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SAN DIEGO CHAPTER - 08/21/2018

Steve Sutherland, chairman of the chapter's Cycle for STEM planning committee (l), presents a check for $7,000 to Terry McKearney, ACFEA Technology Needed in Schools (TNS) coordinator (c), and Shirley Adams, AFCEA regional vice president, Southern California, at an August chapter luncheon. Steve Sutherland, chairman of the chapter's Cycle for STEM planning committee, presented a $7,000 check to the chapter's Education Committee during the August luncheon at the Marine Corps Recruit Depot Bay Club Room. Terry McKearney, the chapter's Technology Needed in Schools (TNS) coordinator, and Shirley Adams, AFCEA regional vice president, Southern California, received the check. Proceeds, including rider fees, corporate sponsorships and in-kind contributions of jerseys and other goods, were earned from the fourth annual 50-mile Cycle for STEM ride. This year's ride in May attracted an all-time high of 25 cyclists.


ALAMO CHAPTER - 08/21/2018

Col. Jeffrey Sorrell, USAF, deputy director of operations and communications, addresses chapter members and guests at the chapter's August luncheon. It was a packed room where Col. Jeffrey Sorrell, USAF, deputy director of operations and communications, shared the current and future state of the Air Education and Training Command (AETC) during the chapter's August luncheon at the DoubleTree hotel. The colonel initiated the discussion by sharing the AETC's vision to develop so-called Mach-21 Airmen. Mach-21 Airmen will outthink, out-learn and out-innovate any adversary on the planet. The strategic initiative to realize this vision is called the Continuum of Learning (CoL) concept. The CoL's focus is to switch the education/training paradigm by integrating education, training and experiences so that airmen have the opportunity to learn anytime, anywhere throughout their careers. Col. Sorrell then shifted gears to speak about the reorganization efforts within the command. "The A-3 and A-6 merged so that the operational and functional owner can collaborate with the team that integrates information technology and data management," he ... READ MORE

WIESBADEN CHAPTER - 08/18/2018

Maj. Gen. Erich Staudacher, GEAF (Ret.), general manager of AFCEA Europe (r), gathers with the chapter's newly elected officers, including David Pendall, president (l), at the membership kickoff event in July. The chapter was re-established in July after a nearly five-year hiatus with a membership kickoff dinner and information session at the Rheinblick Golf Course in Wiesbaden, Germany. More than 25 new and current members met to exchange ideas and information about goals, corporate memberships and the professional community of interest for AFCEA International's and AFCEA Europe's revived chapter. Kevin Kaufman, regional vice president, Central Europe-Southwest, provided an overview of AFCEA. Maj. Gen. Erich Staudacher, GEAF (Ret.), general manager of AFCEA Europe, also offered remarks. The chapter thanks both of these leaders for their personal and professional support. Chapter leadership positions were confirmed. David Pendall will serve as president; Dawn Sverak as secretary; Mike Baumann as treasurer; Kevin Johnson as vice president, community outreach; Felix Zayas as vice president, Young AFCEAN Program; Dan Warschawski as vice president, corporate memberships; and Brian Blank as we ... READ MORE

DAYTON-WRIGHT CHAPTER - 08/16/2018

A chapter donation in August enabled students to purchase this high-speed computer for the national CyberPatriot competition. An August chapter award enabled Ohio's Dayton Regional STEM School (DRSS) to purchase three powerful computers that students will use in the annual CyberPatriot National Youth Cyber Defense Competition. CyberPatriot is a national organization that inspires K-12 students to pursue careers in cybersecurity or other STEM disciplines. The competition puts teams of high school and middle school students in the position of newly hired information technology professionals tasked with managing the network of a small company. Robert Orenbaun, the chapter's education outreach chair, shared that "AFCEA is pleased to be in a position to help DRSS students succeed and grow into talented and competent future members of the STEM and cybersecurity workforce." The chapter is focused on supporting organizations with imminent needs that rise to the challenge, such as the DRSS. Chapter President Dennis Drayer stated: "The chapter is pleased to support local students pursuing career goals and career dev ... READ MORE

LOS ANGELES CHAPTER - 08/16/2018

Pausing for a photo with August guest speaker Jim Reynolds, USAF, senior materiel leader of the Advanced Systems Division, Space Superiority Systems Directorate, Space and Missile Systems Center (SMC), Los Angeles (2nd from l), are (from l) Lt. Alexander Berry, USAF; Bill Page, chapter president; Scott Beidleman, vice president, programs; Nick Farinacci, vice president, operations; and Mike Plantenga, secretary. Col. Jim Reynolds, USAF, senior materiel leader of the Advanced Systems Division, Space Superiority Systems Directorate, Space and Missile Systems Center (SMC), Los Angeles, presented an update in August on the reorganization of SMC acquisition offices. The colonel leads a team of government and industry acquisition, engineering, operations, intelligence and security specialists executing a multibillion-dollar budget. The division plans, develops, tests, deploys and sustains several presidential-priority classified capabilities that provide the nation with critical warfighting advantages and enable space superiority. Chapter leaders Bill Page, president; Scott Beidleman, vice president, programs; Nick Farinacci, vice president, operations; and Mike Plantenga, secretary, attended the colonel's presentation.

LOS ANGELES CHAPTER - 08/14/2018

Doug Loverro, former deputy assistant secretary of defense for space policy and former executive director of the Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center (SMC) in Los Angeles (2nd from l), speaks about professional development in August with Young AFCEANs, including (clockwise from l) Kishore Radhakrishnan of Deloitte; Chris Nie of Lockheed Martin; Beth Deal of Deloitte; Lt. Alex Berry, USAF, Space and Missile Systems Center (SMC); and Capt. Joey Aguilo, USAF, SMC. Doug Loverro, former deputy assistant secretary of defense for space policy and former executive director of the Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center (SMC) in Los Angeles, met with Young AFCEANs in August to discuss professional development. Attendees included Kishore Radhakrishnan and Beth Deal of Deloitte; Chris Nie and Steve Scott of Lockheed Martin; Adam Feingold of Engility; James Tan and Shelly Merica-Jones, the Aerospace Corp.; Lt. Alex Berry, USAF, and Capt. Joey Aguilo, USAF, both of the SMC.

ALAMO CHAPTER - 08/12/2018

Students learn about cybersecurity and have fun in August at the GhostWire Academy. Classes at the academy teach students about ethical computer hacking and how to apply those skills to defend networks and computer systems. Chapter President Rick Lipsey spoke during an August class at the GhostWire Academy, a San Antonio nonprofit that teaches children programming, robotics and cyber fundamentals. Lipsey talked about why supporting STEM education is important and how it relates to the local and broader military communities. The GhostWire Academy's active-duty cyber warriors teach teens ages 13 to 17 about the importance of cybersecurity and workforce opportunities in cyber-related careers. Students not only gain hands-on experience in cybersecurity but also get excited about it, Lipsey explained. Students can graduate with an elementary understanding of how to protect information systems and how to catch criminal cyber hackers.


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