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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.


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


During the April luncheon, Dave Johnson (l), chapter vice president of programs, joins with guest speaker Tony Hoe, director general information management project delivery. The chapter's April luncheon focused on major DND projects and navigating through constrained budgets


Michael Daniel, special assistant to the president and cybersecurity coordinator, Executive Office of the President, speakers during the chapter's April summit. More than a dozen esteemed federal cybersecurity and information assurance officials took part in the 6th Annual Cybersecurity Technology Summit, sponsored by the chapter and held in April at the Capital Hilton.

Considered the cybersecurity community's marquee event, which offers continuing education credits, a Technology Zoo competition and networking for the cybersecurity community, more than 600 thought leaders from numerous federal agencies, including the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Defense Department, the intelligence community, the White House, FBI, Department of Energy and others from industry, came out to the one-day summit.

The event tackled strategies for addressing cyber intelligence, next-generation cyber operations and insider threat. Speakers also discussed the status of cyber work force development and issues impacting tomorrow's evolving threat environment.

The summit featured keynotes, discussion panels and breakout sessions. The s ... READ MORE


Together at the March meeting are (l-r) Mark Thompson, program manager, U.S. Army; Martin Harbolt, chapter president; Bryan Coapstick, director of mobile innovation for HP; and John Miller, program manager, U.S. Army. This year's chapter theme is "Be an Agent for Impact." In March, the chapter held its first general membership meeting at the Patton Museum. The keynote speaker was Bryan Coapstick, director of mobile innovation at Hewlett Packard. Coapstick took the stage to share his experiences and insights of working in the IT development field. He spoke about his desire to improve the user's experience through digital transformation. Before consumers knew the products existed, he was hard at work developing many of the products we now take for granted. His goal was to make them easier to use while providing more control and more information. Coapstick made the point that innovation occurs at the grassroots, and he stressed that fundamental change occurs with effective user engagement. Having the opportunity to attend an event such as this and to hear the words of wisdom from industry leaders such as Coapstick is one of the many ways the chapter makes an impact for its members and the surroundi ... READ MORE

BONN E.V. CHAPTER - March 2015

Young AFCEAN form a half marathon group in March. The German Young AFCEANs are always looking for new exciting endeavours to connect and socialize. The 35th Berlin Half Marathon in March seemed to be the perfect event for this. Hence, six Young AFCEANs decided to start together with 32,000 other participants.

Stable weather conditions, perfect preparations of each individual beforehand and an amazing team spirit were key success factors for the group to accomplish the exhausting distance of 21,09 kilometers.

The fastest Young AFCEAN crossed the finish line after only 1 hour and 55 minutes.


From l-r, Jorge Pagua, Christina Zomara, Michael Nettis, Kimber Nettis and Josh Galecki enjoy the view of Waikiki from the barefoot bar at Duke's during the Young AFCEA Hawaii Mixer in March. In March, the Young AFCEANs hosted a social mixer to bring together military members and industry leaders. Twenty Young AFCEANs met at Duke's Waikiki over pupus and drinks to build social ties. Conversations ranged from simple meet-and-greets to discussions around emerging trends in cyberspace and how Hawaii is embracing those trends. The group enjoyed the evening setting overlooking Waikiki Beach as the sun set, and stayed long into the night socializing. The mixer also was an opportunity to introduce the new Young AFCEAN Vice Presidents, Rhett Begley and Michael Nettis.


Col. Jeffrey Granger, USAF (l), chapter president and commander, 55 Communications Group, shakes hands with Dr. Kenneth W. Bayles (r), associate vice chancellor for basic science research, University of Nebraska Medical Center, following Baylesí presentation at the March meeting. In March, Dr. Kenneth Bayles, associate vice chancellor for basic science research, University of Nebraska Medical Center, Omaha, Nebraska, briefed the chapter on Anthrax. Bayles gave some Anthrax history; it is an ancient disease known as "Black Bane" or "Wool-Sorters." It is the first disease of man and animals shown to be caused by a microorganism. He touched on the work of Robert Koch and Louis Pasteur with Anthrax. He clarified testing of Anthrax continued over the years, but the 2001 terrorist attacks drew attention to Anthrax. As a result of the attack, there were 22 victims identified, 5 fatalities. Bayles discussed Anthrax has a distinct shape, forming a long chain of rod shaped cells, sometimes forming a comma-shape in appearance. Bayles clarified Anthrax is historically a livestock disease; however, humans have contracted the disease too through inhalation, gastrointestinal or cutaneous means. Bayles elaborated Anthrax symptoms start similar to a flu, which makes it diffi ... READ MORE


The Department of the Navy (DON) Program Executive Office for Enterprise Information Systems (PEO EIS) with the assistance of the chapter hosted an "Innovation Cell Industry Day" in March. This half-day event was the platform for the launch of the Navy PEO EIS Innovation Cell Industry engagement process. The Innovation Cell is designed to bridge the gap between industry innovation and DON enterprise IT acquisition. The goal of the Navy PEO EIS Innovation Cell is to decrease the time for transitioning commercial IT technology to the DON IT environment. This event provided industry with a detailed presentation on the Navy PEO EIS Innovation Cell process and how industry can engage via the Innovation Cell to offer solutions to the department's enterprise IT challenges. The event had more than 500 registrations and was a great success thanks to the hard work and collaboration between PEO EIS and the chapter volunteers.


The chapter supports an The "Hour of Code" event held in March with the Calvary Christian Academy was successful. Master Sgt. Elias Garcia, USAF, chapter director of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), mesmerized the children and had them excited about coding. Senior Airman Kylie Subjinske, USAF, and the YAC Attack Team were in full force.

Williams and Dr. Mercadel were pleased the YAC Attack Team provided not only technical support but moral support to the children who kept losing the feathers off their angry bird instead of the bird getting bad piggy. Parents were surprised and pleased with the letter from Rep. Scott Rigell (R-VA). The chapter received nothing but positive feedback for chapter support of this event from the children, parents and school administration.


Col. Ed Masterson, USAF, chapter vice president for programs, presents a memento to Bob Kinder, managing director, aerospace, defense and security, G2 Capital Advisors, in appreciation for his address at the chapter's annual spring breakfast in March. The chapter hosted its annual spring breakfast in March at Waxy O'Connors, Lexington, Massachusetts. Col. Ed Masterson, USAF, the chapter's vice president for programs, introduced featured guest speaker Bob Kinder, managing director, aerospace, defense and security, G2 Capital Advisors. A retired Army officer with both Air Force and Army special operations experience in numerous areas of operation, Kinder addressed the audience on "From Battlefield to Boardroom: Evolution of the Joint Special Operations Command."

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