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The chapter's 2018 membership and sponsorship appreciation event was held in December at the Hope Hotel at Wright Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The holiday event has been held annually for over two decades for the members and sponsors in appreciation of their support and participation in the chapter. Many new individual and corporate members were added among the one hundred attendees. The chapter plans to hit the ground running in 2019 with these hot aerospace event topics: Artificial Intelligence, Autonomy and Trusted Systems; The Changing Nature of Installation Mission Defense; Mission Assurance and Cyber Defense; Cybersecurity; Defensive vs Pro-Active; AI and Deep Analytics; Where Do We Find the Bodies to Do Tomorrow's Cyber?; Cyberspace - What does it really mean?; Where does it start, Where does it end?; What's in S&T Futures for: Comm, Cyber, Electronics and Emerging Technologies?; USAF's Emerging Mission in Cyber Spaces; STEM Today and Cyberspace Tomorrow.

ROME CHAPTER - 10/12/2019

At the chapter's October event, Fiorella Lamberti, coordinator, communications team, IEEE Women in Engineering Affinity Group, introduces the chapter’s Women in AFCEA subcommittee and describes the group’s main objectives. The October event represented an opportunity to analyze the initiatives for increasing women's roles in STEM and to support this cultural change, as well as to introduce the chapter's Women in AFCEA subcommittee. Gen. B. L. Carpineto, chief, Italian Army Transmission Command, welcomed all participants, underlining the growing presence of women in the armed forces. The opening remarks were given by Lt. Gen. Antonio Tangorra, ITAF (Ret.), chapter president, and he illustrated how AFCEA is paying more attention to the themes in which education plays a crucial role. Fiorella Lamberti, coordinator, communications team, IEEE Women in Engineering Affinity Group, introduced the chapter's Women in AFCEA, describing the group's main objectives and the activities in coordination with AFCEA International. Tina Jordan, vice president, AFCEA International, sent a video message with her greetings. Monica Parrella, coordinator, Office for Equality and Equal Opportunity Action at the Italian Prime M ... READ MORE


Chapter President David Dodds kicks off the August luncheon to over 100 in attendance. The August luncheon presented a subject matter expert update on the Air Force and industry Cloud Migration featuring: John Garringer, USAF AFMC AFLCMC/HIQ; Lenny Getts, USAF AFMC AFLCMC/HNII; Craig Kabealo, Development Consultants Incorporated (DCI); and Mark Human, moderator, president, CEO, HumanIT. Over 100 attendees listened to a great panel discussing current cloud migration efforts and the state of the cloud industry environment. The chapter promotes the exchange of ideas among academia, industry and government to solve warfighter challenges. Luncheon sponsors were Segue Technologies, Cloud Lake Tech, The MITRE Corporation and FTI. August corporate members recognized were Accenture, AUSGAR Technologies, Battelle Memorial Institute, Deloitte LLP, Government Acquisitions Inc. and MCR Federal LLC.


Pausing for a photo at the August event are (l-r) Paul Reimers, chapter president, Sylvia Caldwell, Peter Marozzilli, Denise McAlister, Vernon Lowery, Barbara White, Kerry Humphrey, Melissa McNeil, Shakira Hodges, Kimberly Gordner, and Georgia Popp, vice president, chapter STEM program. In August, the chapter presented $1,000 STEM grants to nine local teachers to assist them with implementing STEM projects/initiatives in their classroom. Initiatives ranged from robotics and drones to learning to code (K-2nd grade) to special programs to girls in STEM careers.


Join the chapter for the August luncheon at Santa Fe Cattle Co., where Sharica Robinson from Microsoft will be speaking. Santa Fe Cattle Co. is located at 7101 SE 29th St., Midwest City, Oklahoma, 73110. Doors open at 11:00 a.m. for networking and presentations start at 11:30.


Awardees receive their AFCEA 2019 STEM Scholarship at the August event. In August, the chapter co-hosted a NAVIFOR Data Analytics Industry Day. This event was built around the chapter's monthly luncheon. Other agenda items included opening remarks from Vice Adm. Brian Brown, USN, commander, Naval Information Forces (NAVIFOR); a C5I campaign plan metrics presentation; industry and government panels; and a RAVEN program brief by NAVWAR.

ALAMO CHAPTER - 08/06/2019

During the August event, members of the Raptor Booster Club add school supplies to bags during their Build-A-Backpack event. The chapter presented the Joint Base San Antonio Raptor Booster Club with a $1,000 grant for the Build-A-Backpack program. The Child and Youth Education Services School Liaison Program offers the opportunity to gather school supplies for local military and community students in need of extra support before the school year begins. The Raptor Booster Club was able to fill 30 backpacks with supplies that will help them start the new school year with success. Jeff Kendall, vice president of Veteran Support and Military Family Outreach, said, "We are grateful to be able to give back to our local military community through our Wounded Warriors and Military Endowment Fund."


