Brig. Gen. Sarah E. Zabel, USAF, director, cyberspace strategy and policy, Office of Information Dominance and chief information officer, Office of the Secretary of the Air Force, was the speaker for the August luncheon. As the cyberspace operations and support career field functional manager, Gen. Zabel is responsible for the development of 43,000 officers, enlisted and civilian personnel. She oversees the Air Force cybersecurity program to ensure compliance with all legislative, Department of Defense and joint policies and directives. Additionally, she leads the Air Force in developing cyberspace strategies, policies and enterprise architectures across business, information, weapon system, and defense intelligence mission areas. She has served within the communications and cyber field as the 43rd Communications Squadron commander at Pope Air Force Base, North Carolina, a computer security evaluator at the National Security Agency, a computer and network programmer, an Air Force A ... READ MORE
In September, the chapter recognized its Young AFCEAN of the Month award winner, Isaac Barnes, chief operating officer and vice president of Eminent IT, a service disabled veteran owned firm. Barnes currently serves as the chief technology officer (CTO) of the chapter. He has previously served as Young AFCEAN co-chair of emerging technologies, Young AFCEAN co-chair of the Sponsorship Committee and a volunteer for various chapter events. As CTO, Barnes is responsible for providing technical guidance, support and strategy to the chapter.
The chapter held a lively panel discussion in September, themed "Storage Wars: the Future of Storage." Moderated by Maj. Joe Watson, USAF, panelists included Paul Austin, chief technology officer, EMC Federal; Ronald Perkins, senior data center architect, Tintri Incorporated; Bryan Jackson, solution architect, HP; Jeff Baxter, senior engineering manager, NetApp Federal; and Kian Beals, senior storage architect, Dell Federal. Discussion ranged from real-time event analysis to virtualized architecture. This informative discussion showcased the panelists' passion for their storage offerings. The chapter pleased to recognize this month's awardees: Executive of the Month Steve Reinstein, Western regional and Pacific Rim government manager for Anixter Federal; AFCEAN of the Month Farrah Burke, account manager at Integrated Security Technologies Incorporated; and Young AFCEAN of the Month Master Gunnery Sgt. Jorge Valdez, USMC (Ret.) of Marine Corps Forces Pacific. AFCEA Students of the Mo ... READ MORE
The Chapter held its Fall Golf tournament in September at the Atkinson Resort & Country Club, Atkinson, New Hamshire. In all, 140 golfers from government and industry participated in a shotgun scramble to benefit the chapter's Education Fund. A luncheon followed at which Steve Falcone, chapter president, welcomed participants and thanked tournament co-chairs Bob Chisolm, Fisheye Software, and Col. Gregg Kline, USAF, Air Force Life Cycle Management Center/HBB, Hanscom Air Force Base, for organizing the tournament and industry sponsors for their generous support of this annual event, which raises thousands of dollars to support chapter scholarships. Winning teams were then acknowledged and raffle prizes awarded.
