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ALAMO CHAPTER - 10/15/2020

In October, chapter mentors and proteges meet up online for a virtual Mentor Protege Night. The annual event normally takes place in-person but went virtual due to the ongoing pandemic. That didn't stop the chapter from hosting a top-notch event that left everyone with more knowledge and a larger network. The chapter's Young AFCEANs hosted its annual Mentor Protégé Night in a virtual venue for the first time. The event was held on the Zoom platform after a brief introduction of mentors to include a self-introduction by the one-and-only Maj. Gen. John Maluda, USAF (Ret.). Shawn Cressman opened and thanked the group for joining this special night online. Keynote speaker, Tiffany Tremont, a former Young AFCEA vice president, told an inspiring story of her journey from Air Force member to president and CEO of San Antonio-based cybersecurity company, SiloTech Group Inc. Interspersed with her thoughts on the benefits of mentorship, Tremont discussed the roadblocks that many young professionals from a variety of backgrounds often face in search of success and how to overcome them and succeed.
Mentors were well-prepared with thoughts and advice for the Young AFCEANs, relaying stories of past challenges and successes as well as how they may have or have not done things differently. Long- ... READ MORE


In early October, Colt Whittall, chief user experience officer of the U.S. Air Force, Office of Secretary of the Air Force, kicked off the chapter's inaugural, newly minted webinar "New Horizons - Accelerating Change"- Distinguished Speaker Series, sponsored by Red Hat. Mr. Whittall is responsible for improving Air Force user experience with the department's huge range of information technology (IT); the first such position in the Department of Defense. Whittall delivered an incredibly informative discussion about how the Air Force is transforming and improving its user experience and the meaningful progress made to date to optimize existing applications; the user journey with IT; and the department's IT infrastructure. He noted that he is a proponent of moving toward solid-state drives; implementing standard design systems as a UX tool in designing new systems; and assiduously collecting/analyzing user data (akin to an IT service company) to underpin continuous improvement.


The chapter held the 15th Annual Cybersecurity and Technology Day in October. This was an excellent opportunity to learn more about cybersecurity best practices, view and demo the latest cyber and technology products/services available and to network with peers. The event featured local speakers and local companies, which encouraged local networking.


The chapter is happy to have had Aaron Weis, chief information officer, Department of the Navy, present at the 19th Annual Naval IT Day in October. The chapter kicked off its Fall Calendar with the 19th Annual Naval IT Day in October. This year's theme was "Accelerated Modernization with Emerging Technologies." The U.S. Navy, U.S. Marine Corps, U.S. Coast Guard and the Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Information Warfare (DASN IWAR)/Program Executive Officer (PEO) were represented throughout the day with speakers, panels and various industry briefs.

The day was kicked off by a naval Senior Leadership panel including Aaron Weis, Department of the Navy (DON) chief information officer, Rear Adm. Susan Bryer Joyner, USN, director, Navy Cyber Security Division, Office of the Chief of Naval Operations, and Lt. Gen. Loretta Reynolds, USMC, Deputy Department of the Navy chief information officer, Marine Corps. They spoke on the Department of the Navy (DON) Information Superiority Vision, with its emphasis on modernizing infrastructure, innovating to deploy new capabilities and defending information.

With Naval I ... READ MORE

ECUADOR CHAPTER - 10/02/2020

(From I-r) Memorandum of Understanding and GAD request are presented in August. Grace Unda and the municipality work team analyze the document’s legal framework in regard to development and establishing its nature and reciprocal obligations. The Galapagos Islands, officially the Colón Archipelago, are located in an archipelago in the Pacific Ocean located 1,000 km off the coast of Ecuador. The area is made up of thirteen large islands with an area greater than 10 km², nine medium-sized islands with an area of 1 km² to 10 km² and another 107 small islets.

In October, chapter officers met the mayor of Autonomous Decentralized Municipal Government GAD of San Cristóbal Canton. The chapter signed an agreement to establish a collaboration framework to provide advice and training to the Municipal Government in risk management and multidimensional security and education under the STEM methodology.

The first agreement-Interinstitutional Cooperation Framework Agreement Between the Decentralized Autonomous Municipal Government of San Cristóbal and AFCEA International Chapter Cantón - Ecuador-was signed, which is a very important milestone that has been generated in the management of our Regional Insular or Galapagos. ... READ MORE

ECUADOR CHAPTER - 10/01/2020

"AFCEA Ecuador confers this memory in gratitude and support in the formation process of our chapter to AFCEA International. June 2020."

