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ATLANTA CHAPTER - 07/26/2022

In July, following her keynote discussion, Tracey Grace (r) talks with Chapter Secretary D'Joane McCorkle (c) and Richard Brooks about what it's like to be a small business in Atlanta. Recently the chapter hosted a Small Business Symposium focused on helping small businesses take the next step in the government arena. Richard Yeargin gave the opening motivational speech, and the keynote was given by Tracey Grace, president and CEO of IBEX IT Business Experts.

Breakout sessions and a panel on "The Business of Government" boasted representatives from different government sectors, and a social networking session capped off the day.

This event, the second in the chapter's Small Business Series following last year's Roundtable Workshop, allowed members to engage directly with speakers, panelists and sponsors to glean knowledge and help companies move to the next level. The event brought in many new members and re-energized a few more. Following this success, the Small Business Committee led by Stacy Vaughn and Kurt Schmid is already planning the next steps.


Cyclists from the chapter embarked on a three-day bike trip in July along the Rhine River in Germany to raise money and awareness for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics education programs. The chapter has been going strong for nine years, making Cycle 4 STEM Germany the longest-running annual STEM ride. This year, the 10-person team comprised active-duty military, contractors, dependents and civilians from the Kaiserslautern military community. With the help of corporate sponsorship, individual donations, and support from local businesses, the cyclists have raised over $250,000, which is directly distributed to Department of Defense Education Activity schools in the local area. In addition, Cycle 4 STEM has provided scholarships and industry certifications for graduating seniors. These events have been able to help teachers by funding grants to purchase equipment and sponsor programs. The chapter has sponsored the RaspberryPI Tournament and Skills USA competition. In c ... READ MORE


In July, participants in the Cycling for STEM event prepare to register on the beach. The chapter sponsored the Cycling for STEM event in July. Members of the Space Systems Command and contractors participated in this annual event, which raised funds for the chapter's Education Fund. Scholarships from this fund are presented at the chapter's annual AFCEA Awards Luncheon. The ride was 34 miles in length along the Los Angeles beach communities into Culver City. Two rest stops were located along the route. Planning is underway for the 2023 event.


In July, (from l-r) Susan Caulfield, Ronald Saville, Anneli Connell and Sean Caulfield attend the Small Business Breakfast. In July, 60 people gathered for the return of the first in-person chapter Small Business Breakfast since the start of the pandemic. The speaker, Ronald Saville, is the senior procurement analyst with the Department of the Air Force Office of Small Business Programs (SAF/SB), where he is the policy chief for U.S. Air Force and U.S. Space Force Small Business. His latest achievement was drafting Headquarters Air Force Mission Directive 1-30, Director, Small Business Programs, obtaining the acting secretary of the Air Force's signature on the document, and managing its publication. His ongoing project is updating Air Force Instruction 90-1801 and Air Force Policy Directive 90-18, Small Business Programs.

At the breakfast, Saville discussed the SAF/SB organization and shared information about the U.S. Space Force. He went on to explain the Small Business Program and its areas of interest and mandates, as well as goals for fiscal year 22. Of particular interest was the First Look ... READ MORE


Present at the ceremony (from l-r) are: CAD Nuno Bicas Luís, chapter secretary; CAD Guilherme McCulloch Marques; CAD Afonso Cardoso Lopes; Lt. Pessanha Santos, faculty advisor; Victor Lobo, Portugal Chapter president; Rear Adm. Carlos Rodolfo, PON (Ret.), regional vice president, Atlantic Region; CAD Correia Goncalves; CAD Matilde Correia Vieira ; CAD Vicente Kitchecanar Gomes; CAD Miguel Silva Guerreiro; CAD João Pedro Amador, chapter president; and CAD Francisco Duarte Silverio, chapter first vice president.
In July at the Portuguese Naval Academy, the board members of the chapter and the new faculty advisor of the student club were sworn in.

Rear Adm. Carlos Rodolfo, PON (Ret.), regional vice president, Atlantic Region, and Victor Lobo, current president of the Portugal Chapter (r), swore in Lt. Pessanha Santos, professor at the Naval Academy, as faculty advisor of the student club, as well as the students of the board and members of the Almada student chapter: João Pedro Amador, chapter president; Francisco Duarte Silverio, chapter first vice president); and Nuno Bicas Luís, chapter secretary.


Jonah White with Trust Digital discusses Gamified Hacking at the July meeting. The chapter would like to thank everyone who made the July Membership Meeting. The chapter had a great turnout for Jonah White with Trust Digital discussing Gamified Hacking.

Congratulations to the student scholarship winners, Tyler Steward, Kaylyn Grant, Elizabeth Ohse, Grant Hilton and Tanner Smith. Also, congratulations to Virginia Dewey with Mid-Del Technology Center for the Teaching Award and Daniel Sudmeier for his professional scholarship.


In July, Rear Adm. Carlos Rodolfo, PRT NA (Ret.), regional vice president, Atlantic Region (r), gathers at the Faculty of Engineering of the Porto University with the outgoing club's faculty adviser, Jose Carlos Alves, professor (c), and the new faculty advisor Ricardo Morla, professor. In July, at the Faculty of Engineering of the Porto University (FEUP), Prof. Ricardo Morla, professor, FEUP's DEEC, assumed the role of faculty advisor of the Porto Student Club in Portugal.

Rear Adm. Carlos Rodolfo, PRT NA (Ret.), regional vice president for the Atlantic Region, presented to the outgoing club´s faculty advisor, Jose Carlos Alves, professor, the Educational Foundation Medal for promoting knowledge, leadership and innovation for the future, thanking him for his dedication and guidance of the Porto Student Club since its creation in 2013.


The chapter presents its community education and scholarship outreach event series, 2022 Wright Information Technology Summit (WITS). This year's theme is "Innovation at the Edge." The website for the 2022 Wright Information Technology Summit (WITS) Agenda is located at 2022 WITS is quickly approaching. Below is a sample of the events. Make your plans to join your colleagues and attend at the University of Dayton Marriott September 13-14, 2022, as well as all of the other great events during WITS Week.
Registration is open! Go to the website to register or view available sponsorships for the events during WITS Week: Wright IT Summit, Golf Tournament and Casino Night.

Shawn Lyman, chair, 2022 WITS Conference
Yvonne Vermillion, chapter president
Keynote: Innovation at the Edge, Lorna Estep, Senior Executive Service (SES), executive director, Air Force Materiel Command
Keynote: Industry 5.0: The Interaction and ... READ MORE


In June, the chapter hosted Col. Michael S. Medgyessy, USAF, chief information officer and chief data officer for the Air Force Intelligence Community, and Norman Leach, Air Force Research Lab, ODIN program manager, for a "Cloud Day" Lunch and Learn. During the session, Col. Medgyessy provided an overview of the Air Force Intelligence Community's digital future, particularly as it relates to cloud. Their ability to deliver intelligence, which enables the sensing grid and national intelligence partners, is key to Joint All-Domain Command and Control and the Intelligence Community Information Technology Enterprise.

The Lunch and Learn also included a presentation by Leach, regarding the Air Force's premier DevSecOps platform in the classified space and showcasing how the platform can be leveraged to help deliver software at the speed of relevance. Capt. Jia Hedman, USAF, concluded the event with a demo of the ISR Cloud website, as well as sharing of education opportunities ... READ MORE

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