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In February, Bethany Jedlicka (c) receives the Unsung Hero Award. The chapter awarded Bethany Jedlicka the "Unsung Hero" award at this month's luncheon. Bethany has been a key member of the Women in AFCEA (WIA) committee since 2022, supporting the event planning and behind the scenes execution of multiple WIA events throughout each chapter year.

This chapter year, Jedlicka has provided outstanding planning coordination for several existing and new WIA events including the Women's Speaker Series (Technology focus: AI/ML) last October, the Women's Podcast Spotlight Roundtable last November, and the WIA Game Night Social on February 22. Last year, Jedlicka supported planning and execution of the following events: the Women's Speaker Series Cyber Panel and the WIA-WIIG Women's Leadership Roundtable.

In addition to volunteering for WIA, Jedlicka works full time at NiSUS Technologies Corporation, providing business development support and is finishing her bachelor's in software development at the end of this year. Even with her incredibly ... READ MORE


The The chapter awarded Rachael Lynch the "Save the Day" award at this month's luncheon for her support leading the chapter's annual Valentine Gala. Lynch has run the chapter's Valentine Gala for several years with great success. The gala takes place at the Turf Valley Resort in Ellicott City, Maryland. With more than 400 industry, government and military attendees, this event is a huge hit! Lynch worked tirelessly to ensure everything came together seamlessly for this event, never missing any details. From fun individual portraits at guests' arrival, delicious food, great music and dancing, this was a can't-miss event. Lynch led the gala committee through an outstanding event. The chapter couldn't have done it without her and is already counting down until next year's gala!


In February, chapters officers pose with event sponsor, Iridium. The chapter hosted its annual symposium on January 31 and February 1, 2024. More than 400 attendees and 40 vendors attended to hear from 20+ industry experts, military leaders and government representatives. Attendees engaged with speakers and vendors to tackle various challenges facing the armed services in the Pacific theater. Col. Dean Smith, chapter president, and Lt. Gen. Susan Lawrence, USA (Ret.), president and CEO, AFCEA International, provided opening remarks, while Lt. Gen. Xavier Brunson, USA, commander general, I Corps and Joint Base Lewis-McChord, gave the opening keynote.

Satellite communications operations and governance, cybersecurity, and the evolution of artificial intelligence and others generated thoughtful discussions. Presentations from military, industry and government experts reinforced the need for partnerships to develop and provide solutions globally.

AFCEA Regional Vice President Tim Martin, Northwestern Region, provided the final day's open ... READ MORE


Maj. Gen. Genatempo of Command, Control, Communications and Networks Directorate (center l), and Hanscom Air Force Base leaders join Lt. Gen. Donna Shipton, commander, Air Force Life Cycle Management Center (center r), on stage at the February event. In February, the chapter hosted the Annual State of Air Force Life Cycle Management Center (AFLCMC) Address, featuring Lt. Gen. Donna Shipton, commander of the AFLCMC, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. Gen. Shipton provided an insightful keynote address highlighting the AFLCMC vision of supporting Air Force Operational Imperatives, the accomplishments of the workforce at Hanscom Air Force as part of AFLCMC, the unique ecosystem in New England of federally funded research and development centers, universities and industry partners and how Air Force Materiel Command is preparing for the Great Power Competition. The chapter also presented a $5,000 check to Operation Warmheart, with Chief Master Sgt. Alan Weary, command chief master sergeant for the 66th Air Base Group, accepting.

A special thanks to the chapter sponsors who make all this possible: Abacus Technology, Applied Research Solutions, Astrion, Expansia, MainSail, Odyssey Systems, Quantech Services and SAI ... READ MORE

TURKIYE CHAPTER - 02/01/2024

In February, M. Tuncay Gencoglu, associate professor, Firat University, presents during the chapter's webinar. In February, the webinar titled "Quantum Technologies and Intelligence" presented by M. Tuncay Gençoğlu, associate professor, Firat University, significantly impacted participants' perspectives on the developments in quantum technologies and the effects of these technologies, especially on the field of intelligence.

