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The U.S. Army Signal School joined National Conference Services, Inc. (NCSI) in hosting Fort Gordon Innovation Day on Oct. 19, at Gordon’s Conference and Catering Center.

The event brought government and industry together under one roof in an effort to collaborate on mission requirements and technology solutions. It was also an opportunity for industry partners to introduce new concepts and innovations while hearing firsthand what government personnel – particularly service members – want or need to optimize mission readiness.

An estimated two dozen industry partners participated, and while the target audience was primarily subject matter experts in the technical realm, Innovation Day was open and free to all Fort Gordon personnel.

The event kicked off with an exclusive leadership tour where each industry partner presented a brief overview of their product/service. Following the tour, leaders were encouraged to return to any companies that stood out, or in which they had an interest, to begin a dialogue and ask questions. Then they were encouraged to take the information back to their respective unit and invite others to attend.

“The end goal is to get that contract with these companies – to have their products and services be working with the military, and also to get exposure to what could be possibly out there to spark interest and inspiration with the military,” said Emily Anderson, event marketing manager, NCSI. “We want to be a helping aid for you, and also that you can better protect us.”

Chief Warrant Officer 5 Chris Westbrook, U.S. Army Signal Regiment chief warrant officer and senior technical advisor, has attended countless events such as this over the course of his 26-year-long career and walks away from each enlightened.

“I think that industry is listening to the way the Army is going in the future and it’s good to see innovation is steering in that direction – specifically in the realm of making life easier for the warfighter,” Westbrook said.

Westbrook went on to say he encourages all military personnel to not only take advantage of these events, but to also make a point of meeting with unfamiliar industry partners in attendance.

“A lot of small businesses have matured now and have been working really hard to tie in to events such as Project Convergence … not just to showcase, but to cater their product to our needs,” Westbrook said. “You get to see what the future can hold – at least conceptually. You may not see that specific product, but you can see that the military is moving forward in the realm of data and maneuver … and it’s not just a series of checklists; it’s a constant environment.”

The next Fort Gordon Innovation Day will take place on March 15, 2023, and will be hosted by the U.S. Army Cyber School.