AFCEA International Chapter News
Chapter News
Slideshow Image
             Pause Show
Slide show initialization failed.
DAYTON-WRIGHT CHAPTER - 12/04/2019

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 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

NORTHERN VIRGINIA CHAPTER - 02/22/2019

In February, the chapter's Women in NOVA lunch panel gathers for guest speakers' presentations on Innovation and Agility. Pictured (l-r) are Melissa Sathmary, Kristyn Jones,  Patty St. George, senior partner, KPMG Inc., Lt. Col. (P) Anne Wiersgalla, USA, director, Strategic Initiatives Group/Strategic Communications Headquarters Department of the Army, Chief Information Officer/G6 and Lt. Col. (Ret.) Samantha Haberlach, deputy director, Human Capital Management Practice, Definitive Logic. In February, the chapter's Women in NOVA (WIN) lunch panel discussed Innovation and Agility. Our speakers were Lt. Col. (P) Anne Wiersgalla, USA, director, Strategic Initiatives Group (SIG)/Strategic Communications Headquarters Department of the Army, Chief Information Officer/G6 and Lt. Col. (Ret.) Samantha Haberlach, deputy director, Human Capital Management Practice, Definitive Logic. Our moderator, Patty St. George, senior partner, KPMG Inc., introduced the panelists and engaged them in a variety of questions about how their organizations are supporting innovation and the challenges of doing this within the Defense Department policies and regulations. Col. Wiersgalla spoke about innovation in terms of the era of strategic competition. She cited innovations in warfare throughout the ages: fortified buildings, stirrups, gun powder, tanks, airplane, nuclear age and social media. The colonel suggested there is a need to examine how to change the character of war in order to overmatc ... READ MORE

LOS ANGELES CHAPTER - 02/16/2019

The chapter sponsors the Inaugural Cycling for STEM in Los Angeles. In February, the chapter sponsored the Inaugural Cycling for STEM ride. At the check-in table, the chapter representatives distributed information on STEM education and scholarships that will be funded with the proceeds from this cycling event. Cyclists from the Space Industry rode north from Redondo Beach up through Hermosa Beach, Manhattan Beach, Marina del Rey, Venice, Santa Monica and Pacific Palisades toward Will Rogers State Beach. Most of the riders completed the 40-mile round trip wearing the Cycling for STEM jersey designed specifically for the ride. Members of the chapter and their families provided services including check-in, registration and staffing of three support stations with water, snacks, support, gear and enthusiasm. The ride was a great success thanks to our sponsors, local and out of town riders, volunteers and beautiful weather. The chapter has begun planning the 2020 Cycling for STEM.

KAISERSLAUTERN CHAPTER - 02/13/2019

In February, Col. Neal Bruegger, USAF, president, leads the tour for the Winter Tech Expo. The chapter held its Winter Tech Expo in February, hosting over 40 industry vendors and attracting more than 800 attendees throughout the day! The day started off nicely with a general membership breakfast where Lt. Col. Christopher Bradley, USAF, discussed the 435th Air and Space Communications Group's massive mission set and some of its big ticket items. Then he transitioned into the importance of industry and government maintaining partnerships in order to drive innovation. This set the tone for the start of the Tech Expo! From there, Chapter President Col. Neal Bruegger, USAF, led the tour around the Expo for Ramstein Air Base's leadership.

MONTGOMERY CHAPTER - 02/07/2019

Senior Master Sgt. Brian Davis, USAF, superintendent, EPME Distributed Learning, Barnes Center, Maxwell Air Force Base, Gunter Annex, and Tom Wojszynski, Southeast regional manager for Google Cloud, thank attendees and close the February workshop. The chapter's Young AFCEAN Advisory Council, in partnership with Google Veterans Network, sponsored a resume writing workshop in February at the Hilton Garden Inn in Montgomery, Alabama. The event was attended by a full house of military, civilian and industry members. The session opened with introductions and a brief presentation about Google and the veteran community. Then they discussed hiring from the viewpoint of the staffing agency, followed by tips for writing your resume and highlighting your experience. Finally, attendees sat with resume counselors to receive one-on-one assistance and left the workshop with an updated resume.

