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WASHINGTON DC CHAPTER - November 2014

Randall Conway, director, C4 and Information Infrastructure, Office of the Chief Information Officer, Department of Defense, speaks at the chapter's November Mobile Technology Summit. The chapter's Mobile Working Group Steering Committee sponsored the fourth Annual Mobile Technology Summit in November, which focused on tactical applications and policy affecting the mobile industry. The theme of the summit was "Mobility from the Battlespace to Serving the Homeland." The summit featured keynote and breakout panel discussions from government and industry leaders in the mobile technology space. Topics included cybersecurity, emerging technology, wearable mobile technologies, small business innovation and more. This year's summit was unique because it was laser-focused on government-approved, mission-critical aspects of mobility. Unlike consumer-centric mobile conferences, this summit largely engaged attendees in areas ranging from command and control, common operational picture, flight-line operations and inspections, sniper and anti-sniper applications and battlefield triage. The summit also had an Innovation Jam featuring developers showcasing their latest mobile s ... READ MORE

ARKLATEX CHAPTER - November 2014

Maj. Gen. Richard Clark, USAF (r), accepts the chapter coin from Chapter Executive Vice President Kevin Smith at the November luncheon. Air Force Global Strike Command (AFGSC) Vice Commander Maj. Gen. Richard M. Clark, USAF, gave an inspiring talk at the chapter's general membership luncheon in November in Bossier City, Louisiana, about how commitment is being applied by members of AFGSC. Clark outlined commitment as three steps: 1) proclamation, 2) action and 3) long-term achievement. Clark said Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel's statement in November that "Our nuclear deterrent plays a critical role in ensuring U.S. national security, and it’s DOD’s highest priority mission" was the proclamation of AFGSC's commitment. Clark said AFGSC is currently in the "action" phase, creating new ways to recognize service members to build morale and implementing suggestions solicited from lower-ranked officers about how to improve Global Strike Command's operations. Clark said AFGSC is seeing positive results already during this action phase, and turning the new culture into AFGSC philosophy will make the command's long-term ac ... READ MORE

HAWAII CHAPTER - November 2014

Chapter President Cory Lindo (l) congratulates November luncheon speaker Andy Bonillo, Verizon's director of cybersecurity and public safety. The chapter welcomed November keynote speaker Andy Bonillo, director of cybersecurity and public safety for Verizon's Public Policy, Law and Security organization. He briefed the chapter on the 2014 Data Breach Investigations Report (DBIR), which finds that 92 percent of cyber threats can be categorized into nine basic attack patterns. (Download the full report at www.verizonenterprise.com/dbir.) The chapter also recognized deserving award winners. Senior government leader for October was Senior Master Sgt. John Rodriguez, USAF, cyber operations superintendent, U.S. Pacific Command (PACOM). AFCEA Students of the Month were Marc Ramirez, Waipahu High School, and Joseph Hinz, Maryknoll School. Executive of the Month was Jason Flick, account executive at Aerotek. Young AFCEAN of the Month was Kristen Kawabata, account manager at TEKsystems. AFCEAN of the Month was Master Sgt. Dan Carvalho, USA (Ret.), chapter founding member. Senior Government Leader of the Month was Rear Adm. Nancy No ... READ MORE

WASHINGTON DC CHAPTER - November 2014

Panelists at the chapter's November luncheon include (l-r) moderator Marcus Sachs, vice president, National Security Policy, Verizon; Rear Adm. Kevin E. Lunday, USCG, J-7 director, Exercises and Training, U.S. Cyber Command; Brig. Gen. (retired) Gregory Touhill, USAF, deputy assistant secretary for cybersecurity operations and programs, Office of Cybersecurity and Communications, Department of Homeland Security; and Jeremy Strozer, international security expert and member of the technical staff, CERT Insider Threat Center Software Engineering Program, Carnegie Mellon University.
The chapter sponsored a luncheon in November at the Ritz-Carlton, Pentagon City in Arlington, Virginia. The event featured a panel of leaders discussing the wide, diverse implementation of the National Institute of Standards and Technology Cybersecurity Framework and the impact on government and industry. Additional topics included emerging trends in certification and accreditation and the parenthetical protection profiles. Panelists also discussed challenges in ramping up the cybersecurity workforce and the widely acclaimed Department of Homeland Security Cyber Weather Map's Common Operational Picture. The chapter's monthly luncheon series draws between 350 to 400 senior officers and information technology professionals from across the Department of Defense, armed services and intelligence and civilian agencies to discuss topics of interest to the government information technology community, ranging from information technology networks to mobility to cybersecurity to UAS/sensors.

