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The chapter awarded its first four $1,000 merit-based scholarship grants in April to qualified minority or female students enrolled in four-year accredited science or engineering programs at a Virginia college or university. The chapter thanks its corporate sponsors SRC Incorporated and Battelle. The grant winners are: Ayana Braxton, Virginia Commonwealth University, recipient of the Minority Scholarship sponsored by Battelle; Adriana Sprouse, Christopher Newport University, recipient of the Minority Scholarship sponsored by SRC; Courtney Sigloh, The University of Virginia, recipient of the Women’s Scholarship sponsored by Battelle; and Gabriella Freckman, Virginia Commonwealth University, recipient of the Women’s Scholarship sponsored by SRC.


AFCEA executives visiting ASELSAN in March are (top row, l-r) Capt. K. Zafer Selcuk, TUN (Ret.), chapter secretary; Mustafa Erturk, international marketing director, ASELSAN; Maj. Gen. Klaus Peter Treche, GEAF (Ret.), general manager, AFCEA Europe; (front row, l-r) Lt. Gen. John R. (Bob) Wood, USA (Ret.), executive vice president, AFCEA International; Col. I. Bora Buyukoner, TUA (Ret.), chapter president; Kent Schneider, president and chief executive officer, AFCEA International; Cengiz Ergeneman, general manager, ASELSAN; and Konstantin Zografov, regional vice president, AFCEA Southeast Europe. AFCEA International and AFCEA Europe executives visited the chapter in Ankara in March. The team began by visiting ASELSAN, which is a major supporter of the chapter and a founder company. A meeting was held with chapter members, introducing the chapter’s activities, plans and shortcomings. Kent Schneider, president and chief executive officer for AFCEA International, addressed the audience, explaining AFCEA International’s new strategies and expectations from chapters. Following his presentation, the deputy undersecretary for defense industries of the Turkish Ministry of Defense responsible for industrialization and international affairs visited. The Undersecretariat for Defense Industries, which is the founder organization of the chapter, is responsible for developing the Turkish defense industry and conducting large-scale defense procurement activities. After the official meetings, the visit concluded with sightseeing in Ankara including the mausoleum of Ataturk, who is the found ... READ MORE


Larry Coe (l), chapter vice president for programs, thanks Dr. Tim Rudolph, Chief Technology Officer, Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, for his presentation on the pace of technology insertion at a chapter guest speaker series luncheon in March. In March, Dr. Tim Rudolph, Chief Technology Officer, Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, spoke to a sold out crowd of industry and government attendees at a chapter luncheon held at Waxy O’Connors, Lexington, Massachusetts. Rudolph addressed “The Innovator's Dilemma,” noting the rapid adoption of technology in some sectors countered by amazingly slow acceptance of new technologies in others such as the Air Force adoption of clouds. He also noted that as the technology world moves toward "software defined everything," including networks, storage systems, data centers and even software, there will be more of a desire to take advantage of open technology development and commoditized infrastructure.


In March, Specialist Shannon Haynes (l), ANG, receives a certificate and commemorative AFCEA coin from Col. Mark Powell, USA, chapter executive vice president, in recognition of his superior efforts during the January “Snowmageddon,” easing the crisis for thousands of stranded motorists. The chapter unofficially made March science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) month, and it showed at the monthly luncheon. The chapter was pleased to present Randall Stafford with a STEM Teaching Tools Award to assist the 9th grade physics teacher at Rome High School, just northwest of Atlanta. Stafford showed a short and fascinating video of a robotics competition where his students participate annually. The funds awarded to him will go a long way to procuring motors, gears, PC boards, servos and other big-ticket items needed to compete. Brian Cosgrove and Chris Pugel, two students from Archer High School, demonstrated their award winning hydrogen fuel generator they created, tested, implemented (to power a lawn mower) and patented. Their efforts epitomize the STEM focus and became the chapter’s selection as best project in the Gwinnett County Science and Engineering Fair. The chapter also recognized two young Guardsmen for their efforts during the 2014 snowstorms th ... READ MORE


Justin Searle, UtiliSec, presents a cyber training class on SamuraiSTFU at the Hill Air Force Base Technology Expo and Cyber Training 2014 in March.
In March, the chapter and FDA Expo hosted Hill Air Force Base (AFB) Technology Expo and Cyber Training 2014. Thirty-three industry partners showcased their products and services during this year's event. More than 400 participants attended the exposition. In addition, the chapter held an SBA presentation, "How to Sell Services and Products to Hill AFB," by James R. Dean, small business programs director at Hill AFB. Finally, Justin Searle, managing partner at UtiliSec, presented a cyber training event, "SamuraiSTFU: Security Testing Framework for Utilities." The event awarded 1 hour of continuing education unit (CEU) credit to more than 125 attendees.