During the first official meeting of the chapter held in February at Circulo Militar in Quito, Ecuador, the old staff members selected new officers. The selected officers were: María Dolores Santos, president; Carlos Rodríguez Arrieta, first vice president; Col. Patricio Salazar (Ret.), second vice president; Valentina Almedia, secretary; Luis Recalde, treasurer.

As the new president of the chapter, Santos is strongly motivated to support all of the chapter's activities and planning.

Currently, Ecuador requires a lot of support, cooperation, investment, development and international innovation, to rescue the country from its problems that include social, political, economic difficulties, as well as those arising from COVID-19 and corruption.

Despite quarantine and considering that Ecuador has been suffering one of the ... READ MORE


In September, Joy Montgomery, chapter vice president of scholarships, presents on how to help grow STEM programs in local schools. In September, Joy Montgomery, chapter vice president of scholarships and a strategic advisor for startup companies, shared a program on how to become the catalyst to grow STEM programs in schools where members have a connection. Chapter members contact the schools, introduce the program and provide an application. Completed applications are returned to the chapter where they are judged. The winning teams receive scholarships to assist with the purchase of supplies needed to carry out the STEM project. Advisors are matched to assist the team with the project. Advisors can be from AFCEA chapters or members of the community. Sponsors can provide cash or in-kind services.

Be a Judge. Be an Advisor. Be a Sponsor. Be the Catalyst! The chapter is happy to share the program with others.

Joy can be reached at


In September, the webinar organized by the chapter was attended by 90 representatives of government institutions, military, academia and industry.
The recent ability to encode information in quantum systems, such as atoms, is at the origin of an ongoing revolution in information technology (IT), namely, quantum technologies. Although incipient, this technology will bring new paradigms that allow encrypted communications with much greater security, information processing with much greater speed, and detectors with much greater sensitivity.
These discoveries, disruptive for IT, have strategic and sovereign implications. Also, given that quantum technologies are still at an early stage of development, they also represent an opportunity for differentiation and competitive advantages for those who bet on them early.


In September/October, Stephanie Ricciardi (in back) and her race buddy happily cross their finish line in this year's virtual 5K Run for STEM. (Photo is a winner in the race's  The chapter's Young AFCEANs (YACs) led by race director Will Keller, YAC president (industry), Copious Imaging, sponsored its Annual 5K Run/Walk for STEM virtually this year in September and October. With the help of generous sponsors and more than 140 race participants, the YACs raised almost $10,000. Partnering with Donors Choose, the proceeds will benefit Massachusetts classrooms requesting funding for STEM-related projects and activities. The race was both fun and competitive for participants with $500 in prizes awarded to male and female winners in two race categories (5km Division and Total Distance Division) and in the "Best Picture" category. The 5km Division winners included Seth Perry and Kristen Northrup (Under 30); Michael McGinley and Maribel Gonzalez (30-49); and Herman Correa-Diaz and Ruth Cardona Suarez (seniors over 50). There were six Total Distance awardees and ten for Best Picture.


Upcoming event information:
TO AGILE AND THE CLOUD - ILS-S CCE/Cloud One Self-Migration Overview
Date: September 24 at 11:30 AM

The Integrated Logistics System - Supply (ILS-S) is one of the largest mission applications in the United States Air Force (USAF) with 20,000 direct users and over 180,000 supported users worldwide operating 24 hours a day, seven days a week at over 280 global locations. ILS-S has transformed over the last two years by moving all development and production environments to the cloud while at the same time transitioning to a fully Agile delivery model with monthly deliveries of new capability. This presentation will look at the processes employed and lessons learned as the USAF moved the largest mission application to date with the largest operational data migration to date to the Cloud One environment using 18 development contractors and a highly collaborative Agile program office. The result was the migration of over 120 server instances wit ... READ MORE

ECUADOR CHAPTER - 09/24/2020

In September (from top to bottom) María Dolores Santos, chapter president, and Carlos Rodríguez Arrieta, first chapter vice president, meet with Susan Emert, director, individual membership, AFCEA International, and Col. Lourdes Barriga, from Peru. In September, the chapter officers met Susan Emert, director, individual membership and awards, Women in AFCEA, and Brenda Puch, corporate development coordinator for AFCEA, at the AFCEA International headquarters.

María Dolores Santos began the meeting discussing AFCEAN women in Ecuador, a presentation called "Heroines of the Southern Cone," in memory of the women and heroines of Ecuador´s history, such as the three Manuelas: Cañizares, Sáenz, Espejo.

