Seventh Annual USMC IT Day
“Fighting Hole to Flagpole: C2 Opportunities and Challenges”
Tuesday, April 19, 2016
The Clubs at Quantico
3017 Russell Road, MCB Quantico, VA 22134
The AFCEA Quantico-Potomac chapter hosted the 7th Annual USMC IT Day on Tuesday, April 19, 2016. This year’s theme focused on the challenges of providing a seamless information environment from the tactical edge to the strategic level. The C4 OAG was in full attendance at the event and was part of their planned agenda to discuss the entire spectrum of current challenges and opportunities across the Marine Corps.
1030 – 1130 Registration
1130 – 1145 Opening Events and Comments
1145 – 1200 AFCEA President, Bob Shea, LtGen USMC (Ret)
1200 – 1230 BGen Dennis Crall, Director C4/USMC CIO
1230 – 1245 Short Break & Set-up Lunch
1245 – 1345 Lunch with Keynote Speaker: BGen Lori Reynolds, CG MARFORCYBER
1345 – 1400 Break
1400 – 1500 Discussion Panel (Moderator: MGen George Allen, USMC (Ret))
1500 – 1515 Scholarship presentation for W2CCA
1515 – 1630 PMM-110 Harry Oldland and a panel of Deputy PM’s
1630 – 1930 Govt/Industry Mixer
Keynote Speaker – BGen Lori Reynolds USMC
Brigadier General Reynolds was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in May 1986 upon graduating from the United States Naval Academy. Throughout her career she has served in a variety of command and staff billets in the operating forces. As a Lieutenant, she served as a Communications Watch Officer at the Base Communication Center, and later returned to the Division Communications Company where she served as a Communication Center Platoon Commander, Multichannel Platoon Commander, Operations Officer, and Radio Officer. As a Captain and Major, she served with Marine Wing Communications Squadron 18, 1st Marine Aircraft Wing Okinawa, Japan as a Detachment Alpha Executive Officer and Commanding Officer. She served with the Ninth Communication Battalion, 1st Surveillance, Reconnaissance, and Intelligence Group as the Assistant
Operations Officer and Commanding Officer, Bravo Company. As a Lieutenant Colonel, she commanded Ninth Communication Battalion, I MEF and deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom II in Fallujah, Iraq. As a Colonel, she commanded I MEF Headquarters Group and deployed the Group to Camp Leatherneck, Afghanistan in support of I MEF FWD/Regional Command Southwest in Helmand Province during Operation Enduring Freedom. She recently served as the Commanding General, Marine Corps Recruit Depot/Eastern Recruiting Region, Parris Island, SC.
In the Supporting Establishment, she has served as an Acquisition Project Officer at the Marine Corps Systems Command, Candidate Platoon Commander for Charlie Company, Officer Candidate School, Commanding Officer of Recruiting Station Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, an Action Officer and Deputy Division Head for Strategic Plans Division, Command, Control, Communications, and Computers (C4) Department, Headquarters Marine Corps and as Division Chief (J6) at the Joint Staff in the Pentagon. Her most recent assignment was as the Principal Director (Asia & Pacific), Office of the Deputy Under Secretary of Defense (Asia & Pacific).
Her professional military education includes the United States Naval Academy, The Basic School, the Basic Communication Officer’s Course, Command and Control Systems Course, the Navy War College and the Army War College. She has earned Masters Degrees from both the Naval War College and the Army War College.
Her personal decorations include the Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit, Bronze Star, Meritorious Service Medal (with gold star), the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (with gold star).
BGen Dennis Crall, Director HQMC C4/USMC CIO
Brigadier General Crall assumed the duties of Director of Command, Control, Communications, Computers (C4), Headquarters Marine Corps / Chief Information Officer (CIO) of the Marine Corps on July 21, 2015. A native of South Carolina, he graduated from the University of South Carolina and was commissioned in 1987.
Brigadier General Crall is a career Aviation Command and Control Officer who has commanded at the Squadron and Group levels. He deployed as the Direct Air Support Center (Airborne), Officer-In-Charge in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom, conducting thirty-four combat missions spanning over three hundred fifty flight hours. He has also served as the Joint Liaison Officer to the 7th Air Force, 607th Air Support Operations Group in Osan, Korea.
Brigadier General Crall’s joint assignments include Chief, Joint Cyberspace Center, US Central Command (CENTCOM); Executive Officer to the Deputy Commander, CENTCOM; Division Chief, Information Operations, CENTCOM; Division Chief, Developments and Concepts, CENTCOM; and Branch Chief, Strategic Plans, Information Operations, US Special Operations Command (SOCOM).
Brigadier General Crall’s supporting assignments were with Marine Corps Recruiting Command, serving as the Operations Officer, Recruiting Station Albuquerque, NM; and Contact Team Officer, 6th Marine Corps District, Parris Island, SC.
Brigadier General Crall is a graduate of the Marine Corps Command and Control Systems Course; a distinguished graduate of the US Air Force Air Command and Staff College where he earned a M.S. in Military Operational Art and Science; and a distinguished graduate of the National War College where he earned a M.S. in National Security Strategy. He has also completed the Harvard Kennedy School Cybersecurity Executive Program.
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