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GREATER OMAHA CHAPTER - October 2014

Dr. Kenneth Dick (l), School of Interdisciplinary Informatics, College of Information Science and Technology, University of Nebraska Omaha, Omaha, Nebraska, receives a chapter coin from Col. Jeffrey Granger (USAF), chapter president and commander, 55 Communications Group, Omaha, Nebraska, at the September luncheon for addressing the chapter. Dr. Kenneth Dick, School of Interdisciplinary Informatics, College of Information Science and Technology, University of Nebraska Omaha, Omaha, Nebraska, apprised the chapter on "How to Innovate" at its September luncheon. Dr. Dick pointed out that innovation rarely happens within the center of an organization, but it starts at the edge—possibly as a joke, becomes a threat and then becomes obvious. He provided six tips to enhance one's creativity: Open your mind; diversify your thoughts; use mental floss; stop looking for the straight answer; discover your creative rhythm; and remember that good health makes wealth. Dr. Dick commented that there are two types of innovation: evolutionary and revolutionary. He provided several steps to improve one's personal creativity and discussed that the market mindset is a barrier to creative thinking and the ability to innovate. Dr. Dick talked about how to organize using the three circles of innovation. In concluding, he said to develop an effec ... READ MORE

DAYTON-WRIGHT CHAPTER - October 2014

The chapter held its Fall Education, Networking and Membership Event in October at the Hope Hotel and Richard C. Holbrooke Conference Center at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The guest speaker was Dr. R. William Ayers, associate dean, Graduate School, Wright State University. The event allowed members, government, industry and academia personnel to enjoy light refreshments and casual conversation.

AFCEA EUROPE - October 2014

Petr Jirasek (l), regional vice president for Central Eastern European and Baltic regions, Frantisek Hrebik, vice rector, Police Academy of the Czech Republic (c) and Josef Pozar, dean, Police Academy of the Czech Republic, present at the chapter meeting in October. The second European faculty advisers and student club representatives meeting was held in Prague at the Police Academy of the Czech Republic in October. More than 30 professors, students and chapter representatives from seven European universities had opportunities to meet with AFCEA’s new president and CEO, Lt. Gen. Robert M. Shea, USMC (Ret.), and Tina Jordan, vice president, region and chapter outreach. Petr Jirasek, regional vice president for Central Eastern European and Baltic regions, was the meeting moderator and organizer. He opened the meeting, explaining the importance of student and Young AFCEAN activities in Europe. AFCEA has in Europe 14 student clubs and cooperation with more than 20 universities in nine countries. During the last three years, students and faculty advisers organized six student symposia and dozens of local workshops and meetings. During the meeting, all the faculty advisers introduced their local activities. Professor Paul Svasta, Politehnica Universi ... READ MORE

CZECH CHAPTER - October 2014

Petr Jirasek (l), regional vice president for Central Eastern European and Baltic regions, and Gen. Petr Pavel, CZA, chief of the general staff, attend the Future Crises Conference in October. The Future Crises Conference was held in October in Prague as part of the 16th AFCEA International ITTE conference. The conference was devoted to the issues of cybersecurity, defense and crisis management. The program committee, which was composed of prominent experts on security and representatives of important state, academic and private organizations, prepared a rich program with more than 40 presentations and practical demonstrations to inform about trends in cybersecurity, draw attention to the need for broad national and international cooperation and share experience in lifelong education, science and research in new information technology. Experts at the conference discussed how active cyber defenses may integrate with traditional military operations across the spectrum of international conflict as well as how such defenses influence national responses related to deterrence and escalation and how the effects of such operations impact other military missions. They argued that ... READ MORE

OTTAWA CHAPTER - October 2014

Speakers at the October luncheon are Dr. Paul Hubbard (c) and Dr. Mark Williamson (l), with the chapter’s vice president of programs, Dave Johnson. The chapter's October PD Luncheon featured an overview of the Canadian Safety and Security Program, presented by Dr. Mark A. Williamson, director general of Defense Research and Development Canada – Centre for Security Science (DRDC CSS). Dr. Paul Hubbard, defence scientist, DRDC CSS, also spoke on progress toward multiagency data and information exchange.

