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WASATCH CHAPTER - 12/06/2019

In December, Tim Martin, regional vice president, Northwest, swears in the new chapter president, Francicso During the December chapter meeting, Northwest Regional Vice President Tim Martin swore in a new chapter president and additional board members.

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.

SOFIA CHAPTER - 11/25/2019

At the November conference, opening remarks are delivered by the deputy ministers of defense, transport, information technology (IT) and communications and Ministry of Economy—official partners for the event. The chapter held its annual conference TechNet Sofia 2019 in November under the title 'Industry and HiTech for Defense and National Security' under the patronage of Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defense H.E. Krassimir Karakatchanov. Greeting addresses were delivered by the deputy ministers of defense, transport, information technology (IT) and communications and Ministry of Economy-official partners for the event. Maj. Gen. Krassimir Kanev, director, Defense Staff, presented first results of the initial Defense review. The following companies presented their solutions and products: GD Mission Systems, TBS Ltd., Patria, WB Group, and Technologica.

TAMPA-ST. PETERSBURG CHAPTER - 11/21/2019

Students are presented with the current events at the SOFWERX facility in Tampa, Florida, in November. The chapter hosted 68 students from four local high schools at SOFWERX in November. Per their website (www.sofwerx.org), SOFWERX is a platform headquartered in Tampa, Florida, that helps solve challenging warfighter problems at scale through collaboration, ideation, events and rapid prototyping. The chapter held a field trip where students toured the facility, had an engaging conversation with Commander Pablo Breuer, USN, of the United States Special Operations Command Donovan Group, and presented their student-led solutions for architecting "Zero-Trust Networks" at a fictitious casino. The chapter works with local schools and teachers to facilitate practical cybersecurity experiences for students to take part in.

MONTGOMERY CHAPTER - 11/21/2019

Col. Kyna Paster, USAF (Ret.), chapter president, presents Richard Aldridge, program executive officer (PEO) for Business and Enterprise Systems (BES) with a token of the chapter's appreciation for speaking at the November luncheon. In November, the chapter hosted a luncheon featuring guest speaker Richard Aldridge, program executive officer (PEO) for Business and Enterprise Systems (BES), at Wynlakes Country Club in Montgomery, Alabama. Aldridge spoke to a full house of military, industry and government personnel on the "State of the Next BES." First, Aldridge gave an overview of where the Air Force (AF) is going in the next several years, including a quick overview of AF digital modernization and the ongoing threat of China's cyber capabilities. He then went over BES 2.0 and how those changes align with the bigger Air Force goals. Finally, Aldridge discussed BESPIN [Business and Enterprise Systems Product Innovation] and how it is providing users with the software they need, when they need it. The chapter thanks Aldridge for donating his time to speak.

LEXINGTON-CONCORD CHAPTER - 11/20/2019

In November, Joyce Sidopoulos, co-founder of MassRobotics (front l), and Will Keller, YAC industry vice president (front r), are pictured with a group of chapter YACs in front of the NASA Valkyrie robot—just one of many robots that startups in the MassRobotics shared workspace may use to test out their innovations.  In November, a group of chapter Young AFCEANs (YACs) led by Will Keller, YAC industry vice president, Booz Allen Hamilton, visited MassRobotics, the nation's leading innovation hub for robotics and connected device start-ups to learn about some of the latest advancements in the field of robotics. Joyce Sidopoulos, co-founder, MassRobotics, and AFCEA International board member, as well as chapter secretary, led the group on a tour of the lab's shared workspace. Along with a tour of the entire facility, the YACs were treated to several demonstrations by the startups, including a water pipe inspection robot and a compact surveillance drone.

MIDDLE GEORGIA CHAPTER - 11/19/2019

In November, attendees of the 2019 Robins Air Force Base Young AFCEAN Academia and Industry Tour pose for a photo. The chapter recently hosted the "Young AFCEAN Academia and Industry Tour" in November at Robins Air Force Base, Georgia. It was a great success with a turnout that included students, local academia and industry professionals. Attendees obtained information about base technical activities, spoke with engineering and information technology professionals and engaged in discussions of future career opportunities. The event included a tour of the Air Logistics Complex, 402 Commodities Maintenance and Software Maintenance Groups. A social was held to conclude the event with representatives from the 78th Communications Directorate, Special Missions Division, and the Air Force Life Cycle Management/Engineering group. Academia attendees included Middle Georgia State University's Johnathan Yerby, dean of the IT Department, and Kem Lingelbach, assistant professor, IT Department. The chapter is looking forward to promoting the tour to Young AFCEANs as a recurring annual event.

