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LOS ANGELES CHAPTER - August 2014

Steve Quilici, chapter president (l), and Adam Feingold, vice president of programs (r) greet August speaker Col. Bill Cooley, USAF, director, Global Positioning Systems Directorate. 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

ALAMO CHAPTER - August 2014

Col. Brad Pyburn, USAF, commander of the 624th Operations Center, spoke to the chapter in August. 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

ALAMO CHAPTER - August 2014

Master Sgt. Martha Burkhead, USAF, has been named to the chapter board of directors as the new vice president of military affairs. 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.

NORTH CAROLINA CHAPTER - August 2014

In August, Paul Reimers (l), chapter president, and Georgia Popp (r), vice president of the chapter’s STEM Program, present grants ranging from $500 to $1,000 to local teachers for science, technology, engineering and mathematics. 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.

LEXINGTON-CONCORD CHAPTER - August 2014

Maj. Gen L. Scott Rice, USAF, adjutant general, Massachusetts National Guard (l), responds to question from Col. Dale VanDusen, USAF, Deputy Program Executive Office for Battle Management, (first row, r), during a tour of the Massachusetts Joint Operations Center at Hanscom Air Force Base in August. 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.

HAWAII CHAPTER - August 2014

Chapter Educational Foundation executives and scholarship awardees together in August are (back row, l-r) Jane Ferriera, Andy Truong, Drew Ollice, William Blaser III, Herman Li and Keane Hamamura; (front row, l-r) Cathy Burtless, Kira Fox, Precious Binas, Christianne Izumigawa, Monica Ho, Sierra Jackson and Farrah Burke. 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.

HAWAII CHAPTER - August 2014

Cory Lindo, chapter president, thanks speaker Rear Adm. Cari B. Thomas, USCG, commander, Fourteenth Coast Guard District, following her presentation at the August meeting. 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

KAISERSLAUTERN CHAPTER - August 2014

In August, the chapter recognized its Emerging Leader Award winner, Staff Sgt. Michael D. Pasqua, USAF, shown here at work in the Enterprise Service Desk. 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.

SILICON VALLEY CHAPTER - August 2014

Bob Moorhead, chapter president (r) presents a certificate of appreciation to Jonathan Bennun, Cisco security product manager, for his talk on Internet security in August. Jonathan Bennun, Cisco security product manager, and Reema Prasad, Cisco solutions architect, were presented with a certificate of appreciation for their informative details presented during their presentation, "The Broken Side of Internet Security,” in August.

SILICON VALLEY CHAPTER - August 2014

The chapter hosts a discussion on Internet security at Cisco Systems Incorporated in August with (l-r) Jonathan Bennun; Bob Morehead, chapter president; Reema Prasad; Joe Beel; and Bob Landgraf, chapter member. In August, Cisco Systems Incorporated opened its doors to host the chapter’s quarterly luncheon. The meeting focused on the vulnerabilities and perils of Internet security. The speakers, Jonathan Bennun, Cisco security product manager, and Reema Prasad, Cisco solutions architect, provided concrete examples of flaws in Internet security and insights into how hackers leverage those flaws. Bennun started off by saying, "It is challenging for the common user to understand Internet security beyond just passwords, but it is important to face that challenge in order to understand concrete risks and ways of mitigation." The group then delved into discussing whose job it is to improve national and personal security. Prasad stated, "There must be a collaborative effort between the government and civilian sectors to take on cybersecurity through continuous monitoring and analyzing collected data." The chapter’s November meeting will look at social media and personal privacy.

PORTO STUDENT CHAPTER - July 2014

In July, Rear Adm. Carlos Rodolfo, PRT NA (Ret.) (c), Portugal Chapter president, gathers at the Faculty of Engineering of the Porto University with Jose Carlos Alves (l), faculty adviser for the student club, and Jose Valente, who assumed the role of student club president. In July, Jose Valente assumed the role of president of the Porto Student Club. Rear Adm. Carlos Rodolfo, PRT NA (Ret.), Portugal Chapter president, gathered at the Faculty of Engineering of the Porto University (FEUP) with Valente and the club’s faculty adviser, professor Jose Carlos Alves. The club informed Adm. Rodolfo that it plans to continue its activities of improving a robotic sailboat and will participate in the World Sailing Championship 2014 held Sept. 8-13 in Galway, Ireland.

SOUTH CAROLINA LOW COUNTRY CHAPTER - July 2014

Proceeds from the chapter’s July fundraiser went to Canines for Veterans, a national program providing disabled veterans with quality trained service dogs. The chapter's Young AFCEANs recently hosted a party for revelers of all ages ready to "throw it back 80s style." The party drew a crowd dressed as iconic characters from the 80s, including best costume winners as the Ghostbusters, runner up Richard Simmons, aka Capt. Nathan Swab, USAF, chapter military liaison chairman, and even senior chapter leaders impressively disguised as Cheech and Chong. The event raised more than $2,500 through admission tickets as well as the generous sponsorship donations from industry partners in the Charleston area. Proceeds from the fundraiser were donated to Canines for Veterans, which is a national program that provides disabled veterans with quality trained service dogs. The program works with military prisoners at the Naval Consolidated Brig Charleston and teaches them how to train rescue dogs as service dogs for the wounded and injured veterans. Service members or veterans with a disability including mobility limitations, traumatic brain injury or ... READ MORE

