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At the August luncheon, Col. Dan Mettling, USA, commander, 116th Military Intelligence Brigade, discusses his unit's mission and requirements and takes questions from the audience. Col. Dan Mettling, USA, commander, 116th Military Intelligence Brigade, talked to chapter members about his organization's mission and technology requirements at the luncheon in August.

JORDAN CHAPTER - 08/26/2017

Around 500 participants from the Jordan Armed Forces, the General Intelligence Department, academia and industry attend the inauguration of the first AFCEA chapter in the Middle East in July. His Royal Highness Prince Feisal Ibn Al Hussein on July 26 inaugurated the Jordan Chapter of AFCEA, the first chapter in the Middle East. The inauguration conference took place at King Hussein Business Park. During the conference, an agreement between Al Hussein Technical University, the Crown Prince Foundation and the Jordan Chapter was signed for cybersecurity education and training. The inauguration event began with a reception at King Hussein Club, attended by His Royal Highness Prince Omar Ibn Feisal Ibn Al Hussein. The conference ended with a gala dinner at the Grand Hayatt Hotel and was attended by the Minister of Information and Communications Technology and key officials from Parliament, the Jordan Armed Forces and the General Intelligence Department.


The chapter presented 11 science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) grants to local educators at its August luncheon. Recipients had the opportunity to describe their projects to attendees. Recipients are Lynn Albers, FIRST Robotics team, Pender High School; Jared Pinkson, FIRST Robotics team, Vanstory Hills; Alison Hurley, Sphero robotics, Pine Forest High School; Michelle Quinn, Chromebooks for online demonstrations, Stoney Point Elementary School; Cynthia Chisholm, 3-D printing, Cleveland Community College and Cleveland Early College High School; Rodney Cobb, FIRST Robotics team, Eastover-Central Elementary School of Arts; Kelly Osornio, Science Olympiad team, Rockfish Elementary School; Rachel Andress, Sphere robotics, North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics; Joe LoBuglio, FIRST Robotics team, Howard Hall Elementary; Natasha McKoy, Sphere robotics, Lillian Black Elementary; and Jenni Clark, Sphero robotics. Robotics got heavy emphasis at the high school and ... READ MORE

ALAMO CHAPTER - 08/17/2017

Vice President of Membership Tom Allen (l) chats with Young AFCEAN Frank Finney during the chapter's Young AFCEAN August social event in San Antonio. The chapter held a Young AFCEAN social in August at the Alamo Beer Company in downtown San Antonio. It is the first official program event since Vice President of Young AFCEA Charlie Weissenborn took the board of directors position. "I want to take the strong program we have and build it into an environment where our [Young AFCEANs] can make lasting connections, develop themselves personally and professionally as well as seeing the value in belonging to professional organizations," he said. The event was an intimate one, with about 15 people in attendance, as well as mentors on hand for networking. The event generated two new members. Weissenborn explained that peer mentorship is just as vital as senior-level mentorship, and that is one of the goals of both the Young AFCEAN program and monthly socials. The chapter's Young AFCEANs will be hosting monthly luncheons on the third Thursday of every month as well as their upcoming Mentor Protégé Night.


Guest speaker Arthur G. In August, the chapter hosted a luncheon featuring guest speaker Arthur G. "A.G" Hatcher, director, cyber capabilities and compliance, Office of Information Dominance and Chief Information Officer, Office of the Secretary of the Air Force at the Arrowhead Country Club, Montgomery, Alabama. He spoke to a full house of military, industry and government personnel on mission, challenges and opportunities. He opened by discussing an overview of the nine major areas he is responsible for including IT budget reporting, IT system compliance, contracting, innovation and more. He then went on to discuss the challenges, such as the need to modernize on a limited budget and the need to be more agile. Finally, Hatcher talked about the opportunities industry and government have to improve, for example finding ways to simplify cybersecurity implementation without compromising the rigor of system security. The luncheon also served as an opportunity for the chapter to recognize some outstanding achi ... READ MORE

ALAMO CHAPTER - 08/15/2017

Austin Defense Innovation Unit Experimental (DIUx) Director Zach Walker speaks to chapter members and attendees at the Lunch, Learn, Network event in August. Walker gave insight on DIUx and future developments in the cybersecurity field. In August, Austin-based Defense Innovation Unit Experimental (DIUx) Director and Project Manager Zach Walker spoke candidly on the processes they've been using the past year at the chapter's Lunch, Learn, Network event. "In the last 15 months we have a total of 45 pilot contracts, $100M of capital, start-ups, traditionals and others that do actual prototypes... those companies together have raised money and given us technology and talent that we just would not have had access to. Walker discussed Defense Deparment problems and gave an example of why cybersecurity is needed among aircraft. "There is an obscene amount of ways to get in whether it be a lazy operator or another operator that doesn't realize some extracurricular activities could end up compromising what they're doing." To combat cybersecurity issues on aircraft, DIUx hires hackers to work through some of these issues. However, as Walker explained, the company simply just does not have enough of them out there to do this ... READ MORE

