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NDTA Atlantic regional forum.

In response to pressures that our industry faces and requests for additional program options from our membership, the NDTA has scheduled a Regional Forum in Hershey, PA, for 26-27 June 2008. The event is expected to draw significant attendance from the Atlantic area--home to corporate partners engaged in trucking, rail, and shipping industries, DOD operational hubs, and several active chapters of the Association. NDTA's Washington, DC, and Central Pennsylvania Chapters will host the regional event.

"We are getting together to grow professionally as an organization and to draw upon our strengths as we face tough challenges in the industry and move ahead," said Ken Wykle, NDTA President, former Federal High way Administrator and one-time Deputy Commander, USTRANSCOM. Fuel increases and infrastructure shortfalls have been in the headlines lately, but those unfamiliar with the Defense Transportation System, which supports and sustains our country's warfighters and national security, may not be aware of new training requirements related to the Joint Deployment and Distribution Enterprise (JDDE) as developed through the USTRANSCOM.

A Work Shop series highlighting aspects of the JDDE will be offered. In cooperation with Penn State University/Harrisburg, Work Shop participants will be awarded Continuing Education Units (CEUs) for each session they complete. CEUs measure the value of continuing education programs, and can be applied to various industries and services in both private and public sectors. In the workplace, an employer may find CEUs helpful in measuring an employee's occupational competency. Credited course topics include:

* Network Optimization Planning

* Key Performance Metrics

* JDDE Relationship Management

Senior leadership from military and government sectors will attend the Regional Forum. Speakers and special guests include RADM Alan Thompson, USN, SC, Commander of NAVSUP and Chief of Supply Corps; LTG Robert Dail, USA, Director of Defense Logistics Agency; and Mr. Andrew Dyer, Menlo Worldwide Logistics, Government Services. Mr. Ed Kelly, General Manager Office of Air Cargo Security, Transportation Sector Network Management--TSA, will address the "Certified Cargo Screening Program," which mandates 100 percent, piece-level screening of cargo originating in the US that is transported aboard passenger aircraft. Implementation is expected by August 2010. A spokesperson from Menlo Worldwide Logistics is expected to attend with updates on the DTCI initiative from an industry perspective.

NDTA members are well acquainted with NDTA's Annual Forum, which has been in place for more than 60 years; events at the regional level, however, have not been available since the 1970s.

The Atlantic Regional Forum in Hershey is modeled on the Annual Forum concept and offers the same key ingredients: professional programs, networking, and off sites. John Fasching, President of the Central PA Chapter (co-host), explains, "Attendees are invited to the Defense Distribution Center - Susquehanna for an operational tour, and Mr. Morrill Worcester, President of Wreaths Across America, will receive NDTA's Distinguished Service Award in thanks for his dedication to our Nation's heroes. Our Chapter joined his Wreath campaign last fall for a most rewarding experience." Sean Caulfield, President of NDTA's Washington, DC, Chapter (co-host), adds, "I am hoping that our Atlantic Region and Washington, DC, Chapter members take advantage of this opportunity, combining a learning and networking experience with a chance to discover Hershey, Pennsylvania. And, if successful, maybe this type of localized event could be repeated in other regions."

Don't pass up this opportunity to combine a learning and networking experience with a chance to discover Hershey, PA--America's Candy Capital.




* A-35 Brunch Meeting (Mentor Meeting to follow)

* Distribution Committee Meeting (5-6:30pm with LTG Robert Dail, USA)

* CEU-Credit Workshop (1-4pm)

* NDTA Atlantic Region Golf Tournament (Shotgun Start at Noon; finish 5pm) Hershey Country Club


* Reception

* Networking & Table Top Displays (6:30-8pm, Nigerian Room, Hershey Lodge)

* A-35 "After Hours" (starting at 8pm)



* Regional Forum Breakfast (7-8am, Nigerian Room, Hershey Lodge)

* Opening Ceremony & General Sessions (8:30-10:40am, Nigerian Room, Hershey Lodge)

- Welcome and Introductions from:

* LTG Kenneth Wykle, USA (Ret.)

President, NDTA

* COL Joe Torsani, USA (Ret.) President, NDTA Atlantic Region

- Forum Co-Chairs:

* Captain James P. Naber, USN (Supply Corps), Commanding Officer, Defense Distribution Center - Susquehanna

* Mary Ann Wagner, President & Founder, XIO Strategies, Inc.

