Fall 2016 Meeting
Omni Providence Hotel
October 25-27, 2016
Meeting Presentations/Briefings

MONDAY, October 24, 2016

Session: Boot Camp 101

"Military Marketplace", Mr. John McNulty, Executive Director, R&DA

Session: Unitized Group Ration-A Session

"New Items Introduction, Field Testing, JSORF Approval, and Table I (Menus) and Table II (Requirements)"
Ms. Sue Harrington, US Army Natick Soldier RD&E

"Army Requirements and Quality Assurance"
Ms. Beverly Hamlette, JCCoE

"Contracting, CONUS/OCONUS Usage, Quality Assurance Audits, and New Source Submittals"
Ms. Noreen Killian, DLA Troop Support

TUESDAY, October 25, 2016

Session I: Welcome & Administration
Mr. John McNulty, Executive Director, R&DA

Session II: Keynote Address

"Good Eats" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yDwO6d4Drpw
Brigadier General Charles R. Hamilton, Commander, DLA Troop Support

Session III: APHC Updates

"Veterinary Services and Public Health from the Army Public Health Center Perspective"
LTC John C. Beach, Army Public Health Center

Session IV-A: Rations Work Group
Work Group Co-Chairs: Mr. John Kowalchik, The Wornick Co., Mr. Jim Lecollier, DLA Troop Support,    Mr. Randy Newbold, The Wornick Co.

I: Military Individual Rations

"Contracting Insights, Individual Rations", Mr. Jim Lecollier, DLA Troop Support

"Rations Improvements for Individuals", Ms. Julie Smith, US Army Natick Soldier RD&E

II: Inspections, Products Specifications & Quality Systems/Audits

"Contractor Quality Performance", Mr. Michael Lynch, USDA

"Quality Systems Results" , Mr. Tom Sallese, DLA Troop Support

III: Military Group and Commercial Rations

"Latest and Greatest in Group Rations Contracts", Mr. Tom Haley, DLA Troop Support

"What's New in UGR-A Rations", Ms. Sue Harrington, US Army Natick Soldier RD&E

"UGR-A Heat & Serve Getting Better!", Ms. Meg Walker,  US Army Natick Soldier RD&E

Session IV-B: Subsistence Prime Vendor Work Group
Work Group Co-Chairs: Ms. Gina Vasquez and Ms. Mary Ellen Dobbins, DLA Troop Support

(For further information please contact Gina Vasquez at gina.vasquez@dla.mil or Mary Ellen Dobbins at mary.e.dobbins@dla.mil

Session V: DoD Combat Feeding Update

"Organizational Update Combat Feeding Directorate"
Mr. Steve Moody, Director, DoD Combat Feeding Program

Session VI: Combat Feeding Science & Technology Work Group
Work Group Chair: Ms. Betty Davis, US Army Natick Soldier RD&E

"Update on Long-Term Vitamin Stabilization Work fro NASA"
Dr. Ann Barrett, Ph. D., US Army Natick RD&E

"Calcium and Vitamin D. Fortified Products for the Optimization of Bone Health"
Dr. James McClung, US Army Research Institute of Environmental Medicine

"Paratrooper Bar: Delivering Solutions to Feeding Challenges"
Dr. Jeannette Kennedy, Ph. D., US Army Natick RD&E

"Nutritionally Optimized Food Products for an Expeditionary Force Science & Technology Objective"
Ms. Betty Davis., US Army Natick RD&E

Session:  In-Process Review (IPR Meeting)

(For further information please contact Gloria Edwards at Gloria.Edwards@dla.mil

Session:  Individual Rations Special Session

(For further information please contact Jim Lecollier at james.lecollier@dla.mil

WEDNESDAY, October 26, 2016

Session VII: Welcome & Administration
Mr. John McNulty, Executive Director, R&DA

Session VIII: R&DA Military Assistance Program Update
Work Group Co-Chair: LTC Don Vtipil, USA (Ret), Red Cloud Food Services and Mr. Barney Rosner, Thermopac

"Military Assistance Program Updates"
LTC Don Vtipil, USA (Ret) and Mr. Barney Rosner, MAP Chairman

Mr. Rory Diamond and SFC Joseph W. Swobado, USA (Ret)
K9 For Warriors Service Program, (For further information please visit K9 For Warriors Website at http://www.k9sforwarriors.org/ways-give-k9s-warriors)

Session IX: Food Service, Packaging, Equipment & Technologies Work Group
Work Group Co-Chairs: Ms. Michelle Richardson and Mr. Robert Bernazzani, US Army Natick Soldier RD&E

"Passion for Taste and Health"
Mr. Arthur Piorkowski, FRUTAROM

"Increasing the Consumption of Plant Based Proteins"
Ms. Ashely Rhinehart, RN, The Humane Society of the United States

"Heat Ailment Recovery Pack (HARP) System"
Mr. Ben Williams., US Army Natick RD&E

Session X: Service Agency Updates

"Sustainment Command Updates: The Strength of the Nation"
CW5 Russell Campbell, US Army Sustainment Command

"The Evolving AOR"
Ms. Cara Vartuli-Dusablon, JCCoE

"Canadian Armed Forces Feeding, Nutrition and Performance"
Ms. Hilda-Anne Troupe, Department of National Defence - Canada

