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Tactical Wheeled Vehicles Division 

Tactical Wheeled Vehicles Division

| Division Mission/Objective/Purpose | Red Ball Express Award | Division Leadership | Division Meetings & Events | Inquiries/Questions | Past Conferences |

 

Upcoming Conference:

2017 Tactical Wheeled Vehicles Conference
May 15-17, 2017
Event #7530
Hyatt Regency Reston
Reston, VA

Red Ball Express Award

A call for Red Ball Express Nominations will be issued later this year.

NDIA's TWV Division will present its 6th annual Red Ball Express Award to a deserving government or industry organization or an individual at the 2017 conference.

The division will be accepting nominations. The nomination criteria will be posted on the meeting and division page later this year. If you have any questions, please contact Eddie Garcia, the division Chairman, at email egarcia@defense.oshkoshcorp.com; or Barry Tyree, Vice Chairman, at email bntyree@bntconsulting.com, or any member of the steering committee before Monday, February 29th, 2017.

Members of the steering committee and additional information on the Red Ball Express Award are available at http://www.ndia.org/Divisions/Divisions/TacticalWheeledVehicles.

5th annual Red Ball Express Award

NDIA's TWV Division will present its 5th annual Red Ball Express Award to a deserving government organization, industry organization, or individual at the 2016 conference, to be held May 9 - 11, 2016 in Reston, Virginia.  The recipient will have made significant contributions that led to the strengthening of our national security by developing, procuring, or supporting TWV's, or enabling critical technologies that contribute to the TWV fleet.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

April 20, 2016

NDIA to Present Patricia Plotkowski with 2016 Red Ball Express Award

Recognizes Decades of Service to Tactical Wheeled Community

Arlington, VA – The National Defense Industrial Association’s (NDIA) Tactical Wheeled Vehicle Division today announced Patricia E. Plotkowski, Deputy Project Manager, Transportation Systems, as the recipient of its 2016 Red Ball Express Award.

The award is presented to individuals who have made significant contributions to strengthening our national security by developing, introducing or supporting tactical wheeled vehicles. Ms. Plotkowski’s leadership and expertise has led to a legacy that includes enhancing the warfighter’s maneuverability on the battlefield. She was instrumental in the implementation of the Headquarters, Department of the Army (HQDA) TWV Strategy through execution of the TWV Fleet Plan presented to Congress. Additionally, her work has included the execution of acquisition and total life management of numerous key vehicle fleets.

“We are pleased to present Ms. Patricia Plotkowski with the 2016 Red Ball Express Award,” said Ronald W. Johnson, Chairman of NDIA Tactical Wheeled Vehicles Division. “Ms. Plotkowski’s superior leadership and performance in a broad range of transportation assignments throughout her 32-year career exemplifies the spirit of the award.”

The formal Red Ball Express Award presentation to Ms. Plotkowski will take place on Tuesday, May 10, 2016, during the 2016 Tactical Wheeled Vehicles Conference at the Hyatt Regency in Reston, VA.

About NDIA

The National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA) is America’s leading defense industry association promoting national security. NDIA provides a legal and ethical forum for the exchange of information between industry and government on national security issues. NDIA and its members foster the development of the most innovative and superior equipment, training and support for warfighters and first responders through its divisions, local chapters, affiliated associations and events.

Purpose.  In recognition of superb contributions to Tactical Wheeled Vehicles, the National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA)  and public leadership or achievement that results in significant contributions to the development, introduction or support of Tactical Wheeled Vehicles. The recipient must have made significant contributions that led to the strengthening of our national security by developing, procuring, or supporting Tactical Wheeled Vehicles or enabling critical technologies that contribute to the same.

Policy.  It is the policy of the NDIA Tactical Wheeled Vehicles Division to recognize those achievements by relevant government or industry organizations or individuals that are particularly noteworthy to the Tactical Wheeled Vehicle community.


2015 Red Ball Express Award

NDIA Presents Jeffrey Bradel with Red Ball Express Award

Red Ball Express Award
General Craig McKinley, USAF (Ret.), President & CEO, NDIA;  Mr. Ron Johnson, Chairman, NDIA Tactical Wheeled Vehicles Division; and Mr. Jeff Bradel. 

Red Ball Express Award
General Craig McKinley, USAF (Ret.), President & CEO, NDIA;  Mr. Ron Johnson, Chairman, NDIA Tactical Wheeled Vehicles Division; and Mr. Jeff Bradel.