DAYTON-WRIGHT CHAPTER - July 2014

Claire Revalee, chapter Young AFCEAN vice president (r) greets Todd Vikan of TACG, The Ahrens Consulting Group, and Lynn Moad, former division chief of the Air Force Materiel Command’s Systems Integration Division, during the chapter’s Young AFCEAN Power Breakfast in July. More than 30 people joined the chapter for its second quarterly Young AFCEAN Power Breakfast of 2014 in July. Lynn Moad, former division chief of the Air Force Materiel Command’s Systems Integration Division, was the guest speaker on "Servant Leadership." The breakfast was a great opportunity for anyone within government or industry to have in-depth dialogue with a local government leader and mentor as well as network with other professionals within the local market. The event was sponsored by TACG, The Ahrens Consulting Group.

PORTUGAL CHAPTER - July 2014

In July, Rear Adm. Carlos Rodolfo, PRT NA (Ret.), chapter president (l), presented Rui Lopes, CEO of Ponto.C, with a corporate membership certificate recognizing the company, located in Aveiro, northern Portugal, as a member of AFCEA.

TAMPA-ST. PETERSBURG CHAPTER - July 2014

Capt. Gerry Slevin, USN (Ret.) (l), chapter first vice president, joins guest speaker James “Hondo” Geurts (c), acquisition executive, U.S. Special Operations Command, and Manning Bolchoz at the July chapter meeting. The chapter welcomed James “Hondo” Geurts, acquisition executive, U.S. Special Operations Command, MacDill Air Force Base, as the speaker for its July luncheon. Geurts is responsible for all Special Operations Forces research, development, acquisition, procurement and logistics. As acquisition executive, his challenge has been determining how to operate small teams around the world without gateways and infrastructure in place. With concern for budget, he emphasized to industry the need to try new plans and new strategies while still allowing industry to compete at their best at a fair and reasonable price. He challenges industry to ask two questions when reaching out to his office: 1. Does it help him become an expert? 2. Does it help him become a trusted provider to the force? Whether the solution comes from small or large business, Geurts’ mission is to try and find business models that make sense for the right set of tools in order to execute.

PORTUGAL CHAPTER - July 2014

In July, Rear Adm. Carlos Rodolfo, PRT NA (Ret.), chapter president (l), presented Guilherme Silva, chief executive officer of SENSYS-Solutions Engineering and Systems SA (c), with a corporate membership certificate in the presence of Carlos Estevao, commercial director of this international group focused on business applications for critical operations, based in Lisbon.

FORT KNOX GOLD VAULT CHAPTER - July 2014

Michael Conlin, chief technologist, U.S. Public Sector, Hewlett-Packard Enterprise Services, discusses the challenges of the cloud at the chapter’s July meeting. Michael Conlin, chief technologist, U.S. Public Sector, Hewlett-Packard Enterprise Services, presented a fantastic session to the chapter in July regarding the challenges of cloud services. The chapter received very good comments from attendees. "As it relates to his topic on the cloud agenda, I learned that 'best of breed' should scare me, Amazon is covering the market and that 'paving the cow path' is not a very smart approach to stepping into the cloud world if I want to maximize value to my business. Michael took an over-hyped topic through a series of practical discussion points that was refreshing, shed new light and made the crowd laugh, always a bonus!" said one attendee. The chapter thanks all who helped put the event together and special thanks to Conlin for volunteering his time and talent to help the chapter succeed.

FORT KNOX GOLD VAULT CHAPTER - July 2014

In July, Vincent Holloway, vice chairman of the chapter board (r), presented David Minds, solutions specialist, with a corporate membership certificate recognizing Strategic Communications as a member of AFCEA.

FORT KNOX GOLD VAULT CHAPTER - July 2014

In July, Vincent Holloway, vice chairman of the chapter board (r), presented Chris Green with a corporate membership certificate recognizing CK Green Incorporated as a member of AFCEA.

KAISERSLAUTERN CHAPTER - July 2014

Maj. Gen. John Maluda, USAF (r), and Col. Douglas Barron, USAF (l), cut the ribbon officially opening the 2014 Ramstein Summer Technology Expo. The chapter hosted its annual Summer Technology Expo and Golf Tournament at Ramstein Air Base in July. The four-day event welcomed more than 30 senior leaders, 850 expo attendees and 27 golf teams. Visitors enjoyed seminars ranging from cloud technology and security in virtualized environments to the “Art of Cyber War.” Visitors also got a demonstration from one of the Kaiserslautern military community’s recent Raspberry Pi tournament teams from Wiesbaden High School with their robot Frau POW. The highlight of the event was the membership drive, bringing in 60 brand new members. The chapter wrapped up the event with the annual golf tournament with more than 100 participants enjoying the company of their fellow communicators. The chapter gave out more than $2,500 in prizes during the tournament, and everyone had a great time on the links. The chapter will host the next Winter Expo in February 2015.


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