MONTGOMERY CHAPTER - November 2014

Supported by the chapter's Education Foundation, Wetumpka High School's robotics team In November, chapter members witnessed the results of one of their long-term Education Foundation sponsorships: The Wetumpka High School Robotics Team conducted a demo sales pitch for their newest robot, NERD Runner 3.0, to the Montgomery Industry Partners group in Montgomery, Alabama. Experienced business professionals critiqued the students and provided invaluable feedback in the areas of marketing, planning, promotion, digital model construction and professionalism regarding their sales pitch in preparation for the upcoming South's BEST Robotics Competition. The team, led by Dr. Virginia Vilardi, recently placed first overall in the War Eagle BEST Robotics Competition. The "SteAm Machine," as the team is referred to, is looking to bring strong competition to South's BEST in December. The Montgomery AFCEA Chapter Education Foundation has continuously supported the hard-working robotics team over the years, most recently with a $5,000 donation to fund essential equipment and other ... READ MORE

DAYTON-WRIGHT CHAPTER - November 2014

Col. Gregory Schnulo, USAF, commander of the 178th Fighter Wing, Springfield Air National Guard Base, Ohio, speaks to November luncheon attendees on mission work between Wright-Patterson Air Force and Springfield Air National Guard bases. The chapter hosted Col. Gregory Schnulo, USAF, commander of the 178th Fighter Wing, Springfield Air National Guard Base, Ohio, at its November luncheon. As commander, he leads the Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA) mission and the Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Group. The Guard base lost its F-16 fighter mission in 2010 and changed over to intelligence missions in 2013. Detachment 3 of the Air Force Reserve Officers' Training Corps (ROTC) Honor Guard presented the colors before the luncheon. The luncheon raffle for the chapter's science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) scholarship fund raised $250. Chapter President Linda Skinner made a call for 2015 chapter officer nominations. The luncheon's corporate sponsors were AT&T, CSC, Evanhoe and Associates, Northrop Grumman, Peerless Technologies and Segue Technologies.

TIDEWATER CHAPTER - November 2014

Chapter President Col. Rick Folks, USAF (l), presents Maj. Gen. William Hix, USA, deputy director, Army Capabilities Integration Center, U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC), the chapter polo shirt at the November luncheon. The chapter hosted a luncheon in November with guest speaker Maj. Gen. William Hix, USA, deputy director, Army Capabilities Integration Center, U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC), Fort Eustis, Virginia. Gen. Hix relayed an interesting fact that post-Iraqi transformation of the military did not start in Washington, but in the Hampton Roads, Virginia, area with Air Combat Command, TRADOC and U.S. Fleet Forces Command. He also highlighted the Army’s multiservice roles and unique missions associated with putting "boots on the ground." Gen. Hix spoke about the dynamic changes that have occurred with the recent growth of nonstate actors (the Islamic State group, al-Qaida, etc.) and the impact that technology advancements have on maintaining global stability. With the advent of social media, revolutions can ignite very quickly, but resolution is a long process. In this redefined operating environment, success depends heavily on globally integrated operations, integration of m ... READ MORE

PORTUGAL CHAPTER - November 2014

Dr. Hugo Rocha (r), M2C project manager in Portugal, receives a corporate membership certificate from Rear Adm. Carlos Rodolfo, PRT (Ret.), chapter chairman, AFCEA director and regional vice president, Atlantic Region, in November.
In November, Rear Adm. Carlos Rodolfo, PRT (Ret.), chapter chairman, AFCEA director and regional vice president for the Atlantic area, presented Dr. Hugo Rocha, M2C project manager, with a corporate membership certificate.

