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The chapter's Young AFCEANs were proud to support the 8th West Point Ethics and Leadership Conference held in March at George Mason University. This annually event brings together over 150 high school juniors from the capital area to discuss the leadership and ethical challenges they face every day under the guidance of cadets from the West Point Academy. This program is led by all volunteers, including Young AFCEANs, with a mission to provide a renewed focus on leadership, character and ethics within the community; create awareness about one's responsibilities as a leader; provide a long-term and local solution to assist schools in developing leadership and ethics programs; and assist in the development community youths. Keynote speakers included Gen. Robert Cone, USA (Ret.), former U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command commander, and Rear Adm. Leo Mackay, USN (Ret.), Lockheed Martin' vice president of ethics.


Richard Lum, vice president of information technology services at Advanced Technologies and Laboratories (ATL) International, receives the AFCEAN of the Month award for March from Lisa Newell, chapter president. Richard Lum, vice president of information technology services at Advanced Technologies and Laboratories (ATL) International, and Brittany Cleveland, federal client relationship manager with Kforce Professional Staffing, were chosen as the AFCEAN and Young AFCEAN, respectively, for the month of March. Lum has participated in several planning committees for the chapter's Cyber Planning Committee. Cleveland supports the chapter by serving as a volunteer at the registration desk for monthly luncheons and symposiums. ATL International is a woman owned small business providing environmental management, nuclear laboratory management, health and safety consultation. Kforce has more than 60 field offices across the country. Cleveland maintains a portfolio of small, medium and large government integrators across civilian, Defense Department and intelligence agencies, providing key professional services support. Lum has been a "behind the scenes" contributor to chapter events. His ability to ... READ MORE


Brig. Gen. Sarah Zabel, USAF, director of cyberspace strategy and policy for the Office of Information Dominance and chief information officer, U.S. Air Force, speaks during the March luncheon. A panel of senior Air Force officials discussed where the Air Force is headed in cybersecurity and information technology initiatives at the March chapter luncheon. The panel discussed the challenges facing the service and some of the programs being developed to address those issues and to satisfy Air Force cyber and IT requirements. Brig. Gen. Sarah Zabel, USAF, the Air Force's director of cyberspace strategy and policy for the Office of Information Dominance and chief information officer, said cybersecurity and information technology solutions should be better integrated and not seen as separate programs and solutions. In addition to Zabel, who moderated the panel, other speakers included: Peter Kim, deputy director, Cyberspace Operations, U.S. Air Force; Maj. Joel Silk, USAF, chief, future cyber ISR capabilities, U.S. Air Force; and Jeff H. Stanley, associate deputy assistant secretary of the Air Force for science, technology and engineering. The luncheon was held at the Ritz Car ... READ MORE


Chapter member Kat Devirgilio of Adtran helps judge the North Alabama Regional Science and Engineering Fair in March, which featured student science projects such as this one, titled As part of the chapter's science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) efforts, it participated in the North Alabama Regional Science and Engineering Fair (NARSEF) held in March at the University Fitness Center on the University of Alabama Huntsville Campus. AFCEA member Kat Devirgilio of Adtran participated as a judge for the event. The following students were given $125 cash prizes for their submissions: Hunter Phillips of Covenant Christian Academy (Development of novel unmanned aerial vehicle [UAV]: Nanoscale traverse tilt-rotor helicopter); Erin Wallace of Muscle Shoals Middle School ("Be Strong" I whispered to my Wi-Fi signal); Garret Lawrence of Covenant Christian Academy (Newer, Better, Faster?); and Alexis Hereford of Rainbow Elementary (Why no Wi-Fi?). The chapter congratulates the winners and hopes to see more great work from them in future STEM events!


Cory Lindo (l), chapter president, presents a token of appreciation to March guest speaker Col. Michael Finn II, USAF, director of communications and chief information officer (CIO), Headquarters Pacific Air Forces. In March, the chapter welcomed Col. Michael Finn II, USAF, director of communications and chief information officer (CIO), Headquarters Pacific Air Forces. He discussed the merger of command and control and cyber operations. This merger facilitates mission assurance and is the path to information dominance and protection in cyber space.

The chapter expressed its gratitude and thanks to outgoing chapter directors and officers for their excellent work and dedication. In addition, it welcomed incoming directors and officers whose term starts April 1.

