AFCEA International Chapter News
Chapter News
Slideshow Image
             Pause Show
Slide show initialization failed.

Ashley Johnson, graduate of Howard University, thanks the chapter for supporting her and many other students with scholarships. In May, the chapter shared the following letter from a student who has been the recipient of ongoing scholarship support.

Good afternoon, AFCEA Belvoir Chapter:

Please accept my sincere letter of gratitude to the entire AFCEA Belvoir family. Thank you for providing me with continued support throughout my college career at Howard University. Since 2011, I have been a recipient of the continued educational scholarship fund in order to help finance my undergraduate career. I am now a graduate of Howard University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in public relations. Without the chapterís support and dedication to assist students receiving higher education, I, like many others, would not be able to accomplish this outstanding milestone.

I remember receiving my first laptop from your organization and used it to stay up late to complete assignments. This was so much better than having to spend countless hours in the library. I thank you.

I canít forget how you a ... READ MORE


Attending the May meeting of leaders are (l-r) Bob Moorhead, Silicon Valley Chapter president; Reema Prasad, Northern California regional Young AFCEANs; Herb Parsons, president, Moffett Field Historical Society Museum; Larry Reeves, Monterey Chapter president; Corey Frasure, Northern California Chapter board member; Bobbie Campbell, Northern California Chapter president; and Bob Landgraf, Northern California regional vice president. Not shown is Dan Washington, San Francisco Chapter president.  The chapterís May quarterly meeting at the Moffett Field Historical Society Museum featured Lt. Col. Enrique Oti, USAF, a national security affairs fellow at the Hoover Institution. Col. Oti presented "Chinese Threats to the Internet: It's Not Just Hacking." In addition, the Northern California regional vice president held a meeting of the regionís chapter presidents and the regional Young AFCEANs. This was the first such meeting held since the 2010 Military Communications Conference in San Jose, California.


Col. Glenn Kesselman, USA (Ret.), chapter vice president, programs, presents Cadet Patrick Shanahan the AFCEA ROTC Honor Award in May. The chapter recognized Cadet Patrick Shanahan from the Bronco Battalion Army ROTC program at Santa Clara University, California, in May. Shanahan, who is majoring in communications, received the AFCEA ROTC Honor Award. Shanahan was recently selected to be the Bronco Battalion commander for winter and wants to go active duty when he commissions, possibly in infantry.


The chapter's chair of the board of directors, Cory Lindo, thanks May luncheon speaker Col. Jeff Davis, USMC, chief of staff, U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Pacific (MARFORPAC). The chapter welcomed keynote speaker Col. Jeff Davis, USMC, chief of staff, U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Pacific (MARFORPAC), at a May luncheon. Col. Davis addressed the topic of leadership, incorporating his own career experiences. The audience was engaged as he discussed the foundations, science, truths and art of leadership. He said the most important traits of leadership are honesty and selflessness, the most important principle is being an example, and the most important tool is having a positive outlook. The chapter also announced May award winners. Students of the Month were Basil Goto, Assets School, and Tinarra Butler, Radford High School; Young AFCEAN of the Month was Lt. Cmdr. Eric Chang, USCG; AFCEAN of the Month was Master Sgt. Raymond Adames, USAF (Ret.), Defense Information Systems Agency Pacific Command; Executive of the Month was Matthew Darnell, ComTel Hawaii; Senior Government Leader was Col. Bruce Caulkins, USA, chief of the Cyber Strategy, Plans, Policy and Exercis ... READ MORE


Cadet Keelan Richard Kane-Yearman (l) accepts the chapter's $1,000 scholastic award from Col. Stamatis Smeltz, USAF, director of communications, U.S. Air Forces Central Command (USAFCENT) and chapter president, at a May ceremony. Col. Stamatis Smeltz, USAF, director of communications, U.S. Air Forces Central Command (USAFCENT) and chapter president, and James M. Crawford, first vice president, attended the Sumter High School Junior ROTC awards ceremony in May on the Sumter High campus. Col. Smeltz presented a $1,000 scholastic award to Cadet Keelan Richard Kane-Yearman, who will be attending The Citadel in Charleston, South Carolina, this fall to pursue a mechanical engineering degree.


