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The National Defense Industry Association Georgia Chapter Visit to Moody Air Force Base

Valdosta, Georgia – The Valdosta-Lowndes County Industrial Authority (VLCIA) will host the National Defense Industry Association (NDIA) Georgia Chapter visit to Moody Air Force Base on Tuesday, May 15th.  Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company is the principle corporate sponsor for the visit.

The NDIA participants will receive an overview of the 23rd Wing and tenant unit missions and operations.  Highlights of the visit include an A-10 Wart Hog “Live Fire” Demonstration, HH-60 Pave Hawk and C-130 Hercules Pararescue mission equipment and capabilities demonstration.

The National Defense Industry Association (NDIA) is a non-profit association composed of individuals and businesses who have the common purpose of working together to promote a strong national defense. NDIA’s primary area of interest is the business and technical aspects of the government-industry relationship, encompassing government policies and practices in all phases of the acquisition process, including research and development, procurement, production, and logistics support.

Allan Ricketts, VLCIA Project/Existing Industry Manager serves on the Board of Directors for the Georgia Chapter of NDIA. “The opportunity to have representatives from eight of the top 10 defense contractors in the nation that have operations in Georgia visit Moody Air Force Base is a rare occasion, and we are excited to host an organization like NDIA to visit Valdosta-Lowndes County, Georgia.  We look forward to opportunities to partner and expand defense contractors presence in South Georgia” states Ricketts.

Georgia ranks in the top five nationwide in terms of military presence. Defense contractors in Georgia are able to compete for government contracts and maintain the competitive advantage of a highly-skilled and highly-trained workforce tailored to the defense industry.

About National Defense Industry Association

The National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA) is America's leading Defense Industry association promoting national security. NDIA provides a legal and ethical forum for the exchange of information between Industry and Government on National Security issues. NDIA members foster the development of the most innovative and superior equipment, training and support for warfighters and first responders through our divisions, local chapters, affiliated associations and events.

About Valdosta-Lowndes County Industrial Authority

The Industrial Authority is an organization that oversees industrial and economic development in Valdosta and Lowndes County. In 1960 the Authority was formed as an amendment to the Georgia State Constitution. The mission of the Valdosta-Lowndes County Industrial Authority is to recruit new industry, support existing industry, create employment opportunities for the citizens of our region, expand and diversify the sources for public tax revenue, and stimulate private investment.

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