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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


Brig. Gen. Wilbur Wolf, USA (Ret.), presents The annual luncheon celebrating the birthday of the U.S. Army was held in June at Tobyhannna Army Depot. Brig. Gen. Wilbur Wolf, USA (Ret.), was the guest speaker. During his remarks, he observed that the old Army adage of being able to move, shoot and communicate wasn't good enough any more. He predicted that the next war will be in an environment of a threatened or disabled network. The general observed that the Army has become network dependent and a "Dark Sky" scenario is likely. He urged the Army to "train [for this scenario] before the network goes down and the lights go out" and postulated that there must be a training standard to create soldiers who are "digital master gunners" as well as "cave man fighters." Gen. Wolf's insightful comments were well received.


David Hart, regional vice president, Midwest Region, speaks to AFCEA and Logistics Officers Association members at the Fourth Annual Dayton-Wright AFCEA and Wright Brothers Logistics Officers Association Air Force Logistics IT Summit in Dayton, Ohio, in June. (Photo courtesy of Segue Technologies) Government, contract logistics and information technology professionals gathered at the Fourth Annual Dayton-Wright AFCEA and Wright Brothers Logistics Officers Association Air Force Logistics IT Summit at Wright State University, Fairborn, Ohio, in June.

Keynote speakers included Maj. Gen. Allan E. Day, USAF; Sara Keller; Shawn Lyman; Shawn Harrison; Roy Lancaster; Col. Chuck Destafani, USAF; Rich Aldridge; and Staff Sgt. Shiloh Harris, USA (Ret.).

With an upcoming move to Fort Belvoir, Virginia, Gen. Day was serving his final day as the director of logistics, Civil Engineering, Force Protection and Nuclear Integration, at Headquarters Air Force Materiel Command, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio.  He opened the summit by addressing the fact that Air Force logistics are at a critical point in history. He referenced a 2018 article by then Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis, who said every U.S. weapon's system is at this same critical point called a strategic inflectio ... READ MORE


The Dayton-Wright Chapter & Logistics Officer Association Daniel J. Curtis Memorial Golf Tournament was held in June at The Country Club of the North, Xenia, Ohio. Proceeds from the event benefit the chapter scholarship fund and the Logistics Officer Association's outreach efforts. The event is held in memorium of past president Daniel Curtis. Over 100 attendees enjoyed golf and networking. In keeping with tradition, the chapter and Wright Brothers Loan Officer Association (LOA) team hosted the tournament the day before the Fourth Annual Air Force Logistics IT Summit. This event is intended to enhance the dialogue between U.S. Air Force logistics leaders and government/industry community on the future-state information technology needs of the department. The golf event featured breakfast, range practice and lunch at the clubhouse after golf rounds. The summit centered on data-driven readiness-a chief goal of the Air Force. Event chairs were Steve Hannaford; David Dodds, chapter pres ... READ MORE

ALAMO CHAPTER - 05/30/2019

Brig. Gen. Jeff Kendall, USAF (Ret.), discusses National Cybersecurity Policy during the chapter's first Tech Talk of the year in May. The dialogue is an open forum that allows YACs and mentors from various career paths to contribute. The chapter's Young AFCEANs had their first Tech Talk of the year at the Quarry Golf Club in San Antonio. Mentors and YACs mixed, mingled and networked for a social hour before guest speaker, Brig. Gen. Jeff Kendall, USAF (Ret.), took the stage to discuss National Cybersecurity Policy. Gen. Kendall explained there are challenges for leadership to push policies and make corrections at the speed that technology is changing. "How do we now manage that implementation?" Politics and policy run hand in hand. The open dialogue allowed for attendees to discuss cybersecurity and cyber hacks within their respective work areas and how to potentially manage risks. The Young AFCEANs meet every fourth Thursday of the month.


Rear Adm. Mario C. Durao, PRT NA (Ret.), chapter president, delivers his speech at the opening of the May forum. In May, the chapter, in partnership with IDC Portugal for the eighth consecutive year, hosted the IDC & AFCEA Cybersecurity Forum 2019, at Hotel Sana Lisboa, in Lisbon. More than 440 representatives from the military, industry and scientific community attended the forum. Facing the evolution of threat landscape and the pressure of regulatory reforms, the role and nature of enterprise security is changing. The forum's objective was to introduce the security solutions and approaches that demonstrate security-enabled business outcomes.