The rise of quantum technologies also creates an art of storytelling. Starting with the mysterious world of subatomic particles and extending into the depths of global cyber networks, this story will not only increase the information processing capacity of each qubit but will also reweave the fabric of cybersecurity and intelligence.

Webinar attendees received answers to questions such as how quantum transformation will shape the future of the cyber world and how intelligence collection and analysis methods will evolve with these new technologies that are hidden in the depths of quantum.


Panelists Stacy Trammell, president and CEO at Zavda Technologies LLC (c); Jacqui Magnes, CEO at COMSO (second from l); and Alison Flanigan, CEO at Omega Minds (third from l); with moderator Tiffany Tong, chapter vice president of WIA and business development/capture manager at Leidos (second from r), gather for a photo with Amy Ratzburg, chapter vice president of WIA (far l); and Kirsten Miller-Jones, chapter vice president of small business affairs (far r), at the January event. The chapter's Women in AFCEA (WIA) and Small Business Committees joined forces to hold a Woman-Owned Small Business Panel. The panel featured Stacy Trammell, president and CEO at Zavda Technologies LLC; Alison Flanigan, CEO at Omega Minds; and Jacqui Magnes, CEO at COMSO, with moderation by Tiffany Tong, chapter vice president of WIA and business development/capture manager at Leidos.

Discussions included the importance of networking and building connections, making investments in growth, finding work/life balance and guiding principles for each panelist in their businesses.


The chapter's Emerging Leaders bundle up for the game in January. In January, the chapter's Emerging Leaders hosted a Hockey Social at the University of Massachusetts (UMass) Lowell's Tsongas Center. The social included a pre-game meet-up at Cobblestones followed by UMass Lowell River Hawks versus Providence. A true winter sport for the hearty New Englanders, the game was the perfect venue for this event.

More than a hundred hockey tickets were given out to AFCEA members and potential new members. Attendees were able to socialize with current members to find out more information about the chapter's Emerging Leaders upcoming events and initiatives.

TURKIYE CHAPTER - 01/24/2024

(l-r) Capt. Zafer Betoner, TUN (Ret.), chapter vice president; Serdar Muldur, vice rector, OSTIM Technical University (OTU), and Capt. Kamil Zafer Selcuk, TUN (Ret.), chapter president, pose for a photo at OTU in January. In January, chapter officers visited Serdar Muldur, the vice rector of OSTIM Technical University, and explained the opportunities of AFCEA International for university students. OSTIM Technical University (OTU) is located in Ankara at the heart of the industry and business world, including the defense industry with its multicultural structure. OTU combines theory and practice by placing talent and competence at the center of the education and training system, provides added value to society with interdisciplinary scientific approaches and develops creative solution proposals in cooperation with all stakeholders with an open university approach. OTU is a thematic, entrepreneurial and innovative university of international standards.


Chapter leaders and volunteers gather for a photo at the January event. In a bid to demystify the intricacies of doing business with the federal government, AFCEA hosted a highly anticipated Small Business Panel this January. The event featured a distinguished lineup of panelists, including Paul Ward, deputy director of the Office of Small Business Programs at U.S. Special Operations Command; Leslie Babich, director of SOFWERX; Karen Krymski, consultant at the Florida APEX Accelerator; and Jessica Gaskins from the U.S. Small Business Administration Office of Government Contracting Area III.

The panel, representing a spectrum of expertise, provided valuable insights into the challenges and opportunities of engaging with the federal government. Attendees had the unique opportunity to glean knowledge from ground-level startup strategies to navigate the complex process of presenting their company's capabilities to USSOCOM.

