Professional Development Luncheon Meeting – February 1, 2018, 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM

11:30 AM Registration & Networking
11:45 AM – 1:00 PM Lunch & Guest Speaker

Water’s Edge Events Center, 4687 Millennium Drive, Belcamp, MD 21017

Taking Advantage of Opportunities

Ms. Rosemary Williams

Rosemary Williams is a leader in collective impact for military families, Veterans, caregivers, and survivors. She serves on the Board of Directors for the Military Family Advisory Network, and the National Association of Veteran-Serving Organizations. As Assistant Secretary for Public and Intergovernmental Affairs, US Department of Veterans Affairs, 2016 – 2017, she provided executive oversight, management and direction for the VA’s communications and outreach programs including media relations, digital media, and special events as well as liaison to state, county, and Tribal Nations Veteran service offices. Ms. Williams also represented the VA on the executive committee of the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention, on behalf of Veterans, their families and survivors.

As Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Military Community and Family Policy, 2013 – 2016, Ms. Williams was responsible for policy, advocacy, and oversight of all community support to service members, their families and survivors, child care and youth programs, family violence prevention and intervention, casualty, and mortuary affairs, MWR programs, commissaries and exchanges, military spouse career advancement, and state liaison offices.

She previously served as Director, Communications and Public Liaison, Office of Personnel Management; and as Senior Advisor – Strategic Communications to VA Secretary Eric Shinseki, and was the VA representative to the White House Council on Military Families. Prior to that, Williams worked in the nonprofit sector as communications director for a national 501c3 non-profit network of military families. Her work with military families and veterans follows a 25-year broadcast journalism career, during which she received numerous awards including a National Emmy Award for Team Coverage of the attacks on September 11th. She was a principal for many network start-ups, including MSNBC, NBC, and Microsoft’s 24-hour news channel where she was the Executive Producer of News.

Menu: Traditional Garden Salad, Sirloin Beef Tips, Chicken Breast Parmesan, Roast Bliss Potatoes with Rosemary & Sea Salt, Chef’s Selection of Fresh Seasonal Vegetables, Artisan Rolls, Chef’s Seasonal Dessert Selection, Assorted Cold Beverages.

Members and Guests: $25.00 per person
Register by Sunday, January 28, 2018.

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Previous Events:

November 30, 2017 – Lt Gen Dana T. Atkins, USAF (Ret)

Lt. Gen. Atkins is a native of Portland, Ore. He earned his bachelor’s degree in biology from the University of

Portland and holds two master’s degrees, one in aeronautical science from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and another in national security strategy from the National War College.

A command pilot with more than 4,000 hours in fighter aircraft, Atkins has served in a number of key command and staff positions, including commander, 20th Fighter Wing, Shaw AFB, S.C.; commander, 35th Fighter Wing, Misawa, Japan; vice commander, 7th Air Force and U.S. Air Force Korea; director of operations, U.S. Pacific Command; and special assistant to the supreme allied commander Europe during the air war over Serbia. During his career, he flew as a demonstration pilot for both the European A-10 Demonstration Team and the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds.

At the time of his retirement from the Air Force, Atkins served as commander, Alaskan Command, U.S. Pacific Command; commander, 11th Air Force, Pacific Air Forces; and commander, Alaskan North American Defense Region, Elmendorf AFB, Alaska.

He and his wife, Laura, were the 2004 recipients of the General and Mrs. Jerome F. O’Malley Award, which recognizes the wing commander and spouse whose contributions to the nation, the Air Force, and the local community best exemplify the highest ideals and positive leadership of a military couple.

Before becoming the ninth president of MOAA, Atkins served as president of Chronicle Media, a print and digital media company based in Augusta, Ga., that serves the southeastern U.S.

November 2, 2017 – Legislative Information Session

September 21, 2017 – APGFCU: Learn to protect yourself from Identity Theft and Financial Scams

• Identity theft is on the rise, and despite the efforts of law enforcement, it’s becoming more sophisticated. It can affect us in many ways, but there are also many ways to keep your identity from being stolen.

• There’s a popular type of Internet piracy called “phishing.” It’s pronounced “fishing,” and that’s exactly what these thieves are doing: “fishing” for your personal financial information. What they want are account numbers, passwords, Social Security numbers, and other confidential information that they can use to steal from your checking account or run up bills on your credit cards. Thieves are looking for your ATM or debit card number and your PIN. If they can capture both, they can access your account.

• Another growing form of criminal activity is “ATM skimming”—basically placing an electronic device on an ATM that scoops information from a bank card’s magnetic strip whenever a customer uses the machine.