ARGENTINA CHAPTER - October 2014

Rear Adm. Emilio Nigoul, ARA (Ret.), chapter president, presents a certificate of recognition to Jorge Herkovitz (l), Ph.D., at the October Nanotechnology Symposium. The chapter sponsored the two-day Nanotechnology Symposium in October in Buenos Aires, Argentina. There were 30 attendees. Maximo Ricci and Luis Favotto were the coordinators. The event included a discussion of the global state of nanotechnology.

WASHINGTON DC CHAPTER - October 2014

The recipient of the chapter's STEM teacher award in October is Teresa Broadnax, an engineering teacher and electric vehicle team coordinator at Phelps Architecture, Construction and Engineering High School.  The chapter gave its quarterly STEM teacher award in October to Teresa Broadnax, an engineering teacher and electric vehicle team coordinator at Phelps Architecture, Construction and Engineering High School. She has taught several science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) courses at the school since 2010, including Introduction to Engineering Design, Principles of Engineering, Civil Engineering and Architecture, Engineering Design and Development and Aerospace Engineering. Broadnax, or Ms. Tee, as her students, parents and peers affectionately call her, has an unwavering commitment to empowering students in the vast world of STEM. She goes above and beyond, making herself accessible before school, at lunch, after school, over the weekend and during spring break to provide students with support to ensure they are able to attain and master the various STEM skills. It is with diligence and expectation that she makes success a reachable opportunity and not simply an option ... READ MORE

WASHINGTON DC CHAPTER - October 2014

Carlo Espiritu, president of Triple Point Security, is the chapter's AFCEAN of the Month for October.
Carlo Espiritu and Christian Wooldridge, two men with exemplary leadership skills and deeply involved in the government and government information technology contracting industry, were chosen as the chapter's AFCEAN and Young AFCEAN of the Month, respectively, for October. Espiritu, president of Triple Point Security, was selected for his outstanding leadership in helping to develop the strategy and program/agenda for the 4th Annual Emerging Technology Summit. With his background in cloud computing, cybersecurity and emerging technologies, Espiritu has more than 17 years of experience in the information technology security industry as well as federal law enforcement, defense and health care. His expertise is in managing and implementing robust information security programs. He is active in the cloud computing security community in both the public and private sectors and provides thought leadership in communitywide initiatives such as the Cloud Security Alliance (CSA) Guide; the Info ... READ MORE

PORTUGAL CHAPTER - September 2014

In September, Rear Adm. Carlos Rodolfo, PRT (Ret.), chapter president, presented Isabel Reis, EMC Portugal country manager, with a corporate membership certificate.

TUCSON CHAPTER - September 2014

Chapter President Maj. Chad Richardson, USAF presents a certificate of appreciation to Col. Bobbi Doorenbos, USAF, commander of the 214th Reconnaissance Group, following her address to the Chapter on MQ-1 Predator operations and reliance on a distributed communications architecture in September. In September, the Chapter welcomed a large turnout to hear Col. Bobbi Doorenbos, USAF, commander of the 214th Reconnaissance Group, for its first fall 2014 professional development luncheon. Col. Doorenbos shared how her Arizona Air National Guard unit executes a 24/7, Title 10 mission operating MQ-1 Predators overseas. Attendees learned the utility, capabilities and challenges of the aircraft, including persistent presence, the reliance on distributed and pre-positioned line of sight communications to operate and land, how sensor video is fused and distributed and how operators overcome the lack of sensory feedback flying via screens instead of in the aircraft. Col. Doorenbos gave specific thanks for communicators' critical mission assurance role for MQ-1 operations. At the luncheon, Regional Vice President Larry Bingaman also presented the chapter with its third consecutive Model Chapter of the Year Award and swore in the Board of Directors: Maj. Chad Richardson, USAF, president; ... READ MORE

CENTRAL VIRGINIA CHAPTER - September 2014

In September, the chapter presents STEM Awards to Liberty University winners. The chapter would like to congratulate STEM Award winners from Liberty University, including Joshua Raymond Adler, Jordan N. Kehr, Emily Stokes, Daniel Hinson Adams and Kelly Nicole Garrett.