In May, competitors in the chapter's first esports event pose for a group photo. In May, the chapter's Young AFCEA Advisory Council (YAAC) and TechMGM hosted their first esports competition, Gump Goes Gaming. Participants from across the city gathered at the new MGMWERX facility to enjoy a night of video games and an opportunity to network. Students from St. James, Park Crossing, Alabama State University, Troy University, and airmen from the Maxwell-Gunter Annex Air Force Base spent the evening competing in the popular games of Call of Duty and Super Smash Bros. Fueled by pizza and soda, players strategically eliminated each other round by round, hoping to win the top cash prize and trophy. At the end of the night, emcee DJ Squared announced a team of airmen as the overall winners. Montgomery YAAC and TechMGM have plans to host more esports competitions. Montgomery, Alabama is rapidly advancing technologically, and these events provide ample opportunity for high school and college students to network and gain exposure to careers in the information technology fie ... READ MORE

ALAMO CHAPTER - 05/21/2019

Col. Todd Vician, commander, Air Force Public Affairs Agency, Joint Base San Antonio–Randolph, Texas, discusses synchronization of information to chapter members and attendees of the May luncheon. "We have a contested, congested information sphere," said Col. Todd Vician, commander, Air Force Public Affairs Agency, Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph, Texas. The chapter welcomed Col. Vician during its latest luncheon to speak on the Public Affairs mission. He explained that Public Affairs is key with regard to threat management. "We have to provide and document information for dissemination." In response to a natural disaster, a quick response and turnaround is warranted. There are challenges in providing the correct information at the right time. Social media and advertisements are competing for the same attention span of information within the Air Force. "Data integrity is an issue. Information is a joint function that can lead to success or to failure." Col. Vician reminded attendees that data is as important as ammunition. "We are influencing the attitudes and behaviors of our adversaries."


The chapter transitioned into the summer with their monthly luncheon held in May. Government and industry officials showed their dedication and proactive business efforts by attending the event, engaging with the keynote speaker and participating in an open-ended and lively discussion. The highlight was Robin P. Swan, director, Office of Business Transformation, Office of the Secretary of the Army, Washington, D.C., who delivered an engaging, direct and informative speech about Army Reform and Futures Command. For those who missed the lunch, no need to fret because here is the rundown on what transpired during the day. Starting off the luncheon on an interactive note, attendees filtered into the Sheraton of Tysons Corner, Virginia, where they had the opportunity to network and expand their business connections. When the main doors opened, it was unclear whether it was the carrot cake or chimes that enticed people to come in. All chapter members should note that there was an update t ... READ MORE


The May luncheon was held at the Holiday Inn Conference Center, Fairborn, Ohio, and drew over 100 government, civilian and military members. The panel luncheon was moderated by Rebecca Onuskanich of International Cyber Institute, and the panelists were Aaron Miller of Galois Inc., Samuel Wanderi of Menya Communications Ltd. and Devon Twesten of HumanIT Solutions LLC. The panel focused on The State of the Possible and Pace of Change in Cybersecurity. Topics included agile and SecDevOps, cyber resiliency, 5G networks, survivability, static/dynamic code and CICD environments. The luncheon programs were sponsored by Gartner, and corporate sponsors were Segue Technologies Inc, The MITRE Corporation and FTI.

HAWAII CHAPTER - 05/14/2019

At the May event, Jeff Bloom (far l), chapter president, and Master Sgt. Shamar Jones, USAF (far r),  vice president of awards, present awards to AFCEAN of the Month recipients (l-r) Senior Airman Aliyah Robinson, 690th Cyberspace Operations Squadron, Maksym Zabolotnyy and Kanita Sabotic. In May, the chapter heard from guest speaker, Dave Stevens, director, University of Hawaii IT program and cybersecurity instructor, as he discussed open source intelligence (OSINT). OSINT is cyber intelligence information that is publicly available and gathered from radio, television, newspapers, commercial databases, electronic mail or portable electronic media. OSINT is tremendously useful when hackers need to gather the names and biographical information of relevant employees, such as CEOs, chief financial officers and those working in accounts receivable and payable, to execute a successful spear phishing campaign and access a company's data. These personal details lend credibility to the requests for information.

Dave Stevens is the IT program director at the University of Hawaii Kapiolani Community College (KapCC) and the co-founder of Kapu Technologies LLC, a local cybersecurity company focusing on risk analysis and security governance. Dave is the faculty advisor ... READ MORE


AFCEA International President and CEO Lt. Gen. Robert Shea, USMC (Ret.) (l), receives a combat photograph taken by Purple Heart recipient, Senior Master Sgt. Kevin Wallace (Ret.)(c), and Staff Sgt. David Hart, USA (Ret.), at the AFCEA TechNet Cyber Conference in Baltimore in May.  AFCEA International President and CEO Lt. Gen. Robert Shea, USMC (Ret.), was presented a combat photograph taken by Purple Heart recipient Senior Master Sgt. Kevin Wallace, USAF (Ret.), and Staff Sgt. David Hart, USA (Ret.), vice president, Midwest Region, at the AFCEA TechNet Cyber Conference in Baltimore in May. Hart drives the AFCEA Armed Forces Military Mission Outreach (AMMO) effort, and the event was Wallace's first AFCEA conference in a public relations consulting role. Both Hart and Wallace work for Defense Department contractor Segue Technologies based in Arlington, Virginia, and briefed the members on the tremendous support Segue Technologies has given in providing to Purple Heart recipients and Gold Star Families, through the Blue Skies for the Good Guys and Gals Warrior Foundation and the AMMO effort.

