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LOS ANGELES CHAPTER - 02/15/2018

Chapter President Bill Page (r) and Col. Stephen G. Purdy Jr., USAF, director of the Space Superiority Systems Directorate at Los Angeles Air Force Base (2nd from l), honor chapter award winners (from l) Laura Pope, Nicholas Farinacci and Greg Kindred at a February luncheon. Col. Stephen G. Purdy Jr., USAF, director of the Space Superiority Systems Directorate at Los Angeles Air Force Base, spoke at the chapter's February luncheon. Chapter President Bill Page presented several awards, and Col. Purdy congratulated winners. Greg Kindred received a letter of appreciation for AFCEA support. Also honored were Laura Pope, Women in AFCEA, and Nicholas Farinacci, Emerging Leadership Award.









LOS ANGELES CHAPTER - 02/15/2018

Awards Chairman Doug Skinner (l) and Chapter President Bill Page (r) present Nicholas Farinacci of TEKsystems AFCEA International's Emerging Leadership Award at the chapter's February lunch meeting.  Nicholas Farinacci of TEKsystems received AFCEA International's Emerging Leadership Award at the chapter's February lunch meeting. Awards Chairman Doug Skinner and Chapter President Bill Page presented the award to Farinacci. The Emerging Leadership Award is given for exceptional service to AFCEA at the local or international level. It is presented to individuals who have demonstrated continuous leadership in Young AFCEAN activities since winning AFCEA International's Distinguished Young AFCEAN award.

BETHESDA CHAPTER - 02/06/2018

AFCEA Chairman of the Board Joe Sifer (l) and Lt. Gen. Robert M. Shea, USMC (Ret.), AFCEA president and CEO, congratulate Theresa Holland, Young AFCEA Bethesda board member, on receiving AFCEA International's Distinguished Young AFCEAN Award in February at San Diego's West conference. The conference is co-sponsored by AFCEA and the U.S. Naval Institute. At the February West conference, co-sponsored by AFCEA International and the U.S. Naval Institute, three of the chapter's Young AFCEANs received awards. Theresa Holland and Sarah Thayer each received Distinguished Young AFCEAN Awards, and Kristina Kelly received an Emerging Leadership Award. In addition, the Young AFCEA Bethesda Chapter received a Model Young AFCEAN Program Award. National Capital Region Regional Vice President Alvie Johnson attended to support award winners. The chapter has worked hard to engage new members in new professional development panels and hopes to continue the momentum with a winter IT luncheon in March and a senior government executive dinner in July.


PORTUGAL CHAPTER - 02/01/2018

Chapter President Rear Adm. Mario Durao, PRT N (Ret.) (3rd from r), presents the chapter's Medal for Outstanding Services in February to (l-r) Gabriel Coimbra, IDC Portugal; Pedro Sinogas, Tekever; Cdre. Jorge Pires, head of the Directorate of Communications and Information Systems, Portuguese Joint Chief of Staff; Jorge Oliveira, Oracle; Cdre. Bento Domingues, PRT N, information technology superintendent; Brig. Gen. Passos Morgado, PRT AF, head of the Directorate of Communications and Information Systems; Gil Cartaxeiro, ONEbase; and Brig. Gen. Bento Soares, PRT A, head of the Directorate of Communications and Information Systems, Portuguese Army. The chapter recognized members in February at its 30th anniversary commemoration for their association involvement and strong support of chapter activities. Chapter President Rear Adm. Mario Durao, PRT N (Ret.), presented the AFCEA Medal for Outstanding Services in 2017 to recipients during the event at the Lisbon Congress Center in Lisbon, Portugal. Recipients include Gabriel Coimbra, IDC Portugal; Pedro Sinogas, Tekever; Cdre. Jorge Pires, head of the Directorate of Communications and Information Systems, Portuguese Joint Chief of Staff; Jorge Oliveira, Oracle; Cdre. Bento Domingues, PRT N, information technology superintendent; Brig. Gen. Passos Morgado, PRT AF, head of the Directorate of Communications and Information Systems; Gil Cartaxeiro, ONEbase; and Brig. Gen. Bento Soares, PRT A, head of the Directorate of Communications and Information Systems, Portuguese Army.


