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Mark Wolter, a student at South Lakes High School, holds his first place science fair entry in April. Wolter participates in his school's rocketry club, which is funded with help from a chapter grant. The chapter's focus on supporting science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) initiatives continues to have great results. This fall, as part of its Adopt-a-School program, the chapter provided local schools with funding, resources and personnel to improve hands-on scientific education. South Lakes High School in Reston, Virginia, was one of those schools and used its grant to promote the rocketry club headed by physics teacher David Azzam. One of the students participating in the rocketry club, Mark Wolter, recently won first place in the physics astronomy category of the South Lakes High School science fair with his entry that examines the effects of shock cord length on rocket decent rate. Wolter will now advance on to the regional competition.


L-R Jim Muller, President; and speaker CAPT James Mills, Commanding Officer of NIOC Hawaii The chapter was honored to welcome April keynote speaker Capt. James Mills, USN, commanding officer of Navy Information Operations Command (NIOC) Hawaii. Capt. Mills provided a command mission snapshot for NIOC Hawaii. He reviewed the context of the naval environment, maritime strategy, challenges and trends, and game changers. Topics of the presentation also included the strategic relevance of cyberspace, its imperatives and the trends and implications of cyberspace becoming the new domain of warfare. Outstanding April chapter awardees include students Jediah Conachan, Island Pacific Academy and Rodney Rodis, Campbell High School; Young AFCEAN Maj. Chante Pondexter, USA, U.S. Pacific Command; AFCEAN Mark Godfrey, project manager, General Dynamics; and Executive David Newman, AT&T.


Alfred Ortiz, support staff specialist with VOSAGO, and Casey McCarthy, capture manager with Kforce Government Solutions, were chosen as the AFCEAN and Young AFCEAN, respectively, for the month of April. Leilani Liverpool with Dunbar High School was chosen as the AFCEA STEM Teacher of the Quarter.

Ortiz was instrumental in developing and implementing a strategy for outreach through social media and social networking, arranging for photographic coverage of meetings, symposia and social events. Ortiz has been one of the key contributors to the chapter's marketing strategy for 2014-2015 and the success of its implementation.

McCarthy has been a participant in chapter luncheons and summits by volunteering her time wherever needed. She has taken an interest in the leadership aspect of the Young AFCEANs and has recently been elected the treasurer for the Young AFCEANs heading into the next year.

Liverpool actively works to ensure the success of engineering students ... READ MORE


Speaking about the Department of Homeland Security at the chapter's April luncheon are (l-r) Rear Adm. Robert E. Day, USN, moderator; Adrian Gardner, chief information officer (CIO), Federal Emergency Management Agency; Stephen Rice, CIO, Transportation Security Administration; Mark Schwartz, CIO, United States Citizenship and Immigration Services; and Wolf Tombe, chief technology officer, Customs and Border Protection. Leaders within the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) discussed their missions and the key programs they will focus on in 2015 during an April luncheon sponsored by the chapter. Panelists discussed how the use of innovation and technology is leading to efficiencies and better processes in support of DHS' overall mission. They discussed what innovation means to them in key areas including management, organizational change and process, technology and acquisition. The luncheon was held in April at the Ritz Carlton, Pentagon City.

The speakers included: Adrian Gardner, Chief Information Officer with Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA); Mark Schwartz, Chief Information Officer for United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS); Stephen Rice, Deputy Chief Information Officer, Transportation Security Administration (TSA); Wolf Tombe, Chief Technology Officer, U.S. Customs and Border Patrol (CBP).

The chapter's monthly luncheon series draws between 350-40 ... READ MORE


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

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

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

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

BONN E.V. CHAPTER - March 2015

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

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

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


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


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

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


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


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


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


Regional Vice President Heidi Hughes (l) presents 2014 AFCEA Model Chapter Award to Dave Bryant, chapter president, at the March meeting. Todd Cutick, Cutick Analytics LCC, spoke to the March lunch group on mitigating risks in small business. At start-up, he said, there has to be a plan, but it must be short so you will use it. The plan should include both short- and long-term targets. Once the targets are set, plan communications channels, social media and advertising in technical journals, business journals and direct mail. That becomes part of your tactical plan, along with identifying prospects. An important last plan is the famous "Plan B" for emergencies. This answers who will take over if you are ill or injured, noting that partnerships should consider how assets will be divided on dissolution by death or separation.

