February 1, 2018

Every year, the AFCEA Educational Foundation administers the Copernicus Award. Since 1997, the sea services—the Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard—have presented the Copernicus Award to recognize individuals who have made significant, demonstrable contributions to naval warfare in command, control, communications, computers and intelligence (C4I), information systems and information warfare. The awards are presented by the U.S. Naval Institute (USNI) and the AFCEA Educational Foundation.

January 9, 2018
By Maj. Gilberto S. Perez, USAF
U.S. Air Force Maj. Gilberto Perez, 39th Information Operations Squadron director of operations, offers lessons learned on leadership. Credit: Oregongal/Pixabay

Leadership starts with cultivating your core with a healthy and strong mind, body and soul. 

January 1, 2018
By Lt. Gen. Robert M. Shea, USMC (Ret.)

As 2018 begins, we find ourselves in what may be the most challenging era of our lifetimes. The rapid rise of near-peer competitors, coupled with new and emerging adversaries enabled by advanced technology and science, pose major international security threats.

Government cannot handle these challenges alone. Its organizations simply are unable to keep up with the pace and scope of technological change. As a result, the model for generating creative thought, innovation and research long ago shifted dramatically away from government and toward the commercial and academic sectors.

December 18, 2017
By Adam Eng
Adam Eng touts the benefits of winning an AFCEA “golden ticket.”

I was a junior in high school when I was invited to the house of my best friend, Adam, on the New Jersey shore. This was way before the garish reality TV show of the same name, but in much of the same way, my expectations were objectively excessive and shallow at their core. Who could blame me? Most of the town knew exactly who my friend’s father was. Mike was a vivacious and extremely rich man. We once calculated his estimated yearly income and compared it against Forbes magazine’s reported earnings for American singer, dancer and actress Britney Spears. Mike "won."

November 1, 2017

Entering its sixth year, Giving Tuesday is a global day of giving celebrated on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving in the United States. Last year, Giving Tuesday broke a record with $168 million in charitable donations worldwide. The day dedicated to philanthropy is quickly emerging as a national ritual after the well-recognized shopping events Black Friday and Cyber Monday.

September 12, 2017
By Julianne Simpson
Gen. John A. Wickham Jr., USA (Ret.), then Army chief of staff (r), presents the U.S. Army's Distinguished Service Medal to Lt. Gen. Emmett Paige Jr., USA (Ret.), then commander, U.S. Army Information Systems Command, during a 1986 ceremony at the Pentagon. (Defense Department photo by Scott Davis)

AFCEA was saddened to learn of the passing of Lt. Gen. Emmett Paige Jr., USA (Ret.), on August 31. A former member of AFCEA’s board of directors, Gen. Paige served in the U.S. Army for more than 40 years. Gen. Paige was 86.

He began his Army career in August 1947 at age 16, when he dropped out of high school to enlist. Gen. Paige completed the Signal Corps Officer Candidate School in 1952 and was commissioned a second lieutenant.

September 1, 2017
By Breann Pendleton
Students from Frank Scott Bunnell High School in Stratford, Connecticut, who formed a Girls in STEM group, gather during their Make-Her Fair event, which aims to get young girls excited about science and technology.

It was through a scholarship awarded by AFCEA International that some California elementary school students got up close and personal with the intricate workmanship of the intrepid Albert Tangemann.

In 1922, Tangemann used scrap metal from World War II battleships to create a first-of-its-kind spiral staircase that provided access to the bottom of California’s Moaning Cavern. Ninety-two years later, one teacher’s AFCEA scholarship meant that 84 students from Sonora Elementary School could glean insights into how far construction technology has come and what allows speleologists to study deep, dark cavern secrets.

August 1, 2017
Dr. Merri Sanchez, chief science and technology adviser, Air Force Space Command, presents the AFCEA War Veterans Undergraduate Scholarship, Afghanistan and Iraq War Veterans, to Master Sgt. Vernon S. Thompson, USAF, at the Rocky Mountain Chapter’s May awards banquet.

AFCEA recently celebrated several deserving and determined students, presenting them scholarships to ease their path to careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). These future leaders explain the significance of their awards.

AFCEA War Veterans Undergraduate Scholarships, Afghanistan and Iraq War Veterans

—Master Sgt. Vernon S. Thompson, USAF, American Military University

June 1, 2017
Cadet Jacob Goodwin (l), U.S. Air Force Academy, receives the Lt. Gen. Gordon T. Gould Jr., USAF, Honor Award from Col. Robert Wright, USAF (Ret.). This commissioning award at the Air Force Academy was named after Gen. Gould in 1983. He was an electronics engineer who graduated from the U.S. Military Academy in 1941 and was instrumental in enhancing the communications career field, giving it the recognition it deserved.

The AFCEA Educational Foundation’s ROTC Commissioning Awards, established in 1991, recognize an ROTC graduate in each service for distinguished academic achievement in command, control, communications, computers and intelligence (C4I) fields. 

In the Army ROTC program, an award is presented to a newly commissioned officer entering the Signal Corps who is ranked first among cadets nationally. The award is an engraved Chelsea Presidential Clock.