Brig. Gen. David Uhrich, USAF, Air Combat Command A-6, heads to the course at the chapter's May scholarship golf tournament. The chapter held the spring Crawford-Fuller Scholarship Golf Tournament in May. Members and corporate sponsors gave generously to support the chapterís science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) scholarships and awards for rising high school seniors, service members in their junior year of college and students pursuing STEM careers as well as science and mathematics programs at area high schools. Thirteen four-person teams played in the tournament. Participants included Col. Stamatis Smeltz, USAF, director of communications, U.S. Air Forces Central Command (USAFCENT) and chapter president; Col. Keith Mueller, USAF, commander, 5th Combat Communications Group; Col. Bradley Pyburn, USAF, commander, 624th Operations Center; Lt. Col. James Lotspeich, USAF, commander, 83rd Network Operations Squadron; and Lt. Col. David McCoy, USAF, 20th Communications Squadron commander. Brig. Gen. David Uhrich, USAF, Air Combat Command A-6, joined in the competition. Corporate sponsors for ... READ MORE


Brig. Gen. David Uhrich, USAF, Air Combat Command A-6, shares his views on cyber, communications, mission assurance, mobile capabilities and cyber career field challenges with luncheon attendees in May. The chapter invited Brig. Gen. David Uhrich, USAF, Air Combat Command A-6, to speak at its spring luncheon in May at the Carolina Skies Club, Shaw Air Force Base. He shared his thoughts on cyber, communications, mission assurance, mobile capabilities and cyber career field challenges. During the luncheon, the chapter awarded four $1,000 scholarships to rising seniors from Sumter High School who are going into science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) degree programs: Lyndsay Krebs, Trevor Moxley, Keelan Richard Kane-Yearman and Dylan Drown. Lt. Col. Rick Moxley, USAF (Ret.), senior aerospace instructor from Sumter High Junior ROTC, accepted the awards on behalf of the students because they were taking final exams. Among the reported 130 attendees were Col. Stamatis Smeltz, USAF, director of communications, U.S. Air Forces Central Command (USAFCENT) and chapter president; Col. Keith Mueller, USAF, commander, 5th Combat Communications Group; Col. Bradley Pyburn, USAF, co ... READ MORE


Attending the YAC meeting (l-r) is Don Gruber, YAC communication lead; Jacob Singleton, YAC community outreach lead; Brent Ahlers of Gartner, YAC co-director; Col. Cassie Barlow, USAF (Ret.), Ph.D., of Wright State Research Institute; and Claire Revelee, TEKsystems, YAC co-director. The chapterís Young AFCEANs (YACs) continued their education outreach series with a power breakfast featuring Col. Cassie Barlow, USAF (Ret.), Ph.D., of Wright State Research Institute, Dayton, Ohio. The topic centered on workforce opportunities across Ohio. More than 30 members from the Wright-Patterson Air Force Base and surrounding business community attended. YACs were also able to speak to mentors. Gartner Inc. sponsored the event.


Lt. Cmdr. Steven Myers, USCG, vice president Young AFCEANs (r), presents an award to Army ROTC Cadet Jonathan T. Davis during a May ceremony. The chapter presented an award to Army ROTC Cadet Jonathan T. Davis of Brown University during a May ceremony. The event was held at the Slavin Center on the Providence College campus in Rhode Island. Cadet Davis is entering into his senior year.


Eleven high school seniors receive scholarships at the chapter's April banquet in Bossier City, Louisiana. Eleven high school seniors are heading into the summer break with some extra cash for college thanks to the chapterís scholarship program. The chapterís annual scholarship banquet was held in April in Bossier City, Louisiana. Students competed for $2,000 scholarships by submitting detailed applications. The students had to be going to college to study science, technology, engineering, arts or mathematics (STEAM). Keynote speaker Maj. Gen. Michael E. Fortney, USAF, the vice commander of Air Force Global Strike Command at Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana, advised the students to go into the world and innovate by overcoming obstacles and to never stop asking why. The chapterís Swinging for Scholarships golf tournament fundraiser will be held in June at the Fox Run Golf Course on Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana, to raise money for next yearís group of outstanding students.


At an April meeting, Lt. Cmdr. Steven Myers, USCG, vice president Young AFCEANs (r), receives a special achievement award from Capt. David Dermanelian, USCG, commander, U.S. Coast Guard Command, Control, Communications, Computers and Information Technology Service Center (C4ITSC). The chapter presented special achievement awards in April to the director of its Young AFCEANs (YACs) as well as the YAC leadership team for their commitment and dedication to the chapter over the past two years. They were applauded for their continued success in hosting events that bring relevance to the chapter and for their assistance with recruiting and retaining YAC members.

