September Leadership Training Meeting

  • 15 Sep 2011
  • 11:30 AM - 12:59 PM
  • Heritage Club at Bridge Street


  • Guest can register for events per member invitation only.

Registration is closed

September WEDC Training Meeting

Parking is at the Westin Hotel. Enter and walk through the Westin lobby, out the lobby and through the courtyard gate. The Heritage Club is in that courtyard below the Melting Pot.  Lunch will be served buffet style, please go ahead and make your plate when you arrive!


The Community Outreach and the Mentoring Committee are co-sponsoring our September lunch on September 15, 2011.

This meeting will cover how government impacts the economic development in our community…from working in government contracting, how the budget affects our community, to the effects of changes in NASA and other agencies and how it impacts our community as well as other opportunities in Defense and government contracting.  How does this affect each of us? 

Our guest speaker - Cristina H. Hinkle is the President of Women in Defense, a National Security Organization whose mission is cultivating and supporting the advancement and recognition of women in all aspects of national security is the mission of Women in Defense (WID), A National Security Organization.  Members of this non-profit professional organization, which includes men and women, have careers related to the defense of the United States and national security.

Cristina H. Hinkle

 Cristina H. Hinkle is currently serving as a Staff Officer at the Defense Intelligence Agency at the Missile & Space Intelligence Center on Redstone Arsenal.  She is also the President of Women In Defense, a National Security Organization, Tennessee Valley Chapter as has served on this board since 2003.  She also has held Vice President of Awards with the National Defense Industrial Association and currently serves on the NDIA TVC Board of Directors.  For the past eight years, she has rotated through every board position with the Huntsville Aerospace Marketing Association.  She has served on the Space & Missile Defense Conference planning committee, the Joint Integrated Air & Missile Defense Summit planning committee and various other conference committees over the past 8 years.  Cristina has served on the North Alabama Mensa board for more than 6 years and supported various other organizations in her career.  Previously in her career, she has very successfully worked in defense business development at small and large companies in the Huntsville community after moving here from Washington DC.  She has a M.A and a B.A, both in Political Science, from Georgia Southern University.  She is a single mom with a beautiful baby girl and 2 dogs.

Lieutenant Colonel Christine A. Hackett

Lieutenant Colonel Christine A. Hackett was born in Victorville, California, and grew up in Old Saybrook, Connecticut. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Boston University in 1991, and was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the Ordnance Corps. Prior to her current assignment as a contracting support operations officer at Headquarters, Expeditionary Contracting Command (ECC), Christine was Director of Contracting for ECC Contracting Command – Kuwait from July 2009 through July 2011.

Her previous assignments include platoon leader in the 611th Ordnance Company, 32d Army Air Defense Command; Maintenance Control Officer and Executive Officer for the 549th Maintenance Company in 1st Battalion, 7th Air Defense Artillery, in Germany. She was an Assistant Professor of Military Science at Jacksonville State University in Jacksonville, Alabama; then served as the Logistics Officer (S4), 501st Corps Support Group and Commander of the 595th (Direct Support) Maintenance Company, under the 498th Corps Support Battalion in the Republic of Korea.

In 2001, Lieutenant Colonel Hackett became an Army Acquisition Corps Officer and served as a warranted Contracting Officer for the Defense Intelligence Agency’s Missile and Space Intelligence Center in Huntsville, AL as well as in Doha, Qatar for the Army Contracting Agency supporting Operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. She returned to Huntsville, AL and served as an Assistant Product Manager for the PATRIOT and MEADS weapon systems and as a Professor of Program Management and the Course Director for the Army Acquisition Basic Course.

A graduate of the Command and General Staff College, Christine also holds a Masters Degree in Business Administration (MBA) from the Webster University in Kansas, a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Jacksonville State University, in Jacksonville, Alabama and a Master’s of Science Degree in Management from Bowie State University, in Maryland. She is a member of the Army Acquisition Corps and DAWIA certified level three in contracting and program management.

Her awards include the Bronze Star Medal, the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal (4 OLC), the Army Commendation Medal (2 OLC), the Joint Service Achievement Medal, the Army Achievement Medal (1 OLC), the Joint Meritorious Unit Award, and the Basic Parachutist Badge.

Christine is married to Talbot S. Hackett Jr., originally from Warren, Maine, now a small business owner in Huntsville, AL.


All reservations must be made online and paid via paypal. If you want to attend, YOU MUST REGISTER ONLINE!  If you show up at the door, you are not guaranteed a lunch or a seat!! Even PREPAID members must register online!


There is also not an option for no lunch starting this January.  The price will be the same for all those attending and lunch is included!

Don't forget to register by 5 pm Monday, September 12, 2011 by 5 pm!! 

The Heritage Club at Bridge Street Town Centre