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FORT KNOX GOLD VAULT CHAPTER - February 2015

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

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

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.

SOUTHERN NEW ENGLAND CHAPTER - February 2015

Joe Loda (r), chapter director of professional development, presents a certificate to Sandra Petersen in February. The chapter presented a four-hour "Introduction to C4I Systems Architecture Principles Tutorial" in February. The tutorial covered C4I systems architecture principles, definitions and application; systems architecture views and products; architecture methods, and models overview; and C4I architecture and tool examples. The chapter tutorials are focused on C4I systems engineering professional development.

SOUTHERN NEW ENGLAND CHAPTER - February 2015

Courtney Wright, CSEP, the program manager for the International Council on Systems Engineering's (INCOSE's) Certification Program was a special guest speaker at the chapter's February luncheon. She spoke about INCOSE's Systems Engineering Professional Certification Program, its process and procedures to obtain the certification. She provided the chapter an overview of certification requirements, exam information and updates to the new INCOSE Systems Engineering Handbook.

FORT KNOX GOLD VAULT CHAPTER - February 2015

Mandi Septer (l) accepts several Young AFCEAN awards on behalf of the chapter at the West conference in February, including the Distinguished Young AFCEAN Award in recognition of her efforts. The AFCEA International West conference was held in San Diego in February. The chapter was in attendance and brought home multiple awards. Mandi Septer attended the conference on behalf of the chapter in order to receive the Distinguished Young AFCEAN Award and while attending also picked up the 2014 Model Chapter of the Year and Model Young AFCEAN Program of the Year awards. Since inception, the chapter has distributed more than $45,000 in scholarships to high school students and future teachers focusing on a science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) discipline, and in 2015, the chapter will continue this focus. Applications for Lift Off (high school) scholarships are being accepted now through May 1, and the STEM Teacher Scholarship cycle will kick off in March.

WASHINGTON DC CHAPTER - February 2015

The chapter's Young AFCEAN committee was led by Corinne Combeau, former committee president from July 2012 through June 2014, and Harrison Simmons, who became committee president in July 2014 and still serves in that role. Combeau is also the president of Vosago and Simmons is the director of Kforce Incorporated. AFCEA International lauded the chapter in February with several prestigious awards for exceptional performance and for significantly contributing to the professional development of Young AFCEANS.

During West 2015 in February, AFCEA International presented the 2014 Young AFCEAN Program Award, the Model Young AFCEAN Program Award and the Distinguished Young AFCEAN Award to the chapter.

The Young AFCEAN Program Award is given to the one chapter in each size category which has most significantly contributed to the professional development of younger AFCEANS by providing a forum of programs and initiatives geared to their unique needs. The chapter's Young AFCEAN committee was led by Corinne Combeau, former committee president, from July 2012 through June 2014, and Harrison Simmons, who became committee president in July 2014 and still serves in that role. Combeau is also the president of Vosago and Simmons is the director of Kforce Incorporated.

Simmons also won the ... READ MORE

SILICON VALLEY CHAPTER - February 2015

During a reception at AFCEA West in February, Reema Prasad receives the Young AFCEAN of the Year Award with support from chapter representatives Bob Landgraf (l), Bob Moorhead (2nd from r), chapter president, and Glenn Kesselman. Reema Prasad was one of the recipients of the Young AFCEAN of the Year Award presented at a reception during the AFCEA West conference in San Diego in February. Prasad is a member of the chapter and will now be part of the Regional Young AFCEAN Advisory Committee.

WASHINGTON DC CHAPTER - February 2015

Panelists at the Women in Intelligence event in February are (l-r) Lt. Gen. Mary Legere, USA, the Army's senior intelligence officer; Rear Adm. Elizabeth Train, USN, commander of the Office of Naval Intelligence and director of the National Maritime Intelligence-Integration Office; Maj. Gen. Linda Urrutia-Varhall, USAF, assistant deputy chief of staff, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance, Air Force; and Brig. Gen. Karen Gibson, USA, deputy commanding general of the Joint Force Headquarters-Cyber, U.S. Army Cyber Command. In February, a panel on Women in Intelligence covered the importance of real-time analysis, information dominance and collaboration. In 2010, Letitia Long became the first woman selected to head up one of the 16 intelligence agencies—a first in the history of the intelligence community. Long, who retired last year as director of the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, busted open the glass ceiling in the heavily male-dominated intelligence community (IC), where women still account for only about 40 percent of the total work force. But that's starting to change.

