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News | July 21, 2023

Director hosts panel at AUSA symposium, serves as honored guest at Army Ball

Western Regional Command

LONG BEACH, Calif. — Defense Contract Management Agency Director Army Lt. Gen. David Bassett served as a keynote speaker for the Association of the United States Army symposium and as the honored guest at an Army Birthday Ball during a three day event here.

The “AUSA 2023 Symposium-Space: Enabling Multi-Domain Operations,” featured experts, leaders, and professionals from the military and industry discussing the challenges and opportunities in space operations and their impact on multi-domain operations June 1-2 and culminated with the Army Ball June 3.

The event explored how the use of space-based technologies, systems and capabilities can transform operations across different domains.

Bassett's wealth of knowledge and experience within multi-domain operations made him a perfect fit for both roles. As a former project manager and program executive officer, he maintained oversight of multiple capabilities and programs. He is a graduate of the Army Command and General Staff College and a distinguished graduate of the Industrial College of the Armed Forces.

During his keynote speech, he highlighted the importance of space operations as a critical enabler of multi-domain operations. He discussed the role of space technologies in enhancing situational awareness, decision-making, and command and control capabilities across various domains. Additionally, he highlighted the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead for incorporating emerging technologies — such as artificial intelligence and machine learning — into space-based systems.

Bassett also served as the military guest of honor at the 248th anniversary of the United States Army Birthday Ball. He spoke to the theme of honoring Soldiers past, present, and future by addressing the need to move forward and change the names honoring confederate soldiers to names more reflective of the character and culture of the nation.   

Army retirees Lt. Col. Larry K. Adams and Command Sgt. Maj. Ron Cabrera, both current DCMA Western Regional Command team members, were on hand to welcome Bassett. Both Adams and Cabrera continue to serve in the California State Guard where Adams is a colonel and Cabrera is a command sergeant major.

In their civilian roles, Adams and Cabrera are assigned to the Western Regional Command — where Adams serves as chief of the mission support office and Cabrera serves the region’s contingency planner.