The DoD Advanced Composite Maintainers TIM is an annual event for government and military officials, industry leaders, manufacturers, engineers, and other technical experts focusing on the manufacturing, tooling, deployment, and repair of advanced composite materials in a defense setting. In addition to a tabletop reception, it will feature a full program of expert presentations and working group sessions. The 2018 DoD Advanced Composite Maintainers TIM will be held in Coronado, CA, at the Island Club at North Island Naval Air Station from June 12 to 14, with the tabletop reception taking place on June 12.

2018 DoD Advanced Composite Maintainers TIM

June 12-14

North Island Naval Air Station
Coronado, CA 92155

Upcoming Key Dates

6/1 – Presentation deadline 
6/1 – Registration deadline 12:00 pm (noon) EST


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Registration for the 2018 DoD Composite Maintainers Technical Interchange Meeting (TIM) is open. Registration fees cover meals and attendance at all events. Registration cutoff deadline is June 1, 2018 at 12:00pm (noon) EST.

Dress Attire

Business casual is acceptable for all events.

Cancellation Policy

After June 1, 2018, no refunds will be granted.

Base Access

All attendees not holding a CAC card must complete the form below and email to by June 1, 2018 by 12:00 PM (noon) EST.

Base Access Form
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Non-U.S. Citizenship Information

The following information is required no later than Thursday, April 2 to allow for North Island processing to obtain security clearance for Foreign National Contractor participation in the event.  All Foreign Nationals will be under escort while on the property. Please complete the registration form and send the following additional information to

  • Full name
  • Organization/Command
  • Passport Number
  • Issue and Expiration Dates of Passport
  • Country of Issue
  • Place of Birth
  • Date of Birth

In absence of a compliant state issued driver’s license or ID, one of the following federally approved forms of identification must also be provided in addition to the non-compliant driver’s license or ID:


  1. U.S. Passport
  2. U.S. Passport Card
  3. U.S. Coast Guard Merchant Mariner Card
  4. Personal Identity Verification (PIV) Card
  5. Personal Identity Verification – Interoperable (PIV-I)
  6. U.S. State Department Driver’s License
  7. Veteran’s Health Identification Card (Issued by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs)
  1. U.S. Permanent Resident Card (Form I-551)

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Join us for the 2018 DoD Advanced Composite Maintainers Technical Interchange Meeting (TIM) on 12-14 June 2018 at the Island Club at North Island Naval Air Station in Coronado, CA. The 2018 event will feature engaging speeches, interactive working group sessions, and potentially facility tours of the North Island Naval Air Station.

Participants will also have the opportunity to showcase their innovative technology solutions via tabletop displays. The showcase is open to all industry, academia, and government organizations. Your ideas and innovations will drive the next generation of composite maintenance technology and promote design for supportability in the public and private sectors.

For those interested in providing a relevant presentation at the event, please complete the form on the “Present” tab. Anyone is permitted to apply (DoD, Industry, Academia, Non-profits, etc.) but we ask that presentations be non-commercial in nature (i.e. they should be academic or informative, not a sales pitch for products and services). NCMS will notify all submitters if their topic has been approved for the event.

Registration for the 2018 event is now open, but we encourage you to check our website often or sign up for our free newsletter to stay up to date. You can sign up for our email newsletter by entering your email in the “Subscribe to NCMS News” field in the website footer, then confirming the email you receive in your inbox.

TUESDAY, June 12

7:30-8:30 Registration
8:30-8:45 Introduction/Opening Remarks Ken Patterson, AFLCMC, Air Force
8:45-9:00 Welcome Capt. A.K. Jaramillo, FRC-SW Commanding Officer
9:00-9:30 Your Role in OSD Maintenance Strategies for Advanced Materials Greg Kilchenstein, OSD Enterprise Maintenance Technology
9:30-10:00 Composite Maintainer’s TIM Organization and Future Direction Jared Wright, NAVAIR, and Kevin Tienda, AFRL
10:00-10:30 Break – Visit Table Top Displays
10:30-10:50 Newer Developments in Composite Repair Technologies Mike Hoke, ABARIS
10:50-11:20 Basics of Composite Construction Dennis Grow, Air Force
11:20-11:40 Rapid Cure System for Bonded Nutplate Repair Ben Dietsch, Nona Composites
11:40-1:10 Lunch (On Your Own)
1:10-1:30 In-Service Thermographic NDI Maria Beemer, Thermal Wave Imaging
1:30-1:50 SBA Repair Program (AICR) Jonathan Garhart, Sikorsky – Lockheed Martin
1:50-2:20 McConnell AFB KC-46 Corrosion / Composite Facility SMSgt John A. Fitzpatrick, USAF
2:20-2:40 Anaerobic Resins for Composite Repair Applications Rock A. Rushing, Texas Research Institute
2:40-3:10 Break – Visit Table Top Displays
3:10-3:30 Multifunctional Materials + Tomographic Methods for Structural Damage Detection Ken Loh, UC San Diego
3:30-4:00 Casting for High Temperature Laminate Cures Daren Hislop, Air Force
4:00-4:20 On-Aircraft Repair of Bonded Fasteners Giles Dillingham, BTG Labs
4:20-4:40 Wireless Temperature Sensing Thomas Rose, AvPro
4:40-4:45 Closing Remarks Ken Patterson, AFLCMC, Air Force
4:45-7:00 Industry Tabletop Reception