EIFEL CHAPTER - April 2015

Gathering at the April membership drive are (from l) Staff Sgt. Aaron Campbell, USAF; Senior Master Sgt. William Hebb, USAF; Tech. Sgt. Tom Callan, USAF; Airman 1st Class Brandon Hicks, USAF; Airman 1st Class Andrew Aldridge, USAF; Airman 1st Class Jerald Hillard, USAF; Airman 1st Class Zackary Klima, USAF; Airman 1st Class Zackary LaLonde; Airman 1st Class Kyle Murphy, USAF; Airman 1st Class Jose Lopez, USAF; Airman 1st Class Michael Childs, USAF; Senior Master Sgt. Yara Mitchell, USAF; Staff Sgt. Cory Harley, USAF; and Master Sgt. Greg Bailey, USAF. The chapter, based in Spangdahlem, Germany, relaunched by holding a membership drive in April. Senior Master Sgt. William Hebb, USAF, chapter president, discussed the benefits of being an AFCEA member and provided an update on what the chapter has planned for the coming year. Along with the membership drive, Senior Master Sgt. Rey Schultz, USAF, flight chief, transmissions systems, 1st Combat Communications Squadron, and Senior Airman Brenden Kennedy, USAF, subject matter expert (SME), gave a briefing on the 1st Combat Communications mission and demonstrated a rapidly deployable communications package. The event helped the chapter gain 19 new members.


Participating in the April fundraiser are (l-r) Susan Ciavolino of the Boys & Girls Clubs with Young AFCEAN chapter members Mallory Steininger, Tim Jahnigen, John Liptak, Brittany Paulshock and Christa Dahlem. Christa Dahlem, Tim Jahnigen, Brittany Paulshock, Mallory Steininger and John Liptak of the Young AFCEAN (YAC) chapter participated in the Kuffed for Kids fundraiser in April. The event produced nearly $13,000 in donations for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Harford County. The money will allow 40 members of the Boys & Girls Clubs to attend the one-week STARS STEM Camp hosted by the YACs at Aberdeen Proving Ground.


Attending the April The chapterís first ďLunch and LearnĒ in April featuring IBM senior cybersecurity strategist Pete Allor mainly focused on how organization domains are being integrated with the full spectrum of security operations. Also, information was given on strategies and development for critical infrastructure security.


Speakers on the chapter's April panel are (l-r) Michael Krieger, deputy Army chief information officer; David Bowen, director, Health Information Technology Directorate, Defense Health Agency, and chief information officer for the Military Health System; Chris Miller, program executive officer, Defense Healthcare Management Systems Modernization (DHMSM) and Integrated Electronic Health Records; and Alan Constantian, Ph.D., assistant deputy chief information officer for product management, Department of Veterans Affairs. The chapter presented a detailed discussion before a sold-out crowd on defense and military health initiatives within the Department of Veterans Affairs, Defense Health Agency and Department of Defense/Department of Veterans Affairs Interagency Program Office. The event was held in April at Northrop Grumman in McLean, Virginia, and hosted by the chapterís Young AFCEANS. Leaders from each government agency discussed their defense and military health goals and gave attendees a peek at whatís on the horizon. They told industry that the government was looking for its help with mobile, infrastructure and cybersecurity. Panelists discussed how mobile health is an emerging growth area for the Defense Department and VA. Alan Constantian, Ph.D., assistant deputy chief information officer for product management, Department of Veterans Affairs, warned the audience that security challenges may arise ďif we donít provide convenient solutions and tools.Ē Chris Miller, program executive officer, D ... READ MORE


During the April chapter meeting, President Michael Shivers presents a $1,000 science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) grant to GŁlen Hicks, founder, chief financial officer and teacher at Arizona College Prep Academy, a charter school for low-income students. The grant will fund STEM resources and software to support the school's mission of preparing students for postsecondary education and civic engagement through an interdisciplinary and project-based curriculum. In April, the chapter welcomed Dan Jones, CEO, Beyond Horizons Space Consulting and SparkConnect Inc., who shared insights on passion, leadership and communication gained during his military and corporate careers. He shared a current project with a local high school where students develop a science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics (STEAM) business plan and resourcing for a middle school project curriculum, and once approved by the middle school, implement it. This teaches life and academic skills to both the high school and middle school students, fostering creativity and mentorship. Jones is also the founder of Wormhole-STEAM, a collaborative Web-based platform to share and leverage STEAM events and opportunities between business, community and academia. The chapter also awarded a $1,000 science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) grant to GŁlen Hicks, founder, chief financial officer and teacher at Arizona College Prep Academy (ACPA). Hicks shared ACPAís ... READ MORE


