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The chapter held its third annual Daniel J. Curtis Memorial Golf Tournament in June. The tournament is held in honor of former Chapter President Daniel Curtis and generates scholarship funds. The Walnut Grove Country Club in Dayton, Ohio, hosted more than 50 golfers. The platinum sponsor was Segue Technologies; gold sponsors were Array Technologies and Exeter Government Services; silver sponsors were CDO Technologies and Triune Group; and bronze sponsors were Cyber Ninjas, Sanderson Risk Advisors and TEKsystems. Supporting sponsors were Gary Kowal; JJR Solutions; Integrated Computer Solutions; and Mainsail. Donations were provided by Walnut Grove Country Club, Golfsmith, Teradata and Rick DaPrato. Event volunteers were David Hart, Dennis Drayer, Joseph Wingo, David Dodds, Scott Harris, John Joyce, Eric McGrane, Barbara Swartz, Fred Scheyd, Jennifer Ruen, Eleanor Blystone and John Garrity. The winning foursome was Wendy Leone, Brenda Oppel, Phil Barfield and John Snuggles. Closest to ... READ MORE


Bruce Shaw, chapter scholarship director (r), recognizes scholarship recipient Jeremy Pohly at the chapter's August luncheon. The chapter presented Madison, Alabama, Mayor Troy Trulock at its August luncheon. Trulock was elected in 2012 and is a retired Army colonel. He presented the chapter with an update on the future of Madison—a city adjacent to Huntsville with a reputation for strong schools and persistent academic success. Trulock also discussed a Madison startup with an exciting new technology. RadioBro, a company started by 26-year-old twin brothers Mark and Eric Becnel, produces a standard payload interface for small unmanned spacecraft. The RadioBro MiniSatCom is half the price of competing offerings and takes an average of six months to two years off the normal satellite development cycle. Trulock also discussed the terabit network backbone that will travel through Madison in the near future, delivering 100-gigabit network connectivity to area businesses. Ben McGee, North Alabama Information Systems Security Association (ISSA) president, discussed science, technology, engineering and mathematics ... READ MORE

HAWAII CHAPTER - August 2015

Chapter President Jim Muller (l) honors August luncheon guest speaker Jerry Giles, technical director of the All Partners Access Network, or APAN. The chapter welcomed to its August luncheon keynote speaker Jerry Giles, technical director of the All Partners Access Network, or APAN. APAN was developed for information sharing between the Defense Department and outside entities. Giles discussed cloud challenges APAN has identified, such as managing on-demand cost, balancing technical requirements and addressing the lack of synergy with other Defense Department cloud implementation strategies. His key points about cloud migration included the essential need for integration of information technology and business deployment strategy; the necessity of building a cross-functional team to identify required services; and the importance of viewing cloud migration as a data center migration with all the complexities that go along with it. He emphasized that maintaining the physical infrastructure until the cloud migration is completed, tested and managers are comfortable with new processes and procedures is critical. August award winners ... READ MORE


Maj. Gen. John Maluda, USAF (Ret.) (c), gives golfers in the July tournament the rules of engagement before hitting the course. The chapter held the Crawford-Fuller Scholarship Golf Tournament in July. Members and corporate sponsors supported the event with generous contributions to the chapter’s science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) scholarship and awards programs that aid high school students, service members and area high schools. Eleven four-person teams played in the tournament. Among the participants were Chapter President Col. Stamatis Smeltz, USAF, U.S. Air Forces Central Command (USAFCENT) director of communications, and Maj. Gen. John Maluda, USAF (Ret.). Corporate sponsors for the event were Blue Coat Systems, Walker and Associates, Lockheed Martin, General Dynamics Information Technology and NetApp/CDW-G.


Chapter President Col. Stamatis Smeltz, USAF, U.S. Air Forces Central Command (USAFCENT) director of communications/609th Air Communications Squadron (ACOMS), shares chapter goals with attendees of the July luncheon. The chapter invited Maj. Gen. John W. Maluda, USAF (Ret.), president of JKMALUDA LLC Business Services, to speak at its July luncheon. The general was director of cyberspace transformation and strategy in the Office of the Secretary of the Air Force and chief information officer. He is an adviser to the Air Force Institute of Technology Distinguished Review Board. His talk was titled “Shaping the Cyber Professional” and also covered the importance of mission assurance and teamwork, cyber career field challenges, training, mentorship and winning in the cyber arena. Among the attendees were Col. Stamatis Smeltz, USAF, U.S. Air Forces Central Command (USAFCENT) director of communications/609th Air Communications Squadron (ACOMS); Lt. Col. Joshua Close, USAF, commander, 20th Communications Squadron; Wayne Thomas, USAFCENT A-6 deputy; Lt. Col. Caleb Malcolm, USAF, USAFCENT A-6 deputy/609th ACOMS deputy; John DeBerry, USAFCENT A-6 chief of plans and requirements; and Capt. Robert Pitts, ... READ MORE


Technology industry representatives and community members interact during the Tech Expo in July at Club Eifel on Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany. In July, the chapter and the 52nd Communications Squadron from Spangdahlem Air Base hosted a Tech Expo with more than 25 exhibitors showcasing the latest in missioncentric technology. This year’s event was open to all personnel. Attendees could earn one hour of continuing education credit at a seminar presented by General Dynamics and F5 Networks. More than 280 people attended to share, learn, discuss and network.

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