2019 Spouses in Military Conference & Expo

FAYETTEVILLE – The second annual Spouses in Military (SiM) Expo is a free event for the military spouse being hosted by the Greater Fayetteville Chamber’s Military Affairs Committee (MAC) on Thursday, Nov. 7 from 9 AM to 3 PM at the Rudolph Jones Student Center at Fayetteville State University.

This year, the event plans to host about 300 active-duty military spouses for a day of fun and information. It is presented by Piedmont Natural Gas and will introduce milspouses to all that Fayetteville and Cumberland County has to offer. An expo featuring local vendors will run all day. There are also breakout sessions on 10-minutes meals; military etiquette; managing holiday stress; mindfulness; mobile careers; family first aid and creative couponing, scheduled throughout the day.

A complimentary lunch (registration required) sponsored by Houston-Henderson Real Estate, will feature keynote speaker Maxine Reyes. Reyes is Maxine Reyes is a military wife, veterans, singer, author, and Leadership & 360 Wellness & Transformational Coach. A decorated U.S. Army Captain (retired), Maxine who started her career in the U.S. Air Force. She hosts enrichment retreats and workshops for couples via her Happily Joint® Marriage & Families Ministry.

 Registered guests will receive a complimentary swag bag of goodies, and can visit vendor booths in between sessions.

Military spouses can register online at or . For event information or to find out how to become a vendor, contact Shonelle Roper at or call 910-433-6774.

MAC Spring Social Friday, June 27

The MAC Spring Social will be held on a special day, Friday, July 27 from 5:30-7:30PM at the Airborne & Special Operations Museum in downtown Fayetteville. Our theme is “Declassified Missions – The Rest of the Story” and will feature first-hand accounts from veterans about their role in some of the most secret missions undertaken by our military.

Our guests include:

CSM (Retired) Kenneth “Rock” Merritt – One of the first members of the 82nd Airborne Division Hall of Fame. He was a paratrooper during the Normandy Invasion of World War II, and also the Battle of the Bulge.

CSM (Retired) Joe Lupyak – the last surviving member of the one of the most carefully planned and executed rescue missions of the Vietnam War – the raid on Son Tay Prison to rescue American prisoners of war. He is a member of the Special Forces Hall of Fame.

Stay tuned for further details. Registration is from 5:30-6PM,; program from 6-7PM, and networking from 7-7:30PM. Afterwards you may choose to enjoy the festivities at Fourth Friday downtown!

MAC members receive two complimentary tickets to the event. Register here.


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Command staff from FORSCOM, the XVIII Airborne Corps and the US Army Special Operations Command (USASOC) will brief the community on their recent and pending activities at the annual Command Performance Breakfast April 14. The event, which is presented by the Greater Fayetteville Chamber’s Military Affairs Council, will be held from 7:30-9:30AM at McCormick Farms, at 8195 McCormick Bridge Rd., Spring Lake, near Fort Bragg.

The breakfast will feature presentations by U.S. Army Forces Command’s Assistant Chief of Staff, BG David T. Isaacson; LTG LaCamera, XVIII Airborne Corps Commander; and BG William B. Mason, Deputy Commanding General, US Army John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center and School, on behalf of US Army Special Operations Command.

The Command Performance Breakfast provides an opportunity for about 200 of our MAC members, along with local elected officials and dignitaries, to network with our military at Fort Bragg and Pope Army Airfield. Presentations will focus on training, deployments, personnel changes, and any other notable activities during the past year. Speakers will also convey their vision for their command, and how they see the military community interacting with the business community.

The public is invited to attend – tickets are $35, and are available online through this MAC website under events.  Please join us in showing our thanks to these brave men and women who are protecting us every day!



The North Carolina Defense Industry Diversification Initiative (NC DIDI) on last week announced the launch of the initiatives mapping survey for the state’s defense supply chain. This initiative is being managed through a partnership of the North Carolina Department of Military and Veterans Affairs and NC State’s Industry Expansion Solutions.

With 75% of business professionals reporting a lack of visibility into their supply chains, NC DIDI has coordinated the development of a comprehensive survey of North Carolina defense contractors. The purpose of this survey is to gather insights that will help us to better understand the unique challenges facing our defense companies as well as how we can identify new opportunities for them to grow, diversify, and enter new markets.

NC DIDI hopes to identify potential new markets for at-risk firms and identify local gaps in the supply chain.  This work will help point state, local and regional policy makers identify which existing assets can be aligned to respond to supply chain issues.

If you are currently or have been a prime or subcontractor through DOD funding within the past five years and have not responded, we encourage you to do so.  We also encourage you to share with your respective networks.  The survey is online at the following link for those in-state, NC Defense Contractor Survey and a survey for Out-Of-State NC Defense Contractors.  It must be completed by October 6th, 2017.

You are also invited to go to NC DIDI’s website, to take the survey and learn more about our NC DIDI’s events and Pilot Project. Make sure your company is counted.  It is time for your company to move from reliance to renewed resilience.

Thank you in advance for your input.

Secretary Larry Hall                                                Director Phil Mintz

NC Department of Military                                    NC State University

Veterans Affairs                                                       Industry Expansion Solutions

NC DIDI Co-Chair                                                   NC DIDI Co-Chair

Nimasheena N. Burns

Director Communications and Project Management

NC Department of Military and Veterans Affairs











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Welcome Luncheon

Spouses of senior leaders at Bragg and Pope, taken at the Welcome Luncheon on 9/10 at Highland Country Club