June 25, 2017 – Chapter Picnic

May 23, 2017 – Virtual Event: Making the Most of Your LinkedIn Profile

Who are you? What do you do? Why are you the best? What do you want to do? Learn the critical three elements of a LinkedIn profile, which skills to add, how to get endorsements, who you should connect with and how to make that happen, and more. If you would like to receive a copy of the slides and listen to a recording of this virtual event, send us an email.

May 18, 2017: Senator J.B. Jennings, Republican, District 7

Born in Baltimore, Maryland, Senator Jennings is a graduate of Essex Community College and the University of Baltimore. Committed to agriculture, he has been a local farmer since 1992, and has been a Co-Owner and President of The Mill of Hereford, Inc. since 1998. He was a member of the Jacksonville Volunteer Fire Company, Station 47, and served four years with the Maryland Forest Service Interagency Wildfire Crew. Senator Jennings got his start in politics as a Staff Assistant to then-Congressman Robert L. Ehrlich, Jr. He has served with the Maryland Air National Guard since 2008. He and his wife have two children.

March 23, 2017 – Virtual Event: The Most Important Ops Plan You’ll Never Use

Life doesn’t always go as planned, or sometimes it goes faster than we think it will. We’re going to talk about the things we often sidestep, hoping we can avoid ever having the discussion. But do you really want your spouse and/or your children to have to figure it out during, for them, the worst few days of their lives? Perhaps you already have an ops plan written for your funeral and what needs to be done when you pass on. If you would like to receive a copy of the information provided to event attendees and listen to a recording of this virtual event, send us an email.

February 8, 2017: Brig Gen Randolph Staudenraus, USAF

The 175th Wing has over 1,400 personnel supporting an A-10 Group, an Intelligence Squadron and the first ANG Cyber Ops Group. Prior to his current assignment, Brig Gen Staudenraus represented the ANG in the U.S. Air Force and DOD strategic planning and programming process while serving as the NGB/A8A9 Director, Plans and Programs, National Guard Bureau, Washington DC. In that role, he integrated and advocated for ANG programs within the USAF budgeting process; crafted and oversaw resource allocation for combat and mobility forces and conducted long-range force structure planning to meet ANG federal and state missions.

Brig Gen Staudenraus was born in Bellingham, Washington and received his commission as a graduate of Washington State University in May 1987. After completing undergraduate pilot training, he flew the A-10A Thunderbolt II assigned to the 76th Tactical Fighter Squadron, England AFB, LA where he flew combat missions in Operations DESERT SHIELD/DESERT STORM. Brig Gen Staudenraus moved to Laughlin Air Force Base, TX as a T-38 Instructor Pilot and in 1995 spent a year in the Republic of Korea as an Air Liaison Officer with the 2nd Infantry Division, U.S. Army. Brig Gen Staudenraus then transitioned to the F-15E and proceeded to Lakenheath AB, UK where he was a Mission Commander for Operation ALLIED FORCE with the 492nd Fighter Squadron. In 1997, he became a Replacement Training Unit Instructor at Seymour Johnson AFB with the 334th Fighter Training Squadron for three years before swapping squadrons and deploying to Operation IRAQI FREEDOM with the 336th FS at Seymour Johnson. In 2003, he transitioned to the Maryland Air National Guard as a traditional A-10 pilot in the 104th Fighter Squadron, Baltimore. Two years later he continued to fly with the 104th FS while concurrently working as Base Realignment and Closure Programmer in NGB/A8, then NGB/A3X Deputy Chief, Operational Plans and Execution Division, and finally, NGB/J33, Chief, Current Operations Division charged with coordinating all ARNG and ANG Domestic Operations in the 54 States, Territories and the District of Columbia. In 2010, he was the Commander of the 175th Operations Group back in the Maryland Air National Guard. Brig Gen Staudenraus lives in Washington DC with his wife Sarah and their two daughters, Regan and Delaney.

December 1, 2016: Delegate Kevin B. Hornberger, Republican, District 35A

A native of Cecil County, Delegate Hornberger is a 2010 Mechanical Engineering graduate of the University of the District of Columbia. He has served as the Facility Manager for the Library of Congress since 2006, is a small business owner, and a graduate of the Cecil Leadership Institute. He belongs to Sons of the American Legion, Post 135, in Perryville. An outdoorsman, he is a member of the Northern Bay Chapter, Maryland Saltwater Sportsman Association and the Southern Lancaster County Farmer Sportsmen’s Association. He is a Life Endowment Member, National Rifle Association, and having earned his Eagle Scout Award in 1999, he is a Life Member of the National Eagle Scout Association, and President of the Cecil County chapter.

