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Award Winners


AFCEA David Sarnoff Award Recipient - GEN Keith Alexander, USA

AFCEA Admiral Jon L. Boyes Medal for Distinguished Service to AFCEA Recipient - GEN Dennis Via, USA

AFCEA James M. Rockwell AFCEAN of the Year Recipients - H.E. Vlastimil Picek and Mr. Randall Cieslak, SES

2013 David Sarnoff Award Recipient

GEN Keith B. Alexander, USA
Commander, U.S. Cyber Command

Director, National Security Agency/

Chief, Central Security Service


General Keith B. Alexander, USA, is the Commander, U.S. Cyber Command (USCYBERCOM) and Director, National Security Agency/Chief, Central Security Service (NSA/CSS), Fort George G. Meade, MD. As Commander, USCYBERCOM, he is responsible for planning, coordinating and conducting operations and defense of DoD computer networks as directed by USSTRATCOM. As the Director of NSA and Chief of CSS, he is responsible for a Department of Defense agency with national foreign intelligence, combat support, and U.S. national security information system protection responsibilities. NSA/CSS civilian and military personnel are stationed worldwide.

He was born in Syracuse, NY, and entered active duty at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point.

Previous assignments include the Deputy Chief of Staff (DCS, G-2), Headquarters, Department of the Army, Washington, D.C.; Commanding General of the U.S. Army Intelligence and Security Command at Fort Belvoir, VA; Director of Intelligence, United States Central Command, MacDill Air Force Base, FL; and Deputy Director for Requirements, Capabilities, Assessments and Doctrine, J-2, for the Joint Chiefs of Staff. GEN Alexander has served in a variety of command assignments in Germany and the United States. These include tours as Commander of Border Field Office, 511th MI Battalion, 66th MI Group; 336th Army Security Agency Company, 525th MI Group; 204th MI Battalion; and 525th MI Brigade.

Additionally, GEN Alexander held key staff assignments as Deputy Director and Operations Officer, Army Intelligence Master Plan, for the Deputy Chief of Staff for Intelligence; S-3 and Executive Officer, 522nd MI Battalion, 2nd Armored Division; G-2 for the 1st Armored Division both in Germany and Operation DESERT SHIELD/DESERT STORM in Saudi Arabia.

GEN Alexander holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the U.S. Military Academy and a Master of Science degree in Business Administration from Boston University. He holds a Master of Science degree in Systems Technology (Electronic Warfare) and a Master of Science degree in Physics from the naval Post Graduate School. He also holds a Master of Science degree in National Security Strategy from the National Defense University. His military education includes the Armor Officer Basic Course, the Military Intelligence Officer Advanced Course, the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, and the National War College.

His badges include the Senior Parachutist Badge, the Army Staff Identification Badge, and the Joint Chief of Staff Identification Badge.


2013 Admiral Jon L. Boyes Medal for Distinguished Service to AFCEA Recipient

GEN Dennis L. Via, USA
Commanding General

Army Materiel Command


General Dennis L. Via assumed duties as the 18th Commander of the U.S. Army Materiel Command Aug. 7, 2012. AMC is the Army's premier provider of materiel readiness to ensure dominant land force capability for the U.S. Warfighter and our allies.

General Via’s prior assignment was as AMC’s Deputy Commanding General. He deployed to Southwest Asia in October 2011 as the Commander, AMC Responsible Reset Task Force with the mission of leading the strategic integration of the Materiel Enterprise for the Retrograde of equipment and materiel out of Iraq at the conclusion of Operation New Dawn. Prior to that, he served as Director for Command, Control, Communications and Computer Systems, J-6, The Joint Staff, Washington, D.C.

A native of Martinsville, VA, General Via was commissioned on May 18, 1980 in the Signal Corps after graduating as a Distinguished Military Graduate from Virginia State University. He holds a Master's Degree from Boston University, and is a graduate of the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College (class of 1991) and the U.S. Army War College (class of 1999).

The General's command assignments include the 82nd Signal Battalion, 82nd Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, NC; 3rd Signal Brigade, III Armored Corps, Fort Hood, TX; 5th Signal Command, United States Army Europe and 7th Army, Mannheim, Germany; and the United States Army Communications-Electronics Life Cycle Management Command and Fort Monmouth, Fort Monmouth, NJ. His key staff assignments include Aide-de-Camp to the Chief of Staff, Allied Forces Southern Europe, Naples, Italy; Operations Officer, J-6, Armed Forces Inaugural Committee, Washington, D.C.; Division Chief, Joint Requirements Oversight Council (JROC), Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff, G-8, United States Army, Washington, D.C.; Principal Director for Operations, Defense Information Systems Agency/Deputy Commander, Joint Task Force-Global Network Operations, United States Strategic Command, Arlington, VA.

His awards include the Defense Distinguished Service Medal; the Distinguished Service Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster; Defense Superior Service Medal; Legion of Merit with Oak Leaf Cluster; Defense Meritorious Service Medal with four Oak Leaf Clusters; Army Commendation Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster; Joint Service Achievement Medal; and the Army Achievement Medal. He is authorized to wear the Master Parachutist Badge, Joint Staff Identification Badge, and Army Staff Identification Badge.


