AFCEA International Awards Program
The Young AFCEAN Program Award is given to the one chapter which has most significantly contributed to the professional development of younger AFCEANs by providing a forum of programs and initiatives geared to their unique needs. Chapters of similar size compete with each other for this award and there are five different size categories.
Awards will be presented at WEST 2014 (February 11-13, 2014)
2012 Young AFCEAN Program Award Winners
2011 Young AFCEAN Program Award Winners
Central Maryland Chapterenyland
The YAC community within the Central Maryland Chapter has a long history of success, continuously identifying new members and strong leaders that empower the chapter as it takes on new challenges and reaches new heights. The YACs of Central Maryland are truly deserving of the Young AFCEAN Program Award. First, they maintained and enhanced their many and varied contributions to the chapter's success, exhibiting all the positive traits for which AFCEA stands - including leadership, hard work, teamwork, integrity, and commitment. While this extensive body of contributions would alone be worthy of strong consideration for this award, Central Maryland's YACs undertook additional initiatives including establishing a new Student Club at Anne Arundel Community College and leading regional YAC outreach efforts focused on collaboration across chapters. We can count on this inspiring group of YACs as the fabric of the
chapter's success today, and at the regional and international levels in the future.
This was another impressive year for the Young AFCEANs of Lexington-Concord. In particular their community outreach and support to furthering STEM in the local schools has been exceptional. This year, due to their pioneering efforts two years ago, Hanscom was selected for inclusion in the DoD STARBASE program to further the development of STEM in elementary school fifth graders. The LCYAs provide a well- rounded set of programs that impoves each and every year. They are deserving of the Young AFCEAN Program Award.
The Chapter started to move forward with its Young AFCEA program in September 2010. At that time there were 18 active YACs; currently, they have 86 YACs -- over 350% increase in membership participation. What a stellar performance of this incredible YAAC council! Their first annual Young AFCEA Advisory Council Montgomery Chapter golf outing took place following the Air Force Information Technology Conference. Although Hurricane Irene prevented a number of registrants from attending, they enjoyed more than 150 government and industry participants. More than 20 sponsors supported the YAAC Montgomery Chapter golf outing, and as a result of sponsors and registrants, they grossed over $35,000. Equally impressive is the substance of their Business over Breakfast series. Additionally, the impact of the Montgomery Young AFCEANs relative to supporting the education of students in the Montgomery River Region is beyond measure. They have developed and implemented numerous programs in support of STEM attributes. The Montgomery Chapter is most deserving of the Young AFCEAN Program Award!
Middle Georgia Chapter
The Young AFCEANs are the ones who have kept this Chapter going through the various changes in leadership -- there was one meeting where only five attended with four being young AFCEANS; with a more recent meeting hosting over forty in attendance. There are one or two of the "faithful" members that continue to serve, but the momentum in the Chapter goes to the young. The Young AFCEAN of the Month program (based primarily on the military communications mission and is usually awarded to a young enlisted person) has been very successful. This a great way to promote the legacy to those coming behind! This has been the only Chapter in the region with a program for the last few years. The YACs most definitely deserve the award! community within the Central Maryland Chapter has a long history of success, continuously identifying new
2010 Young AFCEAN Program Award Winners
Fort Monmouth Chapter
Due to the 2005 Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC), the Fort Monmouth Young AFCEANs
have been in a unique position and tackled challenges that few, if any, other chapters had to face,
constant attrition of members to other installations, chapters, and industries while maintaining
members through constant recruitment. Despite these obstacles, the Young AFCEANs have
strived to meet members’ needs and be a positive and influential role model for the community.
They have excelled in the areas of career development through formalized events and scholarship
programs, held chapter officer positions, and have branched out to support other groups and
organizations to uphold the values of AFCEA.