NORTH CAROLINA CHAPTER - November 2014

Chapter President Paul Reimers thanks Kimrey Rhinehardt, vice president for federal relations for the University of North Carolina (UNC) system, who spoke at the chapter's November luncheon about the growing relationship between the armed forces and UNC. The chapter welcomed Kimrey Rhinehardt, vice president for federal relations for the University of North Carolina (UNC) system, at its November luncheon. Rhinehardt described the growing relationship UNC has with the armed forces and its commitment to providing useful solutions through an exchange of information and ideas. The partnership has already paid dividends through the National Security Fellowship Program. Rhinehardt emphasized the importance of providing in-state tuition to veterans who should not be penalized for living on post while serving their country.

HAMPTON ROADS CHAPTER - November 2014

Rear Adm. Kathy Creighton, USN, chief of staff, Task Force Cyber Awakening, addresses a sold-out November chapter luncheon in Norfolk, Virginia.  Rear Adm. Kathy Creighton, USN, chief of staff, Task Force Cyber Awakening, addressed a sold-out November chapter luncheon in Norfolk, Virginia.

NORTH CAROLINA CHAPTER - November 2014

The chapter team lines up the next shot during the Veterans Day Semiannual AFCEA Scholarship Golf Tournament in November. Twice a year, the chapter hosts a golf tournament to provide members and friends the opportunity to connect during a day of spirited competition that supports the chapter's scholarships and science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) grants. The chapter thanks sponsors and participants for making the fall Veterans Day tournament a success.

NORTHERN VIRGINIA CHAPTER - November 2014

Women in NOVA's November networking social drew more than 50 women and men from government and industry. Women in NOVA (WIN) held its third annual networking social in November. Special guests Nancy J. Harned, executive director, strategic planning and program planning, Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army (Research and Technology), Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Army (Acquisition, Logistics and Technology), and Cindy Moran, director of network services, Defense Information Systems Agency, made brief comments and spent the remainder of the evening networking with individuals in attendance. It was a dynamic evening of networking with more than 50 women and men from government and industry.

ALASKA CHAPTER - November 2014

Noel Janda of DSI outlines Gigabit Passive Optical Networks (GPONs) to the chapter at the November luncheon. Chapter President Dave Elder kicked off the November chapter luncheon with a quick announcement: The Fairbanks-area military and corporate community is in the process of chartering and establishing the Interior Alaska Chapter. Followed by this exciting news, the guest speaker for the luncheon, Noel Janda of DSI, gave an overview of the Gigabit Passive Optical Network (GPON) Optical LAN, which is primarily used as a carrier service for the last mile, delivering to homes and offices. GPON is military grade, Joint Interoperability Test Command tested, Defense Department approved, outdoor hardened and allows for rapid deployment. While existing infrastructure can be utilized, new installations use less infrastructure, less air conditioning and less electricity. It can give the look and feel of a LAN, but with advanced security and centralized management. In support of green building technology, a large installation will lower capital costs up to 70 percent, require up to 80 percent less ... READ MORE

SILICON VALLEY CHAPTER - November 2014

Col. Glenn Kesselman, USA (Ret.), of Hub City Media Inc. opens the November chapter meeting with his presentation on social media, privacy and operational security. In November, the chapter teamed up with the 63rd Regional Support Command in Mountain View, California, to host a panel discussion on the topic of privacy and operational security concerns surrounding the use of social media. Col. Glenn Kesselman, USA (Ret.), of Hub City Media Inc. opened the meeting with a World War II-era graphic stating, "A careless word—a needless sinking," and went on to explain why we may be sharing too much information and completely unaware of how accessible our data is to the public. Kesselman provided an overview of the different types of social media sites: for example, media sharing, microblogging, social news and social networking. He completed his presentation by focusing on the most pervasive social media sites—Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter—and how general users need to understand the privacy settings of each site and determine what level of information they are comfortable with being available publically. The panel discussion also included Col. Char ... READ MORE

