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HAWAII CHAPTER - August 2014

Cory Lindo, chapter president, thanks speaker Rear Adm. Cari B. Thomas, USCG, commander, Fourteenth Coast Guard District, following her presentation at the August meeting. In August, the chapter welcomed Rear Adm. Cari B. Thomas, USCG, commander, Fourteenth Coast Guard District. Adm. Thomas spoke on maritime security strategy/operations and mitigating security risks. Jane Ferreira, executive director for education initiatives with the AFCEA Hawaii Educational Foundation (AHEF), highlighted the chapterís scholarship program and education as an AFCEA core value. Out of the 60 scholarship applications this year, the AHEF awarded 32 scholarships to students, many of whom were in attendance, and two science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) teacher scholarships. Awards ranged from $2,000 to $5,000 and totaled $71,000. Young AFCEAN of the Month was Michelle Sagan, senior consultant at Booz Allen Hamilton, Information Assurance. AFCEAN of the Month was Lt. Cmdr. Alan Dunston, USN (Ret.), chief, Joint Operations Center (JOC) C2 Systems at U.S. Pacific Command. Executive of the Month was Shelley Rowley, program manager at the Hawaii Medical Servi ... READ MORE

HAWAII CHAPTER - August 2014

Chapter Educational Foundation executives and scholarship awardees together in August are (back row, l-r) Jane Ferriera, Andy Truong, Drew Ollice, William Blaser III, Herman Li and Keane Hamamura; (front row, l-r) Cathy Burtless, Kira Fox, Precious Binas, Christianne Izumigawa, Monica Ho, Sierra Jackson and Farrah Burke. At its August luncheon, the chapter was honored to host several AFCEA Hawaii Educational Foundation (AHEF) scholarship awardees that were present to receive their awards. In attendance were Andy Truong, Drew Ollice, William Blaser III, Herman Li, Keane Hamamura, Kira Fox, Precious Binas, Christianne Izumigawa, Monica Ho and Sierra Jackson. Cathy Burtless, AHEF chairperson, and Farrah Burke, AHEF director and secretary, presented the awards. Jane Ferreira, AHEF executive director for education initiatives, highlighted the importance of the scholarship program, which reinforces education as an AFCEA core value. Out of the 60 scholarship applications received this year, the AHEF awarded 32 student scholarships and two science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) teacher scholarships. Awards ranged from $2,000 to $5,000 and totaled $71,000. Adm. Dick Macke, USN (Ret.), AHEF director, urged donations from chapter members to continue this worthy endeavor.

SILICON VALLEY CHAPTER - August 2014

Bob Moorhead, chapter president (r) presents a certificate of appreciation to Jonathan Bennun, Cisco security product manager, for his talk on Internet security in August. Jonathan Bennun, Cisco security product manager, and Reema Prasad, Cisco solutions architect, were presented with a certificate of appreciation for their informative details presented during their presentation, "The Broken Side of Internet Security,Ē in August.

SILICON VALLEY CHAPTER - August 2014

The chapter hosts a discussion on Internet security at Cisco Systems Incorporated in August with (l-r) Jonathan Bennun; Bob Morehead, chapter president; Reema Prasad; Joe Beel; and Bob Landgraf, chapter member. In August, Cisco Systems Incorporated opened its doors to host the chapterís quarterly luncheon. The meeting focused on the vulnerabilities and perils of Internet security. The speakers, Jonathan Bennun, Cisco security product manager, and Reema Prasad, Cisco solutions architect, provided concrete examples of flaws in Internet security and insights into how hackers leverage those flaws. Bennun started off by saying, "It is challenging for the common user to understand Internet security beyond just passwords, but it is important to face that challenge in order to understand concrete risks and ways of mitigation." The group then delved into discussing whose job it is to improve national and personal security. Prasad stated, "There must be a collaborative effort between the government and civilian sectors to take on cybersecurity through continuous monitoring and analyzing collected data." The chapterís November meeting will look at social media and personal privacy.

DAYTON-WRIGHT CHAPTER - July 2014

Claire Revalee, chapter Young AFCEAN vice president (r) greets Todd Vikan of TACG, The Ahrens Consulting Group, and Lynn Moad, former division chief of the Air Force Materiel Commandís Systems Integration Division, during the chapterís Young AFCEAN Power Breakfast in July. More than 30 people joined the chapter for its second quarterly Young AFCEAN Power Breakfast of 2014 in July. Lynn Moad, former division chief of the Air Force Materiel Commandís Systems Integration Division, was the guest speaker on "Servant Leadership." The breakfast was a great opportunity for anyone within government or industry to have in-depth dialogue with a local government leader and mentor as well as network with other professionals within the local market. The event was sponsored by TACG, The Ahrens Consulting Group.