FORT KNOX GOLD VAULT CHAPTER - September 2014

Eileen Thanitanont, a graduate of Jefferson County High School, was awarded a $1,000 scholarship at the chapter’s September general membership meeting. During the September general membership meeting, the chapter awarded five $1,000 scholarships to high school students. Winners of the Lift Off Scholarship included Emily Genet, a graduate of John Hardin High School who plans to pursue a degree in pharmacy at Cedarville University; Rebecca Isaacs, a graduate of Faith Homeschool Group who plans to pursue a degree in chemistry at Western Kentucky University; Joshua Newton, a graduate of Central Hardin High School who plans to pursue a degree in mechanical engineering at Western Kentucky University; Benjamin Pinkley, a graduate of Faith Homeschool Group who plans to pursue a degree in chemistry at Union University; and Eileen Thanitanont, a graduate of Jefferson County High School who plans to pursue a degree in biochemistry at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

FORT KNOX GOLD VAULT CHAPTER - September 2014

Charles Onstott, vice president and service line manager for SAIC’s cybersecurity, cloud computing and data science services, speaks to the chapter in September. Charles Onstott, vice president and service line manager for SAIC's cybersecurity, cloud computing and data science services, presented a wonderful session to the chapter in September about cybersecurity awareness. The session hit home with the chapter's general membership, who are responsible for maintaining a continuous state of readiness. The examples provided and best practices shared will help members establish and maintain continuous monitoring. The portion of the session regarding the move from the Department of Defense Information Assurance Certification and Accreditation Process to the Department of Defense Information Assurance Risk Management Framework also hit home as many members are key personnel responsible for maintaining day-to-day operations.

LEXINGTON-CONCORD CHAPTER - September 2014

Denise Rich (r) Young Doane (c), and Melanie Distaula from Oasis Systems register runners for the annual 5K Family Fun Run/Walk for STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) Education benefitting STEM scholarships in September. The chapter Young AFCEANs, led by race director Chris Molis and his team, including Megan Kozacka, assistant race director; Stephan Nadeau, vice president, Young AFCEANs; and Kim Matthews, vice president, diversity, sponsored its annual 5K Family Fun Run/Walk for STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) Education in September at the historic Minuteman National Park, in Lincoln, Massachusetts. More than 100 runners and walkers of all ages—from toddlers to seniors—including several sturdy dogs, participated in this event to benefit the chapter's Education Fund with all proceeds going to fund scholarships in STEM disciplines. After the race, awards were presented to the top three finishers and several prizes were raffled off to lucky participants. Generous contributions from Google, Raytheon, Hanscom Federal Credit Union, Oasis Systems, Middlesex Community College and Booz Allen Hamilton helped make this a memorable and fun event for all.

DAYTON-WRIGHT CHAPTER - September 2014

Lt. Col. Brenda Oppel, USAF, chapter vice president of programs (far l); Regional Vice President Fred Scheyd (second from l), and Chapter President Linda Skinner (r) present a chapter coin and certificate to Brig. Gen. Sarah E. Zabel, USAF, director, cyberspace strategy and policy, Office of Information Dominance and chief information officer, Office of the Secretary of the Air Force, at the August luncheon. Brig. Gen. Sarah E. Zabel, USAF, director, cyberspace strategy and policy, Office of Information Dominance and chief information officer, Office of the Secretary of the Air Force, was the speaker for the August luncheon. As the cyberspace operations and support career field functional manager, Gen. Zabel is responsible for the development of 43,000 officers, enlisted and civilian personnel. She oversees the Air Force cybersecurity program to ensure compliance with all legislative, Department of Defense and joint policies and directives. Additionally, she leads the Air Force in developing cyberspace strategies, policies and enterprise architectures across business, information, weapon system, and defense intelligence mission areas. She has served within the communications and cyber field as the 43rd Communications Squadron commander at Pope Air Force Base, North Carolina, a computer security evaluator at the National Security Agency, a computer and network programmer, an Air Force A ... READ MORE

CENTRAL MARYLAND CHAPTER - September 2014

Members of the chapter’s Women In Intelligence Group (WIIG) enjoy reading Crucial Conversations: Tools for Talking When the Stakes Are High in September. Photo courtesy of John Garcia. The chapter's Women In Intelligence Group (WIIG) held another successful Book Club in September at CollabraSpace in Annapolis Junction. The group read and discussed Crucial Conversations: Tools for Talking When the Stakes Are High. The authors call a "crucial conversation" the situations in life where things are tense and saying the right things is crucial. As opposed to a casual discussion, crucial conversations happen between two or more people when opinions vary, stakes are high and emotions run strong. WIIG Book Club members discussed the main technique the authors teach, which is the talent of dialogue, and how it could be used both personally and professionally. Several participants indicated they were able to take a recommendation from the book and apply it in a real-world situation, including one participant who decided to pull a previously seemingly uninterested employee into the pool of conversation. She was pleased not only by the knowledge and expertise the individual wa ... READ MORE

