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October 31, 2016
Program Director Hired for Defense Diversification Project
Lieutenant Colonel (Retired) Haimes "Andy" Kilgore is joining the Trent Lott Center as Program Director for the United States Department of Defense (DoD) Office of Economic Adjustment funded project titled Support National Security Technology Acceleration and Economic Diversification Efforts for the State of Mississippi. He will oversee the daily operations of the project and help Mississippi communities adapt to DoD program changes, expansions and cutbacks, as well as incompatibilities between military operations and local development.

Andy started his military career in the Mississippi Army National Guard and entered active duty as a Second Lieutenant after graduating from the ROTC Program at Mississippi State University. He served on active duty for over 25 years as an Armor Officer in numerous command and staff positions around the world and retired out of Fort Benning, GA. He has numerous combat deployments stretching from Desert Shield/Storm to Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation New Dawn. His actions during the Battle of 73 Easting in Desert Storm have been captured in numerous books and magazine articles, and in the Greatest Tank Battles Documentary Series.

Andy lives in Hattiesburg and has a bachelors degree in Business Administration from Mississippi State University and a MBA from Webster University. He is married to the former Gina Davis from Laurel and has a daughter that attends Longleaf elementary School.

USM to Support Meridian's Effort to Attract the T-X Program Assembly Site
By: Jeffrey George, Graduate Assistant
Photo credit: Raytheon
The University of Southern Mississippi has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the  East Mississippi Business Development Corporation  and the Meridian Regional Airport  (MEI) to support their efforts in attracting the T-X trainer program assembly site. If the US Air Force selects the Raytheon and Leonardo-Finmeccanica T-100 for its T-X program contract,  Raytheon will build a final assembly and checkout facility (FACO) in Meridian, Mississippi , to complete construction of the trainers.
 
The MOU will provide support for the project through work of the Trent Lott National Center for Economic Development and Entrepreneurship and in partnership with a number of university centers and departments. USM's School of Polymers and High Performance Materials will provide industrial outreach services through the Mississippi Polymer Institute (MPI), who specializes in manufacturing processes using composite and other polymeric materials. MPI will also assist in providing manufacturing training in a number of areas through existing partnerships with local community colleges. USM's Department of Human Capital Development will provide professional development services to managers that are responsible for workforce solutions. Finally, USM's Center for Logistics, Trade and Transportation will provide logistics, distribution, and supply chain support in order to assist manufacturing companies develop the most efficient means to move goods and services.
 
The University of Southern Mississippi is proud to support the state of Mississippi and specifically East Mississippi Business Development Corporation's efforts to our grow as a global leader in manufacturing for the defense industry.
MS Congressional Delegation Learns About USM's Outreach Activities
By: Jeffrey George, Graduate Assistant
A congressional delegation from the offices of Senator Thad Cochran and Senator Roger Wicker as well as Congressmen Palazzo, Thompson and Harper recently visited Southern Miss to learn about the university's research and economic development activities. They received tours of the Gulf Park, Hattiesburg, and Gulf Coast Research Laboratory campuses and received presentations from education and research entities across the university.
 
Dr. Shannon Campbell and Dr. Chad, Miller with the support of Chase Casper and Robbie Ingram presented about the progress made on the Department of Defene's Office of Economic Adjustment (OEA) grant announced this past July. Their presentation included updates on the development of pilot programs for technology transfer, national security technology acceleration support and economic diversification efforts for the state of Mississippi, and the role of USM as a strategic partner with Department of Defense Acquisitions. Following the poster session Dr. Shannon Campbell noted, "These sessions were a great opportunity for us to share the incredible work that we are doing here at Southern Miss that is having a major impact across the state of Mississippi and to show our appreciation for all the support we receive from our congressional delegation in Washington D.C." Other poster presentations included Dr. Cyndi Gaudet and Dr. Heather Annulis who presented on "Building a Sustainable Workforce Development System for Mississippi" and Dr. MD Sarder who presented on "The Center for Logistics, Trade and Transportation (CLTT): Related Projects on Transportation Infrastructure and the U.S. Economy."
 
Also while visiting the congressional delegation had the opportunity to cruise from the Port of Gulfport to USM's Point Cadet research facility aboard the R/V Jim Franks, tour the new College of Nursing Building Asbury Hall that will open in this Spring, and visit the National Center for Spectator Sport Safety and Security Laboratory in the Trent Lott National Center. The weekend was capped off with the group attending the Southern Miss homecoming football game vs. Marshall.
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