"USMC Updates"
Mr. Chuck Girard, HQ USMC

Session:  SUBNET - Joint Steering Group Meeting

(For further information please contact Mr. Rieks Bruins at bruins@aesop.rutgers.edu

Session:  AbilityOne

(For further information please contact Tim Dlugokecki at timothy.dlugokecki@dla.mil

THURSDAY, October 27, 2016

Session:  Natick Food Science & Industry Day

(Briefings coming soon) 


Spring 2016 Meeting
Omni Bedford Springs
April 11-13, 2016
Meeting Presentations/Briefings

MONDAY, April 11, 2016

Session: Boot Camp 101

"Military Marketplace"
Mr. John McNulty, Executive Director, R&DA

Session: Unitized Group Ration-A Session

"New Items Introduction, Field Testing, JSORF Approval, and Table I (Menus) and Table II (Requirements)"
Ms. Sue Harrington, US Army Natick Soldier RD&E

"Army Requirements and Quality Assurance"
Ms. Beverly Hamlette, JCCoE

"Contracting, CONUS/OCONUS Usage, Quality Assurance Audits, and New Source Submittals"
Ms. Karen Howard, DLA Troop Support

TUESDAY, April 12, 2016

Session I: Welcome & Administration
Mr. John McNulty, Executive Director, R&DA

Session II: Keynote Address

"70 Years R&DA Support to the Military: Looking Back and Forward"
Dr. Mitchell Hartson, Former Director of ACES (Army Center of Excellence Subsistence)

Session III: Service and Agency Updates

"HQ Department of the Army Update"
Mr. Jack Skelly, HQ Department of the Army, G4

"DLA Research & Development (R&D) Overview"
Ms. Kelly Morris, HQ DLA

"The Evolving AOR"
Ms. Cara Vartuli-Dusablon, JCCoE

"Quality Assurance Update"
Ms. Beverly Hamlette, JCCoE

"Navy Updates"
Mr. James O'Connor, NAVSUP

Session IV:  STORES Recon Tool Training For Prime Vendors

"DLA Information Operations: STORES Reconciliation Tool" 
Ms. Mary Ellen Dobbins, Division Chief, CONUS
Ms. Lourdes Valentin, Division Chief, OCONUS
The J6 Division Team

Session V: R&DA Military Assistance Program Updates

"Military Assistance Program Updates"
LTC Don Vtipil, USA (Ret) and Mr. Barney Rosner, MAP Chairman

"What If I Told You..."
Aaron Hale, US Army SSG EOD (Ret)

Session VI: AIPH Updates

"Veterinary Directorate Update"
LTC John C. Beach, Army Institute of Public Health

Session VII: Exhibition

WEDNESDAY, April 13, 2016

Session VIII: Welcome & Administration

Mr. John McNulty, Executive Director, R&DA

Session IX Keynote Address

"In My Fathers Foot Steps"
Professor Peter A. Jones, MBE FIH FCGI DSc(Hon)

Session X: Natick Updates

"Natick Soldier RD&E and the Combat Feeding Directorate Activities"
Mr. Steve Moody, Director, Combat Feeding

"Support to the Air Force, Marine Corps and Navy Foodservice Equipment Programs"
Mr. Robert Bernazzani, US Army Natick Soldier RD&E

Session XI: Feeding Our Allies

"Feeding Troops In The Artic (Norwegian Approach To Troop Feeding)"
CDR Pal Stenberg, Norwegian Defence Logistics Organization

Session XII: Industry Innovations

"Sustained Hydration Technology"
Mr. Pete F. De Marco, Aqua Innovations, Ltd.
(For further information please contact Gabriel Castillo at gc@aquainnovationsltd.com) 

Session XIII: Rations Work Group
Work Group Co-Chairs: Mr. John Kowalchik, The Wornick Co., Mr. Jim Lecollier, DLA Troop Support, Mr. Randy Newbold, The Wornick Co.

I: Group Rations

"Solicitation and Contracting Activities, Ms. Karen Howard, DLA Troop Support

"Rations Improvements UGR-A Heat & Serve", Ms. Meg Walker,  US Army Natick Soldier RD&E

"UGR-A Rations Improvements", Ms. Sue Harrington, US Army Natick Soldier RD&E

II: Tech Quality

"USDA Inspection Results", Mr. Michael Lynch, USDA

"Quality Audit Program", Mr. Gary Walker, DLA Troop Support

III: Individual Rations

"Solicitation and Contracting Activities", Mr. Jim Lecollier, DLA Troop Support

"Individual Rations Improvement News", Ms. Julie Smith, USArmy Natick Soldier RD&E

Session:  AbilityOne
(For further information please contact Tim Dlugokecki at timothy.dlugokecki@dla.mil

Session:  IPR
(For further information please contact Gloria Edwards at Gloria.Edwards@dla.mil

THURSDAY, April 14, 2016

Session:  Nutritional Analysis & Labeling IPT
(For further information please contact Dr. Jeannette Kennedy at jeannette.a.kennedy.civ@mail.mil

Session:  MRE Solicitation Meeting
(For further information please contact Jim Lecollier at james.lecollier@dla.mil