NORTHERN VIRGINIA CHAPTER - 02/06/2019

In February, chapter members assist in judging science fair projects at Herndon High School, Herndon, Virginia. The chapter continues to support local and regional science fairs. In February, judges from the chapter assisted with science fair judging at Herndon High School in Herndon, Virginia. The judges included Ted Spara, Gerry Lebel, Paul-Michael Ferguson, Bob Landry and Linda Drake. Several first and second place awards were recommended.

AUGUSTA-FORT GORDON CHAPTER - 01/26/2019

The teachers receiving the chapter's STEM teaching tool grant are (l-r) Susan Harding (Grovetown Elementary), Gail Snipes (Lakeside Middle School), Catherine Douglas (Lake Forest Hills Elementary), Carly Gilchrist (Goshen Elementary School), Jason Stark (Cyber Academy), Ester Blake (Chukker Creek Elementary) and Alicia Miller (Lewiston Elementary). Recipients Shannon Burnett and Erica Cox were unable to attend. Nine teachers from the Central Savannah River Association (CSRA) area received STEM teaching tool grants to assist with furthering their classroom projects at the chapter's January meeting.

ALAMO CHAPTER - 01/24/2019

Chapter members partake in the first training session of the year in January. The F5 Certification Bootcamp gives trainees applicable tools to assist with obtaining certification in F5's BIG-IP application delivery services as well as receiving continuing education credit if they hold additional certifications. The chapter hosted its first training session of the year in January with a two-day F5 Certification Bootcamp. Charles Brice, vice president of education, explained that the course was created to give the membership and community access to valuable training that would benefit them, the stakeholders and the nation. Course attendees received applicable tools to assist with obtaining certification in F5's BIG-IP application delivery services as well as receiving continuing education credit if they held additional certifications. The course housed 17 attendees. Eight attendees became members before the course had been completed, adding to the membership arm of the chapter. Brice explained that in the future, members and partners would be surveyed to determine critical training needs, while leveraging partnerships that help develop and facilitate appropriate and relevant training for members. Future topics may include defensive cyber techniques and applications, cloud data management and ... READ MORE

GREATER OMAHA CHAPTER - 01/24/2019

Meaghan Walls (l), president and CEO, Assistology, LLC, Omaha, Nebraska, is pictured with Col. Sean Murphy, USAF, chapter president.  Walls receives a chapter coin for presenting at the January luncheon. At the chapter's January meeting, Meaghan Walls, president and CEO, Assistology, LLC, Omaha, Nebraska, discussed her company. Walls talked about her path to Assistology. Through her initial work, she noticed barriers to accessibility for the handicapped, which hindered their ability to live successfully. This inspired her future work. Walls clarified that rehab engineering involves using engineering principles to solve human access problems through assistive technology and universal design solutions. In turn, her company provides assistive technology, rehab engineering and universal design consultation services to help individuals reach their goals and help businesses increase their ability to create inclusive spaces, services, products and practices. Walls talked about the primary ways industry is impacted by failing to accommodate the handicapped, and she elaborated on some of her academic-industry partnerships in which one of the items she designed allowed a young woman with one ... READ MORE

GREATER OMAHA CHAPTER - 01/24/2019

Jennifer Havenner (l), diversity chairperson, is pictured with Col. Sean Murphy, USAF, chapter president. The chapter recognizes Havenner as AFCEAN of the Month for her involvement in many chapter initiatives. Col. Murphy cites Havenner as always being the first to volunteer and contributing to the success of chapter events. The chapter recognized Jennifer Havenner as AFCEAN of the Month at the January meeting.

DAYTON-WRIGHT CHAPTER - 01/20/2019

January 2019 speaker Col. Lori L. Winn, USAF, commander, 88th Communications Group at Wright Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, (c), pictured with President David Dodds (l) and Program Vice President Joni Ahlers. The chapter hosted Col. Lori L. Winn, USAF, commander, 88th Communications Group at Wright Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, as their January luncheon speaker. In the spirit of the Super Bowl, Col. Winn kicked off her presentation to military, civilian and industry partners with, 'Offense wins games, and Defense wins championships.' Col. Winn represents thousands of users on hundreds of platforms. Multidomain platforms are a team sport, she iterated. Fusing multidomains with cyber operations is at the heart of the game. Cyber threats are changing the face of the everyday for warfighters. The characteristics of war are changing, and asymmetric threats are now a part of that global battlespace. All data is vulnerable and multidomain operational thinking is the new world. Bio threats jeopardize the water supply, and air dominance is constrained. Industry can help with the people, the processes and the technology. Winn urged industry to get out there and help the warfighters. The chapter ... READ MORE

