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MONTGOMERY CHAPTER - 04/27/2017
Joseph Sifer, AFCEA International's chairman of the board, receives a token of the chapter's appreciation from Brian Knott, president, for speaking at the April luncheon. In April, the chapter hosted a luncheon featuring guest speaker Joseph Sifer, AFCEA International's chairman of the board, at Arrowhead Country Club in Montgomery, Alabama. He spoke to a full house of military, industry and government personnel on the topic of AFCEA International's "Past, Present and Future." Sifer opened by discussing some of the challenges AFCEA was experiencing when Lt. Gen. Robert M. Shea, USMC (Ret.), became president and CEO. AFCEA had diluted its focus on chapters and regions in the United States with an overly aggressive international expansion, stretching AFCEA too thin. Sifer explained how Gen. Shea set about correcting this, right-ending strained financials and refocusing efforts on the regions and chapters around the nation, recognizing the tremendous talent at the local level. Gen. Shea, his team and members of the board recognized the need to address these challenges and did, refocusing on core AFCEA capabilities. They now are aggressively looking into ... READ MORE

MONTGOMERY CHAPTER - 04/13/2017
Business Over Breakfast guest speaker Braxton Weimer, a financial adviser with Morgan Stanley, discusses financial planning with the chapter's Young AFCEANs in April. In April, the chapter's Young AFCEANs hosted a Business Over Breakfast seminar featuring guest speaker Braxton Weimer, a financial adviser with Morgan Stanley, at the Hilton Garden Inn in Montgomery, Alabama. Weimer spoke to a room of service members, civilians and community partners about financial planning. He opened by providing a general overview of investments and the difference between stocks and bonds. Weimer said all money has a purpose and its purpose must be understood to select the best investment options. The investment vehicle selected must match the time horizon when money will be needed. He discussed the building blocks for financial security, such as having three to six months of wages in an emergency fund, acquiring legal documents like a will and durable power of attorney, and reducing high-interest debts. He ended with encouragement to save early and save often. Following the presentation, Weimer conducted a brief question-and-answer session, and audience members ... READ MORE

MONTGOMERY CHAPTER - 04/01/2017
The Centerpoint Half Marathon and 5K team running for charity in April includes (from l) Gena Howard; Lee Ann and Jim Bradley; Adam and Heather Vencill; and Brandy Silvers. In April, the Young AFCEAN Advisory Council's (YAAC's) Get Fit program participated in the seventh annual Centerpoint Half Marathon and 5K. The team consisted of young professionals from the military, government and industry who met up early on a sunny, warm Saturday morning in front of the YMCA in Prattville, Alabama, to run for a good cause. Proceeds from the event support local and international missions. This year, students are expected to volunteer in Atlanta, Honduras, Peru, Mexico, Haiti and the Dominican Republic. Additionally, a portion of the proceeds goes to support Stella's Voice, an organization that seeks to provide housing, education and hope for orphans in Moldova to prevent them from becoming victims of human trafficking. The chapter's Young AFCEANs are proud to support worthy causes and look forward to future Get Fit events.


MONTGOMERY CHAPTER - 03/10/2017
During the chapter's March Job Shadow Day, a U.S. Air Force staff sergeant (front, c) shows Robert E. Lee High School students how to remotely shut down a computer. The chapter's Education Foundation hosted a Job Shadow Day in March for students of the Robert E. Lee High School IT Career Academy. The Job Shadow Day is an academically motivating activity designed to expose high school students to information technology careers in the real world. This exposure shows students the benefits of learning about information technology in the classroom by demonstrating the lessons' applications outside of the academic environment. Students also connect what they learn in the classroom to real jobs that align with their career paths, ensuring they graduate better prepared for the work force and postsecondary education. The Job Shadow Day started in downtown Montgomery with office tours and orientations from local businesses Array, Indrasoft and ICS. The students then transitioned to Maxwell Gunter Annex for lunch with Herbert Hunter, director of staff, Business Enterprise Systems (BES), and Col. Michael Jiru, USAF, deputy director of BES. Then, students t ... READ MORE

MONTGOMERY CHAPTER - 02/24/2017
At the chapter's February luncheon, Midsouth Regional Vice President Tom Gwaltney (l) formally installs 2017 elected officers (l-r) Brian Knott, president; Senior Master Sgt. Neil Stewart, USAF, vice president; Cheryl Brown, treasurer; Candace Akerson, secretary; and Charisse Stokes, director, Education Foundation. Dr. Panayotis "Pano" Yannakogeorgos, dean of the Air Force Cyber College, was the guest speaker for the chapter's February luncheon at Wynlakes Country Club, Montgomery, Alabama. Yannakogeorgos spoke to a full house of military, industry and government personnel on "Cyber Activities, Opportunities and Challenges." First, he stated some of the reasons that the United States has a cyber problem, including that systems deploy without proper security controls and that prosecution of cyber crime lacks consistency. Yannakogeorgos said part of the problem is that a lot of cyberspace is out of the country's jurisdiction, so prosecuting foreign cyber attacks is difficult, if not impossible. He then went on to discuss how Defense Department and Air Force guidance and education are working to fill the gaps, with the goal of preventing the cyber equivalent of Pearl Harbor or 9/11. The luncheon also served as an opportunity to formally install the chapter's elected officers for 2017: Brian Knott ... READ MORE

MONTGOMERY CHAPTER - 12/01/2016
Eric Sloan, chapter president (l), presents guest speaker Richard Aldridge, program executive officer (PEO) for Business and Enterprise Systems (BES), with a token of appreciation at the December chapter luncheon. In December, the chapter hosted a luncheon featuring guest speaker Richard Aldridge, program executive officer (PEO) for Business and Enterprise Systems (BES), at Wynlakes Country Club in Montgomery, Alabama. Aldridge spoke to a full house of military, industry and government personnel on the "State of the BES." He discussed some reorganizations BES is going through, including the creation of a position for a director of staff, chief of operations and other efforts to move the organization toward a more Information Technology Infrastructure Library (ITIL) framework. Aldridge also talked about the need to consolidate data and use it for more condition-based maintenance. He further emphasized that 2016 was the busiest year for the Air Force since 1968, and with the budget decrease coming in 2018, it is more critical now than ever to take risks to realize all the potential of the information age. This will require a change in the risk-adverse culture of the Air Force. The strategic goa ... READ MORE

