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PORTUGAL CHAPTER - June 2015

Attending the chapter's board of directors meeting in June are (l-r) Pedro Filipe, chapter treasurer; Lt. Col. Jose Gorgulho, PRT AF, second vice president; Rear Adm. Carlos Rodolfo, PRT (Ret.), regional vice president, Atlantic Region, and chapter chairman; Maj. Gen. Peter Treche, DEU AF (Ret.), general manager, AFCEA Europe; Lt. Gen. Robert Shea, USMC (Ret.), president and CEO of AFCEA International; Rear Adm. Mario Durao, PRT (Ret.), chapter president; and Col. Antonio Salvado, PRT AR, first vice president. In June, Lt. Gen. Robert M. Shea, USMC (Ret.), president and CEO of AFCEA International, with Maj. Gen. Peter Treche, DEU AF (Ret.), visited the chapter and met with its board of directors. Gen. Shea’s first visit to Portugal included meetings with the Portuguese Ministry of Defense, the General Staff of the Portuguese Armed Forces (EMGFA) and the Portuguese Platform for Defense Industries (idD). Rear Adm. Mario Durao, PRT (Ret.), chapter president, and Rear Adm. Carlos Rodolfo, PRT (Ret.), regional vice president, Atlantic Region, and chapter chairman, accompanied the visitors. On the visit to EMGFA, Gen. Shea and Gen. Treche were received by Lt. Gen. Silvio Sampaio, PRT AF, and Capt. Belo Fabiao, PRT N, Communication and Information Services Armed Forces Directorate.

HAMPTON ROADS CHAPTER - June 2015

Capt. Kevin Hill, USN, commander, Afloat Training Group Atlantic, speaks at the June luncheon. The chapter welcomed the 2015-16 science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) scholarship award winners and their parents to its June monthly luncheon with keynote speaker Capt. Kevin Hill, USN, commander, Afloat Training Group Atlantic. Arthur Hernandez, chapter vice president of education, presented.

GREATER OMAHA CHAPTER - June 2015

Col. Jeffrey Granger, USAF, chapter president, shakes hands with Elizabeth Durham-Ruiz, technical adviser, C-4 Systems Directorate, U.S. Strategic Command (USSTRATCOM), Offutt Air Force Base, Omaha, Nebraska, a speaker at the June TechNet event. The chapter hosted its Heartland TechNet in June at the Bellevue Welcome Center support facility. Major companies sponsored 11 different booths. Vendors spared no expense in exhibiting and demonstrating their innovative products and services. Participating companies were 1 Staff Training, Omaha, Nebraska; Draycor, San Diego; Dynamic Systems Inc., Austin, Texas; Great Plains Communications, Blair, Nebraska; Hewlett-Packard, Palo Alto, California; Iron Bow Technologies, Chantilly, Virginia; Juniper Networks, Sunnyvale, California; Software Engineering Solutions, Bellevue, Nebraska; Sterling Computers, Dakota Dunes, South Dakota; Vectrus, Colorado Springs, Colorado; and WESCO, Pittsburgh. At the event, Elizabeth Durham-Ruiz, technical adviser, C-4 Systems Directorate, U.S. Strategic Command (USSTRATCOM), Offutt Air Force Base, Omaha, Nebraska, said USSTRATCOM is one of nine combatant commands with a global perspective. There are nine diverse missions assigned, which creates a challenge ... READ MORE

WASHINGTON DC CHAPTER - May 2015

Brig. Gen. Kevin Nally, USMC, director of Command, Control, Communications and Computers, and chief information officer, speaks at the chapter's May luncheon. Gen. Nally retires in July. Leaders within the Marine Corps had an engaging discussion on extending the service’s enterprise network during a May chapter luncheon. Before the panel discussion began, Brig. Gen. Kevin Nally, USMC, chief information officer, made a point of categorically rejecting how a top cyber official had characterized the Corps’ enterprise network a day earlier. “The network is not a mess,” he said. “And I’ll tell you for a fact—five years being in the job—I have never had a commander call me and complain about the network.” Panelists later discussed the growth and direction of their information technology initiatives. The service’s goal is to give commanders a breadth of information technology options for responding to crises, from deploying a greater range of mobile devices to taking advantage of remote desktops. The Marine Corps wants its digital footprint to catch up to its physical one. Speakers included Col. Pete Dillon, USMC, Strategic Planning Division chief, Command, Control, Commun ... READ MORE

WASHINGTON DC CHAPTER - May 2015

Chapter President Lisa Newell congratulates May AFCEAN of the Month Rob Cordray. Rob Cordray, vice president and U.S. Army account executive at General Dynamics Information Technology, and Sarah Greenert, senior marketing analyst, business development, Defense Solutions Division, General Dynamics Information Technology, were chosen as the AFCEAN and Young AFCEAN, respectively, for May. Cordray joined the chapter’s Military IT Leadership Awards Committee in August 2014 and has been engaged ever since. He helped plan and execute the Military IT Leadership Awards Dinner. Cordray’s leadership directly contributed to the success of the dinner. Greenert joined AFCEA in August 2014 as well. She led crucial marketing efforts for the Military IT Leadership Awards Dinner and was instrumental in developing and implementing a strategy for outreach to key military leaders.

