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TURKIYE CHAPTER - 01/19/2020

In January, chapter steering and auditing board members are elected for 2020. The chapter's Annual General Council was conducted in January. At the meeting, the 2019 annual report and financial statements were presented to the members, and the 2020 activity plan and budget were discussed and approved. New steering and auditing boards also were elected for the 2020 period.


(From l-r) Michael Plantenga of Omni Consulting and chapter vice president of programs, is pictured with Col. Wallace Col. Wallace "Rhet" Turnbull, USAF, director of the Cross Mission Ground and Communications Enterprise at the Space and Missile Systems Center, Los Angeles, briefed attendees on the plans and objectives of the organization.


A panel of educators, (from l-r) Felicia Cullars, STEM/STEAM program specialist, Georgia Department of Education; Ashley Gess, assistant professor of STEAM education, College of Education, Department of Teaching and Learning, Augusta University; Amanda Schutt, chief operations officer, Science from Scientists; and Kelly Shannon, senior associate, Booz Allen Hamilton, assemble at the Cyber Education, Research, and Training Symposium 2020 to discuss why the U.S. ranking in STEM has dropped. The panel is moderated by Natalie Lorenz Anderson, vice president, K12 STEM Programs, Girl Scouts of Nation's Capital and vice president of special programs, 247Solar Inc. The chapter attended the panel discussion of educators assembled at AFCEA's Cyber Education, Research, and Training Symposium 2020 to discuss the following questions: Why has the U.S. ranking in STEM dropped from on top or near the top of STEM leadership over the past 15 years, and is there a correlation between STEM expertise and a failure to attract, train and retain STEM-related cybersecurity talent? Is the student population falling behind? Are the teachers not qualified? Or can it be attributed to something else? In order to attract, train and educate the workforce to meet cybersecurity needs of today, elementary and secondary school children need intelligent guidance into STEM-related fields.


Lt. Col. Elizabeth M. Popiak, USA, deputy director, Office Chief of Cyber, U.S. Army Cyber School, acts as the Attract and Recruit chairperson by guiding and collecting key points of the conversation from the group at the January event. The chapter assisted in the breakout panel sessions at the Cyber Education, Research, and Training Symposium (CERTS) 2020. The United States is falling behind in the race for STEM-related skills to compete in the future. The attendees discussed why the United States is falling behind near-peer competitors and others. The discussion included how skills, knowledge and behavior develop and shape the future of our young men and women. Education teaches young men and women how to think, not what to think. So what tools do we use to coach our youth to move into STEM-related skills? Kindergarten is the starting point, followed by elementary and secondary school. Each individual develops a talent, introductory skills, knowledge and behavior as they grow. Parents, teachers and advisors are key components for young peoples' choices. Are we using the right approach to coach toward a STEM-related career, or is something missing? What are the right curriculums-starting with the building blocks ... READ MORE


In January, the chapter attends the AFCEA Cyber Education, Research, and Training Symposium Military/Collegiate Capture the Flag (CTF) Competition award event. The CTF is a four-hour, Jeopardy-style competition for aspiring and seasoned cyber and cybersecurity professionals. Instructors (from l-r) Thomas Barnes, director, Strategic Cyber Operations, Parsons; Brett Hite, senior software engineer, Parsons; Nicholas Jackson, cyber thaumaturgy director, Parsons; Sharon Martin, senior systems analyst, Parsons, pause for a photo. The chapter attended the Cyber Education, Research, and Training Symposium (CERTS) Military/Collegiate Capture the Flag (CTF) Competition award event. The CTF is a four-hour, Jeopardy-style competition for aspiring and seasoned cyber and cybersecurity professionals. This competition is a learning tool that will measure the participant's current familiarity with various cybersecurity topics and will further sharpen the tools they have learned through education, training or self-learning. The CTF provides opportunities to share ideas amongst team members and with other teams, promoting the concept of continual learning for the soldiers and students. The Jeopardy-style CTF is similar to the actual Jeopardy game. The categories are cryptography, steganography, physical security, reverse engineering, forensics, networking and scanning.


Chapter's Regional Vice President Pat Harrington and Connie Tyler support registration during January's Cyber Education, Research, and Training Symposium (CERTS). Chapter volunteers supported the AFCEA Cyber Education, Research, and Training Symposium (CERTS) on January 14-16, 2020, at the Augusta Marriott at the Convention Center in Augusta, Georgia.

ALAMO CHAPTER - 01/15/2020

Stephen Scarbrough, senior SIGINT development analyst, Intelligenesis LLC, leads a two-day data science class to chapter members. The January classes were the first of the Lunch-N-Learn initiatives reactivated in 2019.  The chapter recognizes that cybersecurity encompasses many disciplines and industries and values the importance of providing their members courses that involve what their members work with daily. For the chapter's first Lunch-N-Learn of 2020, the chapter brought data science, data analysis and machine learning to over 30 technical analysts and program managers from industry and government. Over the course of the two-day event, the class integrated intelligence analysis, data science and machine learning solutions. The class was introduced to various machine learning techniques which included predictive analysis, data modeling and data governance in data science. Charles Brice, vice president of education, spearheaded this event with the sponsorship of IntelliGenesis who brought in their senior SIGINT development analyst, Stephen Scarbrough CISSP, CEH, who led the course. The hands-on learning portion of the training incorporated numerous data sources. As part of the instruction, Sca ... READ MORE

ALAMO CHAPTER - 01/13/2020

The chapter board of directors pose for a group photo after an in-person off-site in January to discuss 2020 initiatives. The chapter board of directors kicked off 2020 with an offsite to discuss planning and growth within the organization for the new year. Chapter President Rick Lipsey began the face-to-face meeting with what went well in 2019 and what could be improved. Each board member went through their respective areas to include updates on future initiatives for 2020. "It's important that we meet in person and collectively collaborate as group for the best way forward," explained Lipsey. The growth of the chapter spurs new ideas for retaining current members and for planning new and innovative events and training classes. The chapter looks forward to developing the new initiatives and ideas that this offsite has produced.

