AFCEA’s Mike Warlick Honored as a Brevet Colonel at Swan Song Event
To all U.S. signaleers, know ye that Col. Mike Warlick, USMC (Ret.), has been selected and recognized for his support and contributions to the enhancement of the U.S. Army Signal Corps—and is therefore dedicated as a Brevet Colonel.
After 11 years of dedicated service to AFCEA International, Warlick, who had announced his plans to retire September 30, was honored this week for his dedicated service to the Army’s missions during AFCEA’s 10th annual TechNet Augusta—officially marking his last as AFCEA’s vice president of defense.
“To publicly recognize [Mike Warlick] as a Brevet Colonel in the U.S. Army Signal regiment could not be more appropriate,” Maj. Gen. Paul Stanton, commanding general of the U.S. Army Cyber Center of Excellence, said during the TechNet Augusta conference in Georgia. “He has grown this [conference] to what it is through hard work, dedication and commitment to our U.S. Army values—all be it as a retired Marine. Mike's retiring, and so no better opportunity than at TechNet Augusta for us to honor Mike and just truly say thank you.”
Warlick joined AFCEA as vice president for Chapter Membership Outreach/Deputy for Operations and subsequently aligned with the Defense team. He has been the lead in program development for AFCEA events and grown the association’s relationships with event partners. He co-founded the Saint Isidore Award with Lt. Gen. Rhett Hernandez, USA (Ret.), to recognize military and government members within the U.S. Army and the Joint Services who demonstrate exceptional initiative, leadership, insight and cyber excellence within their area of expertise.
This means so much to me. I didn't expect it. I appreciate it. I appreciate your support and I just hope you have a great week and you come back next august. And if you don't, then they need to call me back and I'll come back.
“I'm more than humbled. I didn't expect this,” Warlick said after Lt. Gen. Maria Barrett, commanding general of U.S. Army Cyber Command, awarded Warlick the medal. “My role has been to try to put together a program and make some sense of what the topics are of the year.
“I'm a thinker and I come up with ideas—but there's 60-plus people on the AFCEA staff who make this happen” in addition to the incalculable contributions of the Augusta-Fort Gordon Chapter, Warlick said. “This [chapter] knows how to do it right. [The members] are just extraordinary.
“This means so much to me. I didn't expect it. I appreciate it. I appreciate your support and I just hope you have a great week and you come back next August. And if you don't, then they need to call me back and I'll come back.”
The intent of the Brevet Colonel award is to recognize those non-government, government civilians, or uniformed members of the armed forces, other than those of the Signal Regiment, who have made significant contributions over a period of time to the regiment or the Signal Corps Regimental Association. Specifically, such individuals could be federal, state or local government officials, military members from a different department or branch, industry partners, or community leaders deserving special recognition. The justification for this award is based primarily on their long-term relationship with the Regiment.