HUNTSVILLE CHAPTER - November 2014

Sol Cates, chief security officer at Vormetric Inc., addresses the chapter at its fall luncheon. The chapter presented Sol Cates, chief security officer at Vormetric Inc., as its guest speaker for its fall luncheon. Joining Vormetric as a security engineer in 2003, Cates quickly became the senior director of field engineering and solutions architecture before assuming his current post. Cates consults with many Fortune 500 companies and government agencies on cybersecurity; Vormetric has more than 1,100 customers, including 17 of the Fortune 25. Cates discussed how cyber attacks have changed from a destructive nature to a monetary focus, where capturing data is the goal. He stated that "data can’t defend itself." Controls need to be put in place to protect data while still allowing businesses to operate without obstruction. Cates continued by saying that attacks are now centered around the acquisition of intellectual property, classified information, infrastructure control, and command and control information. When asked how to protect the data, Cates stated that "policy and seg ... READ MORE

TURKIYE CHAPTER - November 2014

Col. I. Bora Buyukoner, TUA (Ret.), chapter president (l), and Capt. K. Zafer Selcuk, TUN (Ret.), chapter secretary, are at the chapter booth at the November seminar. The second Land Systems Seminar and Exposition in November was organized by the Turkish Defense News Group with support from the chapter and other organizations. The event, which drew more than 600 people, was held at the METU CCC in Ankara, Turkey. The seminar's main goal was to increase common knowledge and share experiences by bringing together key players from the government, military, industry and academia who are interested in military land systems. At this event, 36 presentations were made in six different sessions. Thirty-two companies exhibited. Many participants visited the chapter’s booth in the exhibition hall, and a presentation was provided in the opening session to promote AFCEA International and the Turkiye Chapter. Participants were also encouraged to join AFCEA.

TUCSON CHAPTER - October 2014

Chapter President Maj. Chad Richardson, USAF (r), presents a certificate of appreciation to Brett Scott, founder of the Arizona Cyber Warfare Range, who spoke at the chapter's October luncheon. In October, the chapter welcomed attendees to hear Brett Scott, founder of the Arizona Cyber Warfare Range, for its second fall 2014 professional development luncheon. Scott specializes in cybersecurity, high-performance computing with commodity hardware, software design and development and strategic consulting. During the lunch, Scott shared his vast insight into cyber threats and vulnerabilities for supply chains, from third-party vendors to internal parties. He further illuminated many of the tactics, techniques and procedures that bad actors can use to infiltrate and exploit protected networks. Scott also showcased the Arizona Cyber Warfare Range as a personal and professional playground to exercise cyber exploitation and cybersecurity techniques.

ROCKY MOUNTAIN CHAPTER - October 2014

Brig. Gen. Kevin Wooton, USAF (l), receives a chapter coin from Chapter President Col. Bob Wright, USAF (Ret.). In October, the chapter held its monthly luncheon at the Peterson AFB Club. The highlight of the luncheon was a presentation by Brig. Gen. Kevin Wooton, USAF, director, communications and information, Headquarters Air Force Space Command. Gen Wooton described the Air Force's current and planned contributions to the Joint Information Environment (JIE). He bridged the JIE update into a strategic alignment to the Cyber Mission Forces (CMF) delivering service and national capabilities in that domain. He concluded with how JIE, CMF and intelligence components within Air Force Space Command are being united into a Directorate of Integrated Operations (A2/3/6). Additionally, Col. Michael Varner, USAF (Ret.), regional vice president, Great Plains–Rocky Mountain, announced that the Rocky Mountain Chapter had been named a Model Chapter of the Year for the fifth consecutive time. He also recognized outgoing Chapter President Col. Phil Platt, USAF (Ret.), for his contribution.

ARGENTINA CHAPTER - October 2014

Lt. Col. Fernando Galletta, EA (r), Security Chief Government House, receives a certificate of appreciation from Carlos Amaya, academic coordinator and moderator of the chapter’s October professional development course. In October, the chapter sponsored a professional development course titled “Physical Security” at the Military Circle in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Carlos Amaya, president of ASIS International Chapter 291 in La Plata, served as the academic coordinator and moderator. He presented distinguished speakers, who generated a multidisciplinary field of information and exchange on the art of physical security with the presentation of case studies. The main topics presented, among others were, Experiences in the Management of Physical Security, Organization for Security Studies in the Field of a Company, Physical Security in Telecommunications Infrastructure of a Company and Crisis Management Negotiating. There were 10 speakers and 40 attendees.