PORTUGAL CHAPTER - 02/01/2018

Rear Adm. Carlos Rodolfo, PRT N (Ret.), AFCEA regional vice president (RVP) Atlantic Region and chapter chairman, honors chapter members with the AFCEA RVP Medal for Outstanding Services in 2017 at a February commemoration of the chapter's 30th anniversary. Medal recipients include (front row, l-r) Victor Lobo, Portuguese Naval Academy; Jorge Reis Silva, University of Beira Interior; Lt. Col. Elisabete Vidal, PRT AF, Portugal chapter second vice president; Fatima Medina; Paulo Moniz, Cybersecurity Committee; Pedro Machado, Cybersecurity Committee; (back row, l-r) Col. Antonio Salvado, PRT A (Ret.), chapter first vice president; Joao Annes, Cybersecurity Committee; Pedro Filipe, chapter treasurer; Col. Viegas Nunes, PRT A, commander of the NCISS School Latina; Joao Almeida, Young AFCEAN regional and chapter coordinator; and Cmdr. Pinheiro da Silva, PRT N (ret.), chapter administrative director. At a February event commemorating the chapter's 30th anniversary, individual members were recognized for their contributions to AFCEA, the chapter and student chapters. Rear Adm. Carlos Rodolfo, PRT N (Ret.), AFCEA regional vice president (RVP) Atlantic Region and chapter chairman, honored recipients of the AFCEA RVP Medal for Outstanding Services in 2017. They included Victor Lobo, Portuguese Naval Academy, faculty adviser, Almada Student Chapter; Jorge Reis Silva, University of Beira Interior, faculty adviser, Covilha Student chapter; Lt. Col. Elisabete Vidal, PRT AF, chapter second vice president; Fatima Medina; Paulo Moniz, Cybersecurity Committee; Pedro Machado, Cybersecurity Committee; Col. Antonio Salvado, PRT A (Ret.), chapter first vice president; Joao Annes, Cybersecurity Committee; Pedro Filipe, chapter treasurer; Col. Viegas Nunes, PRT A, commander of the NCISS School Latina; Joao Almeida, Young AFCEAN regional and chapter coordinator; and Cmdr. Pinheiro da Silva, PRT N ... READ MORE

PORTUGAL CHAPTER - 02/01/2018

Military officials, CEOs and top representatives from universities attend a February event marketing the chapter's 30th anniversary. The chapter celebrated its 30th anniversary in February with a session presided over by Portuguese Chief of Armed Forces Gen. Artur Neves Pina Monteiro at the Lisbon Congress Center in Lisbon, Portugal. The event drew 160 guests, including high-ranking military officials, several CEOs and top representatives from universities. Maj. Gen. Erich Staudacher, GEAF (Ret.), general manager of AFCEA Europe, was present. Chapter President Rear Adm. Mario Durao, PRT N (Ret.), gave the opening address and was followed by guest speaker Rear Adm. Thomas Daum, Ph.D., chief of staff and chief operating officer for the NATO Communications and Information Agency (NCI Agency). Adm. Daum spoke about the changing face of warfare and the implications of the cyberthreat. Rear Adm. Carlos Rodolfo, PRT NA (Ret.), AFCEA regional vice president (RVP) for the Atlantic region, handed out RVP medals recognizing outstanding service last year. Other AFCEA service medals were distributed by the chapter president. ... READ MORE

PORTUGAL CHAPTER - 02/01/2018

Chapter President Rear Adm. Mario Durao, PRT N (Ret.), speaks at the 30th anniversary dinner in February at the restaurant of the Order of Engineers in Lisbon, Portugal. The chapter held a formal dinner in February at the restaurant of the Order of Engineers in Lisbon, Portugal, to celebrate its 30th anniversary. Sixty guests representing the chapter's governing bodies, including committees, Young AFCEANs, Women in AFCEA and Student Clubs, attended. During the dinner, a protocol of cooperation was signed between the chapter and the engineers association, one of the most ancient and prestigious groups in Portugal. Also present were representatives of the military, academia, industry, AFCEA International and NATO.


MONTGOMERY CHAPTER - 01/31/2018

Chapter President Brian Knott (r) presents Col. Kyle Reybitz, USAF, deputy program executive officer (PEO) for Business and Enterprise Systems (BES), with a token of appreciation for speaking at the chapter's January meeting. The chapter hosted a January luncheon with guest speaker Col. Kyle Reybitz, USAF, deputy program executive officer (PEO) for Business and Enterprise Systems (BES), at Wynlakes Country Club in Montgomery, Alabama. Col. Reybitz spoke to a full house of military, industry and government personnel on the state of the BES. First, he gave an overview of the BES and highlighted some successes. He then discussed plans to update strategic goals. Col Reybitz also covered some of the guidance that has come down from headquarters about cloud migration and the push for agile development that will drive change across the enterprise. The luncheon also served as an opportunity to formally install this year's elected chapter officers: Brian Knott, president; Col. Kyna McCall, USAF, vice president; Tija Brown, Young AFCEA Advisory Council president; Charisse Stokes, director, Education Foundation; Candace Akerson, secretary; and Cheryl Brown, treasurer. The chapter welcomes all new and returning offi ... READ MORE

