The Air Force assigned Maj. Gen. Ronald Kadish, currently program director for the C-17 Systems Program Office, to be the next director of the Electronic Systems Center, Hanscom Air Force Base, Mass.

Kadish will replace Lt. Gen. Charles Franklin, who started his Air Force career as an enlisted member of the Air National Guard in 1955.

ESC is the Air Force's center for excellence for development of command, control, communications and intelligence systems, including the recently awarded Air Force Workstations contract. It is also the parent organization of the Standard Systems Group, Montgomery, Ala., which manages all Air Force small-computer buys. During his tour in the C-17 program office, Kadish oversaw the largest multiple-year contract in the history of the Defense Department - for production of the McDonnell Douglas Corp. airlifter.

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The president nominated the following brigadier generals in the Army for promotion to ma-jor general:

Michaela Ackerman, vice director for Defensewide command, control, communications and computer support, Office of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

Peter Franklin, commanding general, Simulations, Training and Instrumentation Command, Orlando, Fla.

David Gust, program executive officer, Intelligence and Electronic Warfare, Communications-Electronics Command, Fort Monmouth, N.J.

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Steven Haeger of the Naval Oceanographic Office,Stennis Space Center, Miss., received a $250 award and a plaque for submitting a patent application through the Navy Invention Awards program.

His application covers work on the Naval Interactive Data Analysis System. If a patent is granted, Haeger will receive an additional $500 award.

Jorge Diaz, with Wang Federal Inc., has a new position as vice president of marketing and special programs. Previously, he was vice president of sales and business development for Wang Federal's software business unit. He has worked for Wang since 1983.

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The Northern Virginia Technical Council elected Dan Bannister, chairman and chief executive officer of DynCorp, to a third term as chairman. The council also named Tom Hicks, of the law firm of Shaw, Pittman, Potts and Trowbridge, to the new position of general counsel. The council represents 400 high-tech companies in Northern Virginia.


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