Scott-St. Louis Area Chapter
The Scott-St. Louis Area Chapter Young AFCEAN program has taken an exciting transition
this year, from a small effort by a few individuals to a growing and vibrant program marked by
enthusiasm and energy. That enthusiasm is catching, and starting to rub off on many older
corporate members. The Young AFCEAN program has struggled for many years due to heavy
workloads and high demands for younger members. That workload has not diminished; if
anything, the stress of deployments and pressure of supporting the warfighters has put even more
demands on all the Chapter’s members. The Young AFCEAN program at the Scott chapter has
grown in membership, activity, and impact. That is a tribute to the Young AFCEAN leadership and
the overall quality and dedication of our young AFCEANS.
Washington DC Chapter
The progress made by the Washington DC Chapter Young AFCEANS has been outstanding
and their membership has doubled in just the last two years. The chapter relies heavily on the
YAFCEANs for vital support for all the major events: 9 Luncheon Panel programs, a very large
(1,000 attendees) Winter Corcoran Gala, the Spring Military Leadership Awards Gala, and two
major Technical Symposia. Their professional development programs are extremely well run
with outstanding content from senior Business Development leaders, and offering more than
most corporate programs. They actively support Science Fairs and Science Teaching tools in
the DC schools.
2009 Young AFCEAN Program Award Winners
The Lexington-Concord Young AFCEANs had another phenomenal year. They’ve hosted five mentorship events, championed the OSD/R-run STARBASE Program, sponsored the YMCA Inner City AERO Challenge, and helped place 32 high school students into Defense/Aerospace companies for summer internships. They facilitated $32,500 in ROTC scholarships, partnered in sending more than 1,000 packages to troops around the world and attained two positions on the Chapter’s Executive Committee. In sum, many great accomplishments were achieved in 2009!
The Stuttgart Chapter is one of AFCEA’s most active. Major commands in its area include USEUCOM, USAFRICOM, and DISA-Europe. Despite its Small Chapter status, it conducts numerous activities and social events associated with Young AFCEANs. The Stuttgart Chapter awards annual scholarships ($10,000 in U.S. Savings Bonds) to local DOD and Stuttgart area High School seniors and presents a special Mentorship program with the DOD Patch High School. Yearly IT tours involving both High School students and junior military personnel in Germany also take place in addition to two annual Tech Expos, multiple luncheons, and an annual Golf Classic.
2008 Young AFCEAN Program Award Winners
This chapter is the premier AFCEA chapter in Europe. One of the critical reasons for this is their active recruitment, involvement and rewarding of young AFCEANs of all ranks and grades. They have done this year after year and the chapter has continued to grow and be recognized as an exceptional organization in their community. Being a member of this chapter is a must for the communicators in the Kaiserslautern Military Community and is on the critical path for young AFCEANS to be promoted in their career fields.
The Lexington Concord Young AFCEANs (LCYAs) have had a truly phenomenal year. They partnered with the local AFA Chapter to support the AFCYBER Symposium, championed the OSD//R-run STARBASE program, helped run the MATHCOUNTS State Competition, sponsored the YMCA Inner City AERO Challenge, sent more than 1,000 care packages to troops around the world, brought on 30 new Young AFCEANS, and formed their own Executive Committee, mirroring that of the Chapter. In sum, they rule!
2007 Young AFCEAN Program Award Winners
Central Maryland Chapter
The Central Maryland Chapter’s Young AFCEAN Program is vibrant, enabling much of the Chapter’s overall success. They sponsor the Bull & Oyster Roast, Technology Over Bagels Seminars, Professional Development Seminars, and Mentorship Nights. Their elected leadership team has documented their position descriptions and has shared their strategy with other Young AFCEAN Programs. The Young AFCEANs lead the Adopt-a-School program, teaching and mentoring juniors about interviewing, career planning, goal setting and communication skills.
Northern Virginia Chapter
The very active NOVA Young AFCEAN Program offers multiple opportunities for career development and provides essential support to Chapter activities and events. Monthly planning meetings, socials, professional tours, Mentor-Protégé and Career Transition nights allow the YAFCEANs to interact with peers and senior industry and government representatives. YAFCEANs act as mentors to the George Mason University (GMU) Sub-Chapter, helping students to draw upon resources in the technology community. The Program is an invaluable resource for recruiting new members, developing new leaders, and building lifelong loyalty to AFCEA.
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