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Col. Charles Dowling, USMC, assistant chief of staff G-6, First Marine Division, the guest speaker at the June luncheon, discusses the road ahead for Col. Charles Dowling, USMC, assistant chief of staff G-6, First Marine Division, was the guest speaker at the chapterís June luncheon. During his presentation, Col. Dowling spoke of the superb performance put forth by the communicators of the division during Operation Enduring Freedom 12-1. He provided his vision of the future of tactical communications within the division and spoke of the need to transition back to a maneuver-type mindset after many years of operating in a static environment within operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom, and to include integration of support wide area network (SWAN) terminals, adaptive networking wideband waveform 2(ANW2) and Network on the Move into that maneuver mindset. During his discussion with attendees, Col. Dowling acknowledged the assistance received from the supporting establishments in the areas of acquiring more bandwidth for division exercises and ANW2 training. His vision of the road ahead for the First Marine Division includes ... READ MORE


In June, the chapter sponsored a conference, Quantum Computation and Quantum Cryptography. The chapter sponsored a conference, Quantum Computation and Quantum Cryptography, at the Argentina Army's Army University Buenos Aires in June. Forty-five attendees heard from Juan Pablo Paz, Ph.D., senior researcher at the National Council of Scientific and Technical Research, and Miguel A. Larotonda, Ph.D., Quantum Optics division chief at the Institute for Scientific and Technological Research of the Armed Forces for lasers and applications. The conference focused on the basics of the art of quantum computation and cryptography, allowing participants to explore these disruptive technologies that revolutionize the computing world.


Bud Vazquez, chapter president (far r) joins Matt Deutsch, Young AFCEAN Rocket Box program coordinator (far l), science teacher Fred Lipton (back row, second from l), and Hanscom Middle School students in celebrating Rocket Day in June. In June, Hanscom Air Force Base and Young AFCEANs (YACs) Megan Kozacka and Kasie Moriarty teamed with Matt Deutsch, program coordinator, to plan and execute this yearís Rocket Box program. Rocket Box is a science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) initiative providing selected middle schools with grants from the chapterís Education Fund to support a week of rocketry, providing students with hands-on experience in the interdisciplinary aspects of science, aeronautics and math. Rocket week culminates with an actual rocket launch assisted by the YACs, making the experience not only educational but fun for each student. This year, the YACs awarded $3,000 in grants to four area schools, including Hanscom Middle School, Parker and McCarthy Middle Schools in Chelmsford and Freetown-Lakeville Middle School in Lakeville. Hanscom Middle School held its actual Rocket Day launch on June 24, supported by Deutsch and school science teacher Fred Lipton, who assisted the kids in setti ... READ MORE


In June, Rear Adm. Carlos Rodolfo, PRT NA (Ret.), chapter president, addresses the audience at the anniversary ceremony presenting the evocative book of 25 years of chapter activity. In June, the Portugal chapter concluded the celebration of its 25th anniversary with a ceremony at the Portuguese Joint War College (IESM) to thank current and former AFCEA members, partners and supporters. About 200 guests, from military and civilian institutions, including armed forces, security forces and services, and universities and research centers, as well as companies and associates, attended the event. The following distinguished guests were present: Gen. Pina Monteiro, PRT AR, chief of the Joint General Staff; Dr. Antero Luis, secretary-general of the Internal Security System; Dr. Julio Pereira, secretary-general of the Intelligence System of the Portuguese Republic; Gen. Jose Pinheiro, chief of the Air Force Staff; Adm. Macieira Fragoso, chief of Navy Staff; Gen. Carlos Geronimo, chief of Army Staff; Lt. Gen. Manuel Couto, general commander of the Republican Guard; Vice Adm. Torres Sobral, National Security Authority; Maj. Gen. Manuel Chambel, National Armaments director ... READ MORE


Col. Stephen Nitzschke, USMC, director of the U.S. Special Operations Commandís Innovation Lab (r), is welcomed by Chapter President Col. Michael Hill, USAF, in June. The chapter welcomed guest Col. Stephen Nitzschke, USMC, director of the U.S. Special Operations Commandís Innovation Lab (iLab), in June. Col. Nitzschke is responsible for directing the organizational initiative to build public/private networks of experts and expertise to address strategy and policy challenges within the special operations community. The iLab was established to improve organizational performance through cross-functional collaboration and improved business processes, structures and systems, and leverages transformational ideas and actively manages change. The iLab adds structure to ungoverned spaceóthose outside normal J-8 policies. The mission is simple: encourage new ideas, accept appropriate risk and develop new solutions that add value to the enterprise. Col. Nitzchke described the iLab as a catalyst playing a major role in providing proof of concept, performing pilot programs/projects and conducting trend analysis. He stated the iLab is able to offer a resource ... READ MORE


Together in the first row (l-r) the Electrical & Computer Engineering and 25th annual Joint C4I AFCEA John McReynolds Wozencraft awards presentations in June are Larry Reeves, chapter president; Joint C4I awardee Capt. Kevin McMullen, USMC; Vice Adm. Ronald Route, USN (Ret.), president, Naval Postgraduate School (NPS); and Electrical & Computer Engineering awardee Capt. Douglas Columbus, USMC. In the second row are Paul Cutt of the chapter; Dr. John Arquilla, chairman, Defense Analysis, NPS; Dr. Dennis Volpano, professor, computer sciences, NPS; Cmdr. Thor Martinsen, USN, program officer, electrical and computer engineering and applied mathematics, NPS; Dr. Douglas Hensler, provost, NPS; Dr. Phil Durkee, dean, Graduate School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, NPS; and Dr. Sherif Michael, professor, electrical engineering, NPS.  The new AFCEA clock award was admired by the 30 other awardees and many attendees at the Spring Quarter ceremony. 
Photo by Javier Chagoya, Offical Navy Photographer The chapter presented the 123rd quarterly Electrical & Computer Engineering and 25th annual Joint C4I AFCEA John McReynolds Wozencraft academic honor awards in June at the historic Hotel Del Monte McNitt Ballroom to two Marine captains, Capt. Douglas Columbus, USMC, and Capt. Kevin McMullen, USMC, who earned two Master of Science degrees.


