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There are a lot of things I don’t know. I do like to share what I know and find interesting. So, I have decided to use this page of my website to offer thoughts, tidbits, happenings, and things of interest in the logistics world.

The page is in its infant stages and has a lot of room to grow. I encourage those of you who read this page to provide some feedback. On the type of material that you would like to see here. For events and other happenings, I encourage the organizations to forward that information to me as well. I will be trying to keep this to brief entries so that the material may be quickly scanned and links to other sites for more information will be helpful. I have no motive other than sharing. If I list an organization’s activities, it is to let you know that they are happening. I will point out the good in some of the organizations because there are some that would be of interest to logisticians.

Opinions are just that. We all have them. I have missed the mark sometimes, and I have been spot on at other times. Take opinions, mine or others are just that. If you see me sliding off the edge with this page, let me know. If you like the page, I would like to know that as well. We all like encouragement.

With these few words as guidance, I will begin Hawks Nest Notes.

IRPT Organization

IRPT is an organization to which I belong. I believe the inland rivers are the least developed of our country’s resources. What people forget is that the rivers are not just developed for navigation, but they have been developed to help in controlling the water flows and reduce the disastrous flooding that has occurred in the past.

That we can use them for navigation only adds to their importance. The IRPT annual meeting will be held in Cincinnati on April 24-26 this year. They are offering a free pass to the meeting (one day) for manufacturers to learn about shipping on the river. The program looks interesting this year. Click on the LOGO for their website and more information.

Label Master Logo

Although I use LabelMaster products for my HazMat (Dangerous Goods) Training classes, this is not an ad. This is to let you know that LabelMaster will host its 13th Dangerous Goods Instructors Symposium in September again this year. 

This is one of the finest symposiums in the US for dangerous goods instructors. It is efficiently run and always has a worthwhile program. Again, I encourage you to click on the LOGO and get more detail.

Mississippi River Commission

The Mississippi River Commission has issued a Notice of Public Meetings for the upcoming High-Water Inspection trip in April. Public meetings will be held on board the Motor Vessel Mississippi as follows:

New Madrid, MO - City Front …….... 9:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., 16 April 2018
Memphis, TN - Beale Street Landing .. 9:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., 17 April 2018
Greenville, MS - City Front ………….. 9:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., 18 April 2018
New Orleans, LA - New Orleans ……. 9:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., 20 April 2018 District Dock

The Mississippi River Commission members truly appreciate your continued partnership and participation in our public engagement process. Your testimony and participation serve as the foundation upon which federal investments/improvements rest, so please consider blocking these dates on your calendars.

Please contact Ms. Edie Whittington if you wish to give public comments at the meeting by calling 601-634-5768 or email edie.whittington@usace.army.mil

Delta Company of the Transportation Officer Candidate School

I would be remiss if I were to not place a plug here for a fine group of gentlemen with whom I have had the pleasure to share my early transportation training. In 1966, the same year that the United States Department of Transportation was formed, Delta Company of the Transportation Officer Candidate School was also formed in Fort Eustis, VA.

This excellent group of men, from all walks of life, served in the United States Army and became Transportation Officers together. They each served our country well. Our next reunion will be in Norfolk, VA on May 8-14.

For any questions or comments, you can also call 405-340-3395 or 405 203-5689. Any suggestions or feedback would be helpful.