General George W. Casey, Jr., Chief of Staff of the U.S. Army and Member, Joint Chiefs of Staff, Addresses Crowd of 750 at NVTC's TechCelebration Annual BanquetVirginia Governor Tim Kaine Honored with NVTC's Prestigious Chairman's Award; First NVTC Green Award Winners Announced
HERNDON, Va, November 17, 2009 - The Northern Virginia Technology Council (NVTC), the largest technology council in the nation, announced that its annual TechCelebration banquet attracted 750 attendees to honor Virginia Governor Tim Kaine with its 2009 Chairman's Award for his exceptional service to the Commonwealth. General George W. Casey, Jr., Chief of Staff of the U.S. Army and Member, Joint Chiefs of Staff, delivered the keynote address. In addition, the winners of NVTC's first Green Awards were recognized for making an impact on the region through top-notch green practices.
"This event is an opportunity to celebrate the achievements of our area's technology companies as well as honor individuals, such as Governor Kaine, who are working to ensure Northern Virginia is one of the nation's most influential and respected global technology centers," said Bobbie Kilberg, President & CEO of NVTC. "It was an honor to have General Casey address the crowd last night on how the Army is working to remain the best in the world and how we are lucky to have generation after generation of soldiers who are willing to fight and die for this country and the ideals it stands for."
General Casey became the 36th Chief of Staff of the U.S. Army on April 10, 2007. In his previous assignment, he was the Commander, Multi-National Force - Iraq, a coalition of over 30 countries, from July 1, 2004 to February 10, 2007. General Casey opened his remarks by thanking NVTC for the moment of silence in remembering those who lost their lives at Fort Hood on November 5 and expressing his gratitude for their service and dedication to our country. He noted that the "Army is no stranger to tragedy and that we have drawn strength from adversity and we will get past this."
During his remarks, General Casey outlined trends that are exacerbating conflict including globalization, technology, and changing demographics. The two things that worry him most, he said, are weapons of mass destruction in the hands of terrorists and safe havens. He then identified four areas that the Army must address to help ensure global security. These include the need to win the wars we are currently fighting, help other countries build their security forces, support civil authorities at home and abroad, and deter and defeat hybrid threats in hostile states. General Casey concluded by providing a brief biography of one of the men killed at Fort Hood who immigrated to the U.S. as a teenager, was the first in his family to graduate college and only arrived on base one day before this tragic event in preparation to serve in Afghanistan. "He is an indicator of what you see in all the men and women of the Armed Forces. He died doing what he loved to do in serving his country."
Earlier in the evening, Senator Mark Warner (D-VA) and Donna Morea, NVTC Board Chair and President, CGI, U.S., Europe & Asia, presented Virginia Governor Tim Kaine with NVTC's prestigious Chairman's award plaque etched with the Commonwealth of Virginia and the inscription: "Virginia The Best State for Business. Governor Tim Kaine The Best for Virginia." During Governor Kaine's tenure, Virginia was recognized all four years by Forbes and two years by CNBC as being the best state for business in America. Virginia was also recognized as the state where "a child is most likely to have a successful life" by Education Week Magazine in 2007. Past recipients of the Chairman's Award include former Congressman Tom Davis (2008), former Senator John Warner (2007) and former Governor Mark Warner (2005).
The evening also included an opportunity to honor area technology companies, universities, and organizations making an impact on the region through superior green practices. CSC was the winner of the NVTC large company (over $50 million revenue) Green Award. They were lauded for instituting numerous environmentally responsible programs that have resulted in significant reductions in energy usage and waste generation. The small company (under $50 million revenue) Green Award went to Power Loft, LLC, a real estate development company specializing in the design and development of high-density data centers that require 70 percent less energy for support functions.
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