MONTGOMERY CHAPTER - 10/27/2016
Boyd Stephens (l), founder of Netelysis and speaker at the chapter's October Business Over Breakfast seminar, receives a token of appreciation from the chapter's Adam Vencill. In October, the chapter's Young AFCEANs hosted a Business Over Breakfast seminar featuring guest speaker Boyd Stephens, founder of Netelysis, at the Hilton Garden Inn in Montgomery, Alabama. Stephens spoke to a room of service members, civilians and community partners on the topic of "Hacking Montgomery, Gunter and Maxwell (MGM)." First, he informed the audience about the difference between cracking and hacking. Cracking is an attempt to access a system without permission, while hacking is seeking intimate knowledge and understanding of the inner workings of a system. Thereby, hacking the MGM is really about learning the talents and inner workings of the area. It is about finding out who and what a community really is. He mentioned that success is about finding talent in the community and bringing it out; it is about creating momentum. The MGM community has a lot of untapped resources and talent. Stephens provided some ideas for how to identify and utilize those resources and talent ... READ MORE

MONTGOMERY CHAPTER - 08/30/2016
The chapter celebrates award winners and guests in August, including (l-r) Eric Sloan, chapter president; Lt. Gen. Michael Basla, USAF (Ret.); Jason Frye, Air Force Life Cycle Management Center (AFLCMC), Young AFCEAN of the Year; Tommy Pope, Industry AFCEAN of the Year; Master Sgt. Carlton Young, USAF, Government AFCEAN of the Year; and Todd Strange, mayor of Montgomery, Alabama. In August, the chapter hosted its Annual Awards Banquet to recognize the outstanding contributions of key members. The event took place at the Renaissance Hotel and Convention Center in Montgomery, Alabama, and drew a full house of military, industry and government personnel. The following individuals were recognized with chapter-level awards: Jason Frye, Air Force Life Cycle Management Center (AFLCMC), Young AFCEAN of the Year; Master Sgt. Carlton Young, USAF, Government AFCEAN of the Year; Tommy Pope, Industry AFCEAN of the Year; and Candace Akerson, Air University, Montgomery AFCEA Chapter President's Award. Additionally, the following individuals were recognized for their recent awards from AFCEA International: Senior Master Sgt. Neil Stewart, USAF, Meritorious Service Award; Capt. Jesse Wayne, USAF, Regional Distinguished Young AFCEAN of the Year; and Charisse Stokes, Distinguished Women in AFCEA Award. The chapter also was the recipient of the 2015 Model Chapter Award. Before ... READ MORE

MONTGOMERY CHAPTER - 05/24/2016
Brig. Gen. Cedric George (l), USAF, deputy director of resource integration, deputy chief of staff for logistics, engineering and force protection, receives a token of appreciation from Chapter President Eric Sloan at the annual Montgomery Information Technology Summit (MITS) in May. In May, the chapter hosted the annual Montgomery Information Technology Summit (MITS) at the Renaissance Montgomery Hotel and Spa at the Convention Center in Montgomery, Alabama. The theme of this year's summit was "Portfolio Management in a Cloud Environment." The conference featured an assortment of presentations from many speakers, including Richard Aldridge, program executive officer (PEO), Business and Enterprise Systems, Maxwell Air Force Base and Gunter Annex, Alabama; Brig. Gen. Cedric George, USAF, deputy director of resource integration, deputy chief of staff for logistics, engineering and force protection; Lt. Gen. Ronald Burgess Jr., USA (Ret.), senior counsel for national security programs, cyber programs and military affairs, Auburn University; Lt. Gen. Steven Kwast, USAF, commander and president, Air University (AU), Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama; Maj. Gen. Dwyer Dennis, USAF, PEO, command, control, communications, intelligence and networks (PEO/C3I&N), Hanscom Air ... READ MORE

MONTGOMERY CHAPTER - 05/24/2016
Recognizing Jade Teel (c), a scholarship recipient from Loveless Academic Magnet Program in Montgomery, Alabama, at the May Education Foundation luncheon are (l-r) Brian Knott of Array; Charisse Stokes, director of the chapter's Education Foundation; Richard Aldridge, program executive officer for Business and Enterprise Systems, Maxwell Air Force Base, Gunter Annex, Alabama; and Eric Sloan, chapter president. In May, the chapter hosted its annual Education Foundation luncheon to recognize and reward twelve outstanding students from the Montgomery, Alabama, River Region. The luncheon took place in conjunction with the chapter's annual information technology conference, the Montgomery Information Technology Summit (MITS), at the Renaissance Montgomery Hotel and Spa at the Convention Center in Montgomery. The luncheon drew a full house from industry, government and military. Charisse Stokes, director of the chapter's Education Foundation, presided over the luncheon with the assistance of Chapter Vice President Senior Master Sergeant Neil Stewart, USAF. The chapter was honored to have Richard Aldridge, program executive officer for Business and Enterprise Systems, Maxwell Air Force Base, Gunter Annex, Alabama, not only attend the luncheon but also assist in handing out awards during the ceremony. The chapter awarded $15,000 in scholarships as part of its High School Information Technology Su ... READ MORE

MONTGOMERY CHAPTER - 04/16/2016
In April the Centerpoint Half Marathon and 5K team consisted of (l-r) Suzanne Carter, Raya Ward, Erik Matlack, Adam Vencill, Mark Jones and Trey Lasane. In April, the Young AFCEAN Advisory Council's (YAAC) ?Get Fit? program was busy. They participated in the 6th Annual Centerpoint Half Marathon and 5K. The team consisted of young professionals from the military, government and industry, who got up early on a sunny Saturday morning in front of the YMCA in Prattville, Alabama to run for a good cause. The Centerpoint Half Marathon and 5K is an annual event that is hosted by the Centerpoint Fellowship Church with all proceeds going to international missions and Stella's Voice. Two weeks later, the YAACs joined the 15th annual Walk for Life in downtown Montgomery, Alabama. The Walk for Life is sponsored by the Joy Life Foundation, which provides free mammograms and breast cancer screenings to medically underserved men and women in Alabama. The YAACs are proud to support worthy causes and look forward to their future ?Get Fit? events.

