WIRA-4th Quarter General Meeting – Tuesday, Oct 6, 2015

Wallops Island Regional Alliance

4th Quarter General Meeting – Tuesday, Oct 6, 2015

Location:  Jackspot Restaurant


  1. Welcome and Introductions, Peter Bale, WIRA Chairman
  2. Pledge of Allegiance, Captain John Robinson
  3. Update on WIRA Activities, Peter Bale


4. Financial Report, Peter Bale

5. Updates

  • US Navy, Captain John Robinson, Commanding Officer
  • NASA Wallops Flight Facility, Bill Wrobel, Director
  • Jeff Holland, Executive Director Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel Authority
  • Update on Construction of the New Parallel Tunnel
  • Orbital ATK, Dan Givens, Site Manager
  • Update on Air Vehicles
  • MARS, Dale Nash, Executive Director
  • Update on Pad Reconstruction

6. Closing Remarks, Peter Bale

State of the Shore Breakfast

 State of the Shore Breakfast on April 17 event at ESCC with Governor Terry McAuliffe.
Pertinent information is as follows:
State of the Shore Breakfast
Thursday April 17 (8:00 am until 11:00 am)
ESCC Workforce Development Center
Keynote Speaker:  Terry McAuliffe, Governor of the Commonwealth of Virginia
7:45 am – Doors open
8:00 am – Light breakfast refreshments to be served in the Atrium (Governor available during breakfast to speak with attendees)
9:00 am – Formal program begins in the Great Hall
Senator Lynwood Lewis
Delegate Robert Bloxom
Accomack County Board of Supervisors Chair Jack Gray
Northampton County Board of Supervisors Chair, Larry LeMond
Mayors of all the towns in both counties have been asked to provide a brief written report for distribution to all attendees
Hear from the Governor and local elected officials about issues, concerns, policies and laws that may impact Virginia’s Eastern Shore out of the 2014 General Assembly session as well as local government.
Call or e-mail Laura Fosque (757) 789-7979 or LFosque@es.vccs.edu
$20 registration fee made payable to the Eastern Shore Community College FOUNDATION
Cash, Check, MasterCard, VISA, AmEx and Discover Accepted


Contact:  Russell W. Blake, City Manager
   (410)  957-1333

Pocomoke City officials have announced a Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting for their new clubhouse building at Winter Quarters Municipal Golf Course.  The event is scheduled for Saturday, April 5 beginning at 10:00 a.m. at the clubhouse at the end of Winter Quarters Drive adjacent the Pocomoke River.  Mayor Bruce Morrison and City Council members will cut a ribbon to officially open the new clubhouse building which replaces the previous building that was flooded during  Hurricane Sandy.  The new building is approximately 1,200 sq. ft. with a private meeting room, outdoor deck, pro shop, snack bar, and restrooms.  The outdoor deck has beautiful views of the golf course and is adjacent to the putting green.  The snack bar and pro shop offers a variety of sandwiches, soft drinks, and snacks, as well as golf supplies including golf balls, tees, apparel, golf clubs, and cart rentals.  The new building was built by Three Guys Construction Co. of Westover, Maryland.  Coffee, donuts and other items will be provided for all attendees at the grand opening ceremony.

In order to celebrate the Grand Opening of the new building, the Mayor and Council have agreed to provide free golf for any area golfers on either Saturday, April 5 or Sunday, April 6.  Golfers may play one round of 18 holes on either day at no cost.  The purpose of this promotional weekend is to highlight the new clubhouse building and to show off our beautiful nine-hole course located adjacent to the Pocomoke River.  The golf course features bent grass greens, water hazards, sand traps, paved cart paths, and the occasional eagle flying overhead.

Winter Quarters Golf Course is available for fundraising tournaments at discounted rates for all non-profit groups in our area.  The City also encourages local groups and businesses to form employee leagues to enjoy golf at special rates in the late afternoon hours.  Golfers are asked  to call 401.957.1171  or 410.957.1333 to reserve a tee time for either Saturday or Sunday, April 5 or 6, and to reserve an optional golf cart.

For general information about Pocomoke City or other upcoming events, please go to www.cityofpocomoke.com or pocomoke.com.

February 2014 Meeting Announcement

I am very excited to present you with the ESDA agenda for the 11th of February 2014.

PLEASE MAKE SURE YOU RSVP ASAP at secretary@easternshoredefensealliance.org

Seating will be at a premium!!. See you on the 11th


Pete Bale Chairman ESDA

11:30pm to 1:00pm
Tuesday, November 19, 2013
Lockheed Martin. 8208 Salyer Drive, Wallops Island, Virginia.

Meeting Agenda

New Privately Built Rocket Passes Key Engine Test

by Tariq Malik, SPACE.com Managing Editor
Date: 23 February 2013 Time: 06:55 AM ET

A new commercial rocket designed to launch unmanned cargo missions to the International Space Station passed a key engine test Friday night (Feb. 22), setting the stage for the booster’s debut flight in the months ahead, NASA officials say.

Full story at Space.com.

An Orbital Sciences Corp. Antares rocket is seen partially assembled ahead of 2013 test flight.
CREDIT: Orbital Sciences Corp.

Finished product flies in to factory

Boykin, Sharahn D. Daily Times

Employees of Labinal Inc. hosted a visit by the U.S. Army on Tuesday in which an H-47 Chinook cargo helicopter landed at the facility located on Glen Avenue.

SALISBURY– More than half of the Labinal Inc. local work force stood behind the aerospace and defense manufacturing plant on Glenn Avenue looking up at the sky through clear protective glasses Tuesday morning.