MONTGOMERY CHAPTER - October 2014

Montgomery, Alabama, Mayor Todd Strange speaks to luncheon attendees in October regarding cyber in the River Region. In October, the chapter hosted a luncheon featuring Montgomery, Alabama, Mayor Todd Strange at local venue Arrowhead Country Club, drawing a full house of professionals from military, industry and government. Strange discussed local cyber initiatives, including plans to collaborate on a cyber-focused center with Maj. Gen. Steven Kwast, USAF, commander, Curtis E. LeMay Center for Doctrine Development and Education, and vice commander, Air University, Maxwell-Gunter Air Force Base. According to the mayor, working with Gen. Kwast and the local military community provides an opportunity to link information technology and science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) programs with local River Region universities, thereby retaining graduates in Montgomery for information technology-related jobs. The mayor wants to instill cyber training into the universities' curriculum, as it will complement the training needs of local military organizations. Strange continued his information technol ... READ MORE

WASHINGTON DC CHAPTER - October 2014

The chapter's October luncheon featured a panel of speakers including (l-r) Kevin Cooley, executive director and command information officer, Navy Fleet Cyber Command; Victor Gavin, program executive officer, Enterprise Information Systems (PEO EIS), Department of the Navy; and Troy Johnson, director of capability integration (N2/N6FX) and Task Force Cyber Awakening (TFCA) Task Group 3 Navy Cyber Security Lead.
The chapter sponsored a luncheon in October at the Ritz-Carlton, Pentagon City in Arlington, Virginia, where a panel of Navy leaders discussed information dominance and cybersecurity challenges. The panel also discussed the Navy's collaborative approach (fleet, resource sponsor, acquisition) to address these challenges. The chapter's monthly luncheon series draws between 350 to 400 senior officers and information technology professionals from across the Department of Defense, armed services, intelligence and civilian agencies to discuss topics of interest to the government information technology community, ranging from information technology networks to mobility to cybersecurity to UAS/sensors. Speakers included Kevin Cooley, executive director and command information officer, Navy Fleet Cyber Command; Victor Gavin, program executive officer, Enterprise Information Systems (PEO EIS), Department of the Navy; and Troy Johnson, director of capability integration (N2/N6FX) and Task Forc ... READ MORE

GREATER OMAHA CHAPTER - October 2014

Dr. Kenneth Dick (l), School of Interdisciplinary Informatics, College of Information Science and Technology, University of Nebraska Omaha, Omaha, Nebraska, receives a chapter coin from Col. Jeffrey Granger (USAF), chapter president and commander, 55 Communications Group, Omaha, Nebraska, at the September luncheon for addressing the chapter. Dr. Kenneth Dick, School of Interdisciplinary Informatics, College of Information Science and Technology, University of Nebraska Omaha, Omaha, Nebraska, apprised the chapter on "How to Innovate" at its September luncheon. Dr. Dick pointed out that innovation rarely happens within the center of an organization, but it starts at the edge—possibly as a joke, becomes a threat and then becomes obvious. He provided six tips to enhance one's creativity: Open your mind; diversify your thoughts; use mental floss; stop looking for the straight answer; discover your creative rhythm; and remember that good health makes wealth. Dr. Dick commented that there are two types of innovation: evolutionary and revolutionary. He provided several steps to improve one's personal creativity and discussed that the market mindset is a barrier to creative thinking and the ability to innovate. Dr. Dick talked about how to organize using the three circles of innovation. In concluding, he said to develop an effec ... READ MORE

LEXINGTON-CONCORD CHAPTER - October 2014

Young AFCEANs visit Bluefin Robitics in October. In October, a group of Young AFCEANs from Hanscom Air Force Base and the Coast Guard Station, Boston, toured the Bluefin Robotics facility in Quincy, Massachusetts. Bluefin provides deep and shallow water autonomous underwater vehicles (AUVs) and hovering AUVs for ship hull and infrastructure inspections. David Kelly, Bluefin CEO, also hosted a mentorship session with the attendees.