MONTGOMERY CHAPTER - 04/08/2016
The Chapter Education Foundation Director Charisse Stokes receives the Women in AFCEA Award from Regional Vice President Tom Gwaltney at the April luncheon. In April, the chapter hosted its monthly luncheon, which featured Richard Aldridge, program executive officer (PEO) for the Business and Enterprise Systems (BES), as the guest speaker. The luncheon was held at the Wynlakes Lakes Country Club in Montgomery, Alabama. Eric Sloan opened the luncheon and handed the floor over to Tom Gwaltney to recognize Charisse Stokes for her outstanding achievement of winning the Women in AFCEA award. The award recognizes Stokes dedication to mentoring, promoting and growing women in AFCEA. Aldridge addressed a full house of military, government and industry personnel about his vision for the future BES. He emphasized that he is an unconventional choice for an unconventional portfolio and went on to share how his wide and varied professional experiences provide him the kind of broad scope required to manage BES. In addition Aldridge talked about the importance of being authentic and building trust based on relationships both within BES and with indu ... READ MORE

MONTGOMERY CHAPTER - 08/08/2015
Team YAAC pauses for a group photo before the run in August. In August, the chapter's Young AFCEANs participated in the Run for Education 5K as part of their ?Get Fit? program. The 5K run was sponsored by Project Perseverance, the Omega Iota Iota chapter of the Omega Psi Phi fraternity, and Up and Running Inc. Run proceeds supported scholarships and mentorships in the River Region of Alabama. Team YAAC did well in the event, with Chapter President Kameke Mitchell and Chapter Education Foundation Director Charisse Stokes placing among the top three women's finishers. Team YAAC is already looking forward to supporting more good causes via local runs n 2015.

MONTGOMERY CHAPTER - 08/06/2015
Capt. Jesse Wayne, USAF (r), receives his Young AFCEAN of the Year award from Chapter President Eric Sloan at the August luncheon. In August, the chapter hosted its Annual Awards Luncheon ceremony to recognize the outstanding contributions of the chapter's key members. The event took place at Wynlakes Golf and Country Club in Montgomery, Alabama, and drew a full house of military, industry and government personnel. The following individuals were recognized with chapter-level awards: Capt. Jesse Wayne, USAF, Young AFCEAN of the Year; Master Sgt. Patterson Collins, USAF, Government AFCEAN of the Year; Dr. Joe Besselman, Industry AFCEAN of the Year; and John Hardt, Lifetime Achievement Award. Additionally, the following individuals were recognized for their recent awards from AFCEA International: Cheryl Brown, Medal of Merit; Kameke Mitchell, Meritorious Service Award; Denise Baylor, Small-Business Person of the Year; Adam Vencill, Regional Distinguished Young AFCEAN of the Year; and Master Sgt. Neil Stewart, USAF, Emerging Leadership Award. The chapter also was the recipient of the following awards: 2014 Model Ch ... READ MORE

MONTGOMERY CHAPTER - 05/19/2015
Lt. Gen. Steven Kwast, USAF, commander and president, Air University, speaking at the May information technology summit. In May, the chapter hosted its annual Montgomery Information Technology Summit (MITS) at the Renaissance Hotel and Convention Center in Montgomery, Alabama. The event drew a record number of attendees, surpassing 840 conference registrants. This year's summit featured various speakers discussing the topic "Breaking the IT Cost Curve?Creating a New Paradigm." The conference kicked off with a welcome by Chapter President Eric Sloan and Montgomery Mayor Todd Strange. Following were presentations by Robert Shofner, program executive officer, Business and Enterprise Systems (BES); Dr. Tim Rudolph, chief technical officer, Air Force Integrated Information Capabilities, Air Force Life Cycle Management Center (AFLCMC); and Lt. Gen. Steven Kwast, USAF, commander and president, Air University, among others. Ralph DiCicco, deputy acquisition chief information officer, Secretary of the Air Force (Acquisition), moderated a panel on the topic "Changing the USAF Paradigm to Mobile First," which fe ... READ MORE

MONTGOMERY CHAPTER - 04/16/2015
Tom Wojszynski, senior manager, Google Cloud,  explains cloud platform technology to Business Over Breakfast attendees in April. In April, the chapter's Young AFCEANs hosted a Business Over Breakfast featuring Tom Wojszynski, senior manager, Google Cloud, at the Hilton Garden Inn in Montgomery, Alabama. Wojszynski spoke to a combined civilian and military audience about Google's Cloud Platform technologies and Google's challenges with addressing cloud requirements for the Defense Department. He discussed the evolution of Google's infrastructure technologies into its current Cloud Platform offerings. One of the key features of Google's Cloud Platform infrastructure is that automatic failover and data replication are designed into the system from the beginning, ensuring that hardware failures can be addressed without the loss of functionality for Google's customers. Wojszynski also mentioned Google's massive recurring investments in its own infrastructure, including $3.6 billion in the fourth quarter of 2014. These capabilities are used by major customers such as Snapchat and Netflix, which have significant ba ... READ MORE

MONTGOMERY CHAPTER - 06/18/2015
The chapter's June Business Over Breakfast guest speaker, Boyd Stephens, founder of Netelysis, presents In June, the chapter's Young AFCEANs hosted a Business Over Breakfast seminar featuring guest speaker Boyd Stephens, founder of Netelysis, on the topic ?The Rise of the Silicon Black Belt Tech Corridor.? The event was held at the Hilton Garden Inn in Montgomery, Alabama. Stephens spoke to a full house of military, industry and government professionals and kicked off his presentation by discussing start-up ventures. One of his first efforts related to start-ups came after seeing a premier networking space with software developers and engineers in Austin, Texas. Stephens said he brought this innovative idea back to the local chamber of commerce, and soon a similar workspace was established in his area. Multiple other requests for workspaces came from this initial effort. Stephens also mentioned the RISE start-up conference he attended, which offers prime platforms for start-ups to promote their company products and services. He also discussed the importance of bootstrapping and the pa ... READ MORE

MONTGOMERY CHAPTER - 03/10/2015
Speaking to luncheon attendees in March is Timothy Nixon, director, Business Sustainment Systems Division, Air Force Program Executive Office Business Enterprise Systems, Life Cycle Management Center, Air Force Materiel Command, Maxwell Air Force Base, Gunter Annex, Alabama. In March, the chapter held its monthly luncheon, welcoming guest speaker Timothy Nixon, director, Business Sustainment Systems Division, Air Force Program Executive Office Business Enterprise Systems, Life Cycle Management Center, Air Force Materiel Command, Maxwell Air Force Base, Gunter Annex, Alabama. Nixon outlined priorities for the division's mission success, including deploying an enterprise-resource planning application for Air Force civil engineers under the NexGen program; enabling integration across portfolio programs to enhance program execution; and developing an application modernization road map. He also highlighted a recent success story: the Deliberate Crisis Action Planning and Execution Segment (DCAPES) program. Despite significant personnel reductions, DCAPES continues to successfully execute this critical Acquisition Category 1 program. Finally, he outlined plans to make Gunter Annex the information technology center of the South by pulling together all local en ... READ MORE