ALAMO CHAPTER - 08/11/2017

A few finished backpacks are set aside during the seventh annual Joint Base San Antonio School Liaison Office Build-A-Backpack Drive. The chapter was proud to support this effort July 10 through August 10 for the 2017-18 school year. The seventh annual Joint Base San Antonio (JBSA) School Liaison Office Build-A-Backpack Drive was conducted July 10 through August 10. The program provides backpacks full of school supplies to the children of local military families in need. The goal of this annual drive is to give students the opportunity to begin the school year successfully with the right tools in hand from day one. The chapter contributed $1,000 to support this effort of breeding academic success through a solid foundation and level of support. Vice President of Corporate Affairs Bill Robinson presented the check to the JBSA team. "It's fantastic that you see this kind of support within the military community and for the kids who need it the most. They even get gig sticks!" he said. Forty backpacks filled with school supplies were donated as a result of this year's efforts.


AFCEA's TechNet Augusta 2017 was held in August at the Marriott Convention Center in Augusta, GA. Vendors were eager to show how their tools could enhance your needs in the communication and information world.   In August, the chapter along with Walker and Associates provided volunteer support to Georgia Regional Vice President Pat Harrington and the Ft. Gordon Chapter at AFCEA's TechNet Augusta conference. Volunteers served as classroom proctors and at registration. The theme of this year's event was, "Cyberspace and Electronic Warfare Operation in Multi-Domain Battle." This conflict demands the integration of capabilities to ensure friendly force freedom of maneuver while enabling the commander to present the enemy with multiple dilemmas through a mixture of kinetic and non-kinetic fires. Speakers delved deep into the various aspects of this emerging topic. The symposium featured multiple sessions about cyber and electronic warfare, workforce training and doctrine. Experts discussed procurement challenges the military, government and industry face during a time of uncertain budgets during runaway technology advances. Attendees took advantage of continuing education (CEU) sessions and spec ... READ MORE


In August, summer interns from sponsors in the chapter take part in the inaugural Summer Intern Presentation Showcase. One of the chapter's goals is to educate and inspire the next generation of technical professionals. This summer the chapter started the Summer Intern Presentation Showcase (SIPS) to do just that. SIPS is an opportunity for summer interns from sponsors in the chapter to practice their presentation skills and demonstrate their technical prowess. The showcase gave interns the opportunity to present their summer projects in front of a diverse audience. Ten companies from the Central Maryland area sponsored 25 students to make technical presentations on the results of their summer projects at SIPS. In August the students received professional presentation coaching and made presentations to a panel of judges from the community in a competitive setting. More than 60 people were in the audience. The chapter distributed scholarship money as awards to the Best Presentation and the Best Technical Project. All of the presentations were excellent and the judges had their work cut out for them. ... READ MORE

HAWAII CHAPTER - 08/08/2017

Attending the luncheon in August are (l-r) Barry Fong, chapter executive vice president; guest speaker Jody Ito, information security officer, University of Hawaii; and guest speaker Steve Auerbach, director, Pacific Center for Advanced Technology Training. The chapter welcomed Jody Ito as its featured speaker to the August luncheon. Ito is the information security officer for the University of Hawaii (UH). She was joined by Steve Auerbach, director, Pacific Center for Advanced Technology Training (PCATT). Ito briefed the audience on the security risks she manages on the campus network at UH and their satellite campus' on island and throughout the outer islands. With so many students connecting to their networks, it is a daunting task to protect the network with the number of bring your own devices (BYOD) being used. She spoke of a shortage of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) professionals, which was a lead in for Auerbach to explain the programs being offered by PCATT. Ito and Auerbach took turns explaining the plans each of their organizations are offering to attract STEM professionals and the need to start grooming them at an early age, and to track their progress from the beginning and to follow them througho ... READ MORE


Volunteering at TechNet Augusta 2017 in August are (l-r) Victoria Boulware; Nekiah Boulware; Hayden Crawford; Valerie Boulware; Asia Carter; Breanna Boulware; and Brenda Howard, chapter secretary and volunteer chairperson. The chapter provided outstanding support at AFCEA's TechNet Augusta 2017 in August.

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