Events

As the chapter events are planned, they will be listed below.  All intelligence professionals, including military personnel, civil servants, businesses providing intelligence services, law enforcement, academia, and retired professionals are welcome to attend.
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MINUTES OF THE 28 MAR ALAMO CHAPTER MEETING (SEE ANNOUNCEMENT BELOW DESCRIBING IT.):

Our March Alamo chapter NMIA meeting was a good time, with enough good food and good info to go around.The meeting was held at the Acadiana Restaurant, San Antonio, TX.  The Restaurant staff was very accomodating, and gave us our own waiters in a back room with doors for privacy…and the food was VERY good.  We’ll certainly go back there again and again.

As you know, we had three civilian intelligence professionals in a Panel discussion about their experiences while deployed to Afghanistan. The meeting was opened by Paul Turner, and after our food was served we began the Panel discussions with Mr Von Heiland, then Mr Seiber and finally Mr Turner…all who deployed over the last year in various capacities to Afghanistan.

Remembering that they all were deployed to Kabul and worked directly for the CJ2 in various capacities, their insights and perspectives (laced with humor) were very enlightening. Both during and after their renditions, the Panel members took questions from the group.  The focus of their discussions was mostly on their insights about the required training and other related deployment issues, equipment, weapons policy, a multitude of linguist issues, Afghan National Security Force (ANSF) issues, health/medical coverage and the like.  They all had significant impact on various aspects of the very complex intelligence mission…and each one said they would go back in a heartbeat.  Two have already volunteered to go back!

They all described their time in Kabul, both inside and outside ‘the wire’ as very fulfilling…and were obviously key players in the greater NATO led, HQ International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) CJ2 (Combined Joint Intelligence Directorate) mission…a unique place and working environment.

Thanks to them all for their time and contributions. If you weren’t there, you missed a good one…and hope to see you at the next one.

 

Our next meeting topic is being formulated now, and will be posted on our web site in the coming weeks.

Paul N. Turner
President, Alamo Chapter NMIA

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The Alamo Chapter of the National Military Intelligence Association will host a luncheon meeting/Panel discussionon 28 March 2013 at the Acadiana Café (directions below) at 12:00. The Panel will consist of Mr. Paul Turner, Mr. Lones Seiber and Mr. Frank “Chip” von Heiland. Each of our Panel members deployed in different capacities to HQ International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) Afghanistan CJ2 during the past two years… and all are employees of the AF ISR Agency.

Mr Turner had significant interaction with the Afghan special police, and both Mr Seiber and Mr von Heiland were responsible for the Theater Language Office which managed over 8000 contract linguists in serving friendly forces across the entire country. After personal renditions of each of their experiences, a question and answer period will follow.

 The intention is to eat lunch, open the local chapter meeting and get on with the Panel Discussion.We will have the room until 1400, so all are welcome to stay and chat after the meeting. Please consider attending the luncheon, and bring a guest! RSVP to Ms. Laura Childs, Laura.Childs@us.af.mil, 210-977-6100 and Mr. David Doenges, David.Doenges@us.af.mil, 210-977-4620. 

The Acadiana Café is located at 1289 Southwest Loop 410, San Antonio, TX 78227. Ph.(210) 674-0019. [Southwest Loop 410, south of Highway 151 and North of Marbach Road. Take exit #8 coming from the North, or take the Seaworld exit coming from the South and make the turnaround].

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