MONTGOMERY CHAPTER - 05/19/2015
At the chapter's annual Education Foundation luncheon in May, Qwenshana King (2nd from l) receives an Education for Industry scholarship from Charisse Stokes (l), director of the chapter's Education Foundation, alongside AFCEA President and CEO Lt. Gen. Robert M. Shea, USMC (Ret.) (2nd from r), and Robert Shofner, program executive officer for Business and Enterprise Systems, Maxwell Air Force Base, Gunter Annex, Alabama. In May, the chapter hosted its annual Education Foundation luncheon to recognize and reward nine hard-working students in the Montgomery, Alabama, River Region. The luncheon took place in conjunction with the chapter's annual information technology conference, the Montgomery Information Technology Summit (MITS), at the Renaissance Montgomery Hotel and Spa at the Convention Center in Montgomery. The luncheon drew a full house from industry, government and the military. Charisse Stokes, director of the chapter's Education Foundation, presided over the luncheon with the assistance of Chapter Vice President Master Sgt. Neil Stewart, USAF. The chapter was honored to have Lt. Gen. Robert M. Shea, USMC (Ret.), president and CEO of AFCEA International, not only attend the luncheon, but also assist in handing out awards during the ceremony alongside Robert Shofner, program executive officer for Business and Enterprise Systems, Maxwell Air Force Base, Gunter Annex, Alabama. The chapter awarde ... READ MORE

MONTGOMERY CHAPTER - 02/13/2015
An airman from Gunter Annex volunteers at Camp IT in February, assisting a student during a hackathon session. In February, the chapter partnered with Alabama State University (ASU), the Montgomery Area Chamber of Commerce, the Alabama Department of Transportation, Montgomery Public Schools and the IT Advisory Council for Robert E. Lee High School's IT Academy program to conduct the annual Camp IT student-recruiting event at ASU, Montgomery, Alabama. Camp IT is a hands-on, interactive half-day event designed to educate rising high school freshmen about the exciting and vast array of career opportunities in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) and to motivate them to kick-start their career planning at an early age by attending the IT Academy. The event opened with presentations by Dr. Gwendolyn Boyd, president, ASU; Maj. Charlie Grover, USAF; Kevon Chesson and Christopher Royal, IT Academy teachers; and an interactive Google Hangout session from Google headquarters in California with Tom Wojszynski, senior manager, Google Cloud Platform Team. Charisse Stokes, director of t ... READ MORE

MONTGOMERY CHAPTER - 02/19/2015
Brandon Allen, independent financial adviser, Integrity Agency Corporation, discusses tips for a successful financial future with Business Over Breakfast attendees in February. In February, the chapter's Young AFCEAN Advisory Council (YAAC) kicked off the 2015 Business Over Breakfast series with featured guest speaker Brandon Allen, independent financial adviser, Integrity Agency Corporation. The event, hosted at the Hilton Garden Inn, Montgomery, Alabama, drew a full house of young military, government and industry personnel. Allen spoke about strategies for building a strong financial future and covered a wide range of financial advice: Pay off existing debts; save for an emergency fund; contribute to a 401(k) or similar employee match program; invest in a well-balanced portfolio; and ultimately align investment strategies and risk with a target retirement date. He then stressed the importance of working with a financial planner who will commit to fiduciary responsibility. During a follow-up question-and-answer session, Allen mentioned that individuals will likely find fiduciary standards with a fee-based independent financial adviser? ideally with someo ... READ MORE

MONTGOMERY CHAPTER - 02/28/2015
Team YAAC smiles before heading off into the Centerpoint 5K and Half-Marathon races in February. In February, the chapter's Young AFCEAN Advisory Council (YAAC) participated in the fifth annual Centerpoint 5K and Half-Marathon races as part of YAAC's GET FIT program. Team YAAC consisted of various young professionals from military, industry and government who met bright and early at local Centerpoint Fellowship Church in Prattville, Alabama, to run for a good cause. The Centerpoint run is an annual event hosted by the Centerpoint Fellowship Church and all proceeds go toward funding mission trips. Team YAAC is proud to participate in this run each year and looks forward to their next scheduled runs as part of the GET FIT series, including the Hyundai Marathon/Half-Marathon/5K in March and the Walk of Life in April.

MONTGOMERY CHAPTER - 12/11/2014
Col. Michael Jiru, USAF, senior materiel leader and chief of the Enterprise Logistics Systems Division, Business and Enterprise Systems Directorate, Maxwell Air Force Base-Gunter Annex, speaks to Business Over Breakfast attendees in December about leadership. The chapter's Young AFCEAN Advisory Council (YAAC) hosted its final installment of the 2014 Business Over Breakfast series in December, bringing in guest speaker Col. Michael Jiru, USAF, senior materiel leader and chief of the Enterprise Logistics Systems Division, Business and Enterprise Systems Directorate, Maxwell Air Force Base-Gunter Annex. Col. Jiru shared his thoughts on leadership with a crowd of professionals from industry, military and government. He began the discussion by referencing his early years in the Air Force working at the Sacramento Air Logistics Center as a structure engineer for F-111 aircraft. During this first assignment, he learned the importance of the trust subordinates must have in a leader. Good leaders also know their personality traits, as determined through a Myers-Briggs test, Col. Jiru said. In addition, they listen to those with more experience and find senior mentors to look up to who can help enable growth and prosperous leadership. The colonel ... READ MORE

MONTGOMERY CHAPTER - 12/09/2014
Students from the Tuskegee Institute Middle School (TIMS) Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) club, along with Dr. Melvin Lowe, educational director for Macon County's Career and Technical Education Center (back row, far l); William Graham, TIMS principal (back row, 2nd from l); and March Knight, computer essentials teacher at TIMS (back row, 2nd from r), accept a Chapter Initiative Grant in December from Charisse Stokes, director of the chapter's Education Foundation (back row, far r). In December, the chapter's Education Foundation donated $18,408 in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM)-related funding to the Macon County School System. Charisse Stokes, director of the chapter's Education Foundation, presented a $5,000 robotics donation and a $13,408 Chapter Initiative Grant to Macon County Schools during a presentation at Tuskegee Institute Middle School (TIMS). Students from TIMS' Future Business Leaders of America club as well as March Knight, computer essentials teacher at TIMS, William Graham, TIMS principal, and Dr. Melvin Lowe, educational director for Macon County's Career and Technical Education Center, attended the presentation. The robotics donation will support the 37-student Macon County robotics team, which plans to compete in the BEST Competition series, among other robotics competitions. The Chapter Initiative Grant will fund the purchase of new Dell computer systems and monitors as well as finance an upcoming STEM-driven compet ... READ MORE

