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BELVOIR CHAPTER - 12/16/2021

Students at Fort Belvoir Upper School in Fort Belvoir, Virginia, familiarize themselves with Microbit devices that will be used in the Escape the Planet hackathon in December. The chapter is excited to announce its inaugural Escape the Planet hackathon event. Developed in conjunction with the AFCEA Northern Virginia Community College (NVCC) Student Chapter, AFCEA International, representatives from military academies and Fairfax County Public School faculty and high school students, Escape the Planet is a series of basic coding challenges built around a space exploration mission storyline. The challenge engages middle school students to assist the fictional Belvoir AFCEA Space Alliance (BASA) on their mission of discovery to Planet X to bring back recently detected evidence of "proof-of-life."

This pilot effort is scheduled for December 16 - 17 and will support ongoing coding curriculum being taught at each of the competing schools with the hope of seeding future interest and participation in Science Technology Engineering Arts & Math (STEAM) events. As part of the ongoing mission of the chapter, grants are being offered to each of the competing sc ... READ MORE


In November at the virtual Teams event, Todd Hudson, director of Technology and Investments at Yuma Proving Ground, Arizona (bottom r), addresses a question from moderator Mike Bowen (top l). In November, the chapter's Emerging Leaders held their fourth event in the now-regular series of Virtual Leadership Forums. The latest session highlighted leaders from the Army Test and Evaluation Command (ATEC), headquartered at Aberdeen Proving Ground (APG), Maryland.

Moderated by Mike Bowen, a former chapter president, this engaging session offered an open, honest conversation on qualities of leadership, diversity in the workplace and ways to develop purpose in a team setting. Panelists for this event included Col. James R. West, USA, deputy commanding officer at ATEC-APG; Col. Brian Hoffman, USA, commander, U.S. Army Dugway Proving Ground, Utah; Tina Allen, division chief for Programming and Force Management at the ATEC Directorate of Resource Management; and Todd Hudson, director of Technology and Investments at Yuma Proving Ground, Arizona. The virtual nature of this series offers a great opportunity to collaborate with senior leaders from geographically dispersed Army ... READ MORE


From March through October, AFCEA celebrates 75 years with The chapter is one of the five winners of AFCEA International's 75th Anniversary Bring A Friend Aboard campaign that ran March 16 through October 31.

Chapters competed against others in their same size category to bring aboard the most new members during these past seven and a half months.

To thank chapters for increasing AFCEA membership, AFCEA Headquarters is hosting lunch for board members at the next in-person meeting, up to the amount of $150, along with a special chapter promotional package.

The chapter will be honored at the WEST business meetings in February 2022!

Many thanks to all for continued membership and support of AFCEA South Florida Chapter!


In November, the chapter presents $25,000 to Veterans Inc. to support its veterans education and training program. Pictured (l-r), Lisa Bousbouras, senior leadership giving officer, Veterans Inc.; Linda Sasser, Veterans Inc.; Jamie Thurber, chapter president; Lt. Col. Vincent Perrone, USAF (Ret.), president of Veterans Inc.; Joyce Sidopoulos, chapter secretary; Claire Goulet, chapter vice president of operations; Allison Alaimo, vice president of finance and development, Veterans Inc.; and Amanda Riik Herron, director of administration and employee relations, Veterans, Inc., pause for a photo. On Veterans Day, Jamie Thurber, chapter president, accompanied by Joyce Sidopoulos, chapter secretary, and Claire Goulet, chapter vice president of operations, proudly presented a $25,000 grant to Lt. Col. Vincent Perrone, USAF (Ret), president, Veterans Inc., at a breakfast honoring the nation's veterans in Worcester, Massachusetts.

Veterans Inc., is a Worcester-based, totally volunteer, nationally recognized, model veterans' assistance organization, which provides a host of vital services to area veterans in need. These services include housing, employment, health, education, legal and a multitude of others. The chapter's grant will be used to support the organization's education and training program.


Adrienne Pierce, chief commercial officer, New Sun Road, speaks to the chapter at the November event. In November, Adrienne Pierce presented "Sustainability for Profit and Growth" for the chapter meeting.

There is a universal understanding that a "new normal" can be a result of the pandemic. For many, the path to a "new normal" leads into unknown territory. How can we know if we are on the right trail? The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals provide help for the journey. There are concerns that changing methods could decrease profit, impede production and limit growth. Pierce discussed following the "Do Well by Doing Good" path to a better future for your company and for the planet.

BELVOIR CHAPTER - 11/03/2021

The chapter hosted its annual Industry Days event at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center, November 3-5, 2021. The theme of this year's event was Data: The Ammunition of Digital Modernization. This year's hybrid event allowed simultaneous in-person and remote viewing. More than 900 participating attendees would agree that the event was a huge success!

"This event brings together the contracting community and the government customer, so they can hear directly from one another," noted Jim Evans, chapter president.

"It's very important for government and industry to understand current and future needs to work together on solutions that benefit our warfighters," added Bill Jones, past chapter president.

A roster of more than 85 speakers provided briefings and panel discussions covering program updates, contracting opportunities, evolving requirements and program-specific challenges. Joining the agenda this year were Rich Aldridge, program executive of ... READ MORE

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