|AFCEA Okinawa Chapter #168 was chartered in 1974, whose purpose is to provide its members a common forum for exchanging information between military, government, industry, and academia and to support the military preparedness necessary to maintain regional security through the fields of communications, electronics, computer sciences, intelligence systems and command and control systems.
AFCEA Okinawa members pay dues to their parent organization, AFCEA International, and not to the local chapter. The dues provide a subscription to Signal Magazine, web resources, discounts to events, training, and other activities. AFCEA International also makes donations to local chapters for scholarship and award programs.
AFCEA Okinawa conducts a monthly general membership meeting (GMM), a Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) award program, and conducts an annual Technical Networking (TechNet) conference which involves exhibits, speakers, award presentations and discussion panels.
AFCEA Okinawa's monthly GMMs provide an open venue for chapter members, perspective members and all interested professionals of communications, intelligence and STEM communities to come together to exchange information on the latest technologies, techniques, industry best practices and equipment used in today's vast communications fields. Most member meetings are conducted at a luncheon where attendees pay for their own meals. Speakers/presenters are not compensated or paid a fee for presenting their information.
For more than 10 years now, AFCEA Okinawa has annually provided two Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) awards to Department of Defense Education Administration (DoDEA) teachers who actively run STEM programs. We have now increased the scholarship to three $1,000 awards. The chapter was the recipient of the 2014 Albert J. Myer Awards for Individual Member Growth and Individual Member Recruiting.
AFCEA Okinawa Chapter hosts an annual Technical Networking (TechNet) exhibition with the purpose of providing scientific, technical, and professional issues relevant to the communications, intelligence and STEM communities of military, government, industry, and academia. The TechNet is typically hosted at an on-base facility and therefore requires appropriate base access.
Chapter Membership: 103
Life Members: 20
Corporate Members: 2
- American Engineering Corporation (AEC)
- GL Broadband (GLBB)
- III Marine Expeditionary Force
- 7th Communication Battalion
- 3d Intelligence Battalion
- 3d Marine Division
- 1st Marine Aircraft Wing
- 3d Marine Logistics Group
- Marine Corps Installations Command-Pacific
- 353rd Special Operations Group
- Defense Information Systems Agency-Pacific (DISA-PAC)
- 18th Communications Squadron
- 1-1 Air Defense Artillery (1-1 ADA)
- 1-1 Special Operations Group
- Communications Training Center-3 CTC-3)
- 56th Aircraft Control & Warning Group, Japan Air Self Defense Force