PORTUGAL CHAPTER - July 2014

In July, Rear Adm. Carlos Rodolfo, PRT NA (Ret.), chapter president (l), presented Rui Lopes, CEO of Ponto.C, with a corporate membership certificate recognizing the company, located in Aveiro, northern Portugal, as a member of AFCEA.

FORT KNOX GOLD VAULT CHAPTER - July 2014

Michael Conlin, chief technologist, U.S. Public Sector, Hewlett-Packard Enterprise Services, discusses the challenges of the cloud at the chapterís July meeting. Michael Conlin, chief technologist, U.S. Public Sector, Hewlett-Packard Enterprise Services, presented a fantastic session to the chapter in July regarding the challenges of cloud services. The chapter received very good comments from attendees. "As it relates to his topic on the cloud agenda, I learned that 'best of breed' should scare me, Amazon is covering the market and that 'paving the cow path' is not a very smart approach to stepping into the cloud world if I want to maximize value to my business. Michael took an over-hyped topic through a series of practical discussion points that was refreshing, shed new light and made the crowd laugh, always a bonus!" said one attendee. The chapter thanks all who helped put the event together and special thanks to Conlin for volunteering his time and talent to help the chapter succeed.

PORTUGAL CHAPTER - July 2014

In July, Rear Adm. Carlos Rodolfo, PRT NA (Ret.), chapter president (l), presented Guilherme Silva, chief executive officer of SENSYS-Solutions Engineering and Systems SA (c), with a corporate membership certificate in the presence of Carlos Estevao, commercial director of this international group focused on business applications for critical operations, based in Lisbon.

FORT KNOX GOLD VAULT CHAPTER - July 2014

In July, Vincent Holloway, vice chairman of the chapter board (r), presented Chris Green with a corporate membership certificate recognizing CK Green Incorporated as a member of AFCEA.

FORT KNOX GOLD VAULT CHAPTER - July 2014

In July, Vincent Holloway, vice chairman of the chapter board (r), presented David Minds, solutions specialist, with a corporate membership certificate recognizing Strategic Communications as a member of AFCEA.

CANAVERAL CHAPTER - July 2014

At its July luncheon, the chapter received a briefing on action to take and plans to make in the event of a hurricane. Ron Ricci, senior emergency management coordinator for Brevard County, Florida, reminded the group that hurricane season started June 1, though there have been no storms so far this year. He described the evacuation system for handicapped people, telling of emergency shelters throughout the county. Presenting some detailed plans to have in advance, he did admit that many people donít have or donít follow their plans. Hurricane planning booklets were given to the group as were lists of emergency shelters.

LOS ANGELES CHAPTER - July 2014

Steve Scott, chapter vice president, membership (l) and Adam Feingold, chapter vice president, programs (r), present a Certificate of Recognition in July to guest speaker Capt. Jeffrey P. Marshall, USN, for his AFCEA lifetime membership. Capt. Marshall is the commanding officer of the Naval Satellite Operations Center, Point Mugu, California. Capt. Jeffrey P. Marshall, USN, commanding officer, Naval Satellite Operations Center, Point Mugu, California, spoke to the chapter in July about the Naval Satellite Operations Center (NAVSOC), which is a component command of the Naval Network Warfare Command operating under the guidance of U.S. Fleet Cyber Command. NAVSOC provides continuous global narrowband communications, using 13 satellites on-orbit to support the tactical and operational warfighter and strategic and interagency demands.

DAYTON-WRIGHT CHAPTER - July 2014

NASA astronaut Mark Brown addresses more than 250 members at the chapterís July luncheon. The chapter was ecstatic to host former NASA astronaut Mark Brown for its July Luncheon. Brown's presentation coincided with NASA's 45th anniversary celebration of the first moon landing. He discussed the United States' current flight program back to the birth of space flight. Brown's distinguished career spanned more than 20 years as an engineer, U.S. Air Force fighter pilot and NASA astronaut. Brown serves as a member of the Air Force Museum Foundation Board of Managers.

