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ALAMO CHAPTER - August 2014

Col. Brad Pyburn, USAF, commander of the 624th Operations Center, spoke to the chapter in August. To be effective in the cyber domain, the U.S. Air Operations Center needs to adopt the approach of a professional sports team—coordinating its offensive and defensive units, Col. Brad Pyburn, USAF, told the chapter in August. During a luncheon speech, Col. Pyburn, who is commander of the 624th Operations Center, outlined evolutions that have taken place in the Air Force’s approach to dominance in cyberspace. In particular, he explained how the 624th Operations Center is helping the 24th Air Force fulfill its mission in that domain. Thought processes and approaches have matured from the mindset of “we have an outage” in the early days of the Air Operations Center to “this is what we need to execute on” to fulfill the mission. Success requires a thread of intelligence to help coordinate the offensive and defensive capabilities in cyber, he said. Strategy and planning also have a role to play in the maturing organization, he noted. Finally, Col. Pyburn spoke to the operationalism and n ... READ MORE

ALAMO CHAPTER - August 2014

Master Sgt. Martha Burkhead, USAF, has been named to the chapter board of directors as the new vice president of military affairs. Master Sgt. Martha Burkhead, USAF, has been named to the chapter board of directors as the new vice president of military affairs. In this role, she provides a crucial liaison for the organization to active-duty personnel and command staff throughout Joint Base San Antonio. Sgt. Burkhead was appointed to the position left vacant by Senior Master Sgt. Keith Jordan, USAF, who retired from active duty in June. Sgt. Jordan is now the chapter’s vice president of scholarships and educational grants. Separately, the chapter has recruited its first-ever college intern. Emily Bowles, 22, is a communications major at the University of Texas-San Antonio, who will be earning credit hours through volunteer work with the chapter publicity committee. She will be seeking a job in the public relations field when she graduates in May 2015.

KAISERSLAUTERN CHAPTER - August 2014

In August, the chapter recognized its Emerging Leader Award winner, Staff Sgt. Michael D. Pasqua, USAF, shown here at work in the Enterprise Service Desk. In August, the chapter recognized its Emerging Leader Award winner, Staff Sgt. Michael D. Pasqua, USAF, a crew chief assigned to the 690th Network Support Squadron, Detachment 1. Sgt. Pasqua manages 68 technicians executing trouble tickets for the Air Force Information Networks. He also is heavily involved in furthering automation efforts within the Enterprise Service Desk. Hailing from Hamilton, New Jersey, Sgt. Pasqua enjoys a healthy lifestyle, which involves bodybuilding and running. He also enjoys photography and traveling around Europe. He is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in biology with the goal of becoming a physician’s assistant. Sgt. Pasqua has received continual recognition as a superior performer by his leadership. He was recently recognized as the 690th Cyber Operations Group Non Commissioned Officer for the first quarter 2014. He has also been coined by the 67th Cyber Wing commander and command chief.

HAWAII CHAPTER - August 2014

Cory Lindo, chapter president, thanks speaker Rear Adm. Cari B. Thomas, USCG, commander, Fourteenth Coast Guard District, following her presentation at the August meeting. In August, the chapter welcomed Rear Adm. Cari B. Thomas, USCG, commander, Fourteenth Coast Guard District. Adm. Thomas spoke on maritime security strategy/operations and mitigating security risks. Jane Ferreira, executive director for education initiatives with the AFCEA Hawaii Educational Foundation (AHEF), highlighted the chapter’s scholarship program and education as an AFCEA core value. Out of the 60 scholarship applications this year, the AHEF awarded 32 scholarships to students, many of whom were in attendance, and two science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) teacher scholarships. Awards ranged from $2,000 to $5,000 and totaled $71,000. Young AFCEAN of the Month was Michelle Sagan, senior consultant at Booz Allen Hamilton, Information Assurance. AFCEAN of the Month was Lt. Cmdr. Alan Dunston, USN (Ret.), chief, Joint Operations Center (JOC) C2 Systems at U.S. Pacific Command. Executive of the Month was Shelley Rowley, program manager at the Hawaii Medical Servi ... READ MORE

HAWAII CHAPTER - August 2014

Chapter Educational Foundation executives and scholarship awardees together in August are (back row, l-r) Jane Ferriera, Andy Truong, Drew Ollice, William Blaser III, Herman Li and Keane Hamamura; (front row, l-r) Cathy Burtless, Kira Fox, Precious Binas, Christianne Izumigawa, Monica Ho, Sierra Jackson and Farrah Burke. At its August luncheon, the chapter was honored to host several AFCEA Hawaii Educational Foundation (AHEF) scholarship awardees that were present to receive their awards. In attendance were Andy Truong, Drew Ollice, William Blaser III, Herman Li, Keane Hamamura, Kira Fox, Precious Binas, Christianne Izumigawa, Monica Ho and Sierra Jackson. Cathy Burtless, AHEF chairperson, and Farrah Burke, AHEF director and secretary, presented the awards. Jane Ferreira, AHEF executive director for education initiatives, highlighted the importance of the scholarship program, which reinforces education as an AFCEA core value. Out of the 60 scholarship applications received this year, the AHEF awarded 32 student scholarships and two science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) teacher scholarships. Awards ranged from $2,000 to $5,000 and totaled $71,000. Adm. Dick Macke, USN (Ret.), AHEF director, urged donations from chapter members to continue this worthy endeavor.