Nick Farinacci will be named AFCEAN of the Month at the chapter's September event. For his outstanding contributions and overall dedication to the association and the chapter, AFCEA is proud to name Nick Farinacci AFCEAN of the Month. Nick Farinacci is a business development account manager for TEKsystems, overseeing their federal business portfolio in the Los Angeles market. Farinacci has made notable contributions to the chapter, where he has served as the vice president for operations over the past year. Additionally, he has worked to solidify excellent working relations between the chapter and multiple organizations across the Air Force's Space and Missile Systems Center (SMC) and the 61st Air Base Group host unit utilizing his extensive program management experience and longtime personal relationships. Since 2015, Farinacci has been an active member of the chapter, handling responsibilities as the regional industry Young AFCEAN as well as the vice president of operations. He actively worked on the planning and "day-of" coordinating for three major conferences ... READ MORE


At the July event, Mike Nowatkowski, associate professor, School of Computer and Cyber Sciences at Augusta University, speaks to the audience about the future of a STEM degree. The chapter held its annual scholarship award ceremony in conjunction with their July monthly Lunch and Learn. The event featured a guest speaker from Augusta University, and eight recipients each received a $2,000 scholarship award from the chapter.


Col. Scott Beidleman, USAF (Ret.), chapter president (l), poses with Steve Pluntze, executive director and civilian deputy director, Remote Sensing Directorate, Space and Missile Systems Center, Los Angeles, at the July meeting. At the July luncheon, Steve Pluntze, executive director and civilian deputy director, Remote Sensing Directorate, Space and Missile Systems Center in Los Angeles, was the guest speaker.

TURKIYE CHAPTER - 07/16/2019

Maj. Gen. Erich Staudacher, GEAF (Ret.), vice president EMEA and general manager Europe, addresses chapter at the July meeting. Maj. Gen. Erich Staudacher, GEAF (Ret.), vice president EMEA and general manager Europe, and Konstantin Zografov, vice president South East EU Region, visited the chapter. Chapter activities and status were introduced by Kamil Zafer Selcuk, chapter president. Gen. Staudacher presented recent developments and vision for AFCEA International. Office calls to supporting industry and government agencies also were conducted.

ALAMO CHAPTER - 07/16/2019

Col. Wade Johnston, USA, chief information officer, Army Futures Command, explains the challenges facing the Army today to members and attendees of the chapter's July luncheon. Col. Wade Johnston, USA, chief information officer (CIO) of the Army Futures Command, told a packed room at the chapter's July monthly luncheon that it has been 50 years since a Four-Star Headquarters was stood up. This is a significant reorganization for the Army since 1973. The command is located in Austin, Texas, with Gen. John Murray as its first commander. The command was created to develop how future soldiers will fight with new technology to ensure rapid delivery to the warfighter. Modernization was a key issue in creating this command whose focus leans towards strategic innovation and capabilities that will address future challenges. Army Futures Command is uniquely organized. They are currently staffed at 55 percent and look to reach a goal of 500 employees soon. As CIO, Col. Johnston said the biggest challenge he faces today is building his staff. "I need to reach a goal of 35 folks and at the same time establish policies and procedures." By the end of this summer, Army Fu ... READ MORE


Ramstein Air Base's golf course, Woodlawn Golf Course, prepared their golf carts for the July tournament start! The chapter held their Annual Summer Tech Expo in July. The week started with a kick-off party at one of the local Belgian restaurants, allowing AFCEA members and industry partners a chance to have fun in preparation for the upcoming week. The morning of the Tech Expo started with a member breakfast and special guest speaker, Lt. Gen. Steven L. Basham, USAF, deputy commander of U.S. Air Forces in Europe-Air Forces Africa, Ramstein Air Base, Germany. He discussed the importance of collaboration between industry and the armed forces, especially in the cyber field. He later commented on the need for industry and military communication, highlighting that there are times when the armed forces are unaware that industry partners own the capability needed, or that industry partners are unaware the armed forces needs its capability. Further, Gen. Basham discussed the importance of connecting sensors to establish tactical C2 for the U.S. by, with and through our allies and partners in Europe ... READ MORE

HAWAII CHAPTER - 07/15/2019

Bob Monroe, ISECOM, teaches students at Saint Louis School, Honolulu, Hawaii, about cyber awareness and good hygiene at the July event. In July, the chapter hosted a cyber workshop with the Saint Louis School, Honolulu, Hawaii, as a part of the Mark Leon Invitational 2019 Robotics competition. Bob Monroe, ISECOM, and Brandon Lester, chapter vice president of industry, taught an international audience, including teams from Asia, South America and Hawaii, how to stay safe on the Internet (Be Internet Awesome) and have a "hacker mindset" in robotics.

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