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ALAMO CHAPTER - 03/24/2018

Maj. Gen. Christopher Weggeman, USAF, 24th Air Force commander, talks with one of the student teams at the San Antonio Mayor's Cyber Cup Awards Luncheon in March. The luncheon recognizes the area's top high school and middle school teams in the national CyberPatriot competition. The CyberTexas Foundation's eighth annual San Antonio Mayor's Cyber Cup Awards Luncheon in March recognized top area high school and middle school CyberPatriot teams. With 309 teams registered, San Antonio had the most teams participating than any other state in the nation. Eighty of these teams played at the middle school level. Maj. Gen. Christopher Weggeman, USAF, 24th Air Force commander, delivered a speech at the Cyber Cup luncheon. He said meeting the younger generation of cyber warriors-the future of cyber-was great. The chapter sponsored two $6,000 scholarships that were awarded to the top rookie team, Byron P. Steele II High School Air Force JROTC, and the best overall team, Information Technology and Security Academy (ITSA). San Antonio Mayor Ron Nirenberg addressed the growing attention that cyberspace has been getting. "Just take a look at the headlines to see the attacks happening in cyberspace," he said. The mayor added that the nation looks to teachers and students i ... READ MORE

AUSTRALIA CHAPTER - 03/20/2018

Attending the recent social event hosted by General Dynamics in Australia are (l-r) Col. Mike Fallon, USMC (Ret.), Quantico-Potomac Chapter; Col. Lewis Coyle, Australian army and Australian Chapter president; Group Capt. Dean Harvey, Royal Australian air force; Lt. Gen. Bob Lennox, USA (Ret.), senior vice president, General Dynamics Mission Systems (GDMS) and AFCEA member; Garrick Simeon, managing partner, GDMS-Australia and Australia Chapter vice president; and Jon Petruzzi of GDMS, retired Air Force officer and AFCEA member. The chapter had an information table at a social event recently hosted by General Dynamics. Chapter, military and company leaders paused for a photo at the event. They include Col. Mike Fallon, USMC (Ret.), Quantico-Potomac Chapter; Col. Lewis Coyle, Australian army and Australian Chapter president; Group Capt. Dean Harvey, Royal Australian air force; Lt. Gen. Bob Lennox, USA (Ret.), senior vice president, General Dynamics Mission Systems (GDMS) and AFCEA member; Garrick Simeon, managing partner, GDMS-Australia and Australia Chapter vice president; and Jon Petruzzi of GDMS, retired Air Force officer and AFCEA member.

ALAMO CHAPTER - 03/20/2018

FBI agent Raymond Martinez of the San Antonio Cyber Squad talks to members and attendees about cyber threats during the chapter's March luncheon. The recent mail package bombings in the capital of Texas are a reminder of the criminal tactics people will use. During the chapter's March luncheon, FBI agent Raymond Martinez said a key setback in any scenario is the timeliness of information. Martinez is assigned to the San Antonio field office in the Cyber Squad. The cyber threats within the FBI are criminal, hactivism, espionage and terrorism, and they are state-sponsored, with the most hits in criminal and hactivism. With the introduction of the Internet of Things (IoT), devices bring additional security measures that must be put into place. "There are already too many cyber variables," Martinez explained. There are more than 73,000 locations with unsecured cameras in 256 countries. "There may be new tactics, but the methodology is the same. The target is people." He specified that only amateurs attack machines; professionals target people. And hackers don't discriminate. Small to medium businesses are 71 percent of the breach ... READ MORE

KAISERSLAUTERN CHAPTER - 03/15/2018

Chapter Vice President Lt. Col. Steven Brummitt, USAF, commander, 86th Communications Squadron (l), presents Airman 1st Class Mekhi Witherspoon, USAF, 86th Communications Squadron, the chapter's Young AFCEAN Emerging Leader Award at the March membership luncheon. The chapter gathered for a March membership luncheon at the Ramstein Officers' Club on Ramstein Air Base, Germany. Chapter Vice President Lt. Col. Steven Brummitt, USAF, commander, 86th Communications Squadron, presented Airman 1st Class Mekhi Witherspoon, USAF, the chapter's Young AFCEAN Emerging Leader Award for his contributions to the squadron and its efforts during the Windows 10 transition. The airman also received a one-year AFCEA membership. Col. Brummitt was introduced guest speaker Maj. Joseph Maguadog, USAF, of the 693rd Intelligence Support Squadron (ISS). Maj. Maguadog illustrated what his unit brings to the fight to support intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance throughout the European theater. One highlight of the 693rd ISS is its fusion of operation analysts with cyber technicians to drive mission innovation. As an example, the squadron took an operation that once required 11 machines six hours to complete and reduced it to just one machine and 10 seconds.