MONTGOMERY CHAPTER - 10/16/2014
The Wetumpka High School Robotics Team accepts a donation from Charisse Stokes (first row, far r), director of the chapter's Education Foundation, in October. In October, the chapter's Education Foundation awarded a robotics donation of $5,000 to the Wetumpka High School Robotics Team. The team accepted the donation presented by Charisse Stokes, director, Education Foundation. Led by Dr. Virginia Vilardi, the team is a diverse group of more than 50 high school students ranging from freshmen to seniors. Most recently, the team participated in the War Eagle BEST robotics competition, placing first in the overall competition and taking home eight more awards. The team is now preparing for the second round of BEST competition, South's BEST, at Auburn University at Montgomery. The chapter's Education Foundation is proud to support this hard-working group of students and looks forward to watching the team build on its already-impressive STEM-driven skill sets.

MONTGOMERY CHAPTER - 12/06/2014
Team YAAC gathers before heading out into the Jingle Bell 5K run in December. In December, as part of the ongoing GET FIT Program, members of the chapter's Young AFCEAN Advisory Council (YAAC) "jingled" their way to the finish line in the 25th Annual Jingle Bell Run/Walk at Huntingdon College. Team YAAC, represented by military, industry and government participants, finished the 5K race strong. The YAACs were proud to participate in the Jingle Bell Run/Walk again this year in support of the Alabama Chapter of the Arthritis Foundation, which focuses on finding a cure for arthritis. The Jingle Bell Run/Walk was the final fitness event in Team YAAC's 2014 GET FIT Program. The chapter YAAC is already planning future events as part of GET FIT 2015, including the Centerpoint Half-Marathon/5K in February, the Hyundai Half-Marathon in March and the Walk of Life supporting breast cancer awareness/research in April.

MONTGOMERY CHAPTER - 12/04/2014
Charisse Stokes, director of the chapter's Education Foundation (l), inducts the 2015 chapter board members at the luncheon in December. In December, the chapter hosted a luncheon featuring guest speaker Col. Ronald Jobo, USAF, at Wynlakes Country Club in Montgomery, Alabama. Col. Jobo, deputy program executive officer (PEO), Business and Enterprise Systems (BES), spoke to a full house of military, industry and government personnel on the topic "State of the BES." Col. Jobo emphasized the crucial role of the BES in sustaining and managing more than 165 U.S. Air Force applications and centered his discussion around the potential new mantra for the PEO BES: "Without the PEO BES, the USAF will grind to a halt." He also briefly discussed BES priorities for 2015, dividing them into three subgroups: programmatic, strategic and technical. Col. Jobo mentioned that Robert Shofner, USAF, PEO BES, is heavily involved in the Secretary of the Air Force's "Bending the Cost Curve" initiative regarding Air Force spending on information technology. He mentioned a strong push for one information technology infrastructure across the D ... READ MORE

MONTGOMERY CHAPTER - 11/22/2014
Master Sgt. Cheryl Chowning, USAF, finishes the Turkey Burner 5K strong in November. In November, the chapter's Young AFCEANs participated in the 14th annual Turkey Burner 5K as part of their Get Fit program. Team YAAC was proud to be a part of this charitable run that supports the Montgomery Area Food Bank by collecting donations of canned goods from race participants to help feed those in need in the community. The run took place in Montgomery, Alabama, and all members of Team YAAC finished the race strong. Team YAAC runs/walks in the Turkey Burner annually and boasted an impressive team this year consisting of 18 participants. Team YAAC is already looking ahead to form teams for upcoming local races, including the Jingle Bell Run in December and the Hyundai Half-Marathon/5K runs in March 2015.

MONTGOMERY CHAPTER - 11/19/2014
Members of industry and military network during the membership mixer in November. In November, the chapter hosted its annual membership mixer at local venue the Alley Bar in Montgomery, Alabama. The event drew a full house of local and visiting members of industry, government and military personnel, many of whom were in town to attend a vendor exchange forum event at Gunter Annex earlier that day. The mixer provided a prime opportunity for various AFCEA members from across the country to network and served as a great learning experience for nonmembers who were looking to join the organization. Mixer guests had the opportunity to network not only with each other, but also with various leaders from Gunter Annex, including Robert Shofner, program executive officer (PEO) for Business and Enterprise Systems (BES); Col. Ronald Jobo, USAF, deputy PEO, BES; Richard Lombardi, principal deputy assistant secretary of the Air Force (Acquisition); and Randall D. Culpepper, PEO, Combat and Mission Support. Overall, the evening was a success, and the chapter looks forward to wo ... READ MORE

MONTGOMERY CHAPTER - 11/19/2014
The Prattville Girl Scouts Robotics team proudly accepts a donation from Charisse Stokes (far r), director of the chapter's Education Foundation, in November. In November, the chapter's Education Foundation provided a robotics donation valued at $800 to the Prattville Girl Scouts Robotics Club in Prattville, Alabama. The Girl Scout troop is currently building a robot named Victor in preparation for upcoming competitions in Athens, Georgia, and Huntsville, Alabama. The troop is led by Laura Puranen and consists of seven girls who make time after a full day at school to dedicate to tailoring and upgrading Victor. The chapter's Education Foundation is proud to support this bright group of girls and looks forward to watching their continued success as they pursue science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) interests.

