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.

August 1, 2016
Maj. Craig Schnappinger, USM (c) receives the Marine Corps Expeditionary Warfare School’s Colonel Donald G. Cook Award from Jay Storms, president, AFCEA Quantico-Potomac Chapter, and Col. Jason Bohm, USMC, director of the Marine Corps Expeditionary Warfare School. The award was named after Donald Gilbert Cook, the first marine officer captured in Vietnam and the only marine in history to earn the Medal of Honor while a prisoner of war.

The AFCEA Educational Foundation recently presented a number of awards to deserving service members.

Each year, the AFCEA Educational Foundation recognizes hard work and dedication in both individuals and chapters.


July 1, 2016

An aging, proprietary network at AFCEA headquarters has given way to an advanced system that positions the association to incorporate future information system capabilities. Donated by Brocade, a strategic partner of AFCEA that provided full installation and training, the network replaced a legacy system that was long out of warranty with one incorporating open standards and mechanisms for meeting cybersecurity threats as they develop.

July 1, 2016
By Joseph F. Sifer

It truly is my honor to serve as chairman of the AFCEA International board of directors. I began my career 30 years ago working on electronics, avionics, sensors and communications solutions for various industrial and military applications. AFCEA was critical to me then as a source of insights about the operational needs of the women and men in our armed forces. The association helped me appreciate for the first time the intersection of politics, policy, doctrine and technology as well as its implications—sometimes helpful, sometimes not—on military and industry efforts to deliver effective communications and electronics-based capabilities to the warfighter. 

July 1, 2016

Continue your education through one of AFCEA’s preferred providers. Earn advanced degrees and certifications at your own pace, according to your schedule, through a flexible online or classroom environment—and at a discounted rate as a member of AFCEA.

June 1, 2016
The 2016 Copernicus Award winners accepting at the Defensive Cyber Operations Symposium are (l-r) Martin J. Pfeifle, Headquarters U.S. Marine Corps; Lt. Kirsten M. Ambors-Casey, USCG, Coast Guard Base New Orleans; Maj. Nathan D. Faught, USMC, Marine Air-Ground Task Force; and Beth Heiner, Headquarters U.S. Marine Corps.

The Copernicus Award, jointly given by AFCEA and the U.S. Naval Institute, honors individuals for their accomplishments in command, control, communications, computers, intelligence systems and information technology in the naval services.

May 1, 2016

AFCEA International’s Professional Development Center offers time-proven C4I courses that are internationally recognized for excellence and taught by world-class instructors. Customers such as the U.S. Coast Guard Communications Command, U.S. Army Strategic Initiatives Group, U.S. Army Communications-Electronics Research, Development and Engineering Center, U.S. Navy Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command Systems Center Pacific, Offutt Air Force Base, Canadian Forces School of Communication, L-3 Global Communications Solutions, Sandia Labs, Hewlett Packard and Tobyhanna Army Depot have benefitted from AFCEA’s courses. By taking courses to the client, customers significantly save on the cost of airfare, billeting, per diem, etc.

April 1, 2016
Last year’s TechNet Augusta offered 32 sessions qualifying for continuing education units.

Since its start in 2012, AFCEA’s Continuing Education (CE) program has grown by expanding to more events at both the international and chapter levels and by increasing the number of CompTIA and GIAC certifications supported. The program is primarily intended to support maintenance of cybersecurity certifications related to DoD 8570.01-M compliance and may also support (ISC)2, National Contract Management Association (NCMA), Project Management Institute (PMI), Generally Accepted Government Auditing Standards (GAGAS) and Defense Acquisition Workforce continuing education and/or certification maintenance requirements.

March 1, 2016

Many people received cellphones, video games, computers and a wide variety of electronic devices during the holidays. Rather than stockpile your old electronics, consider donating them to benefit the AFCEA Educational Foundation. Not only is this an easy way to clear your e-clutter, but you also can reap a tax benefit.