LOS ANGELES CHAPTER - 03/15/2018

Col. Erik Quigley, USAF, senior materiel leader for GPS space vehicles, Space and Missile Systems Center, Air Force Space Command (c), pauses for a photo with Bill Page, chapter president (r), and Dan Mathews, vice president, publicity, at the colonel's March presentation. Col. Erik Quigley, USAF, senior materiel leader for GPS space vehicles, Space and Missile Systems Center, Air Force Space Command, spoke to the chapter in March. The colonel presented details on the development, production and launch readiness of 10 GPS lll satellites and the acquisition of 22 GPS lllF satellites.

DAYTON-WRIGHT CHAPTER - 03/15/2018

Michael Deis, director of business development at Ohio University's Russ Research Center, was the guest speaker at the chapter's March luncheon. The center is located near Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Ohio. Deis, a former director of the Air Force Research Laboratory Sensors Directorate, also serves as director of the university's Avionics Engineering Center. He discussed the launch and construction of Russ Research Center's new Aerospace Research Consortium. The consortium will spotlight new companies associated with precision navigation and timing as well as emerging engineering technologies. Russ Research Center, a 60-acre high-tech research park near Dayton, is home to some of the area's leading defense, engineering and technology firms. New buildings are being constructed on the campus to accommodate new businesses expected to move there. Corporate sponsors for the luncheon were Liona Enterprises, Segue Technologies Inc. and The MITRE Corp. The program sponsor was Gartner ... READ MORE

BETHESDA CHAPTER - 03/14/2018

Winter IT Luncheon attendees network at a reception before the seventh annual event in March. At March's seventh annual Winter IT Luncheon held by the chapter's Young AFCEANs, more than 20 federal leaders came to discuss doing more with less in small roundtable conversations. Topics ranged from digital transformation, such as development and operations (DevOps) and cloud, to cybersecurity, disruptive technology and data governance, legacy system modernization and government services alignment. Federal guests included chief information officers (CIOs) and program leaders from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services; the U.S. departments of Agriculture, Health and Human Services, Homeland Security, Housing and Urban Development, and State; the Small Business Administration; the General Services Administration; the Federal Election Commission; the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives; the Office of Management and Budget; the Federal Communications Commission; the U.S. Air Force; the Securities and Exchange Commission; the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp.; t ... READ MORE

HAWAII CHAPTER - 03/13/2018

Lt. Col. Ed Ryglewicz, USAF (Ret.), AFCEA regional vice president, Pacific (c), accepts the chapter's Distinguished Life Member Award in March from Jim Muller, chapter chairman of the board (l), and Lt. Col. Callistus Elbourne, USAF, chapter president. The highlight of the chapter's March luncheon was the presentation of the Distinguished Life Member Award. Chapter leaders presented the honor to Lt. Col. Ed Ryglewicz, USAF (Ret.), AFCEA regional vice president for the Pacific region. The colonel is a longtime chapter member.

MONTGOMERY CHAPTER - 03/10/2018

Two members of the chapter's Young AFCEAN In March, participants in the chapter's Young AFCEAN Advisory Council "Get Fit" program completed the Enlisted Heritage Hall (EHH) 5K and Montgomery Half Marathon. The team consisted of young professionals from the military, government and industry, who met early on a sunny Saturday morning in downtown Montgomery, Alabama, to run for a good cause. The annual event provides funding to maintain and create new exhibits for the EHH at Maxwell-Gunter Air Force Base, Alabama. The EHH houses exhibits and artifacts honoring the contributions of enlisted airmen throughout aviation history. The Young AFCEANs are proud to support worthy causes and look forward to future Get Fit events, including the Centerpoint Half Marathon and 5K in April.





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