WASHINGTON DC CHAPTER - September 2014

The chapter's DISA panel in September includes (l-r) David Bennett, chief information officer; David Mihelcic, chief technology officer and principal director, Global Information Grid Enterprise Services Engineering; and David Wilcox, deputy program executive officer for mission assurance. The chapter's Young AFCEANs hosted a thought-provoking, sold-out session in September offering attendees crucial tips on the Defense Information Systems Agency's (DISA) information technology priorities, which are to implement and sustain an efficient, converged and consolidated information technology infrastructure; to develop joint enterprise mission assurance solutions that expand and extend security protections; to provide a portfolio of optimized and integrated enterprise service offerings; and to promote rapid delivery and utilization of secure mobile capability, leveraging commercial mobile technology. The deep dive discussion provided an open-access forum through which local business leaders and AFCEA members could learn how to best connect with DISA leadership. DISA panelists included David Bennett, chief information officer; David Mihelcic, chief technology officer and principal director, Global Information Grid Enterprise Services Engineering; Cindy Moran, director of net ... READ MORE

CANAVERAL CHAPTER - September 2014

In September, the chapter continued following the modernization of the Air Force Eastern Launch Range. Phacil Senior Project Manager Garrison Thompson explained to the group that the Eastern Range communications network had fallen behind the network standards across the Air Force. His company, under contract to the range, has already completed review of the system requirements by the new standards. The next step is the preliminary design review with the Air Force, then detailed plans for implementation. Thompson assured the group that the “air gap” used to isolate range terminals in foreign countries from the servicewide enterprise network would be retained. In addition, the chapter elected officers for 2014-15, with President Dave Bryant continuing in that position. Installation of the new board will take place during the annual banquet in October.

TAMPA-ST. PETERSBURG CHAPTER - September 2014

In September, Capt. Gerry Slevin, USN (Ret.), chapter first vice president (r), welcomes guest speaker welcomed Dan O’Shea, vice president of Personnel Recovery, Kidnap & Ransom at GROM Technologies Incorporated. The chapter welcomed Dan O'Shea, vice president of Personnel Recovery, Kidnap & Ransom at GROM Technologies Incorporated. O'Shea is a former Navy Seal commander and combat veteran with more than 20 years of special operations experience and multiple Middle East (Iraq/Afghanistan) and Africa tours. From 2004-2006 he served as coordinator of the Hostage Working Group at the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad and is recognized as an Islamic-extremist subject matter expert. His presentation to the chapter, directed to both industry and military, resonated with those who provide or perform duties in such hostile environments, particularly the understanding of safety-related issues and the motives of terrorists. While the U.S. is not alone on the hostage-terrorism issue, O’Shea discussed how it degrades national decision making, forcing nation states to make difficult policy decisions. He stated, "Terrorist kidnappings are challenges that U.S. administrations have faced over 20 to 30 years," referen ... READ MORE

PORTUGAL CHAPTER - September 2014

Dr. Luis Augusto Magalhaes (r), Deloitte country managing partner in Portugal, receives a corporate membership certificate from Rear Adm. Carlos Rodolfo, PRT (Ret.), chapter president, in September. In September, Rear Adm. Carlos Rodolfo, PRT (Ret.), chapter president, presented Dr. Luis Augusto Magalhaes, country managing partner of Deloitte Portugal, with a corporate membership certificate.

