This speech was delivered by NDTA's newly installed Chairman of the Board John Dietrich on October 12, 2017 during the NDTA-USTRANS-COM Fall Meeting. It has been reformatted and reprinted here in its entirety with permission.
Thank you, and good morning, everyone. It's a pleasure to be with you all today. I am humbled and honored to take up the role as Chairman of the NDTA.
I want to thank Bill Flynn for his leadership as Chairman of the NDTA. I also want to thank Bill Kenwell for his service as Vice Chair. I know first-hand how seriously they took their roles. Their significant investment of time and effort has paid dividends in advancing the goals and objectives of NDTA.
I also want to thank Jim Veditz for unselfishly stepping in to assume a leadership role during Admiral Buzby's transition back to government service. Speaking of Admiral Buzby, or should I say, the Honorable Mark Buzby, I want to thank him for his very successful albeit too brief tenure as CEO of NDTA. Congratulations Admiral and I wish you the very best in your new role as Maritime Administrator.
Finally, I want to recognize and congratulate Admiral Andy Brown, on his appointment as President and CEO of NDTA. Andy, I really look forward to working with you.
I also want to congratulate all the other newly elected Board members including Bill Woodhour, our new Vice Chairman; Kirsten Knott of FedEx; and the Honorable Alan Estevez, who has been a great supporter of NDTA and is a deeply experienced addition to the Board. I look forward to working together with all of you.
Since its start 73 years ago--in 1944 during the height of World War II--the National Defense Transportation Association has emerged as a leading association of government, military, and industry professionals.
The NDTA is a unique organization--one that is dedicated to fostering a strong and efficient global logistics transportation system in support of our economy and national security. Working through the NDTA provides each of us with a great opportunity to advance the knowledge and science of transportation and logistics within government and industry.
We have seen some great examples of that at this conference over the last few days including from General McDew and Fred Smith. Working through NDTA gives us the opportunity to facilitate the sharing of knowledge regarding transportation and logistics between government and industry.
It also gives us the opportunity to educate our members about out...