The small crowd of 650 employees, some wearing navy blue company T-shirts, were waiting for “the Army’s workhorse” — the U.S. Army Chinook cargo helicopter — which was built from parts manufactured at the plant daily.

Labinal, a subsidiary of the SAFRAN Group, is a high-tech company that manufactures electrical wiring systems for aviation, space and defense sectors. The company purchased Salisbury-based Harvard Custom Manufacturing in 2010, where about 800 workers are employed.

The chopper’s arrival Tuesday marked the first time an aircraft has landed in the plant’s parking lot. For some, it would be the first time they would see the fruits of their labor.

The crowd applauded at 10:01 a.m. as the tan chopper with twin rotors flew over the building and circled around as it prepared to land on the asphalt. With cellphones in hand, several workers raised one arm in the air to record video and photographs of the aircraft before it touched the ground four minutes later.

“It usually means a lot for us to come out and let you see what you do everyday,” said Lt. Col. Bradley J. Killen, the pilot who flew the helicopter. “We wouldn’t be able to do it without you.”

The Chinook has been used by the Army to transport ground forces, supplies, ammunition and other cargo since 1962, according to the military branch’s website. The main cabin of the 23,401-pound chopper can hold up to 33 troops or 24 stretchers.

“This local aerospace and defense contractor is proud to support the Army’s workhorse in a domestic and global marketplace,” said Anthony Rodriguez, the senior operations manger of the Salisbury facility.

More than 300 Labinal Salisbury workers are part of a team that make the cables, harnesses and electromechanical assemblies for the chopper.

“Having the recognition of the end customer is the ultimate testament to our legacy as a company that takes a lot of pride in customer satisfaction,” said Jorge Uribe, Labinal’s U.S. director of operations. “Labinal Salisbury employees should be proud of this important distinction and achievement.”



delmarvaNow article.

Wallops Economic Value Study

Executive Summary

Wallops Island provides a significant positive economic impact to the local economy. To estimate the economic impact of the project, the IMPLAN software package (produced by the Minnesota IMPLAN Group, Inc) is utilized. The economic impact of Wallops Island manifests itself through three channels: 1) the annual impact from operations of the various businesses at the site, 2) the employment impact generated by the percentage of the employees’ payroll spent locally, and 3) the annual impact from the additional tourism generated in Accomack County by the Flight Facility. A portion of the impacts that leak out of the county are captured by the rest of the Lower Eastern Shore (LES) (which includes Northampton County in Virginia and Somerset, Wicomico, and
Worcester Counties in Maryland). Additionally, the activities create an impact outside of the region due to expenditures spent elsewhere and leakages; this impact is also estimated here.

Full report.

Related Articles

Press Release.

DelmarvaNow.com article.

Massive fuel tank arrives at Wallops

Eastern Shore News

Tasley, Virginia

Massive fuel tank arrives at Wallops

BY CAROLYN VAUGHN • Staff Writer • August 21, 2010

WALLOPS ISLAND — A 162-foot-long, 56-wheeled vehicle transporting the largest tank of the fuel farm needed to launch Orbital Sciences Corp.’s Taurus II rocket arrived Monday at Wallops Island after a three-month journey from Mexico.

A 162-foot-long, 56-wheeled vehicle transporting the largest tank of the fuel farm needed to launch Orbital Sciences Corp’s Taurus II rocket arrived Monday at Wallops Island after a three-month journey from Mexico. (Greg Merritt photo)

The empty 80,000 gallon liquid oxygen tank, which is 124 feet long and 13 feet in diameter and weighs 230,000 pounds, spent three months in transit from a manufacturing facility in Mexico City. The company that built the tank is headquartered in Pennsylvania.

Several videos documenting the vehicle’s progress are posted on YouTube and have been receiving hundreds of views. They can be found by searching PRIMELOX MARS on the website.

The unusual vehicle also was the subject of a July 23 story in the Culpeper (Va.) Star-Exponent after it drove right through downtown Culpeper on Main Street to avoid traveling under overpasses and a railroad bridge on the Route 29 bypass.

Its final approach to the launch site came by way of Route 12, coming south from Maryland.

The launch complex on Wallops Island has been under construction since January and includes a new launch pad, a 300-foot-tall water tower and the Horizontal Integration Facility — a football field-length building where the rocket’s stages will be put together.

Orbital Sciences in December 2008 was awarded a $1.9 billion, eight year contract under NASA’s Commercial Resupply Services program to take cargo to and from the International Space Station.

A test flight of the 125 foot tall Taurus II rocket is set for June 2011, with a demonstration mission carrying the Cygnus spacecraft now planned for later in 2011. During the demonstration mission the Cygnus spacecraft will rendezvous and berth with the International Space Station, performing the identical operations as an actual CRS mission without carrying cargo, according to information on Orbital Sciences’ website.

The first CRS mission to take supplies to the International Space Station is planned to launch from Wallops Island early in 2012.

The Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport at Wallops Island is one of four spaceports in the nation licensed by the FAA to send rockets into orbit and is owned by the Virginia Commercial Space Flight Authority. MARS’ next launch is tentatively scheduled for the end of November for the U.S. Air Force Operationally Responsive Space Program.

(Note: VIDEOS can be viewed on the website of Spaceport Support Services of Selbyville, Delaware on the webpages listed below.






Additional VIDEOS can be viewed at http://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=primelox+mars&aq=f which also includes some of those listed above.)