Lt. Gen. Peter M. Cuviello, USA (Ret.), speaks to the chapter in March. The chapter was proud to present Lt. Gen. Peter M. Cuviello, USA (Ret.), as its guest speaker in March. Gen. Cuviello has 38 years of experience in Operational Cyber, C4, and Information Technology roles. He was the chief information officer/G-6 of the U.S. Army with a $5.6 billion annual information technology budget. Gen. Cuviello has since worked with Lockheed Martin in numerous senior positions starting after retirement in 2003. He is now the lead client partner of the Deloittte and Touche Consulting LLP and is based in Huntsville, Alabama, as part of the defense segment. Gen. Cuviello started off the luncheon by stating that if it’s bit and bytes, it’s cyber. He made a comparison between cyber and logistics from a project management (PM) perspective, to say that they are both often an afterthought. He furthered the discussion by stating that cyber is often not part of the processes/requirements development cycle, and it is not built in. The general said he would push for a cybe ... READ MORE


Joao Morgado, a student club member, delivers a presentation at the 6th AFCEA European Student Conference in Bucharest in March. With the support of the AFCEA Educational Foundation, Portuguese students Carlos Velosa and Joao Morgado of the Covilha Student Club participated in the 6th AFCEA European Student Conference, organized by AFCEA Europe, which took place at the Faculty of Electronics, Telecommunications and Information Technologies of the University Politehnica of Bucharest, Romania, in March. At that conference, Morgado presented an article titled "The New Software for Propeller Design and Analysis" on the development of a new numeric code that enables the conceptual project of propellers and evaluates its performance for different operating systems. The feature article was related to his Ph.D. thesis work at the Department of Aerospace Sciences, University of Beira Interior, in Portugal. In addition to the presentation of this work, the conference also allowed attendees to establish contacts with other international students from different areas of knowledge, boosting future cooperation between acad ... READ MORE


Rocky Mountain Robotics members demonstrating their latest creation to the chapter in March are (l-r) Stephanie Ann Mills, Tabitha Ann Kalin, Tristan Marcus Orton-Urbina, Cameron Austen Jenson, Kyle Anthony Brim and Michael Benner Steiner. In March, the chapter held its monthly luncheon at the Peterson Air Force Base Club. The highlight of the luncheon was a presentation and demonstration provided by Team 662, Rocky Mountain Robotics. The team is made up of students from six different high schools in Colorado Springs District 20 and is filled with creative and motivated life-long learners. The students explained how they organize like a real business to design, engineer, manufacture and operate robots that solve stated game objectives over a six-week period. They then demonstrated one of their creations—the T-Rex. T-Rex is a remotely piloted robot capable of shooting a T-shirt more than 100 yards from its compressed air cannon. Team 662 says they build people who build robots while encouraging students to reach as high as they can dream. These remarkable young people clearly showed that they are fulfilling that goal. The future of STEM in the Rocky Mountain Region is bright!


Together at the March luncheon are (l-r) Rick Wegmann, board president; Fred Scheyd, regional vice president; Thomas Girz, guest speaker and Logistics Sustainment Performance Management Division chief, Air Force Sustainment Center; Linda, Skinner, chapter president; and Brenda Oppel, vice president for programs. Linda Skinner, chapter president, announced at the March luncheon that the annual Valentine's Ball raised more than $19,000 for the chapter's scholarship fund. The March luncheon speaker was Thomas Girz, Logistics Sustainment Performance Management (LGS) Division chief, Air Force Sustainment Center, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. As the LGS Division chief, his duties include providing sustainment center performance assessment, metrics reporting and executive decision support. The luncheon sponsors were AT&T, Array Technologies, CDO Technologies, CSC, Deloitte Services, Evanhoe & Associates, Illumination Works, JJR Solutions, Northrop Grumman, Peerless Technologies and Segue Technologies.