DAYTON-WRIGHT CHAPTER - October 2014

The chapter held its Fall Education, Networking and Membership Event in October at the Hope Hotel and Richard C. Holbrooke Conference Center at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The guest speaker was Dr. R. William Ayers, associate dean, Graduate School, Wright State University. The event allowed members, government, industry and academia personnel to enjoy light refreshments and casual conversation.

OKINAWA CHAPTER - October 2014

Shuichi Katakura (l), regional sales manager for Japan, The Siemon Company, demonstrates the use of fiber optic products to Lt. Col. Nobuhito Ide, Japan Air Self Defense Force (c), commander, 56th Aircraft Control and Warning Group, Japan Air Self Defense Force. Col. Ide has also become an AFCEA Life Member and was presented his certificate and pin during the October event. The chapter held its 3rd Annual TechNet Day in October. This year’s theme was Joint Information Environment (JIE) and attracted 18 participating vendors, corporate sponsors and nearly 300 attendees throughout the day. Key features of the event included a keynote speaker, STEM Teacher Scholarship presentations, a joint discussion panel, vendor presentations and two buffet meals (breakfast sponsored by Infoblox and lunch sponsored by World Wide Technology Inc.). The chapter gives special thanks to AFCEA International’s Member and Chapter Services team for their support.

LEXINGTON-CONCORD CHAPTER - October 2014

In October, the chapter sponsored a professional development workshop at Hanscom Air Force Base. The topic, “Open Systems,” drew a large audience of government, military and civilian engineers and computer scientists as well as associated industry support contractors. Informative presentations were provided by expert guest panel members who included Dr. Stacy Doyle, MIT-Lincoln Lab, discussing “Open Mission Systems;” Harry Levinson, Carnegie Mellon-Software Engineering Institute, discussing “Open Systems: What’s Old is New Again;” Ashu Gupta, IBM, discussing “Build Versus Buy Decisions on Open Source Versus COTS solutions;” and Matt Koehr, Hewlett-Packard, discussing “Open Systems: What to Look For From a Hardware Perspective.” Panel members then fielded questions from participants.

MONTGOMERY CHAPTER - October 2014

Local principals from Montgomery Public Schools and Carol Lamar, district technology instructor for the Montgomery Public School system (2nd from r), accept a Chapter Initiative Grant presented by Charisse Stokes (c), the chapter's director, Education Foundation, in October. In October, Charisse Stokes, director of the chapter's Education Foundation, awarded the Science Teaching Tools Grant and the Chapter Initiative Grant to deserving recipients within the Montgomery Public School system. Steve Blair, district technology coordinator for Montgomery Public Schools, presided over the award ceremony held at Wynton Blount Elementary School. Kristy Hatch, science specialist at Wynton Blount Elementary School, and Mona Green, principal at Wynton Blount Elementary School, accepted a $1,522 Science Teaching Tools Grant on behalf of the school to fund the purchase of iPad minis/cases and wireless temperature probes for science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM)-enhanced learning during science classes. Bobby Abrams, principal at Jefferson Davis High School; Anissha Officer, principal at W.S. Garrett Elementary School; and Charlesetta Robinson, principal at Fews Secondary Acceleration Academy, accepted a Chapter Initiative Grant of $14,616 to fund th ... READ MORE

WASHINGTON DC CHAPTER - October 2014

Panelists at the chapter's small-business event include (l-r) Naveen Krishnamurthy, founder and CEO, RIVA Solutions Inc.; Staci Redmon, president and CEO, Strategy and Management Services Inc. (SAMS); Ali Sajjad, president and CEO, Simba Enterprises LLC 8(a); and Larry Ebeling, owner, 4 Star Technologies. The chapter sponsored a small-business event in October, which featured a panel comprised of leaders representing the various roles of a federal defense contractor, from early stage technology startups to services-oriented companies to contracts-focused, value-added resellers. The panelists shared stories, experiences, challenges and triumphs on a host of topics, ranging from indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity (IDIQ) contracts, business development, proposals, GSA Schedules and sequestration. Panelists also discussed how they made it through tough times to grow their companies into successful federal contractors. Speakers included moderator Steve Charles, co-founder and executive vice president, immixGroup; Larry Ebeling, owner, 4 Star Technologies; Naveen Krishnamurthy, founder and CEO, RIVA Solutions Inc.; Staci Redmon, president and CEO, Strategy and Management Services Inc. (SAMS); and Ali Sajjad, president and CEO, Simba Enterprises LLC 8(a).