Team 662 officers at the chapter's April luncheon are (l-r) Natalie Kalin, Jackson Kulik, CEO Kika Macfarlane, Jessica Mills, Alyssa Ware and Caden Blue. The chapter held its monthly luncheon in April at the U.S. Air Force Academy Falcon Club. The highlight of the luncheon was a presentation and demonstration provided by Team 662, Rocky Mountain Robotics. The team is made up of 96 students from six different high schools in Colorado Springs District 20. These students were an inspiration to all who attended to see the impressive presentation. They explained how they organize like a real business to design, engineer, manufacture and operate robots that solve stated game objectives over a six-week period. This yearís game was named Recycle Rush and required a robot to retrieve and stack several recycling bins. Members of Team 662 say they build people who build robots and encourage students to reach as high as they can dream. These young people clearly showed that they are fulfilling that goal.


Col. Russell Smith, USAF, U.S. Special Operations Command (SOCOM) deputy J-6 and chapter president (l), thanks guest speaker Col. Matthew Atkins, USAF, chief, Intelligence Capabilities and Requirements Division (J-24), SOCOM, at the April luncheon. At the chapterís April luncheon, Col. Matthew Atkins, USAF, chief, Intelligence Capabilities and Requirements Division (J-24), U.S. Special Operations Command (SOCOM), discussed some of the challenges SOCOM faces as it tries to align its investments in intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance assets. Specifically, the talk focused on how the command hopes to use innovations to solve some big-data problems and how communications and processing technology are critical to how intelligence is collected in the future. Col. Atkins wrapped up the discussion by outlining some of the areas that SOCOM is seeking assistance from the information technology industry, specifically in data transport, compression, advanced analytics and improved sensor technology.


Brig. Gen. Mitch Butikofer, USAF, director, command, control, communications and cyber (C4) systems, U.S. Transportation Command, and chief information officer, addresses the April luncheon on the challenges of transformation in the J-6 directorate.  Brig. Gen. Mitch Butikofer, USAF, was the chapterís April guest speaker and covered J-6 transformational challenges. Working closely with other directorates over the past nine months, the TCJ6 team ensured that the U.S. Transportation Commandís information technology, data and cybersecurity strategies were in lockstep with the commandís operational strategy. TCJ6 has five strategic initiatives: implement service-oriented architecture (SOA); evolve the common computing environment (CCE); shape the Joint Information Enterprise (JIE) strategy; institutionalize chief information officer (CIO) governance; and inspire cyber excellence. These strategies will guide the directorateís efforts in the near- to medium-term future. In addition, TCJ6 is responsible for the enterprise infrastructure portfolio and leverages CIO Councils and Forum to ensure compliance with CIO policy and standards to protect information, networks and systems. In a constantly evolving environment, partnerships and rel ... READ MORE


At the April awards ceremony, James M. Crawford, first vice president (c), congratulates AFCEA scholastic award winner Air Force Cadet Robert Benson (l) and Midshipman Brian P. Oechsel, accepting for Midshipman Elliot Sealy and Army Cadet David Wang. James M. Crawford, first vice president, attended the 2015 Spring TRI-Service ROTC Awards ceremony in April in the Campus Room of Capstone House at the University of South Carolina. He presented AFCEA International scholastic awards to Army Cadet David Wang, a rising senior majoring in biochemical engineering; Air Force Cadet Robert G. Benson, a rising senior going into pilot training this fall; and Midshipman Elliot D. Sealy, a rising senior pursuing an appointment in Special Warfare training in the Navy.


Mark Wolter, a student at South Lakes High School, holds his first place science fair entry in April. Wolter participates in his school's rocketry club, which is funded with help from a chapter grant. The chapter's focus on supporting science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) initiatives continues to have great results. This fall, as part of its Adopt-a-School program, the chapter provided local schools with funding, resources and personnel to improve hands-on scientific education. South Lakes High School in Reston, Virginia, was one of those schools and used its grant to promote the rocketry club headed by physics teacher David Azzam. One of the students participating in the rocketry club, Mark Wolter, recently won first place in the physics astronomy category of the South Lakes High School science fair with his entry that examines the effects of shock cord length on rocket decent rate. Wolter will now advance on to the regional competition.


Alan Saltamachio, Fallbrook High School biology teacher (l), accepts a $500 Science Teaching Tools grant and congratulatory letter from Chapter President Mark Witzel at the April luncheon. Bill Walker of Northrop Grumman provided April luncheon attendees with a presentation on the MQ-4C Triton unmanned aircraft system. During the presentation, Walker discussed how the MQ-4C was designed and built to meet the Navyís maritime intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) mission requirements. He highlighted the robust signals intelligence and communications relay capabilities that the platform will provide. Walker discussed the value that High-Altitude, Long-Endurance (HALE) systems provide to warfighters. Because of their high altitude, they are clear of commercial traffic and weather. The altitude also allows better sensor coverage and reduced risk. Also during April, the chapter distributed three Science Teaching Tools grants. Winning schools were Carlsbad, High Tech High North County, Rancho Buena Vista and Fallbrook high schools.