NORTHERN VIRGINIA CHAPTER - 01/18/2019

Stephen Wallace, systems innovation scientist for the Emerging Technologies (EM) Directorate at DISA, was the keynote speaker for the January event. The chapter launched 2019 with a stellar luncheon in January. This event was the place to be for any contractor curious about the most effective strategies to bring emerging technology solutions to the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA). With over 200 attendees, the atmosphere was vibrant. Networking at the beginning of the event provided a wonderful reconnecting opportunity for colleagues doing business or hoping to do business with DISA. Stephen Wallace was the keynote speaker. Wallace is a systems innovation scientist for the Emerging Technologies (EM) Directorate at DISA, which is a new position at the agency. He presented a clear picture of the organization's focus as it relates to emerging technologies and how best to engage for optimal results. He clarified the steps DISA leadership is taking to reshape the organization to more effectively align with its mission, which is to provide enterprise-level IT capabilities and services to the nation's warfighters, national-lev ... READ MORE

KAISERSLAUTERN CHAPTER - 01/17/2019

Col. Dave Olander, USAF, United States Air Force in Europe and Air Forces Africa/A6 (l) and Lt. Col. Michael Williams, USAF, chapter vice president, pause for a photo at the chapter's January meeting. In January, Col. Dave Olander, USAF, United States Air Force in Europe and Air Forces Africa/A6 was the chapter's first guest speaker of 2019. The colonel described how he and his team overcame communications obstacles in a deployed environment in the fight against ISIS. More importantly, he showed the significance of effective planning, problem solving and willpower to accomplish the mission under any circumstance.

LOS ANGELES CHAPTER - 01/17/2019

Col. Russ Teehan, USAF, portfolio architect of the Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center (2nd from r), presented at the January lunch/meeting. Pictured with him are (l-r) Douglas Holker, AFCEA regional vice president (l), Scott Beidleman, chapter president 2019, Bill Page, chapter president 2018, and Julie Ann Phinney at the January lunch/meeting.

ALAMO CHAPTER - 01/15/2019

Maj. Gen. Mark Weatherington, USAF, deputy commander, Air Education and Training Command, Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph, Texas, addresses membership and attendees of the chapter's January 2019 Lunch. Learn. Network. event. Maj. Gen. Mark Weatherington, USAF, deputy commander, Air Education and Training Command, Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph, Texas, kicked off the very first luncheon of 2019 for the chapter in January. He began by discussing an initiative to facilitate an Air Force-wide arrangement to offer complimentary digital student memberships to all cyber and intelligence initial skills students. "It's important to get young folks excited about this business, and it's an important relationship to grow and nurture from the very beginning." The training and talent management of future airmen continues to require innovative thinking. Gen. Weatherington then led into how the "ecosystem" will be a platform as a service. "We are not piecemealing each individual capability, but establishing a foundation." The general said it's not just about building an app, but building a platform. He explained that the IOS and backend capability needs to be built first and then the apps can be built so people can fo ... READ MORE

PORTUGAL CHAPTER - 01/14/2019

Rear Adm. Mario C. Durao, PRT NA (Ret.), looked back at the achievements of 2018 and the upcoming projects of 2019 at the chapter's New Year's dinner in January. In January, members of the chapter's governing bodies and technical committees, along with their families, gathered for the traditional New Year's dinner at the restaurant of Ordem dos Engenheiros in Lisbon. The chapter's president, Rear Adm. Mario C. Durao, PRT NA (Ret.), looked back at the achievements of 2018 and the upcoming projects of 2019.

SLOVAK CHAPTER - 01/12/2019

The areas of information technologies and the security of the cyber environment are challenging activities for security forces. The memorandum of cooperation between the chapter and the Academy of the Police Corps was signed in January and aims to support the education and transfer of practical knowledge to the security forces environment. The main goal is to create a platform for linking public, academic and private sector entities; generating conditions to support the development of professional training, access to the newest information on technical and technological progress through the distribution of professional press, organizing seminars, conferences and lectures; and supporting scientific projects as well as practical courses. The chapter's international background and activities make it possible to participate in a variety of events and engage in educational activities, projects, exhibitions, seminars and support for skilled students in study, education and publishing.


RSS Feed