government while engaging in meetings, discussions, and sessions focused on the latest strategies for technical and tactical advantage, international partnerships and alliances, and reformed business practices critical for strong U.S. defense and national security.  

We were thankful for the opportunity to connect with our friends in Air Force leadership and industry, academia & aerospace partners to work innovative solutions utilizing and growing #KEM core capabilities and domain areas to critical issues and challenges currently facing the U.S. warfighter and the aerospace market.

#KEM continues to work supporting our nation’s competitive edge through our #KEM Domain Areas in Missile Defense, Cyber, C4ISR, and Space in a continued response to Secretary of Defense James Mattis’   key note address reminder of America’s two fundamental sources of power, “inspiration and intimidation”.

9/11: #KEM REMEMBERING THE FALLEN

Join #KEM to take a moment remembering all the fallen and the strength and unity that followed 16 years ago today on this anniversary of the 9/11 attacks.

A memorial flag is illuminated near where American Airlines Flight 77 crashed into the Pentagon on Sept. 11, 2001 in D.C.

World Trade Center: American Airlines Flight 11 struck the northern tower of the World Trade Center at 8:46 a.m. United Flight 175 struck the southern tower of the World Trade Center at 9:03 a.m. – About 2,570 people died in the World Trade Center and the surrounding area, including 400 emergency responders.

Pentagon: At 9:37 a.m., American Airlines Flight 77 struck the Pentagon – A total of 184 passengers and Department of Defense personnel were killed.

Shanksville, Pennsylvania: United Airlines Flight 93 crashed in a field at 10:03 a.m. – The 44 passengers of this flight were killed.

#NeverForget #PatriotDay #FreedomisNotFree

Join #KEM in Helping the Victims of the Hurricanes: Donate Now to American Red Cross

Recovery is a joint effort!  

Join #KEM in helping to support the massive relief efforts needed by all the victims of Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria by aiding the efforts of the American Red Cross.  The American Red Cross is providing shelter, supplies and volunteer labor to ease the suffering of hurricane victims.

You can help. To give to Hurricane Harvey, Irma, and Maria relief now,

click here.

First responders with U.S. military units, state National Guard and other federal agencies are responding urgently to the needs of all those devastated by Hurricane Harvey.

Harvey Recovery: A Joint Effort

Recovery is a joint effort! First responders helping victims of the epic flooding from Hurricane #Harvey are joined by military units and other federal agencies from around the country. Here's a look at the impact they're making. READ MORE: https://go.usa.gov/xRAjh

Posted by U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) on Tuesday, August 29, 2017

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National Hurricane Center

National Preparedness Special Report

 

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KEM and ARES Mobility Solutions: Strengthening Cooperation in the Pacific

KEM with our valued and trusted strategic partner, ARES Mobility Solutions under the proven leadership of Shirlene Ostrov, remains focused on efforts to strengthen relationships and modernize U.S. alliances and capabilities in the Asia-Pacific region. We continue to develop and work efforts that align and engage the region to strengthen capabilities, capacity building, and readiness activities between the U.S. government, allies, and partners.  These efforts are poised to address the increasingly complex Asia-Pacific state risks and non-state risks such as humanitarian crises and natural disasters while developing new concepts of operations and next-generation capabilities.

With the nature of the Pacific theater, KEM’s leadership and capabilities supports across all domains: land, air, sea, space, and cyber.

KEM’s mission and core work efforts back the United States Navy’s Asia-Pacific maritime strategy in recognition of the growing Anti-Access/Area Denial (A2/AD) challenge while supporting the Department of Defense’s core service missions:

  • Air and Space Superiority
  • Global Strike
  • Rapid Global Mobility
  • Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (ISR)
  • Command and Control (C2)

 

 

 

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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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Flag Day 2017: #KEM Honors our American Flag, a Symbol of Freedom and Sacrifice

On this Flag Day, KEM celebrates the history of the Stars and Stripes by remembering all it represents:

Our Fighting Spirit, The American Way, and Those Who Paid the Ultimate Sacrifice for Our Country.

As KEM executes our mission to support the warfighter and strong national defense by creating tailored, high performance strategic solutions, we pay our respects to all the fallen that have had their caskets covered by our country’s flag as they come home from war, and we remember the oath our flag represents sworn by Americans to uphold the constitution.

In honor of the #ArmyBDay and Flag Day

This We'll Defend.

Posted by U.S. Army on Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Click here for proper etiquette reminders for handling the American Flag.

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#KEM Quarterly on Defense: FY2018 PBR – Fixing Military Readiness First, then Military Growth

The President’s Fy2018 Budget Request (PBR) was delivered May 23, 2017 focused on rebuilding the U.S. Armed Forces according to the following themes:

  • Improving warfighter readiness
  • Address evolving national security challenges
  • Recapitalize and modernize nuclear enterprise
  • Prioritize key investments in cyber and space capabilities
  • Focus on innovation to maintain technological advantage
  • Sustain the finest fighting force in the world
  • Identify reforms to improve efficiencies and achieve savings
KEM Defense Quarterly_Jun 2017

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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

#GratefulNation

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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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