October 15, 2016: Chapter Gathering @ Havre de Grace Oktoberfest

April 28, 2016: Senator Bob Cassilly, Republican, District 34

A native of Harford County, Senator Robert G. Cassilly is a Johns Hopkins University ROTC distinguished military graduate. He served as an Infantry Officer with the 20th Special Forces Group of the Maryland Army National Guard, is an honor graduate of the U.S. Army Airborne School and the Infantry Officer’s Advanced Course, and earned the Army Ranger Tab. An honors graduate of the University of Baltimore Law School, he has been a member of the Maryland Bar since 1988, practicing law in Harford County and throughout Maryland.

Senator Cassilly served on the Bel Air Town Commission for four years, serving as Bel Air’s Mayor, 2000–01, and on the Harford County Council, District C, 2002-06. His continued military service includes Senior Governance Advisor, Karbala Province, Iraq, 2007-08; Director, Stability Operations Division, Foreign Service Institute, 2009, and Senior Strategic Planner, Office of Provincial Affairs, U.S. Embassy, Baghdad, Iraq, 2009-10. Cassilly served as Senior Strategic Advisor, Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs, 2010-13, and as Senior Advisor, Bureau of Conflict Stabilization Operations, 2013, for the U.S. State Department.

A member of the Maryland Senate since 2015, Senator Cassilly’s committee assignments include the Judicial Proceedings Committee, the Joint Committee on Administrative, Executive and Legislative Review, and the Joint Committee on Federal Relations. He is a member of the Maryland Veterans Caucus and the Maryland Commission on Criminal Sentencing Policy.

Senator Cassilly and his wife, Debbie, live in Bel Air; they have five children and three grandchildren.

February 25, 2016: Jeffrey R. Gahler, Harford County SheriffJeffrey R Gahler, Harford County Sheriff

Sheriff Gahler was elected as Sheriff of Harford County in 2014. As the primary law enforcement agency in Harford County and the largest full service agency in the State of Maryland, the Harford County Sheriff’s Office is responsible for providing court services, law enforcement, and correctional services to the county’s 255,000 residents. Sheriff Gahler leads a workforce of nearly 600 sworn and civilian personnel and oversees an annual budget of $69,000,000.

January 21, 2016: Col Charles E. McGee, USAF (Ret)


COL Charles E. McGee, USAF (Ret), joined the pioneering all-black 332nd Fighter Group, 12th Air Force, in Italy, flying P-39 Airacobras in 1943. A few months later, the 332nd joined 15th Air Force, flying P-47 Thunderbolts and P-51 Mustangs, on fighter sweeps and long-range bomber escort missions. The 332nd, also known as the “Red Tails,” earned the respect of their Luftwaffe counterparts and of the white bomber crews they protected. By November 1944, Col McGee had 136 missions and a Focke Wulf 190 to his credit. After an assignment as a twin engine instructor at Tuskegee, and several stateside assignments, he was assigned to Clark Field, Philippines, as Base Operations Officer. During the Korean War, he flew 100 low level bombing and strafing missions in Mustangs with the 67th Fighter Bomber Squadron. On his return to Clark, Col McGee took command of the 44th Fighter-Bomber Squadron, transitioning into the F-80 jet fighter. After graduation from Air Command and Staff College, he flew F-89 Scorpions with Air Defense Command and had assignments in Italy, North Dakota and Missouri. During the Vietnam War, he led the 16th Tactical Reconnaissance Squadron at Tan Son Nhut Air Base, flying RF-4C Phantoms on 173 more dangerous missions. In June 1972, Col McGee took command of the 1840th Air Base Wing at Richards-Gebauer, near Kansas City, MO. On January 31, 1973, after 30 years of military service, Col McGee retired from the Air Force. His 409 aerial fighter combat missions over three wars is a record that still stands.

Among Col McGee’s many military honors are the Legion of Merit with Oak Leaf Cluster, Distinguished Flying Cross with Two Clusters and two Presidential Unit Citations. After his military retirement, he returned to school, finishing his long delayed degree. His civilian career included serving as Vice President of a real estate holding company, and Manager of the Kansas City Downtown Airport.

Instrumental to the growth of the Tuskegee Airmen Association, Col McGee has received many additional honors, including the Distinguished Eagle Scout Award, the National Aeronautics Association Distinguished Statesman of Aviation Award, the Air Force Association Lifetime Achievement Award, and, on March 27, 2007, as a Tuskegee Airman, the Congressional Gold Medal. Col McGee was inducted into the National Aviation Hall of Fame in 2011. He is a highly sought after speaker, breathing life into his motto of “Do while you can.”