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Attending the chapter's board of directors meeting in June are (l-r) Pedro Filipe, chapter treasurer; Lt. Col. Jose Gorgulho, PRT AF, second vice president; Rear Adm. Carlos Rodolfo, PRT (Ret.), regional vice president, Atlantic Region, and chapter chairman; Maj. Gen. Peter Treche, DEU AF (Ret.), general manager, AFCEA Europe; Lt. Gen. Robert Shea, USMC (Ret.), president and CEO of AFCEA International; Rear Adm. Mario Durao, PRT (Ret.), chapter president; and Col. Antonio Salvado, PRT AR, first vice president. In June, Lt. Gen. Robert M. Shea, USMC (Ret.), president and CEO of AFCEA International, with Maj. Gen. Peter Treche, DEU AF (Ret.), visited the chapter and met with its board of directors. Gen. Shea’s first visit to Portugal included meetings with the Portuguese Ministry of Defense, the General Staff of the Portuguese Armed Forces (EMGFA) and the Portuguese Platform for Defense Industries (idD). Rear Adm. Mario Durao, PRT (Ret.), chapter president, and Rear Adm. Carlos Rodolfo, PRT (Ret.), regional vice president, Atlantic Region, and chapter chairman, accompanied the visitors. On the visit to EMGFA, Gen. Shea and Gen. Treche were received by Lt. Gen. Silvio Sampaio, PRT AF, and Capt. Belo Fabiao, PRT N, Communication and Information Services Armed Forces Directorate.


Capt. Kevin Hill, USN, commander, Afloat Training Group Atlantic, speaks at the June luncheon. The chapter welcomed the 2015-16 science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) scholarship award winners and their parents to its June monthly luncheon with keynote speaker Capt. Kevin Hill, USN, commander, Afloat Training Group Atlantic. Arthur Hernandez, chapter vice president of education, presented.


Col. Jeffrey Granger, USAF, chapter president, shakes hands with Elizabeth Durham-Ruiz, technical adviser, C-4 Systems Directorate, U.S. Strategic Command (USSTRATCOM), Offutt Air Force Base, Omaha, Nebraska, a speaker at the June TechNet event. The chapter hosted its Heartland TechNet in June at the Bellevue Welcome Center support facility. Major companies sponsored 11 different booths. Vendors spared no expense in exhibiting and demonstrating their innovative products and services. Participating companies were 1 Staff Training, Omaha, Nebraska; Draycor, San Diego; Dynamic Systems Inc., Austin, Texas; Great Plains Communications, Blair, Nebraska; Hewlett-Packard, Palo Alto, California; Iron Bow Technologies, Chantilly, Virginia; Juniper Networks, Sunnyvale, California; Software Engineering Solutions, Bellevue, Nebraska; Sterling Computers, Dakota Dunes, South Dakota; Vectrus, Colorado Springs, Colorado; and WESCO, Pittsburgh. At the event, Elizabeth Durham-Ruiz, technical adviser, C-4 Systems Directorate, U.S. Strategic Command (USSTRATCOM), Offutt Air Force Base, Omaha, Nebraska, said USSTRATCOM is one of nine combatant commands with a global perspective. There are nine diverse missions assigned, which creates a challenge ... READ MORE


The chapter's Young AFCEANs toured the Defense Information Systems Agency Pacific Command (DISA-PAC) enterprise operations center in May. In May, the chapter’s Young AFCEANs had the opportunity to tour the Defense Information Systems Agency Pacific Command (DISA-PAC) facilities. DISA-PAC provides regional management, operational direction and maintenance of assigned portions of the Global Information Grid (GIG) and command, control and communications (C3) information systems operations in the Pacific and Indian Ocean areas. The Young AFCEAN group received a behind-the-scenes look at the DISA-PAC enterprise operations center that manages communication links for military networks throughout the Pacific.


Brig. Gen. Kevin Nally, USMC, director of Command, Control, Communications and Computers, and chief information officer, speaks at the chapter's May luncheon. Gen. Nally retires in July. Leaders within the Marine Corps had an engaging discussion on extending the service’s enterprise network during a May chapter luncheon. Before the panel discussion began, Brig. Gen. Kevin Nally, USMC, chief information officer, made a point of categorically rejecting how a top cyber official had characterized the Corps’ enterprise network a day earlier. “The network is not a mess,” he said. “And I’ll tell you for a fact—five years being in the job—I have never had a commander call me and complain about the network.” Panelists later discussed the growth and direction of their information technology initiatives. The service’s goal is to give commanders a breadth of information technology options for responding to crises, from deploying a greater range of mobile devices to taking advantage of remote desktops. The Marine Corps wants its digital footprint to catch up to its physical one. Speakers included Col. Pete Dillon, USMC, Strategic Planning Division chief, Command, Control, Commun ... READ MORE


Chapter President Lisa Newell congratulates May AFCEAN of the Month Rob Cordray. Rob Cordray, vice president and U.S. Army account executive at General Dynamics Information Technology, and Sarah Greenert, senior marketing analyst, business development, Defense Solutions Division, General Dynamics Information Technology, were chosen as the AFCEAN and Young AFCEAN, respectively, for May. Cordray joined the chapter’s Military IT Leadership Awards Committee in August 2014 and has been engaged ever since. He helped plan and execute the Military IT Leadership Awards Dinner. Cordray’s leadership directly contributed to the success of the dinner. Greenert joined AFCEA in August 2014 as well. She led crucial marketing efforts for the Military IT Leadership Awards Dinner and was instrumental in developing and implementing a strategy for outreach to key military leaders.


