|Our Central VA chapter serves the Defense and Intelligence Industry in the Greater Charlottesville area to include several local large and small businesses, the Defense Intelligence Agency, National Ground Intelligence Center, National Geospatial Intelligence Center, and US Army.
Our chapter has quarterly luncheons with speakers such as senior executives w/in the DIA, NGIC, and Army INSCOM. We also had speakers from academia and industry related to Cyber, Biometrics, ISR, data science, big data and any current threats or capability. We continue to spotlight local Small Businesses at our luncheons to provide more visibility to the small businesses in our area. Our luncheons were underwritten this year (2016) by the University of Virginia Foundation which enabled us to partner with the AFCEA Education Foundation to provide teaching scholarships and grants to local teachers. We sponsored a category award for the Virginia Piedmont Regional Science Fair and several of our members served as judges. We awarded STEM Teaching grants to local teachers and awarded scholarships to women and minorities in STEM related fields. We were contacted by area ROTC programs to award medals and ribbons to graduating cadets on behalf of AFCEA Education Foundation. We hosted our Annual Engagement/Industry Day June 1, 2016. Our theme was Open Source/Big Data.