As newly elected chairwoman of AFCEA International’s Board of Directors, I take the gavel having been involved with the association for many years, including several years on the Executive Committee.
AFCEA is an association that is moving forward. AFCEA performs a valuable service to its members and the free world. We will continue to expand on that service and generate new activities that will increase the association’s value to its current community and to prospective members alike.
AFCEA is saddened to announce the death of Rear Adm. Dr. Sigurd Hess, GE N (Ret.), general manager of AFCEA Europe from 1998 to 2000. He passed away on June 14 in Rheinbach, Germany.
Prior to his time at AFCEA, the admiral served in the German Navy (Bundesmarine) for 41 years, including as commanding officer of the guided missile destroyer Mölders from 1975-1977, and in 1979 as commander of the Naval Task Force SEF 792. From 1993-1998 he served as chief of staff of the NATO-Headquarters Baltic Approaches in Karup, Denmark.
Lt. Gen. C. Norman Wood, USAF (Ret.), former president and CEO of AFCEA International, passed away on June 8. The retired general headed AFCEA from 1996-2001, during which time he also served as the publisher of SIGNAL magazine.
Prior to coming to AFCEA, Gen. Wood was a senior vice president and general manager of BDM Federal Inc. in McLean, Virginia. There, he was responsible for national security and technology applications programs, resources and marketing with a focus on the intelligence community.
From humble beginnings as a subcommittee of the AFCEA International Membership Committee in 2013, Women in AFCEA has greatly expanded its offerings at both the international and chapter levels over the past five years.
The first female-centered event was hosted at AFCEA headquarters in 2014. Now, an annual Women’s Appreciation Event is held at the West Conference, and several women’s panels take place throughout the year.
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.
Leadership starts with cultivating your core with a healthy and strong mind, body and soul.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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 Amazon.com, Target and Wal-Mart. Simply visit shopforstem.org, and sign up quickly and easily with your email address.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.