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Col. Scott Beidleman, USAF (Ret.) (l), receives the AFCEA Meritorious Service Medal from Doug Holker, regional vice president, Western Region, during the chapter's luncheon in November. During the chapter's November luncheon, Col. Scott Beidleman, USAF (Ret.), received the AFCEA Meritorious Service Medal for his work with the chapter. The award was presented by Doug Holker, regional vice president, Western Region. Col. Beidleman serves as executive director of Space and Launch Systems at Millennium Engineering and Integration.

ALAMO CHAPTER - 11/08/2018

Military members and industry professionals network in the exhibit hall during the 2018 Alamo Chapter Event (ACE) in November. This year's Alamo Chapter Event (ACE) in November was a top-notch event that broke records and barriers over three days filled with speakers, engagements and exhibits. The event hosted 2,500 attendees and welcomed back the Mayor of San Antonio Ron Nirenberg, as well as the new 502nd Air Base Wing and Joint Base San Antonio Commander Brig. Gen. Laura Lenderman, USAF. Gen. Lenderman gave an overview of Joint Base San Antonio explaining that it is the largest contingent of cyber outside of the metropolitan DC area. She also brought Col. Melchizedek "Kato" Martinez, USAF, to the stage to thank him for his selfless service and sacrifice during the 2016 terrorist attack in Belgium. "No one stands alone. We wrap our arms around each other through the most difficult times because together we are stronger." The thread of this year's theme, "The Next Frontier - Transforming Enterprise Ops to Multi-Domain Ops," was woven throughout every speaker and presentation. Lt. Gen. Bob Wood, USA (Ret.), ... READ MORE

ALAMO CHAPTER - 11/07/2018

Brig. Gen. Neil Hersey, USA, commandant, U.S. Army Cyber School, addresses attendees during the chapter event in November. Brig. Gen. Neil Hersey, USA, commandant, U.S. Army Cyber School, kicked off his presentation in November on the Cyber Center of Excellence (CCE) by stating that the CCE at Fort Gordon is a force protection platform that is generating an operational force as well as the institutional force. The CCE is responsible for building the cyber workforce. The Cyber District Vision will enable leaders to recruit, train and retain a world-class workforce. With this effort, The Army Cyber Command is moving to Fort Gordon in 2020. "Building a joint agency sends a strong message that we are fully committed in operating better in this environment. The move will allow more agility and speed, which will allow us to compete as an integrated team of near-peer and peer activities." The workforce is estimated to double by 2023 time frame. Gen. Hersey also discussed the importance of electronic warfare capabilities and how it was built by the civilian industry. Due to this origin, mission partners have be ... READ MORE


The AFCEA Women in Nova (WIN) held a panel in October titled "Business System Reform - What's different this time?" It provided attendees insight from engaging government executives on DOD's recent business reform efforts. The speakers were Greg Little, Business Integration Office, Office of the Under Secretary of Defense (Comptroller), and Nikki Cabezas, project lead, IT and Business Reform Team, Department of Defense Chief Information Officer. The moderator, Ray Miles, strategic account executive, ImmixGroup Inc., provided an introduction describing the complexity of the DOD environment and asked the panelists how their organizations are meeting the challenge of business reform. Little described how his office is using data collection and associated analytics to provide an enterprise capability for the department to help agencies reduce cost and produce customer satisfaction. They are working to provide four financial data capabilities: 1) analytics as a service, 2) data as a serv ... READ MORE

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