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ALAMO CHAPTER CHAPTER - Feb 16, 2013
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Chapter Gains New Voice on the Radio

In February, the chapter debuted as the title sponsor of the Military City USA Radio Show, an hour-long segment airing each week on the San Antonios KLUP 930 AM station. The show—now entering its fourth year on the air—helps to educate the public about, and expresses appreciation for, the 211 military missions based in San Antonio. For the chapter, adopting title sponsorship is a move to elevate AFCEA's visibility in the greater San Antonio area with the goal of driving membership and potentially revenues for chapter initiatives. The show was rebranded as the AFCEA Military City USA Radio Show on February 16, completing the transition from the previous title sponsor, the Greater San Antonio Area Chamber of Commerce. The radio show continues to be hosted by its creator, real estate agent John Thurman, and Mark Frye of Port San Antonio (who is also a member of the chapter). Bill Morrow, chapter president, appeared as a special guest on February 16—explaining AFCEA's mission, goals and activities in the community along with a featured guest, former Fort Sam Houston historian and author John Manguso. AFCEA volunteers will continue to coordinate appearances for chapter members and industry partners at specific segments of the weekly show. Meanwhile, the chapter's Young AFCEANs are leading the charge for the revival of Industry Tours in 2013 beginning with a January visit to the Southwest Research Institute (SwRI). Industry Tours are meant to give active-duty military members and potential members a better understanding of area businesses and a way to form connections with potential employers in their fields of expertise after they separate from service. Master Sgt. Kiyon Buckley, USAF, 24th Air Force, led a group of more than a dozen AFCEANs on the visit to SwRI's aerospace structures section. Employees at the Large Article Structural Testing Facility spent an hour explaining projects that include research in areas such as aeroelasticity, bird-strike testing and real-time health monitoring of an aircraft. The group also had a chance to observe stress testing on the wings of a second-generation T-38. The tests help determine how much use pilots can get in the lifespan of the equipment, before wing replacements are needed. SwRI is a nonprofit research consortium and one of the oldest and largest applied sciences research and development organizations in the country. The chapter's next Industry Tour is planned for April with a visit to Dell Computer Corporation's campus in Austin, Texas.

Event Photographs:

Jon Cutshall (3rd from l), principal engineer in the aerospace structures section at the Southwest Research Institute, shows visitors from the chapter where stress gauges will be attached to the wing of a T-38 aircraft. The group's visit in January was part of the chapter's Industry Tours initiative, which helps to build connections between military personnel and industry partners.
Jon Cutshall (3rd from l), principal engineer in the aerospace structures section at the Southwest Research Institute, shows visitors from the chapter where stress gauges will be attached to the wing of a T-38 aircraft. The group's visit in January was part of the chapter's Industry Tours initiative, which helps to build connections between military personnel and industry partners.

For more details regarding this event contact:
Marla Dial
512.296.7352

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