Award Winners

Award Winners Bios


2014 David Sarnoff Award Recipient

Congressman Michael J. Rogers (R-MI)


Congressman Rogers' leadership positions, experience and legislative record enable him to effectively advocate for the citizens of Michigan’s Eighth Congressional District and work to make America a better place.

In 2011, Mike was appointed as Chairman of the House Intelligence Committee and is a national leader on national security policy.  In the 112th Congress, he authored three bipartisan intelligence authorization bills which were signed into law, and wrote the leading cyber security bill to protect American innovation and the jobs that come with it from cyber predators.  Mike believes that national security issues should be bipartisan or even nonpartisan.  Washington Post columnist David Ignatius wrote that the Intelligence Committee Mike chairs was “a rare example of bipartisanship.”

As a member of the powerful Energy and Commerce panel, Mike works to strengthen Michigan’s economy.  He has been a leader in efforts to adopt an “all of the above” energy policy to end America’s dangerous dependence on foreign oil, create jobs, crack down on wasteful spending and repeal the new health care law, including sponsoring a bill that would allow everyone who wants to opt out of the law to do so.  During his time in Congress, Mike has written several bipartisan measures which were signed into law, including legislation to: make education savings accounts tax free at the federal level; support families of law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty; protect America from biological or chemical attacks; expand research into chronic pain; combat counterfeit prescription drugs; protect military funerals; improve the efficiency of computer servers; and hire more “trade enforcement cops” to crack down on the illegal trading practices of countries like China.  In the 112th Congress, Mike has also authored bipartisan measures to strengthen pediatric drug research and make medical devices safer for children.

A 1985 graduate of Adrian College, Mike was a commissioned officer in the U.S. Army through the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps at the University of Michigan, then served as an FBI special agent before being elected to the Michigan Senate in 1995.  Mike has served Michigan’s Eighth Congressional District in Congress since 2001.

Mike is married, has a daughter and a son and is a regular face on national television and in print.



2014 Admiral Jon L. Boyes Medal for Distinguished Service to AFCEA Recipient

LTG Susan Lawrence, USA (Ret.)
Senior Vice President

Booz Allen Hamilton


Booz Allen Hamilton Senior Vice President Susan S. Lawrence is a leader in the firm’s defense business. As a seasoned technology leader and retired senior military officer, she supports a number of businesses and initiatives that cut across the defense and security markets. These include Command, Control, Communications, and Computers (C4); Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (ISR); enterprise IT; joint information environments; cyber; integrated mission systems; and emerging technologies.

Ms. Lawrence enlisted in the US Army in 1972, received her commission as an officer in 1979, and retired in 2013, after having attained the rank of Lieutenant General and serving as the Army’s Chief Information Officer (CIO) and G-6. Prior to that role, she served as the Commanding General for the Army’s Network Enterprise Technology Command (NETCOM). Ms. Lawrence had end-to-end responsibility for Army C4 and Army Enterprise IT.  She had scores of command and staff assignments during her Army career, mostly within the Army Signal Corps, including assignments leading network, C4, and IT functions during recent operations in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Ms. Lawrence received her commission from Campbell University, North Carolina. She holds an MS degree in Information Systems Management from the University of Georgia, and is a graduate of the Army War College and the Army Signal School.


2014 Admiral Jon L. Boyes Medal for Distinguished Service to AFCEA Recipient

Mr. Anders Fogh Rasmussen
Secretary General


Mr. Anders Fogh Rasmussen was born in Ginnerup, Jutland, on 26 January 1953. After passing the baccalaureate at Viborg Katedralskole in 1972, he studied economics at the University of Aarhus, graduating (MSc Econ) in 1978. The same year he became member of the Danish Parliament representing the Liberal Party.

Mr. Rasmussen held numerous positions in government and opposition throughout his political career. From 1987 to 1992 he was Minister for Taxation and from 1990 to 1992 also Minister for Economic Affairs in the Conservative-Liberal coalition Government. As Minister for Economic Affairs and member of the EU’s ECOFIN-council 1990-92, Mr. Rasmussen was the Danish negotiator of and signatory to the Maastricht Treaty which eventually led to the introduction of the single currency, the euro.

From 1992 to 1998 he was spokesman for the Liberal Party and from 1993 to 1998 in addition vice-chairman of the Parliament’s Economic and Political Affairs Committee. In 1998 he became chairman of the Liberal Party’s national organisation and vice-chairman of the Parliament’s Foreign Policy Board.

After the parliamentary elections in 2001 he formed his first government, a coalition consisting of the Liberal Party and the Conservative People’s Party. His government was re-elected in 2005 and 2007 respectively, and he held the position as Prime Minister until he was elected as future NATO Secretary General at the Strasbourg-Kehl Summit in April 2009.

During the Danish Presidency of the European Union from July to December 2002 Mr. Rasmussen played a key role in the process leading to conclusion of the accession negotiations with 10 candidates for EU-membership at the meeting of the European Council in Copenhagen in December 2002.

Mr. Rasmussen is married to Anne-Mette Rasmussen. They have three children. In his spare time, he is a passionate runner, and he also enjoys cycling and kayaking.