In chapter business, Regional Vice President Heidi Hughes presented a flagstaff streamer to Dave Bryant, chapter president, marking the chapter's recognition as 2014 Model Chapter.


The chapter's Young AFCEANs were proud to support the 8th West Point Ethics and Leadership Conference held in March at George Mason University. This annually event brings together over 150 high school juniors from the capital area to discuss the leadership and ethical challenges they face every day under the guidance of cadets from the West Point Academy. This program is led by all volunteers, including Young AFCEANs, with a mission to provide a renewed focus on leadership, character and ethics within the community; create awareness about one's responsibilities as a leader; provide a long-term and local solution to assist schools in developing leadership and ethics programs; and assist in the development community youths. Keynote speakers included Gen. Robert Cone, USA (Ret.), former U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command commander, and Rear Adm. Leo Mackay, USN (Ret.), Lockheed Martin' vice president of ethics.


Together at the March luncheon are (l-r) David Hart, chapter president; Lt. Col. Joseph Wingo, USAF, chapter vice president for programs; Wendell Quinton, Enterprise Systems Branch for Budget, Accounting and Decision Support; and Dr. Jeanette Robinson, Small Business Support for Business Enterprise Systems Branch at Wright Patterson Air Force Base. The chapter focused on the small business defense community around Wright Patterson Air Force Base (WPAFB), Ohio, during its March luncheon. David Hart, chapter president, renewed the chapter's annual commitment to endorsing small business education and participation in the local region. The chapter dedicates one luncheon per year to discuss the local community and the opportunities for small businesses. The luncheon featured two speakers, Wendell Quinton, Enterprise Systems Branch for Budget, Accounting and Decision Support, and Dr. Jeanette Robinson, Small Business Support for Business Enterprise Systems Branch at WPAFB. Quinton focused on the usage small business within his branch. Quinton advises and assists government personnel on the matters that affect small businesses. She aids, counsels and assists various small businesses by providing advice concerning acquisition procedures; information regarding proposed acquisitions; and Request For Information instructions and other wa ... READ MORE


In March, a group of Young AFCEANs gathered around a table at Schooners Restaurant on the shores of Rainbow Bay to hear from guest speaker Col. Michael M. Sweeney, USMC, the soon-to-be chief of staff of Marine Corps Forces, Pacific. Col. Sweeney discussed how his background was a combination of infantry and communications, and he captivated the group with sea stories and lessons learned. He emphasized that in this new, constantly changing military, cyber is command and control (C2) and those must be thought of as one and the same. He included favorite quotes such as "go slow to go fast," "fight through it," and "if it's not a law, it's only guidance," each accompanied by a thought provoking background story from his extensive experience in the Marine Corps. He also discussed the importance of interoperability between services. This inspiring event provided the group with an increased understanding of our current communications environment.


Brig. Gen. Sarah Zabel, USAF, director of cyberspace strategy and policy for the Office of Information Dominance and chief information officer, U.S. Air Force, speaks during the March luncheon. A panel of senior Air Force officials discussed where the Air Force is headed in cybersecurity and information technology initiatives at the March chapter luncheon. The panel discussed the challenges facing the service and some of the programs being developed to address those issues and to satisfy Air Force cyber and IT requirements. Brig. Gen. Sarah Zabel, USAF, the Air Force's director of cyberspace strategy and policy for the Office of Information Dominance and chief information officer, said cybersecurity and information technology solutions should be better integrated and not seen as separate programs and solutions. In addition to Zabel, who moderated the panel, other speakers included: Peter Kim, deputy director, Cyberspace Operations, U.S. Air Force; Maj. Joel Silk, USAF, chief, future cyber ISR capabilities, U.S. Air Force; and Jeff H. Stanley, associate deputy assistant secretary of the Air Force for science, technology and engineering. The luncheon was held at the Ritz Car ... READ MORE