HAWAII CHAPTER - May 2015

The chapter's Young AFCEANs toured the Defense Information Systems Agency Pacific Command (DISA-PAC) enterprise operations center in May. In May, the chapter’s Young AFCEANs had the opportunity to tour the Defense Information Systems Agency Pacific Command (DISA-PAC) facilities. DISA-PAC provides regional management, operational direction and maintenance of assigned portions of the Global Information Grid (GIG) and command, control and communications (C3) information systems operations in the Pacific and Indian Ocean areas. The Young AFCEAN group received a behind-the-scenes look at the DISA-PAC enterprise operations center that manages communication links for military networks throughout the Pacific.

AUGUSTA-FORT GORDON CHAPTER - May 2015

At the May Lunch and Learn are (from l) guest speaker Tom Patterson, vice president and general manager of Unisys Global Security Solutions; Bob Damen, chapter president; Grace Belangia of the Clubhouse; and Brig. Gen. Jeff Foley (Ret.), USA, of Loral Mountain Solutions LLC. Tom Patterson, vice president and general manager of Unisys Global Security Solutions, gave the chapter’s May Lunch and Learn presentation on advanced approaches to old security problems at the Gordon Conference and Catering Center, Fort Gordon, Georgia.

STUTTGART CHAPTER - May 2015

Col. Jeremiah Boenisch, USAF, Special Operations Command Europe (SOCEUR) J-6 director, addresses scholarship recipients and luncheon attendees in May. The annual Stuttgart STEM Scholarship Competition and Awards luncheon was held in May. More than $12,000 was awarded to six graduating seniors and two teachers from Patch High School. The chapter hosted Col. Jeremiah Boenisch, USAF, Special Operations Command Europe (SOCEUR) J-6 director, as the guest speaker. He delivered a motivational speech encouraging students and other attendees to set and write down goals so that a daily reminder will keep them on track to succeed. The students’ science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) projects were on display, allowing attendees the opportunity to meet the students and discuss their projects. The projects included building and programming a remote-operated robot; constructing a tremolo box; creating an LED 10-light circuit board; producing a portable 12-volt solar battery charger; and designing generators based on cell biotechnology. All participants presented impressive projects, and all were awarded with scholarship funds fo ... READ MORE

CANAVERAL CHAPTER - May 2015

Guest speaker Andrew Benhase of Cisco Systems presents A principal software architect for Cisco Systems spoke to the chapter in May about cyber and its ingredients. Andrew Benhase touted the Global Positioning System as the worldwide source for the precise timing signal needed to make cyber work. To modernize and standardize the cyber systems in the Department of Defense, 130 teams of cyber specialists are being sent to the various department installations. Benhase related that use of cloud computing will reduce the amount of hardware needed in a location. He remarked that the CIA is using the cloud. Because much data is short-lived, commercial encryption is being used in some applications. In chapter activities, President Dave Bryant asked members for nominations to the board of officers being elected in August.

DAYTON-WRIGHT CHAPTER - May 2015

At the chapter's May luncheon, Wright State University information systems chair Shu Schiller (2nd from r) presented education awards with Dan Goddard, chapter vice president of education (l), and Chapter President David Hart (r) to Joshua Rowland (2nd from l) and Brent Ahlers. Not pictured is award winner Madison Susey. The chapter’s May luncheon featured Dr. Eileen Bjorkman, a member of the Senior Executive Service, deputy to the director of air, space and information operations, Air Force Materiel Command (AFMC), Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. She advises the operations director in shaping the work force and infrastructure for operations to test, field and sustain war-winning capabilities. The directorate is responsible for developmental test and evaluation (DT&E) infrastructure for AFMC. As the directorate’s senior civilian, she oversees all test-center activities. She focused on the sweeping changes in information security to cybersecurity. The luncheon corporate sponsors were AT&T, Evanhoe and Associates, JJR Solutions, Northrop Grumman and Segue Technologies. JJR Solutions sponsored the corporate raffle for the scholarship fund.

PORTUGAL CHAPTER - May 2015

Members of the armed and security forces, government organizations, academia, research centers and industry participate in the May forum. In May, the chapter and IDC Portugal organized the seminar “Cybersecurity Forum: Security Challenges in the Third Platform” at the Joint Defense Institute (IESM) in Lisbon, Portugal. The event attracted more than 200 attendees, including members of the armed and security forces, government organizations, academia, research centers and industry. The forum’s main objective was to address the strategies and the most current cybersecurity topics in the new technological paradigm based on cloud, mobility, big data and social business technologies. The opening session included Rear Adm. João Valente dos Santos, PRT NA, deputy director of IESM; Rear Adm. Mario C. Durao, PRT NA (Ret.), chapter president, and Gabriel Coimbra of IDC Portugal. Jose Carlos Martins, coordinator of the National Cybersecurity Center (NCS), delivered the keynote address, which described the organization and its competencies, objectives and projects. In the first session, Timóteo Figueiró, research and consulting ma ... READ MORE


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