Adam Feingold (r), chapter vice president of programs, thanks Col. Christopher Wegner, USAF, deputy director of contracting, Space and Missile Systems Center, for his presentation at the March luncheon. Col. Christopher Wegner, USAF, deputy director of contracting, Space and Missile Systems Center (SMC), Los Angeles Air Force Base, was the guest speaker at the March chapter luncheon. He supports the Program Executive Office for Space, which encompasses more than 600 contracts valued at $60 billion and provides career development for more than 250 military and civilian contracting professionals. He spoke about current and future contracts at SMC and indicated that their goal is to deliver better value to taxpayers and warfighters by improving the way they do business. Upcoming SMC competitions include the Space Test and Engineering Contract-14; Western Range Modernization Network; Spacelift Range and Network Systems Division Systems Engineering and Integration; Consolidation AFSCN Modifications, Maintenance and Operations; and EELV Phase 1A.


Gen. Richard Mills, USMC, commander, Marine Corps Forces Reserve, briefs the crowd during the New Orleans Military and Maritime Academy building dedication in March. The chapter granted a $1,000 STEM Initiative Grant to the New Orleans Military and Maritime Academy (NOMMA) in March. NOMMA provides for the development of student cadet skills in the areas of leadership, citizenship, character development, self-discipline, communication, group dynamics, team building and other related areas.


Capt. Eduardo Malvacio, EA (l), student subchapter president, receives the Regional Distinguished Young AFCEAN Award from Rear Adm. Emilio Nigoul, ARA (Ret.), chapter president, in March. During the monthly board meeting in March, Rear Adm. Emilio Nigoul, ARA (Ret.), chapter president, presented Capt. Eduardo Malvacio, EA, student subchapter president, with the Regional Distinguished Young AFCEAN Award granted by AFCEA International. After the meeting, the board was invited by the authorities of the Army University to a demonstration in the robotics lab composed of several students from the subchapter.


In March, Col. Glenn Powell, USAF, chapter president, presents Don Hudson, technical director, 480th Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Wing, Langley Air Force Base, with a chapter shirt. The March luncheon featured Don Hudson, technical director, 480th Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) Wing, Langley Air Force Base. He gave a very enlightening presentation on the role of cyber and information technology in ISR operations. Technological advances in communications systems and processes have undergirded the evolution of tactical ISR processing, exploitation and dissemination, which have influenced changes in scope, complexity, scale, volume and type of operations. The close bond between the communications and ISR community has produced amazing warfighting results: 25,000 missions per year; 5 million signals intelligence reports; 2.5 million imagery targets; 1.4 million imagery products; 500 high value individuals killed/captured; and 1,000 improvised explosive devices discovered


Together at the March luncheon are (l-r) Steve Kleinrath, chemistry and physics teacher, Rancho Buena Vista High School; Vicki Hines, chapter vice president for education; Jill Frank-Aldrich, Science Department chair, Rancho Buena Vista High School; Mark Witzel, chapter president; Irwin Norse, Datron World Communications; James Gunn, president of CredoGov; Jimmy Diaz; and Orion Linekin, Datron World Communications. The chapter’s March luncheon began with the presentation of two $1,000 Science Teaching Tools (STT) awards to Steve Kleinrath, chemistry and physics teacher at Rancho Buena Vista (RBV) High School, and Jill Frank-Aldrich, Science Department chair also from RBV. Kleinrath will utilize his STT award to cover the cost (entry fees and transportation) of participation in the annual Science Olympiad, which consists of test taking, laboratory tasks and engineering events in all branches of science (earth science, biology, chemistry, physics, anatomy, computer technology and engineering). Frank-Aldrich will use her award to begin a pilot program to incorporate digital technology in her biology classrooms. She intends to revise many of the lab experiments and activities by using new software and sensors/probes to gather data and display results on electronic media devices (iPads or tablets). The Technology Spotlight speaker, James Gunn, president of CredoGov, discussed the virtual desktop in ... READ MORE


In March, the chapter recognized one of its members as an AFCEA International award winner. Chuck Giasson, seen here with his wife at the 2014 chapter Valentine’s Ball, is recipient of the Educational Foundation Special Award of Merit. Congratulations to Chuck Giasson, recipient of the AFCEA Educational Foundation Special Award of Merit. This is a richly deserved award reflecting many years of dedicated service and support to science, technology, engineer and mathematics education across AFCEA with outstanding results. An anticipated presentation will be at the AFCEA Cyber Symposium June 24-25 in Baltimore.


