Marines, technology come together during expo

11 Apr 2013 | Lance Cpl. Justin A. Rodriguez

Members of National Conferences Services Incorporated hosted a technology exposition at the Marston Pavilion aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune April 3 giving Marine leaders and other personnel a first-hand look at products and services from more than 25 exhibitors.

When sequestration cut funding for Department of Defense members to travel to conventions and conferences, NCS Inc. cancelled their annual technology expo in Baltimore, Md., and focused on a string of smaller road expositions to educate DOD members on the latest advances in technology available in the civilian sector, according to NCSI operational manager and event coordinator, Kristen Caswell.

A select group of senior leaders attended a 30-minute presentation at the start of the expo where exhibitors had approximately one minute each to demonstrate or explain their products. Vendors showcased the latest advances in areas including: audio and video systems, signals management, fiber optics, optical imaging and radio monitors.

NCS Inc. has a no-cost contract with the DOD to bring defense members and technology together. In today’s changing economic climate, the company will continue their mission in the most beneficial and cost-effective way possible, Caswell said.

The organization followed Camp Lejeune with a similar expo at Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point before departing the eastern North Carolina area for a string of events at west-coast bases and stations.