The discussion delved into crucial aspects of government contracting, addressing queries from the audience and shedding li ... READ MORE


In January, Chris Burton, Cyber Operations Division chief, U.S. Transportation Command, speaks to a captivated audience on zero trust. The chapter hosted Christopher Burton, Cyber Operations Division chief, U.S. Transportation Command/J6, as speaker of the month. He discussed zero trust and the need not only to utilize it but also to meet all of the underlying requirements for compliance. Burton stated that "it is not about doing zero trust; it is about using zero trust."


In January, the Program Executive Office (PEO), Intelligence, Electronic Warfare and Sensors (IEW&S) panelists address the room: (l-r) Brig. Gen. Ed Barker, USA, PEO for IEW&S; Mark Saxon, acting deputy project manager for Electronic Warfare and Cyber; Robert Zoppa, program manager for Defensive Cyber Operations; and Stu Labovitz, chief engineer for PM Cyber & Space.
The first monthly luncheon of 2024 brought big things as the chapter hosted an engaging panel discussion with leaders from the Program Executive Office (PEO), Intelligence, Electronic Warfare and Sensors (IEW&S). Held in January at Water's Edge Events Center in Belcamp, Maryland, the event was co-hosted with the local Association of Old Crows, Aberdeen Proving Ground-Susquehanna Chapter.

Panelists included moderator Brig. Gen. Ed Barker, USA, PEO for IEW&S; Mark Saxon, acting deputy project manager (PM) for Electronic Warfare and Cyber (EW&C); Robert Zoppa, PM for Defensive Cyber Operations (DCO); and Stu Labovitz, chief engineer for PM Cyber & Space.

Addressing a sold-out room, the panel delivered an analysis of the new IEW&S portfolio, which included the stand-up of PM C&S in Summer 2023 and a major Army reorganization that realigned PM DCO under IEW&S from PEO Enterprise Information Systems in October 2023. Each panelist presented an overview of their respective are ... READ MORE


Col. Dave Hazelton, USA, brigade commander of the 201st Expeditionary-Military Intelligence Brigade (E-MIB), addresses the chapter at the January meeting. The chapter sponsored its January Member's Meeting at Farrelli's Pizza in DuPont, Washington. The guest speaker, Col. Dave Hazelton, USA, brigade commander of the 201st Expeditionary-Military Intelligence Brigade (E-MIB), addressed the role of intelligence formations in the Pacific. His presentation sparked numerous conversations with attendees on the information technology (IT) challenges his brigade and others face in identifying existing IT gaps. He discussed his brigade's approach to addressing modernization efforts and strengthening its communications posture in supporting its intelligence mission.

Also, Chapter Vice President for Awards Kim Rapacz and Chapter President Col. Dean Smith, USA, recognized Dave Stookey as the Chapter AFCEAN of the Quarter for the second quarter of fiscal year 24 for his contributions to AFCEA and the local chapter.

The chapter is getting a new start following the pandemic, re-establishing its charter and updating its by-laws. For thos ... READ MORE

TURKIYE CHAPTER - 01/14/2024

The chapter's fiscal year 2024 regular general assembly participants gather for a photo in January. The chapter's 2024 fiscal year general assembly was held in January. At the meeting, the FY 2023 activity report and the audit board report were discussed and approved by the participants.

Additionally, the 2024 budget and activity plan were approved. The election of the next term chapter officers and auditing boards also took place at the meeting.


(l-r) Teresa Duvall, outgoing education chair; Andrea Aguas, student, Catholic High School, Norfolk, Virginia; Sebastian Rodriguez, student, Catholic High School; Adam Lewandowski, teacher, Catholic High School; Matthew Umphlet, STEM Teaching Tool Awards chair; and Capt. Christina Hicks, chief of staff of U.S. Fleet Cyber Command, commander, TENTH Fleet, pose for a photo at the January event.�

January's luncheon was a loaded event for the chapter.