Over the past several years, more women are taking on leadership positions across the IC. During a Women in Intelligence luncheon at the Ritz Carlton in Pentagon City in February, sponsored by the chapter, several high-ranking women took part in a panel discussion to discuss how they have distinguished themselves in the intelligence community with their leadership acumen and professional expertise. The women are i ... READ MORE

WASHINGTON DC CHAPTER - February 2015

Lisa Nowell (c), chapter president, recognizes February award recipients: Young AFCEAN of the Month Kate Friesing, field account manager for Citrix Systems Incorporated, and AFCEAN of the Month Randy Clark, vice president of strategic programs for Oceus Networks. Randy Clark, vice president of strategic programs for Oceus Networks, and Kate Friesing, field account manager for Citrix Systems Incorporated, were chosen as the AFCEAN and Young AFCEAN of the Month, respectively, for February.

Clark served as co-chair of the chapter's Mobile Working Group (MWG) and the Mobility Summit held late last year at the Capital Hilton. Clark was instrumental in putting together a robust program in support of the government's many initiatives in the mobility space. His leadership, vision and focus helped make the event a success. Clark serves as the vice president of Oceus Networks, and he has more than 20 years of wireless communication experience from technical repair, sales and marketing, business development, and program management of wireless solutions. Clark is responsible for strategic programs across Oceus Networks' product lines and services.

Friesing recently moved from Florida to D.C. and joined AFCEA in October 2014. She very quic ... READ MORE

SILICON VALLEY CHAPTER - February 2015

At the chapter meeting in February, Dr. Horacio Chavez, a NASA Ames project manager at Moffett Field, talks about some of the innovation NASA Ames has had a part in developing. The chapter was proud to have Dr. Horacio Chavez, a NASA Ames project manager at Moffett Field, as its guest speaker in February. Hosted on Moffett Field in the NASA Ames Visitor Center, Chavez told the audience about his organization’s storied history spanning 75 years. This presentation was somewhat bittersweet for Chavez, as it was the last formal presentation in the visitor center before it closes its doors on March 31. NASA Ames is considered the “friendly front door to Silicon Valley” and always seeking/using the innovation spawned in the Bay Area by the tech firms. Chavez mentioned NASA also is strongly aligned with the outstanding universities in the Bay Area. He talked briefly about each of the six corporate aspects of NASA Ames: aeronautics, design and testing; human space exploration; robotics exploration; innovative partnerships; spin-in/tech fusion; and spin-off/tech transfer. While it may appear NASA and space exploration is slowing down recently due to the termination ... READ MORE

KAISERSLAUTERN CHAPTER - February 2015

Ramstein Air Base distinguished visitors receive a demonstration at the Winter Technology Expo in February. The chapter hosted the annual Winter Technology Expo at Ramstein Air Base, Germany, in February. This year's event was a one-day event that lasted four hours, but had more than 500 visitors eager to catch a glimpse of the latest technological innovations. More than 45 exhibitors spent the morning briefing local distinguished visitors and installation patrons on the specific and unique capabilities their companies offered. Live demonstrations and presentations focused on cloud computing, digital imaging and virtualization, and the Ramstein High School "Nerd Herd" made an appearance to demonstrate a 3-D printer purchase and donated to their club from the chapter. The Ramstein's Summer Technology Expo is scheduled for July 20-22.

OTTAWA CHAPTER - February 2015

Chapter President Kelly Stewart-Belisle and Vice President of Programs Dave Johnson greet Lt. Col. Donald Mulders of the Department of National Defence after his speech on current challenges for the Canadian Joint Operations Command at the February luncheon.
Lt. Col. Donald Mulders of the Department of National Defence spoke about the current challenges for the Canadian Joint Operations Command at the chapter's February luncheon. Topic: CJOC current challenges

BELVOIR CHAPTER - February 2015

In February, Dan Shaer (2nd from r) and Alvie Johnson (2nd from l), chapter executive vice president, accept the Model Young AFCEAN Program Award on behalf of the chapter from Lt. Gen. Robert Shea, USMC (Ret.), AFCEA International president and CEO, and Linda Gooden, chair of AFCEA's board. Congratulations to Dan Shaer! Shaer was honored with the 2014 Distinguished Young AFCEAN Award at the AFCEA West Conference in February. The Distinguished Young AFCEAN Award recognizes and rewards exceptional performance in four areas: leadership and guidance for the Young AFCEAN Program; superior technical achievement in the professional arena; a record of going "above and beyond" at the local AFCEA chapter or regional level; and mentoring provided for other Young AFCEANs. The chapter is proud to have Shaer as a member of its team!

