SD CEO director at BHSU invited to attend National Security Forum

Author: BHSU Communications/Tuesday, March 31, 2015/Categories: 2015



   

   

   

       

           

       

       

           

           Helen Merriman, director for the South Dakota Center for Enterprise Opportunity (SD CEO) at Black Hills State University, is one of 130 individuals invited to attend the 62nd annual National Security Forum at the Air War College at Maxwell Air Force Base, Ala.  

            

            

       

   



The director of the South Dakota Center for Enterprise Opportunity (SD CEO) at Black Hills State University is invited to attend the 62nd annual National Security Forum.

Helen Merriman is among 130 individuals selected to participate in the forum May 5-7 at the Air War College at Maxwell Air Force Base, Ala. The National Security Forum provides influential business, education and government leaders from across the nation the opportunity to interact with senior U.S. and international officers and civilian equivalents to engage each other&rsquos ideas and perspectives in regards to Air Force, national and international security issues facing the nation.

"This is quite an honor and tribute to Merriman and her leadership," said Dr. Rod Custer, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at BHSU.

Merriman was nominated by a former alumnus of the War College.

"This is an incredible opportunity and I am very humbled and honored to be selected," Merriman said.

The forum will focus on national security issues, with an emphasis on the effective employment of aerospace forces. Merriman said the curriculum is set to hopefully build informal Air Force advocates who are encouraged to share experiences in their professional and personal interactions. The SD CEO, housed at Black Hills State University, provides training, education and support to current and aspiring small business owners in the state. Merriman and the SD CEO have a strong history with not only the Air Force, but other military branches in the state. The SD CEO collaborates with the Ellsworth Air Force Base (EAFB), the Veteran&rsquos Administration, the South Dakota National Guard, Army ROTC and the BHSU Department of Military Sciences to strategize ways to specifically target veterans and women vets.

Merriman served as an honorary commander for the 28th Squadron, Ellsworth Air Force Base from 2012-2014. The SD CEO hosted a collaborative effort with EAFB and BHSU to identify possible educational opportunities for men and women in the military and their dependents. The group also collaborated to form a partnership with the EAFB 28th Force Support Squadron, South Dakota Army National Guard, Army ROTC, and Chambers of Commerce to hold an annual event during National Women&rsquos History month, which included women in the military community.
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