TURKIYE CHAPTER - 12/25/2019

Cem Murat Turgut presents the augmented reality topics at the December event. At the December meeting, participants were provided with general information on augmented reality, as well as current developments in the world and domestic activities. Cem Murat Turgut, augmented reality team leader at the R&D Technology and Product Management Directorate of HAVELSAN AS, and his team, presented discussion points on the past and future of augmented reality technology and HAVELSAN's vision in this field.


Each December, the chapter collaborates with Hope Children's Home to provide gifts for the children. Every year in December, the chapter hosts a special Christmas luncheon to benefit the kids at the Hope Children's Home ( This organization has existed in Tampa Bay since 1968 and has cared for more than 5,000 abandoned, abused, neglected and orphaned children from newborn to 18 years old. Chapter members look forward to this event each year as they have the opportunity to be "Secret Santas" for the children and surprise them with gifts that they might not be able to receive otherwise. It was a great afternoon filled with networking and a lot of Christmas spirit!


During the December event, volunteers show Girl Scouts how a computer works. In December, the chapter hosted a cybersecurity event for the Girl Scouts based in Montgomery. The event included five tables of activities to teach the importance of cybersecurity. The girls rotated through tables that included the following topics: How to Use Technology; How Computers Work; How to Protect Something Valuable; Safety Rules Online; and How the Internet Works. The young women learned a variety of Internet safety tips, such as changing/setting up difficult passwords, safeguarding personal information, and how to recognize safe sites that they can use. The event culminated in six girls receiving their Cybersecurity Basics badges.


In December, the chapter hosts the Third Annual MacDill Air Force Base Tech Expo and enjoys a great turnout and a successful event. The Third Annual MacDill Air Force Base Tech Expo was held at the Surf's Edge Club on base in December. The event featured several tech briefings and over 60 industry vendors displaying the latest technologies, information, and provided opportunities to speak one-on-one with dozens of companies and discover new advances to products and programs. The chapter strongly supports this event each year as it is an opportunity for industry to interact with key personnel from the major commands and units that make up the 6th Air Mobility Wing, including the 6th Maintenance Group, 6th Medical Group, 6th Operations Group, 6th Mission Support Group and Mission Teammates U.S. Central Command, U.S. Special Operations Command, Joint Communication Support Element and more. MacDill is one of the rare installations that is home to all areas of the military-Air Force, Army, Navy and Marines. This year's event had a great turnout and the chapter expects continued success with it in the future.


Col. Sean Murphy, USAF, chapter president, awards the grants to (l-r) Michelle Boyce, fifth grade Discovery Education STEM teacher leader, Fairview Elementary School, Bellevue Nebraska; Emily Salie, sixth grade teacher, Leonard Lawrence Elementary School, Bellevue Nebraska; Christopher Casart, eighth grade teacher, VEX IQ Competitive Robotics Team, Logan Fontenelle Middle School, Bellevue, Nebraska; and Diane Kremer, teacher and guest presenter, R.M. Marrs Magnet Middle School, Omaha, Nebraska. In December, the chapter awarded a total of $3,000 based on educators’ submissions for the STEM grants to bolster STEM programs in area schools. The chapter's annual Holiday Mixer, an event in which the chapter gives back to the chapter sponsors and chapter membership by holding a social event featuring award recipients for their STEM grants, was graciously sponsored by M2 Technology, LCA and Data Media Solutions. Chapter supporters and prospective sponsors were also encouraged to attend.


Chairman Martin Harbolt addresses attendees at the December General Membership Meeting. During the December General Membership Meeting in December, the chapter elected its officers for the coming year, including its first female president, Angela Alexander-Mendoza. The other elected officers are Richard Roda as chapter executive vice president and Michael Tague as chapter treasurer. Karen Barry was also appointed as chapter executive secretary. Chair Martin Harbolt announced that the chapter will be sending care packages to the soldiers. Col. Roberto Castillo, USA, led a line of volunteers who packaged various items such as snacks, books and games, and practical items. Each package also contained a card, thanking the soldier for their service. The chapter briefed its financials, including five $2,000 STEM scholarships given to deserving local area high school graduates. The scholarship committee was recognized with certificates of appreciation. This committee has a tough job, as there are more deserving students than scholarships. The scholarship committee must make di ... READ MORE

ALAMO CHAPTER - 12/10/2019

Brig. Gen. Guy Walsh, ANG (Ret.), founding executive director, National Security Collaboration Center, University of Texas at San Antonio, discusses the ecosystem of the center and its strategic partners during the chapter's December luncheon. Brig. Gen. Guy Walsh, ANG (Ret.), presented to the chapter attendees during their December Luncheon at the Scobee Planetarium. Gen. Walsh is the founding executive director of the National Security Collaboration Center (NSCC), located at the University of Texas San Antonio (UTSA). The NSCC is a core initiative in UTSA's Downtown Campus expansion, which will advance research, education and workforce development in cybersecurity, data analytics and cloud computing while securing the creation of an emerging high-tech corridor to support San Antonio's future. "With the promotion of government, university and industry partnerships, kids will be involved at a younger age," said Gen. Walsh. There is a dire need for more cybersecurity professionals due to the current global supply shortage. It is projected that by 2022, the workforce will need 1.8 million additional employees to accommodate the shortfall. UTSA enrolls 32,000 students with 15 percent having military affiliation. The creation ... READ MORE

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