The new chapter president, Caitlin Johnson, CEO and founder of Input Technology Solutions, was sworn in. Johnson is the chapter's first female president since Teresa Duvall. Also, many new members were sworn into the board:
Chelsey Dolan, vice president of Emerging Leaders; Lt. Kaily Cornick, USN, vice president of communications; Kelly Jenne, executive vice president; Palmer Sims, AFCEA regional vice president; Amy Yendall, vice president of membership; Dennis Garcia, vice president of education; James Tilley, vice president of programs; Teresa Duvall, women's outreach leader; Matthew Umphlet, webmaster; Zeib Parvez, treasurer; Vicci Morabito, vice president of diversity, equity and inclusion; Hillary Boyce, chair, Small Business Committee; Larry Minnick, golf chair; Neil Bourassa, historian; Jenniffer Minks, secretary; and Lt. Col. Clarissa Blair, USN, vice president of military affairs.

The chapter had the d ... READ MORE

TURKIYE CHAPTER - 01/04/2024

In January, (l-r) Erdinc Oguz, chapter treasurer; B. Azra Timur, Artron program director; Capt. Kamil Zafer Selcuk, TUN (Ret.), chapter president; Capt. A. Zafer Betoner, TUN (Ret.), chapter vice president; and Mehmet Duzok, Artron system engineering director, gather for a photo during the chapter's visit to the defense company. Chapter officers visited the company managers of Artron, located in Hacettepe Teknokent, Ankara, and exchanged information.

Artron was established in 2011. As a leading defense sector stakeholder, they provide avionics subsystems to the aviation industry. The company also has extensive knowledge and broad expertise in the development of electronic hardware and embedded software for aerospace and automotive applications. Currently, it produces dozens of different products, all of which are verified and approved according to customer needs and standards.


More than 300 students attended the Sixth Annual Old Mill Middle School South Cyber Defender Expo in November. In November 2023, four chapter volunteers gave of their time and talent to attend the Sixth Annual Old Mill Middle School South Cyber Defender Expo held at the school in Millersville, Maryland. This was a unique opportunity to showcase the importance of cyber defense and ethical hacking and raise awareness of future careers in the cyber defense industry. Talented professionals, with the help of community volunteers and faculty members, provided a day of learning and fun for more than 300 fifth to eighth graders. Jessica Morgenstern, Applied Insight; Jacob Witlin, chapter scholarship recipient and recent graduate now employed with Jensen and Hughes; Nicholas Jackson, Parsons; and Sean Smith, Parsons, were active participants in the event. Thank you to all who volunteered!


In December, the Distinguished Recipients of the Unsung Hero Awards are (l-r) Christopher Keeshan, Command, Control, Communications, Intelligence and Networks; Daniel Craig, Digital Directorate; Chief Master Sgt. Kevin Martin, Massachusetts National Guard Joint Force Headquarters; Kevin Kelleher, Contracting Directorate; Barbara Hiltz; Danny Picard, Nuclear Command, Control, and Communications Integration Directorate; David Hiltz; and Wiliam DeWare, 66th Air Base Group. In December, the chapter held the Awards Ceremony at the Minuteman Commons, Hanscom Air Force Base (AFB), Massachusetts, beginning with a warm welcome from Capt. Hansel Suharli, USAF, who emceed the event. The audience was honored with the presence of distinguished Air Force leaders, including Col. Taona Enriquez, Chief Master Sgt. Alan Weary, Col. Chad Forrest, Col. Riley Pyles, Maj. Gen. Anthony Genatempo, and Scott Hardiman, along with AFCEA members and guests.

The first award went to Chief Master Sgt. Kevin Martin of the Massachusetts National Guard for his exceptional coordination and strategic planning, making a significant impact on Homeland Defense and Civil Support missions.

Gen. Genatempo presented the next award to Christopher Keeshan for his vital contributions to the Modeling and Simulation Integrated Product Team working with the Boeing Virtual Warfare Center.

In the Digital Directorate, Daniel Craig's dedication to the 3D Expeditionary Long-Range ... READ MORE

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