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Growing Up On the Edge of Two Cultures

By Dolly Rairigh Glass

Team-Orlando-Simulation-Elaine-Raybourne “Living in Panama really impacted my career choices,” Raybourn said. “I’ve always been most comfortable at the interface of diverse cultures and language communities.”

Elaine Raybourn was born and raised in the Republic of Panama in the former Canal Zone and lived there […]

August 11th, 2014|Spotlights|

SimLEARN, Robinson Making a Difference

By Dolly Rairigh Glass

Team-Orlando-VA-SimLEARN-Harry-Robinson2-WIt’s one of those common sayings, “The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree.” In the case of Harry Robinson, his father’s Navy service inspired his own, and now his son, Andrew, is headed into his second year in the Navy ROTC at […]

June 9th, 2014|Spotlights|

NAWCTSD’s Bergondy-Wilhelm Knew Science Was Her Calling

By Dolly Rairigh Glass

It’s pretty rare for young people to know exactly what they want to do when they grow up. Sometimes they don’t even make that decision until they are entering college, or even halfway through college. But for Maureen Bergondy-Wilhelm, she knew from a very early age that she loved science […]

May 7th, 2014|Spotlights|

EES, SimLEARN Welcome Deputy Chief Learning Officer

Courtesy reprint from the SimLEARN Newsletter
By Gerald Sonnenberg, EES Marketing and Communication



Veterans Health Administration Employee Education System (EES) staff recently welcomed former active duty Air Force Lt. Col. Manny Dominguez, Ph.D., as a deputy chief learning officer for the organization. In his new position, Dominguez oversees e-learning, broadcast media and simulation business lines to […]

March 14th, 2014|Spotlights, Uncategorized|

NCS’ Cheros: Simulation Industry is Fascinating, Untapped Potential

By Dolly Rairigh Glass



CHEROS-NCS-TEAM-ORLANDOGeorge Cheros moved to Florida with his family when he was only three. He loved sports growing up as a kid and played all the usual ones: football, basketball and baseball. But once he entered high school, the competition changed somewhat, especially […]

March 14th, 2014|Spotlights|

PM TRASYS’ Bushika Always Wanted to Serve

By Dolly Rairigh Glass

BUSHIKA MARTIN MARINE-editA native of the small town of Florida, in the mountains of northwestern Massachusetts, Martin Bushika said it must have been his destiny that he would one day make the move to Florida, the state. As his school’s Valedictorian, Bushika was […]

February 18th, 2014|Spotlights|

AFAMS’ Plescha: This is An Opportunity and I Refuse to Waste Time

By Dolly Rairigh Glass



In July, Colonel Franz “Baron” Plescha became the new Commander of the Air Force Agency for Modeling and Simulation (AFAMS). A graduate of the United States Air Force Academy in 1987, Plescha’s most recent assignment, from July 2010 to June 2013, prior to AFAMS, was Commander, Warrior Preparation Center, Einsiedlerhof AS, […]

January 16th, 2014|Spotlights|

PM TRADE’s Malone Enjoys Coaching Role

By Dolly Rairigh Glass

Colonel Vincent Malone grew up in a large family, and when it came time for him to consider what colleges he might attend, his father suggested West Point. He was doing well in school, active in Scouting, and played on the football team, so his dad thought he had a chance […]

November 14th, 2013|Spotlights|

NAWCTSD’s Meyers Settles In for New Role

By Dolly Rairigh Glass

MeyersJ_8x10John Meyers, the son and grandson of steel workers, grew up in Pittsburgh and thought his destiny was to follow in their footsteps. “That was the tradition and what I was looking forward to do,” he said. But it didn’t work […]

September 13th, 2013|Spotlights|

NAWCTSD’s Miller Enjoys His Job and Life in Orlando

By Dolly Rairigh Glass

MILLER MICHAEL  NAVY JUNE 13Michael Miller is the Naval Air Warfare Center Training Systems Division’s (NAWCTSD) Chief Engineer for the Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) Training System Executive Agent (TSEA). He oversees a team responsible for the acquisition of LCS training systems that […]

July 9th, 2013|Spotlights|