MONTGOMERY CHAPTER - 11/06/2014
Christopher Royal, IT Academy instructor (r), presents Charisse Stokes, the chapter's Education Foundation director (l), with a certificate of appreciation for speaking at the IT Academy Open House in November. In November, Lee High School's IT Academy hosted its annual open house event and featured guest speaker Charisse Stokes, the chapter's Education Foundation director, to discuss the benefits and path to pursuing a science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) degree/career. The event took place at Lee High School and kicked off with a formal dinner immediately followed by student speeches and a presentation by Stokes. Stokes spoke to the audience of current and prospective students and their parents regarding the benefits of a career in STEM. She emphasized to students the importance of hard work, tenacity and practice to achieve success in life. Stokes encouraged students to fully utilize the opportunities presented to them through the IT Academy, in the forms of various certifications they can obtain and more, to set them on an advanced track to a successful future upon high school graduation. Students and parents were receptive to Stokes' motivating presentation. During ... READ MORE

MONTGOMERY CHAPTER - 10/15/2014
Jada Meadows, a teacher at George Washington Carver Elementary (back row, far r), and her students accept a Science Teaching Tools Grant from the chapter's Education Foundation in October. In October, the chapter's Education Foundation was proud to award Science Teaching Tools Grants for educational-related funding to two deserving schools within Alabama's River Region. Jada Meadows and her third-grade students at George Washington Carver Elementary received a Science Teaching Tools Grant of $1,000 to fund the purchase of Lego building bricks and associated educational materials. Meadows plans to incorporate the Lego bricks into an architecture-related project that will dually enable students to gain experience with basic engineering and mathematics principles. Dr. Erinn Camille Floyd and students from Macon County proudly accepted a Science Teaching Tools Grant of $1,500 to fund the purchase of Lego Mindstorms robotics kits to continue the promotion of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education among students. Macon County students will use the robots to learn about programming, engineering and technology in preparation for upcoming competition ... READ MORE

MONTGOMERY CHAPTER - 10/09/2014
Col. Ronald Jobo, USAF, deputy program executive officer for business and enterprise systems at Maxwell Air Force Base-Gunter Annex, speaks to Business Over Breakfast attendees regarding In October, the Montgomery Chapter's Young AFCEAN Advisory Council (YAAC) hosted a Business Over Breakfast event featuring Col. Ronald Jobo, USAF, deputy program executive officer for business and enterprise systems at Maxwell Air Force Base-Gunter Annex. Col. Jobo spoke to a full house of military and industry professionals on the topic "Leading in a Time of Change." Col. Jobo began his presentation by engaging with audience members to form a collective definition of the word change. He then explained the significance of understanding change and being a good leader who is able to adapt to an ever-evolving environment. Col. Jobo then turned his discussion to focus on the roles of leaders and their purpose of influencing people to work toward a collective mission. He emphasized the importance of a leader developing a strategy for mission success and concluded his discussion by offering advice for YAAC audience members to be successful leaders. After a brief question-and-answer sessio ... READ MORE

MONTGOMERY CHAPTER - 10/29/2014
Montgomery, Alabama, Mayor Todd Strange speaks to luncheon attendees in October regarding cyber in the River Region. In October, the chapter hosted a luncheon featuring Montgomery, Alabama, Mayor Todd Strange at local venue Arrowhead Country Club, drawing a full house of professionals from military, industry and government. Strange discussed local cyber initiatives, including plans to collaborate on a cyber-focused center with Maj. Gen. Steven Kwast, USAF, commander, Curtis E. LeMay Center for Doctrine Development and Education, and vice commander, Air University, Maxwell-Gunter Air Force Base. According to the mayor, working with Gen. Kwast and the local military community provides an opportunity to link information technology and science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) programs with local River Region universities, thereby retaining graduates in Montgomery for information technology-related jobs. The mayor wants to instill cyber training into the universities' curriculum, as it will complement the training needs of local military organizations. Strange continued his information technol ... READ MORE

MONTGOMERY CHAPTER - 10/23/2014
Local principals from Montgomery Public Schools and Carol Lamar, district technology instructor for the Montgomery Public School system (2nd from r), accept a Chapter Initiative Grant presented by Charisse Stokes (c), the chapter's director, Education Foundation, in October. In October, Charisse Stokes, director of the chapter's Education Foundation, awarded the Science Teaching Tools Grant and the Chapter Initiative Grant to deserving recipients within the Montgomery Public School system. Steve Blair, district technology coordinator for Montgomery Public Schools, presided over the award ceremony held at Wynton Blount Elementary School. Kristy Hatch, science specialist at Wynton Blount Elementary School, and Mona Green, principal at Wynton Blount Elementary School, accepted a $1,522 Science Teaching Tools Grant on behalf of the school to fund the purchase of iPad minis/cases and wireless temperature probes for science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM)-enhanced learning during science classes. Bobby Abrams, principal at Jefferson Davis High School; Anissha Officer, principal at W.S. Garrett Elementary School; and Charlesetta Robinson, principal at Fews Secondary Acceleration Academy, accepted a Chapter Initiative Grant of $14,616 to fund th ... READ MORE

MONTGOMERY CHAPTER - 11/14/2014
Supported by the chapter's Education Foundation, Wetumpka High School's robotics team In November, chapter members witnessed the results of one of their long-term Education Foundation sponsorships: The Wetumpka High School Robotics Team conducted a demo sales pitch for their newest robot, NERD Runner 3.0, to the Montgomery Industry Partners group in Montgomery, Alabama. Experienced business professionals critiqued the students and provided invaluable feedback in the areas of marketing, planning, promotion, digital model construction and professionalism regarding their sales pitch in preparation for the upcoming South's BEST Robotics Competition. The team, led by Dr. Virginia Vilardi, recently placed first overall in the War Eagle BEST Robotics Competition. The "SteAm Machine," as the team is referred to, is looking to bring strong competition to South's BEST in December. The Montgomery AFCEA Chapter Education Foundation has continuously supported the hard-working robotics team over the years, most recently with a $5,000 donation to fund essential equipment and other ... READ MORE

MONTGOMERY CHAPTER - 09/13/2014
Members of Team Young AFCEAN Advisory Council smile before heading off into the Family Guidance Center 5K and 10K races in September. In September, the chapter Young AFCEAN Advisory Council (YAAC) participated in the 6th annual Family Guidance Center 5K and 10K runs held at local venue the Shoppes at EastChase in Montgomery, Alabama. Proceeds earned from the event will be used to enable the Family Guidance Center of Montgomery to provide support to local families. The Montgomery YAACs were proud to provide support to this selfless cause. The YAAC's participation in the event was part of the chapter YAAC's Get Fit program, which encourages healthy lifestyle habits via Team YAAC's participation in local runs and other athletic-related events. Team YAAC is already looking ahead to future Get Fit events, including training and preparing for the always anticipated Hyundai Half-Marathon scheduled for March 2015.