 


2015 Tactical Wheeled Vehicles Conference

2015 Tactical Wheeled Vehicles Conference
Event #5530
August 24 - 26, 2015
Hyatt Regency Reston
Reston, VA

http://www.ndia.org/meetings/5530

Ron Johnson
Mr.  Ron Johnson, Chairman, NDIA Tactical Wheeled Vehicles Division

Gen McKinley
General Craig McKinley, USAF (Ret.), President  & CEO, NDIA
Gen Wyche
Lieutenant General Larry D. Wyche,
USA, Deputy Commanding General,
U.S. Army Materiel Command
Colonel Steven George
Watercraft:
• Colonel Steven George; TRADOC
  Capabilities Manager, Transportation

Graybeard Nadeau
Graybeard Panel:
• Major General Roger Nadeau, USA (Ret.)

Graybeard Yakovac
Graybeard Panel:
• Lieutenant General Joseph L. Yakovac,
  USA (Ret.)

Congressional Panel
Congressional Panel:
• Mr. Jay Kimmitt, Executive Vice President, Oshkosh Corporation
• Mr. Paul Terry, Professional Staff Member, House Appropriations
  Committee
• Mr. Jesse Tolleson, Professional Staff Member, House Armed
  Services Committee

USMC Panel
USMC panel:
• Dr. Thomas Killion, Acting Director, Office of Technology, Office of
  Naval Research (ONR)
• Mr. Thomas Miller, PEO Land Systems; USMC Program Manager, MRAP
• Mr. Andrew Rodgers, PEO Land Systems, USMC Program Manager,
  Light Tactical Vehicles
• Mr. Mark Godfrey, Combat Development & Integration, USMC
• Mr. Steve Pinter, PEO Land Systems, USMC Program Manager MHTV

Graybeard Panel Group
Graybeard Panel:
• Major General Roger Nadeau, USA (Ret.)
• Mr. Dean G. Popps, former Acting ASA(ALT)
• Lieutenant General Joseph L. Yakovac, USA (Ret.)
• Lieutenant General John M. Curran, USA (Ret.)
• Lieutenant General Robert J. Lennox, USA (Ret.)

PM Briefer Panel
Army Project Manager Panel:
• Ms. Pat Plotkowski, Deputy Project Manager, Transportation Systems
• LTC Garth Winterle, Acting Product Manager, Ground Mobility Vehicle
• LTC Frank Bridges, Product Manager, Medium Tactical Vehicles
• Mr. Steven Rienstra, Product Director, Light Tactical Vehicles
• LTC Cory Berg ,Product Manager, Appliqué & Large Unmanned Ground Vehicles
• LTC Joel Franklin, Product Manager, MRAP Vehicle Systems---(not pictured)

 


  

2014 Tactical Wheeled Vehicles Conference

 

Bruce Harrison
Awarding the gold medal to Bruce Harrison, Chairman Emeritus, TWV Divsion, by Larry Farrell, President/CEO of NDIA








The Honorable Heidi Shyu
Keynote speaker, The Honorable Heidi Shyu, USA Assistant Secretary of the Army (Acquisition, Logistics & Technology)


 

Don Tison
U. S. Army Office of the Deputy Chief
of Staff, G-8 presentation by Mr. Don
Tison (SES), Assistant Deputy Chief of Staff, G-8

William F. Moore
U.S. Army, Sustainment Center of Excellence presentation, by Mr. William F. Moore (SES) Deputy to the Commanding General

 

Kevin Fahey
Awarding the gold medal to Kevin Fahey by
Larry Farrell, President/CEO of NDIA

 


2014 Red Ball Express Award

   

Awarding the citation and gold medal to Douglas R.  Bush and Jesse D. Tolleson of the Congressional House Armed Services Oversight Team were Larry Farrell, President/CEO of NDIA and Ron Johnson, NDIA Tactical Wheeled Vehicle Division Chair.
 

April 21, 2014. Today at the Rayburn Building NDIA presented  its prestigious Red Ball Express Award to Douglas R.  Bush and Jesse D. Tolleson of the Congressional House Armed Services Oversight Team for their consistently demonstrated unmatched cooperation, expertise, and commitment to the strategic viability of the TWV industrial base.

The “Red Ball Express” award is proudly named after the famous Transportation system in World War II.

The Red Ball Express was an enormous truck convoy system created in 1944 to supply Allied forces moving quickly through Europe after breaking out from the D-Day beaches in Normandy. Some 28 divisions were advancing across France and Belgium, each ordinarily requiring 700-750 tons of supply a day. Patton's 3rd Army was soon grinding to a halt from lack of fuel and ordnance. The route, marked with red balls, was closed to civilian traffic; the trucks were marked with the same red balls and given priority on regular roads. The key to pursuit was a continuous supply of fuel and ordnance, thus leading to the name, Red Ball Express.

Awarding the citation and gold medal to Bush and Tolleson were Larry Farrell, President/CEO of NDIA and Ron Johnson, NDIA Tactical Wheeled Vehicle Division Chair.

