On 26 February, the Chapter presented the first of two lunch-speaker events by hosting Product Group 10 (Information Systems and Infrastructure) and Product Group 11 (Marine Corps Command, Control, and Information and MAGTF C2, Weapons & Sensors Development & Integration).
Product Group Leaders Karen Davis (PG-10) and Col Pete Reddy (PG-11) were our keynote speakers.
Scholarship awards were presented to area schools and Krista McKendree received a Young AFCEAN award.
The directors of each product Group provided a 30 minute overview of each product group and were each conducted a question and answer period.
The PG-10 Brief can be downloaded here: PGD10-AFCEA-Brief-26Feb2010.pdf
The PG-11 Brief can be downloaded here: PGD11-AFCEA-Brief-26Feb2010.pdf
Ms. Karen M. Davis
Ms. Davis joined the Marine Corps Systems Command (MCSC) in November 2009 upon selection as the Product Group Director for Information Systems and Infrastructure. She engages in all aspects of leading the MCSC program offices charged with design, acquisition and sustainment of information technology solutions for the Marine Corps.
Ms. Davis joined government service in October 1988 as an AEGIS Weapon System Engineer at Port Hueneme Division, Naval Surface Warfare Center (PHD NSWC), Port Hueneme, CA. Her expertise focused in the areas of AEGIS Command and Decision and AEGIS Display Systems. Her proficiency was further refined during completion of a one-year assignment as a member of the AEGIS Test Team, Bath, Maine, leading efforts required for warfare system integration testing in the first AEGIS Destroyer, DDG 51. After returning to Port Hueneme, she led numerous Combat System Ship Qualification Trials and at-sea test events.
In 1996, Ms. Davis was selected as lead engineer for Topside Signature Control and the Passive Countermeasure System, serving as the principal interface between the waterfront and headquarters for technical and programmatic issues. After a year of managing these efforts, Ms. Davis was promoted to the position of Supervisory Electronics Engineer, leading the PHD NSWC branch responsible for In-Service Engineering of Ship Self Defense Systems. It was during this assignment in 1998 that Ms. Davis was selected to the Naval Sea Systems Command Commander’s Development Program (CDP); a 28-month leadership development program. While in CDP, Ms. Davis expanded her experience by completing rotational assignments as Port Engineer, Regional Support Group, Naval Station Mayport, FL; Action Officer, Chief of Naval Operations, Theater Air Warfare Division; Action Officer, Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Navy (Ship Programs); Deputy Business Director, Program Executive Office (PEO) Surface Strike; and as Deputy Assistant Program Manager, In-Service Aircraft Carriers Program Office, PEO Aircraft Carriers.
After completing the CDP program in 2001, Ms. Davis was promoted from Deputy Assistant Program Manager to Assistant Program Manager for CVN 68 Class Aircraft Carrier Construction. In this role, she concurrently managed various stages of two aircraft carrier shipbuilding projects. In April 2004 Ms. Davis was selected to the staff of the Assistant Secretary of the Navy (Research, Development and Acquisition), serving as the Director for Aircraft Carriers and Amphibious Assault Ships within the Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Navy (Ship Programs). Among her many duties were advising the Navy’s Acquisition Executive on policy and programmatic matters, representing regulatory and statutory program matters to the Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD), responding to oversight from Congress and OSD, and developing shipbuilding legislation in support of the President’s annual budget submissions. In August 2007, Ms. Davis was selected as the Deputy Program Manager for the Navy’s Future Aircraft Carriers Program (commonly referred to as CVN 21), within the Program Executive Office for Aircraft Carriers. In this capacity, she managed multiple competencies in the design, development, acquisition, and fleet introduction of the newest class of nuclear aircraft carriers, a Major Defense Acquisition Category One Program valued at over $30 billion.
Ms. Davis earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Computer Engineering from Clemson University and Master of Science Degree in Engineering Management from West Coast University. Her continuous learning includes completion of the University of Virginia, Darden School Executive Program and the Defense Acquisition University, Advanced Program Management Course. Her professional recognitions include a Meritorious Service Award, an AEGIS Excellence Award, two PEO Aircraft Carriers Star Awards, and two Special Act Commendations from the Assistant Secretary of the Navy (Research, Development and Acquisition).
