January 2004 – Performance Analysis Working Group Social

In January of this year, the RMS-ION hosted a social for the PAWG at a local Old Chicagos Pizza Restaurant.  More than 40 attendees enjoyed appetizers, pizza and drinks as they discussed the day’s events at the PAWG.

October 19, 2002  – Scout Jamboree On The Air

On October 19th, the RMS supported a scouting Jamboree On The Air. At this event, the section gave tutorials to scouts and students on the Global Positioning System, offered hands-on practice on using GPS receivers, and supported a GPS-instrumented balloon launch by providing graphical updates on the location of the balloon.

October 20, 2001 – Calhan Colorado, Scout’s Jamboree On The Air

On October 20th, the Rocky Mountain Section, represented by Garth Powell and Dick Pache, supported the Boy Scout Jamboree on the Air (JOTA), held in Calhan, Colorado. The JOTA is a scouting jamboree focused upon the use of radio. It included a high-altitude balloon launch, carrying GPS, which broadcasts its position back to base. At the JOTA, the RMS gave a computer presentation to a number of scout groups explaining how GPS works, its capabilities and limitations, and many applications where it is used. It also hosted a field exercise where the boys could practice using GPS receivers. Other RMS-ION displays included pictures, a satellite model, a computer animation of the GPS constellation, and a computer-mapping program periodically updating the location of the balloon.

June 6th, 2001 – Horace Mann Middle School GPS Event

Dick Pache, Garth Powell, Lt. Steve Bolt and Ted Driver all attended Horace Mann Middle School in June to help two groups of kids learn about GPS.  Garth Powell put together a fantastic presentation for the kids, including many graphics explaining triangulation.  The presentation also covered the basics of GPS and the pitfalls to be weary of when using GPS.  After the 15-20 minute presentation, the kids were divided into groups of three of four and asked to use the Garmin 12 receivers the section owns to find some predetermined waypoints on the school grounds.  Each team had a great time, asking lots of questions and seeing how the receivers actually worked.

September 1-2, 1999 – Performance Analysis Working Group (PAWG)

A very successful and fun evening at Old Chicago’s. Everyone had a great time just being able to relax and socialize around some food and drinks and shoot some pool. See you there again next year.

May 5, 1999 – Rocky Mountain Section Teaches at Mountain Ridge Middle School

April 26, 1999 – Rocky Mountain Section teaches Explorers about GPS

Mr. Pat Sharrett of the RMS conducted a two hour familiarization with twelve Explorers from the Space and Technology Explorer Post 721 on April 26 at Pine Creek HS in Colorado Springs. This Explorer Post focuses on using the fields of space, engineering, science and research as the students look at possible careers. They use Adventure Based Learning and other resources to develop leadership and character skills. Nine of the Explorers recently completed Space Camp at Huntsville.

They had a couple hours of GPS education at the AFA planetarium a few weeks ago, but had never actually used GPS receivers before Monday evening. Pat held a one hour field exercise so the kids could enter some way points and then track their movement from one to the other, using various receiver displays. For the familiarization we used the four Rocky Mountain Section Garmin receivers, and a PLGR for comparison.

After the field exercise we returned to a classroom for 20 minutes of lively Q&A. They thoroughly enjoyed it. The Post Advisor, Ms. Beth Cooper’s comment to me was, ” I’ve heard two other talks on GPS before, but this is this first time I understand how it works and how many things it’s used for.”

One AFA cadet also attended. He is one of two cadets who work with this group of Explorers.

The next GPS exercise for this Explorer Post will be to develop a search and rescue plan and then use GPS, maps and compasses to assist the search parties in land navigation and search.

February 10, 1999 – Eagleview Middle School Student Seminar

The Institute of Navigation’s Rocky Mountain Section is proud to announce that it has conducted its first ever event in the Section’s pursuit of becoming the premier organization providing instruction and leadership in the field of navigation in the Rocky Mountain region.

The Institute of Navigation, based in Alexandria, Virginia, is established to pursue the advancement of science and technology in the field of navigation. The Global Positioning System (GPS) is the most widely known navigation system, however, other systems are also used and the ION and Rocky Mountain Section are devoted to the enhancement of all such systems.

The first step being taken by the Section in reaching their objective is to lead seminars for local school children in the Colorado Springs school districts teaching them what GPS is, how it works and how it is used. Additionally, the Section is going to explain the importance of doing well in their math and science subjects if they would like to become involved in the space/navigation profession when they grow up.

The Section would like to pass on a special thanks to Ms. Connie McKenna, Talented and Gifted Student Coordinator at Eagleview Middle School in Colorado Springs School District 20. With her close coordination and support, the Section conducted their first seminars on Wednesday, February 10th. About 100 6th, 7th and 8th grade talented and gifted students came to two sessions led by volunteers of the Rocky Mountain Section. The lesson included both classroom instruction and an actual hands-on demonstration using GPS receivers, purchased through a generous grant the Section received from the Institute of Navigation National Headquarters.

Special recognition needs to be given to the Rocky Mountain Section’s Events Director, Mr. Mike McKnight, who organized all aspects of this highly successful event. Considering this was the Section’s initial endeavor, and that it was conducted with 11, 12 and 13-year old children, he went “above and beyond” in ensuring that all involved had a thoroughly enjoyable and rewarding experience.

Additionally, the sessions could not have been the huge success they were without the spirited participation of volunteers. The Rocky Mountain Section would like to recognize the unselfish contributions of the professionals who took personal time off from their jobs to contribute to this effort. Joining Mr. Mike Cimafonte, Chairman of the Rocky Mountain Section were: Mr. Daniel Knezha, of Overlook Systems Technologies; Mr. Bob Cass, System Technology Associates, Inc.; Mr. Ted Driver, Lockheed Martin Mission Systems; Mr. Tom Mullikin, private consultant; and Mr. Pat Sharrett, Betac Team. Congratulations go to each one of them for a job well done.

The Rocky Mountain Section would also like to take this opportunity to publicly thank Jennifer Murphy Smith, Lisa Beaty and Carl Andren of the Institute’s national staff for the tremendous continued support they’ve given the Section.

August 18, 1998 – PAWG Mixer

On August 18, 1998 the RMS hosted a social event for the participants of the Performance Analysis Working Group (PAWG) hosted by The Air Force 2nd Space Operations Squadron. In response to the social event, Lt Col J. Kevin McLaughlin sent a thank you note as follows:

Dear Mr. Cimafonte

Thank you and the Rocky Mountain Chapter of the Institute of Navigation (ION) for hosting the social during this year’s Performance Analysis Working Group (PAWG). The social was a huge success attended by many of the conference participants.

PAWG is an annual event hosted by the 2d Space Operations Squadron. This important two-day conference draws people from all over the country that are interested in GPS. The quality of the event undoubtedly leaves an impression with each person in attendance. This impression will not only affect the attendance for next year, but also the value of the topics that will be presented.

Thank you again for your and ION’s support. You helped make this year’s PAWG a beneficial conference for all that attended. The relaxed atmosphere of the social helped facilitate attendee camaraderie as well as a few passionate discussions about the Global Positioning System. We look forward to creating a similar social environment and promoting ION through a social event again at next year’s PAWG.

J. Kevin McLaughlin, Lt Col, USAF