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President Biden nominates Draper Laboratory CEO William LaPlante to serve as Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition & Sustainment

President Joseph R. Biden has announced his intent to nominate William LaPlante to be the new Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition & Sustainment. If confirmed, he would succeed Gregory M. Kausner, who is the current Acting Under Secretary. Mr. LaPlante currently serves as President and Chief Executive Officer of Draper Laboratory. Prior to his current position, he served as Senior Vice President for MITRE Corporation’s National Sector. In the Obama-Biden Administration, Mr. LaPlante served as the Senate-confirmed Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics from 2014-2017. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Engineering Physics from the University of Illinois, a master’s degree in Applied Physics from Johns Hopkins University, and a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from the Catholic University of America.
CMSgt Daniel S. Baumert named Command Chief of the Air Force 180th Fighter Wing  
CMSgt. Daniel S. Baumert recently became the Command Chief for the 180th Fighter Wing. He succeeds former Command Chief, CMSgt. James Duty, in the position. CMSgt. Baumert entered the U.S. Air Force in March 1986 and, after Basic Military Training, went on to graduate with honors in August 1986 from Chanute Air Force Base, Illinois, as an AGE Technician. Since, then he held various position throughout his career to include, Power Production Mechanic, 620th Air Control Flight, Osan Air Base, Korea, Aerospace Ground Equipment Technician, 180th Fighter Wing, Swanton, Ohio, Accessories Section Supervisor, 180th Fighter Wing, Swanton, Ohio, and Aircraft Maintenance Superintendent, 180th Fighter Wing, Swanton, Ohio, among others. Prior to his current position, CMSgt. Baumert served as Equipment Maintenance Senior Enlisted Leader, 180th Fighter Wing, Swanton, Ohio. He holds a Bachelor Degree in Computer Science and Engineering, from The University of Toledo, Toledo, Ohio.
CMDCM Rafael Acevedo is the Navy's new Command Master Chief of Airborne Command & Control Squadron 125 (VAW-125)  
CMDCM Rafael Acevedo is the new Command Master Chief of Airborne Command & Control Squadron 125 (VAW-125). He succeeds former Command Master Chief, CMDCM Dennis W. Hunt, in the position. In 2002, he reported to his first shore duty where he served as a Recruiter in Navy Recruiting District New York. CMDCM Acevedo served as Port Operations Leading Chief Petty Officer in Naval Auxiliary Landing Field, San Clemente Island, California from 2009 to 2012. Then he reported to USS Tempest (PC 2), where he served as First Lieutenant and Senior Enlisted Advisor until January 2015. He was advanced to Senior Chief Petty Officer in March 2015 and served as Deck Department Leading Chief Petty Officer for USS Wasp (LHD 1). In February 2017, he served as the Lead Deck Readiness Assessor at Commander Naval Surface Forces Atlantic. Most recently he served as the Senior Enlisted Leader for USS Minneapolis-Saint Paul (LCS 21) Crew 125 and Crew 126 on Littoral Combat Ship Squadron TWO, Mayport, Florida.
Republican Hugh Leatherman, Sr., District 31 Member of the South Carolina State Senate, has passed away  
Republican Hugh K. Leatherman, Sr., District 31 Member of the South Carolina State Senate, has passed away. A Senator since January 14, 1981, Senator Leatherman served as the Senate's President Pro Tempore, as Chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, as a Member of the Town Council of Quinby, SC, and as the Founder of Florence Concrete Products in Florence, SC. He earned a BS in Civil Engineering at North Carolina State University in 1953. A special election will be held on December 3, 2021, to fill the vacant seat.
Tennessee Governor Bill Lee has appointed Lisa Helton to be Interim Commissioner of the Department of Correction  
Tennessee Governor Bill Lee has appointed Lisa Helton to be Interim Commissioner of the Department of Correction. Currently Assistant Commissioner of the Correction Department's Community Supervision Division, Ms. Helton has served in the department as Field Services Administrator and as Field Services Assistant State Director, and as Field Services Assistant State Director for the Tennessee Board of Probation and Parole. She earned a BA in Management and Human Relations at Trevecca Nazarene University in 1995 and an MEd in Human Development Counseling at Vanderbilt University in 1997. Ms. Helton replaces outgoing Commissioner Tony Parker.
Fresno County, California hires new Interim Social Services Director.  
Fresno County, California hires new Interim Social Services Director. She’s replacing Delfino Neira who resigned from the position. Aguirre has worked 25 years in Child Welfare serving in different capacities and for more than six years worked as Deputy Director of Case Management. Maria will join the office officially on December 13.
Lincoln-Lancaster County, Nebraska's Human Resources Director announces retirement  
Lincoln Mayor Leirion Gaylor Baird announced Doug McDaniel, Director of the Lincoln-Lancaster County Human Resources Department, will retire in January 2022. McDaniel has served in the position since 2012. the interim director will be announced soon. GovHR will conduct the search for the next Director and the city plans to select one by the end of February.