Sunday, June 17, 2012

Weekly News & Agenda for Tuesday, 6/19/12



We'll get the meeting started with roundtable introductions, focusing on any networking needs. Feel free to also bring up any topics of general interest.


Biznet member Bob Fretzs (USAFA '71) will talk about Required Minimum Distributions (RMDs) from your qualified investment plan (401k, IRA, etc.). Even if you aren't yet close to age 70 1/2, it's not too early to start thinking about how to manage your RMDs. There are even situations when you might need to take RMDs well before that age. Bob will cover these and other considerations for planning and managing RMDs.

Bob is a financial services professional and agent with New York Life.


6/19/12: (this week): Bob Fretzs - see above.

6/26/12: Joe Almon, Vice President of Investments at Avant-Garde Wealth Management, will speak about investment management. His talk will challenge several popular beliefs about risk and return, and intelligent investing versus conventional wisdom. Mr. Almon has nearly 24 years of combined professional trading and portfolio management experience, including 13 years as an options market maker on the floors of the Chicago Mercantile Exchange and the Chicago Board of Trade.

7/3/12: TBD/Open Forum

7/10/12: Bill Chadick (USMA '73) will talk about Earned Value Management.

7/17/12: Dennis Orr will speak about VetPropulsion, an organization that focuses on the veteran's career search.

3. JOB OPPORTUNITY - Solutions-Delivery Project Manager:

Muhammad Khan at Denver-based QMT Solutions writes as follows:

We have a contract position open for a solutions-delivery project manager in Denver. This is a longer-term contract position for an individual who will manage multiple projects for multiple business groups: Environmental Health and Safety (EHS), Engineering Technology, and new initiatives. Let me know if you know someone suitable who may be interested.

This item was passed to us via Lindy Blackburn (USMA '69) and Ed Hlopak (USMA '89). If interested in the position, please contact Ed at and he will put you in touch with Mr. Khan. For more information on QMT Solutions, visit

4. JOB OPPORTUNITIES - General Electric (Denver Area):

Thanks to Bob Fretzs (USAFA '71) for passing along these selected jobs openings, as highlighted by a local job-seekers forum. If interested, apply as indicated on each job listing.

The following jobs can be found at

Field Engineering - T4 Launch Job - Denver, CO, United States
Technical Specialist Job - Denver, CO, United States
Quality Leader Job - Denver, CO, United States
Regional Quality Operations Manager– Services Ops Industrial Job - Denver, CO, United States
Control Solutions Quality Leader Job - Longmont, CO, United States
Sourcing Project Buyer - Measurement & Controls Job - Longmont, CO, United States
Technical Service Representative Job - Boulder, CO, United States
Lead Control Systems Engineer Job - Longmont, CO, United States
Engineer- Cyber Asset Protection and HMI Job - Longmont, CO, United States
Lead Product Engineer-Gas Turbine Mechanical Control Systems Job - Longmont, CO, United States


Dave Whalen (USNA '85) has an extensive background in defense industry program management, including current security clearances that are typical for that work. He is seeking a similar position in the Front Range area, due to family situation that requires him to move from the Dallas area to Colorado.

Please see Dave's resume below. If you can offer advice or referrals, please contact him directly at

John David Whalen
17862 Pinon Park Rd, Peyton, CO 80831
Phone: 813.716.1886 (Cell)

Broad operational, technical, and management experience gained over six years as a Program Manager for a large defense contractor, L-3 Communications, and a successful twenty-year naval career.
- Demonstrated leadership, program management, decision-making, and teamwork throughout career.
- Highly detailed, proven ability to solve problems and find solutions to improve process efficiencies.
- Demonstrated ability to quickly adapt to highly stressful and flexible working conditions.
- Polished communicator when briefing senior leadership or large audiences.
- Earned Value Management certified by L-3.
- Extensive experience gained in both joint and naval operations and planning, including under
wartime conditions.

CLEARANCE: Top Secret/SCI determined eligibility of SCI-DCID 6/4 on 2011 08 31 Army CCF. Currently holding additional Special Access clearances.

2010-Pres: Program Manager/Senior Principal Systems Engineer, L-3 Communications Integrated Systems, Greenville, TX.
Capture/Program Manager for a proprietary aircraft ISR modification program that unseated the incumbent company. Program involves the modification of two aircraft that support worldwide reconnaissance operations. Providing direct management, across multiple functional areas, over the design, manufacturing, installation, integration, test, and sustainment, as well as future business development with the customer, while at an offsite location.