The chapter was honored to recognize March awardees: February Senior Government Leader of the Month Linda Newton, Pacific Fleet N-6; Students of the Month Kami Yamamoto of St. Francis High School, and Keane Kouchi of Aiea High School; Young AFCEAN of the Month Master Sgt. Jon Douglas, USAF, Defense Information Systems Agency Pacific; Senior Government Leader Mark Wong, CIO/director of information technology, city and county o ... READ MORE


Together at the March Technology Over Bagels are Thomas Topping, director of Department of Defense and special programs, FireEye, and Chapter Young AFCEAN President Kendra Andrew, director of staffing and programs, Tensley Consulting Inc.  FireEye is an AFCEA member company with volunteers supporting multiple AFCEA chapters. The chapter hosted FireEye to discuss Cyber Analytical Methods at the March Technology Over Bagels (TOB). More than 25 government and contractor personnel gathered at Praxis Engineering to hear Tom Topping from FireEye providing insight into FireEye's approach. The presentation and lively discussion touched on many topics such as: transforming raw cyber event data into threat actor identification; real-time cyber indicator sharing; and FireEye's threat actor intelligence reports. With a variety of products and over 50 tier-three cyber threat experts, FireEye supports five of the six largest telecommunications companies and large companies in the financial industry. The chapter's TOB topic and presenting company changes with each event, and is held monthly at Praxis Engineering in the National Business Park, Annapolis Junction, Maryland.


Together at the March meeting are (l-r) Kelly Stewart-Belisle, chapter president; Lt. Col. Nick Torrington-Smith, CAF, guest speaker; and Dave Johnson, chapter vice president of operations. As the cyber domain grows, the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) must take cyber operations into consideration. To this end, the Joint Cyber Operations Team (JCOT) is an integral piece of the Canadian Joint Operations Command (CJOC) team, which brings cyber subject matter expertise to planning efforts done at the operational level. A presentation to the chapter on this subject in March highlighted the roles and responsibilities of the JCOT and how cyber support to CAF operations is achieved.


Lt. Gen. John Thompson, USAF, commander, Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, addresses New Horizons Symposium attendees on The chapter hosted its annual New Horizons Symposium in March at the Marriott Newton Hotel, Newton, Massachusetts. Bud Vazquez, board chairman, welcomed more than 480 government and industry attendees to this annual scholarship fundraising event. Master of ceremonies, Jamie Thurber, Lockheed Martin, co-chair of the event with Maryanne Carlson, Quantech, introduced the honored keynote speaker, Lt. Gen. John Thompson, USAF, commander, Air Force Life Cycle Management Center (AFLCMC), who opened with his address on "Providing the Warfighter's Edge." Featured business opportunity briefings included presentations from AFLCMC program executive officers, Steven Wert, Battle Management, and Maj. Gen. Craig Olson, USAF, C3I & Networks, as well as from Brig. Gen. William Cole, USA, deputy commanding general, U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command, Natick Soldier Systems Center, and Dr. Eric Evans, director, Lincoln Laboratory. The agenda also included a presentation from Dr ... READ MORE

ARKLATEX CHAPTER - February 2015

1st Lt. Joey Arora, USAF, 2nd Operations Support Squadron at Barksdale Air Force Base, takes the microphone during the Mobile Strategy and Smart Cities breakout session with Twin Engine Labs staff in February. The chapter hosted dozens of business and civic leaders at the chapter's first ever Smart Cities Initiative Mobile Enablement Symposium in February at Bossier Parish Community College in Bossier City, Louisiana. The symposium demonstrated how organizations can take advantage of mobile phones, applications and features to empower a business and a community.

On hand to share new practices that have helped their businesses grow were representatives from Bossier Parish Community College; Twin Engine Labs, an application developer; Red Ball Oxygen, a provider of welding supplies and equipment; KTBS Inc., a local television station; Thermopylae Sciences + Technology, an IT company; and import2, a data moving company. Breakout sessions allowed for questions and answers about mobile strategy execution, data integration and how to develop cities into "Smart Cities."