LOS ANGELES CHAPTER - 11/14/2019

The chapter's luncheon panelists (l-r) Col. Jeff Sturz, USAF (Ret.) moderator; Col. Dennis Bythewood, USAF, program executive officer for space development, Space and Missile Systems Center, Los Angeles Air Force Base, California; Col. Steven Purdy, USAF, director, special programs; and Col.Tom Rock, USAF, senior materiel leader for the Range and Network Division, Space and Missile Systems Center, Los Angeles Air Force Base, California, discuss future space enterprise at the November meeting. The chapter held a luncheon panel in November with Space and Missile Systems Center (SMC) leadership to discuss the opportunities and challenges of acquiring the future space enterprise. Panel members included Col.Tom Rock, USAF, senior materiel leader for the Range and Network Division, Space and Missile Systems Center, Los Angeles Air Force Base, California; Col. Dennis Byethewood, USAF, program executive officer for space development, Space and Missile Systems Center, Los Angeles Air Force Base, California; and Col. Steven Purdy, USAF, director, special programs. The panel moderator was Col. Jeff Stutz, USAF (Ret).

CZECH CHAPTER - 11/13/2019

Maj. Gen. Jan Kase, chief of staff of the Military Office of the President of the Czech Republic, receives the Medal of Merit Award from Petr Jirasek, regional vice president, Central Eastern Europe, at the November meeting. At the chapter meeting in November held at Prague Castle, Petr Jirasek, regional vice president, Central Eastern Europe, presented the AFCEA International Medal of Merit and Regional Vice President Coin for outstanding service to Maj. Gen. Jan Kase, chief of staff of the Military Office of the President of the Czech Republic. Gen. Kase has supported AFCEA and its activities for almost a decade as chapter honorary vice president. He is the former commander of Czech Signal Corps and security director of the Ministry of Defence.

NORTHERN VIRGINIA CHAPTER - 11/07/2019

In November, the chapter's Young AFCEAN's DoD 101 series continues with Brig. Gen. Jay What are the characteristics of a leader? In November, members of the chapter's Young AFCEAN organization learned the answer during the second installment of the group's DoD 101 series. In the executive boardroom at CACI, young professionals engaged in dynamic roundtable discussions with Brig. Gen. Jay "Scott" Goldstein, USAF, mobilization assistant to the undersecretary of the Air Force, and Tom Mutryn, chief financial officer, CACI. During the sold-out event, attendees learned from these executives how to cultivate a successful career path by developing critical character traits and leadership skills. Participants also discussed how the nature of leadership in the defense community is evolving due to technological advances and changing business practices. The theme of the event was inspired by the book Character: The Ultimate Success Factor, by J. Phillip London, executive chairman, CACI. Attendees were graciously provided with copies of the book.

CZECH CHAPTER - 11/04/2019

Tomas Muller, chapter president, welcomes attendees to the November conference. In November, The DAP Hotel Prague hosted the second SCADA [supervisory control and data acquisition]/ICS [industrial control systems] Security Conference, which is part of the Future Forces Forum (FFF) project. Participants and partners evaluated the conference positively. Being part of the FFF portfolio, the SCADA Security Conference has long-term ambitions to address current and future threats and track trends and to determine the right direction for development in these areas. The chapter was the main program guarantor. The conference was attended by more than 150 participants from seven countries. A total of 44 speakers and panelists from six countries and 111 guests from five countries (146 registered from eight countries) exchanged experiences for two days, along with a SCADA party. The topics of the conference were divided into several sections and workshops: Current and Future Cyber Threats - protect your SCADA systems; New Technological Trends in ICS Security; Industry 4.0 ... READ MORE

TAMPA-ST. PETERSBURG CHAPTER - 11/01/2019

Taylor Financial, sponsor of the golf cannon, arrives at the November event with their Humvee. In November, the chapter hosted their annual golf tournament, which was a huge success. The event took place at the Bloomingdale Golfers Club in Valrico, Florida, and included 20 sponsors and 108 golfers overall. The event featured drones, a ball cannon, a Humvee Experience, bocce golf and over $1 million in potential prizes, etc. The chapter also had honorary players such as Jack L. Tilly, 12th Sergeant Major of the Army (Ret.), and Norberto Cintron, U.S. Special Operations Command (Ret.). Auction items featured Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Lightning gear, hotel and golf outings, a 50-inch television, Yeti and Cabela coolers, a Horse Soldier Bourbon collection donated by Capt. Mark Nutsch, Green Beret, and much, much more.


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