- Pennsylvania State Rep. -TBD

- NDTA Distinguished Service Award:

Morrill Worcester, President Worcester Wreath Company

- General Session (9-9:25am): LTG Robert Dail, USA, Director, Defense Logistics Agency

"The DLA Enterprise"

- General Session (9:25-9:50am): Senior Leadership, TBD

US Transportation Command

- General Session (9:50-10:15am): Mr. Andy Dyer, VP, Vice President, Menlo Worldwide - Government,

"DTCI" Updates on Operations and the Initial Implementation Sites

- General Session (10:15-10:40am): Mr. Ed Kelly, TSA, General Manager, Air Cargo Security, Certified Cargo Screening Program

* Break (10:40-11am, Nigerian Room, Hershey Lodge)

* Networking & Table Top Displays

* Roundtable Discussion with Q&A (11am-Noon)

- LTG Dail, US TRANSCOM, Sr. Rep, RADM Alan Thompson, USN, SC Commander, Naval Supply Systems Command (NAVSUP), Mr. Kelley, and Mr. Dyer


* Regional Forum Lunch (Noon-1pm, Nigerian Room, Hershey Lodge)

* Networking & Table Top Displays


* CEU-Credit Workshop (1-4pm, Location TBD)

* Off Site Professional Tour - Defense Distribution Center (5pm)



* Off Site Professional Tour- Defense Distribution Center (9am)


* Glicks Family Farm Visit (4pm)

Special Guests & Topics

LTG Robert Dail, USA

Director, Defense Logistics Agency

RADM Alan Thompson, USN, SC

Commander, NAVSUP, Chief of Supply Corps

Department of Homeland Security

TSA-Office of Air Cargo Security, Transportation Sector Network Management "Certified Cargo Screening Program"

Menlo Worldwide Logistics

"DTCI" Updates on Operations and the Initial Implementation Sites

RELATED ARTICLE: NDTA Distinguished Service Award Recipient

Morrill Worcester

Founder, Wreaths Across America (WAA) President of Worcester Wreath Company

One. wan's3 MiSSlon to remember that -freedom isn't free

Morrill Worcester and Worcester Wreath's involvement with wreath laying ceremonies (Arlington Wreath Project) was inspired at the early age of 12 years old when, as a Bangor Daily News paperboy, Morrill won a trip to the Nation's Capital. It was a trip he would never forget--especially his visit to Arlington National Cemetery, which made an indelible impression. In later life, he recognized that his success as businessman was, in large part, due to the values of this Nation and the Veterans who made the ultimate sacrifice for their country.


Although he is not a veteran himself, Morrill has committed himself for fifteen years to remembering and honoring those who keep this country safe, with a simple wreath laid down for the holidays.

Born in Jonesport, Maine, in 1949, the fifth child of Wilbur and Florence Worcester, Morrill was raised as an early entrepreneur on the farms of his youth and graduated from Narraguagus HS (Harrington, ME) in 1968. Morrill and his wife Karen reside in Columbia Falls and are the parents of six children. He is a 1973 graduate of the University of Maine, with a BS in Animal and Pre-Veterinary Science.

With more than 35 years of business experience, the diverse ventures of Morrill Worcester make up one of the great entrepreneurial stories in the economy of Eastern Maine. From agriculture, manufacturing, construction, and power generation to professional basketball and industrial baking, his collective enterprises past and present make up the second largest employer in Washington County. Current operations include Worcester Wreath Company, the world's largest producer of holiday balsam products and a top vendor/supplier to LL Bean for 25 years; County Concrete & Asphalt Co.; Worcester Peat Co. (860-acre peat bog and harvesting operation that supplies horticultural products up and down the east coast); and since 1993, Worcester Energy Co., including its 25.85 MW biomass power plant in Deblois, ME.

In 2007, the Arlington Wreath Project was expanded to include wreath-laying ceremonies at 286 locations; in 2008, more than 300 locations are expected across the Country! This new national campaign was dubbed Wreaths Across America (, with a stated mission to: REMEMBER the fallen; HONOR those who serve; and TEACH our children that our freedoms have come at a great cost.

The NDTA salutes Morrill Worcester in recognition of his selfless dedication to honoring our Nation's heroes.
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