The chapter´s organizational structure emphasizes the positions that women currently occupy: Santos, chapter president; Valentina Almedia, chapter secretary; Rosalía Arteaga, chapter vice president of foreign affairs; Carol Almeida, Young AFCEANs and social communication; Ingrid Marchán, social communication; and Capt. Diana Vallejos. The women in the chapter hold many respo ... READ MORE

ECUADOR CHAPTER - 09/23/2020

In upper photo, in September, Bruce Schulte, general manager of and member of the chapter (r), visits AFCEA International and meets face to face with Tina Jordan, vice president for membership, AFCEA International Headquarters. María Dolores Santos, chapter president, expresses her gratitude virtually. In the lower photo (from l to r) Carlos Rodríguez Arrieta, first chapter vice president; Maria Dolores Santos, chapter president; Col. Patricio Salazar, second chapter vice president; and Mayor Luis Recalde (Ret.), chapter treasurer, participate in a virtual visit. In September, the chapter organized a visit to AFCEA International Headquarters. Bruce Schulte, general manager, Aire, ec., Tina Jordan, vice president of membership, AFCEA International, and Brenda Puch, corporate development coordinator, AFCEA International, met face to face while connecting with the chapter board of directors though a virtual meeting. Chapter President María Dolores Santos expressed words of gratitude to AFCEA International.


The chapter is happy to have had Lt. Gen. B. Chance The chapter kicked off the fiscal year 2021 luncheon series in September with Lt. Gen. B. Chance "Salty" Saltzman, USSF, deputy chief, Space Operations, Cyber and Nuclear, United States Space Force. Gen. Saltzman discussed in detail the Space Force organization, technological focus, Space Enterprise Consortium and industry best practices.

Gen. Saltzman stated the U.S. Space Force (USSF) is serious about being a digital service and is looking to rapidly integrate new technologies. As deputy chief of Space Operations, Gen. Saltzman envisions a real-time dashboard to measure performance metrics for technology and personnel. Regarding enterprise technology, the general noted the importance of rapidly fielding new capabilities horizontally with limited stovepiping. "The transition from vertical to horizontal integration will increase the speed in which these technologies are integrated into operations," he clarified. Regarding industry participation, the general noted the impo ... READ MORE


In September, Col. Sean Murphy, USAF, chapter president (l), shakes hands with Jennifer Havenner, chapter vice president of diversity, and presents her with the Distinguished Young AFCEAN Honoree Award for 2019 in front of the new U.S. Strategic Command's Command and Control Facility at Offutt Air Force Base, Nebraska. In September, Jennifer Havenner, chapter vice president of diversity, received the Distinguished Young AFCEAN Honoree Award for 2019 as she was unable to attend AFCEA West. Havenner was a tremendous supporter of chapter events and will be sorely missed as she departs the area with her husband for Ellsworth Air Force Base in South Dakota.

HAWAII CHAPTER - 09/15/2020

The chapter welcomed Rear Adm. Mike Studeman, USN, director for intelligence, J-2, U.S. Indo-Pacific Command, in September to deliver a speech titled, "The Seven Myths of China."

Speaking to a large audience via Zoom, Studeman addressed misconceptions some may have of the People's Republic of China (PRC) and how understanding these false notions can lead to more effective foreign policy for the United States and its allies.

"Myth number one," Studeman began, "China seeks great power status. Incorrect. China seeks greatest power status. China hopes to dominate on any issue that counts in the international arena. China's 'dream' is to restore the status of the Middle Kingdom around which other nations must revolve or least defer greatly."

Elaborating on the distinction, Studeman went on to describe how the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) is building up its comprehensive national power, often through lying, cheating and stealing, to become the most po ... READ MORE

ALAMO CHAPTER - 09/15/2020

In September, Brig. Gen. Brad Pyburn, USAF, deputy commander, 16th Air Force (Air Forces Cyber), Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, recognizes the new airmen coming in from Basic Military Training and how the diversity of their experience is powerful. Brig. Gen. Bradley Pyburn, USAF, deputy commander, 16th Air Force (Air Forces Cyber), Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, opened the chapter's September virtual luncheon with a celebratory salutation recognizing the efforts of our young Airmen today and those that have paved the way before us. Gen. Pyburn took us back with a little history lesson as he explained how Sun Tzu used and defended information and disinformation to confuse the adversary. "Information warfare is not new and is not dead. What's new is the technology, global connectivity, and the speed with which you can counter and maneuver in and through the information domain to generate effects." That Information Warfare perspective looks at how to affect the adversary through the way operations are conducted. The way in which you conduct those battlefield effects may be either kinetic or nonkinetic to take down an adversary. Gen. Pyburn went on to explain Operation Fortitude as a key example that weaved history into what th ... READ MORE

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