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HAWAII CHAPTER - 07/30/2020

The chapter's June luncheon featured Gen. Charles Q. Brown Jr., USAF, commander, Pacific Air Forces, who spoke about short-term goals and how industry partners can bolster Defense Department efforts and overcome networking and information assurance challenges.

Gen. Brown talked at length about the need to move away from hardware solutions and focus more on creating a secure, redundant mesh network driven by software solutions that empower decision makers and connect the "right sensor to the right shooter." He also stressed the necessity of improving dialog between industry and warfighters.

Looking ahead, he recommended that his relief focus on developing relationships with regional leadership, as well as make efforts to more fully understand China's strategic operations. He also recognized the greatest challenges will be in establishing strong, fast connections that allow multilevel access to data regardless of distance, much like commercial information infrast ... READ MORE


In July, participants at the AFCEA International Aberdeen Chapter Annual Golf Tournament gather in their masks for socially distanced tee time. In July, over 80 government and industry members participated in the AFCEA International Aberdeen Chapter Annual Golf Tournament at Wetlands Golf Course in Aberdeen Maryland. The Golf Tournament, the chapter's only annual fundraiser, supports their successful education program supporting teachers and students from elementary school through college.
Nearly $14,000 was raised benefiting the chapter's local scholarship program thanks to the generosity of local sponsors. The chapter incorporated social distance safety measures, a mask sponsorship, hand sanitizer and other safety precautions to ensure a safe, socially distanced tee time. Attendees showed up eager to get out, play golf and network again post quarantine. Many attendees provided feedback to the AFCEA staff that they are looking forward to more events and networking opportunities after many events were canceled by other organizations in the community.
Based on feedback from 2020 local scholarship and grant recipi ... READ MORE


Kathy White participates in a virtual Young AFCEAN event in July. In July, the chapter hosted an online Young AFCEAN event featuring Kathy White, information technology field veteran and life coach.

Those who know Kathy White know she is a vibrant, energetic and lovely lady. Kathy is from the local area and is always friendly, smiling, happy and positive.

Kathy spoke virtually at the Young AFCEA event about her life experiences. Reaching out and speaking to others whenever she can is something she truly enjoys. 'This gets me excited," she stated. As an example of Kathy's positive energy, recently, a veteran attended one of her events who felt discouraged to the point of almost giving up. After her speech, he approached her and said, "You've given me hope to continue. Thank You." No doubt this touched Kathy and made her happy knowing she helped one more person.

Kathy spoke about using weaknesses as strong points. People notice when you take the reins and move forward by allowing yourself to build confidence, she ... READ MORE


In July, Bob Ritchie, vice president of practice, SAIC, presents an information session on cloud-native development. In July, the chapter in partnership with SAIC launched an educational webinar featuring guest speaker SAIC Vice President of Practice Bob Ritchie.

At the beginning of the webinar, Chapter President Angela Alexander-Mendoza provided chapter announcements and introduced the Chapter Chairman of the Board, Martin Harbolt. Harbolt announced that in partnership, SAIC and the Gold Vault Chapter provided a $5,000 donation to the Heartland Food Bank in Elizabethown, Kentucky. This action provided 40,000 meals to families and students who were displaced from their jobs and schools due to Covid-19. Harbolt then introduced SAIC Vice President of Practice Bob Ritchie.

In this webinar, Ritchie presented an informational session about how cloud-native development can bring application agility and the corresponding benefits of modernizing government legacy applications through a variety of development techniques. Ritchie leads SAIC's software practice and brings a combination ... READ MORE


In July, the chapter the virtual luncheon panelists discuss In July, the chapter hosted its third virtual luncheon featuring a panel of industry and government experts who discussed the digital divide. The panelists included Dawn Morrison, Alabama Department of Education; Eujon Anderson, Google innovator and Google certified trainer; Tim Lewis, AUM College of Education; and Justin Hampton, Montgomery Education Foundation. The panel was moderated by Chapter Education Foundation Director Eric Sloan. The panel opened by discussing what the digital divide means for students and families during this global pandemic. Many people take for granted having access to broadband Internet and having a device in their home that is capable of connecting, but for many families this isn't a reality. This makes keeping up academically much more challenging and forces family to increase their exposure risks by having to use devices in places such as libraries or at a friend's house. This isn't only a problem faced by school-aged children, but it also impacts co ... READ MORE


In July, Jamie Cox, senior engineer, Field Systems Engineering, Ciena, breaks down technology and describes the spectrum applied for 5G. In July, the chapter hosted a virtual event with Ciena and ConvergeOne to explain the technology of 5G and the impact it may have as it is deployed across the United States. Recently, the Oklahoma City area was notified that 5G would become available, so the chapter's technology briefing couldn't have come at a better time. The chapter held a WebEx meeting to facilitate the virtual discussion. Members got a great overview of what to expect, from explaining the acronyms and terms to defining the evolution of 5G and concluding with the benefits and features. Now it is up to members to identify areas in their lives in which 5G can make a big difference. The Internet of Things is everywhere!


In July, the chapter's small business committee hosted a virtual Lunch and Learn with the theme "Teaming with Large Businesses for Government Contracts: ICF International (ICF)." During the event, small business (SBs) were able to interact and listen to Janet Weisenford, senior managing director, Learning Solutions and Analytics, ICF. The event allowed time for questions and answers that covered a range of topics, including: ICF's government customers; the capabilities SB companies must have to be included in ICF teams; how SB companies can expand their business teaming with large firms; and success stories regarding what SBs have done to win contracts with ICF.

