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U.S. Congressman John Moolenaar (R-MI-4th District), a member of the U.S. House Appropriations Committee, recently visited DC3S to learn more about the importance of the Aerospace & Defense Industry to Michigan’s economy, including creation of high quality / good paying jobs throughout the entire state of Michigan.

Epicenter for this industry is focused in Macomb County’s Defense Corridor, but benefits of this industry are widely dispersed throughout entire state.

U.S. Congresswoman Lisa McClain — a new member of the U.S. House Armed Services Committee and who’s District includes major portions of Macomb County’s renowned Defense Corridor — visited DC3S on Friday, January 29, to meet with leaders of several non-profit groups with focus on Michigan’s Aerospace & Defense Industry.

These groups include:

  • Air Force Association of Michigan (AFA)
  • Association of United States Army (AUSA – Michigan’s Arsenal of Democracy Chapter)
  • Michigan Aerospace Manufacturers’ Association (MAMA)
  • National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA – Michigan Chapter)
  • National Guard Association of Michigan (NGAM)
  • National Veteran Business Development Council (NVBDC)
  • Navy League of United States (NLUS – Metro Detroit Council and Great Lakes Chapter)
  • Women in Defense (WID – Michigan Chapter)

SEN Mike MacDonald, Co-Chair of Bi-Partisan Aerospace & Defense Caucus of Michigan’s State Legislature, also participated in this roundtable briefing session.

Governor Gretchen Whitmer recently issued an official Proclamation encouraging collaboration between the many different organizations within the State of Michigan that focus on Aerospace and Defense, and the Presidents of eight of these organizations recently signed a Joint Resolution pledging collaboration as encouraged by the Governor in her proclamation.

DC3S has donated free usage of a large, fully equipped office / conference / meeting space for shared usage by these eight organizations; and Monday, August 10, was the official Grand Opening / Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for this new “Michigan Aerospace & Defense Collaboration Office.”

Major General Paul Rogers, The Adjutant General (‘TAG’) for State of Michigan (who reports directly to the Governor in her capacity as ‘Commander in Chief’ of Michigan National Guard, and who also serves as member of the Governor’s cabinet) delivered keynote comments and also participated in the ribbon-cutting with Senator Mike MacDonald, Representative Joe Tate, and Senator Paul Wojno.

A special reception was held at the DC3S on Tuesday evening, December 3, in support of Brigadier General (ret.) Doug “Odie” Slocum (former Commanding General at Selfridge ANGB).  General Slocum is a candidate for U.S. House of Representatives, Michigan District #10.

Gold VOBRT Logo

The Veteran Owned Business Round Table (VOBRT) held their Quarterly Corporate Advisory Board Meeting at the DC3S on Tuesday, December 3, under the direction of President Roderick Rickman.

The fifth annual “Celebrate Michigan’s Military” event, hosted by the DC3S on Saturday, October 5, was a great success!  Two hundred people attended the event, which supports Guardian Angels Medical Service Dogs.  Over $80,000 was raised, which will enable Guardian Angels to pair three service dogs with Veterans or First Responders.  Many thanks to all who helped support this worthy cause.

For more information about the amazing work Guardian Angels does to save and give our Veterans their lives back, please check out www.medicalservicedogs.org.  If you’d like to get involved in the next CMM event, please contact Mary Lamparter (marylamparter@gmail.com).

 

Once again, the DC3S is pleased to host “Celebrate Michigan’s Military” on Saturday, October 5, from 6:00-9:00 pm. For the fifth year in a row, support will be dedicated to Guardian Angels Medical Service Dogs, Inc., a non-profit organization committed to raising and training highly skilled service dogs for people with physical and mental disabilities. All funds raised from this event will be directed to service dogs for Michigan Veterans. To purchase tickets, please click here. If you are interested in becoming a sponsor and/or making a contribution to support this very worthy cause, please contact Mary Lamparter (marylamparter@gmail.com).

The Michigan Air Force Association, AFA Selfridge Chapter 179,  held their first of a series of meetings at the DC3S on July 12.  Attendees included Mike MacDonald, Michigan State Senator, District 10; and Joe Tate, Michigan Representative, 2ndDistrict.

 

The Defense Acquisition University (DAU) and the Michigan Manufacturing Technology Center hosted their cybersecurity symposium entitled, “Protecting Sensitive Information From Our Adversaries” on July 16 & 17 at the DC3S.

The FPA of Michigan held their recent Destination Education Event at the DC3S on Wednesday,
June 5.  In addition to their guest speaker, Ron Lamparter, Founder/CEO of DC3S shared the history of the Mound Road Corridor  and it’s national significance in the winning  of WWII, along with the role it plays in today’s defense industry.  DC3S is the home to the Interactive 3D Virtual Reality Center, known as the “RAVE CAVE,” and meeting attendees were invited to experience the cave’s capabilities first hand.