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The chapter is preparing for an in-person Montgomery Information Technology Summit (MITS) 2022, which will focus on the game-changing initiatives within industry and government, such as artificial intelligence, robotic process automation and platform operations that up the ante in achieving IT resilience and enable capability and security.

The summit will be held May 24-25.

ALAMO CHAPTER - 05/13/2022

(From l-r) Rick Lipsey, chapter president, poses for a photo with Col. Billy Pope Jr., USAF, commander, 690th Cyberspace Operations Group, and director of intelligence and operations, 688th Cyberspace Wing A2/3, and Col. Lamont Atkins, USAF, chapter vice president of programs, at the May event. Virtual connections can never replace the bonds formed through handshakes and meeting together in-person, explained Col. Billy Pope Jr., USAF, commander, 690th Cyberspace Operations Group, and director of intelligence and operations, 688th Cyberspace Wing A2/3, America's first cyber wing.

The 688th cyber wing enables connectivity and functionality to secure and defend mission assurance for the Air Force to fly, fight and win. The common theme throughout Col. Pope's discussion with members and attendees of the chapter's monthly luncheon was mission assurance. Mission assurance is having available, reputable, defended and secured information technology infrastructure. Col. Pope explained that available and not secure infrastructure is not enough, just as defended networks that are unserviceable are not enough. Moving away from the prior alignment and focus, synchronizing operations and an intelligence strategy and plans are now the focus and priority. Col. Pope discussed t ... READ MORE


The chapter thanks event sponsor, Data Robot Inc. and keynote speaker Col. Craig Smith, USA, chief information officer, U.S. Southern Command, J-6, for their contribution to the May event. On behalf of the chapter's board of directors, many thanks to all who attended the 2022 Scholarship Awards Luncheon sponsored by JR Morell and DataRobot and featuring Col. Craig Smith, USA, chief information officer, U.S. Southern Command, J-6.

The 2021 TopGolf Tournament sponsors in attendance were recognized for their valuable support to the program: Microsoft, Venatôre, General Dynamics Information Technology, Meridian Partners and Guardian Cyber LLC.

Four of the six awardees were presented scholarship checks for $500.

In his remarks, Col. Smith congratulated the chapter on this important program supporting STEM Scholarship. He reminded attendees that technology has come a long way in just a short time, from using 60+ pounds manpack radios just 30 years ago to today's palm-sized smartphones.

Such leaps in innovation were made possible through STEM education and initiatives. The 2022 STEM scholarship awardees will be part of shaping the new technolo ... READ MORE

ROME CHAPTER - 05/03/2022

In May, the final examination session of the second-level master's degree program in "International Space Engineering and Law in Satellite Communication, Navigation and Sensing Systems," 2020/2021 edition, organized by the University of Rome, Tor Vergata, was held. The event was chaired by Ernestina Cianca, professor and member of the Technical Scientific Committee of AFCEA Rome Chapter.

Antonio Tangorra, chapter president, will be a member of the final evaluation committee.

In the tradition of more than a decade, the chapter funded the scholarships of the three candidates belonging to the FF. AA., who took part in the master's program.


In April, the chapter announced its loaded events calendar to its membership. The chapter has planned events supporting education and scholarship for the Wright Patterson Air Force Base community and the southwestern Ohio region. The chapter membership currently boasts over 430 members.

Chapter President Yvonne Vermillion announced an exciting summer of events, including educational luncheons, golf scholarship outings and technical continuing education events.

The April luncheon featured speaker was Col. Eric Felt, USAF. Also, the chapter sponsored a community networking event at Wandering Griffin in Beavercreek, Ohio, featuring speaker Col. Michael Phillips, USAF. May will highlight a Small Business Panel led by Luke Schultz and spotlighting a smart guide coming out for U.S. Air Force Business Enterprise Systems. Registration for the Casino Night is open and supported by great sponsorship providing funds for the chapter's educational scholarships. The summer golf outi ... READ MORE

ALAMO CHAPTER - 04/21/2022

In April, the expert panel discusses threats to supply chains. The chapter's Emerging Leaders hosted a panel at the University of Texas-San Antonio National Security Collaboration Center. The panel was moderated by Bryan Guinn, defense lead at CloudBees, with speakers Lt. Col. Brian Viola, USAF, materiel leader at Platform One, Lt. Col. John Priestly, USAF, material leader, director at LevelUP Code Works, Ell Marquez, senior technical trainer at GRIMM (SMFS Inc.), and Mark Peters, product manager at BrainGu. The panel boasted members of military and industry experts who discussed the threats to their respective supply chains and their organizational responses.


Capt. Terrence Shashaty, USN, commander, Pensacola Naval Air Station, shares his plans to reopen the base to the general public at the April event. In April, the chapter hosted almost 60 members along with potential new members and special guests from the Naval Air Station and United States Army Recruiting Command (USAREC) at the Pensacola Yacht Club. The keynote guest speakers were Capt. Terrence Shashaty, USN, commander of the Pensacola Naval Air Station (NAS), and Jason Bortz, public affairs officer, NAS. Also in attendance were USAREC staff, 1st Lt. Jason Martin, USA; Sgt. 1st Class Stephen Smith, USA; and 1st Sgt. James Stosh.


In April, Bernard Lichvar (far l), chapter grant coordinator, hands over a check funded by the La Vista Community Foundation to (l-r) Randy Stribley, robotics teacher, Skilled and Technical Sciences Department, Papillion-La Vista South High School, Papillion, Nebraska; Jamie Glover, Career and Technical Education, Skilled and Technical Sciences Department head, Papillion-La Vista South High School; Josiah Mayfield, 12th-grade student, Papillion-La Vista High School, member of Robotics Club Team; Austin Brakenhoff, 12th-grade student, Papillion-La Vista High School, member of Robotics Club Team; and Logan Brickman, 12th-grade student, Papillion-La Vista High School, member of Robotics Club Team.�

The La Vista Community Foundation recently partnered with the chapter to support the chapter's STEM Grant goals. The Papillion-La Vista High School Skilled and Technical Sciences Department proved to be a worthy recipient of these funds, which were awarded in April.

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