LOS ANGELES CHAPTER - September 2014

Adam Feingold, chapter vice president of programs (r), greets September guest speaker John Remen, strategic development manager for the Rocket Propulsion Division (RQR) of the Aerospace Systems Directorate, Air Force Research Laboratory. John Remen, strategic development manager for the Rocket Propulsion Division (RQR) of the Aerospace Systems Directorate, Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL), spoke to the chapter in September. AFRL/RQR is located at Edwards Air Force Base, California, and conducts all space and missile propulsion science and technology efforts for the Air Force. Remen discussed historic, as well as current activities in rocket motor development and testing. The AFRL/RQR has more than 60 years of experience in rocket science and technology that includes work on the F1 engines that propelled the Saturn Moon rockets, to low-thrust electric propulsion thrusters used to maneuver satellites. Among their current projects is the hydrocarbon boost (HCB) engine to replace the Russian-made RD-180 used on the Atlas V, and the development of rocket motors that burn advanced, green propellants with higher performance and much lower toxicity than hydrazine. As they say, they are “the home of real rocket scienti ... READ MORE

ALAMO CHAPTER - September 2014

CFI program manager Stuart Campbell (c) explains advances in lightweight prosthetics engineering to Capt. John Windom, USN (far l), Col. Richard Wilson, USA, and Col. Nicole Kirkenbush, USA, during a Young AFCEAN Industry Tour in September. The chapter's Young AFCEANs were out and about in San Antonio during the early fall, with two industry tours at the Center for the Intrepid (CFI) in September and Rackspace in October. "Tours are arranged so our members get to taste the life at different organizations in our community," Young AFCEANs adviser Emily Rausch said. "They learn about technologies and different cultures and some find opportunities for future employment. One of our tour guests actually did an informal job interview during our time at Rackspace" in October. That is no small achievement: Rackspace tour guide Amy Claire said being hired there is tougher than gaining entry into Harvard. Once hired, employees take a "strengths finder quiz" and share their top five strengths with the company on their ID badges and cubicle displays. Some 85 percent of "Rackers" are self-identified as "learners." "We are nerds. Everyone is curious and interested in learning," Claire said, noting emphasis on technical skills and cri ... READ MORE

AFCEA EUROPE - September 2014

In September, Young AFCEANS (l-r) Doran Pribilski, Douglas Brock, Todd Weingeroff, Sebastian Strauch, Jochen Reinhardt tour NATO Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe (SHAPE) with Lt. Gwennan Lidec of the French Navy, Public Affairs NATO SHAPE. Young AFCEANs of the Kaiserslautern and Bonn e.V. chapters in Germany organized a two-day event in September for both chapters with NATO in Mons, Belgium. Five Young AFCEANs from both chapters attended NIAS 2014, the NATO Information and Cyber Defence Conference. Later, they had a workshop on upcoming events with Maj. Gen. Klaus-Peter Treche, GEAF (Ret.), general manager of AFCEA Europe, and Wolfgang Taubert, regional vice president. One of the major plans for 2015 is a European Young AFCEAN conference during TechNet Europe in Berlin. Taubert also briefed the Young AFCEANs on the NATO Communications and Information Agency (NCI Agency). The group also went to NATO Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe (SHAPE), where they were briefed on NATO’s activities and given a tour of the headquarters. The combined Young AFCEA activities of the Kaiserslautern and the Bonn chapters are part of a series of events started almost three years ago. For the first time with the support of AFCEA Eur ... READ MORE

VANDENBERG-CENTRAL COAST CHAPTER - September 2014

Chief Master Sgt. Patrick F. McMahon, USAF, 14th Air Force command chief, addresses the chapter during the September luncheon. Chief Master Sgt. Patrick F. McMahon, USAF, 14th Air Force command chief, shared experiences from his career with chapter members during a luncheon in September. Chief Master Sgt. McMahon enlisted as a satellite communications equipment systems specialist and spent the majority of the following 20 years working with tactical communications and mission systems. He fondly reminisced on his upbringing in the communications and electronics field and expressed his appreciation for the continued camaraderie he feels with those sharing the same background. Chief Master Sgt. McMahon also emphasized the importance that communication systems and processes play in the support of every other functional mission area. At this same luncheon, the chapter awarded Senior Airman David Dykshoorn, USAF, and Martin Agee, Vandenberg Middle School, a $500 science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) scholarship and teaching grant, respectively.

OTTAWA CHAPTER - September 2014

Chapter president Kelly Stewart-Belisle (l), vice president of executive breakfasts Pierre Gauthier (far r) and guest speaker David W. Weddel of Lockheed Martin attend the Executive Breakfast in September. At the chapter's Executive Breakfast in September, speaker David W. Weddel, director, strategic planning, Defense and Intelligence Solutions, Lockheed Martin, presented "Cybersecurity and Cyber Vulnerability of Modern Warship."


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