BELVOIR CHAPTER - 05/09/2019

Eric Strauss, chapter vice president, small business, poses with (l-r) Michael Yacobacci, division chief, IT Services, Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) Contracting Services Office–Philadelphia (DCSO-P); John Fafara, division chief, Strategic Programs, DCSO-P; and Chris Hall, deputy director, DLA Office of Small Business Programs of DLA  at the May event held at Fort Belvoir Officer's Club. In May, the chapter hosted its Fifth Annual Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) IT Acquisition Small Business (SB) Networking Event. The sold-out event featured Chris Hall, deputy director, DLA Office of SB Programs; Michael Yacobacci, division chief, IT Services, DLA Contracting Services Office-Philadelphia (DCSO-P); and John Fafara, division chief, Strategic Programs, DCSO-P. Hall discussed DLA's mission to manage the end-to-end global supply chain to sustain warfighter readiness. Employing more than 27,000 people, DLA had revenues in fiscal year 2018 of $39 billion. DLA manages more than $150 billion in active contracts, holds responsibility for nearly 98 percent of military service consumables and buys from more than 12,000 suppliers. In FY 2018, DLA awarded more than $15 billion in contracts to small businesses. Yacobacci and Fafara discussed the DLA J-6 Enterprise Technology Services (JETS) indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity (IDIQ) contract, which recently surpassed the $1 bil ... READ MORE

ALAMO CHAPTER - 05/08/2019

In May, Bill Robinson, chapter vice president of memberships, welcomes San Antonio and Austin attendees and chapter board members to the first social membership event initiative in the Austin, Texas area. The chapter held a unique membership outreach in the Austin, Texas area just north of San Antonio. The event was held at the Capitol Factory in the heart of downtown where local attendees as well as San Antonio and chapter board members mixed and mingled and learned about the capabilities of the Capitol Factory. The Capitol Factory's mission is to be the center of gravity for entrepreneurs in Texas and the number one startup state in the U.S. Attendees discovered more about the Capitol Factory and toured the facility. Bill Robinson, chapter vice president of memberships, explained that the chapter is geographically separated from Austin, but events like this bring about community outreach initiatives while integrating those folks with our government organizations, industry and academic professionals. "We look forward to engaging with our Austin neighbors for more AFCEA events in the future."


Fellowship Scholarship Award winners join in a group photo at the chapter's annual Fellowship Awards Banquet in May. In May, the chapter held its annual Fellowship Awards Banquet at the Burlington Marriott Hotel, Burlington, Massachusetts. Bob Chisolm, chapter vice president, education, presided as master of ceremonies. Scholarships of $1,000 were awarded to 23 exceptional high school seniors pursuing undergraduate degrees in STEM disciplines. Eleven corporate sponsors participated in the Fellowship Awards program by providing each student with a paid, full-time summer internship delivering practical STEM experience before college. Sponsors included Abacus Technology, Booz Allen Hamilton, DCS Corporation, Draper Laboratory, Fisheye Software, General Dynamics, MIT Lincoln Laboratory, The MITRE Corporation, Oasis Systems, The Raytheon Company and Riverside Research. Gilbert A. Barrett III assisted Chisholm in presenting the Gilbert A. Barrett Award to Gati Aher, Burlington High School, Burlington, Massachusetts. The Barrett Award carries an additional $2,000 scholarship to the top-ranked student amo ... READ MORE


Maj. Kate Stowe, USAF, chair, spring gala committee, welcomes guests to the annual spring gala held in May, featuring live Kentucky Derby viewing and a silent auction fundraiser to support the chapter's education fund. The chapter hosted its annual spring gala dinner dance and silent auction in May at the Marriott Hotel, Burlington, Massachusetts, to benefit its education fund. The evening included a live feed of the Kentucky Derby with guests rooting for their favorites, followed by dinner, dancing and a silent auction to raise funds for chapter STEM scholarships. Maj. Kate Stowe, chair, gala planning committee, along with fellow committee members, Kim Matthews, Claire Goulet, vice president of operations, Kay Petrarca, Stacey Coran, Erin Donlan Schubmehl and Marco Zompetti, welcomed the guests, thanked them for supporting the fundraiser and announced auction winners.

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