Dubai, UAE – 18, August, 2018 – Agility DGS helped the International Humanitarian City launch an awareness campaign in celebration of the 2018 World Humanitarian Day and in conjunction with the Year of Zayed. The celebrations included the launch of a mobile exhibition showcasing the humanitarian legacy of the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, the Founding Father of the UAE; it also featured the role of IHC Community in addressing humanitarian crisis and emergencies.
As one of the main sponsors of this event, and the premier logistics provider for humanitarian aid missions, Agility DGS, in partnership with Agility GIL, facilitated and provided an Agility truck that moved the container from IHC to the City Walk location.
The campaign was co-organized by members of International Humanitarian City representing UN Agencies and international humanitarian organizations, including the World Food Programme, Médecins Sans Frontières (Doctors without Borders), as well as private sector suppliers to the humanitarian community Kuehne+Nagel, Allied, NRS International, and UPS.
In addition to providing the truck, Agility DGS will help execute all the container moves during the campaign in the UAE commencing in September 2018. This mobile unit will be transported around the country’s seven Emirates, visiting key locations and schools targeting students aged 12-17 years with an aim to engage the “hearts and minds” of youth in the country and reinforce the spirit of humanitarianism.
The Agility DGS business development team recently attended defense transportation conferences including AUSA Global Force Symposium, Joint EUCOM/AFRICOM Deployment and Distribution Conference (JEADDC), and the NDIA National Logistics Forum. These conferences present opportunities for our team to promote and market Agility DGS as the premier logistics provider for government customers in challenging environments.
- AUSA Global Force Symposium – From March 26-28, 2018, our business development team attended the Association of the United States Army’s Global Force Symposium, a three-day event featuring presentations from Army leadership and keynote remarks from several Army officials. The exposition helped our team understand the interests of warfighters and senior Army leaders with the spirit of entrepreneurial and commercial leaders of the defense industry. Attendees included Dan Mongeon, Mark Young and Rich Brooks.
- JEADDC conference – From May 21-23, 2018, our team attended The EUCOM / AFRICOM Deployment and Distribution Conference, a forum focused on increasing and improving both relationships and information flow across the European distribution enterprise. From the conference, we learned about stakeholder operations models, shared deployment and distribution opportunities, and collaboration possibilities with the Department of Defense. Attendees included Mark Young, Darrell Gifford, Nick Taylor and Keven Falvo.
From left to right: Nick Taylor, Darrell Gifford, Mark Young and Keven Falvo
- NDIA conference- From May 15-16, 2018, our team attended the National Defense Industrial Association Conference, a meeting bringing together senior government and industry logistics policy officials and practitioners to address current challenges facing the delivery of logistics capabilities and services in the current and future severely resource constrained environment. The meeting provided our team the opportunity to foster our public and private partnership in defense transportation through the discussion of new policies, technologies, and best practices. Attendees included Dan Mongeon, Mark Young, Rich Brooks, and George Allen.
“These conferences are great learning and networking opportunities to help us stay up-to-date and learn new ways to improve our businesses”, commented Mark Young. “In addition, they also help us build visibility within the defense industry profession by raising DGS’s profile, and help us identify new business opportunities.”
Kieran Kayatin, Business Development Director at Agility International, recently attended a technology event called “CXO Tech Forum: A.I. in Government” hosted by GovernmentCIO Magazine in Washington D.C. The event offered a forum to discuss the latest innovations in Artificial Intelligence (A.I.), and showcased the inventive work of some U.S. government agencies such as Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) and U.S. Army Research Laboratory (ARL).
Kieran Kayatin, usiness Development Director at Agility International (far left) with other attendees
According to Kieran, the event was a great venue to network and engage with scientists, academia and developers concerning A.I., current trends, applications and near term potential. During one of the panels, “tool vs. collaborative asset” was a hot topic of discussion where researchers and developers view A.I. as a “collaborator” and not as a tool. This is the key concept because A.I. is more than interactive in the view of the experts. Kieran learned that the logistics industry is well within the fast lane of A.I. application and development without any great inhibitors. This is a direct result of data storage capacity and highly advancing data storage capabilities.
In recent years, the U.S. military has been closely watching how the private sector is utilizing A.I. based platforms to develop better logistics performance with a focus on demand planning, sourcing and distribution. For instance, the U.S. Army wants to ensure that warfighters are more mission-focused, therefore; the Army wants to quickly develop and employ intelligent systems that will share the burden of support and sustainment activities (such as subsistence and re-supply) in complex operating environments, with the capability to manage decision chains and multiple simultaneous inputs. If this is accomplished in the next 2-5 years, then A.I. will be a true “working teammate.”
Agility hopes to attend an industry-related working group in February 2018 with a focus on shipping and freight forwarding. Kieran learned that there is simply no pause in what is taking place in the tech world, and that the A.I. Revolution has already begun. Kieran said: “The next five years are going to simply change everything when it comes to how we perform and deliver services, and we need to be prepared now more than ever.”
Thank you, Kieran for representing Agility and for leading our business into the future!
Erica Ajroud, our Talent Acquisition Lead, recently attended the Virginia Transition Assistance Program (VTAP) event at Ft. Belvoir Army Base which was organized by the Virginia Values Veterans (V3) program of which Agility Defense & Government Services is a certified member. The attendance objective was to observe and see how the program’s monthly resume assistance workshops help military members prepare for transitioning out of the military into the civilian workforce.
Erica Ajroud, DGS Talent Acquisition Lead (far left) with the attendees.
One of the presenters was Daniel Mehdi, Program Director for the Mid-Atlantic Region of the Travis Manion Foundation, a non-profit organization that empowers veterans and young people by helping them build on their character and strengths, and fight stigmas by developing relationships through serving the community. Mr. Mehdi gave an inspiring and powerful presentation on resiliency training and positive psychology. He also gave some tips on the overall personal wellbeing and developing post traumatic growth, resiliency and employee-manager engagement.
Representing our company, Erica also gave a brief overview of Agility Defense & Government Services and shared key information that recruiters usually look for in resumes. Several key points that Erica addressed in the presentation included: resume basics, keywords, translating military experience into civilian terms, interviewing, and the onboarding process.
Erica plans to continue her engagement with the V3 and the VTAP programs in 2018, and will participate in their upcoming events along with Tyeisha Hilton, HR Director, and Colleen Knight, HR Generalist at Agility Defense & Government Services.