GREATER OMAHA CHAPTER - October 2014

Col. Jeffrey R. Granger, USAF (l), commander, 55th Communications Group, Omaha, Nebraska, and chapter president, presents a chapter coin to Stephen Hamersky, physics teacher, Gross Catholic High School, Bellevue, Nebraska. Hamersky received a chapter coin for his presentation to the chapter at its October luncheon. At the chapter's October luncheon, Stephen Hamersky, a physics teacher at Gross Catholic High School, talked about his passion for science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) and how AFCEA grants have supported his efforts. Although his ultimate concern is hooking students on some aspect of STEM, he places emphasis on robotics and spends time supporting it through VEX Robotics Competitions. Hamersky has used prior STEM grants to support open robotics, which uses open-source pieces and has been a very effective way to increase interest for middle school students. He talked about one student who got involved with robotics because of friends and went on to earn a computer science degree. Hamersky concluded by pointing out that AFCEA grants provide the extras that many schools can't afford.

TIDEWATER CHAPTER - October 2014

Chapter President Col. Rick Folks, USAF (l), presents Timothy L. Baker, director, Resource and Acquisition Management Office, Joint Staff J-7, a chapter polo shirt at the October luncheon. The chapter's October luncheon featured Timothy L. Baker, director, Resource and Acquisition Management Office, Joint Staff J-7. He oversees a $900 million annual budget and manages a $180 million annual contract portfolio and all assigned facilities. Baker provided an informative overview of the Joint Staff J-7 Directorate for Joint Force Development organization. During the luncheon, the chapter also recognized outstanding volunteers and award winners.

GREATER OMAHA CHAPTER - October 2014

Col.  Jeffrey R. Granger, USAF, commander, 55th Communications Group, Omaha, Nebraska, and chapter president, presents a chapter coin to Janis Elliot, physics teacher, Bellevue West High School, Bellevue, Nebraska. Elliot received a chapter coin for her presentation to the chapter at its October luncheon. Janis Elliot, a physics teacher at Bellevue West High School, talked about the benefit of AFCEA grants from a different vantage point at the chapter's October luncheon. She said being able to procure specialized equipment is significant, but the emotional support a grant gives to a teacher is irreplaceable. It motivates teachers to want to get out and find more awards—it creates a positive yearning. Accompanying Elliott were Bellevue West High School students Monica Pham, senior, and Logan Van Antwerp, sophomore. Monica and Logan took turns describing the different phases of the High Altitude Learning Over Nebraska (HALON) project they are undertaking with their NASA grant. The project will entail using a weather balloon to measure optical dust within the atmosphere. They talked about the challenges they anticipate and how assistance from their Offutt Air Force Base mentors who volunteered will be invaluable with this endeavor. They realize the key to being successful with such a d ... READ MORE

AFCEA EUROPE - October 2014

Petr Jirasek (l), regional vice president for Central Eastern European and Baltic regions, Frantisek Hrebik, vice rector, Police Academy of the Czech Republic (c) and Josef Pozar, dean, Police Academy of the Czech Republic, present at the chapter meeting in October. The second European faculty advisers and student club representatives meeting was held in Prague at the Police Academy of the Czech Republic in October. More than 30 professors, students and chapter representatives from seven European universities had opportunities to meet with AFCEA’s new president and CEO, Lt. Gen. Robert M. Shea, USMC (Ret.), and Tina Jordan, vice president, region and chapter outreach. Petr Jirasek, regional vice president for Central Eastern European and Baltic regions, was the meeting moderator and organizer. He opened the meeting, explaining the importance of student and Young AFCEAN activities in Europe. AFCEA has in Europe 14 student clubs and cooperation with more than 20 universities in nine countries. During the last three years, students and faculty advisers organized six student symposia and dozens of local workshops and meetings. During the meeting, all the faculty advisers introduced their local activities. Professor Paul Svasta, Politehnica Universi ... READ MORE


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