The symposium aimed to teach decision makers what mobile enablement does for ROI, the next steps for building a m ... READ MORE


Col. Jeffrey Granger, USAF (l), chapter president, presents a chapter coin to the February luncheon speaker, Charlie Croom, vice president, cyber strategy and government relations, Lockheed Martin Information Systems and Global Solutions. In February, Charlie Croom, vice president, cyber strategy and government relations, Lockheed Martin Information Systems and Global Solutions, Bethesda, Maryland, visited the chapter and made a presentation on cyber operations. Croom briefed cybersecurity is an 80-20 percent proposition, 80 percent achieved through a common operational picture, while the remaining 20 percent can be addressed through advanced research, processes and intelligence operational experience/framework. Croom referred to "data as the new oil." You have to refine it, you have to find it and you have to build pipelines to move it from origin to where it is needed. Croom offered his views on cyber attacks and how to stop them. He concluded by emphasizing these points: People and tradecraft are significantly more important than tools; intelligence is essential to effective, proactive cyber defense and mission operations; and security should enable and support your mission operations not impede them.


Robert Curbeam Jr., vice president, mission assurance, quality and Raytheon Six Sigma, Raytheon Integrated Defense Systems, addresses the crowd at a Diversity Committee luncheon commemorating African American History Month in February. The chapter's Diversity Committee, led by Kim Cranson, in coordination with the Hanscom Air Force Base African American Heritage Committee, led by Capt. Yolanda Obey, USAF, hosted a luncheon in February at the Minuteman Commons, Hanscom Air Force Base, to commemorate African American History Month. Steve Falcone, chapter president, presided as master of ceremonies. Special guest speaker, Robert Curbeam Jr., vice president, mission assurance, quality and Raytheon Six Sigma, Raytheon Integrated Defense Systems, and a retired naval aviator and NASA astronaut, discussed leadership with those attending. Capt. Obey followed providing some history on African American Heritage Month.

TUCSON CHAPTER - February 2015

Ervin Frazier, senior scientist for the innovation and technology business element at Rincon Research Corporation, shares the complexities of high performance cloud computing with attendees at the February chapter luncheon. In February, the chapter luncheon attendees learned about the impact of cloud-based computing architectures on high-performance mission processing requirements from Ervin Frazier, Rincon Research Corporation senior scientist for the innovation and technology business element. Frazier's informative session focused on the evolution of cloud computing, efficiencies of parallel versus serial processing, engineering requirements such as equipment types, physical location and HVAC considerations to assure high performance and reduce latency. He also highlighted the differences in Infinaband versus 10GigE technology, which generated great discussion amongst the attendees. During the luncheon, the chapter also recognized Capt. Brandon Bendigo, USAF, on his Regional Distinguished Young AFCEAN Award from AFCEA West 2015.


Lt. Col. James Hamilton, USAF, Air Force Technical Applications Center (l), and Lt. Col. Katrina Felder, USAF, commander of the 45th Space Communications Squadron, chapter vice presidents, await the February award ceremony. The February meeting was devoted to the recognition of civilian, enlisted and commissioned U.S. Air Force personnel working at Patrick Air Force Base, Florida. These awards, given annually by the Air Force, are for outstanding performance in the fields of communications and information at a professional level. Col. R. Cary Amburn, USAF, director of the Logistics and Systems Directorate for the Air Force Technical Applications Center, presented awards to 18 individuals and to one team for the Gen. Harold W. Grant Team award. Additionally, four individuals were recognized as 25th Air Force winners and four individuals as Air Force winners. Lt. Col. Katrina L. Felder, USAF, commander of the 45th Space Communications Squadron, presented awards to eight individuals and to one team for the Air Force Outstanding Information Assurance Element award and another team for the Gen. Edwin Rawlings Team award. Additionally, one individual was recognized as 14th Air Force winner and another indivi ... READ MORE


Together at the chapter's February event are (l-r) Bill Page, incoming chapter vice president for programs; Lt. Julie Hansen, USAF; Col. Troy Brashear, USAF; and Steve Quilici, chapter president. Col. Troy Brashear, USAF, is the director of the Advanced Systems and Development Directorate at Los Angeles Air Force Base, California, and the commander of Space and Missile Systems Center's (SMC's) Detachment 1 at Kirtland Air Force Base, New Mexico. The directorate's mission is to deliver responsive space capabilities to users across the national security space community and conduct developmental planning, science and technology, and presystems acquisition for the SMC. Col.Brashear leads a combined team of more than 740 military, government civilians and contractors in four geographically separated units responsible for development, acquisition, demonstration, launch, test and operations of Defense Department and civil space systems. Col. Brashear discussed the challenges of blending two organizations together to form the Air Force's premier center for advanced systems and developmental planning when he spoke to the chapter in February. He reviewed the organization's core functi ... READ MORE