ATLANTA CHAPTER - 01/25/2018

Chapter President Col. Kathy Swacina, USA (Ret.) (l), and Julie Goetz, vice president, scholarships, present this year's Chapter Education Scholarship in January to Georgia Tech senior and Naval ROTC Cadet Jacob Lochmann. The chapter awarded Georgia Tech Naval ROTC Cadet Jacob Lochmann this year's Chapter Education Scholarship in January. The cadet is a senior studying mechanical engineering and will commission as a naval reactor engineer (NRE) upon graduation. The Navy awards only six NRE slots annually for this competitive position. Cadet Lochmann comes from a long line of service members, including his father, who graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy and flew P-3 aircraft. The cadet is a member of the Georgia Tech student council and is active in his community. The chapter is proud and honored to present the cadet this year's scholarship.

LEXINGTON-CONCORD CHAPTER - 01/25/2018

At the chapter's annual State of the Air Force Life Cycle Management Center (AFLCMC) Luncheon in January, Chapter President Pat Dagle (l) presents the AFCEAN of the Quarter Award to Michele Cimino, Booz Allen Hamilton, for her volunteerism and go-getter spirit. Col. Ed Masterson, USAF, chapter vice president, programs, presided as master of ceremonies over the chapter's annual State of the Air Force Life Cycle Management Center (AFLCMC) Luncheon in January at the Doubletree hotel, Bedford, Massachusetts. After introductions and lunch, the colonel invited Chapter President Pat Dagle to the podium to present the AFCEAN of the Quarter Award to Michele Cimino, Booz Allen Hamilton, for her selfless support of numerous chapter events. Col. Masterson then introduced guest speaker Lt. Gen. Robert McMurry Jr., USAF, commander, AFLCMC, to a packed audience of government and industry representatives. Gen. McMurry provided attendees with an insightful discussion about his perspectives, initiatives and goals for the command. Dagle thanked the general for his informative comments and invited him to participate in the presentation of a $2,500 check from the chapter to Chief Master Sgt. Henry Hayes, USAF, 66th Air Base Group, command chief, to support the ... READ MORE

ATLANTA CHAPTER - 01/25/2018

Chapter President Col. Kathy Swacina, USA (Ret.) (2nd from l), and Michelle Brown, education vice president (r), present Teaching Tool Grants in January to (from l) Maria Brown of Washington Park Elementary School; Sheila Harmony of Coleman Middle School; and Kimberly Hutcheson of Baker Elementary School. The chapter held its annual Teaching Tool Grant Awards luncheon in late January. The chapter honors up to a dozen STEM-focused teachers in the Atlanta region with stipends to help purchase materials, services or supplies for a STEM-related activity with their students. This year's winners include Sheila Harmony of Coleman Middle School, Kimberly Hutcheson of Baker Elementary School and Maria Brown of Washington Park Elementary School. The teachers provided a synopsis of how they intend to use the funds, explained how they shape their young charges and pledged to share pictures and updates with the chapter.

CENTRAL MARYLAND CHAPTER - 01/25/2018

Chapter President Brian Cooper (c) and Jessica Morgenstern, vice president of scientific education, present Joe Karolchik the chapter's Unsung Hero award in January for his work on the Education Committee. The chapter presented its Unsung Hero award, honoring someone who works hard behind the scenes and rarely gets a share of the limelight, to Joe Karolchik in January. Karolchik has worked faithfully with the Education Committee for five years, leading the Adopt-a-School program and the STEM Kickstarter program. The former provides adopted schools with resources and personnel to improve hands-on scientific education, and the latter awards competitive grants of up to $5,000 to area schools for STEM-related initiatives. As STEM Kickstarter chair, Karolchik prepares all initial materials, selects annual committees, distributes information to schools and teachers, collects all grants, and collates all data for grant review. He leads the evaluation committee and presents the results to the Executive Committee. Karolchik also communicates with the chapter's school liaisons, who are the primary contacts for the schools submitting grant applications. Jessica Morgenstern, the chapter's vice pr ... READ MORE

BELVOIR CHAPTER - 01/24/2018

During the chapter's January luncheon, Col. Enrique Costas, USA, project manager for Defense Communications and Army Transmission Systems (PM DCATS), says reorganization on the horizon will provide efficiencies. At a January chapter luncheon, Col. Enrique Costas, USA, project manager for Defense Communications and Army Transmission Systems (PM DCATS), gave an overview of his projects, network priorities and ways to gain efficiency. The mission of PM DCATS is to deliver and sustain strategic communications capabilities for the Army and the U.S. Defense Department to enable information dominance. The DCATS vision is to be the recognized expert and trusted provider of national strategic communications transport infrastructure capabilities for the Army and the Defense Department enterprise. Col. Costas addressed future network priorities for accomplishing the DCATS mission and vision. The current network is too complex, not expeditionary, fragile and vulnerable, too easy to detect and jam, difficult to secure and not optimized, he said. The colonel plans to optimize information technology resourcing by driving efficiencies that reduce risk and increase effectiveness. The future network will be ... READ MORE

