in Defense
Michigan Chapter

11th Annual Black Tie Gala

Friday, November 8, 2019
6:00 pm to 11:00 pm

Royal Park Hotel
600 East University Drive
Rochester, Michigan 48307


You are cordially invited to:


The must-attend Black Tie affair of the year in Michigan’s Defense Corridor hosted by the Michigan Chapter of Women in Defense (WID) - a nationwide organization that serves to power and empower women in US Defense and National Security.


This premier event is attended by the most influential leaders in Michigan’s Defense sector and serves to recognize the academic and leadership accomplishments of women in this space. Join us for an elegant Casino-themed night of fine dining, champagne, a short recognition program, and a great afterglow reception to celebrate the excellence of women leadership.



6:00Red Carpet Cocktail Reception
6:45Program Introduction
7:00Dinner & Awards Ceremony
9:30VIP Casino-themed Afterglow Reception



Media Partner

Keynote Speaker

Lt. Gov. Gilchrist

Lieutenant Governor Garlin Gilchrist II (Invited)

Excellence in Leadership Award

Col. Dakin

Colonel Nancy M. Dakin

Colonel Nancy M. Dakin serves as the 127th Operations Group Commander, Selfridge Air National Guard Base, Michigan. She is responsible for more than 100 personnel consisting of full-time and drill status guardsmen, Title 32, and Title 5 employees working within the 127th Operations Support Squadron, 107th Fighter Squadron, and Selfridge Air Traffic Control center.

Colonel Dakin began her military career as a B-1B offensive avionics systems specialist and later served as an A-10A tactical aircraft maintenance specialist. In 1996, she was commissioned through the Air National Guard Academy of Military Science. She earned her pilot wings from Vance Air Force Base, Okla., and went on to fly B-1B, A-10 and E-8C aircraft. She has commanded both an aircraft maintenance squadron and an operational combat training squadron. Most recently, she was the Inspector General for the Air National Guard. She has deployed in support of Operations DENY FLIGHT, IRAQI FREEDOM, ENDURING FREEDOM, NEW DAWN, ODYSSEY DAWN and UNIFIED PROTECTOR. She is a command pilot with more than 3,000 hours.

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