Vlastimil Picek

2013 General James M. Rockwell International AFCEAN of the Year Recipient

H.E. Vlastimil Picek
Minister of Defense of the Czech Republic


Vlastimil Picek (25 October 1956) is the Minister of Defence of the Czech Republic. He graduated from Military Technical Secondary School in Nové Mesto nad Váhom in 1975. From 1976 to 1981 he studied at Military Academy in Brno. While studying at Military Academy, he attended two special courses, Internal study and internal study of intelligence. In 1993, Picek finished his postgraduate degree from Czech Technical University in Prague and in 1997 he finished the follow-on academic course of the General Staff at the Military Academy in Brno.

From 2007 to 2012, he was the Chief of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of the Czech Republic. He was the fourth person and the first member of Czech Air Force to serve at this position. He was appointed by President Václav Klaus and took office on 1 March 2007. He was replaced by Major General Petr Pavel as from 1 July 2012. On 18 September 2012 he was appointed the 1st Deputy Defence Minister. On 13 December 2012, he was dismissed by then new minister Karolína Peake and on 21 December 2012 reinstalled by Prime Minister Petr Nečas, after Nečas dismissed Peake. In March, 2013, he was appointed Minister of Defence. 

Educational Background:

1975 Graduation from the Military Technical High School at Nove Mesto nad Vahom

1976 – 1981 Military Academy in Brno

1978 – 1982 Internal study, Military Academy in Brno

1982 – 1983 Internal study of military intelligence

1993 Postgraduate studies at the Czech Technical University in Prague

1997 Follow-on academic course of the General Staff at the Military Academy in Brno

Service Experience:

1975 – 1978 Senior radio operator

1983 – 1986 Deputy Battalion Commander for Technical Issues

1986 – 1989 Senior officer at the National Air Defence HQ

1989 – 1993 Head of HQ Group for AF and NAD

1993 – 1994 Chief of Signal Branch 4th Air Defence Corps HQ

1994 – 1995 Section Chief of the Signal Branch at the General Staff of ACR

1995 – 1996 Deputy Chief of the Signal Branch at the General Staff of ACR

1996 – 1997 Chief of the Signal Branch at the General Staff of ACR (GS)

1997 – 2000 Chief of the Operational-Tactical C2 Systems Department, GS

2000 – 2001 Chief of the ACR Signal Branch – Chief of the Command and Control Division, GS

2001 – 2003 Chief of the ACR Control and Command Division, GS – MoD Security Director

14 March 2001 appointed the Brigadier General

1 May 2003 Chief of the Military Office of President of the Czech Republic

8 May 2003 appointed the Major General

8 May 2006 appointed the Lieutenant General

1 March 2007 - 30 June 2012 Chief of the General Staff of Armed Forces of the Czech Republic

28 October 2009 appointed the General

30 June 2012 retired from the post of the Chief of the General Staff of Armed Forces of the Czech Republic

18 September 2012 First Deputy Minister of Defence

19 March 2013 Minister of Defence

Awards and Decorations:


Cross of Merits of the Minister of Defence, Grade III

ACR Medal, Grade III

National Service Medal

Medal for Merits in National Defence

Honorary Commemorative Badge for Service in Peace Operation in the Balkans

NATO 50th Anniversary Medal

Honorary Commemorative ACR Badge of Premysl Otakar II, the Iron and Golden King


2013 General James M. Rockwell Domestic AFCEAN of the Year Recipient

Mr. Randall Cieslak, SES 

Chief Information Officer

U.S. Pacific Command


Mr. Randall (Randy) C. Cieslak reported to Headquarters, U.S. Pacific Command in December, 1999. As the Chief Information Officer (CIO), Mr. Cieslak is responsible for the planning and management of information resources to maximize Pacific Command’s mission effectiveness.

Mr. Cieslak’s goal is to establish an information infrastructure that supports and provides world-class Information Technology (IT) service, the highest level of information assurance. He also endeavors to establish a workforce savvy in computer, network and information tools.

Mr. Cieslak was born and raised in Indiana. He graduated with honors from Purdue University in 1977, earning a Bachelor of Science Degree in Industrial Engineering. In 1987, he received his Masters Degree in Systems Management from the University of Southern California, specializing in Information Systems.

Mr. Cieslak began his naval career as a submariner where he served as the Weapons Officer. After he left active duty, he joined Federal Civil Service and the Naval Reserve. As a Naval Officer, he earned the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Navy Commendation Medals and both the Navy and Army Achievement Medals before retiring as a Captain after a 30 year career.

As a system integrator, Mr. Cieslak is frequently called upon to solve poorly defined problems spanning the scope of multiple information systems. Today, Mr. Cieslak is fostering the evolution of a single, integrated, Global Information Grid that thrives on change and accommodates diversity.

Mr. Cieslak’s civilian awards include a Certificate in Excellence for Acquisition Reform, the combined AFCEA U.S. Naval Institute Copernicus Award, the Meritorious Civilian Service Award and the Superior Civilian Service Award. He was twice listed as a member of the Federal Computer Week's "Top 100" Federal Information Technology professionals and was recently awarded AFCEA’s Benjamin H. Oliver Gold Medal for Engineering.