Join us in person at Aloft Hotel for dinner and a 2 PDU program! Or join virtually for the Presentation only.
November 14th at 5:30pm
(Note: Registration and Dinner start at 5:30pm - See Agenda Below)
Aloft Jacksonville Tapestry Park
4812 W Deer Lake Dr
Jacksonville FL 32246
Attend virtually via zoom—meeting link will be sent the day of the event. Watch your email!
Presented by Bill Bergeron
5:30 - 6:00 - Registration, Networking, Dinner Served
(Online registration closes Midnight Wednesday of the prior week. "Speaker Only" registration available at the door. Virtual option also available for a reduced cost)
6:00 - 6:15 - Opening comments and introductions
6:15 - 7:00 – Topic pt 1
7:00 - 7:15 - Break
7:15 - 8:00 - Topic pt 2
8:00 - 8:15 - Closing / Door Prizes
|5:30 - 6:00 pm||
Registration, Networking, & Dinner
|6:00 - 6:15 pm||
Announcements, Opening Comments & Sponsor Introductions
|6:15 - 7:00 pm||
Featured Speaker - Topic 1
|7:00 - 7:15 pm||
|7:15 - 8:00 pm||
Featured Speaker - Topic 2
|8:00 - 8:15 pm||
Meeting Wrap-up & Give-Aways
"The Army, From Then to Now” How the Department of Defense has changed the makeup of the Army and how Reserve Forces now make up approximately 30% of our defense posture.
Colonel (Retired) William E. Bergeron (Bill), enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1982 as an Air Traffic Controller. Upon completion of ATC School, he was assigned to the Air Cavalry Company of the 1/11th Armored Cavalry Regiment, with duty Fulda. He then served as a Shift Supervisor, Lawson Army Airfield, with the Signal Instillation Command, Ft. Benning, GA. Upon completion of his active commitment, he was assigned to the 11th ATC Platoon, Florida Army National Guard (FLARNG).
COL(R) Bergeron received his commission in the Signal Corps from the Florida National Guard Military Academy in 1988. His first assignment was as a Platoon Leader with Company D, 146th Signal BN Jacksonville FL. During this time, he also served as the Maneuver Damage Officer for REFORGER Exercises, Florida Army National Guard (FLARNG), and supported FLARNG efforts for Operation Desert Shield, Desert Storm. In 1992, he assumed Command of Company C, 146th Signal BN Jacksonville FL. His next assignment, September 1994, was as the Communications and Signal Officer (CESO) with the 3/20th Special Forces Group (ABN), Camp Blanding, FL. He was responsible for the development of communication plans for SF Teams performing Drug Interdiction Operations in Central America.
In 1999, COL(R) Bergeron transferred to the US Army Reserve Forces and was assigned to the Current Operations section as the HAZMAT Officer for the 1186th Transportation Terminal Brigade (TTBDE). In 2002, he was deployed to Kuwait in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom with the 1186th (TTBDE) as the HAZMAT Officer. He assumed responsibility for theater ammo movement and wrote theater guidelines for HAZMAT handling and transport and helped write international standards for the movement of Depleted Uranium from theater to the United States. He was deployed in 2004 as the Current Operations Officer for the 1395th TTBDE and served as the Liaison Officer for Port Operations with Local Government and SDDC on 3 Continents. In 2006, he was again deployed as Administration Operations Officer for The Office for the Administrative Review of the Detention of Enemy Combatants (OARDEC), with duty at the Pentagon. Responsibilities included Enemy Combatant movement, Combatant status review, GITMO visits, and bi-weekly briefing to the Secretary of Defense.
December, 2007, his next assignment was with the 348th Infantry Regiment, 87th Training Division as the MTT leader for Warfighter skills to deploying Soldiers. He served as Operations Officer and Interim Commander. His next assignment, October 2009, was as the Commander of the 195th Terminal Support Team. During this time, he worked closely with the 1189th TTBDE Training Section overseeing Brigade training exercises. In May 2012, he assumed Command of the 1186th DDSB. In April, 2013, he was assigned to the Deployment Support Command (DSC) as the G357 responsible to oversee all downtrace training at the Division level. In 2014, US Army created the position Rail Chief, within the DSC, to oversee DoD rail operations. COL(R) Bergeron was assigned to this position. He was the rail SME and was the lead TPU responsible for Army Rail transition from tactical to strategic. This role included design of the Expeditionary Rail Command, development of Rail MOS’s, Force Management oversight, and interaction with CASCOM and USARC G357 for training development.
In March of 2017, COL(R) Bergeron was assigned as the G37 with the 1st Mission Support Command. His responsibilities included oversight of training for all Caribbean Units. COL(R) Bergeron was deployed in September of 2017 as the Operations Officer in support of Defense Support of Civil Authorities (DSCA) for Hurricane Maria with duty, Puerto Rico. He retired as the Command Advisor for DSCA (Defense Support of Civil Authorities) for the Caribbean.
COL(R) Bergeron is a graduate of the Associate Logistics Executive Development Course, Command and Staff College, the Combined Arms and Services Staff School, Transportation Advance Course, Signal Advance and Basic Course, and the Air Traffic Control School.
His awards include the Distinguished Service Metal, Meritorious Service Metal (with three Oak Leaf Clusters), the Joint Service Commendation Medal, the Army Commendation Medal (with Silver Oak Leaf Cluster), the Army Achievement Medal (with 4 Oak Leaf Clusters), and the Humanitarian Service Medal (with 2 Service Stars).