Past Red Ball Express Award Recipients

  • Ms. Patricia Plotkowski, Deputy Project Manager, Transportation Systems
  • 2015 - Mr. Jeff Bradel, ONR
  • 2014 - Douglas R. Bush and Jesse D. Tolleson of the Congressional House Armed Services Oversight Team
  • 2013 - Mr. Michael D. Sprang, JPO JLTV
  • 2012 - Joint Program Office, Mine Resistant Ambush Protected Vehicles

The “Red Ball Express” award is proudly named after the famous Transportation system in World War II.

The Red Ball Express was an enormous truck convoy system created in 1944 to supply Allied forces moving quickly through Europe after breaking out from the D-Day beaches in Normandy. Some 28 divisions were advancing across France and Belgium, each ordinarily requiring 700-750 tons of supply a day.  Patton's 3rd Army was soon grinding to a halt from lack of fuel and ordnance.  The route, marked with red balls, was closed to civilian traffic; the trucks were marked with the same red balls and given priority on regular roads.  The key to pursuit was a continuous supply of fuel and ordnance, thus leading to the name, Red Ball Express.

Since this award is from the Tactical Wheeled Vehicle (or Trucks) Division of NDIA, we thought the award should be a lasting tribute to those that pioneered the way for us that serve or support the military truck and transportation industry today.

You can also follow the TWV Division on Twitter @NDIA_TWV or #ndiatwv.

NDIA Presents The Red Ball Express Award To Michael D. Sprang 

 2013 NDIA Red Ball Express Award  2013 Red Ball Award Recipient

The award was presented at NDIA's Michigan Chapter "5th Annual Membership Social"

NDIA has announced that its Tactical Wheeled Vehicle Division presented The Red Ball Express Award to Mr. Michael D. Sprang, JPO JLTV, on March 20, 2013, at the 5th Annual Membership Social in Sterling Heights, MI.

The Red Ball Express is awarded for outstanding contribution to the Tactical Wheeled Vehicle (TWV) community. Recipients of this award must have made significant contributions that have led to the strengthening of our national security by developing, procuring, or supporting Tactical Wheeled Vehicles or critical technologies that contribute to the same.

Mr. Sprang has made many significant contributions to the development and support of light tactical vehicles, especially the High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicle (HMMWV), over the last eight years during a critical period of military combat operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. In particular, Mr. Sprang managed the production and fielding of thousands of armor kits for HMMWV’s in Iraq and Afghanistan, at a value of over six billion dollars. His relentless drive to field these kits as rapidly as possible, while adhering to exacting standards, saved countless American and allied lives.

Sincerely,

NDIA & Tactical Wheeled Vehicles Division

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Division Mission/Objective/Purpose

Division Objectives
The primary objective of the Tactical Wheeled Vehicle Division of NDIA is to enhance the security of the United States by promoting communications and interaction between defense industry, government and military in the area of automotive activities.

The specific charter of the Tactical Wheeled Vehicle Division is to conduct conferences in technology areas directly related to automotive research, design, development, test and production.  Such conferences are intended to present advanced technology and provide for an exchange of information and an interchange of views between defense industry, government and military representatives.  The effective cooperation between these three groups is vital to our defense effort in the tactical wheeled vehicle area.  Each group brings unique inputs to such conferences.  No one group can function at maximum effectiveness without the other two.

Specific Objectives:

  • To serve as an effective communications vehicle for the exchange of views and information between government and industry on matters of common concern.

  • To foster mutual understanding and effective working relationships between government and industry in order to achieve a sound body of government policy and procedures which will serve both the security objectives of the United Sates as well as the commercial interests of its industry.

  • To provide government with industry advice on government policies, practices and procedures and industry's needs and problems within the Division's purview.

Mission Responsibility
To promote national exchanges between the Defense Department, government agencies and industry, of information relating to the design, development, acquisition and support of vehicles and vehicle systems employed in land and amphibious military operations.

Division Charter (pdf)

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Division Leadership

Chair

Eddie Garcia
Senior Director, Business Development | Global Integrated Product Support
Oshkosh Defense, Oshkosh Corporation
P.O. Box 2566
Oshkosh, WI 54903-2566
Phone: (920) 233-9212;
e
-mail: egarcia@defense.oshkoshcorp.com

NDIA Tactical Wheeled Vehicle Division Vice-Chairman:

Barry Tyree
Colonel, U.S. Army (ret)
President and CEO
BNT Consulting, LLC
143 Rollins Road, Ste #2106
Rockville, MD 20847
Phone: (703) 334-1245
e-mail: bntyree@bntconsulting.com