In September, the chapter hosted a welcome reception for incoming Maxwell Air Force Base(AFB)–Gunter Annex leadership, Col. Michael Jiru, USAF, and Col. Ronald Jobo, USAF. The reception drew a great turnout of roughly 40 attendees and was hosted at local venue Arrowhead Country Club. Lt. Col. Leonard Boothe, USAF, chapter president, kicked off the event with a brief overview of the chapter and the AFCEA organization as a whole. Charisse Stokes, director of the chapter's Education Foundation, followed Col. Boothe's discussion by introducing Col. Jiru and Col. Jobo to the outreach efforts of the extremely active foundation. Col. Boothe then invited each colonel to make an individual short presentation to introduce themselves to reception attendees and share some of their Air Force experiences. Col. Jobo shared his enthusiasm to be a part of Robert "Shof" Shofner's team at Maxwell AFB–Gunter Annex supporting the Program Executive Office for Business and Enterprise Systems (PEO BES) as ... READ MORE
The chapter held its annual summer social in September at the Doubletree Bedford Glen Hotel, Bedford, Massachusetts. Nino Amoroso of the Association of Old Crows welcomed all and introduced distinguished guests from government and industry including special guest, Bob Wood, executive vice president, AFCEA International. Shannon Sullivan, regional vice president, congratulated the chapter's new president, Steve Falcone, presenting him with his president's pin and bid adieu to outgoing president Bud Vazquez, presenting him with his past president's pin. Falcone then paid homage to Vazquez for his incomparable commitment to the chapter by highlighting the myriad achievements, scholarships awarded and international awards received under Vazquez’s dynamic leadership, including the Model Chapter of the Year and the Brenda Dougherty Diversity Awards. Falcone also congratulated individual AFCEA International award winners, including Capt. Bobby Walker, Distinguished Young AFCEAN; Matt C ... READ MORE
The chapter’s 7th Annual Joint Warfighter IT Day in September was a great success. Featured speakers included Lt. Gen. Mark Bowman, USA, director, command, control, communications and computers/cyber and chief information officer, Joint Chiefs of Staff; Lt. Gen. Michael Basla, USAF, chief, Information Dominance and chief information officer, Office of the Secretary of the Air Force; Lt. Gen. Douglas Robb, USAF, director, Defense Health Agency (DHA); Dave Shedd, acting director of the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA); Brig. Gen. Gregory Touhill, USAF (Ret.), Department of Homeland Security deputy assistant secretary for Cybersecurity Operations and Programs; Maj. Gen. Al Lynn, vice director, Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA); John Wilcox, director, Communications Systems/J-6, U.S. Special Operations Command; and Christopher Miller, program executive officer of Defense Healthcare Management Systems. The chapter attracted hundreds from the Washington, D.C., area to this one-d ... READ MORE
To wrap up the month of August, the chapter's Young AFCEANs and members participated in a community outreach event. The team traveled to two local Bay Area charities that provide critical services to homeless and unemployed veterans. The team’s services included painting, cleaning and landscaping. It was a great time for the Young AFCEANs and members of the chapter to give back and get involved in the community.
For the first time, the chapter’s Young AFCEANs hosted an event in Berlin in August. They visited one of the Bundeswehr tactical air command and control service units at Tempelhof Airport. Jochen Reinhardt, vice president of the chapter Young AFCEANs, was very pleased to see so many new faces: "I am glad to extend our network to Berlin and to get such a positive resonance." Twelve Young AFCEANs met exactly at the place where British and U.S. candy bombers touched ground during the airlift in the Cold War. Today, the German Air Force monitors the airspace and maintains the radar tower. After that, the participants ascended the radar tower. At a height of more than 50 meters, the Young AFCEANs had a magnificent view of Berlin. The event ended with a social gathering. After this success, the planning for the next Berlin event in 2015 has already started.
In August, the chapter hosted its Annual Awards event at local venue Arrowhead Country Club. The event served to recognize the outstanding efforts of some of the chapter’s best and brightest members over the past year. Among those recognized were, Adam Vencill, the chapter’s Young AFCEAN of the Year for 2014; Brian Knott, the chapter’s Industry AFCEAN of the Year for 2014; and Denise Baylor, the chapter’s Government AFCEAN of the Year for 2014. All of these individuals played prominent roles in ensuring the success of the Montgomery Information Technology Summit conference in May. During the breakfast event, the Education Foundation received a generous donation in the amount of $5,000 from Integrated Computer Solutions (ICS) and CEO Steve Goldsby. Charisse Stokes, director, Montgomery AFCEA Chapter Education Foundation, took a moment during the ceremony to formally recognize and thank Goldsby and ICS for their continued support to helping the Education Foundation provide essential f ... READ MORE
In August the chapter welcomed Edie Ebbert Dopkin, Ph.D., founder and director of operations at Quantum Leap Farm. Quantum Leap Farm, a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization, is a nationally recognized equestrian program serving injured and disabled civilian adults and children, as well as military service members and their families. Founded in 2000, the farm is the only one of its kind in the state of Florida to offer multiple therapies supporting physical, cognitive, and/or emotional disabilities. Dopkins stated, “The goal of the organization is to focus on abilities rather than disabilities and helping people grow strong through therapeutic goals.” Recognizing the need for the service, Dopkins made sure that 60 percent of the 1,100 people seeking therapy are service members and their families. She emphasized, “It’s a social program to meet others with the same struggles and enable participants to expand their social support network.”