Speakers address attendees during a panel on the Program Executive Office – Enterprise Information Systems at the chapter’s March Army IT Day. Attended by more than 800 government and industry professionals, the chapter's Army IT Day in March was a great success. U.S. Army officials covered many topics, which included organization changes within the Army information technology community (Cyber Command, Network Enterprise Technology Command, Defense Information Systems Agency, Program Executive Offices and G-6), data center migration, status and the future of the Joint Information Environment, applications movement to the data center and/or the cloud (Defense Department or industry), cyber status and priorities, procurement opportunities, and the Army’s challenges in maintaining and defending the network. Attendees also enjoyed the rapidly growing small business breakout sessions, where program managers and acquisition professionals spoke about upcoming opportunities.


Arthur G. Hatcher Jr., director of communications for Air Force Global Strike Command, addresses the chapter at its monthly membership luncheon in March. In March, the chapter was honored to host Arthur G. Hatcher Jr., director of communications for Air Force Global Strike Command, as guest speaker for its monthly membership luncheon. Hatcher is a member of the Senior Executive Service who spent 30 years on active duty with the Air Force and currently leads the staff responsible for managing cyberspace, information technology infrastructure and knowledge operations supporting 24,000 personnel. His previous service includes experience on the Joint Staff, a combatant command and two major commands. He commanded an air expeditionary group, a communications group and two communications squadrons. In his presentation, “Cyber Challenges and Opportunities in Global Strike Command,” Hatcher highlighted the rapidly changing nature of the cyber arena; its implications on evolving global threats; the challenges each pose to the Global Strikes unique nuclear mission; and his directorate’s way forward to meet those challenges. Among his directora ... READ MORE


Bill Jones (r), chapter president, joins Jason Calhoun, Ph.D., supervisor of science and family life education for Prince William County Schools, during the science fair in March. In March, members of the chapter board were on hand at the Prince William County (PWC) Science Fair to serve as judges and to show the chapter’s continued support of this important annual science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) event. The event was hosted at the PWC Administration Building and had projects on display from more than 100 students—making it one of the best fairs the chapter has had the privilege of judging. Bill Jones, chapter president, along with Alvie Johnson, chapter executive vice president, and Reginald Vaughn, vice president for education, spent more than three hours judging exhibits and learning from the students about their respective exhibits. Along the way, the chapter was pleased to award $1,000 in scholarships directly to the winning students for their hard work and dedication. The generous support from chapter members and the board’s dedication to STEM allowed the team to donate $3,000 to PWC schools to help support the Science Fair. The c ... READ MORE


Col. Ken Blakely, USA, commander, Command and Control Support Agency, joins Ron Zich, chapter president, following the colonel’s speech at the March luncheon. The chapter hosted its March luncheon and featured Col. Ken Blakely, USA, commander, Command and Control Support Agency, who spoke to attendees about Army priorities and industry support. The chapter also recognized Young AFCEAN's Fiona Wass with Deltek and Tim Patch with Sagent Partners. SuperNOVA's were also recognized and included Cara Odlen, ANU Professional Training, and Dave Fraley, Paragone Solutions. Congratulations to the awardees.


More than 60 members and guests attend the March luncheon. The chapter held its monthly luncheon at the BP Energy Center in March. A total of 62 attendees caught up on chapter activities and upcoming events with an overview by Master Sgt. Paul Kodiak, USAF, chapter first vice president. Lauren Seawright, an intelligence analyst from the Anchorage, Alaska, FBI field office, presented on cyberthreats and the impact for Alaska. A robust series of questions addressed the nature of cyber vulnerabilities, mitigation techniques and the need for a whole of government approach to tackle threats across the domain. InfraGard, a partnership between the FBI and industry, which shares information and intelligence to prevent hostile acts against the U.S., was highlighted as a key FBI partnership in Alaska, with a more than 100 person InfraGard Chapter in Anchorage. The chapter is looking for opportunities to partner with InfraGard.