Secretary

Alexandra C. Hittle
Manager, Domestic Marketing
Oshkosh Defense
Office: 920.235.9151 Ÿ Mobile: 920.410.1929 Ÿ Ext: 26578
2307 Oregon Street Ÿ PO Box 2566
Oshkosh, WI  54903-2566
Office: 920.235.9151
e-mail: ahittle@defense.oshkoshcorp.com

Steering Committee

  • Dion Anglin, Cummins
  • Todd Berghoff, DRS Technologies
  • David Damian, ArvinMeritor
  • Bill DeHaan, MTU Detroit Diesel
  • Scott Faulkner, Caterpillar Inc.
  • Kathryn Hasse, Lockheed Martin 
  • Henry Hodges, Hodges Transportation
  • Meg Kulungowski, Navistar Defense
  • David Laverdiere, Allison Transmission
  • Curtis McCoy, Cypress International
  • Ainsworth (Andy) Mills, Alcoa
  • MG Roger Nadeau, USA (Ret.), American Business Development Group (ABDG)
  • Larry Platt, AM General
  • John Stanek,BAE Systems
  • Barry Tyree, BNT Consulting
  • COL James Wank, USA (Ret.), Command Holdings Group

Government Liaison Representatives

  • Michael Clow, PEO CS&CSS PAO
  • Don Overton, TRADOC
  • James (Jay) Proctor, PEO LS, USMC

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Division Meetings & Events

The annual Tactical Wheeled Vehicles Conference is the only one held annually that is specific to the military’s Tactical Wheeled Vehicle community.  It has historically brought Department of Defense representatives, prime contractors, subcontractors, and their suppliers together to discuss present and future wheeled vehicle requirements for all services.  It has afforded an atmosphere for open discussions between the customers and the suppliers based on the needs of the military users.  The information presented is valuable to program managers, engineers, planners and marketers.  In addition, open discussions will be invaluable to DoD planners and program managers.

2015 Tactical Wheeled Vehicles Conference
Event #5530
August 24 - 26, 2015
Hyatt Regency Reston
http://www.ndia.org/meetings/5530

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Inquiries/Questions

For more information on this Division, please contact:

NDIA Tactical Wheeled Vehicle Division Conference POC

Miss Angie De Kleine, CAE, CMM, CMP, CEM
Associate Director, Operations
E-mail: adekleine@ndia.org

NDIA Tactical Wheeled Vehicle Division Director

CAPT Bruce Roulstone, USN (Ret.)
Operations
E-mail: broulstone@ndia.org



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Past Conferences

Past Conference Information

2002 Tactical Wheeled Vehicles Conference (DTIC Proceedings - external site)
January 27-29, 2002
Monterey, California

2004 Tactical Wheeled Vehicles Conference (DTIC Proceedings - external site)
February 2-4, 2004
Monterey, California

2006 Tactical Wheeled Vehicles Conference
February 5 - 7, 2006
Monterey, California

2007 Tactical Wheeled Vehicles Conference (TWV) (DTIC Proceedings - external site)
February 4-6, 2007
Monterey, California

2008 Tactical Wheeled Vehicles Conference  (DTIC Proceedings - external site)
February 3, 2008
Monterey, California

2009 Tactical Wheeled Vehicles Conference  (DTIC Proceedings - external site)
February 2-3, 2009
Monterey, California

2010 Tactical Wheeled Vehicles Conference (DTIC Proceedings - external site)
Sunday, February 7 - Tuesday, February 10, 2010

2011 Tactical Wheeled Vehicles Conference (DTIC Proceedings - external site)
Sunday, February 6 - Tuesday, February 8, 2011
Monterey, California
 

2012 Tactical Wheeled Vehicles Conference (DTIC Proceedings - external site)
Sunday, February 5 - Tuesday, February 7, 2012
Monterey, California

2014 Tactical Wheeled Vehicles Conference
Event #4530
May 5 - 7, 2014
Hyatt Regency Reston
http://www.ndia.org/meetings/4530

2016 Tactical Wheeled Vehicles Conference
Event #6530
May 9 - 11, 2016
Hyatt Regency Reston

Tactcal Wheeled Vehicles Division webinars

Event #353A

Webinar speaker is:

COL(P) David Bassett, USA (pdf)
Deputy Program Executive Officer, Army's
Combat Support & Combat Service Support.

Theme: Tactical Wheeled Vehicles Update " (pdf) slides
June 12, 2013
3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. / EST 

Tactical Wheeled Vehicles Division webinar
Event #353B

Webinar speaker is:

Colonel John R. Cavedo Jr., USA (pdf)
Project Manager
Joint Program Office
Joint Light Tactical Vehicles

Theme: “JLTV Update" (pdf) slides
September 4, 2013
2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. / EST

Please click here to link to JPO JLTV's website: http://www.peocscss.army.mil/PdMJLTV.htmli

 

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