Braxton Bragg Chapter Attends North Carolina Defense & Economic Development Trade Show

North Carolina Defense & Economic Development Trade Show Welcome Breakfast
Wednesday, August 09, 2017

16th Annual North Carolina Defense & Economic Development Trade Show Welcome Breakfast

The Braxton Chapter of AUSA attended the 16th Annual North Carolina Defense & Economic Development Tread Show (DTS) Welcome Breakfast. The show was hosted by Fayetteville Technical Community College. Dr. J. Larry Keen, President of FTCC gave the welcome remarks and led the Pledge of Allegiance.

This event included a one-day trade show, extensive networking opportunities and government procurement workshops for both prospective and current federal contractors.  The purpose of the DTS is to build relationships between senior representatives of the Congressional delegation, the Department of Defense, other federal agencies and numerous defense contracting firms, including North Carolina small businesses. The event consisted of a traditional trade show, static displays and demonstrations of military equipment, informal networking opportunities, live vendor demonstrations, prime contractor “lessons learned” forums, installation small business panels and contracting workshops and agency briefings for both prospective and current federal contractors.

LTG, Laura Richardson presented "a snapshot" of U.S. Army Forces Command, including its role and priorities in today's Armed Forces, during the welcome breakfast on Monday that kicked off the 16th Annual N.C. Defense and Economic Development Trade Show.

Chances are; the majority of the 275 people on hand already had a firm grasp of FORSCOM, whose collective force counts the U.S. Army, U.S. Army National Guard and U.S. Army Reserves.

Many of those in attendance on the campus of Fayetteville Technical Community College were active-duty soldiers, veterans and business men and women who partner with the military to expand the nation’s defense capabilities. These service and product providers included representatives of Quantico Tactical; TSE, or Tactical Support System; LBA Group; Northrop Grumman; Aiken Instruments; and Touchpoint International Development Groups.

The one-day event gave military contractors, federal agencies, defense contracting firms and the state’s small businesses an opportunity to network. Also on site were educational workshops, static displays, demonstrations of military equipment, and a slew of vendors with tables set up in the primary exhibit area inside the Horace Sisk Building.

Many of the vendors stayed busy, fielding questions and peddling their products with pamphlets and pens to those who inched their way through, what at times, were gridlocked aisles.

Richardson called the trade show “a very important event for North Carolina, the business community, industry and the military.  We, at Forces Command, see a wonderful relationship between the U.S. Army and the N.C. business community as a vital component in America’s national security partnership.”

Business and civic leaders often ask the military how they can help, she said. In terms of the Army, needed support includes trying to protect science and technology and sustaining incremental upgrades for today’s military equipment.

“These are hugely important,” she said “in order to stay ahead of the technology advances of ‘our near-peer adversaries.”

Scott Dorney, Executive Director of the N.C. Military Business Center, said 751 people preregistered for the show. Afterward, he estimated the crowd at more than 700.

“It’s all about connection,” Dorney said; “Connecting businesses with contracting officials, connecting businesses with other businesses so they can bid on federal contracts.”

Tactical Support Equipment in Fayetteville was founded in 1999. This marked the company’s second year at the trade show.