Called a “rare gem” by a fellow member of the Atlanta Chapter, Johnnie Young tirelessly juggles his career and volunteer responsibilities. But it’s the silent moments Young makes time for each day that truly allow him to reflect on and be grateful for everything in his life.
Few people have the nerve to take on huge tasks and the stamina to see them through, but Master Sgt. Paul Kammerman, USAF, certainly is one of them. From 19 years of marriage to 22 years in the U.S. Air Force to traveling on foot more than 37 miles in eight hours in Sarzana, Italy, Master Sgt. Kammerman demonstrates a stick-to-itiveness that truly is commendable.
They take time, money, staff and expertise, and in the end, they may not even pay off—and if they do, the profit margin may be very small compared to other projects. Despite all of this, one expert believes that responding to requests for information (RFIs) is actually one of the best ways companies can influence government acquisition.
AFCEANs can now display their membership in the premier organization in command, control, communications, computers, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance with apparel that sports the AFCEA emblem. Shop!AFCEA has opened its e-doors, and members can purchase hats, jackets and shirts that include the official AFCEA logo.
If it’s time to upgrade a computer or refinance a loan, it’s time to take advantage of association member benefits. AFCEANs receive deep discounts from Microsoft, Dell and HP and are eligible to join the Pentagon Federal Credit Union (PenFed), which offers member benefits of its own plus highly competitive interest rates on mortgages, auto loans and credit cards.
Putting aside for a minute some of the overzealous TSA security rules and the literally strange behavior of flight crewmembers recently, there’s a much more common, insanely exasperating type of activity that occurs on airplanes today: thoughtlessness. No doubt it’s being driven in part by the airlines, which have decided to charge for everything from overweight luggage to extra legroom. But that should not excuse the behavior of some travelers who take their frustrations out on fellow fliers.
When it comes to living life, Col. Vic Budura, USAF (Ret.), certainly is above par, which is good in his personal and professional life, but not so good for his golf—a sport he’s played since age 12. Col. Budura may not be the next Tiger Woods or Bubba Watson on the green, but he has been the person who has been instrumental in driving the AFCEA Huntsville Chapter from dormancy to Model Chapter of the Year in 2010, 2011 and 2012.
In addition to the many direct benefits AFCEA International offers to its members, the association features a more indirect one: an information resource for members of the military community and people who wish to support them. Homefront Help is a feature of SIGNAL's blog, SIGNAL Scape, that calls attention to programs or organizations established to offer support to troops, wounded warriors, veterans and their families.
After an accident left Dawn Ottman with limited short-term memory, she tapped into her skills as an inventor to keep her passion for engineering alive. And she traces her interest in the hard sciences back to the beginning of her military career.
Many people speak of cloud computing as if it’s been around for decades. In a way, it has. But today’s use of the phrase is more specific than simply a great big network in the sky. Understanding the cloud will determine whether it helps organizations realize the efficiencies and cost savings it promises or the opportunities that float on by.
AFCEA International is dedicated to academics through the AFCEA Educational Foundation, which offers awards, scholarships and grants. Funds are available for undergraduate, graduate, ROTC and working students; military personnel; and teachers of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) subjects. The association is interested in encouraging minds—no matter the age—and those that cultivate them with financial assistance to pursue an education.