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BELVOIR CHAPTER - 12/16/2021

Students at Fort Belvoir Upper School in Fort Belvoir, Virginia, familiarize themselves with Microbit devices that will be used in the Escape the Planet hackathon in December. The chapter is excited to announce its inaugural Escape the Planet hackathon event. Developed in conjunction with the AFCEA Northern Virginia Community College (NVCC) Student Chapter, AFCEA International, representatives from military academies and Fairfax County Public School faculty and high school students, Escape the Planet is a series of basic coding challenges built around a space exploration mission storyline. The challenge engages middle school students to assist the fictional Belvoir AFCEA Space Alliance (BASA) on their mission of discovery to Planet X to bring back recently detected evidence of "proof-of-life."

This pilot effort is scheduled for December 16 - 17 and will support ongoing coding curriculum being taught at each of the competing schools with the hope of seeding future interest and participation in Science Technology Engineering Arts & Math (STEAM) events. As part of the ongoing mission of the chapter, grants are being offered to each of the competing sc ... READ MORE

TURKIYE CHAPTER - 10/07/2021

Capt. Kamil Zafer Selcuk, TUN (Ret.), chapter president (r), and Capt. Zafer Betoner, TUN (Ret.), chapter vice president, present a memento of their visit to SDT Inc. and Ömer Korkut, general manager (c). In October, chapter officers visited SDT Space & Defence Technologies Inc. The local defense company SDT Inc. has been developing indigenous software, hardware and integrated solutions for defense, space and aviation areas since 2005.

SDT Inc. possesses special expertise in radar-electronic warfare signal processing, image processing/pattern recognition, embedded software systems, avionic systems, land system electronic units, radio frequency jammer systems, satellite technologies and simulation and training systems.

During the visit, officers introduced AFCEA International and explained the opportunities provided to corporate members.


Tom Clark, executive director, Alliance for Fort Gordon, discusses upcoming local changes and how they will affect the Cyber Center of Excellence and the surrounding communities at the September event. In September, the chapter continued its monthly Lunch and Learn with guest speaker Tom Clark, executive director, Alliance for Fort Gordon.

ATLANTA CHAPTER - 09/23/2021

In September, Marilyn Jackson, chapter vice president of small business, opened the AFCEA Atlanta Small Business Roundtable with guest speaker, Tan Wilson, chair, AFCEA Small Business Committee, and CEO of Entellect LLC.

Wilson gave an energetic update on how AFCEA International has responded to COVID-19 challenges for its small business members. She revealed numerous resources that have been committed to this vital part of AFCEA International. The second session in the luncheon was a panel including Wilson, Lauren Wingate, chapter vice president of membership and vice president of strategic development for TJFACT LLC, and Stacy Vaughn, business strategist for D-Unity Group LLC.

This successful event was designed to provide relevant information for small business members and is the first in a series.


Runners join in a group photo at the Young AFCEAN Emerging Leaders annual 5K Race for STEM held in September.  The chapter's Emerging Leaders led by co-directors William Keller, Evan Gaj and Mariah Marquis sponsored its annual 5K Run for STEM in September at the Minute Man National Historical Park in Lexington, Massachusetts. The majority of almost 150 runners participated this year in person while a small group joined virtually. The race benefited the chapter's Educational Fund to the tune of $11,000, which will go to support STEM scholarships. Top finishers received trophies and raffle prizes were gifted to several during the post-race celebration. Overall winner (and co-race director) Evan Gaj led the men with a time of 18:39; Kaavya Chaparala led the women with a time of 23:06. Age group (30-49) winners included Andrew Beckman and Rhonda Needham. Mike Dimauro and Gena Trant won the 50 plus category. The Air Force Detachment 340 Team took the top prize in the team category.


In September, 1st flight, 1st place winners and winners of the Two flights of golfers from government and industry joined a shotgun scramble in September at the Atkinson Resort and Country Club in New Hampshire to benefit the chapter's education fund. Jamie Thurber, incoming chapter president, welcomed guests to the post-tournament luncheon and thanked the many industry sponsors for their invaluable support of the event, which raised thousands to support the chapter's STEM scholarships. Golf committee co-chairs, Troy Blanchard, Google Cloud, and Ned Clay, Forcepoint, awarded prizes to individual winners (closest to pin, straightest drive, etc.) and trophies to Flight 1 and 2 winners. They concluded by thanking the many golf committee volunteers and paid special tribute to Jeff Katz, the chapter's perennial overall golf committee chair, for his many years of faithful service organizing and directing every spring and fall tournament for the past several years.

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