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TURKIYE CHAPTER - 06/12/2021

In June, participants enjoyed the talk on "War Strategies in Residential Areas" presented by Suat Begec, associate professor, University of Turkish Aeronautical Association. In the webinar, specific characteristics of the "Residential Area Operation Environment" were explained. This operation has gained importance where future wars could take place and also addresses various military needs and strategies.

The presenter, who was a commanding officer in the past, shared his experiences gained from peacekeeping missions abroad and made statements about the needs of the soldiers who will serve in the future wars.


The chapter has been recognized by AFCEA International as a 2021 Model Chapter, an award that recognizes chapters for their overall structure, program of activities and support to the association.

Chapters of AFCEA International are eligible for the award as goals are met from the previous calendar year, such as increasing membership, raising more than $100,000 in scholarships and expanding STEM opportunities to students in the area.

"We are so grateful to AFCEA International for recognizing the outstanding work and commitment of our members that led to the chapter's success in programming and philanthropy," said Jo Decker, chapter president.

Despite a year in which all events were virtual, the chapter still accomplished educational and engaging events within the community and donated $100,000 in STEM scholarships in 2020. The chapter plans to donate $236,000 this year thanks to efforts from the board.


Flight 1 first place winners (l-r) Wes Denny, Kevin Sullivan and Brian Fredrickson are all smiles after beating the completion at the chapter's June golf tournament. Not pictured is Charles Lannan, the team's fourth. Back to semi-normal, the chapter held its annual Elmer J. Fuller Memorial Golf Tournament in June at the Marlboro Country Club, Massachusetts. This event honored Fuller, a Hanscom Air Force Base (AFB) senior civilian and staunch AFCEA supporter who served as past chapter president and board chairman. Two flights from government and industry participated in a shotgun scramble. A luncheon followed with a special tribute recognizing long time chapter volunteer and avid golfer, Gregg Doran, recently deceased. Golf committee co-chairs Dave Burke, Hanscom AFB, and Tony Blanchard, Google, awarded trophies to Flight 1 and 2 winners as well as individual contest winners (e.g., closest to the pin, longest putt, etc.). They also announced raffle winners and concluded by thanking the golf committee's overall coordinator, Jeff Katz, as well planning committee volunteers, and the numerous sponsors whose support helps raise thousands annually for the chapter's education fund STEM scholarships.


The chapter has announced the winners for the 2021 InnovateIT Awards program, honoring individuals or groups in the federal civilian and health information technology (IT) markets who have combined leadership with innovation to achieve tangible results in the areas of security, automation and modernization within their organizations or across federal IT.

"This year's InnovateIT awardees are thought leaders who have demonstrated innovative solutions that meet agency challenges and transform service to the citizen," said Chapter President Naina Leo. 'AFCEA Bethesda is excited to recognize these outstanding leaders who have managed cutting-edge initiatives that advance the mission of their organizations or the state of federal IT.'

The 2021 Innovate IT Award finalists include the following:

Janet Vogel, chief information security officer, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, was awarded Government Innovation Leader of the Year. Cal Zemelman, executive dir ... READ MORE

TURKIYE CHAPTER - 05/29/2021

In May, the chapter organized a webinar on "Space Technologies and Homeland Security." At the beginning of the webinar, a brief introduction about space technologies was given by Alim Rustem Aslan, professor and head of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Aerospace Engineering Department of Istanbul Technical University. This was followed by an explanation of history and current developments in space studies within Turkey. Aslan also emphasized the relationship between space technologies and national security and explained the importance of the space technologies race and cooperation in the world. The webinar concluded with the participants asking and answering questions in accordance with the principle of increasing shared knowledge.


Col. Brian J. Gamble, U.S. Space Force, senior materiel leader for the Multi-Domain Awareness Division in the Capability Integration Directorate of the Space and Missile Center's Portfolio Architect Office, Los Angeles, California, is the presenter for the chapter's May virtual event. In May, Col. Brian J. Gamble, U.S. Space Force, senior materiel leader for the Multi-Domain Awareness Division in the Capability Integration Directorate of the Space and Missile Center's Portfolio Architect Office, Los Angeles, California, was the guest speaker for the chapter's virtual event.

Col. Gamble is responsible for mission area integration and weapon system architecting in the remote sensing capability areas of missile warning and tracking, environmental monitoring and tactical intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance. He is also responsible for leading space acquisition integration into the Advanced Battle Management System. Prior to his current assignment, he was the Weapons Division chief in the Global Power Programs Directorate, Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Acquisition, Technology & Logistics, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Arlington, Virginia. He was responsible for the acquisition planning, programming, budgeting and execution of A ... READ MORE

CZECH CHAPTER - 05/20/2021

The national finals of the student competition of the Czech Republic in cybersecurity organized by the Czech Cyber Security Working Group of AFCEA and many governmental institutions and academic and professional organizations took place online in May.

The finals were attended by 44 of the best students from 25 primary, secondary schools and universities, who competed in three age categories. Competitors made it to the finals by successfully completing two online elimination rounds, which were attended by more than 3,700 students from almost 200 schools from all over the Czech Republic.

The national finals were broadcast live from the studio. They were organized by the Czech Cyber Center with students from the Preslova Media House. During the nine-hour educational broadcast, six professional discussion panels, nine professional presentations, 13 interviews and other live and pre-recorded interviews took place. The recording of the broadcast is available here: https://ww ... READ MORE


Students from First Baptist School (FBS), Plattsmouth, Nebraska, participate in the Introduction to Robotics class with instructor Brett Bowser in May. In May, students from First Baptist School (FBS), Plattsmouth, Nebraska, enrolled in the Introduction to Robotics class with instructor Brett Bowser, benefited from a chapter STEM grant. The students used a Raspberry Pi to program different lighting sequences on a breadboard circuit though the Thonny program (an integrated development environment). All equipment items were made possible through the STEM grant awarded to FBS as part of the chapter's STEM Grants Award Program.

TURKIYE CHAPTER - 05/15/2021

Yigit Akkus, associate professor of mechanical engineering, ASELSAN AS, addresses participants during the May webinar. In May, the chapter organized a webinar on "The Future of Electronic Cooling: Nano-Scale Passive Heat Dissipaters."

During the webinar, Yigit Akkus, associate professor of mechanical engineering, ASELSAN AS, presented the latest developments in manufacturing techniques, the production of capillary channels in nano and ångström scales and the production of nanoscale heat dissipaters. Akkus also discussed the importance of molecular/atomic-level simulation studies developed to investigate the advantages of using nanoscale passive heat dissipaters in electronic cooling, especially for chip-level cooling.

Chapter members listened with pleasure to this technology conversation, which many industry stakeholders and doyens attended as well as university students. The chapter thanked Akkus for his presentation and ASELSAN AS management for its support.


In May, Carlen Capenos, director, Small Business Programs, Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA), discusses opportunities for small businesses to work with DISA. The chapter was proud to host Carlen Capenos, director, Small Business Programs, Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA), as the guest keynote speaker for its May Small Business virtual breakfast event. Throughout the hour-long event, Capenos provided suggestions and advice on working with DISA and how small businesses can best identify business opportunities.

The Small Business Programs Office serves as the principal advocate for small businesses and the primary advisor to DISA for the small business program. With a staff of five (the largest in DISA history), they seek to educate small businesses and to advocate for maximum small business opportunities to support DISA in serving and protecting the warfighter in cyberspace. As of fiscal year 20, the Small Business Programs Office has set five new records for the allocation of dollars to small businesses, awarding more than $1.74 billion in prime contracts.

Capenos stressed the importance of small businesses doing or ... READ MORE

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