Colonel Peter C. Reddy USMC
Colonel Peter C. Reddy was born on June 12, 1962 in Fort Belvoir, Virginia. He was commissioned in May 1984, graduating from the University of Virginia with a Bachelor of Science in Aerospace Engineering. In 1990, he received a Master of Science in Systems Engineering (Electronic Warfare) (with distinction) from the Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, California. He received a Masters of Strategic Studies as a Distinguished Graduate from the Marine Corps War College in June 2004. He received a Master’s Certificate in Information Systems and Operations from the Naval Postgraduate School in September 2009. His formal military education includes Navy Fighter Weapons School Power Projection Course (TOPGUN), USAF Adversary Tactics Instructor Course (Air Weapons Controller), Weapons and Tactics Instructors Course, the USAF Air Command and Staff College, the Marine Corps Command and Staff College (Nonresident Program), the Air War College (Seminar Program), the Marine Corps War College, and the Defense Systems Management College Program Manager’s Course.
After completing The Basic School at Quantico, Virginia in 1984 Colonel Reddy reported to the Air Schools, Marine Corps Communications Electronics School for training as an air defense control officer. He reported to Marine Air Control Squadron 7, MCAS Yuma, Arizona in March 1985. He achieved qualification in all crew positions up to Senior Air Director within the Tactical Air Operations Center (TAOC). Additionally, Colonel Reddy, after designation by the USAF as an Aggressor Controller, served as the Ground Control Intercept Liaison Officer to VMFT-401.
Colonel Reddy reported to the Naval Postgraduate School in 1988 for instruction as an Electronic Warfare Systems Officer in the Special Education Program. Upon graduating, he was assigned as the Mobile Electronic Warfare Support System Project Officer at the Marine Corps Systems Command, Quantico, Virginia from October 1990 to November 1993.
In 1993, Colonel Reddy was assigned to Marine Air Control Squadron 6, MCAS Cherry Point, North Carolina, where he served as Assistant Operations Officer, Weapons and Tactics Instructor, and Operations Officer. He was reassigned as the Assistant Operations Officer, Marine Air Control Group 28 in November 1995. In July 1996, Colonel Reddy was transferred to the Air Command and Staff College, Maxwell AFB, Alabama.
Colonel Reddy then served as the Command, Control and Communications Department Head, Marine Aviation Weapons and Tactics Squadron 1, Yuma, Arizona from July 1997 to June 2000. He was transferred to Department of Aviation, Headquarters, Marine Corps in July 2000 and served as Air Defense Action Officer, Air Command and Control Branch. He then served as the Commanding Officer of Marine Air Control Squadron 4, MCAS Futenma, Okinawa, Japan from June 2001 to December 2002, deploying with his squadron to Afghanistan and Uzbekistan in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM. He then served as the Operations Officer for Marine Air Control Group 18, before reporting to the Marine Corps War College in Quantico in July 2003. He was assigned to Marine Corps Systems Command from June 2004 to August 2007 serving as the Project Team Leader for the Advanced Field Artillery Tactical Data System, the Common Aviation Command and Control System, and the Target Location, Designation, and Hand-off System. During this tour he achieved certification to Level III in the Defense Acquisition Program Management Career Field and as a Project Management Professional.
Colonel Reddy reported to 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing in September 2007 and took command of Marine Air Control Group 38 from December 2007 to November 2009. He deployed with the Group to Iraq from January 2008 to January 2009 in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM. Colonel Reddy reported to Marine Corps Systems Command in December 2009 to serve as the Product Group Director, Product Group 11, MAGTF C2, Weapons and Sensors Development and Integration.
His personal decorations include the Legions of Merit with one Gold Star, Meritorious Service Medal with two Gold Stars, Navy/Marine Corps Commendation Medal with Gold Star, Navy/Marine Corps Achievement Medal, the Afghanistan Campaign Medal, the Iraq Campaign, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, and the National Defense Service Medal with Bronze Star.