Col. Bill Cooley, USAF, director, Global Positioning Systems (GPS) Directorate, Space and Missile Systems Center, Air Force Space Command, Los Angeles Air Force Base, served as guest speaker for the chapter’s August meeting. He is responsible for a multiservice, multinational systems directorate that conducts development, acquisition, fielding and sustainment of all GPS space segment, satellite command and control (ground) and military user equipment. GPS accuracy is 6 meters for civilian, and 3 meters for military applications. However, as GPS continues to be upgraded, it is anticipated that within a decade smart phones will have 10-centimeter accuracy. Col. Cooley suggested this will open possibilities for innovative applications that can’t even be imagined now. GPS III is about two years behind schedule, in part because of the significant cybersecurity demands placed on it. However, the GPS constellation is in good shape with 39 satellites on orbit. Col. Cooley pointed out ... READ MORE
In August, the chapter’s Women In Intelligence Group (WIIG) braved stormy weather to enjoy a very successful WIIG social hosted by Prime Solutions and Tensley Consulting. The group enjoyed appetizers and libations at Union Jack’s in Columbia, Maryland, while networking and enjoying the good company. Highlights included the raffling off of “Crucial Conversations: Tools for Talking When Stakes Are High,” the group's next Book Club selection. Two gift certificates to Union Jack’s were also included in the raffle. Proceeds from the highly successful event contributed to the Dream Scholarship fund, which provides a scholarship opportunity to a female high school senior interested in science or engineering. Truly, a good time was had by all!
Master Sgt. Martha Burkhead, USAF, has been named to the chapter board of directors as the new vice president of military affairs. In this role, she provides a crucial liaison for the organization to active-duty personnel and command staff throughout Joint Base San Antonio. Sgt. Burkhead was appointed to the position left vacant by Senior Master Sgt. Keith Jordan, USAF, who retired from active duty in June. Sgt. Jordan is now the chapter’s vice president of scholarships and educational grants. Separately, the chapter has recruited its first-ever college intern. Emily Bowles, 22, is a communications major at the University of Texas-San Antonio, who will be earning credit hours through volunteer work with the chapter publicity committee. She will be seeking a job in the public relations field when she graduates in May 2015.
To be effective in the cyber domain, the U.S. Air Operations Center needs to adopt the approach of a professional sports team—coordinating its offensive and defensive units, Col. Brad Pyburn, USAF, told the chapter in August. During a luncheon speech, Col. Pyburn, who is commander of the 624th Operations Center, outlined evolutions that have taken place in the Air Force’s approach to dominance in cyberspace. In particular, he explained how the 624th Operations Center is helping the 24th Air Force fulfill its mission in that domain. Thought processes and approaches have matured from the mindset of “we have an outage” in the early days of the Air Operations Center to “this is what we need to execute on” to fulfill the mission. Success requires a thread of intelligence to help coordinate the offensive and defensive capabilities in cyber, he said. Strategy and planning also have a role to play in the maturing organization, he noted. Finally, Col. Pyburn spoke to the operationalism and n ... READ MORE
In August, Linda Skinner, chapter president, announced, the chapter had distributed over $14,000 in scholarships for the year for science, technology and teaching tool grants. The chapter’s Young AFCEAN group will be hosting a fundraiser to purchase trees and benches for the Fallen Warrior Program at Wright Patterson Air Force Base. One of the chapter's long time members and supporters was memorialized at the August luncheon. Lt. Col. Dan Bigelow, USAF (Ret.), served the chapter for more than 14 years in various vice presidential capacities. The chapter also highlighted an August Technology Expo that members were welcome to participate with members from the Wright-Patterson Air Force Base community. The chapter's next luncheon will feature speaker Brig. Gen. Sarah E. Zabel, USAF, director, Cyberspace Strategy and Policy, Office of Information Dominance, and chief information officer, Office of the Secretary of the Air Force.