Opening the chapter's conference on In March, the chapter, with the support of the Directorate General for Natural Resources, Safety and Maritime Services (DGRM) of the Portuguese Ministry for the Agriculture and the Sea, organized a seminar entitled “RD&I for a Sustainable Future of Marine activities.” The seminar’s main objective was to support companies with the relevant information on the operational needs of the military and government departments dealing with the Portuguese Sea data, for the European maritime research, development and innovation (RD&I) projects. This seminar attracted nearly 120 attendees, including members of the armed and security forces, government organizations, academia and research centers, and industry.
At the opening, Maria Joao Fernandes, national contact point for bioeconomy on the European Program Horizon 2020 and the “Blue Growth,” addressed the financing opportunities for the investigation and innovation of sea and marine ambient.
The seminar was organized in two sessions. The ... READ MORE


Adm. Harry B. Harris, USN (l), commander, United States Pacific Fleet, joins Cory Lindo, chapter president, at the March meeting. In March, the chapter welcomed Adm. Harry B. Harris, USN, commander, United States Pacific Fleet (PACFLT), who spoke on the U.S. rebalance to the Pacific and Asia-Pacific security. A highly decorated naval officer, Adm. Harris assumed command of the PACFLT in October 2013. He stressed the importance of a forward presence and readiness for all outcomes from a position of strength. The chapter’s Senior Government Leader of the Month was Capt. Dave Carson, USN, commander, National Security Agency/Central Security Service Hawaii. The Senior Government Leader for February was Dr. Kathleen Berg, director, Curriculum Research and Development Group, University of Hawaii. The AFCEAN of the Month was Maj. David A. Young, USAF, Infrastructure and Mission Systems Branch chief, headquarters U.S. Pacific Air Forces (PACAF), Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam. Master Sgt. Joseph Ippolito, USAF, noncommissioned officer in charge of the PACAF Cyber Fusion Center, was recognized as the Young AFCEAN of th ... READ MORE


Together at the March luncheon are (l-r) Information Systems Technician 1st Class Corey Walker, USN, Military Cyber Professional of the Month; Tracy Carroll, Civilian Cyber Professional of the Month; Rear Adm. Diane Webber, USN, commander, U.S. Navy Cyber Forces and guest speaker; and Larry Minnick, chapter vice president and AFCEAN of the Month. Rear Adm. Dianne Webber, USN, commander, U.S. Navy Cyber Forces, delivered a presentation entitled “Information Dominance Forces 101” during the chapter’s March luncheon.


The chapter presents Alecia Mullins from Madison County High School with a STEM Teaching Tools grant for $1,000 in March. Adrian Felts, chapter president, presented Alecia Mullins from Madison County High School with one of two STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) Teaching Tools grants in March. Mullins requested a grant to implement a statewide program through the Department of Game and Inland Fisheries called Trout in the Classroom (TIC). TIC provides hands on learning using inquiry-based techniques that teach the skills of research, journaling, data analysis, problem solving and the use of various types of scientific equipment.


Chapter Young AFCEANs, Matt Deutsch (l) Kimberly Matthews (back row, l) and Matt Carroll (back row, c) join in for a presentation of $250 to each of the top 10 Massachusetts MATHCOUNT students in March. In March, a group of chapter Young AFCEANs supported MATHCOUNTS, one of the country’s largest and most successful educational partnerships involving volunteers, educators, industry sponsors and students. MATHCOUNTS promotes middle school mathematics achievement through grassroots involvement and provides a solid foundation for future success in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. The Young AFCEANS proctored and graded exams and awarded $250 scholarships to the top 10 Massachusetts students. Matt Carroll, Wyle, headed the Young AFCEAN team, which included Kimberly Matthews, ESN, and Matt Deutsch, Hanscom Air Force Base.

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