MONTGOMERY CHAPTER - 08/21/2014
Lt. Col. Leonard Boothe, chapter president (l) and Charisse Stokes director of the chapter's Education Foundation (r) thank Dr. Gwendolyn Boyd, president, Alabama State University, for discussing STEM outreach efforts with the chapter in August. In August, the chapter hosted its Annual Awards event at local venue Arrowhead Country Club. The event served to recognize the outstanding efforts of some of the chapter's best and brightest members over the past year. Among those recognized were, Adam Vencill, the chapter's Young AFCEAN of the Year for 2014; Brian Knott, the chapter's Industry AFCEAN of the Year for 2014; and Denise Baylor, the chapter's Government AFCEAN of the Year for 2014. All of these individuals played prominent roles in ensuring the success of the Montgomery Information Technology Summit conference in May. During the breakfast event, the Education Foundation received a generous donation in the amount of $5,000 from Integrated Computer Solutions (ICS) and CEO Steve Goldsby. Charisse Stokes, director, Montgomery AFCEA Chapter Education Foundation, took a moment during the ceremony to formally recognize and thank Goldsby and ICS for their continued support to helping the Education Foundation provide essential f ... READ MORE

MONTGOMERY CHAPTER - 09/04/2014
Col. Ronald Jobo, USAF, deputy program executive officer for Business and Enterprise Systems, introduces himself to reception attendees in September. In September, the chapter hosted a welcome reception for incoming Maxwell Air Force Base(AFB)?Gunter Annex leadership, Col. Michael Jiru, USAF, and Col. Ronald Jobo, USAF. The reception drew a great turnout of roughly 40 attendees and was hosted at local venue Arrowhead Country Club. Lt. Col. Leonard Boothe, USAF, chapter president, kicked off the event with a brief overview of the chapter and the AFCEA organization as a whole. Charisse Stokes, director of the chapter's Education Foundation, followed Col. Boothe's discussion by introducing Col. Jiru and Col. Jobo to the outreach efforts of the extremely active foundation. Col. Boothe then invited each colonel to make an individual short presentation to introduce themselves to reception attendees and share some of their Air Force experiences. Col. Jobo shared his enthusiasm to be a part of Robert "Shof" Shofner's team at Maxwell AFB?Gunter Annex supporting the Program Executive Office for Business and Enterprise Systems (PEO BES) as ... READ MORE

MONTGOMERY CHAPTER - 08/02/2014
In August, the Montgomery Young AFCEAN Advisory Council (YAAC) worked with Style.Hot.Energy. ?S.H.E.? Agency, EMERGE Montgomery, the Capital City Club and The Shoppes at EastChase to collect essential school supplies and donations in support of the fourth-annual ?Stuff The Bus? fundraiser. S.H.E. Agency's annual fundraiser collects donated school supplies for the Montgomery Public School system by literally stuffing a school bus full of donated items. The YAAC collected and donated plentiful amounts of vital school supplies in addition to more than $300 to purchase additional supplies as needed. The chapter's YAACs were proud to partner with these groups and other members of the Montgomery community while doing their part to give back to the community by supporting the local Montgomery school system with essential supplies and materials to ensure a successful upcoming academic year. The YAACs are proud to continue this steadfast support for enabling the best quality education to har ... READ MORE

MONTGOMERY CHAPTER - 04/26/2014
A member of Team YAAC makes a strong sprint to the finish line in the Walk of Life 5K in April. In April, the chapter's Young AFCEANs participated in the Walk of Life 5K as part of the Get Fit program. Team YAAC consisted of 30 various runners and walkers from military and industry, and this is Team YAAC's fourth consecutive year participating in the event. The Walk of Life is an annual event organized by the Joy to Life Foundation to raise money in support of breast cancer research. Team YAAC was proud to support this noble cause, and looks forward to participating in upcoming runs throughout the year such as the Hyundai Half-Marathon and the Turkey Burner 5K.

MONTGOMERY CHAPTER - 05/20/2014
Lt. Gen. Michael Basla, USAF, chief, Information Dominance and chief information officer, Office of the Secretary of the Air Force, kicks off the Montgomery Information Technology Summit (MITS) 2014 in May with an engaging presentation. In May, the chapter hosted its annual Montgomery Information Technology Summit (MITS) at local venue the Renaissance Hotel & Spa at the Convention Center, Montgomery, Alabama. The event drew a diverse crowd of more than 700 professionals from industry and government and featured an impressive lineup of speakers discussing the topic "Navigating Today's DoD Information Maelstrom." The conference agenda featured speakers from leadership positions within the Defense Department information technology, current and former military operators and intelligence professionals, and lively panel discussions. Conference presentations began after a brief introduction by Chapter President Lt. Col. Leonard Boothe, USAF. Lt. Gen. Michael Basla, USAF, chief, Information Dominance and chief information officer, Office of the Secretary of the Air Force, kicked off the day's agenda, followed by Maj. Gen. Steven Kwast, USAF, commander, Curtis E. Lemay Center for Doctrine Development and Education and vice ... READ MORE

MONTGOMERY CHAPTER - 05/20/2014
In May, Taylor Hopper (2nd from r) accepts his High School Information Technology Summer Internship award from Charisse Stokes (far l), director of the chapter's Education Foundation. Alongside Hopper are Lt. Col. Leonard Boothe, USAF, chapter president, and Hopper's corporate sponsor, Jon Dittmer of Array Information Technology. In May, the chapter's Education Foundation hosted its Annual Awards Luncheon in conjunction with the Montgomery Information Technology Summit (MITS) at the Renaissance Hotel & Spa at the Convention Center, Montgomery, Alabama. The event highlighted the tenacious efforts of hard-working students from the River Region, with nearly $40,000 awarded among them. The chapter awarded five graduating high school seniors with a High School Information Technology Summer Internship: Evan Brand, Taylor Hopper, Jared Hunter, Guillermo Ravelo and Jayron Wilkerson. Each winner was awarded a $2,500 college scholarship, a top-of-the-line HP laptop, and a 10-week paid internship valued at $3,500 with one of the following companies: Array Information Technologies, Disruptive Technologies, eSolution Architects, Integrated Computer Solutions, and IndraSoft. Additionally, the chapter awarded each of the following four local rising college seniors an Education For Industry scholarship valued at $5,000: Ger ... READ MORE

MONTGOMERY CHAPTER - 03/15/2014
Capt. Ethel Seabrook-Hennessey, USAF, crosses the finish line after running in the Centerpoint Half-Marathon with Team YAAC in March. In March, the chapter's Young AFCEAN Advisory Council (YAAC) participated in the Centerpoint Half Marathon and 5k runs as part of the chapter's Get Fit Program. Team YAAC consisted of various military personnel from Maxwell-Gunter Air Force Base as well as government and industry professionals who gathered bright and early at the YMCA in Prattville, Alabama. The Centerpoint Run is an annual event organized by the Prattville Centerpoint Fellowship Church in order to raise funds for future mission trips. The chapter's YAACs gave their best efforts and represented the chapter well. The chapter's Get Fit Program will continued with Team YAAC participating in the upcoming Walk of Life 5k in support of breast cancer research in April. The chapter looks forward to continuous growth of Team YAAC and the Get Fit Program as a whole.