Terry Halvorsen, acting Defense Department chief information officer, delivers morning keynote at the chapterís Naval IT Day in June. The chapter hosted its 13th Annual Naval IT Day in June. Attracting both government points of contact and industry, attendees enjoyed some of the best networking the federal market has to offer. Both small business and large prime contractors benefited from presenters, including Vice Adm. Ted Branch, USN, deputy chief of Naval Operations for Information Dominance and director of Naval Intelligence, and Terry Halvorsen, acting Defense Department chief information officer, who outlined Naval priorities and answered questions from the audience.


Cory Lindo, chapter president (l), thanks Sanjeev In June, the chapter welcomed Sanjeev "Sonny" Bhagowalia, chief advisor on technology and cybersecurity to the governor of Hawaii. He spoke on establishing Hawaii as a Cybersecurity Center of Excellence in the Asia Pacific Region. For the seventh year in a row AFCEA International recognized the chapter as a Model Chapter of the Year. Executive of the Month for May was Epooni Perkins, director of sales for national accounts, Hilton Hawaiian Village Beach Resort & Spa. Senior Government Leader of the Month for May was Bob Marcial, chief spectrum manager, U.S. Pacific Command J-613. AFCEAN of the Month is Jake Ross, Computer Network Defense section chief, U.S. Pacific Command. Young AFCEAN of the Month is Senior Airman Jacob Dean, USAF. Senior Government Leader is Lt. Col. Scot Hodgdon, USA. Congratulations to the awardees for their outstanding service and to the chapter officers and directors for their seven-year streak of winning Model Chapter of the Year.


Sam Jones (r), golf tournament chair, presents a check to Ron Zich, chapter president, in June. In June, the chapter hosted the 2014 Golf Tournament at Old Hickory Golf Club in Woodbridge, Virginia. This event provided an excellent opportunity for industry and government points of contact to network, share ideas and have fun. Very successfully, this event raised more than $30,000 for the chapter's science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) scholarships and grants.

ROME CHAPTER - June 2014

Presenters from the first session of Juneís In June, the chapter held a conference titled "Security of Territory: Methodologies and Technologies for Disaster Prevention and Emergency Management" at the National Firemen Corps High School, organized together with Sapienza Rome University and the Geomatics Laboratory of the University of L'Aquila. The audience was provided with a comprehensive overview of the main topics related to disaster prevention and, in case of seismic risks, to disaster management and mitigation actions. Lt. Gen. Pietro Finocchio, ITAF (Ret.), chapter president, welcomed the audience and introduced Gregorio Agresta, director of the school, who described the site as an extraordinary example of industrial heritage restored for public exploitation. A speech from Professor Massimo Guarascio first highlighted the need for suitable prevention and planning in case of natural disasters like earthquakes. This implies the availability of vulnerability maps and seismic risks of the whole National territory. This top ... READ MORE


In June, experts listen to a speaker at the 47th Security Seminar, focused on Multimedia Communication & Security. The Czech Cyber Security Working Group, AFCEA and the Police Academy organized the 47th Security Seminar, focused on Multimedia Communication & Security, in June. Fifty experts attended the seminar, mainly from government and academia. Because multimedia data can be shared easily, the need to ensure their secure transmission and usage has become urgent. Multimedia communication such as sharing images, audio or using videoconference services has become an important part of daily life. The wrong security techniques can burden the data with excessive impact to business. Three industry representatives from ATS Telcom, TTC Telekomunikace and CISCO Systems and two representatives of academia presented their views with regard to potential threats, multimedia solutions, security and legal aspects. The organizers offered two students the opportunity to speak, members of AFCEA student clubs. Lubomir Almer from University of Defense focused on security for PDF files and how to analyze them aga ... READ MORE


At the June luncheon are (l-r) Wayne Teeple, president and CEO of luncheon sponsor Phirelight; AFCEA Canada Regional Vice President Kelly Stewart-Belisle; and guest speaker Tom Levasseur. In June, the chapter's professional development luncheon focused on the "Cyber Security Challenge," specifically, on the topic Anatomy of a Cyber Attack. The speaker was Tom Levasseur, an expert in information technology security on a global level.


At the Los Angeles Air Force Base Community College of the Air Force graduation ceremony in May, the chapter awards scholarships totaling $3,000 to four airmen.  Pictured are (l-r):  Senior Airman Levi Mburu, USAF, Staff Sgt. Amanda Holmes, USAF, Chapter President Steve Quilici, 1st Lt. Justin Tullos, USAF, and Staff Sgt. Raymond Ball Jr., USAF. At the Los Angeles Air Force Base Community College of the Air Force (CCAF) graduation ceremony in May, the chapter awarded scholarships totaling $3,000 to four airmen. Each airman also received a complimentary one-year AFCEA membership. The recipients of the scholarships were: Senior Airman Levi Mburu, USAF, Staff Sgt. Amanda Holmes, USAF; 1st Lt. Justin Tullos, USAF; and Staff Sgt. Raymond Ball Jr., USAF.

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