At the May Lunch and Learn are (from l) guest speaker Tom Patterson, vice president and general manager of Unisys Global Security Solutions; Bob Damen, chapter president; Grace Belangia of the Clubhouse; and Brig. Gen. Jeff Foley (Ret.), USA, of Loral Mountain Solutions LLC. Tom Patterson, vice president and general manager of Unisys Global Security Solutions, gave the chapter’s May Lunch and Learn presentation on advanced approaches to old security problems at the Gordon Conference and Catering Center, Fort Gordon, Georgia.


Members of the armed and security forces, government organizations, academia, research centers and industry participate in the May forum. In May, the chapter and IDC Portugal organized the seminar “Cybersecurity Forum: Security Challenges in the Third Platform” at the Joint Defense Institute (IESM) in Lisbon, Portugal. The event attracted more than 200 attendees, including members of the armed and security forces, government organizations, academia, research centers and industry. The forum’s main objective was to address the strategies and the most current cybersecurity topics in the new technological paradigm based on cloud, mobility, big data and social business technologies. The opening session included Rear Adm. João Valente dos Santos, PRT NA, deputy director of IESM; Rear Adm. Mario C. Durao, PRT NA (Ret.), chapter president, and Gabriel Coimbra of IDC Portugal. Jose Carlos Martins, coordinator of the National Cybersecurity Center (NCS), delivered the keynote address, which described the organization and its competencies, objectives and projects. In the first session, Timóteo Figueiró, research and consulting ma ... READ MORE


At the chapter's May luncheon, Wright State University information systems chair Shu Schiller (2nd from r) presented education awards with Dan Goddard, chapter vice president of education (l), and Chapter President David Hart (r) to Joshua Rowland (2nd from l) and Brent Ahlers. Not pictured is award winner Madison Susey. The chapter’s May luncheon featured Dr. Eileen Bjorkman, a member of the Senior Executive Service, deputy to the director of air, space and information operations, Air Force Materiel Command (AFMC), Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. She advises the operations director in shaping the work force and infrastructure for operations to test, field and sustain war-winning capabilities. The directorate is responsible for developmental test and evaluation (DT&E) infrastructure for AFMC. As the directorate’s senior civilian, she oversees all test-center activities. She focused on the sweeping changes in information security to cybersecurity. The luncheon corporate sponsors were AT&T, Evanhoe and Associates, JJR Solutions, Northrop Grumman and Segue Technologies. JJR Solutions sponsored the corporate raffle for the scholarship fund.


Guest speaker Andrew Benhase of Cisco Systems presents A principal software architect for Cisco Systems spoke to the chapter in May about cyber and its ingredients. Andrew Benhase touted the Global Positioning System as the worldwide source for the precise timing signal needed to make cyber work. To modernize and standardize the cyber systems in the Department of Defense, 130 teams of cyber specialists are being sent to the various department installations. Benhase related that use of cloud computing will reduce the amount of hardware needed in a location. He remarked that the CIA is using the cloud. Because much data is short-lived, commercial encryption is being used in some applications. In chapter activities, President Dave Bryant asked members for nominations to the board of officers being elected in August.


Col. Jeremiah Boenisch, USAF, Special Operations Command Europe (SOCEUR) J-6 director, addresses scholarship recipients and luncheon attendees in May. The annual Stuttgart STEM Scholarship Competition and Awards luncheon was held in May. More than $12,000 was awarded to six graduating seniors and two teachers from Patch High School. The chapter hosted Col. Jeremiah Boenisch, USAF, Special Operations Command Europe (SOCEUR) J-6 director, as the guest speaker. He delivered a motivational speech encouraging students and other attendees to set and write down goals so that a daily reminder will keep them on track to succeed. The students’ science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) projects were on display, allowing attendees the opportunity to meet the students and discuss their projects. The projects included building and programming a remote-operated robot; constructing a tremolo box; creating an LED 10-light circuit board; producing a portable 12-volt solar battery charger; and designing generators based on cell biotechnology. All participants presented impressive projects, and all were awarded with scholarship funds fo ... READ MORE


