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Rome Lab appoints new protocol officer

Posted 8/5/22

The Air Force Research Laboratory Information Directorate at the Griffiss Business and Technology Park in Rome, has announced the organization’s new protocol chief.

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Rome Lab appoints new protocol officer

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ROME — The Air Force Research Laboratory Information Directorate at the Griffiss Business and Technology Park in Rome, has announced the appointment of Veronica Cothard as the organization’s new protocol chief.

Cothard will receive visits from dignitaries, ranging from high-ranking military officers to representatives of foreign countries. She will advise on the finer points of Air Force etiquette at ceremonies and lead the coordinating and planning of base events.

In addition, Cothard will assist local community leaders and organizations to help maintain the AFRL open door policy.

“Miss Cothard is a vibrant and welcome addition to the Information Directorate family,” said AFRL/RI Commander Fred Garcia, II. “Her experiences in the hospitality sector have proven their mettle during recent VIP visits and events held since she took the reins of the protocol office. She is certainly the right individual to help us put our best foot forward.”

Cothard is a native of Hinsdale, Ill., a western suburb of Chicago. She attended Washington State University in Pullman, Washington, and graduated in 2019 with a bachelor’s in hospitality/business management.

Before advancing to the protocol officer role, Cothard worked as a lab branch administrator.

Cothard has several years of experience arranging distinguished VIP visits and providing direct hospitality management to mid to large organizations. She has been the culinary lead for SHBM Catering Services, where she led and presented courses at donor & alumni events, training incoming students.

She also held the positions of event operations manager at Marriott Hotels and Convention Center and VIP coordinator at Gozzer Ranch Golf & Lake Club in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho.

Cothard is engaged to Capt. Robert “Will” Mellish, a developmental engineer at the Air Force Research Laboratory and a 2017 graduate of Washington State University. In her free time she enjoys volunteering with various organizations.

The Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) is the primary scientific research and development center for the Department of the Air Force and plays an integral role in leading the discovery, development, and integration of affordable warfighting technologies for our air, space, and cyberspace force.

With a workforce of more than 11,500 across nine technology areas and 40 other operations across the globe, the AFRL provides a diverse portfolio of science and technology ranging from fundamental to advanced research and technology development.

For more information, go online to: www.afresearchlab.com.

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