Bud Vazquez, chapter president, presented Lt. Gen C.D. Moore, commander, Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, with a chapter memento at a Hanscom Air Force Base community social in August honoring the general, who is retiring from active duty.
The North Carolina chapter presented $5,000 in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) grants to local teachers in August. Specifically, eight grants ranging from $500 to $1,000 each were presented to teachers in the Raleigh/Fayetteville/Fort Bragg area to assist in the development of the country's next generation of technology experts and leaders. Some of the teachers were planning to purchase new microscopes while others were planning to establish new First Lego League robotics teams.
Former Chapter Vice President Dr. Robert F. Mills, Air Force Institute of Technology (AFIT) professor of electrical engineering, was the guest speaker at the August luncheon. Dr. Mills, a former lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Air Force, spoke on the state of the current industry workforce and the influences of cyberspace. Dr. Mills has taught more than 20 courses at AFIT. The luncheon was sponsored by AT&T, CSC Technologies, Evanhoe and Associates, Illumination Works, Northrup Grumman, Peerless Technologies, SegueTechnologies and Applied Resolutions. The featured spotlight company was Segue Technologies. More than 150 members attended the event.
The chapter hosted a summer breakfast in August at the new Massachusetts National Guard Headquarters building on Hanscom Air Force Base. Bud Vazquez, chapter president introduced Maj. Gen L. Scott Rice, USAF, adjutant general, Massachusetts National Guard, who briefed attendees on the guard's history, mission, training and readiness to support national security objectives, natural disasters and civil emergencies. Following the breakfast, Gen. Rice led a tour of the new Massachusetts Joint Operations Center at the facility.
The chapter, Army active duty members, wounded warriors and their families celebrated the 239th anniversary of the U.S. Army with a trip to Camden Yards to watch the Baltimore Orioles in August. A group of 450 chapter members, military and family members joined in on the festivities. Thank you to the chapter for donating more than 100 tickets to share this event with military and family members. On this very special occasion, Col. John Petkosek, USA, commander for the Asymmetric Warfare Group, threw the ceremonial first pitch. The Asymmetric Warfare Group is a U.S. Army special mission unit headquartered at Fort Meade, Maryland, and created to mitigate various threats with regard to asymmetric warfare. The chapter would like to than corporate sponsors SW Complete, CDG Advantage, and Nteligen for donating their tickets back to our chapter to give to wound warriors, active duty members and their families. These donations truly made it a special night for everyone attending.
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 chapter’s 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
In August, the chapter recognized its Emerging Leader Award winner, Staff Sgt. Michael D. Pasqua, USAF, a crew chief assigned to the 690th Network Support Squadron, Detachment 1. Sgt. Pasqua manages 68 technicians executing trouble tickets for the Air Force Information Networks. He also is heavily involved in furthering automation efforts within the Enterprise Service Desk. Hailing from Hamilton, New Jersey, Sgt. Pasqua enjoys a healthy lifestyle, which involves bodybuilding and running. He also enjoys photography and traveling around Europe. He is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in biology with the goal of becoming a physician’s assistant. Sgt. Pasqua has received continual recognition as a superior performer by his leadership. He was recently recognized as the 690th Cyber Operations Group Non Commissioned Officer for the first quarter 2014. He has also been coined by the 67th Cyber Wing commander and command chief.
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.