In the Air Force and Navy ROTC programs, the top graduating cadet and midshipman in electrical engineering or communication sciences each receive an award.

May 1, 2017

Shopping for good is made easy by the AFCEA Educational Foundation and the CauseNetwork, which offer consumers access to discounts at more than 1,000 retailers that donate a portion of each purchase to support science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education. Shop for STEM allows anyone to register and shop from a range of retailers, from small businesses to giants such as, Target and Wal-Mart. Simply visit, and sign up quickly and easily with your email address. 

April 1, 2017
Educational sessions like this one from last year’s TechNet Augusta Conference provide continuing education credits.

AFCEA International’s Continuing Education (CE) program has grown dramatically since its start in 2012. The program primarily supports maintenance of CompTIA and Global Information Assurance Certification (GIAC) related to Department of Defense Directive 8570.01-M compliance but also fulfills some continuing education and cybersecurity certification maintenance requirements for the (ISC)2, the National Contract Management Association (NCMA), the Project Management Institute (PMI), the Generally Accepted Government Auditing Standards (GAGAS) and the Defense Acquisition Workforce. In addition, AFCEA Leadership Forums have been approved for George Mason University continuing education units (CEUs). 

March 1, 2017

In the United States, a large percentage of what people label as electronic waste is actually not waste at all, but whole electronic equipment or parts that can be refurbished and marketed for reuse or recycled. This year, consider donating your old electronics to benefit the AFCEA Educational Foundation. It’s a simple way to clear your e-clutter, and you could reap a tax benefit.

February 1, 2017

An important function of the AFCEA Educational Foundation is administering the Copernicus Award program. Every year since 1997, the sea services—the Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard—have presented the Copernicus Award to recognize individuals who have made significant, demonstrable contributions to naval warfare in command, control, communications, computers and intelligence (C4I), information systems and information warfare. The awards are co-sponsored by the U.S. Naval Institute (USNI) and the AFCEA Educational Foundation.

January 1, 2017
The AFCEA Educational Foundation provided Lumberton Junior High School in North Carolina with a $1,000 STEM grant in the wake of Hurricane Matthew. Damages in the state totaled more than $1.5 billion.

It can be easy to forget that AFCEA is more than a professional association—AFCEA is a community. When the southeastern United States was pummeled by Hurricane Matthew in October, the AFCEA Educational Foundation and the North Carolina and South Carolina Low Country chapters were able to provide assistance to local schools in the hardest-hit areas.  

November 18, 2016
By Rachel Lilly
Kevin Kless and his students accept a Gravely STEM Teaching Tool Grant, which will support their physics and chemistry program known as PACE.

For many people in the U.S., the end of Thanksgiving marks the start of a whirlwind shopping season. From Black Friday to Cyber Monday, the search is on for the perfect gifts. But the holidays also bring about a season of charitable giving and a day known as Giving Tuesday.

Giving Tuesday, celebrated on Tuesday, November 29, is a global movement fueled by the power of social media and collaboration. Using the hashtag #GivingTuesday, nonprofits around the world will raise funds and awareness for their causes. The event encourages participants to find a way to give back with their time, donations or the power of their voices.

November 1, 2016

Notes from scholarship and grant recipients are constant reminders of the importance of corporate, member and chapter contributions to the individuals the AFCEA Educational Foundation serves. The foundation provides potential benefactors with the facts; the beneficiaries of their generosity tell the story.

October 27, 2016
The AFCEA Alamo Chapter held a networking and team-building event with Young AFCEANsas part of its screening of The Computers, a Women in AFCEA initiative.

The story of the women who helped create the first large-scale computer to run at electronic speed often goes unnoticed and unappreciated. Women in AFCEA aims to change that.

October 1, 2016
Lt. Gen. Robert M. Shea, USMC (Ret.), president and CEO of AFCEA International, accepts a check from Susan Lepera, former president of the Central Maryland Chapter, for the AFCEA Educational Foundation.

The shifting stability of the economy is posing complex challenges for both students and teachers. Program funding is decreasing while appeals for those scarcer dollars increases. Potential teachers are choosing more lucrative career paths to ensure they can pay back the student loans they incurred while getting their education. Current teachers in all grade levels find themselves in classrooms that lack the tools needed to teach students foundational principles, especially in the areas of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).

September 27, 2016
By Julianne Simpson
NOVA chapter members (l-r) Tim Hoffman, Paul Scott and Al Mink are riding more than 4,000 miles to build awareness and support for STEM education.

Three members of the AFCEA NOVA chapter are taking part in the TransAmerica Cycle for STEM. They will ride more than 4,000 miles to build awareness and support for science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education for America’s youth. The trip began on August 1 and will finish on October 25.

September 1, 2016
By Lt. Gen. Robert M. Shea, USMC (Ret.)

AFCEA International marks its 70th anniversary this year. While much has changed as the association evolved over the decades, the founders’ guiding principles still hold true and are even more relevant now. 

Established after the end of the most destructive war in human history, AFCEA today serves the Free World as it deals with burgeoning threats amid an uncertain future. The challenges that faced the postwar world then have their counterparts in this millennium, and AFCEA is uniquely positioned to help respond to them.