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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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#KEM Congratulates Jeff Bezos and His Blue Origin New Shepard Team’s Win at the Robert J. Collier Trophy Dinner

@KEMllc Ken Miller (right) and Denise Holmes (left) congratulate @JeffBezos as he accepts the Collier Trophy for #NewShepard

KEM and Associates congratulates Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin space venture for the New Shepard reusable launch system Team’s success in winning The National Aeronautic Association’s (NAA) prestigious Robert J. Collier Trophy.  

The award is “for the greatest achievement in aeronautics or astronautics in America, with respect to improving the performance, efficiency, and safety of air or space vehicles, the value of which has been thoroughly demonstrated by actual use during the preceding year.”

KEM executive team members, Ken Miller and Denise Holmes, were commending Mr. Bezos and team at the Robert J. Collier Trophy Dinner honoring the Blue Origin New Shepard on June 16, 2017 at the Ritz-Carlton, Pentagon City, in Arlington, Virginia.

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Source: https://naa.aero

 

 

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
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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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#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.

The Bagley College of Engineering is online at bagley.msstate.edu. Follow us on FacebookTwitter and Instagram by searching for @msuengineering.

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

The #KEM Team Supports Washington Defense Week 2017

KEM Team at Norwegian Ambassador’s Residence: Lauren Longwell, Denise Holmes, Ken Miller, and Dave Carlson (from left to right)

#KEM was Proud to Attend, Support, and Present at a Full Week of Norwegian-American Defense-Industrial Activities in the Heart of the World’s Largest Defense Market!

  • Participated in the NADIC B2B Matchmaker meeting series, aimed at developing Norwegian-American business relationships
  • Presenter at Kongsberg Defense Systems Seapower Conference

#KEM’s Ken Miller & ADM Nathman are honored to support #NADIC’s Vidar Skjelstad at #NADIC2017

In the face of significant security landscape shifts, #KEM’s team is honored to continue supporting NADIC in order to build and sustain Superior, Mature, Agile, Ready & Technological driven (SMART) alliances. 

 

#KEM Continues to Monitor the 2018 “Skinny Budget” and Its Prospects of Getting Through Congress

Able to Strike a Defense Balance? Defense Increases for 2018, $30 Billion Supplemental for 2017

Proposed Changes to Agency Discretionary Budgets in 2018 (Bloomberg Politics)

President Trump released his 2018 Budget, known as “the skinny budget” in Washington, which includes defense spending of $639 billion, including $65 billion for ongoing emergency war-fighting. This represents a $54 billion increase in defense spending, to be offset by corresponding reductions to non-Defense programs. In addition, the Trump Administration sent a $30 billion 2017 defense supplemental budget request to add $25 billion into 2017 Department of Defense base budget bringing it to $576 billion and adding $5 billion to the emergency wartime spending fund.

#KEM continues to monitor the 2018 “skinny budget’s” prospect of getting through Congress as it seems to not please the left, middle, and far right.  In addition, #KEM continues to track the extent to which budget deliberations ultimately strike a balance between readiness, modernization, and acquisition programs to support the base-budget programs, cyber and intelligence, and counter terrorism capabilities of the current defense strategy.  The full budget will be released in May and needs Congressional approval to become law.

Katherine Blakeley, research fellow at the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments (CSBA) on the Defense and Aerospace Report: CSBA Blakely on Trump Budget Proposal

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#KEM 2017 Letter From President: Focus on Cyber Defense and International Markets

“KEM and Associates’ vision is to solve complex problems for our U.S. and Global Aerospace, Defense, and Supporting Commercial Clients.  We are dedicated to the highest standards of performance and ethics advising our clients on a solid strategies achieving their full growth potential.  We are extremely proud of all that our KEM Partners have accomplished together this past year, and we look forward to building on our joint success together.”  — Kenneth E. Miller, CEO and President KEM and Associates LLC

KEM Letter from the President

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