ALAMO CHAPTER - 07/14/2020

In July, the chapter hosts its first virtual new member orientation as a Happy Hour event. New members led by Bill Robinson, chapter vice president of membership, learn about chapter benefits and events while networking. The chapter held a virtual new member Happy Hour briefing in July to welcome new members to AFCEA and to the Alamo chapter. Bill Robinson, chapter vice president of membership, welcomed 11 new members. "We are in very different times and being able to reach out to our membership and welcome them in this way is important." Mr. Robinson was able to discuss a variety of chapter activities and membership benefits, including corporate and individual benefits as well as the opportunity to network with each other during a Zoom session. The chapter has initiated hosting these briefings every month to align with social distancing and health regulations.


The chapter officers participated in a virtual AFCEA Boot Camp 2020 in July. The training sessions included chapter ethics, online marketing tools, strategic planning, finance and accounting, free chapter web hosting and continuing education credits for members. The 2020 chapter annual Diamond sponsors are Segue Technologies and The MITRE Corporation. The annual Ruby sponsors are FTI and Cloud Lake Technologies. The Annual Sponsors are Macalogic and DDC IT Services. The chapter is continuing its training commitment to its members through online monthly luncheons and online certifications. In August, the chapter is excited to offer ITIL 4 Foundation training virtually. This course provides information technology (IT) leaders, practitioners, support staff and staff interfacing with the organization's digital and information systems functions with a practical understanding of the key concepts, common language, principles and practices that allow successful management of modern IT-enabl ... READ MORE


In July, Lt. Col. Richard Sharpe, USAF, chapter vice president (l), presents Col. Richard Brown, USAF, outgoing chapter president, with the AFCEA International Presidential Certification of Appreciation. The chapter says a fond farewell to Col. Richard K. Brown Jr., USAF, its outgoing chapter president. Lt. Col Richard Sharpe, USAF, chapter vice president, presented Col. Brown with the AFCEA International Presidential Certification of Appreciation. Col. Brown served as chapter president from January 2019 to July 2020. During this period, he oversaw completion of two golf tournaments, three luncheon events and three chapter-awarded $500 scholarships to high school graduates headed to college in STEM programs. He initiated a monetary contribution to support the Veterans Endowment at the University of South Carolina - Sumter. This program provides monetary support to deserving veterans seeking degree programs, and the chapter is proudly engaged in yearly support to this program. His position as commander of the 20th Fighter Wing Mission Support Group helped deliver the chapter and AFCEA message to the U.S. Air Forces Central Command, U.S. Army Central and Shaw Air Force Base units, wh ... READ MORE


In July, Chapter President Angela Alexander-Mendoza (l) and Chapter Executive Vice President Richard Roda (far r) present Nicholas Najar, biology major at Murray State University, with a scholarship check. Given the current worldwide pandemic, STEM has become more relevant than ever. As an organization dedicated to increasing knowledge of STEM, it is imperative to invest in the future. Investing in young people can return huge dividends. Providing educational incentives and opportunities to recent high school graduates not only assists students financially, it also ensures the future of STEM. This year the chapter awarded four students with a $1,500 Lift-Off Scholarship.

Every year the applicants get stronger and more impressive. This year was no exception. The average GPA was 3.9, with an average ACT score of 29. Every applicant was a member of the National Honors Society and heavily involved with volunteer work in their community. Despite the intense competition, four applicants rose to the top. The Chapter's 2020 Lift-Off Scholarship award winners are: Trinity Buchanan, Ethan Haley, Nicholas Najar and Naiya Sims.

Trinity Buchanan is a graduate of South Oldham ... READ MORE


In June, Harold Haney, chapter vice president of business development and marketing, is recognized as The chapter will host their 19th Annual Golf Tournament at the Willow Lakes Golf Course on Friday, 18 September, from 10:00am to 5:00pm. The golf tournament will follow a four-person modified scramble format, and awards will be given for the lowest grossing team and longest drive, as well as closest to the pin. Entry fee is $65 per person or $260 for a team. Registration includes the green fees, cart and range balls. Dinner will be provided during the Awards Ceremony! Please visit the chapter website to register. If you're interested in sponsorship opportunities or want additional information about the tournament, please contact Senior Airman Jaedon Resto, USAF, chapter vice president of programs:

ECUADOR CHAPTER - 06/26/2020

Chapter members pose for a photo. Sitting from l-r: Rafael Tenor Linares, Grad. (SP) Roque Apolinar Moreira Cedeño, Grad. (SP), Carlos Modesto Rodríguez Arrieta, María Dolores Santos Vidal, Valentina Estefania Almeida Terán, Francisco Javier Delgado Villarreal, David Villacis and Col. E.M.T. Avc. (SP) Patricio Roberto Salazar Benavides. Standing from l-r are Capt. de Navío Juan Oscar Mariscal Pérez, Mayor (SP) Patricio Eduardo Chacón Mejía, Mayor (SP)  Luis Lenin Recalde Herrera, Jaime H. Endara, Luis Pazmiño, Francisco Reyes Mena and Bruce Schulte.
In June, members of the new chapter met online for a virtual event. Photo taken at a previous event. In June, members of the first AFCEA chapter in Ecuador and the second in Latin America (after Argentina), enjoyed a virtual meeting.

The festivities began with the Ecuador National Anthem and a memorial to Col. Marco Ernesto Miño Montalvo, who recently passed away. Col. Montalvo was a military and academic leader and a devoted member of AFCEA. Tina Jordan, vice president of membership, AFCEA International, delivered the welcome message. Brenda Puch, corporate development coordinator, AFCEA International, gave the AFCEA International Headquarters message in Spanish.

María Dolores Santos, chapter president, also gave a welcome message and presentation. A group of distinguished speakers followed, including Dra. Rosalía Arteaga, former president of Ecuador and current executive president of the FIDAL Foundation, and Luis Lenin Recalde Herrera, director of the Center for Scientific and Technological Investigations of the Army and dean of the School of Electronic Engin ... READ MORE

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