8:00-8:30 Improving Quality of Composites Structures with Optical Tracking Ben Thomason, AMRDEC Metrology
8:30-9:00 Improving the Reliability of a Composite Bonded Repair Russell Keller, The Boeing Company
9:00-9:20 Progress and Challenges in Paint Stripping Robert Kent, Temple Allen
9:20-9:50 Advanced Composite Training at Hill AFB Austin Herrera and Joel Stratford, Air Force
9:50-10:20 Break – Visit Table Top Displays
10:20-10:40 Use of Intelligent Hand-Held Plasma Tool for Bondline Preparation of Primary Bonded Structures During Repair/Rework John Ploense, Advanced Composites/ManTech – Northrop Grumman
10:40-11:10 In-Service Challenges with Bonded Fasteners and Anti-Fret Buffers on V-22 Rotor System Paul Charron, NAVAIR, V-22 FST
11:10-11:40 Single Vacuum Bag Process for Rapid Repair of Composites Daniel Metrey, Luna Innovations
11:40-1:10 Lunch (On Your Own)
1:10-1:30 Uniform Application of Heat for In-Situ Repairs on Composite Aircraft Structure Using Smart Susceptor Heat Blanket Technology Ed Harris, Heatcon Composites
1:30-2:00 The Three Ds of 3D Printing Travis Charlton, Air Force
2:00-2:30  In-Field Repair Kits for Fiber-Reinforced Composite Structures Michael Bergen, Custom Technologies, LLC
2:30-3:00 Break – Visit Table Top Displays
3:00-5:00 Tour of FRC-SW Composite Shop


8:00-8:20 Current Navy Composite Research (Distro D) Jared Wright, NAVAIR
8:20-8:40 Current Air Force Composite Research (Distro D) Kevin Tienda, AFRL
8:40-9:00 Current Army Composite Project (Distro D) Kimberly Cockrell, AMRDEC Prototype Integration Facility (PIF), Army
9:00-9:15 OSD Maintenance Working Group (WG) Introduction Ken Patterson, AFLCMC, Air Force
9:15-9:35 Supply Issues WG Readout Ken Patterson, AFLCMC, Air Force
9:35-10:00 Break Last Visit to Table Top Displays
10:00-10:30 Army Design for Supportability WG Readout Kimberly Cockrell, AMRDEC Prototype Integration Facility (PIF), Army
10:30-11:00 Body of Knowledge / Best Practices WG Readout David Motley, NAVAIR FRC East
11:00-11:55 Working Group Input Session All Attendees
11:55-12:00 Closing Remarks and WrapUp Ken Patterson, AFLCMC, Air Force


The 2018 DoD Composite Maintainers Technical Interchange Meeting (TIM) will be held at:

North Island Naval Air Station
The Island Club
Coronado, CA 92155


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The hotels listed below are local options and do not represent a recommendation by NCMS. Many options exist within the area.

Government Personnel:

Navy Gateway Inns & Suites
(619) 545-9551

Non-Government Personnel Options:

1906 Lodge, A Four Sisters Inn
(619) 437-1900

Glorietta Bay Inn
(800) 283-9383

Hotel Marisol Coronado
(619) 365-4677

Other Hotel Options

NCMS is accepting submissions for exhibits highlighting new technologies at the 2018 DoD Advanced Composite Maintainers Technical Interchange Meeting (TIM). Presenting at the DoD Composite Maintainers TIM is an exceptional opportunity to tout your organization’s achievements, current projects, and specialized expertise to a broad cross-section of industry and the defense maintenance community.

The subject matter of displays should be related to composite materials and maintenance. Submission is open to all interested individuals and organizations, be they governmental, commercial, academic, or nonprofit. All exhibitors are limited to two tabletops per organization. Tabletops will have a tablecloth and typically measure approximately 3’x7’.  Banner stands, displays, and equipment are strongly encouraged to enhance your exhibit.

We recommend you ship to all exhibit items to and from your hotel as there are no accommodations for shipping to the base. Please carry your materials on base when you arrive.

Power will be provided. We also have spare power strips and extensions cords you can borrow if needed but, since they are first-come-first-serve, we recommend you bring your own to ensure availability.

Please indicate in your registration if you have any special exhibiting needs.

To exhibit at the DoD Composite Maintainers TIM, please select the tabletop option ($25) when registering along with your individual event ticket ($200 – $225).

If you have any questions about registration or details about exhibiting please contact: