Thank you to all who attended Connecting Technology (CT) Spring 2001 at the Pavilion Convention Center in Virginia Beach, Virginia. We were honored to have many DON and industry leaders as speakers and participants. We were especially honored to have Dan Porter, DON CIO as a speaker. CT was a great success due to the participation of our speakers, exhibitors and our enthusiastic guests. Please go to the Connecting Technology article to read more about CT and don't miss CHIPS exclusive interview with Michael Dell, Chairman of the Board and CEO of Dell Computer Corporation.
In the CHIPS Winter 2001 issue, I introduced you to the energetic DON-IT Umbrella team members of SPAWARSYSCEN Charleston, who work tirelessly to bring you CT, the DON's premier IT event. In this issue, I'm featuring the DON-IT Umbrella team members of SPAWARSYSCEN San Diego — Ted Wolken, Steve Thompson, Cliff Smart, Joe Zaizar, Ann Layne, Barbara Johnson, Maggie Smith, Carlos Solorzano, Peggy Harpe, Sandy Sirbu and Linda Greenwade. Please join us in San Diego, October 30-November 1for CT Fall 2001; go to the CT Web site for more information and to register online.
One of the nicest things about being the CHIPS editor is hearing from our readers. I received a very inspiring letter from retired Col. U.S. Army, John H. Prokopowicz, regarding the "Partnership for Peace" article in the CHIPS Spring 2001 issue. Just prior to reporting as the Commander of the U.S. Russian Institute in Garmisch, Germany, Col. Prokopowicz was one of several key individuals who paved the way for the establishment of the George C. Marshall Center in Garmisch, Germany.
I couldn't include Col. Prokopowicz's entire letter due to space limitations; but I want to share with you some of Col. Prokopowicz's thoughts — if not for the dedication, vision and tireless efforts of several individuals, the Marshall Center would not be in existence today. An edited portion of Col. Prokopowicz's letter follows.
"I am very proud to have played a part in this worthy endeavor and I am very proud to have worked with the many individuals who contributed to this effort to promote understanding and self-reliance [among the NATO-alliance nations] — Gen. John Galvin, former Supreme Allied Commander Europe (SACEUR); Maj. Joe Troxell, USA (Ret.); Mr. Chris Donnelly; former Ambassador Simons of Poland; Col. Lance Smith, USAF; U.S. Senator Sam Nunn (D-GA); U.S. Congressman Richard Cheney (R-WY), now Vice President Cheney; members of my staff — Lt. Col. Dick Malhum and Mrs. Anita Hessingberger, Administrative Assistant to the Commander of the Russian Institute; Maj. Gen. Charles Scanlon, former Commanding General, United States Intelligence and Security Command, and Mr. Walter Christman."
We have a wonderfully informative issue for you, we are featuring two NMCI articles, a process improvement article, experiences from the field and much more — it should keep you busy for awhile!