AUGUSTA-FORT GORDON CHAPTER - 01/20/2018

Local teachers receiving STEM Teaching Tool grants in January from Horace Carney, chapter vice president for scholarships and education (l), and Ed Velez, chapter president (r), are (from 2nd from l) Chasity Archer, Samaritan Simmons, Lauren McCord, Yolanda Jones, Judy Ward, Taylor Planz, Nicole Brouse, Alvina Head and Steve Roach. Nine local teachers received chapter grants in January to aid in effective STEM education and to assist with purchasing materials for experiments and classroom activities. This year, the chapter has provided nearly $6,715 in grants.



KAISERSLAUTERN CHAPTER - 01/18/2018

Lt. Col. Keith Hockman, USA, chapter vice president (r), presents a token of appreciation to January guest speaker Col. Neal Bruegger, USAF, commander, NATO Communications and Information (NCI) Agency Communications and Information Systems Support Unit (CSU) Ramstein. The Ramstein Officers' Club, Ramstein Air Base, Germany, hosted the chapter's January luncheon. Col. Neal Bruegger, commander, NATO Communications and Information (NCI) Agency Communications and Information Systems Support Unit (CSU) Ramstein, was the guest speaker. Col. Bruegger began with a brief history of NATO and the NCI Agency that was founded as part of a NATO reform. He described how the agency is organized and why cyber and information technology are an important aspect of the NCI Agency's mission. The agency's job is to provide customers in NATO with information technology solutions to meet mission needs. The agency accomplishes this through 24/7 on-site support and a one-hour restoral policy for any critical mission system. Col. Bruegger finished by sharing that one of this year's priorities for the agency is implementation of a virtual desktop environment throughout NATO.

LOS ANGELES CHAPTER - 01/18/2018

Chapter President Bill Page (l) and Scott Beidleman, vice president of programs (r), welcome January speaker Col. Tom Rock, USAF, senior materiel leader for the Range and Network Division, Space and Missile Systems Center, Los Angeles Air Force Base. Col. Tom Rock, USAF, senior materiel leader for the Range and Network Division, Space and Missile Systems Center, Los Angeles Air Force Base, spoke at the chapter's January meeting. Bill Page, chapter president, and Scott Beidleman, vice president of programs, attended the meeting.


AUGUSTA-FORT GORDON CHAPTER - 01/17/2018

Col. Paul Stanton, USA, commander, Cyber Protection Brigade, leads a discussion about cyber operational requirements at January's first AFCEA International Cyber Education, Research and Training Symposium (CERTS). The chapter supported AFCEA International's first Cyber Education, Research and Training Symposium (CERTS) in January in Augusta, Georgia. The event provided information to support cyber educators, trainers and members of the workforce from the classroom to the workplace. The topics, crucial in practice and operational missions, covered subjects ranging from curriculum through certification, including tools and techniques.





POCONO MOUNTAINS CHAPTER - 01/17/2018

Brig. Gen. Wilbur Wolf, USA (Ret.), speaks about leadership at the January luncheon, co-sponsored by the chapter and the Association of the U.S. Army (AUSA). Brig. Gen. Wilbur Wolf, USA (Ret.), served as the guest speaker at a January luncheon co-sponsored by the chapter and the Tobyhanna Army Depot Chapter of the Association of the U.S. Army (AUSA). Army service was the theme of the general's remarks about his career experiences, which culminated as deputy commanding general of the 28th Infantry Division and deputy commanding general of the Army's Intelligence Center. Character, loyalty, trust, dignity, respect and passion for the cause were a few of the key takeaways he offered for successful leadership.


MONTGOMERY CHAPTER - 01/11/2018

Young AFCEAN Tija Brown presents Maj. Kevin Deibler, USAF, commander, 689th Network Operations Squadron, a token of appreciation for speaking at the chapter's January breakfast. In January, the chapter's Young AFCEANs hosted a Business Over Breakfast seminar with guest speaker Maj. Kevin Deibler, USAF, commander, 689th Network Operations Squadron, at the Hilton Garden Inn in Montgomery, Alabama. Maj. Deibler opened by sharing that cyber is the mesh that connects other domains. He provided a brief overview of the Air Force Space Command organization chart as it pertains to cyber and explained the day-to-day operations in the squadron. Maj. Deibler closed by talking about the path forward for the Joint Information Environment. A question-and-answer session and networking followed the presentation.



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