SILICON VALLEY CHAPTER - August 2014

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

SILICON VALLEY CHAPTER - August 2014

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

PORTO STUDENT CHAPTER - July 2014

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

SOUTH CAROLINA LOW COUNTRY CHAPTER - July 2014

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

DAYTON-WRIGHT CHAPTER - July 2014

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

PORTUGAL CHAPTER - July 2014

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

TAMPA-ST. PETERSBURG CHAPTER - July 2014

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

PORTUGAL CHAPTER - July 2014

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

FORT KNOX GOLD VAULT CHAPTER - July 2014

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

FORT KNOX GOLD VAULT CHAPTER - July 2014

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

FORT KNOX GOLD VAULT CHAPTER - July 2014

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

KAISERSLAUTERN CHAPTER - July 2014

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

DAYTON-WRIGHT CHAPTER - July 2014

NASA astronaut Mark Brown addresses more than 250 members at the chapter’s July luncheon. The chapter was ecstatic to host former NASA astronaut Mark Brown for its July Luncheon. Brown's presentation coincided with NASA's 45th anniversary celebration of the first moon landing. He discussed the United States' current flight program back to the birth of space flight. Brown's distinguished career spanned more than 20 years as an engineer, U.S. Air Force fighter pilot and NASA astronaut. Brown serves as a member of the Air Force Museum Foundation Board of Managers.

LOS ANGELES CHAPTER - July 2014

Steve Scott, chapter vice president, membership (l) and Adam Feingold, chapter vice president, programs (r), present a Certificate of Recognition in July to guest speaker Capt. Jeffrey P. Marshall, USN, for his AFCEA lifetime membership. Capt. Marshall is the commanding officer of the Naval Satellite Operations Center, Point Mugu, California. Capt. Jeffrey P. Marshall, USN, commanding officer, Naval Satellite Operations Center, Point Mugu, California, spoke to the chapter in July about the Naval Satellite Operations Center (NAVSOC), which is a component command of the Naval Network Warfare Command operating under the guidance of U.S. Fleet Cyber Command. NAVSOC provides continuous global narrowband communications, using 13 satellites on-orbit to support the tactical and operational warfighter and strategic and interagency demands.

CANAVERAL CHAPTER - July 2014

At its July luncheon, the chapter received a briefing on action to take and plans to make in the event of a hurricane. Ron Ricci, senior emergency management coordinator for Brevard County, Florida, reminded the group that hurricane season started June 1, though there have been no storms so far this year. He described the evacuation system for handicapped people, telling of emergency shelters throughout the county. Presenting some detailed plans to have in advance, he did admit that many people don’t have or don’t follow their plans. Hurricane planning booklets were given to the group as were lists of emergency shelters.

SOUTH CAROLINA LOW COUNTRY CHAPTER - July 2014

Elizabeth Colbert-Busch, the director of business development for the Clemson University Restoration Institute, addresses the chapter in July. Elizabeth Colbert-Busch, the director of business development for the Clemson University Restoration Institute (CURI), provided a briefing on the various programs and initiatives of CURI during the July luncheon. Colbert-Busch is responsible for CURI’s private public strategic planning for business and economic development. CURI projects and programs include: the Department of Energy grant to build a state of the art wind turbine testing facility and a one of a kind 15MW Hardware-in-the-Loop Grid Simulator; the South Carolina Electric and Gas Energy Innovation Center; Duke Energy’s Electric Grid Innovation and Development Center; and The Zucker Family Graduate Education Center. The briefing was well received by chapter members and guests, including six members of the local military community who joined as sponsored guests through the chapter's "Lunch with a Warrior" program. For chapter luncheons, chapter corporate members are given the opportunity to sponsor a table of local active ... READ MORE

ALAMO CHAPTER - July 2014

Catherine Davison (l) and Ziomara Blanco each received $5,000 STEM Teachers Scholarship checks at the Alamo chapter’s luncheon in July. Blanco was named one of the 2014 STEM Teachers Scholarship winners by AFCEA International and Davison received a similar honor at the chapter level. The Alamo chapter’s Scholarships and Educational Grants committee capped a busy spring and summer with several check presentations in July. Two recent college graduates, Ziomara Blanco and Catherine Davison, took home $5,000 each after winning STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) Teachers Scholarships, and the local Civil Air Patrol unit received more than $6,500 to assist with costs of a new CyberPatriot boot camp initiative debuting this year in San Antonio. The STEM Teachers Scholarships are offered through the AFCEA Educational Foundation (with funding from several industry partners and regional chapters) to students seeking degrees or licensure to teach STEM subjects at a U.S. middle or secondary school. Blanco, who was among the 2014 AFCEA International scholarship winners announced earlier this year, is a recent University of Houston graduate with degrees in biology, education and psychology and a 3.7 GPA. She is the first member of her family to finish col ... READ MORE

POLITEHNICA U BUCURESTI STU CHAP - July 2014

Lecturer Horia Boicu, CAE leader, Microchip Technology Romani (r) with students from the Faculty of Electronics, Telecommunications and Information Technology during a practical session in July. In the second semester of the 2013-2014 academic year, the chapter, together with the Centre for Technological Electronics and Interconnection Techniques, University of Bucharest (UPB-CETTI) organized in partnership with Microchip Technology extracurricular activities for freshmen from the Faculty of Electronics, Telecommunications and Information Technology. The objectives were to familiarize students with microcontroller architecture and the programming of microcontrollers, and to provide an introduction in microcontroller-based electronic modules. During the previous semester the students had participated in an extracurricular laboratory that represented a short introduction in electronic technology. The collaboration with Microchip was the next step to better understand embedded systems. The activity proved to be a success with plans to implement it again next year. As thanks for the solid and constant support given to the chapter in training students in the field of microcontro ... READ MORE


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