2014 General James M. Rockwell International AFCEAN of the Year Recipient

RADM Robert Day, USCG (Ret.)
Former Assistant Commandant for C4IT

Former Commander, Coast Guard Cyber Command


Rear Admiral Robert E. Day Jr. recently retired from the U.S. Coast Guard where he most recently held duties as the Assistant Commandant for Command, Control, Communications, Computers & Information Technology and the Commander, Coast Guard Cyber Command. RADM Day holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Electrical Engineering from the United States Coast Guard Academy and a Master of Science Degree in Telecommunications Systems Management the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California.

Rear Admiral Day’s assignments include Coast Guard Cutter DUANE as the Damage Control Assistant until April 1982. U. S. Coast Guard Headquarters, Washington D.C. as the Electronics Project Officer for the construction of the 270 foot Medium Endurance Cutters and 110 foot Island Class Patrol Boats. Telecommunications Officer for the Thirteenth Coast Guard District in Seattle, Washington; during this tour, he performed extensive temporary duty including assignment as the Administrative Officer to the Federal On-Scene Coordinator for the Exxon Valdez disaster. As Commanding Officer, Communications Station Boston, he prepared the facility for remote operations under the Communication System 2000 project. Chief of Planning and Budget for the Electronics Systems Division at Maintenance and Logistics Command (MLC) Pacific. RADM Day commanded the Coast Guard's largest Electronic Systems Support Unit, ESU Boston where the command provided electronics and communications support to the John F. Kennedy Jr. aircraft crash, the Egypt Air 900 air disaster, and the response to the September 11th World Trade Center terrorist attack. From July 2002 until May 2007, RADM Day was assigned as the Chief of Pacific Area's Command, Control, and Communications Division in Alameda, California. Additionally, RADM Day traveled throughout the Pacific Rim as a key United States representative to the North Pacific Coast Guard Forum. RADM Day had also previously served as the Deputy and eventually the Commander of Maintenance and Logistics Command (MLC) Pacific.

Rear Admiral Day's military awards include two Legion of Merit, three Coast Guard Meritorious Service Medals, the 9-11 medal, three Coast Guard Commendation Medals, Letter of Commendation, and six Meritorious Team Awards.


2014 General James M. Rockwell Domestic AFCEAN of the Year Recipient

MAJGEN Koen Gijsbers, Royal Netherlands Army (Ret.)

General Manager

NATO Communications and Information Agency


On 1 July 2012, Mr Koen Gijsbers took up the post of the first General Manager of the newly established NATO Communications and Information Agency (NCI Agency).  Prior experience includes time in the Netherlands Ministry of Defence, where he was responsible to coordinate the major reorganization of the defence organization, in order to implement a 15% budget cut (1 Billion Euro). He reported to the Secretary General of the MoD and a committee that includes the Chief of Defence.  He returned to the Netherlands from a NATO appointment to become responsible for IT and business

management policy at the Ministry of Defence, at the same time Chief Information Officer (CIO). His main focus was the rationalization of all IT services (operational, personnel, logistic, financial) throughout the defence organization. He was given the responsibility for information security policy of the whole of national government as member of national CIO Board. He was member of the national cyber board. 

In 2006, he was appointed Assistant Chief of Staff for Command, Control, Communications, Computers and Intelligence (ACOS C4I) of NATO’s Allied Command Transformation in Norfolk, Va, USA. Based on his operational experience, he was able to lead NATO’s network centric innovation. He had the responsibility to mentor and oversee NATO’s Cooperative Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence (COE) in Estonia and the Command and Control COE in the Netherlands. In 2003, he took command of 11 Air Manoeuvre Brigade (Air Assault) consisting of infantry, supporting troops, and assault and transport helicopters. During this command, his units were deployed to Iraq and were part of the NATO Response Force. Furthermore, he repared units for deployment to Afghanistan (ISAF), Congo and European Union Battle Group.  He took command of 11 Combat Engineer Battalion in 1997. After promotion to Colonel, he was deployed to the NATO mission in Kosovo in 1999, directly after KFOR moved into theatre, as commander of a regimental task force consisting of infantry, engineers and logistical units, delivering security and humanitarian aid to the suffering local population. Subsequently, he was appointed chief of the Policy and Plans department of the Netherlands Training Command and chief of the General Policy Department of the Commander in Chief Royal Netherlands Army.

Mr Gijsbers (1958) attended the Royal Military Academy in 1976. In 1980 he was commissioned into the Corps of Engineers. He initially commanded a combat engineer platoon and then a field engineer company. He was assigned as a project manager at the Netherlands Infrastructure Directorate, before going to the General Staff Officers Course. As Major and Lieutenant Colonel, he was assigned to the Army Staff at several positions in policy and plans departments and instructed strategy and joint operational warfare at the Netherlands Defence College.  MGen Gijsbers holds a Master’s degree in Military Art and Science of the US Army Command and General Staff College (Ft. Leavenworth, Kansas).

In 2001, MGen Gijsbers was knighted in the Order of Orange Nassau (with Swords), awarded by Her Majesty Queen Beatrix. During his Military Academy studies, MGen Gijsbers was a good athlete at 400m and 800m running.