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Team Redstone Hosts Adventures in Engineering

By Jason B. Cutshaw, Team Redstone Public Affairs

image REDSTONE ARSENAL, Alabama – More than 350 high school juniors from across the Tennessee Valley toured Redstone Arsenal to learn about opportunities in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM, during the 18th annual Adventures in Engineering Oct. 30.

The event is aimed at juniors of more than 20 local high schools to promote science and engineering disciplines as a career choice. It offers the students an opportunity to observe what engineers do on a daily basis, provide them with hands-on knowledge and encourage their pursuit of a science.

When speaking with students, Julie Schumacher, KODA Technologies Inc. president and CEO, said she encourages students to consider both military and civilian STEM opportunities in federal service. She said the Air Space and Missile Defense Association, or ASMDA, is committed to do all they can do to promote STEM education and STEM fields in the community.

“We need to build the pipeline of STEM talent in our future generations,” Schumacher said. “Adventures in Engineering gives a glimpse into important engineering and analytical activities that are supporting our nation, right here in Huntsville. Our goal is to stimulate interest in STEM with students and let them know about opportunities we have here locally.

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AMCOM Operations Officer Wins Academic Scholarship

By Gina Baltrusch, Aviation and Missile Command Public Affairs, August 14, 2019

An Aviation and Missile Command operations officer will continue studies toward a doctoral degree with the help of a $4,000 academic scholarship award she received Aug. 6 during the annual Space and Missile Defense Symposium in Huntsville.

Capt. Maria Miranda applied for and won the 2019 Lt. Gen. Larry Dodgen Memorial University Scholarship, a program administered by the Air, Space and Missile Defense Association.

Miranda is a Reserve logistics officer serving a three-year assignment in AMCOM’s Operations Directorate. She plans to use the scholarship to continue her doctoral degree in public health at Walden University.

Miranda emigrated from Nicaragua to the United States with her parents in 1988 when she was 10. She became a U.S. citizen in 2005 while serving as an enlisted Soldier, then attended Officer Candidate School to become a Reserve officer in 2009. She holds a bachelor’s in physical education and health promotion, and a master of exercise science and rehabilitation. Miranda’s pursuit of a doctoral degree in public health puts her on a path toward supporting community health services and influencing positive social change in individuals’ health-related choices.

In her current assignment, Miranda processes all of the taskers that come into AMCOM – about 400-plus taskers every month. Across the Army, higher-echelon commands send numerous taskers to subordinate units for appropriate action. Taskers often have complex requirements, and need personnel, materials or equipment in order to complete.

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Register Now for The SMD Symposium, August 7-10, 2019. Sponsored by ASMDA

The SMD Symposium is the leading educational, professional development and networking event in the space and missile defense community.  The symposium is widely attended by leaders and professionals from the United States and our allies around the world.  It is the ideal forum for conducting business face-to-face.  Participants can also earn continuing education credits.

Key features of this year’s symposium included the following:

  • Technology Track – Abstracts until May 25th, 2019
  • Tuesday evening networking event
  • Wednesday evening dinner 
  • Presentations from Senior Level National and International Leaders
  • Industry and Technology Panels
  • Exhibit Hall featuring Technology and Product Demonstrations

Click here to register

ASMDA 2019 Scholars Attend Space Camp

HUNTSVILLE, Alabama - Sixteen students experience the future of space travel in the Rocket City.

The students, recipients of an Air, Space, and Missile Defense Association, or ASMDA, scholarship, spent June 30-July 5 at Space Camp at the U.S. Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville. On July 3, the scholarship winners were treated to lunch by members of the ASMDA board and had a chance to speak with those who made the week possible.

"I don't think I am exaggerating when I say I am looking at tomorrow's heroes," said Dr. Steve Pierce, chief technology officer, U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command/Army Forces Strategic Command. "Each one of you need to realize that you are the future. Don't focus on promotions and don't focus on money. Focus on what you can do to make a difference.

"There are a lot of people here who have a passion for space, have a passion for missile defense and have a passion for directed energy," he added. "Each one of you need to develop a passion and think of what you would like to do in the future."

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