Celebrating the May launch of the cybersecurity glossary are (from left) Josef Strelec, chapter president; Josef Pozar, co-author and dean of the Police Academy of the Czech Republic in Prague; Petr Jirasek, co-author and chairman of the Czech Cyber Security Working Group; and Milan Kny, editor, Police Academy of the Czech Republic in Prague. A ceremonial launch of the Glossary of Cyber Security was held in May during the Fair of Defence and Security Technologies IDET 2015 in Brno. This third extended and amended edition was published by an editorial team in cooperation with the Police Academy of the Czech Republic in Prague and the chapter under the auspices of the National Security Authority of the Czech Republic and the National Cyber Security Centre. Attending the launch were co-authors Petr Jirasek and Josef Pozar; Josef Strelec, chapter president; and editor Milan Kny of the Police Academy in Prague. Additionally, Luděk Novák and Karel Vavruška participated in the revision and translation of the glossary. The glossary is distributed both in print and electronic formats (visit


Miroslav Nečas of TOVEK gives a presentation at the May cyber workshop. The 13th International Fair of Defence and Security Technology (IDET) was held in May in Brno, Czech Republic. The chapter, which has partnered with the fair since its beginning, presented two main activities: a professional educational seminar, “Fundamentals of Cybersecurity for Executives,” and live demonstrations of capabilities in cybersecurity. The objective of the seminar was to impart basic knowledge to executives about cybersecurity in the Czech Republic and the impact of current legislation. Eighty-two people attended the seminar, and almost 50 verified their learnings in a final test and received certificates. The seminar was held under the auspices of the director of the Czech National Security Authority, chief of the general staff of the Czech Armed Forces, the rector of the University of Defence and the rector of the Police Academy of the Czech Republic. Live examples, presentations and shows of the capabilities of AFCEA professional partners in cybersecurity were held ... READ MORE


The chapter's Young AFCEANs recently helped high school students Nick Hubert (r) and Sol Zona become Security + certified. The chapter hosted a meet and greet in July with Tech Expo vendors and corporate sponsors. In addition, the chapter’s Young AFCEANs have been trying to find every opportunity to do great things for their community. The chapter started an educational meeting called “Business 2 Breakfast.” This is an opportunity for a panel of individuals in one of the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) career fields to come out and speak with the Young AFCEANs. The Young AFCEANs have now held two of these breakfasts with invigorating conversations between participants and panelists. Young AFCEANs also have been working with local high schools on multiple programs to assist students who are interested in pursuing a STEM career after graduation. Multiple AFCEA members teach these high school students Security +, CEH and many more programs. The chapter decided to help these students even further and paid for two high school seniors to test for the CompTIA Security+ certificate. The ... READ MORE


Maj. Gen. Jiri Baloun, CZA, first deputy of the Czech army chief of staff, speaks at the May conference. The chapter and its working group on cybersecurity actively supported the international Security Trends conference that opened the International Defence and Security Technologies Fair IDET 2015 in May in Brno. Martin Stropnický, minister of defense of the Czech Republic; Maj. Gen. Jiri Baloun, CZA, first deputy of the Czech army chief of staff; and Dusan Navratil, director of the National Security Authority of the Czech Republic, addressed the conference. Representatives of EDA, Europol EC3, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, the Czech Fire Rescue Service and NATO attended the conference. The conference program committee, led by Petr Jirasek, chairman, Czech Cyber Security Working Group, prepared an exclusive program divided into three topics: the security situation in Europe; cybersecurity; and state critical infrastructure and the protection of citizens. It was a solemn opening of the technical accompanying program of IDET and confirmed the high standard of events supported ... READ MORE


The chapter added 15 members to its roster in May as a result of a recruiting drive held at the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) headquarters in San Antonio. The additions brought the chapter’s ranks to 815 people. Thirteen new members signed up at the event, and two more paid their dues soon after, Membership Vice President Tom Allen said. AFCEA International has recognized the chapter with an award for largest membership growth and best member retention for the past year. This recognition came in addition to nine individual AFCEA International awards announced at the chapter’s May luncheon.


Lt. Cmdr. Steven Myers, USCG, chapter vice president, Young AFCEANs (r), presents an award to U.S. Coast Guard Academy Cadet Daniel Siders (c) during a May ceremony alongside Rear Adm. Sandra L. Stosz, USCG, academy superintendent. The chapter presented an award to U.S. Coast Guard Academy Cadet Daniel Siders during a May ceremony held at the academy’s Leamy Hall Auditorium, New London, Connecticut. Cadet Siders is graduating and being commissioned as an ensign in the U.S. Coast Guard and reporting to USCGC Venturous in St. Petersburg, Florida.


Ashley Johnson, graduate of Howard University, thanks the chapter for supporting her and many other students with scholarships. In May, the chapter shared the following letter from a student who has been the recipient of ongoing scholarship support.

Good afternoon, AFCEA Belvoir Chapter:

Please accept my sincere letter of gratitude to the entire AFCEA Belvoir family. Thank you for providing me with continued support throughout my college career at Howard University. Since 2011, I have been a recipient of the continued educational scholarship fund in order to help finance my undergraduate career. I am now a graduate of Howard University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in public relations. Without the chapter’s support and dedication to assist students receiving higher education, I, like many others, would not be able to accomplish this outstanding milestone.

I remember receiving my first laptop from your organization and used it to stay up late to complete assignments. This was so much better than having to spend countless hours in the library. I thank you.

I can’t forget how you a ... READ MORE

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