DAYTON-WRIGHT CHAPTER - January 2015

The Air Force Institute of Technology and the Dayton Regional Stem School partner for the Cyber Patriot security competition. The team is pictured with Lt. Gen. William Bender, USAF, chief, Information Dominance, and chief information officer, Office of the Secretary of the Air Force, in January. In January, Rick Wegmann, outgoing chapter chairman of the board, announced the 2015 chairman of the board will be Thomas Wells, prominent retired civilian who oversaw the installation of new human effectiveness facilities, school and technologies at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base (WPAFB), Ohio. Wegmann said the chapter will have a strong, visionary leader with Wells at the helm. Daniel Goddard, vice president of education, announced the 2015 chapter goal for scholarship awards, including enlisted, teacher grants and college, is $20,000. New Chapter President David Hart also announced the regional competition win of a local school and WPAFB team. The Air Force Institute of Technology (AFIT) and the Dayton Regional Stem School (DRSS) partnered in the Cyber Patriot security competition. AFIT provided mentors and advisors to the DRSS students. The 2015 chapter officers, who were installed by Regional Vice President Fred Scheyd, held a kickoff to discuss the goals and objective for th ... READ MORE

ATLANTA CHAPTER - January 2015

Grant recipients and AFCEA leaders together in January are (l-r) Dr. Vince Patton, executive director of the AFCEA Educational Foundation; Michelle Brown; Maria Brown; Bobby Burford; Mitch Abel; Carla Vashaw; Chas Harsh; Cathrine Nolan; and David Landry, chapter president. The chapter annually disperses Teaching Tool Grants to deserving science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM)-focused teachers in the Atlanta metro area during the January chapter luncheon held at Georgia Tech Research Institute. For 2015, the chapter awarded $1,000 grants to five teachers: Cathrine Nolan, Central Educational Center of Coweta County; Maria Brown, Washington Park Elementary of Fulton County; Carla Vashaw and Chas Harsh, North Gwinnett Middle School of Gwinnett County; and Bobby Burford, Loganville Middle School of Walton County. These well-deserved and much need funds assist the teachers in procuring STEM related goods and/or services to keep grade-, middle- and high school-level students interested in STEM education. Congratulations all!

ATLANTA CHAPTER - January 2015

David Landry, chapter president, gives a speaker appreciation coin to Dr. Vince Patton, director of the AFCEA Educational Foundation, at the January luncheon. Dr. Vince Patton, director of the AFCEA Educational Foundation, paid a visit to the January luncheon, where the chapter was honoring its selection of 2015 Teaching Tool Grant recipients. Dr. Patton delivered a heartfelt and insightful presentation on the efforts AFCEA International is undertaking to further the tenets of the organization; its focus on science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) grants and scholarships; and how the local chapters influence the direction of the next generation of Defense Department and government professionals.

DAYTON-WRIGHT CHAPTER - January 2015

Lt. Gen. William Bender, USAF, chief, Information Dominance, and chief information officer, Office of the Secretary of the Air Force, speaks at the January 2015 luncheon. Lt. Gen. William Bender, USAF, chief, Information Dominance, and chief information officer, Office of the Secretary of the Air Force, was the guest speaker at the January luncheon. He leads three directorates and supports 54,000 support personnel across the globe. Gen. Bender spoke about the challenges the nation and the world in today's cyber environment. Corporate sponsors were AT&T Government Solutions, Booz Allen Hamilton, Evanhoe and Associates, Iron Bow Technologies, JJR Solutions LLC, Northrup Grumman, Peerless Technologies, Quantrum LLC, Segue Technologies Inc., and the University of Dayton. Outgoing Chapter President Linda Skinner, introduced the 2015 chapter president, David Hart. A scholarship fund raffle sponsored by Exeter Government Solutions raised more than $285.