2006-2010: Program Manager, L-3 Communications Integrated Systems, Greenville, TX.
Program manager of L-3’s requirement development, design, subcontractor management, systems integration, test, and manufacturing effort that successfully delivered the first development aircraft for a major naval aircraft ISR upgrade. Customer recognized for outstanding leadership skills and in building strong customer relationships.

2005-2006: Independent consultant, funded by the Counter-NarcoTerrorism Technology Program Office (CNTPO) for U.S. Central Command, Tampa, FL.
Supported U.S. Central Command planning two large, overseas (Germany and Tajikistan), multi-national/agency conferences attended by senior U.S. and foreign government officials (President, Cabinet Minister and General Officer level) on counter-narcotic proliferation in Central Asia. Developed agenda, keynote speakers, working group deliverables, and logistics with host nation leadership.

2000-2005: Senior Environmental Officer and Current Operations Branch Chief, U.S. Central Command, U. S. Navy, Tampa, FL
Led Operations Enduring and Iraqi Freedom environmental planning, coordination, and execution efforts for U.S. Central Command’s joint/interagency wartime theater plan for environmental support to and its impact on U.S. and Coalition combat operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. Supported such diverse efforts as the Command's intelligence collection activities, airborne operations, WMD response planning, humanitarian operations, and developed communication requirements for the Command’s wartime information operations plan. Member of the Command’s Joint Intelligence and Operations Center (JIOC) team providing command and control information, as well as daily briefings to the Commander, U.S. Central Command, and his senior staff during wartime operations in Afghanistan and Iraq. Focal point for the Command’s force readiness reporting issues requiring routine liaison with the Office of the Secretary of Defense and Joint Staff. Led the Command’s operations briefing program, to include presentations of wartime operations briefings to visiting dignitaries.

1998-2000: Officer-in-Charge, Naval Atlantic Meteorological and Oceanographic Detachment, Naval Air Station Patuxent River, MD.
Commanded environmental support unit for Naval Air Station Patuxent River and Naval Air Systems Command. Orchestrated the unit’s largest expansion in over 15 years to meet growing airfield and naval air operational test and evaluation requirements. Dual-positioned as an Air Test and Evaluation Squadron ONE (VX-1) Department Head/P-3 Naval Flight Officer. Directly supported system integration testing of new anti-submarine warfare equipment and tactics, to include worldwide test deployments.

1995-1998: Student, Naval Post-Graduate School.

1993-1995: Fleet Operations Officer, Fleet Numerical Meteorological and Oceanographic Center, Monterey, CA.
Fleet Operations Officer for the US Navy’s central production site for worldwide, computer-generated environmental data to the Department of Defense as well as Federal, state, and international agencies. Developed new communication methods of delivering environmental data to the Ballistic Missile Submarine Force.

1990-1993: Reconnaissance Officer, Headquarters Naval Forces Europe, London, UK.
In charge of coordination of all naval air and sea reconnaissance efforts for the European and African theaters of operations to support Fleet and National intelligence requirements including Operations Sharp Edge, Desert Shield and Desert Storm. Led Command’s current operations briefing program by scheduling and providing daily operations briefs to the Commander, Naval Forces Europe, his staff, and visiting dignitaries.

1987-1990: Naval Flight Officer and Communications Officer, Fleet Air Reconnaissance Squadron ONE (VQ-1) Agana, Guam.
Navigator, Electronic Warfare Officer, and Mission Commander of the EP-3E aircraft (crew of 28) flying signal intelligence missions in support of Fleet and National requirements throughout the Western Pacific and Indian Ocean.

1985-1987: Student, Naval Aviation Training Command, Pensacola, FL.
Naval Flight Officer training to include schools in air navigation and electronic warfare.

1998: Master of Science in Meteorology and Physical Oceanography,
Naval Post Graduate School, Monterey, CA
1985: Bachelor of Science in Applied Science - Management
United States Naval Academy, Annapolis, MD


Have a great week.

Joe Paniccia (USMA '84)

Service Academy BizNet of Denver meets weekly on Tuesdays at 0700, in the Marriott Hotel at the Denver Tech Center. From I-25, exit Belleview east, then turn north onto Syracuse Street. The Marriott lots are paid parking (approx $2-4), however you can park for FREE across the street at Garcia's Restaurant (we have their permission). Look for us in the seating area inside the Marriott's coffee shop. RSVP is not required. Dress is casual. Attendance is open to graduates of the federal service academies (USAFA, USCGA, USMA, USMMA, USNA). Our schedule, roster and other information are posted on the web site at

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