Chapter member Kat Devirgilio of Adtran helps judge the North Alabama Regional Science and Engineering Fair in March, which featured student science projects such as this one, titled As part of the chapter's science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) efforts, it participated in the North Alabama Regional Science and Engineering Fair (NARSEF) held in March at the University Fitness Center on the University of Alabama Huntsville Campus. AFCEA member Kat Devirgilio of Adtran participated as a judge for the event. The following students were given $125 cash prizes for their submissions: Hunter Phillips of Covenant Christian Academy (Development of novel unmanned aerial vehicle [UAV]: Nanoscale traverse tilt-rotor helicopter); Erin Wallace of Muscle Shoals Middle School ("Be Strong" I whispered to my Wi-Fi signal); Garret Lawrence of Covenant Christian Academy (Newer, Better, Faster?); and Alexis Hereford of Rainbow Elementary (Why no Wi-Fi?). The chapter congratulates the winners and hopes to see more great work from them in future STEM events!


Richard Lum, vice president of information technology services at Advanced Technologies and Laboratories (ATL) International, receives the AFCEAN of the Month award for March from Lisa Newell, chapter president. Richard Lum, vice president of information technology services at Advanced Technologies and Laboratories (ATL) International, and Brittany Cleveland, federal client relationship manager with Kforce Professional Staffing, were chosen as the AFCEAN and Young AFCEAN, respectively, for the month of March. Lum has participated in several planning committees for the chapter's Cyber Planning Committee. Cleveland supports the chapter by serving as a volunteer at the registration desk for monthly luncheons and symposiums. ATL International is a woman owned small business providing environmental management, nuclear laboratory management, health and safety consultation. Kforce has more than 60 field offices across the country. Cleveland maintains a portfolio of small, medium and large government integrators across civilian, Defense Department and intelligence agencies, providing key professional services support. Lum has been a "behind the scenes" contributor to chapter events. His ability to ... READ MORE


Rick Beard (r), the chapter's science fair point of contact, helps recognize the third place team at the Tidewater Science and Engineering Fair: Alexander Khlopenkov (l) and Jason Knight. A continuation of the Tidewater Science and Engineering Fair, supported by the chapter in March.


Chapter judges assisting with the Tidewater Science and Engineering Fair in March are (l-r) Paula McPhee; Senior Airman Jessica Kettering, USAF; Rick Beard; Senior Airman Kayla Warren, USAF; and Stephanie Luzzi. The chapter was a Gold sponsor for the Tidewater Science and Engineering Fair in March, which hosted nearly 300 students with an even split between middle and high school. They competed for more than $29,000 in awards and potential scholarships. Many thanks to Rick Beard, the chapter science fair point of contact, and the team of volunteer judges for their outstanding support.


In March, the chapter celebrated its 30th anniversary! The chapter celebrated its 30th anniversary by hosting 150 members and their guests at a networking social in March at the Oahu Country Club in Honolulu. Chief Warrant Officer 4 Clifton Jenkins, USN (Ret.), chapter vice president for membership, did an outstanding job organizing refreshments, games, gifts and a horde of volunteers. Grand prizes were a Fire HD 6 Tablet and Fire HD 7 Tablet. There were plenty of gift cards and shirts to give away thanks to the generosity of the chapter's donors. Additionally, the chapter's Educational Foundation auctioned off a painting and sold wine glasses in an ongoing effort to raise science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) awareness and increase scholarship funding. DJ services were provided by chapter member Ray Adames. Anniversary pins were awarded to members celebrating their membership anniversary of five years or more. The chapter sends big thanks to all its donors and volunteers for their generosity and spirit of Aloha.


Col. Rick Folks, USAF, chapter president, presents Gunnar Hellekson, the chief strategist for Red Hat's U.S. Public Sector group, with a chapter polo shirt at the March luncheon. The March luncheon featured Gunnar Hellekson, the chief strategist for Red Hat's U.S. Public Sector group. Hellekson presented a lively and informative data center presentation based on lessons learned from Charles Sorensen's approach to improving production of the B-24 Liberator during World War II. By employing standard processes, standard infrastructure and building for change, data centers could become much more efficient and effective. Data centers are often built like the initial lots of B-24s, which were hand constructed by skilled craftsmen. They were well built, but did not provide for standardization and were inflexible to introducing change. Open source technology supports the integration and standardization of data centers while improving efficiencies and productivity.

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