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Chapter President Paul Reimers welcomes attendees to the June luncheon. Brig. Gen. Robert L. Edmonson II, USA, the 38th chief of signal and Signal School commandant, was guest speaker at the chapter's June luncheon. He shared some thoughts and challenges about his leadership role. After giving a brief history of the Training and Doctrine Command, the general addressed the need to train for change. This means broadening one's assignments. Soldiers must be multidisciplined instead of specialized and build tomorrow's signal community requirements today. The next conflict will never be like the last conflict. Soldiers must be taught how to think and not what to think. The modern Army must prepare for large-scale operations in a contested and congested environment. Industry must evaluate relevancy and change as needed. Solutions need to be cheaper, easier to use and survivable. The chapter thanks Gen. Edmondson for his passionate and informative presentation.


William E. Marion II, the U.S. Air Force's deputy chief information officer and deputy chief, information dominance, speaks to AFCEA members and guests in June at Germany's Ramstein Air Base. The U.S. Air Force's deputy chief information officer and deputy chief, information dominance, spoke in June to a full house of AFCEA members and guests. William E. Marion II detailed how the enterprise network is headed for a digital transformation. He outlined the Air Force's digital journey in four phases, reaching from the major command level up to the unified commands. These phases, or waves, encompass improvements to all components, including applications, data storage, network protection and enterprise services. He said he hopes to see a new norm begin to catch fire at all unit levels. Marion emphasized that U.S. cyber warriors know the business, continuously challenge the standard, constant learning and ultimately enjoying what we do. Finally, he took the time to recognize and provide coins to several outstanding airmen. The chapter thanks Marion for visiting and sharing his unique insights.

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