PORTUGAL CHAPTER - February 2015

Capt. Mario Simoes Marques, PRT NA, delivers the keynote speech at the February seminar, In February a seminar, "Modeling and Simulation (M&S): A key to the challenges of the future of armed and security forces," organized by the chapter and the general directorate of Resources of National Defence (DGRDN), was held at the Joint Defense Institute (IESM), in Lisbon. The seminar was attended by 130 participants from institutional organizations, armed forces, security forces, enterprises and organizations of the scientific and technological system, which witnessed the interest of the subject and contributed to the success of the event. The seminar discussed the relevance of M&S for the armed and security forces, analyzing the developments in this field and the capacity to ensure the operability of the forces, in a joint or combined environment, in the face of present budgetary constraints. The opening session included: Rear Adm. Joćo Valente dos Santos, PRT NA, deputy director of IESM; Maj. General Henrique Castanheira Macedo, deputy director general of DGRDN; and Chapter P ... READ MORE


High school seniors are highly encouraged to apply now for the Lift Off Scholarship provided by the chapter. In past four years, the chapter has awarded more than $45,000 in scholarships to deserving students in the Fort Knox and surrounding communities. It is planning a great year in 2015 and will award one or more $1,000 scholarships to high school students who plan to major in a STEM (science, technology, engineering, or mathematics) discipline.

Students who have a GPA of 3.0 or higher, who reside in Bullitt, Hardin, Meade or Jefferson counties, or are a child of parent who works on Fort Knox, and who will pursue a bachelor's degree in a STEM field, should apply by submitting an application package not later than May 1.

Education is one of AFCEA's core values, and our goal is to support the next generation of STEM Leaders. We work towards this goal in a variety of ways: by providing scholarships to students entering college in a STEM discipline; by providing sch ... READ MORE

HAWAII CHAPTER - February 2015

AFCEA International award recipients honored in February are 1st Lt. Kyle Rimando, USAF (l), Distinguished Young AFCEAN Award, and Maj. Joseph Watson, USAF, Emerging Leadership Award. They accept the Young AFCEAN Program Award on behalf of the chapter. The chapter's Young AFCEAN program received the 2014 Young AFCEA Program of the Year Award (Very Large Chapter Class) and the Young AFCEAN Model Chapter of the Year Award presented at the AFCEA West conference in San Diego in February.

For demonstrating continuous leadership in Young AFCEAN activities since winning the Distinguished Young AFCEAN Award, Maj. Joseph Watson, USAF, received the Emerging Leadership Award for his exceptional service to AFCEA at the local and/or international level.

For his for exceptional performance in leadership and guidance for the Young AFCEAN program, superior technical achievement in the professional arena, a record of going "above and beyond" and mentoring other Young AFCEANs, 1st Lt. Kyle Rimando, USAF, received the Distinguished Young AFCEAN Award.

Thank you, Maj. Watson and 1st Lt. Rimando, for your support, time volunteered and dedication to promoting the Young AFCEANs in Hawaii.

HAWAII CHAPTER - February 2015

Cory Lindo, chapter president, joins February guest speaker Jodi Ito, information security officer at the University of Hawaii. The chapter welcomed Jodi Ito, information security officer at the University of Hawaii, for its February meeting. Ito discussed the university's security landscape, and the event included a brief from Col. Reynold Hioki, Hawaii National Guard, on Po'oihe, a cybersecurity exercise performed in a virtual range.

The chapter's Young AFCEAN program received the 2014 Young AFCEAN Program of the Year Award (Very Large Chapter Class) and the Young AFCEAN Model Chapter of the Year Award from AFCEA International. Maj. Joseph Watson, USAF, received the Emerging Leadership Award. 1st Lt. Kyle Rimando, USAF, received the Distinguished Young AFCEAN Award.

The chapter was honored to recognize February awardees: Students of the Month Andrew Chun, Roosevelt High School; and Kainoa Correa, Saint Louis High School; AFCEAN of the Month Lt. Col. Sanford Ching, USAF (Ret.); Executive of the Month Lt. Col. Kirk Durante, USA (Ret.), president, Native Hawaiian Veterans; and January Young AFC ... READ MORE

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