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PORTUGAL CHAPTER - June 2015

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

HAMPTON ROADS CHAPTER - June 2015

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

GREATER OMAHA CHAPTER - June 2015

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

WASHINGTON DC CHAPTER - May 2015

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

WASHINGTON DC CHAPTER - May 2015

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

HAWAII CHAPTER - May 2015

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

AUGUSTA-FORT GORDON CHAPTER - May 2015

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


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