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Registration Open! 13th NDIA Great Lakes Chapter Annual Meeting: BG Geoffrey A. Norman, Director, NGCV CFT, U.S. Army Futures Command (AFC). 10.18.2022 (13:00) @ Sonesta Milwaukee West: 10499 W Innovation Dr., Wauwatosa, WI 53226.


REGISTRATION: You're invited to join us for an evening of panel speakers, matchmaking with Primes, and networking! We are excited to share how your Great Lakes Chapter is making an impact across the Midwest region and at the National Level. Presentations will include Chapter EOY Review, STEM Scholarship Awardees, Charitable Efforts, industry leaders from the Midwest region, and keynote speaker BG Geoffrey A. Norman, new Director of Next-Generation Combat Vehicle (NGCV) Cross-Functional Team (CFT) at Army Futures Command (AFC)!

Registration and event details will be posted shortly. This event is hosted by the National Defense Industrial Association - Great Lakes Chapter (NDIA) and the Wisconsin Procurement Institute (WPI).

13:00 – Registration; Networking Open
13:30 – Matchmaking Sessions
15:00 – Reception: Hors d’oeuvres; Cash Bar
16:00 – Program Begins
----- Welcome
----- Economic Update – NDIA
----- NDIA Great Lakes Year in Review
----- Industry Panel Session - Supply Chain Risk
----- Keynote BG Geoffrey A. Norman, Director, Next-Generation Combat Vehicle (NGCV) Cross-Functional Team (CFT) at Army Futures Command (AFC) - CONFIRMED
18:00 – Close of Program
19:00 – Close of Event

KEYNOTE: Brigadier General Geoffrey A. Norman is a native of Boulder, Colorado and a graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point, Class of 1994. He is currently assigned as director of the Next Generation Combat Vehicles Cross Functional Team at the Detroit (Mich.) Arsenal. The NGCV CFT is charged with leading the Army’s #2 modernization priority to develop and field future ground combat platforms.

His command assignments include Tank Platoon Leader, 1st Battalion, 12th Cavalry Regiment at Fort Hood, TX; Ground Cavalry Troop Commander, Apache Troop, 4th Squadron, 7th Cavalry at Camp Garryowen, Republic of Korea; Commander, 7th Squadron, 10th U.S. Cavalry, 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division at Fort Carson and Kuwait; and Commander, Task Force Sinai. Most recently, he served as the Deputy Commanding General – Support, 1st Infantry Division; and previously served as the Commander, 1ID (Forward), Operation Atlantic Resolve in Poznan, Poland.

BG Norman’s staff assignments include Battalion S-4, 1st Battalion, 12th Cavalry Regiment at Fort Hood, TX and Squadron S-1; 4th Squadron, 7th Cavalry at Camp Garryowen, Republic of Korea; Executive Officer to the III Corps G3 at Fort Hood, TX and MNC-I CJ3 in Baghdad, Iraq; Executive Officer, 2nd Battalion, 5th Cavalry, 1st Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division in western Baghdad; Executive Officer, 1st Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division in northern Baghdad and Sadr City; Deputy G-3 (Operations), 1st Cavalry Division at Fort Hood, TX; Deputy CJ3 for Regional Command East in Afghanistan; and Chief of Staff of the Multinational Force & Observers in Sinai, Egypt.

BG Norman’s assignments outside the operational force include service in Project Warrior as an Observer/Controller on the Cobra Team at the National Training Center Fort Irwin, CA and Armor Officers’ Advanced Course Small Group Instructor at Fort Knox, KY; G-3 for the U.S. Army Maneuver Center of Excellence at Fort Benning, Georgia; Division Chief for Soldier, Maneuver and Robotics in Headquarters, Department of the Army G-8, Force Development at the Pentagon, Washington D.C.; and ACofS G-3/5/7 and Director of Systems Integration for Army Futures Command in Austin, TX.

BG Norman is a graduate of the Armor Officer Basic and Advanced Courses, and the Cavalry Leader’s Course; the United States Army Command and Staff Services School and Command and General Staff College; the Joint Forces Staff College; and the Army War College. He holds Masters of Arts degrees in Management and Leadership and Strategic Studies.

BG Norman’s awards and decorations include Legions of Merit, Bronze Star Medals, Meritorious Service Medals, the Joint Service Commendation Medal, Army Commendation Medals, Army Achievement Medals, Iraq Campaign and Afghanistan Campaign Medals, Korea Service Medal, NATO Medal, MFO Medals, Valorous Unit Award and Meritorious Unit Citations, Parachutist and Air Assault Badges, the Combat Action Badge, and the Army Staff Identification Badge. He has also been awarded the Polish Army Medal, MFO Director General’s Award, and Bundeswehr Parachutist Badge.

He is married to Dr. Stephanie Norman, a neonatal nurse practitioner, and they have two sons – William and Benjamin.


2022 Digital Sponsorship Program

Our digital sponsorship program will be prorated and run from October 1, 2022, to September 30, 2023. Please contact us if your organization would like to participate. On behalf of NDIA Great Lakes, thank you for your support and dedication to The Mission. Your contributions provide new programs, services, and STEM scholarships for our members, veterans, small businesses, and students.


Giving Back Program: Meet Our Charities

Congratulations to the selected organizations in our annual Charitable Giving Program! These organizations were nominated by our Great Lakes Chapter membership base for going above and beyond to support our community. Donations were made on behalf of NDIA Great Lakes.

Class of 2022
Class of 2021

Do you know a few 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations supporting veterans and military members with a strong connection to our geographic area? Submit your nomination for consideration in our 2022 Charitable Giving Program.


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