GREATER OMAHA CHAPTER - January 2015

Col. Jeffrey May, USA (l), deputy director, command, control, communications and computer systems, U.S. Strategic Command, shakes hands with Col. Jeffrey Granger, USAF, chapter president and commander, 55 Communications Group. Col. May received a chapter coin for addressing the chapter at its January luncheon. In January, Col. Jeffrey May, USA, deputy director, command, control, communications and computer systems, U.S. Strategic Command (USSTRATCOM), Offutt Air Force Base, Nebraska, provided an overview to the chapter on the new Strategic Command and Control (C2) Facility that's under construction. Col. May commented the C2 Facility will support a host of global C2 services under one roof. Col. May talked about the LeMay Complex transitioning from a singular focus of nuclear deterrence to a broader mission set over the years. In turn, the increased need for dynamic services required a more robust communications infrastructure in order to support. This is the impetus behind the new Strategic C2 facility, slated for completion in 2018. He highlighted several IT enhancements that will be featured with the new facility. Col. May concluded by pointing out the role of the USSTRATCOM Program Office is to handle details of the building, while the Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command handles ... READ MORE

PENSACOLA CHAPTER - January 2015

Information Systems Technician 1st Class Kyle Gosser, USN, instructor at the Center for Information Dominance Unit Corry Station, mentors a local high school student participating in the inaugural Cyberthon competition held at the National Flight Academy on board Naval Air Station Pensacola during January. The Cyberthon competition is designed to test student teams on their abilities to use the computer skills they learned in their classrooms to defend and defeat cyber attacks on websites. Sailors and other industry professionals mentored local high school students in the inaugural Cyberthon competition in January at the National Flight Academy onboard Naval Air Station Pensacola. Hosted by the chapter, agencies, including the Department of Homeland Security, businesses and organizations joined forces in a competition designed to test the students on their abilities to use computer skills they learned in their classrooms to defend and defeat cyber attacks on websites. Greg Touhill, deputy assistant secretary for Department of Homeland Security Office of Cybersecurity Operations and Programs, said the goal of the competition is to leverage classes in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) and energize the next generation of information warriors. "Cyberthon is designed to put steam into STEM and inspire these high school students to further develop their skills in information technology," said Touhill. "The competition also helps develop teamwork, leadership, ... READ MORE

WASHINGTON DC CHAPTER - January 2015

Panelists discussing the federal procurement process in January are (l-r) Kathleen Gregory, procurement analyst and small business specialist, Acquisition Policy and Oversight, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Department of Homeland Security; Roberta Richardson, small business specialist, Defense Intelligence Agency, Department of Defense; Col. Scott Svabek, acting procurement director, Defense Health Agency, Department of Defense; and Mitchell Ross, director of the Acquisition and Grants Office, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Department of Commerce. The chapter's Small Business Committee sponsored a panel discussion with government leaders educating attendees on navigating the complexities of the federal procurement process. "Behind the Curtain: How Program, Procurement and Acquisitions Affect Contracts" was held in January at Bloomberg Government in Washington, D.C. The government panelists advised small businesses to stay ahead of an agency's RFP, to submit strong RFP proposals with graphics and to use a small business advocate.

The seminar was held to educate small business leaders on small business set asides, program requests and acquisition details.

Panelists included: Kathleen Gregory, procurement analyst and small business specialist, Acquisition Policy and Oversight, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Department of Homeland Security; Roberta Richardson, small business specialist, Defense Intelligence Agency, Department of Defense; Mitchell Ross, director of the Acquisition and Grants Office, National O ... READ MORE

STUTTGART CHAPTER - January 2015

Gregory T. Nardi of Cloudera Government Solutions speaks about The chapter is planning exciting events for 2015 and is pleased to welcome its new chapter president, Capt. Ramberto "Rambo" Torruella, USN, deputy chief information officer, United States European Command. The chapter kicked off the year with a January luncheon focused on Enterprise Communications Collaborations featuring Gregory Nardi of Cloudera Government Solutions as the guest speaker. Nardi's presentation, "The Enterprise Data Hub, The Future of Data Management," identified the three challenges of communications collaborations as visibility, compliance and security, and maximizing infrastructure to be able to do more with a limited budget. He provided examples of how various platforms impact a user's ability to access information to complete a task or mission. He shared an overview of an efficient data platform that interconnects; is open sources and open standards; conducts storage and processing in the same cluster; and offers flexible deployment. The goal of such a system ... READ MORE

WASHINGTON DC CHAPTER - January 2015

Panelists at the Young AFCEAN Department of Homeland Security (DHS) event in January are (l-r) Wolf Tombe, chief technology officer, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, DHS; Margaret Graves, deputy chief information officer, DHS; Vincent Sritapan, program manager, Homeland Security Advanced Research Projects Agency, DHS; and Harrison Smith, industry liaison, Office of the Chief Procurement Officer, DHS. The chapter's Young AFCEANs sponsored a panel discussion in January at Northrop Grumman in McLean, Virginia, on how to successfully engage with the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).