MONTGOMERY CHAPTER - 03/13/2014
In March, Business Over Breakfast attendees listen attentively to a presentation from Col. Ted Lowry, USAF (Ret.), on In March, the chapter's Young AFCEAN Advisory Council (YAAC) hosted a Business Over Breakfast event featuring guest speaker Col. Ted Lowry, USAF (Ret.), discussing the topic "Lessons From Life." The event took place at the Hilton Garden Inn and drew a full house of industry, military and government personnel. Col. Lowry began his presentation by discussing his initial years serving in the Air Force working his way up to a position as an F-105 pilot during the Vietnam War and eventually to various commander and leadership roles. Col. Lowry's first point regarding career success was to emphasize the importance of carrying over leadership practices and management skills learned while serving as a member of the Armed Forces or as a part of a military organization. He mentioned the high expectations employees working in military organizations are required to abide by such as attentiveness to punctuality. He noted people who accept these standards and incorporate them into their work prac ... READ MORE

MONTGOMERY CHAPTER - 02/20/2014
Herbert Hunter (r), director, Business Enterprise Division, Business and Enterprise Systems Directorate, Maxwell Air Force Base-Gunter Annex, shakes hands and networks with a luncheon attendee following his presentation in February. In February, the chapter hosted a luncheon at Wynlakes Country Club featuring guest speaker Herbert Hunter, director, Business Enterprise Division, Business and Enterprise Systems Directorate (BES), Maxwell Air Force Base-Gunter Annex. Hunter's presentation focused on the theme ?Partnering to Keep the River Region IT Relevant? and drew a full house of various military, government and industry attendees. Hunter has made it one of his top priorities to encourage synergy between River Region companies and local military installations. He mentioned the key benefit of increased support via open communication from both sides of the house is that it yields a successful business relationship for all and leads to more business partnership opportunities. He mentioned it is not only important to demand the best from your community but also from your people and to show them what right looks like. Hunter highlighted some measures he and the BES staff have enacted internally to ensure their team ... READ MORE

MONTGOMERY CHAPTER - 02/14/2014
Students race to identify components of a motherboard during the Fixing a Computer mini-camp session of Camp IT in February. In February, the chapter co-hosted Camp IT, the annual science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM)-centered event at Alabama State University (ASU). The chapter partnered with ASU, the local IT Advisory Council and the Alabama Department of Transportation to make the event a success. As a major event sponsor, the chapter played a key role by funding the purchase of student T-shirts and by donating various raffle and goody bag items. Camp IT is designed to capture the interest of incoming high school freshman in the River Region by impressing upon them not only the importance of STEM in their everyday lives but the limitless options yielded by a career in a STEM-related field. Roughly 200 students attended the event and were highly active in participating during the opening question and answer session led by leaders from ASU and the chapter: Dr. Joe Besselman, former chapter president, and Charisse Stokes, director, chapter Education Foundation. During a follow-on present ... READ MORE

MONTGOMERY CHAPTER - 01/08/2014
In January, Col. Trent Edwards, USAF, commander, 42nd Air Base Wing, Maxwell-Gunter Air Force Base, speaks to Business Over Breakfast attendees regarding the ?Five Fs? he values. In January, the chapter's Young AFCEAN Advisory Council (YAAC) hosted its first Business Over Breakfast seminar for 2014. Guest speaker Col. Trent Edwards, USAF, commander, 42nd Air Base Wing, Maxwell-Gunter Air Force Base, Alabama, shared advice on professional success regarding the ?Five F? values he lives by: freedom, family, faith, fitness and fun. Col. Edwards emphasized the importance of trust as a key component to successful leadership, and continued the discussion to lead into explanations of the ?Five Fs?. He explained that freedom ties directly into the Air Force mission, and as an Air Force commander, it is essential to his duty to uphold the freedoms and principles set forth in the U.S. Constitution. Col. Edwards related the importance of family to the workplace and the importance of working together as a team. The colonel continued his discussion to emphasize the importance of having faith and trust in airmen and fellow servicemen and servicewomen. He mentioned faith gi ... READ MORE

MONTGOMERY CHAPTER - 12/20/2013
Robert ?Shof? Shofner, program executive officer for business and enterprise systems, Maxwell-Gunter Air Force Base, speaks to luncheon attendees in December. In December, the chapter hosted a luncheon at Wynlakes Country Club featuring guest speaker Robert ?Shof? Shofner, program executive officer for business and enterprise systems, Maxwell-Gunter Air Force Base (AFB), Alabma. Shofner's presentation highlighted a proposed solution to the lack of software educational initiative opportunities in central Alabama, an ?IT pipeline? that would help build vital skills in information technology (IT) related areas, program management, systems engineering, programming and business analysis. Shofner mentioned various emerging opportunities that would make fostering an ?IT pipeline? worthwhile, including: the growing need for IT requirements in the professional realm; the Air Force's increasing need to synchronize IT acquisition and sustainment efforts; an increasing number of partnerships between local River Region industry professionals and Maxwell-Gunter AFB; and the strong academic resources currently thriving in Montgomery. Shofner continued t ... READ MORE

MONTGOMERY CHAPTER - 11/22/2013
Students from the Wetumpka High School Robotics Team demonstrate the mechanics of their robot, Squeaky, to local business professionals in November. In November, six students from Wetumpka High Schools STEAM Machine Robotics Program briefed an impressive mock pitch regarding their newly constructed robot, nicknamed Squeaky, to the Montgomery Industry Partners (MIP) group. The students conducting the presentation ranged from freshman to senior grade levels; however, the skill and professionalism each student contributed during the pitch was unanimously pristine. The presentation consisted of the students outlining planning and construction components of building Squeaky. MIP professionals critiqued the students post-presentation and provided them valuable feedback to enhance their presentation in preparation for the upcoming War Eagle BEST Competition. The premise of War Eagle BEST centers on the robotics team giving a mock marketing pitch to sell Squeaky and its ability to construct a CPU over various stages of fabrication. Currently in its eleventh year, Wetumpka High Schools Robotics program is thriving and is led by Dr. Virgi ... READ MORE


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