ALAMO CHAPTER - July 2014

Catherine Davison (l) and Ziomara Blanco each received $5,000 STEM Teachers Scholarship checks at the Alamo chapterís luncheon in July. Blanco was named one of the 2014 STEM Teachers Scholarship winners by AFCEA International and Davison received a similar honor at the chapter level. The Alamo chapterís Scholarships and Educational Grants committee capped a busy spring and summer with several check presentations in July. Two recent college graduates, Ziomara Blanco and Catherine Davison, took home $5,000 each after winning STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) Teachers Scholarships, and the local Civil Air Patrol unit received more than $6,500 to assist with costs of a new CyberPatriot boot camp initiative debuting this year in San Antonio. The STEM Teachers Scholarships are offered through the AFCEA Educational Foundation (with funding from several industry partners and regional chapters) to students seeking degrees or licensure to teach STEM subjects at a U.S. middle or secondary school. Blanco, who was among the 2014 AFCEA International scholarship winners announced earlier this year, is a recent University of Houston graduate with degrees in biology, education and psychology and a 3.7 GPA. She is the first member of her family to finish col ... READ MORE

POLITEHNICA U BUCURESTI STU CHAP - July 2014

Lecturer Horia Boicu, CAE leader, Microchip Technology Romani (r) with students from the Faculty of Electronics, Telecommunications and Information Technology during a practical session in July. In the second semester of the 2013-2014 academic year, the chapter, together with the Centre for Technological Electronics and Interconnection Techniques, University of Bucharest (UPB-CETTI) organized in partnership with Microchip Technology extracurricular activities for freshmen from the Faculty of Electronics, Telecommunications and Information Technology. The objectives were to familiarize students with microcontroller architecture and the programming of microcontrollers, and to provide an introduction in microcontroller-based electronic modules. During the previous semester the students had participated in an extracurricular laboratory that represented a short introduction in electronic technology. The collaboration with Microchip was the next step to better understand embedded systems. The activity proved to be a success with plans to implement it again next year. As thanks for the solid and constant support given to the chapter in training students in the field of microcontro ... READ MORE

OKINAWA CHAPTER - July 2014

Master Gunnery Sgt. Arthur Allen III, USMC, chapter president, demonstrates the Signal Magazine iPad App to the audience during the chapterís July general membership meeting. Allen is the communications chief, III Marine Expeditionary Force G-6, and is the senior enlisted communicator across all Marine forces in Japan.

OKINAWA CHAPTER - July 2014

Master Gunnery Sgt. Arthur Allen III, USMC, chapter president (l), presents a certificate of appreciation to Alan Alan "Joe" Joseph III, CCIE #17190, manager, Global Operations/Asia at ActioNet Incorporated, was the speaker for the July luncheon. His presentation was entitled "Network Analysis Tools and Techniques."

VANDENBERG-CENTRAL COAST CHAPTER - July 2014

Col. Keith W. Balts, USAF, 30th Space Wing commander, speaks to the chapter in July. Col. Keith W. Balts, USAF, 30th Space Wing commander, updated the chapter on the latest space initiatives affecting the Western Range during a meeting in July. Col. Balts first recognized and expressed his appreciation for the important role of technology in improving space operations. He referenced a standardization and consolidation effort of space command and control assets that will lead to greater effectiveness between the space launch ranges at Cape Canaveral and Vandenberg Air Force Base. "The biggest challenge will be modernizing aging space infrastructure," Col. Balts said. He also acknowledged the need to secure against vulnerabilities when converting space systems to an Internet protocol-based architecture. Col. Balts compared the growth of operations in cyber to those of the pre-existing space domain, but with current modernization projects, it appears that this time cyber is leading the way ahead for space. Additionally, Tech. Sgt. Corlena Schramm, USAF, and Riccardo M ... READ MORE

HAWAII CHAPTER - July 2014

Cathy Burtless, chairperson of the AFCEA Hawaii Educational Foundation (c) is with scholarship winners John Sandvig, University of Hawaii at Manoa, and Toni Marie Kaui, Ph.D. candidate, in July. In July, the chapter welcomed Col. Joseph A. Matos III, USMC, commander, Defense Information Systems Agency, Pacific (DISA PAC). Col. Matos spoke on anticipating warfighter needs. DISA PAC now has global responsibilities and the goals of diversity, capacity and survivability, he said. Toni Marie Kaui, Ph.D. candidate, was awarded an AFCEA Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Teachers For America's Future Scholarship. John Sandvig, University of Hawaii at Manoa, was awarded the Donna Russell STEM Teachers Scholarship. Master Sgt. Jason Zarudny, USAF, was recognized as the Young AFCEAN of the Month. Joe Tablada, director of the Marine Corps Forces, Pacific Command Operations Center, received the Senior Government Leader of the Month award. Executive of the Month was Lt. Gen. Jeff Remington, USAF (Ret.), vice president, Government Programs and corporate lead executive, Northrop Grumman. Cmdr. James Knoll, USN, officer in charge, Space and Naval Warfare Systems Comman ... READ MORE


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