The discussion, entitled: "Engaging with DHS: What You Need to Know," brought together DHS leaders to inform local business leaders, AFCEA and Young AFCEAN members on how to best connect with DHS leadership.

DHS eyes FirstNet to expand mobile capabilities. The Department of Homeland Security is also seeking faster development of mobile apps. "We're looking to leverage FirstNet and looking at what it could do," said Wolf Tombe, chief technology officer at Customs and Border Protection, during the chapter panel discussion on DHS procurement and mobile capabilities. "It has huge capability. It could open up communications at the border," where cellular communications can be spotty.

"We're invested in FirstNet," said DHS Deputy CIO Margie Graves. Graves and Tombe said FirstNet is j ... READ MORE

SOUTH CAROLINA LOW COUNTRY CHAPTER - January 2015

Regional Vice President Jane Hefner-Brightwell administers the oath of office to the 2015 Chapter Officers  in January(l-r) President Don Pearsall; Secretary Debbie Donaldson; 1st Vice President Christina Ward; At Large Board Member Scott Higgins; 2nd Vice President Greg Blackburn; At Large Board Members Kristen Smith and John Andrews; and Treasurer Whitney Bridges.  At the January chapter luncheon, Regional Vice President Jane Hefner-Brightwell swore in the 2015 chapter officers. Outgoing President Tony Orlando passed the gavel to newly elected Chapter President Don Pearsall. Also serving on the 2015 Board of Directors will be 1st Vice President Christina Ward, 2nd Vice President Greg Blackburn, Secretary Debbie Donaldson, Treasurer Whitney Bridges and At Large Board Members John Andrews, Kristen Smith and Scott Higgins. Orlando will continue on the board as immediate past president. Following the swearing in ceremony, Cmdr. Marcia Ziemba, USN, executive officer of Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center Atlantic, addressed the membership.

ALASKA CHAPTER - January 2015

Pat Shier, chief information officer and associate vice chancellor of the University of Alaska Anchorage (UAA), presents to the chapter at its first luncheon of 2015. Pat Shier, chief information officer and associate vice chancellor of the University of Alaska Anchorage (UAA), spoke to chapter members at a luncheon in January. His talk primarily focused on the challenges of attracting and keeping science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) students at the rapidly increasing pace of technology. Alaska currently has no STEM-based apprenticeship programs and no defined pathways to educate and guide K-12 students toward STEM careers. Another challenge throughout the state is reaching out to its 15,000 home-schooled students. And once the student embarks on a STEM education at UAA, the next hurdle is to keep them in the program through graduation. Shier said that what a student learns in his or her freshman year of college may be obsolete by junior year because of the rapid changes in industry. Additionally, many students take decent-paying information technology jobs after only two years of college and never complete their bachelor’s deg ... READ MORE

TURKIYE CHAPTER - January 2015

In January, Col. I. Bora Buyukoner, TUA (Retd.), chapter president, presents a 25-year membership pin to Ugur Karavelioglu, who has been a member of AFCEA since September 19, 1988. The 25th general board meeting of the chapter was held in January at Aselsan Incorporated facilities in Ankara, Turkey. During the opening ceremony, Col. I. Bora Buyukoner, TUA (Ret.), chapter president, presented 10, 15, 20 and 25 year membership pins to the eligible members by congratulating all of them. At the meeting, the chapter discussed and unanimously accepted the Chapter Annual Report for 2014 and Chapter Activity Plan and budget for 2015. In addition, members of the chapter's board of directors for 2015 were unanimously elected and installed by members of the committee.

Chapter officers for the year 2015 are: Col. I. Bora Buyukoner, TUA (Ret.),chapter president; Capt. Kamil Zafer Selcuk, TUN(Ret.), chapter secretary; Erdinc Oguz, vice president for activities and events and treasurer; Esra Erkan, vice president for members and chapter services; and M.Yasar Ercan, vice president for promotion and Young AFCEAN adviser. Members of the chapter's Board of Auditors are: ... READ MORE


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