L-R Jim Muller, President; and speaker CAPT James Mills, Commanding Officer of NIOC Hawaii The chapter was honored to welcome April keynote speaker Capt. James Mills, USN, commanding officer of Navy Information Operations Command (NIOC) Hawaii. Capt. Mills provided a command mission snapshot for NIOC Hawaii. He reviewed the context of the naval environment, maritime strategy, challenges and trends, and game changers. Topics of the presentation also included the strategic relevance of cyberspace, its imperatives and the trends and implications of cyberspace becoming the new domain of warfare. Outstanding April chapter awardees include students Jediah Conachan, Island Pacific Academy and Rodney Rodis, Campbell High School; Young AFCEAN Maj. Chante Pondexter, USA, U.S. Pacific Command; AFCEAN Mark Godfrey, project manager, General Dynamics; and Executive David Newman, AT&T.


Alfred Ortiz, support staff specialist with VOSAGO, and Casey McCarthy, capture manager with Kforce Government Solutions, were chosen as the AFCEAN and Young AFCEAN, respectively, for the month of April. Leilani Liverpool with Dunbar High School was chosen as the AFCEA STEM Teacher of the Quarter.

Ortiz was instrumental in developing and implementing a strategy for outreach through social media and social networking, arranging for photographic coverage of meetings, symposia and social events. Ortiz has been one of the key contributors to the chapter's marketing strategy for 2014-2015 and the success of its implementation.

McCarthy has been a participant in chapter luncheons and summits by volunteering her time wherever needed. She has taken an interest in the leadership aspect of the Young AFCEANs and has recently been elected the treasurer for the Young AFCEANs heading into the next year.

Liverpool actively works to ensure the success of engineering students ... READ MORE


Speaking about the Department of Homeland Security at the chapter's April luncheon are (l-r) Rear Adm. Robert E. Day, USN, moderator; Adrian Gardner, chief information officer (CIO), Federal Emergency Management Agency; Stephen Rice, CIO, Transportation Security Administration; Mark Schwartz, CIO, United States Citizenship and Immigration Services; and Wolf Tombe, chief technology officer, Customs and Border Protection. Leaders within the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) discussed their missions and the key programs they will focus on in 2015 during an April luncheon sponsored by the chapter. Panelists discussed how the use of innovation and technology is leading to efficiencies and better processes in support of DHS' overall mission. They discussed what innovation means to them in key areas including management, organizational change and process, technology and acquisition. The luncheon was held in April at the Ritz Carlton, Pentagon City.

The speakers included: Adrian Gardner, Chief Information Officer with Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA); Mark Schwartz, Chief Information Officer for United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS); Stephen Rice, Deputy Chief Information Officer, Transportation Security Administration (TSA); Wolf Tombe, Chief Technology Officer, U.S. Customs and Border Patrol (CBP).

The chapter's monthly luncheon series draws between 350-40 ... READ MORE


Gen. Robin Rand, USAF, commander, Air Education and Training Command, addresses ROTC scholarship recipients at annual chapter ROTC awards luncheon in April. 2nd Lt. Lauren Bisacky, USAF, presided as master of ceremonies over the joint chapter and Association of Old Crows (AOC) Patriots Roost annual ROTC Scholarship Luncheon in April at the Doubletree Bedford Hotel, Bedford, Massachusetts. This signature event recognized 42 of the most outstanding AFCEA and AOC ROTC cadets and midshipmen from across northern New England with $1,000 scholarships. Gen. Robin Rand, USAF, commander, Air Education and Training Command (and recently appointed commander, Air Force Global Strike Command), captivated attendees with an extraordinarily moving discussion about "Why I Serve." Col. Scott Owens, USAF, chapter vice president for ROTC affairs, presented $21,000 in scholarships to the Lexington-Concord recipients. Gen. Rand joined Steve Falcone, chapter president, in presenting the General Bernard Schriever Award, which carries an additional $1,000 scholarship, to Cadet Ryan Voutour, Norwich University, selected as the top cadet amongst the group. A total ... READ MORE

RSS Feed Add This Feed to Your Google Home Page or Reader
What is RSS?